Libraries closed Jan. 21
All branches and offices of Portage County District Library will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 22. For more information about Portage County District Library, visit www.portagelibrary.org or find it on Facebook.
Author to visit the library
Salli Swindell, co-author of "They Draw & Cook 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World" and website www.theydrawandcook.com, will visit the Aurora Library on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the gallery. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following Swindell's presentation. Refreshments will be provided by the Aurora Cooks! club.
Party center hearing set
At tonight's city planning commission meeting, a public hearing will take place on a request for a conditional zoning certificate which would allow a party center-funeral chapel to operate in the former Aurora Golf Club clubhouse.
The commission could take action on the proposal later in the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Also on the agenda are a minor subdivision for land at the golf course, a revised development plan and replat of cluster site 4 at Hawthorn of Aurora and a final site plan for an assisted living facility on Route 43 north of Independence Village.
Two Relay team leaders
claim prestigious award
Aurora residents Cal DiJulius and Taylor Banc recently won the Clark Reliance Youth Philanthropy Pillar Award for 2012 from Smart Business Network, an Akron/Canton multi-media company, for their efforts on behalf of Relay For Life.
The two co-captains started a team called All Kids -- comprised solely of youths -- which raises money for Relay For Life.
"Our teammates are considered the brightest students and most down to earth individuals," said Cal. "All Kids gives children the chance to better their community, build their personalities and work with others in an innovative way found nowhere else."
The team was created is 2008 in memory of a dear friend of the Aurora community who lost his battle with cancer. Ten children got together to found All Kids.
The number has grown to 35, and for the past five years the team has participated in the American Cancer Society's Aurora Relay For Life.
Their largest fundraiser is the Spa Day event, an opportunity for contributors to receive luxury spa services. Cleveland salon John Roberts Spa donates its staff and sets up an onsite spa. The vent also features a large variety of displays from area retailers who agree to donate a percentage of proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
The team partners with such businesses as Saks Fifth Avenue, Akron General Hospital, Ohio State Waterpoofing, Nordstrom, ClearChoice Custom Lasik Centers, the DiJulius Group and John Roberts Spa.
The All Kids team can be reached at 330-998-5505.
Lincoln exhibit is coming
Aurora Historical Society is working toward the display of the Lincoln traveling exhibit from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.
It will be on display in the society's museum in the basement of the library from Feb. 23 to April 5.
A gala to unveil the collection, accompanied by strolling re-enactors, a historic presentation in the community theater, appetizers and drinks will take place Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
There will be two followup seminars on March 16 focusing on law and the Constitution and March 30 on medical advancements during the Civil War.
'State of Chamber' slated
Aurora Chamber of Commerce's "State of the Chamber" luncheon will be Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doogan's. Prepaid reservations are required at $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations, visit www.allaboutaurora.com.
Sign variances granted
Variances for two signs were approved Jan. 8 by the city's board of zoning appeals.
Platinum Real Estate was granted 24 square feet of signage at its new offices at Barrington Town Square, which exceeds the maximum 17 square feet allowed by the zoning code.
Aurora Investment Properties was granted a variance for a ground sign in the public right-of-way for the 1815 House at Route 43 and West Pioneer Trail. Normally, a sign must be 10 feet from the right-of-way.