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by CHRISTINE PATRONIK-HOLDER | CORRESPONDENT Published:

Aurorans are working hard to bring "Fiddler on the Roof" to Aurora Community Theatre. The award-winning musical, marking its golden anniversary in 2014, opens April 25 for an 11-show run. Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for age 18 and under are on sale at auroracommunitytheatre.com or 330-562-1818.

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Except for "I Love You," "Free Family Fun" may be the three sweetest words in the language. On April 6, Aurora families are invited to have fun and fall in love with their town at the free-admission Business and Community Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aurora High School.

Highlights will include the opportunity to meet local business owners and organization leaders, while enjoying a winter farmers market, live entertainment -- including a sample of Aurora Community Theatre's upcoming "Fiddler on the Roof" -- giveaways, samples, a concession and Swifty the Clown.

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Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Garrettsville, where a devastating fire recently destroyed 12 small businesses and the community food pantry. Special thanks to our own Fire Chief David Barnes and all the Aurora firefighters who rushed to the northeast part of the county to battle the blaze in the 160-year Buckeye Block.

The Nelson-Garretsville Community Cupboard has already found a temporary home to continue their good work but the shelves are in desperate need of restocking.

Aurorans can help by dropping off non-perishable food and household supplies at our own Aurora Memorial Library, according to branch manager Jonathan Harris. Middlefield Bank in Garrettsville is overseeing monetary donations. Make checks payable to Garrettsville Strong and mail to the bank at 8058 State St., Garrettsville 44231

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Brightly colored pinwheels will spin for 14 days in front of the Aurora Police Department to remind each of us that child abuse can be prevented. Student volunteers from Harmon School's Beta Club, under the direction of LaQuita Timberlake and Melissa Croghan, will plant the twirling toys April 4. They will continue to raise awareness through April 18.

"Thanks to the Aurora community for being a strong voice for children and knowing that every voice counts," wrote Jane Spencer, the Pinwheels for Prevention community liaison.

"Our combined voices create a chorus of caring for the health and safety of our children," Spencer added. "If only one child's life is better or safer because of the spinning pinwheels message, all our combined efforts are worthwhile."

Spencer praised the Aurora Police Department for nine years of hosting the display that celebrates Aurora as a safer community for children. To learn more about child abuse prevention, contact Judy Paydock at the Children's Advocacy Center, 330-297-8837.

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Parks are important to Auroran Marty Sickinger, which is why she agreed to coordinate a community meeting to support the first-ever levy for the Portage Park District. Co-sponsored by the Moebius Nature Center and the League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County, the event will take place April 14 at 6 p.m. at Moebius on East Mennonite Road, just east of Sunny Lake Park.

Sickinger, a volunteer board member for both organizations, writes that Chris Craycroft, executive director of the Parks, will narrate an informational power point followed by audience questions. Of course, like all good Aurora meetings, volunteers are already signing up to bring refreshments.

Portage Park District is overseen by judicially appointed commissioners, currently including Gary Cross and Allan Orashan and Auroran Betsy Tomasko Garner. For more information, visit www. citizensforportageparks.com or call Jane Preston Rose, vice chairman, at 330-678-9127.

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Bravo to Ruth Studer, the always-smiling Aurora Historical Society volunteer, who recently retired after 38 years as an Aurora schools' bus driver. We're guessing it's the kids who kept her looking so young and happy.

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Aurora Parks and Recreation Department will host its third annual perennial swap May 3 at 11 a.m. at Kiwanis Moore Playground. Give a plant, take a plant. Bring as many healthy perennials you have in your garden that need to be thinned out, and you'll be welcome to take home new plants in the same amount you bring. For more information, contact Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149 or martinc@auroraoh.com.

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No fool like an April Fool. Spring really will arrive this year, unless summer gets here first.

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We welcome your Aurora news. Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755 or cph@cphcommunications.com.

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