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Garrettsville – Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians, having received a taste of   the Power of the Pen at their meeting on November 17, affirmed their support for the program, directed at the Garfield Middle   School by Mrs. Jackie Lovelace.  This support took the form of a $600 contribution toward the facilitation of  the district tournament to be held at Garfield in the spring.  The club also briefly considered the possibilities in reaching out to middle school-age students with information about the goals and activities of Rotary at all levels.

Other items on the agenda included: (1) possible follow-up on the Renaissance 490 presentation by Rev. Fred Youngen, acknowledging the helpful community activities involved and the resources required to carry them out, (2) including the center as a future program, (3) recruiting new members, (4) planning for the Santa Delivery Project–truck needed, sign-ups at Business Works and McCumbers-Brady Realty, tradition since the ‘60’s,  (5) beginning plans for Family Week coming up in February–sponsorships and donations will be solicited after the first of the year, contact any Rotarian, (6) ideas for new programs, (7) assembly at the Jackson Estates on December 13 at 6:30… CHRISTMAS  PARTEEE !

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Hiram – The November 18th meeting on the annexation has been continued to January 24, 2011 at 9am. At this continuation of the hearing, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on the annexation based on a series of guidelines.

Eight bids were received for the Community Block Grant that was awarded to Hiram in August 2009 in the amount of $113,000. The bids ranged from $125,000 to $66,900 and the county has accepted and signed with Ace Zuver LLC in the amount of $66,900. A pre-construction meeting was held at the school site on November 17, 2010. Hiram Village has applied for a $50,000 NOPEC energy efficiency grant that will be used to make permanent improvements in village structures. A grant will be awarded to the Village in July 2011 from the Ohio Public Works Commission for $177,500. This grant will be used to fund a Hinsdale Road extension to meet at the north-south extension of Winrock Road. Although this is now on College property, it will be dedicated to public use.

Assistant Fire Chief Bill Byers will take over as current Chief Gary Bott is stepping down. A change of command ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 14th at 6pm. Village Administrator Bob Wood will be retiring on December 1st after thirty-two years of service. Mr. Wood has proposed that he will return in a part-time capacity. The proposal was accepted by both the Council and Mayor, as it will provide an annual savings of $39,828.84.

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Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians and their guests gathered for a festive evening to socialize and give back to the community and enjoy good food and good company and take a chance on Lady Luck and… all kinds of good things at their annual silent auction and reverse raffle, held at SugarBush Golf Club on November 11. Funds raised at this event help to support local Rotary activities– think : roadside clean-ups, Santa Deliveries, Family Week, InterAct, RotarAct, contributions to Boy Scouts, Power of the Pen, etc–as well as Rotary International and District 6630 projects.

Local businesses and individuals were generous in their contributions to the auction selections, which were varied and alluring : a Christmas stocking from Kim Kohli, watercolors by Carol Donley and Darlene Jackson, a Sunset Maple from Doug Paul, photos by Alan Donley, and the usual suspects, businesses in the area who can always be counted on to come through for the good of the community–Garrettsville Hardware, Hermann’s Pickles, Monoroe’s Orchard, McKenzie Creamery, T&B Tools, DQ, Business Works, Cornerstone, Shaker Tree, McCumbers-Brady Realty, many others, even Mookie Moo.

Whole offices came with spouses and friends in tow; Garrettsville Dental Group fielded a full table. Newly-elected Representative Kathleen Clyde appeared for the home crowd. Local businessmen Rich Hoffman, Mark Johnson and Dan Reichelderfer did their part to keep the affair going, as did Sam Vanderhoeven, with a Silver Fox in his entourage. Chuck Klamer first did his superintendent’s duties at a JAGLSD board meeting (Does he ever miss a gathering?). Chuck Keiper and his golden guitar furnished the evening’s music. The “naughty and nice” balance was maintained with the attendance of two Pesiceks and two Angels…a world-class line-up.

Hiram College Catering service offered tasty viands to fuel the merriment and Delores McCumbers pushed her sideboards to all of the high rollers in the bunch.

