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Heather Braddock

Heather Braddock is the reporter for the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. She hails from Bedford, where she and her husband Michael (who is also her photographer) live. A Kent State University graduate of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult education for Integrated Language Arts, Heather is a high school English, media studies and communication teacher at Akron Digital Academy. She is pursuing her Masters in English for Teachers with a focus on journalism.

Chagrin River Restoration Project to Move Forward

| Published on May 29, 2013

Aurora – The City of Aurora’s plan to purchase and restore a portion of the Aurora Golf Club and restore the 186-acre section, which includes over 8,000 feet of the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River and 13 acres of wetlands, is moving forward. The property now belongs to the …

Bark Bone-anza

| Published on May 29, 2013

Aurora – The City of Aurora hosted their 5th annual Bark Bone-anza Sunday, May 19th at Tails n’ Trails, the city’s dog park near Sunny Lake Park. The event is largely planned and run by Freedom Greyhound Rescue (FGR).
According to Colleen Martin, the Community Events Coordinator for Aurora’s Parks and …

Streetsboro Tough Towner

| Published on April 24, 2013

Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro hosted the Tough Towner competition on Saturday, April 20th. The four-mile course’s starting and finish lines were at Streetsboro City Park and included a section through school grounds. According to Matt Campana, owner of Corporate Motivation, which is the company that brought the race …

Streetsboro City Schools Rebuilding Opportunity

| Published on April 21, 2013

Streetsboro – Streetsboro City Schools (SCSD) has been offered the opportunity to rebuild all of the district’s educational facilities. This opportunity comes from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC).
According to Streetsboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Calfee, the district will build a new high school on the east side of …

“The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

| Published on April 21, 2013

Streetsboro – Streetsboro High School is putting on the play “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” on April 26th and 27th. The play, which is a version written by Noah Smith rendition of the classic tale, is being directed by Streetsboro High School teacher Jim Boardwine. 

Streetsboro Tough Towner

| Published on April 1, 2013

Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro will host the Tough Towner competition on April 20th. It will start and finish at Streetsboro City Park and the 4-mile course, which will also travel throughout school grounds, will include 25 obstacles such as a mud bog as well as a wall for …

Ohio Teacher Selected as Finalist in The View’s Hilarious Teacher Competition

| Published on March 8, 2013

Last November, Marty Drexler of Canton took second place at Slim and Jumbos in the Fourth Garrettsville Comedy Show competition, which was a fundraiser for the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre. He has competed at numerous local venues for stand-up comedy. On Wednesday, February 27th, he had the opportunity to take …

Quilt Codes Scavenger Hunt

| Published on February 20, 2013

Aurora -  Aurora Memorial Library partnered with the Aurora Historical Society to hold a quilt code scavenger hunt this week. The quilt codes are from the Underground Railroad and Civil War era clues that helped escaped slaves reach freedom.

Streetsboro’s Thomas Heritage Park

| Published on February 6, 2013

Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro has plans to update its new park, which was recently named Thomas Heritage Park via a vote by the residents last November. The name comes from Osman Thomas, who operated the property as a farm in the 1920s.
According to Mayor Glenn Broska, the land …

Chagrin River Restoration Project

| Published on January 3, 2013

Aurora – The City of Aurora has secured funding for the Chagrin River Restoration Project that will restore and protect over a mile of the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River. 

Wind in the Woods

| Published on January 3, 2013

Auburn Twp. – Diane and Tom Jones always dreamed of owning horses. As they both grew up in Maple Heights, their dream did not come true until later in life. Now, they are the proud owners of a horse farm that they call The Wind in the Woods.

Portage APL Holiday Promotion

| Published on December 13, 2012

Portage County – The Portage County Animal Protective League is holding a holiday adoption promotion this month. It started Tuesday, December 11th and continues through the end of the month.

Streetsboro Holiday Shop with a Cop

| Published on December 13, 2012

Streetsboro – The Streetsboro Police Department held its annual Holiday Shop with a Cop on Saturday, December 8th. Working in conjunction with Streetsboro City School District as well as officers who had knowledge of the needs of local families, forty-one children were selected to participate in the event.

