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Troy Twp. – This past weekend Troy Township held its  Annual Homecoming Celebration behind the community center off  State Route 422, near the intersection of State Route 700. They had many things one would expect to find at an old fashioned homecoming celebration. Horseshoe tournaments, magic show, Civil War encampment,  pick-up truck pulls, a parade, live music, pet show, crafts, food, cloggers, Jungle Terry and his menagerie and so much more. The event was a time to slow down, kick back and enjoy a relaxing weekend getting reacquainted with one’s neighbors and community.
The event kicked-off Friday morning with a pancake breakfast followed by crowning of a queen later in the evening, to preside over the festivities. They also held a Mrs. Troy Contest and a Mr. Best Legs Contest. The event ran all weekend with a parade, live music and a hot air balloon launch.
On display in the community house was the Troy Museum which held the history of the township and the homecoming celebrations of yesteryear. When one stepped into the history museum they were greeted by a committee member who was well informed on the event’s history, which was quite interesting.  I discovered that although the township was established in 1811, historians believe the homecoming wasn’t started until 1911. Historians believe the posters that advertised the homecoming celebrations like the 150th Troy Homecoming were actually referring to the year the township was settled, not the actual homecoming celebration.   The first homecoming in 1911 was actually a Troy School Reunion. Sometime later it was referred to as the Troy Homecoming and School Reunion, then finally Troy Homecoming as we know it today.

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Troy Twp. – Troy Homecoming is a free community festival held in southern Geauga County (at Troy Community Center; 13950 Main Market Road; Burton, Ohio 44021) on August 9-11, 2013. In this age of high tech distractions, Troy Township residents and friends are standing out by rejuvenating old-fashioned fellowship and fun.

A team of community-oriented folk have joined forces to rekindle a century-old tradition. 2013 will be Troy Homecoming’s third year of revival, bringing back nostalgic games, living history through Civil War encampment, live entertainment and other wholesome activities.

Come join your neighbors in a beautiful gathering of families enjoying the ever expanding schedule of entertainment and activities while sampling the wares of local businesses.

To participate or for more information contact Donna Matzek (donnamatzek@yahoo.com / 440-227-1168) or visit www.TroyHomecoming.org (website is under construction). Presale raffle tickets are available (1st prize is a side of beef, 2nd prize is a Weber gas grill, 3rd prize is “Best of Geauga County” basket that includes donations from various establishments).

Troy Twp – Ken Zwolinski, owner of Ken’s Auto Body in Troy Township, prepares to spray painted rain barrels with a clear coat sealant at his shop.  Ken began donating this service to the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign four years ago when his daughter, Taryn Zwolinski, painted her first barrel for the project.   The District truly appreciates the Zwolinski family’s dedication to water conservation and community education!

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Geauga County – Agape Christian Academy is hosting an Open House on Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at both of its campuses. Parents and children are invited to attend and learn more about the school, tour the facilities and meet the staff. There will be refreshments and activities for the children.
The school serves students at two campuses. The Burton Campus houses the Preschool and Elementary students through Fifth Grade. It is located at 14220 Claridon Troy Road in Burton just a few miles north of the Burton square. The Troy Campus opened in 2010 and houses Sixth Grade through High School. It’s located at the intersections of Route 700 and 422 in Troy – the address is 17791 Claridon Troy Road, Hiram.
For more information visit the school’s website www.agapeca.com or call the school at 440.834.8022.

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Troy Twp. – Come see history in the “re-making!” Sandy Zikursh (rhymes with “licorice”), well-known historical impersonator, will be performing at Brooks House Assisted Living Community remembering the pioneers who settled the Western Reserve. Donning period costume, Ms. Zikursh will recreate the life and times of a pioneer woman forging an existence out of the wilds of what is now northern Ohio. Venture back to the early 1800’s when Ohio was part of “The West!”
Join us Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Plenty of seating is available in the great room at The Pines at Brooks House Assisted Living, 18122 Claridon-Troy Rd. (SR 700), Hiram, OH, located in Troy Township, about 5 miles north of Hiram OR about 1 mile south of SR 422. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, e-mail Fran at: thepinesatbrookshouse@gmail.com, or call Christine at (440)834-0260, ext. 4.

