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Hiram – On July 4th Hiram Police Department held its annual “Bicycle Safety Rodeo” for children. There were 36 participants in the event. Bicyclists were taught the correct use of hand signals, proper bicycle helmet fitting and use, and general safe practices when riding a bicycle.

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Once again, Hiram will be celebrating the birth of our country with a good old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The festivities will kick off on July 3rd, at 7:30 pm with a concert and family fun at the Hiram College Football Field. Swifty the Clown will be on hand to make balloon animals for the kids. At 9:30, weather permitting, the annual fireworks spectacular will begin. And if you enjoy the show, let them know — donations will be accepted to help offset the cost.
On Thursday, July 4th, Hiram has a full schedule of events ranging from face painting, chalk drawing and bike decorating for the Grand Parade, which steps off at 1:30 pm. Everyone is invited to participate, so bring your bike, make a float, drive an antique car, or just show up to enjoy the parade. The route goes north on Hayden and Dean Streets, left on Hinsdale, south on Peckham, and then down State Route 82 to the Hiram Christian Church. Join in the bike rodeo, kids games and old-fashioned contests afterward, or stop by the Frohring Music Building to hear the 37th annual Hiram Community Band play at 4  p.m. For schedule, map and more information, visit hiram4th.com.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians have sent Laura Wilburn, Joseph Miranda and Britney Collins to the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) at Baldwin-Wallace, sponsored by the local club and others in the district.  The young people were drawn from Garfield HS and Windham HS and should return with many ideas and experiences to enrich their schools and communities…just like Rotary!

The group is also looking forward to participating in  the Tall Ships event coming to the harbor in Cleveland , July 4-7.  The tall ships will be open for tours from 11 to 6 and should provide an occasion for education and enjoyment for the whole family.  The event is offered by the Rotary Club of Cleveland  Because of this activity, there will be no regular meeting on July 8th.

G-H Rotary will be participating in the activities of Garrettsville’s SummerFest by having a booth in front of McCumbers-Brady  Realty  offering information on Rotary activities and programs as well as chances on the big raffle prize.  New individuals looking for meaningful community activities are always welcome.

More District and local activities–raffle baskets, InterAct certificates, zone meeting, grant application seminar (with details), new member recruitment, co-operation with the Rotary Club of Mantua– are all on tap.  Join them on Mondays in the Kennedy Center at Hiram College at 5:30.

The triumphal return of Jessica Lyons from her stint as a Rotary Exchange student in Norway was celebrated at the June 3rd meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.

Jessica and her parents, Doug and Karen Lyons, recounted their experiences on both sides of the Atlantic and expressed appreciation for the assistance and support of the local club in making this adventure possible.  All were positive about the personal growth achieved and the expansion of horizons facilitated by the time spent abroad and the communication between the student, the parents, the members, the host families and communities.  It was all about learning…at every level.

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Hiram – On May 18th The Hiram Police Department kicked off the 2103 “Click it or Ticket” seat belt campaign which runs through June 2nd. Motorists were approached at the intersection of Garfield Rd. and Wakefield Rd., all persons in the vehicles that were buckled up were given a voucher for a free ice cream cone at Garrettsville McDonald’s. Motorists and passengers that were not buckled up were provided informative literature and materials detailing the safety benefit of wearing a seat belt. Approximately 800 ice cream vouchers were handed out in the 2 hour timeframe of the kickoff event. Wendy of Golden Girls Landscaping donated 1,000 “Hug Your Heart” magnets that were also distributed to motorists at the event. “I am very thankful that Golden Girls has partnered with Hiram PD to help to spread the word of the benefits of wearing seat belts” Chief Ed Samec said. “They initiated the idea and wanted to do their part to give back to the community. Rick Patrick of Village Motors donated a vehicle for display at the kickoff event.” Hiram PD officers will be strictly enforcing traffic laws and saturation patrols will be in effect during the 2013 “Click it or Ticket” National Campaign. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Chief Ed Samec. “Our goal is to save more lives, so Hiram Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”

The Hiram Community Band is looking for people who can play band instruments and read music, for their annual concert of patriotic, nostalgic and middlebrow pieces at 4pm on the 4th of July, in the street behind Frohring Hall on the Hiram campus. Rehearsals will be on June 20th & 26th and July 2 from 7-9pm in Frohring Hall. There are openings in all sections; trumpets/cornets are particularly needed. Email Jeffrey Quick, jaq@case.edu, or call 330-527-0144, evenings and weekends

At Senior Night at Cardinal High in Middlefield, Hiram-based Communications Factory recognized Elaine Warren as the firm’s eleventh annual college scholarship recipient. Chosen from a large field of highly qualified applicants, Warren demonstrated a great knack for balancing the academic rigors and extracurriculars with her commitment to helping others. She’ll use the $1,000 award from the Factory to help offset some of the costs associated with her college education. 

