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Trick or Treat October 31st 6-8 pm

Ghosts hanging from tree in chagrin fallsTrick or treat hours for the Village of Chagrin Falls will be on Halloween night, October 31st, from 6-8 pm.

At the same time, our Fire Department will once again host the Haunted Firehouse at The Chagrin Falls Fire Department, 21 W Washington St, entrance off Walnut St. 6:00-8:00 pm.

Stay safe!

Safety Forces and Streets Department Host Meet The Trucks

Meet the Trucks was a huge success on Saturday, October 14th.

Over the three hour event, 500+ guests attended, hundreds of plastic fire helmets were distributed, along with police department trick-or-treat bags and balloons, and most importantly, 300 hot dogs!

The Chagrin Falls Fire Department, the Chagrin Falls Police Department and The Chagrin Falls Service Department thank you for coming out.  Enjoy the photos!

Village Shredding Day October 21st 9 am – 12 noon

The Villages of Chagrin Falls and Bentleyville are again sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 21st, 2017.  The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, 77 E. Washington Street off Philomethian Street, from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon.

The service is free to residents of the two villages.  We ask that you limit your shred material to five boxes or bags.  Materials that can be shredded include: paper, light cardboard, staples, paper clips and 3.5 inch computer storage disks.

Questions can be directed to either the Bentleyville Village Hall at 247-5055    or the Chagrin Falls Village Hall at 247-5050.

Benjamin T. Himes

Chief Administrative Officer

Pam Spremulli Named To Arts Commission

Spring Featured Artist Pam SpremulliPam Spremulli, an area artist, has been named to the Arts Commission.

She will replace Jean Hood, who served on the commission for many years before moving out of the village.

Here is a little information about Pam.

Artist Biography

Graphic Illustrator Pam Spremulli, shares her “cheerfully optimistic” view of life in her artwork with striking and colorful images.  If she makes someone happy she has done her job.

Spremulli, accredited by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, is best known for her award-winning (GOLD Mom’s Choice award for distinctive Illustrations) children’s book Letter Birds (PublishingWorks, Inc.) along with her unique interpretations of architectural landmarks from New England to New Orleans. Pam takes familiar images and manipulates color in a way that’s eye catching and engaging. She finds herself very much at home with her subject and instinctively draws the viewers eye to key points that might go unnoticed with more traditional forms of art.

Her artwork has won numerous awards and is privately collected both domestically and internationally.

“The mouse is my brush, the monitor my canvas” is how she describes her technique, “and not to forget a little dab of fun!”

She continues to show her work in galleries in New York along with  several other galleries in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Each summer Spremulli partakes in the Visual Arts of Chautauqua Institution (VACI) Membership Exhibit at Follwer-Kellogg Art Center in Chautauqua Institution, New York. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Northern Ohio Illustrator’s Society (NOIS).

Her second children’s book  WOOF! (PublishingWorks, Inc.) was released in 2011.

Pam was born and raised in the Chautauqua Lake Region of Western, New York, spent many years in Boston, Massachusetts, and now resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Find out more at Pam’s website

Village Shred Day October 21st

The Villages of Chagrin Falls and Bentleyville are again sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 21st, 2017.  The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, 77 E. Washington Street off Philomethian Street, from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon.

The service is free to residents of the two villages.  We ask that you limit your shred material to five boxes or bags.  Materials that can be shredded include: paper, light cardboard, staples, paper clips and 3.5 inch computer storage disks.

Questions can be directed to either the Bentleyville Village Hall at 247-5055    or the Chagrin Falls Village Hall at 247-5050.

Benjamin T. Himes

Chief Administrative Officer

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest: October 3rd – 8th

The 2017 Film Fest opens on October 4th! Do you plan to attend?

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories.  The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

See this October’s schedule and get your tickets at http://schedule.chagrinfilmfest.org/

Civil War Memorial Rededication on 150 Anniversary September 10, 2017

 

 

 

Join Us For A Rededication Ceremony

at

Evergreen Hill Cemetery

September 10, 2017

1:00 PM

 

 

Program

Invocation: Rev. Mark Simone

Speaker: Jane Babinsky Jane’s great-great aunt, Jane E Church was the president of the Soldiers Aid Society and made the initial dedication.