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Troy Township – Troy Township celebrated 200 years this past weekend as they resurrected their Homecoming that had fizzled out several years ago.  This year’s event was very similar to days gone by with added events for a modern day flair.

The celebration started Friday night with the first-ever Troy Idol. The idol contest was emceed by Linda Cain and had the following format: Each of the nine performers would sing before the audience and three judges, with the top five performers moving on to the final round. The top six ended up moving on due to a tie. When the last note was sung and the judges deliberated Maria Vrenko from Chardon was declared Troy Idol 2011. Runner-up was Caitlin Overton from Concord, Ohio and Garrettsville’s Kenny Brigham finished third. Congratulations to the winners.
Saturday was a jam-packed day with an Amish softball game, horseshoe competition, cornhole contest K-9 demonstration and more.

One of the highlights of the day was the garden tractor pulls. The event followed the Ohio Garden Tractor Pullers Association (OGTPA) rules, had a variety of garden tractors with folks of all ages competing. Those not participating staked out a claim to watch the pulls. For those who were not into pulls, Saturday evening could sit under the pavilion and listen to music, take a cruise through the Community House to see the memorabilia from past events, see the contents of the time capsule that was buried in 1976, and a craft show. The evening closed out with contra dancing in the Community House.
Sunday started off with worship followed by the car show, community chicken dinner, K-9 demonstration, tractor pulls, a grand parade and more.  Late in the day a new time capsule was assembled,  ready to be preserved for a later time. The event closed out with a 50/50 drawing, auction and raffles.

The celebration brought out folks from all phases of life to celebrate the townships 200th Birthday. The old-timers spent much of the day reminiscing and getting reacquainted with their neighbors. The younger crowd came to eat, listen to music, watch tractor pulls, hang with friends and create memories of their own so in 25 years they will have something to reminisce about. All in all, it was a good celebration that took folks back to a simpler time with a modern day pizzazz.

Happy Birthday Troy!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a buggy? Did you know that not all buggies are the same? Now you can experience the simple life in an authentic buggy at Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack.Harry and Karen Bontrager own the horse and buggy that will take you through scenic Geauga County at Ma and Pa’s.  Harry and Karen have lived on Geauga County for all of their lives and are raising their three children here.  Their horse’s name is Good n’ Free, she “Came from the race track.” says Harry, “She is always sticking her tongue out and making faces at the visitors she drives.”  Karen shares, “Not all buggies are alike; there are many different styles of buggies.  The buggies with the roll-up curtain windows are here in Geauga County. Some settlements have sliding doors, mirrors and fenders; each community or settlement has their own style.”Sit back and relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer still ahead, or book a beautiful Fall trip at Ma and Pa’s with a buggy ride.  Ma and Pa’s is located on US Route  422 in Troy Township. From the 1820’s log cabin you will board the buggy and ride a half hour (three miles) through the woods, fields, and backroads of Geauga County. Chat with your friends or feel free to ask Harry and Karen about their horse and buggy.Experience the simple life again!  Buggy rides run through October. Weekdays, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Ma will be scooping up hand-dipped ice cream. What a refreshing way to spend a summer day!  For reservations call Ma at 440-548-5521 or visit their website at www.maandpas.com.

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Troy – Bargains galore will be available as the Troy Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual community yard sale on June 24 and 25.    To help bargain hunters prepare for this year’s sale, the Troy Chamber of Commerce will make available copies of the listing of participating sellers and locations available this weekend, June 18 and 19.  Information will be available at the east entrance of the Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road (US 422), Troy Township.

Residents throughout the community will hold sales at their own homes and offer a variety of items including clothing, household items, furniture, tools, toys, books/DVDs/CDs, electronics/TVs, antiques/collectibles, and lawn and garden items.  Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25.

For more information call Ken Zwolinski at 440-834-1293 (days) and 440-834-4520 (evenings).