Lee is member of two
Ohio honor orchestras
Jim Lee, an Aurora High School philharmonic orchestra member, has been accepted into the Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra, according to local orchestra director Jason Burdett.
The NERO is a full symphony honors orchestra consisting of the best players in Northeast Ohio and includes string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections. The group is directed by professional conductor and Ohio University faculty member Steven Huang and performs professional repertoire.
The group rehearses three times, concluding with a performance on Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Cleveland State University.
Lee also was selected as one of the top-seated string players and qualified as a member of the All-State Orchestra, which will perform at the Ohio Music Education Association's professional conference in February 2014 in Columbus.
"This is a huge accomplishment for Jim and a big honor for the AHS orchestras," commented Burdett. "While we have had students participate in the NERO in the past, this is the first time any of our students have qualified for the Ohio All State Orchestra."
VibrantNEO to unveil
a draft report in Kent
The group gathering opinions on what Northeast Ohio should look like in the future is coming back with the results of their project.
VibrantNEO is conducting a series of sessions in the 12-county study area this month to review the results and gather additional comments.
Locally, a session is set for Oct. 15 at the PARTA Kent Central Gateway, 201 E. Erie St. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the program will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/vision-PARTA.
Prior registration is not required but is encouraged. Sessions include a presentation with polling, followed by an informal open house with opportunities to ask questions and discuss the vision.
The input gathered from these and earlier community sessions will be used to create a draft of Vibrant NEO 2040 Vision. The plan is intended to answer what Ohioans want their region to be in some 30 years, and how to get there.
Visit vibrantneo.org to review results of previous meetings.
Harmon School's parent-teacher conferences are planned Oct. 30 and Nov. 7, with walk-ins from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. and scheduled meetings of 10 minutes from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. The latter must be set up online. For further details, visit the school district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.
Class of 1963 getting
together on weekend
The Aurora High Class of 1963 will conduct its 50th year reunion this weekend.
According to reunioin committee member Bob Harris, 28 classmates are expected to attend the Oct. 12 main event in the Boulder Room of Mario's International. Classmates will attend from eight states and Ohio.
A photographer will take classmate portraits for a 50th reunion yearbook, and an overall group shot also will be taken.
On Oct. 11, the group will tour the high school and Craddock School and attend Homecoming football game activities, with a postgame get-together at 10 p.m. at Doogan's.
Lunch with the class will be Oct. 12 at Mad Jack's Grill, and a farewell brunch will be Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Bob Evans in Bainbridge Township.
Bands, links are sold
Through the reminader of this week in celebration of Spirit Week, Aurora High School's National Honor Society is selling class color spirit bands for $2 and chain links for 50 cents.
All proceeds will be donated to the Paulie McGhee Scholarship Fund and Camp Sunshine. And the class with the most participation will win class points.