Elizabeth DeLuca, recently of the University of Findlay, was on the program of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary at their meeting on May 13, 2013.  She is a well-traveled young lady and offered insights on her stays in Japan, Argentina, Peru and Brazil.

Her title for this presentation was ”Through the Looking Glass–seeing American identity through multicultural eyes”.

She found that citizens of these other countries, indeed, had stereotypes of Americans in mind, but the stereotypes were different in each country.  Many of these were based on the America seen in the movies or on television, even You Tube.  They could be about behavior, social mores, hair color, perceived social interaction and warmth, any number of things.  They were often wildly inaccurate.

Returning home was another change of focus and views askew from what she had witnessed in her travels.  Americans seldom recognize the fact that they are based in a certain amount of “colonialist” attitude when dealing with the rest of the world and often fail to respect an “internationalist” outlook–not  “patriotic” enough.  Both within and without America, stereotypes tend to vary by age group ( Depending upon how much television is watched or how many movies are seen perhaps?).  English is everywhere.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is meeting at 5:30 in the Hiram College Kennedy Center on Mondays  through the summer.  There will be no meeting on Memorial Day.

Hiram – The Hiram Police Department is educating children on the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Chief Ed Samec announced that the Hiram Police Department is participating in the AAA Helmet Smart Program this year. Helmet Smart is a unique program for promoting bicycle helmet usage through positive reinforcement.  Hiram police officers will issue “safety citations” when they see children wearing a bike helmet while riding a bicycle. The “safety citations” can be redeemed at Hiram PD, also AAA will also be holding drawings throughout the summer for children who mail a portion of their “safety citation” back to AAA. These children will have a chance to win new bicycles.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians we’re offered renewed insights on the operations and goals of the Coleman Professional Services–Fostering Recovery, Building Independence, Changing Destinies–being offered to the citizens of Portage, Summit, Stark and Trumbull counties here in northeast Ohio and in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties in northwestern Ohio.

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Hiram – Hiram College students and local farmers had the opportunity to meet Joel Salatin, who the New York Times called, “the high priest of the pasture,” and “Virginia’s most multi-faceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson”. Salatin raises livestock free of potentially harmful chemicals on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. He was thrust into the public eye when he and his farm were profiled in the book entitled, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan as well as two subsequent documentaries titled, Food, Inc., and Fresh. 

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians hit the trail last Saturday for their semi-annual roadside clean-up between–where else–Garrettsville and Hiram.  Interact members from James A. Garfield High School–Laura Wilburn, Brittany Sisson, Abigail Hahn, Laura Curby, and Annie Sheller–assisted in completing the project then joined Rotarians at McDonald’s for a pick-me-up after the effort.  Many thanks to Mike Payne and the always-cheerful crew at McD’s…and to the Carlisle family for furnishing the starting point for the effort each year.

This didn’t all just happen on the fly; the 4/22/13 meeting continued the sorting and planning of regular community projects such as this that the club undertakes.  Contacts, recruiting, locations, deadlines, up-grades all have to be investigated and worked into the grand scheme of things ahead of time to make everything work.  Rotary is always looking for new faces and big thinkers to get involved.

One of the new thoughts to surface at the most recent meeting concerned the Headwaters Trail and how the club could be involved in making this be the kind of community asset that it could be.  Tom Collins is likely to be the point man on this, seeking input from Hiram College and the Portage County Park District as well as interested local users of the Trail.

Caitlin Ellerhorst Lawless will be pursuing the possibility of getting a Facebook page up and running for the G-H Rotarians.  Twenty-first Century, here they come!

Hiram – This year the Hiram Village Spring Clean- up at the curb is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013. Old  tire drop off from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the gravel parking lot just south of the Rosser Village Building will take place on that day as well.