Donor Recognition: John Bourisseau

Honoring The Dead: John Bourisseau

Benediction: Father Jerome Lukachinsky

Color Guard SUVCW Garfield Camp

 

The monument in Evergreen Hill Cemetery was erected in 1867 through the efforts of Jane E. Church, sister of Henry Church, Jr., who carved Squaw Rock. At the time, Miss Church was president of Chagrin Falls Soldiers’ Aid Society, which was organized September 5, 1861 and became an auxiliary to the Cleveland branch of the Sanitary Commission. It closed June 16, 1865 with a balance of $134 which was applied toward the monument.

Miss Church was given the honor of dedicating the monument September 10, 1867. Her address is as follows:

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:

“After the close of the war in 1865, the Chagrin Falls Soldiers’ Aid Society having funds remaining in their treasury that were no longer needed for the purpose for which they were contributed, namely ‘to give aid and comfort for the sick and wounded soldier,’ it was determined at a meeting called December first of that year that they should be appropriated toward the erection of a Soldiers’ Monument; and that the organization of the society should be continued until funds sufficient had been added thereto to accomplish such object.

“After extending our happy greetings to the company of brave men who had survived all the perils of that cruel war, we turned with tear-dimmed eyes for that other band of heroes that should never receive the ‘welcome home’ of loving friends again; but who had yielded their lives a willing sacrifice upon that vast battlefield in defense of all we held most dear – home, country, and the endless privileges of a free people. And it was deemed fitting, as a finale to the doings of the society that they should, if possible erect a suitable memorial to those gallant dead.

“Accordingly a committee of ladies was appointed to solicit subscriptions of the citizens of the township, and in a few weeks time something more than $600 had been subscribed for the purpose. At their first meeting a committee of gentlemen was also appointed as a board of Managers to act in connection with the society. Various methods were resorted to for the raising of funds. Entertainments of different kinds were given, many of them by the Literary Club – a society that was formed for the same worthy object – and for the most part were liberally patronized by our citizens; all seeming to manifest an interest in the enterprise so that by June, 1866, the fund including subscriptions, had been increased to not less than $1250. But as this amount was not thought to be sufficient by some, the business of contributing for the monument was postponed until the present year. Of the various designs presented that of Mr. J. M. Martin of Cleveland was unanimously accepted, the sand stone base being laid by Mr, L. Marble of Bedford. And we can but express our satisfaction to those gentlemen for their very successful achievement of their handiwork.

“Though doubtless making many mistakes, meeting with some discouragements withal, and thus coming far short of what we had hoped to do, we have yet so far succeeded as to erect an enduring tribute to the memory of those brave men from Chagrin Falls who died for the preservation of our liberties. And in doing this, we trust it has not brought forgetfulness or ingratitude toward their living comrades in our midst. May we keep ever living in our hearts their noble deeds, and remember that to them we owe as a people more than we can ever bestow or even acknowledge.

“To those ladies and gentlemen who have so freely given of their time and talents, as well as means not only for this purpose but also aid the society in their endeavors to alleviate the sufferings of the soldiers during those years of peril, no words of ours are sufficient to render that need of praise which so justly belongs to them. May they have their reward in the happy consciousness of duties well performed.

“To the ladies we would say: ‘Though you have labored long and well we trust you will not feel your task complete until this ground has been improved, made beautiful and attractive by such means as your good taste shall dictate. And then, as each returning spring-time shall bring forth its flowers to beautify the earth, may you bring your offerings and with your garlands adorn this sacred spot, even as the women of the South are wont to set apart a day to strew the graves of their dead with flowers, saying—

‘I only know, I only care to know, You died for me – for me and country bled’

“So many of the women of the North strew flowers over the graves of their heroes who gave their lives not to destroy but to preserve a nations honor. And may the memories of this hour inspire us to dedicate ourselves with renewed fidelity to those principles for which they fought and died; thus shall we most honor and render undying the memory of the American Soldier.

