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by CHRISTINE PATRONIK-HOLDER | CORRESPONDENT Published:

Tanya Shively, who helped open the Aurora branch of Fifth Third Bank a decade ago, retired Aug. 2 amid warm wishes and appreciation from customers and colleagues alike.

Her careful attention to detail, welcoming smile and abundant supply of tiny Tootsie Rolls will be missed. Good news is that her departure from the work-a-day world will give Tanya with more time to enjoy everything she loves: the Aurora Study Club, Aurora Community Theatre, the Church in Aurora, husband Dave and NASCAR.

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Teens in the downstairs gallery, toddlers in an upstairs circle, seniors in comfy wing chairs, browsers in the stacks, web-surfers in the computer room. Aurora Memorial Library is a community hub for all ages.

There are plenty of programs, printed books and magazines to attract this wide range of readers, but in keeping with the times, our library offers a wealth of knowledge and entertainment electronically, as well.

Audio books, downloadable videos, e-books and periodicals enable us to use our public library whenever it's convenient for us, any time, any day.

However, if you find the new trends in library materials off-putting, you'll be pleased to know the Digital Bookmobile National Tour will stop at the library on Aug. 22 noon to 6 p.m.

Demonstrations, instructional videos and a gadget gallery featuring the latest in portable reading devices will help raise the comfort level for even the most reluctant Luddite. For more information, call 330-562-6502 or visit www.portagelibrary.org or www.digitalbookmobile.com.

Auditions for "Deathtrap" by Ira Levin will be Aug. 27-28 at 7 p.m. at Aurora Community Theatre. Auroran Paula Kline Messner will direct the clever comedy, mystery thriller that features a cast of three men and two women.

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Naturalist Jeff Riebe will lead the hunt for "Incredible Insects!" at Moebius Nature Center on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.

After his brief, buggy introduction, participants will grab nets and search fields, tall grass and foliage for grasshoppers, praying mantises and dragonflies.

Recommended attire is lightweight, long pants and sneakers. The center on East Mennonite Road is just east of Sunny Lake Park, up the hill on the left. Register online at www.mymnc.org.

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Summertime events will continue strong this month with two more free Wednesday concerts at Veterans Memorial Park. On Aug. 6, Rudy and the Professionals, sponsored by Aurora Manor and Independence Village of Aurora, will perform in the gazebo.

Ricky and the Rockets, sponsored by the Atrium of Anna Maria, will close the season with classic oldies on Aug. 20. The August concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact community events coordinator Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149 or martinc@auroraoh.com.

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Aurora's farmers market continues Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 27 at the Church in Aurora. It offers local fruit and vegetables from family farmers as near as Hiram and Mantua, elderberry goodies and blackberries, handmade soaps, artisan bread, fresh pierogi and pasta, Celtic meat pies, pasties and more. Delicious.

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Aurora School of Music continues its 10th anniversary celebration with two free chamber music concerts Aug. 24 at 3 and 5 p.m. at the Walden Barn (Bissell Road and South Walden Drive). For more information, visit www.auroraschoolofmusic.com.

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Save the date! Fiftieth anniversary open house of Aurora Library Trust will be Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. The trust is an all-volunteer entity that oversees the interior of the library building which houses our library, theatre and museum.

Trust members include representatives from building tenants Portage County District Library, Friends of the Aurora Memorial Library, Aurora Community Theatre and Aurora Historical Society, as well as the Aurora One Fund, City Council and the community at large.

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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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