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Hiram – Less than twenty-four hours after we enjoyed temperatures in the upper 70s, teams of students, faculty, staff and community members walked amid blowing rain and snow last Friday night at the Charles A. Henry Field track at Hiram College in honor of cancer victims and survivors. Although the weather wasn’t ideal, it didn’t dampen the celebratory mood of this year’s Relay for Life event, themed, “Disney: Dream Big. Hope Big. Relay Big.” 

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Music lovers, seekers after interesting stuff,…here’s your calendar of events coming up in the Hiram College Music department; you’re all invited.

 

Tuesday, April 2–7:30 p.m.–Hayden Auditorium

–Wind Ensemble, Ken Young, conductor

 

Thursday, April 4–12:15-1:15 p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall

–Spring Honors Convocation–outstanding student performers

Thursday, April 4 –7:30 p.m.–Hiram Christian Church

–Alexis Alvorado, Junior Recital

 

Friday, April 5–7:30 p.m.–Hiram Christian Church

–Spring Choral Concert–Dawn Sonntag, conductor

 

Sunday, April 7–3:00 p.m.–Hiram Christian Church

–Chamber Orchestra, Time Staron, Conductor

 

Sunday, April 14–2:00~learn tunes, 3:00~open session

–Traditional Irish Session–Frohring Recital Hall

 

Monday, April 29–7:30p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall

–Randall Fusco, piano

 

Wednesday, May 1–7:30p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall

–Brian Shivers–History of Jazz Vibraphone

 

Friday, May 3– 7:30 p.m.–Kennedy Center Ballroom

Watson Memorial Concert– Scandinavian Folk Music and Dance

 

Monday, May 6–7:30 p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall

–Ariel Minardi, Junior Recital

 

There you go!  Something for just about everyone.  Free.  Open to the public.

Hit ‘em all.  You’ll be glad you did.

 

Hiram – There will be a pancake breakfast on April 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.  The breakfast will be held at the Hiram College Kennedy Center, Dix Dinning Hall.  It is an all you can eat and will be $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 10.  The proceeds go to benefit the Hiram Police Department “Shop with a Cop” program.

This year spring clean-up at the curb will be on May 18, 2013.  The date for drop off, at the Village Building, for tires will also be May 18, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The drop off spot will be in the gravel parking lot beside the Village Building.

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The Sierra Club invites you to join them at Hiram College on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 123 in Gerstacker Hall to view the film, “Carbon Nation”.  The event is free and open to the public–all local residents, Hiram College students, staff and faculty.  There will be a discussion period following the screening.

“Carbon Nation” is a climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change.  It has received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, The Huffington Post, the Austin Chronicle, the Evangelical Environmental Network, among others.  It’s a documentary that by-passes politics and finger-pointing to focus on enterprising individuals–from a wind farmer to a solar panel retrofitter–who are devising business-minded ways to avert the looming climate crisis.

Wildfires, super storms, droughts and record temperatures all point to the realization that 2013 must be the year that our leaders take action to address climate disruption.

Got an opinion?  Want to get more information?  Care to discuss it?

This is for you.  Join the Climate Conversation

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Hiram – On March 23, a head-shaving fundraiser in honor of this fictitious saint will be hosted by the Hiram Fire Department Fire Fighter Association’s (HFDFFA). So why host an event — especially one where people lose their hair — for a fake saint? Because more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

The last meeting involved gearing up for the district Four-Way Speech Contest coming up on March 23 at Aurora High School.  Local high school speakers are urged to sign up to participate…cash prizes and good practice for real-world situations.  The local competition will take place on March 18.  Speak up, kids!

TOWN HALL MEETING WITH STATE SEN. JOHN EKLUND

On Friday, March 1, 2013 AT 8:30 A.M., State Sen. John Eklund will be at Koritansky Hall to exchange ideas and discuss the state’s new proposed 2014-2015 budget and any other matters of concern to our community. Koritansky Hall is located in the heart of Hiram at the intersections of SR 700, 82 and 305. All are invited to attend.

Hiram Twp.  – As of January, 2013, Kathy Schulda was voted Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Steve Pancost was voted Vice Chairman and Regional Planning Commission Representative. Meeting minutes from the past two meetings were approved, and are now available to view downloaded at the Hiram Township web site, hiramtownship.org. 

Garrettsville – More Family Week prep for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary–Carolyn Miller, liaison with the Windham Schools, outlined her very thorough plans and procedures promoting all phases of the operation.  She’s an organizer!  Other facets of the festivities–recognition for couples married fifty years or more (seeking nominations), contests (and judging of same), prizes, sponsors, Fun Day activities–all came in for discussion as well.  It’s coming and it’ll be , as advertised, FUN!