Portage APL Fundraising Event

| Published on December 7, 2012

Portage County – The Portage County Animal Protective League held their second Paws to Taste fundraising event Saturday, December 1st at The Fairways at Twin Lakes. The event offered heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer tasting as well as a silent auction.

Streetsboro Council Receives Flag From Soldiers

| Published on November 29, 2012

Streetsboro -One Streetsboro family had extra reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving; Carl Fischer Jr and his unit returned home November 16th, and should be home for the holidays.

Rockets to the Rescue!

| Published on November 20, 2012

Streetsboro – A conversation between friends on Facebook transformed into a whole community pulling together to help fellow Americans who have been suffering these past few weeks. On Sunday, November 11th, the community of Streetsboro held a benefit dinner at Stringz and Wingz to gather donations for the victims of …

Girls On The Run’s Upcoming Marathon

| Published on November 8, 2012

Streetsboro – Girls On The Run (GOTR), a national non-profit, after-school organization dedicated to helping girls strengthen not just their bodies, but also their characters, is holding a 5k marathon Sunday, November 11th at Blossom Music Center. The gates open at 8 a.m. 

Aurora Antique Appraisal Fair

| Published on October 22, 2012

Aurora – The Aurora Historical Society held an Antiques Appraisal Fair Saturday, October 13th at the library gallery and Aurora Historical Society Museum.
According to Diane Oberle, who is a chairperson at the historical society, the antique dealers’ specialties included, but were by no means limited to, coins, books, paintings, figurines …

Anna Maria of Aurora Breaks Ground

| Published on September 29, 2012

Aurora – Anna Maria of Aurora has a new site at the old Geauga Lake hotel. The new site, called The Atrium at Anna Maria, will not replace the current facility, which has been in operation for nearly fifty years, but rather will supplement its functions.

Thunder Over Aurora

| Published on September 24, 2012

Aurora – Saturday, September 22nd at 7pm, Aurora High School will behosted Thunder Over Aurora for the fourth year in a row. Thunder Over Aurora is an extended half-time show held at the high school’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Thunder Over Aurora was started in 2009 in response to the public’s enjoyment …

Bears in Ohio

| Published on August 24, 2012

In recent years, for the first time since 1850 when unregulated hunting and deforestation changed the ecology of the region, Ohioans have been spotting a large animal lumbering through the area with some frequency: the American black bear.
Although a few rare reports persisted throughout the years since the mid-1800’s, the …

Kids 4 Coleman

| Published on August 9, 2012

Ravenna – The Coleman Adult Day Services in Ravenna provides care and services for the elderly; services such nursing, personal care assistance, meals,  therapeutic and recreational activities. Four years ago, they faced budget cuts. These cuts would have limited the services they could provide for their patients. For the family …

Truck Day at Aurora Farms

| Published on August 9, 2012

Aurora – Aurora Farms Premium Outlets teamed up with the City of Aurora to hold Truck Day Saturday, August 4th. From 10-2, families strolled around Aurora Farms, with the children weaving between and climbing on trucks of all sorts. Some even mischievously tugged the air horn cables to unleash a …

Paws for Golf

| Published on August 9, 2012

Portage APL held it’s 5th annual Paws for Golf charity outing at Aurora Golf Club Saturday, August 4th. In front of the main entrance, a fleet of golf carts awaited drivers, with a sign hung amongst them proclaiming: “Portage APL Thanks You!”

Car Cruisin’ Days at Sirna’s Market and Deli

| Published on August 5, 2012

Aurora – If you are driving down State Route 43 in Aurora Wednesday evenings, you may be surprised to see a large number of classic cars cruising on past. The car-enthusiast eye candy is all thanks to the Car Cruisin’ Days being held at Sirna’s Market and Deli.

Accent Live Concert at Breezy Point Park

| Published on August 5, 2012

Aurora – The City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department has  teamed up with local businesses to provide a free concert every other Wednesday this summer. From 7-9 p.m., family-oriented music will be played by live bands out of the Breezy Point Park gazebo, with plenty of free parking located …