No trash collection July 4
Rumpke waste removal and recycling collection will not occur on Independence Day (July 4). Thursday's collection will move to Friday and Friday's collection will move to Saturday. Regular collection will resume the week of July 8. Customers should contact Rumpke's customer service department at 1-800-828-8171 or visit www.rumpke.com if they have questions.
Tax deadline is July 15
The last day for Aurorans and other Portage Countians to pay second half 2012 real estate taxes is July 15. Taxes paid after that date will accrue a penalty of 10 percent, and failure to receive a tax bill will not avoid the penalty unless certain circumstances can be proved. For questions to tax questions, call the Portage County treasurer's office at 330-297-3586.
Troop 269 Scout finishes
Eagle project at Ardmore
Ardmore Inc.'s Bridges program in Tallmadge benefited from the talent and commitment of Aurora Boy Scout Troop 269 member Colin Burns, a Hudson resident, who carried out an Eagle Scout service project there.
He organized 32 volunteers, who put in 114 hours on May 4 to plant 23, 7-foot arborvitae trees to screen the facility's chicken enclosure.
He was required to submit a proposal to both Ardmore Inc. and his Scout leadership, which included his own research of the need, costs involved, proper planting of arborvitae, planning of volunteers and tools required to complete the project.
Becky Susany, executive director of the Ardmore Foundation, owner of the property, said, "Colin's project helped us meet the requirements of a Tallmadge conditional zoning order. We are so grateful for his time and talent. He is a very special young man, who has made a real difference."
Burns received fundraising support from El Camino Restaurant in Aurora, which donated 20 percent of its proceeds from meals on April 30. The arborvitaes were provided at cost by Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design Inc. of Norton.
Burns is a seventh-grader at St. Patrick School in Kent. When asked why he chose Bridges as the recipient of his labor, he responded, "I'm excited to do this because I really believe in the good that is happening at the Bridges program. I care about these adults who need a safe, nice place to spend their time."
Bridges is a non-profit day program for adults with developmental disabilities and autism.
Library hours are noted
Aurora Library hours are as follows: 11 .m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Dive-in movies, animals
scheduled at water park
On July 5, visitors can spend the day at Wildwater Kingdom and end the night cutting loose with a modern spin on the 1980s movie classic "Footloose!" at the season's first dive-in movie night.
The celebration starts with exclusive slide time on Liquid Lightning when the park reopens at 8:30 p.m., followed by the film starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough. It's the story of Ren MacCormack, a city boy who moves to a small town that's not quite ready for his rebellious spirit.
Wildwater Kingdom also will host exclusive slide time and dive-in movies beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: July 12-- "Despicable Me" with Steve Carell; and July 26 -- "Wreck-It Ralph."
Admission for dive-in movies is $5 per person in addition to regular park admission or $3 for season passholders. Admission to Wildwater Kingdom is $18.99 after 4 p.m..Guests can save time and money by purchasing tickets online at wildwaterfun.com/tickets.
Also coming to Wildwater Kingdom will be Jungle Terry and his collection of animals on July 20 and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The park is open daily through Aug. 18, then reopens for weekend operation Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Zola musicians will play
The Dan Zola Orchestra will play at the Bainbridge Swing Dance on July 5 at Bainridge Township Hall on Route 306. It is a 19-piece big band. Dance lessons start at 8 p.m. and the live music is from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students and $25 for a family. For details, call Will Craig at 216-316-0068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.