“Gentlemen of the Board of Trustees – this monument, which has been erected to commemorate the deeds of those heroic men who fell in the war of the rebellion, and which is formally dedicated here today, is now committed to your care. Upon you and your successors in office rests the responsibility of preserving it from injury. May it be guarded not as an ornament only, but as a sacred memorial to liberty and its defenders. And may it be protected and cared for in such a manner that those friends and surviving comrades of the deceased who may visit this ground in future years shall feel assured that the feeling of gratitude which prompted it remains as abiding sentiment with the people of Chagrin Falls.

“Upon you and your successors in office rests the responsibility of preserving it from injury. May it be guarded not as an ornament only, but as a sacred memorial to liberty and its defenders. And may it be protected and cared for in such a manner that those friends and surviving comrades of the deceased who may visit this ground in future years shall feel assured that the feeling of gratitude which prompted it remains as abiding sentiment with the people of Chagrin Falls.”

Jane E. Church, September 10, 1867

 

Individual Donors

A donation was made in honor of Bill Donley, Captain US Army World War 2 and Korean Conflict.
Paul D. Neidhardt
Kathryn Watterson
Pat & Wayne Hosmer
Kristen & Martin Schultz
Robert Thomas
Karen Swan

Organization Donations

Chagrin Valley Jaycees
Chagrin Falls Historical Society
American Legion Post 383
Cuyahoga County Council
Chagrin Falls Village
Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436
Schron Family Foundation
Molly Chittenden Chapter of the DAR
James A. Garfield Camp Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Granite respectfully repurposed from the Cuyahoga Soldiers and Sailors Monument grounds.

Village Wide Yard Sale September 16th

Chagrin Falls Village is planning for the Annual Village-wide yard sale!  Scores of residents are participating in the biggest garage sale of the season.

Come and spend a fun day shopping for those special finds on the shady tree lawns of the Village’s many historic homes.

Parking available in municipal lots and on residential streets as posted.

Independence Day Celebration Events


Presented by The Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Safe Routes Chagrin
All events will be centered at the Triangle Park

BIKE PARADE


8:30 am Registration for the 4th of July Bike Parade

Participants congregate on North Franklin Street

Route is North Franklin to West Washington to Water to Center to Walnut to West Washington and back to the starting line on North Franklin. It goes fast, so don’t be late!
Free bike decorating at Mountain Road Cycles (100 Industrial Parkway, off E Washington, behind Hunans) July 3rd from 4-6 pm. 

9:00 am Sharp Bike Parade Begins

9:00 Registration for PET PARADE
9:30 Pet Parade Begins on sidewalk around Triangle Park

Jaycees Refreshment Stand: next to the stairway to the Falls (entrance to the parking lot behind the stores will be blocked off) 

Sponsored by Safe Routes Chagrin, Mountain Road Cycles, Pet People and the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

9:30 – 10:00 Crooked River Fife and Drum Band

Welcome:  John Bourisseau, Chagrin Falls Historical Society
Presentation of the Colors:  Will Burr, Will Holle, Patrick Sheehan Boy Scout Troop 241
Pledge of Allegiance:  Susie Truax, Chaplain, DAR
National Anthem:  Jo Royer
Firing of the Cannon:  Jim Brosius
Invocation:  Rev. Mark Simone
Remarks:  William Tomko, Mayor of Chagrin Falls
Declaration of Independence:  Patrick J. Sheehan, Boy Scout Troop 241
The American Creed:  Ohio Supreme Court Justice William J. O’Neil
God Bless America:  Jo Royer
Benediction:  Rev. Mark Simone
Closing Remarks:  Introduction of the Veterans and group photo
Girl Scout Troops 674 and 1366:  Lily Power, Scarlett Pawar, Lauren Sutliff

Acknowledgments to Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chagrin Falls Police Department, Tod White, Audio, Frank Lanza and Highway Garage

11:40 Refreshment Stands Open — Jaycees and The Popcorn Shop
12:00 Car Show in Memory of Terry Taggart Around the Park
12:00 Concert on the Triangle: The Fevered Dreams Band, Mark Simone’s Band and Kalaika
2:00 Happy Fourth to All!

