Centerville Mills area tour
planned for later this year
At its Feb. 26 meeting, the city's landmark commission discussed having a Centerville Mills waterfall area walking tour for the public later this year.
The tour would include the original Jackson house on Route 306, the Benson house, Centerville Mills waterfall area at the Chagrin River and the Jackson Cemetery, where soldiers from he Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War are buried.
The panel's architectural adviser, Ron Lowe, said the 2013 city budget contains the following amounts for projects: Lolly the Trolley, $500; 25-year CLG banners, $1,500; century home designations, $1,000; tours/educational events, $3,000.
In other matters, the panel rejected a request for installing a replacement bay window for the Aurora School of Music. on the basis that the design does not match the other bay window on the front of the building. and was not up to code guidelines.
The window was damaged when a vehicle ran into it. Members agreed to draft a letter to the school's insurance carrier stating the reasons for denial.
A front door exterior alteration at Smargiasso Optometry was approved, as was a ground sign for Aurora Eye Care, both at 220 S. Chillicothe Road. The latter was approved on condition that the architectural board of review OKs the colors.
Dinner to help caregiver
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will take place March 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Aurora Mennonite Church for Portage County resident and longtime home health caregiver Debbie Dickerhoof, who has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. All proceeds will go to help her with expenses. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For details, call Annette Balis at 330-995-1522.
Planners call off meeting
The city's planning commission has called off its meeting scheduled for tonight (March 6) because there are no agenda items to deal with.
Mental illness session set
to start at Aurora church
The Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program, which starts a new session March 16 in Aurora, can help families and individuals cope with the challenges of mental illness.
Participants can find familiar stories and familiar problems among class members while also sharing information and hope. The class is taught by area residents who have a family member with mental illness.
Classes will run for 12 weeks on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Church in Aurora. The program is being supported by a gift from the Women's Guild of the Church in Aurora.
To sign up, call Laura at 330-673-1756, ext. 201, or email her at email@example.com. The deadline to register is March 14. The class is sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and NAMI Portage County.
The MHRB is the county government agency that funds, plans and monitors community mental health and substance abuse treatment services for Portage residents. The board website is www.mental-health-recovery.org. NAMI is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
To learn more about Family-to-Family and NAMI, go to www.namiportagecounty.org.
Library expands Sesame
Street e-books collection
The Portage County District Library has added more than 150 free Sesame Street e-books to its digital library collection.
All are based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Included are four different kinds of e-books: read-along books, audiobooks, animated books and interactive books.
To access the books, visit www.portagelibrary.org and select the "Download E-books Audiobooks" link at the lower left-hand position on the screen. Then select the appropriate link (inside or outside a branch library).
This service is available to anyone with a Portage County District Library card in good standing.
Visit www.portagelibrary.org to learn more about this service or for more information about other Portage County District Library services and programs.
Changes set March 11 to
PCDL's OverDrive website
Portage County District Library announces changes are coming to its OverDrive website. The "Next Generation" of PCDL's digital collection will provide a faster, more intuitive way to connect to the books that patrons love.
To get familiar with the new experience before it arrives March 11, visit www.overdrive.portagelibrary.org for more information. Select the "coming soon: The next generation experience" link at the lower left of the screen.
For web browsers older than Internet Explorer 10, patrons immediately will be prompted to complete a one-time install of the Google Chrome Frame plug-in. The plug-in is free and takes only a few seconds to install.
Users can switch to another browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Safari, and titles can be downloaded to a device using an app or Adobe Digital Editions. It will look different during checkout, but the download process is the same.
Another feature added is the ability to return items early on certain titles. If titles are not returned early, they still automatically expire at the end of the loan period.
Patrons can quickly tell which titles are available and which ones they can place on hold by the format icon. If a title isn't available, the icon will be greyed out.