The Randolph Historical Society would like to thank

Laura Nethken Published:

The Randolph Historical Society would like to thank Lee May for his recent donation of items from the home of his late mother, Irene May. The items donated were a yardstick from the business of Lees father, Leon May, two maple syrup cans from the Meacham family and a notion case from Langs Store that was located on the site of the present Randolph Gazebo and Park.

Irene (born Irene Lang) was a longtime member of the Randolph Historical Society and the possessor of much knowledge of Randolph history. She is greatly missed.

On Feb. 25, the Randolph Historical Society will have a woodcarving program presented by Myron Mullett of Marlboro Township. Myron was originally from Randolph and now lives just south of the border.

The program will include Myrons woodcarvings of birds and the presentation of a set of beautiful wood burnings to the historical society that depict the Burning of Johnnycake Hollow.

For anyone not familiar with the story of Johnnycake Hollow, it was an industrial center in the northwest corner of Randolph until most of the businesses burned on Aug. 8, 1854. After that, the area declined to the point that it is hard today to find any trace of their heyday prior to the fire.

I have seen these wood burnings and they are a beautiful depiction of Randolph history.

Len McKay of Randolph recently contacted me and asked me to let everyone know that the Randolph Senior Citizens Group is looking for new members. They have a luncheon every second Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Randolph Senior Center, behind the town hall. Just bring your favorite dish and table service. All seniors are welcome. For more information, call Len at (330) 325-1730.

Mindy Kline of Randolph wants everyone to know that the Spinning Spurs 4-H Club is having a Family Fun Night from 6 to 10 p.m. March 7 at the Randolph Community Center. For more information, call Mindy at (330) 947-2578.

Mindy is also involved with representatives from Randolph Township and the Randolph Branch of the Portage County District Library who are in the process of compiling a list of community services, churches, organizations and others.

The group will be publishing information about the activities and services offered by these groups. Once compiled, this information will be distributed to residents of Randolph at various locations.

At this time, the Randolph Library has forms for any organization wanting to submit information to be used in this informational booklet. These forms should be filled out and returned to the library.

More information on this project can be obtained by calling the Randolph Library at (330) 325-7003.

The Atwater Lions Club will hold a Chili Cook-Off Benefit from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 8 in the new town hall. The proceeds will benefit the Coe family of Atwater.

For more information, call Chuck Darrah at (330) 947-3131 or Don Knapp at (330) 947-2296 of the Atwater Lions.

Boy Scout Troop No. 559 will be participating in a food drive that will benefit the Randolph/Suffield Food Shelf on March 15, starting at about 9:30 a.m. The Scouts will be collecting door to door for a community service project.

If you have the chance to donate that day, please do so. Help the Scouts support the food shelf in their valuable mission.

E-mail: DKolasky@aol.com

Phone: (330) 947-2345

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