“A good time was had by all”…to coin a phrase. If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year, they’ll be baaaaaaack.

Rotarians of the Garrettsville-Hiram persuasion were beavering away with last-minute preparations for their annual Reverse Raffle/Silent Auction fund-raiser.  You can still get tickets from any Rotarian for the bash on Thursday, November 11–that’s today!  Proceeds go to fund local , district, state and international projects of Rotary…a lot of “bang for the buck”, as it were.  The auction items have come from all around, from McKenzie goat cheese to wine and fruit or a whole list of other goodies.  Join your friends, join the crowd.  Come on down!

Additionally, the club prepares to entertain the student of Mrs. Jackie Lovelace’s Power of the Pen group from James A. Garfield Middle School on November 17 as they read selections from their competitive endeavors sponsored by the G-H Rotary Club.  Another example of Rotary involvement at every level in the community.

RotarAct induction of officers will take place in the Garfield Meeting House on November 10; the public is invited.

Hiram – The Eastern European Ensemble, Turli Tava, will perform at Hiram College on Thursday, November 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  The location is Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street.  The free concert is part of the College’s convocation series.
Turli Tava plays energetic and creative music strongly rooted in Macedonian and Bulgarian dance traditions.  It takes its name from a spicy gumbo of the Balkan regions, a mix of flavors that reflects the cultural blend of Turli Tava’s repertoire.  The musicians in the group have been playing for Eastern European communities in North America and Europe for decades.
Leader of the group is Walt “Vlado” Mahovlich (clarinet/saxophone/gajda), an accomplished multi-instrumentalist from the Cleveland Balkan community.  Walt  also leads the well known folk group Harmonia.   Other members are Sasho Dukovski (accordion/keyboard/vocals) and virtuoso percussionist Rumen “Sali” Shopov.
The public is cordially invited.  For further information call Dr. Tina Dreisbach, Hiram College Music Department, 330-569-5303 or email dreisbachts@hiram.edu.

Hiram – The Eastern European Ensemble, Turli Tava, will perform at Hiram College on Thursday, November 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  The location is Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street.  The free concert is part of the College’s convocation series.Turli Tava plays energetic and creative music strongly rooted in Macedonian and Bulgarian dance traditions.  It takes its name from a spicy gumbo of the Balkan regions, a mix of flavors that reflects the cultural blend of Turli Tava’s repertoire.  The musicians in the group have been playing for Eastern European communities in North America and Europe for decades.Leader of the group is Walt “Vlado” Mahovlich (clarinet/saxophone/gajda), an accomplished multi-instrumentalist from the Cleveland Balkan community.  Walt  also leads the well known folk group Harmonia.   Other members are Sasho Dukovski (accordion/keyboard/vocals) and virtuoso percussionist Rumen “Sali” Shopov. The public is cordially invited.  For further information call Dr. Tina Dreisbach, Hiram College Music Department, 330-569-5303 or email dreisbachts@hiram.edu.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary members were awed by the scope of initiatives, activities and programs outlined by their speaker, Fred Youngen, of the Windham Bible Church, also a moving force in the Renaissance Family Center, which was the topic of his remarks.

Virtually no age group in the community would fail to find some area of interest to participate in.  Social concerns and the means of addressing them fall within the center’s purview, as do recreational and cultural activities–clubs, leagues, societies and the like.  Partnering and co-ordinating with the Salvation Army has helped each entity to get the most done at what it does best rather than duplicating each other’s efforts, and this has held true for other enterprises as well.  There is even some thought about becoming involved with the Windham Branch of the Portage County District Library as it searches for new quarters.

Anyone looking for a basketball league, family-friendly movie nights, an AA meeting, an occasional coffee with friends or community-focused programs in a number of areas should check out the Renaissance Family Center web site or check out their posted activity schedule or ask one of the many volunteers and participants how to get involved.

And, of course, planning continues for the annual Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction at Sugar Bush on November 11th.  Get your tickets now!