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Antique calliope visits

the Kelly Miller Circus

A special treat is in store for visitors to the Kelly Miller Circus in Aurora on July 20, according to local coordinator Evan Webster.

Circusgoers can experience an oldtime midway complete with a calliope. The latter will provide free concerts before and after the first performance, with music starting at 1 p.m.

The circus calliope dates from 1888 and is owned by Bob Stanoszek of Walton Hills. It is being sponsored by Aurora circus fans Ed and Lynn Limbach.

The lighted, animated circus calliope is one of the few still active in the United States providing an old-fashioned salute to a bygone era. It stands 13 feet high and weighs 4,200 pounds, and on a clear day can be heard up to 3 miles from the circus lot.

The bubble machines on the calliope produce 90,000 bubbles per hour. Circus performances are scheduled at 2 and 5 p.m. in the big top on the ballfields north of West Pioneer Trail. For details, visit www.aurorafreemason.com/Circus.html

Library activities set

Aurora Memorial Library's knit and crochet group will meet July 14 in front of the fireplace. Patrons can take their knitting, loom knitting or crochet projects and join the group. Registration is possible by calling 330-562-6502 or visiting the library.

Meanwhile, an astronomy event will be Aug. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the young adult area of the library featuring astronomer / director / curator James Guilford of the Stephen Memorial Observatory at Hiram College.

Weather permitting, attendees can view sun spots via a solar telescope after the program. Registration is required. For details about any library activity or program, visit www.portagelibrary.org, call the library or stop in.

Variances are sought

Three variance requests will be heard by the city's Board of Zoning Appeals at its meeting tonight (July 9) at 7 in Town Hall.

John Seitz is seeking a variance at 340 S. Park Drive to allow an addition 6 feet from the side property line instead of the required 10 feet.

Mark Burkhart is seeking a variance at 334 Trails End to allow a structure 34 feet from the rear property instead of the required 50 feet.

Dan and Wendy Houlahan are seeking a variance at 1120 Lloyd Ave. to allow a fence to be constructed across an existing property line.

Residents who either favor or oppose the requests are welcome to speak at the meeting.

Library's hours noted

Local residents are reminded that the operating hours at Aurora Memorial Library are as follows: 11 a.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. It is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

Couple seeking patio

The Reminderville Board of Zoning and Building Appeals will meet July 14 at 6 p.m. at Village Hall to consider a variance request from a homeowner at 9966 Colmanara Drive.

Thomas and Valerie Jounic are seeking to build a 16-by-20-foot patio deck in the rear yard which would be 9 feet from the property line instead of the required 25 feet. The public can speak about the request at the meeting or submit comments in writing.

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