AURORA COOKS! MEETING
The Aurora Cooks! group had a cookie exchange meeting Dec. 11, as each member brought six dozen of one type cookie to share. They returned home with six dozen different cookies for their families. The group also exchanged recipes and memories.
Annette Katona told a story of how a family member sent her family a box of cookies, including totos. The small chocolate balls covered in glaze means the arrival of Christmas.
Tracie Quiggle brought large thumbprint cookies; strawberry jelly topped the center while chopped walnuts were strewn throughout the cookie. They were moist and tasty.
Jen Latine whipped up festive whoopee pies. They were light and fluffy with a peppermint marshmallow center. It was like biting into a puffy peppermint patty.
A new family joined in the fun -- Kathy Cochran and her daughters Sarah and Katie. They baked oatmeal chip cookies that were moist and full of chocolate.
Although Darlene Orlando's last name screams an Italian heritage, she is not. She baked her clan's Christmas Russian tea biscuit cookies, which were delicious and bold.
Ruth Guth contributed her grandma's Christmas cookies, which were terrifically sweet.
Jan Morton's nut bars were not just packed with toasted walnuts, but also love. She made her cookies in honor of a friend who is battling a serious illness.
Dee Steitz conveyed her memories of baking fruit gelatin cookies. The recipes were from her much loved and tattered cookbook (c. 1947).
Librarians Janet and Lisa added to the bounty of sweets. Janet made spritz cookies that were her dad's favorite and Lisa made no bakes that her daughter makes for her when Lisa is under the weather. Both cookies again, dusted with tenderness and devotion.
The Aurora Library will have another cookie exchange next year because the women realized they are not just a group of traded recipes, but a circle of new friends.
The next meeting will be Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Salli Swindell, co-author of "They Draw & Cook" and the popular website www.theydrawandcook.com will visit and tell how she and her brother started their projects and what's new for them.
All local residents are welcome. For more information and to register, call the library at 330-562-6502.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
All area residents are invited to attend the League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County's Jan. 7 meeting at 1 p.m. at Independence Village on Route 43 in Aurora. It is just north of Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.
Kathryn Hanratty will be the speaker. She runs Enviroscapes Landscape Design and is a longtime water advocate. She has been an active "fractivist" for more than a year, and is an organizer of the Frack-Free Geauga group.
Hanratty is director of water affairs of the People's Oil and Gas Collaborative, and serves on the board of directors for the Buckeye Forest Council and Native Plant society of Northeast Ohio.
SERVICE CLUBS IN AURORA
The Rotary Club of Aurora meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Doogan;s, while the Aurora Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Doogan's.