The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club is inviting families of

Laura Nethken Published:

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club is inviting families of Garrettsville, Freedom, Windham and Hiram to participate in Putting Families First, which is a week-long celebration emphasizing the importance of families. The club is encouraging the following activities to strengthen a familys togetherness.

A sacred music festival is planned March 30 featuring choirs and musical performers from local churches. On March 31, families are encouraged to start the evening with dinner together and spend the rest of the evening at home together enjoying each others company. The club will be providing a family night kit with 25 ideas for the family to use during the night.

On April 1, families are to bring grandparents into the evening by building a family tree and learning about their family history. The winners of the art, essay reading and speech contest will be recognized on April 2.

The longest married couple will be honored and the family photo contest and the family of the year selections will be announced. For information and entry forms, e-mail the Rotary Club at ghrotary@aol.com.April 3 is a workshop for parents and grandparents. It will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at James A. Garfield High School. April 4 is family activity night. Families are encouraged to spend the evening out together, taking in a movie or other activity together.

April 5 is the family fair. There will be carnival-type games, a magic show, family photos and much more at the high school.

The Dairy Queen and Dominos Pizza in Garrettsville are holding the Springtacular. Today and Saturday, customers are invited to visit Dairy Queen to join in the celebration.

There will be free blood pressure checks, courtesy of the Garrettsville Emergency Medical Service. The Garrettsville Police Department will provide child fingerprinting. Costume characters will also make their appearance. The Lions Club will sponsor an eyeglass drop-off to help those in need. Customers are encouraged to donate any unneeded eyeglasses.Children can see a fire truck, which will be on display. There will also be drawings to win wonderful prizes.

Congratulations to Andy Ellerhorst. Andy is running away with school records for running track at American University, where he attends school. He holds school records in the indoor 200-meters and 500-meters.

During his senior year, he has set a new indoor school record in the 200-meters (22.86) while winning the Navy Invitational.

During his junior year, he placed fifth at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in the 400 meters and sixth in the 200 meters. He also set the school record in the 500 meter at the Father Diamond Invitational (1:06.00) and ran the 400 meter leg on the team that won the College Division at the Penn Relays.

He won the 200 meter at the Navy Invitational and 400 meter at the Lehigh Quad and won the 200 meter at the Navy Triangular.

Andy is the son of Mark and Denise Ellerhorst of Hiram.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of past Windham Mayor Blanton Abel, who died Feb. 10. He was mayor from 1968 to 1979, and again from 1988 to 1991.

Deans list congratulations go out to Seth Cales of Windham for being named to the deans list at Ohio Northern University in Ada and Karey Finn of Garrettsville for making the deans list at Mount Union College in Alliance.

Send your information to Jackie at loreta@apk.net or call (330) 527-5670.

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