Amy Crawford will be stepping, at least temporarily, into the treasurer’s position.

Chris and Jessie Cavalier provided the program for the evening, as they introduced their newly-opened computer  business in Garrettsville.  Their Managed Service Package includes all sorts of features that computer users often don’t know that they need until they NEED them, RIGHT NOW.  These include IT maintenance, workstation management, set-ups, security–all tailored to fit the specific demands of individuals or businesses.  Could be classes or community outreach…could be repair…could be headache reduction…could be management of technical devices to ensure maximum utility and savings.  The FAQ session was lively.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets at 5:30 on Monday evenings in the Hiram College Dining Hall.  Dinner @ 5:30, meeting @ 6:00.

Hiram – Sue Skrovan was sworn in by Hiram Village Mayor Bertrand as the newly appointed Fiscal Officer at the last Village Council meeting. Skrovan, who was officially appointed by a unanimous vote of the Hiram Village Council on December 27, started in her new role on December 28. Skrovan, a 20-year resident of Mantua, has served as the Assistant Clerk for the Village of Mantua for over six years before being hired by Hiram. “It was a great opportunity for me,” states Skrovan. In larger communities, the Fiscal Officer position is usually an elected one. To run for office, applicants must generally live in the community they wish to serve. The opportunity in Hiram was an appointed position, and residency was not required. 

Garrettsvelle-Hiram Rotarians are rarin’ to go with all aspects of the familiar local activity, focused on highlighting just about everything about families, all kinds, all ages, all the time.  Keep an eye out for more information as the dates draw near.  Threre’ll be something for everyone.  And if you want to get involved, say participating in the kick-off music festival or  the Fun Day on March 3, step right up.  Contact Delores McCumbers at McCumbers-Brady Realty on Garrettsville’s Main St.  The more, the merrier.

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Hiram – The Hiram Police Department is proud to announce the acquisition of a $2,437.20 grant award from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Grant. The grant will be directed toward the purchase of new portable communication radio units. 

I was deeply saddened by the recent news that a Hiram College freshman named Chavonne Chin-Albert, passed away of an apparent suicide. The campus community was notified Saturday via email, prayers were requested for her and her family. Counselors were available to talk with students and the Chapel opened Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for those who wanted to have a quiet place to reflect. 

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Looking for a little adventure, a little touch of world travel to your musical  experience?  Well, then, the Music Department  at Hiram College has just the thing for you.  And it’s all free![hr]

Sunday, February 17–Traditional Irish session,  2:00–learn tunes, 3:00–Open session, play away!  Frohring Recital Hall

Friday, February 22–Shanua ~ Irish and World Music from their new CD, “Enchantment,” 7:30p.m.–Hiram Christian Church.  A Hiram Community Trust Event

Saturday, March 16–Michael Chikuzen Gould ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Flute, 7:30 p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall.  A Hiram Community Trust Event

Wednesday, March 20–Department Recital–hear the local voices & players, 7:30 p.m.–Frohring Recital Hall

Wednesday, March 27–Jazz Ensemble, Paul Ferguson, conductor; African Ensemble, Olugbala Manns, conductor, 7:30 p.m.–Hayden Auditorium

Tuesday, April 2–Wind Ensemble, Ken Young, conductor, 7:30 p.m.–Hayden Auditorium

Thursday, April 4–Spring Honors Convocation, Outstanding Student Performers, 12:15-1:15–Frohring Recital Hall

Friday, April 5–Spring Choral Concert, Dawn Sontag, conductor, 7:30 p.m.–Hiram Christian Church

Sunday, April 7–Chamber Orchestra, Tim Staron, conductor, 3:00p.m.–Hiram Christian Church

Sunday, April 14–Traditional Irish Session, 2:00–learn tunes, 3:00–Open session, Frohring Recital Hall

Monday, April 29–Randall Fusco, piano, 7:30 p.m.–Hayden Auditorium

Friday, May 3–Watson Memorial Concert, Scandinavian Folk Music and Dance, 7:30 p.m.–Kennedy Center Ballroom

PLUS : a rescheduled art song recital with guest artist Susan Olsen & Dawn Sontag, to be announced at a later date

Around the world and your passport never even had to be renewed.  Such a deal!

