On Feb. 8, Bethany Mennonite Church, located at

By: Donna Alexander Published:

On Feb. 8, Bethany Mennonite Church, located at 61 Hartville Road in Randolph, will hold a Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be from 7 to 10 a.m. They will accept donations for the cost of the meal.

I have been at this breakfast before and my favorite is the fried corn mush, sausage and scrambled eggs. If you attend, make sure you try the tomato gravy. It is a treat that you dont see often.

See you there.

From left, are Ryan Call, John Marie and Alecia Bencze, finalists in the Waterloo Middle School Geographic Bee.

On Jan. 10, John Scott Marie, a sixth-grade student at Waterloo Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which 10 students answered questions, was the first round in the 15th annual National Geographic Bee.

Alecia Bencze, seventh grade, and Ryan Call, eighth grade, made it to the Championship tiebreaker round with John. Other participants included: eighth-graders Brandon Kline, Nick Woodliff, Greg Gordos and Ray Crites, and seventh-graders Corey Clause, Morgan Gilmore and Kurt Hamilton.

Thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories participated. The school winners, including John Marie, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 4.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 20 and 21. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society.

Alex Trebek, host of the game show Jeopardy, will moderate the national finals on May 21. The program will air on the National Geographic Channel, and afterward on PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times.

The National Geographic Society is the worlds largest non-profit scientific and educational organization. The 114-year-old Society reflects the world through magazines, books, maps, television, and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

Congratulations to all those students who participated in this program and good luck to John in the steps of the contest.

2003 Randolph Hot Stove Baseball and Softball Sign-ups will be held in the Randolph Town Hall from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 9.

Players must live in Randolph Township and submit a copy of their birth certificate at sign-up time. Players must be at least 6 years old by Aug. 1. Costs for boys and girls 6 to 8 years is $40, boys 9 to 14 $50, girls 9 to 18 $50, and boys 15 to 18 is $75.

For more information, call Kim Franks at (330) 325-7266.

Good luck to all the players this year.

E-mail: DKolasky@aol.com

Phone: (330) 947-2345

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