In case of rain the ceremony and concert will be held in Township Hall
Sponsors: Safe Routes Chagrin, Pet People, Antique Automobile Club of America, Aris Rentals

Chagrin Falls Beautification Committee Completes Spring Planting

Pictured: Anne deConingh, Wendy Marad, Mandy Evans, Tammy Saccone, Janine Bauman, Jo Royer, Vicki Monahan, and Beth Skeel. Thank you Cinda Chima for capturing these pictures.

 

The Chagrin Falls Beautification Committee recently completed their annual Spring clean up and the planting of the Village’s gardens. Their many hours of talent, hard work and dedication is appreciated by all of us and those that come to visit our town.

– Mayor Bill Tomko

 

Village Yard Sale Announced

The Annual Village Yard Sale will be held on September 16th, 2017 from 9-5 pm.

Scores of residents are participating in the biggest garage sale of the season.  Come and spend the day shopping for special treasures on the shady lawns of the village’s many historic homes.

Parking available in municipal lots and on residential streets.

Police Department and Safe Routes Chagrin Team Up For Bike-a-palooza April 29th

**Event Cancelled Due  To Weather**
Saturday, April 29th 12 – 3 pm
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Parking Lot
Philomethian Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Bring your helmet and bike and to the CFIS parking lot on Philomethian Street for fun, games and prizes!

Get road ready for summer with:

  • Geiger’s Ski & Sport Haus bike check and minor repair clinic
  • Helmet fitting – and free helmets to those in need
  • Bike registration – with police department so they can locate owners of stolen bikes

Prizes include light sets, bike locks, bells and more!

Food provided by the Chagrin Falls Police Department

Bike-A-Palooza is a bike rodeo for students K-6 grade. The Chagrin Falls Police Department runs the rodeo stations which incorporate different bike safety skills like navigating around pot-holes, signaling a turn, and exiting a drive into the street. The event include free bike inspections by Geiger’s Ski & Sport Haus, helmet fitting and give-away, bike registration, free food and safety games. Safe Routes Chagrin supports the event with promotion, prizes and volunteers along with the CFIS Bike Club.

Spring Fundraisers Coming Soon

Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls  will hold their Annual Fundraiser on May 7th.  Chagrin on Tap is a brand new event taking place in the heart of the village at the new Heinen’s! Formerly called Wine by the Falls, Chagrin on Tap will be a unique and more intimate gathering than YHTCF has had in years past and this year it will be held right by the falls.

Please join us as we savor excellent wines, artisan cheese, craft beers, and hors d’oeuvres created exclusively by Heinen’s chefs. This beautiful and comfortable venue lends itself to easy and relaxed conversation with old and new friends alike. Cleav Peavy will provide live music and all funds raised will directly benefit the many events and programs sponsored by YHTCF in support of our mission to preserve the economic vitality, historic character and unique lifestyle of Chagrin Falls.

Tickets are $150 each, available online at the Your Hometown Chagrin Falls website.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival kicks off of their 8th season on Sunday, May 7  as they celebrate bringing Chagrin Falls the best in documentary film from around the world with one of the best: “Dark Horse”

Pre-film Dinner Reception – 4:30 pm  Cocktails and Cinco de Mayo fusion cuisine  SOLD OUT
CDFF World Headquarters – 49 W. Orange St.

Feature Presentation – 6:30 pm
“Dark Horse”
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre – 40 River St.

About the Film:
“Dark Horse” is an inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse, Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award
“Dark Horse” Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzA9Ct44oes
Dinner and Film $40 SOLD OUT
Film Only $15

Tickets for the film only portion of the fundraiser are still available at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival website.