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Everybody gets the blues sometimes—but depression is very different from the blues. About 18.8 million Americans experience depressive disorders that affect how they sleep, eat, feel about themselves, and live their lives. Depression has physical and emotional symptoms and cannot be wished away; people with depression can’t just “pull themselves together.” There are different types of depressive disorder, each with its own symptoms and treatment options. There’s a variety of treatment and support options. Depression can be treated, and people can recover.

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Hiram - According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the annual current dollar prices for the 2010-2011 academic year for undergraduate tuition, room and board were estimated to be $13,600 at public institutions and a whopping $36,300 at private institutions. NCES also reports that only one in eight students enrolled full-time at 4-year institutions received scholarships in 2003-04 and about 1 in 10, received scholarships on average in 2007-08. So what can prospective college students and their parents do during these challenging economic times to be one of those lucky scholarship recipients? Quite simply, applying for more scholarships increases the likelihood of receiving additional tuition money.

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Hiram – What really needed restoration at the end of the hike was my pair of boots, which were never intended to stand up to THAT much mud.

This was another adventure offered by the Friends of the Hiram Field Station, which has been organizing expeditions to quite a number of fascinating sites across northeast Ohio, in urban areas as well as wooded acreage, streams of all sizes, park acquisitions and cool stuff in general.

Hiram – Patrolman Dave Ovens has been selected at “Hiram Police Department Officer of the Year” by his peers for 2012. Ptl. Ovens has continually shown that he is willing to go above and beyond and has dedicated himself to serving as a mentor to the other officers of the Hiram Police Department. Ptl. Ovens is instrumental in the development and organization of Hiram’s community programs which he has partnered with AAA and serves as an educator to teen drivers in regards to safe driving habits. Ptl. Ovens is also an active instructor at Kent State University Police Academy.

Musicians! 

Check out the possibilities of playing in the Hiram Chamber Orchestra.  Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 in Frohring Recital Hall.  Lockers are available in the Frohring Music Building; instruments are available if your old  sackbut or bassoon is in traction for a while.  This can be a credit course or purely for enjoyment.  If you’re yearning to get back into your own music scene, give it a shot.

Start now, the spring concert will be on April 17 at the Hiram Christian Church.[hr]

Rotarians!

Rotarians, bust your buttons, take a bow, last week’s Time Magazine prominently mentioned the role of Rotary International in their feature story about the global initiative to eradicate polio.  The Rotary Foundation has been pivotal in virtually wiping out what was once a worldwide scourge, especially of children.  There are now only three countries–Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria–where the disease remains endemic.  And the fight goes on.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets on Mondays at 5:30 in the Hiram College Dining Hall; membership is always open.[hr]

AND…just in case you missed the END of the WORLD, there IS a comet heading for our solar system.  The newly-discovered Comet ISON, currently passing between the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn, could be one of the brightest ones ever observed in history(That is, since anybody was able to write about it).  If it escapes a close encounter with the sun, it could show up in our night sky as luminous as a full moon sometime around December, 2013.  Watch for it.

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David Haas, nationally renowned composer of liturgical music, has composed a song entitled “In the Love of Christ” for the people of St. Ambrose Church in Garrettsville, OH. The song will premier during a concert/workshop presented by David Haas and Lori True January 18 & 19, 2013 in Hiram Ohio at Hayden Auditorium. This event is funded in part by the Hiram Community Trust and St. Ambrose Church. The concert will be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30pm in Hayden Auditorium, Hiram, OH. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:30am -2:30pm, also in Hayden Auditorium. Registration forms for the concert and/or workshop may be found at www.stambroseonline.com  Tickets purchased prior to January 14th will be sold at discounted rate. 

The members of Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary recently hosted the assistant District Governor of District 6630, George Schumacher, for the induction ceremony confirming new members Caitlin Ellerhorst Lawless, Mary Ann Brockett, Tom Collins and Don Holtry  (LDS corporate member).  

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are on the move again.  They’re planning for their annual Christmas party on December 17…including the White Elephant gift exchange, which is always a hit(lots of peanuts).  They’re finalizing their lists (addresses, not who’s been naughty or nice) for the Santa gift delivery on December 23–any donations got to support the People Tree–and setting up routes for the “right jolly old elf” to get presents to the right jolly houses that will be waiting for him on that evening.  They’re sending out thank you notes to all of the generous contributors to the recent fundraiser.  They”re having an induction ceremony for new members on December 10.  They’re discussing the possibility of  using printed placemats for use in  eating establishments in the area as another avenue of fundraising to incorporate local advertising and information about Rotary and its many activities.  They’re patting themselves on the back for being a part of the Rotary International float in the Rose Bowl Parade in January, 2013.  Look for the roses with the G-H logo.

