Panel studies two site
plans, residential plat
Two site plans and a development plat were accepted for study at the city planning commission's Aug. 3 meeting.
The first site plan was for the first phase of the 127-acre Hartman property athletic fields on Townline Road.
Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said the first phase consists of five soccer/multi-use field, four baseball fields, a parking lot for 290 vehicle and water retention basins.
He noted plans are for construction to begin this fall.
Kraus added three ballfields would be for softball/baseball with 200 feet to centerfield and the fourth would be a varsity-level field with 340 feet to center.
Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said the city engineer needs more time to compete his review of the plans.
The other site plan is for a 7,000-square-foot tire store / light duty auto repair shop with 33 parking spaces on a 1.28-acre site on West Maple Lane.
The plat is for Hawthorn of Aurora Phase 5 on Morgan Trail and Nancy Drive, where 26 single-family homes would be built with 24.5 acres of open space.
The panel tabled 50-foot wetlands setback variances and a preliminary site plan for a commercial center on the east side of North Chillicothe Road across from Barrington Town Center because the developer needs more time to digest comments from the Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
VFW plans ribs event
Aurora VFW Post 2629 is looking forward to its annual rib cookoff, and invites local residents to the festivities Aug. 27.
Ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob will be available from 2 to 8 p.m., T-shirts will be sold and there will be prize giveaways and a 50/50 raffle.
A band called The Reach will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. and another called Thrown2Gether will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Rib cookers are being sought and can sign up or get further information from Patti by calling 216-534-4108.
A beer slide game also is a popular event. An award of $300 will go to the top rib cooker, and trophies will be given to other top competitors.
The VFW also is seeking donations of prizes and gift certificates, which will be given away to people attending the event.
Classic cars on view
Anna Maria of Aurora has scheduled its annual classic car show for Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atrium at Anna Maria.
There will be refreshments, including ice cream sundaes, free vehicle photos, car awards, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
Car owners can save money on their entry fee if they register before Aug. 22. The event will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. For more details, call 330-562-7777.
Music recitals slated
Recitals featuring about 220 music students will take place in the next few days at the Aurora School of Music.
Dates are times are: Aug. 19 at 5 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 20-21 at 11 a.m., and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
Farm market will end
The season's final Red Rock Aurora Farmers' Market will take place Aug. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Church in Aurora / Town Hall. The market also is in session today (Aug. 17).
Final concert tonight
The Diamond Project, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will close Aurora's 2016 concert series with an appearance tonight (Aug. 17) at 6:30 at Veterans Memorial Park gazebo.
Book club to resume,
'Pax' to be discussed
After a break for summer, Aurora Memorial Library's Parent and Child Book Club will reconvene Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.
The group is open to newcomers and meets monthly during the school year. It is geared toward 8- to 12-year-olds accompanied by an adult.
Participants will bdiscuss "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker. An adventure story about a boy who against great odds seeks to find his beloved pet fox, "Pax" received high praise from numerous review journals when it was published earlier this year.
Copies of the book are available for book club participants at the circulation desk of the library.
For more information on this or any other library program, call 330-562-6502 or visit www.portagelibrary.org.
The local library is open Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thursdays and Sundays.
11,000 pledge cards
mailed for One Fund
On Aug. 10, Joe and Lynn Pacuitt, proprietors of Aurora Children’s Early Learning Center, again allowed the Aurora One Fund to use their facility to stuff 11,000 pledge cards.
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scout parents and friends of the One Fund assembled to stuff the cards. The group completed the task in less than three hours. Pledge cards should arrive around Aug. 24. The goal this year is $66,000.
The One Fund, a local community fund, is managed by a group of dedicated public-spirited citizens who are all volunteers. There are no paid executives.
The One Fund has less than a 4 percent administration cost that covers filing fees, postage and printing cost.
Any questions concerning the One Fund should be directed to President Ann Morrison at 330-562-5397 or Executive Director Joe Kotlin at 330-562-7233.
Homeschool is focus
Aurora Memorial Library will offer a program for homeschooling parents on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.
Returning presenter Sarah Powlison will discuss motivating children, dealing with opposition, connecting with other homeschoolers and finding free and low cost ways to supplement an education.
For more information, or to register, call the library at 330-562-6502. Details also can be found online at www.portagelibrary.org.
Classic car show set
The annual classic car show sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department will be Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. on the south end of Sunny Lake Park.
The rain date is Sept. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is open to vehicles from 1990 and older. Trophies will be awarded for best in class, and a 50/50 raffle will be handled by the Rotary Club of Aurora.
City meetings slated
The next Aurora City Council meeting will be Aug. 22 at 7 p.m., preceded by the committee of the whole at 6 p.m.
The planning commission will meet tonight (Aug. 17) at 6:30, the landmark commission will gather Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and the architectural board of review will meet Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are in Town Hall.
CHIP funds availiable
Aurora offers a Community Housing Improvement Program to assist low to moderate income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their home.For details, call 330-297-6400 or visit www.ndsohio.org.