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As many get set to make new memories at this year’s Blossom Time, some longtime residents hold close special recollections of years gone by.

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Chagrin Falls Middle School won the Iron Giraffe Challenge Super School Award by raising $25,576.47 – the highest amount out of any school in the country – for Water for South Sudan. 

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In addition to Blossom Time, put on hold for the past two years due to the pandemic, Chagrin Falls parks will be home to a number of activities and events this year, and the village’s Park Commission members couldn’t be happier.

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A local woman and her son found themselves in a precarious situation last week when they sought emergency protection at the Chagrin Falls Police Department only to find the doors were locked.

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The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Rubber Ducky Race over the Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 14 at Riverside Park. The duck that sails down the river, under the bridge, and over the falls fastest will win $1,000. 

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When Chagrin Falls resident Kathryn S. Garvey, a mother of three, first gathered a group of parents in 2007 to share concerns about the need for safe walkability for their children to and from school, “all we wanted were crossing guards at the time,” she recalled with a laugh.

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For two straight summers, the Chagrin Falls village council has passed legislation placing a seasonal moratorium on certain zoning regulations to allow restaurants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide socially-distanced outdoor dining in front, side, and rear yard setback areas.

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Chagrin Falls Council members unanimously approved a one-time waiver Monday evening allowing the Chagrin Valley Jaycees to serve beer and wine to invited guests in a private “Jaycee Tent” during Blossom Time May 25-28.

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A handful of residents turned out Monday for a public “listening session” presented by the Chagrin Falls Village Council to weigh in on the initial design for a proposed replacement playground in Riverside Park.

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Students at Gurney Elementary enjoyed a performance along with a pertinent lesson during an assembly on April 19 by Dancing Wheels, a physically integrated dance company that incorporates dancers with and without wheelchairs. 

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Like has been the case since it opened its doors in 1959 – making it the last of the original shops in the Chagrin Falls Shopping Plaza – there’s always a story to be told at the Mug & Brush.

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New York fashion designer Christian Siriano, the onetime enfant terrible of the “Project Runway” TV series who won season four to become that show’s number one success story, will be in Chagrin Falls to ply his trade beginning May 1.

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Fairmount Center for the Arts named Elizabeth Bolander as its new executive director. She brings 15 years experience as an arts administrator, having most recently worked as Senior Director of Philanthropy and External Relations at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

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The Chagrin Falls Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) overturned three decisions of the village architectural review board (ARB) on April 13 and granted a North Street couple the right to finish exterior remodeling of their century home to their original plans.

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Comments on the village’s social media page regarding the proposed replacement playground in Riverside Park prompted Chagrin Falls Council to call a public “listening session” at 7 p.m. Monday prior to their regularly scheduled meeting.

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Organizers of the Chagrin Documentary Festival (CDFF) have launched its first-ever capital campaign with a $1 million goal to secure a permanent home for the festival in downtown Chagrin Falls.

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As the search begins to replace outgoing Kenston Schools Superintendent Nancy Santilli, at least one local school board member wishes they would focus on finding a home-grown replacement rather than using a national search firm.

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The Geauga County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve the request for the County Engineer’s Office to reject all bids for the Asphalt Resurfacing of Washington Street in Bainbridge Township and approve the request to rebid for the project.

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A one-time waiver allowing the Chagrin Valley Jaycees to serve beer and wine to members and permitted guests during Blossom Time in Riverside Park was discussed Monday by the facilities and services committee and the village council referred to the law director for clarification.

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Take a walk around Gurney Elementary School or Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, among other district buildings, and the tangible impact of this dedicated group of dads is made clear.

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April 15 is World Art Day and in Chagrin Falls it will be celebrated with a temporary outdoor floral installation supported by the Valley Art Center (VAC) and featuring a local floristry artist working in real time on conservation land at the top of the Stairway to the Falls downtown.

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The crystal clear sweeping riffles of the Chagrin River met the first rays of spring sun recently as South Russell resident Dan Pribanic described his perfect day.

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The Burton Scot company, working in Chagrin Falls on its annual road repair program, was contracted to perform additional work in the village at a cost of $159,247. Village council unanimously approved the expenditure.

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The Chagrin Falls Library is inviting visitors of all ages to a variety of free programs throughout April. 

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