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Hiram - Hiram College has received a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, based in New York City, that will help the College digitalize its massive collection of documents and photos related to the life and times of James A. Garfield.

The $10,000 one-year grant is only part of the funding that will be necessary to convert the collection, which contains thousands of original handwritten and other documents, journals, records, and photos from throughout Garfield’s life, including his time at the Western Reserve Eclectic Society, which was the precursor of Hiram College, and some papers from his brief time as President of the United States.

The documents will be digitized for easier use by researchers and scholars interested in Garfield, and will be made available to the public electronically through the OhioLINK Digital Resources Commons, a consortium of 88 Ohio academic libraries in partnership with the State Library.

Jennifer Morrow, Hiram’s archivist, said many of the materials in the collection are fragile with age, and that digitalization will preserve their content and increase access to them. Previously special permission was needed to view the documents, which are stored in the Hiram College library’s climate controlled archives.

Garfield was a student and later President of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, founded in 1850. He also represented Hiram and surrounding portions of northeast Ohio in the Ohio General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives, before being elected President in 1880. He died of wounds from an assassination attempt in 1881.

For more information about Hiram College, please visit www.hiram.edu .

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians, meeting in the Hiram College Dining Hall on November 19, began their planning for the 2013 Family Week activities, one of the community projects that been a hallmark of the group’s local outreach.  Contacts for the participation of area groups and individuals will be beginning soon and those  wishing to be a part of the action are urged to step up ASAP to be in on the fun.

Hiram – Recently a group of women from Hiram Christian Church completed an outreach sewing project called “Little Dresses for Africa”.  These dresses were sent to girls in Africa living in orphanages, churches and schools. It is the belief that every girl should have a pretty dress.  With the help of a quilt group in Mantua we were able to complete and send well  over 100 dresses.

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On Friday, December 7, the Hiram Community Choruses–Hiram Women’s Chorus, directed by Damaris Peters Pike and Hiram Men’s Chorus, directed by Jose’ Gotera–will present “Sounds of the Season”, a selection of both familiar and adventurous pieces incorporating the vocal instruments of the participants, harp, recorder, drum and the accomplished accompaniment of Patricia Amor at the piano.

Hiram - The Hiram Police Department was recently recognized and received the AAA Platinum AWARD for Community Traffic Safety. The AAA Platinum level is the highest level of recognition from AAA. The Hiram Police Department is the only department in Portage County to receive the AAA recognition of Platinum level. We have dedicated much emphasis and attention toward the area of traffic and community safety, We have adopted and implemented programs that educate, demonstrate, and enforce traffic and pedestrian safety issues ranging from bicycle safety, seat belt use, impaired driving, child passenger safety seats, just to mention a few. Every year there are tragic and unfortunate traffic related fatalities that may have been reduced if certain safety precautions were practiced and followed. “Our goal is to continue to educate and encourage safety related practices in our community and do everything I can do as the Chief of Police to create a safer roadway environment for everyone who may travel upon our roadways.” We are honored to be recognized by AAA in the manner in which the Hiram Police Department has been highlighted for our efforts toward traffic and pedestrian safety.

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Noted artist and print-maker Clayton Pond has donated 21 of his limited edition silk-screen prints to Hiram College.

Pond, who pioneered silk screen print-making processes in the 1960’s and ‘70s, and gained notoriety in association with the New Realism and Pop Art communities of artists, who converged on New York City’s Soho district, said he made the donation to Hiram because it is where he took his first-ever art class and it shaped his future as an artist.

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Hiram – Hiram College and The Friends of the Hiram College Field Station are sponsoring a tour of the Platte River, Nebraska March 18-24, 2013, that gives travelers a chance to experience one of the most extraordinary phenomena in nature – the annual migration of Sandhill cranes.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are geared up for their annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction fund-raiser, to be held at SugarBush Golf Course.  Ticket sales are on-going and can be purchased from any member; stop in at the Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty for more information or tickets.  It promises to be another bang-up success, with many local-source items up for bid and available to the shrewd and the lucky and fun-lovers of all ages.  The catered dinner –steak or chicken–will undoubtedly promote conviviality among the varied attendees from across the community.