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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.

Hiram – There’s a new garden in Hiram, a quiet place for reflection tucked in behind the Hiram Christian Church. Previously, the spot was not much to look at — just a vacant house, looking lonely and dejected. But when Gail Horning Hazard saw the site, she saw what it could become — a fitting tribute.  She had been looking for a way to memorialize her dad, Millard Horning, since his passing last November.

Hiram Township – Township Resident Diane Rodhe made an appearance at the October 2nd Hiram Township trustees meeting to thank residents for the support for her son Justin Rodhe, shot putter at the Summer Olympics in London.  Mrs. Rodhe shared, “Thank you for the banners — Justin appreciated the show of support from Hiram.” Her son has been in Canada since 2008, initially going to train with former Soviet Olympic gold medalist Anatoliy Bonderchuk. While there, Justin Rodhe married a Canadian athlete, become a citizen and competed as a part of the Canadian track and field team.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, meeting in their new location in the Hiram College Dining Hall, eyed their schedule for the coming season…it’s going to be busy.
New member Merlynn Jones and visitor –though not an unknown—John Zimmerman were introduced and gave brief bios and remarks.
First up on October 15 will be the speakers  from the RYLA program this past summer who will recount their experiences and future plans.  Also at this time there may be another update  on exchange student Jessica Lyons, possibly from her parents, possibly “live and in person”  on the internet via Skype.  This meeting will be held in the Brown-Fall Room in the Kennedy Center at 6:30.
Tom Collins reported the addition of local Boy Scouts to the workforce for the approaching roadside clean-up between Garrettsville and Hiram on State Route 82
The  District 6630 Governor’s meeting will be held on October 22; more discussion is in store for the Governor’s Project and the corporate membership options.
The plans for the Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction are ready to leave the station.  Get on board!

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Parents hungry for information to help their teenaged children make their college choices can get the answers to their questions when Hiram College hosts “College Camp: A Training Program for Parents,” from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, in the Kennedy Center located on the Hiram campus.

Hiram – Hiram went to the dogs last Saturday as the Police Department held a “Fill a Police Car” Food Drive and Pet Adoption event at the Municipal Building.  Police Chief Ed Samec, the event organizer, invited 16 pet rescue and adoption organizations to join in this community-focused event which also raised food and funds for the 4Cs Food Pantry. Samec, an avid animal lover, states his purpose in creating the event, “There are so many animals that need loving homes, and want to be part of a loving family; I wanted to create an event that offered families and homeless animals an opportunity to begin a lifetime of love.” Samec and his fiancé, both animal advocates, know all about the unconditional love pets bring to a family. Their family unit includes a rescued pit bull and greyhound, several cats and a menagerie of other pets that would make Dr. Doolittle a little jealous. And Chief Samec helped some lucky pets and their new families find it as well, with six adoptions and pending adoptions resulting from the event.

Hiram Twp – The Hiram Township Trustees met on September 18 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Normal business was conducted, including selection of JHI Painting of Mantua to update and paint the shake and wood trim on the historic Hiram Township Hall building.

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Hiram – On the eve of September 11, the Hiram Village Council held their monthly meeting. After the meeting was called to order, Mayor Lou Bertrand read a synopsis of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A moment of silence was observed in respect for those who lost their lives. The council began regular business after the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Todd Peetz from Portage County Regional Planning, presented the plan for “Visioning in Portage.”  Mr. Peetz stated that the county-wide comprehensive plan will be created to “Protect Portage County’s natural and cultural heritage, while preserving and promoting livelihoods in a sustainable manner to support economic growth throughout our communities.”

Hiram – On September 8, the Hiram Police Department held its “Cops and Kids” Fishing Day event at Camp Asbury. The Cops and Kids Fishing Day event is focused on bringing community children closer to police officers and building lifelong bonds. The weather started out with rain, but the skies cleared, the fish were biting, and fun was had by all. “This is an excellent program we intend to hold every year”, Chief Ed Samec said. “Its great to see our police officers interacting with the children and having fun, we had families from Portage and Geauga County come to the event, Zach Ladow of Middlefield caught the biggest largemouth bass of the day.” Chief Ed Samec added. Another intent of the Cops and Kids fishing day event is to bring families closer together with quality time. The Hiram police Department Cops and Kids Fishing Day event was made a success by our sponsors. We would like to graciously thank the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approving the “Cops and Kids” grant, Buckeye Worm for their donation of the bait, Bergs Eye Apparel, Middlefield Flambeau, Middlefield Save-a-Lot, The Ladow family for catering the event, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Ravenna Wal-Mart, Harrison’s Hideaway, Middlefield Plastics, Kiwanis of the Western Reserve. Every person that attended the “Cops and Kids” fishing day event received an event T-shirt, a tackle box, live bait, hula-hoop, fishing lures, and lunch, all being items donated or purchased from the ODNR grant. “This event was awesome and didn’t cost the tax payers anything; it was totally free to anybody who attended” Chief Ed Samec said. The Hiram Police Department intends to have many more community programs that give back to the community.

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Music lovers, take note.  Hiram College Music Department  has released its fall schedule of events, open to the public and with events appealing to many tastes and free!

September 27–Convocation (12:15-1:15 pm)  Faculty Showcase Concert– Frohring Music Recital Hall

October 30–Convocation (12:15-1:15pm) Student Recital–Frohring Music Recital Hall

November 7–Jazz Ensemble Concert (7:30 pm)–Hayden Auditorium

November 9–Hiram College Choral Concert (7:30 pm)–Hayden Auditorium

November 11–Hiram College Orchestra Concert (3:00 pm)–Frohring Music Recital Hall

November 14–Wind Ensemble Concert (7:30pm)–Hayden Auditorium

December 7–Hiram Community Chorus Concert “The Sounds of the Season”–Hayden Auditorium

**  And speaking of Community Chorus…watch for information on the start-up–no auditions, no fees, just fun– Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Combined Chorus–singing with friends.  Join up!
Stay tuned for announcements of additional music events which may be available at a later date, all free, all open to the public.  Take advantage of the opportunity to hear something new, or old favorites.

Hiram – There is no more recurrent and pervasive problem in the world than food and world hunger, and the entire campus of Hiram College will be focusing on it this school year with a series of public events, and focused learning opportunities.

In the 2012-13 school year more than a dozen major events and seventeen courses across many academic disciplines will explore this year’s “Food and Hunger” theme at Hiram. Each year since 2006, Hiram’s Center for Engaged Ethics has selected a theme around which the campus and community do common reading linked to academic coursework and lectures by scholars and experts about an “urgent challenge of the day.”  Past themes have included war, civility, and sustainability.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians and their guests–District Governor Steve Zabor, past District Governor Jay Dzurilla, Daniel Cartwright, Caitlyn Lawless and Tom & Sherri Collins– recently were treated to a program presented by  Carol Dombrose, founder and operator of Angel House, a facility offering retreats and other programs for inner city young people, and member of the Strongsville Rotary Club.

On July 16th, the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary club was treated to a travelogue and a performance by Tyler Brady, a member of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, just returned from a tour of Hungary and Poland.   He described the logistics of the tour and many of the experiences shared by the ninety-some students on the trip, which had enjoyable scenery and side trips as well as  performances to appreciative audiences at several venues.  Of particular interest were the visits to Auschwitz, to Krakow, to the relics of Pope John Paul II, to the bath houses of Budapest, to the salt mines.  He had mementos of all sorts and a video of singing Ukrainians; he had memories of a lifetime.