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May 15 event at library

to celebrate book week

The Aurora Library will celebrate Children's Book Week May 13-19. Anyone who checks out three children's books during that week will be eligible to enter a prize drawing for the award-winning picture book "This is Not My Hat" by Jon Klassen.

In addition, preschool-age children can attend a birthday party for Dan Yaccarino, children's author and illustrator, at 11 a.m. May 15, featuring stories, games, crafts and refreshments. The event will be presented by Eric VanRaepenbusch, a local resident whose blog "HappyBirthdayAuthor.com" features activities to celebrate the birthdays of hundreds of children's authors and illustrators.

Registration is requested by calling the library at 330-562-6502. Children's Book Week programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Two CZCs OK'd by panel,

hearing is set for another

At its May 1 meeting, the city's planning commission recommended to City Council that conditional zoning certificates be awarded to the city for outdoor recreation facilities at Sunny Lake Park on East Mennonite Road and for a walking trail at 89 E. Pioneer Trail.

The city hopes to erect a new boathouse and concession stand/restrooms at Sunny Lake and improve the parking area, while a trail and small parking lot are planned for the East Pioneer Trail site which adjoins the Audubon Society's Aurora Sanctuary.

Meanwhile, a public hearing was set for May 15 at 7 p.m. on a conditional zoning certificate for an outdoor recreation facility on 194 acres of the former Aurora Golf Club, which the city recently acquired.

Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said all proposed uses for the land will be passive in nature per a conservation easement that is in place for the property. Amenities will include a trail head area and pedestrian trails, managed meadow, successional area, wetlands, conservation woods and park and resource management area.

Bird walk set at Novak

The Katherine Blanche Novak sanctuary of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland on Townline Road in Aurora will host an evening bird walk May 17 at 7. Participants will hear the songs of Veery and Wood Thrush and a number of other birds. The walk will start at the parking lot on the east side of Townline Road, about a mile north of Route 82.

Reading club info given

Portage County District Library announces that summer reading club registration will begin May 29 at all branches, including Aurora.

"Dig into Reading" is the theme. Activities begin the week of June 10 and end the week of July 15 at most branches. Among activities are appearances by magician Drew Murray, Outback Ray and the KSU Trumbull Campus theater group.

Stop at Aurora Library, call 330-562- 562-6502 or visit www.portagecounty.lib.oh.us/

The Aurora Library and other PCDL branches will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

PARTA eyes input from

local residents June 18

The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority is asking county residents for their ideas about what they want from PARTA over the next five years.

PARTA is having meetings around the county so residents can give comments on its services and make suggestions for new ones and improvements. A meeting is set for June 18 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Masonic Temple on West Pioneer Trail.

David Kotting is supervising the public planning meetings. "It's an opportunity for people with good ideas to put them up there," he said. "Everyone has an equal voice in the process. This is participatory democracy at its most basic," Kotting said.

He said PARTA is interested in all comments, about types of services and what types of service are appropriate in different areas.

For example, there has been comment on the need for routes to take people to where jobs exist in Streetsboro and Aurora, and about how people in outlying communities can get to shopping areas that are outside Portage County.

Kotting said the process is geared so each 90-minute meeting will result in a list of prioritized needs which will go on to PARTA. The transportation development plan is not geared just to service needs, but to include large projects as well. The Kent Central Gateway is an example, he said.

-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier

Public hearing in village

A public hearing is scheduled tonight (May 8) at 6 in Reminderville Village Hall to discuss the case of K. Kovnanian Homes, which requests variances from the building code to permit roof stormwater for certain lots in Phases 4 and 5 of the Herrington Place subdivision to be managed by surface means.

The property is zoned environmental conservation planned development district. The code requires that a downspout drainage system, designed to carry stormwater from the roof, be constructed to the house storm sewer and directed to the street storm sewer.

Storm sewer bids eyed

The village of Reminderville is accepting bids for emergency maintenance and repairs to its storm sewers and ditches. Sealed bids are due by May 17 at noon. Specifications are available at 3382 Glenwood Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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