The proposed Reed Memorial Library Renovation and Expansion

Laura Nethken Published:

The proposed Reed Memorial Library Renovation and Expansion Project is the result of several years of study and planning, and input from the community. A series of meetings aided the process.

The plans call for renovation of the existing library and expanding the present facilities by adding a one-story addition to the building on the east and north sides.

The exterior facade will maintain the Western Reserve style of architecture. The library facilities will increase from 13,600 square feet to 30,000 square feet.

Features will include a new childrens area with expanded services, meeting rooms, expanded genealogy/local history space, as well as reading and study rooms.

A big plus will be more public computers for adults and children and computer classrooms. We will have a ground level entrance and drive up windows for fast pick-up of materials and returns after hours, and more parking.

The building drawings by Van Dyke Architects of Cleveland will be on display at the library. Stop in and take a look. You will be impressed.

Ravenna really needs this renovation and expansion. It will be a cultural center for adults as well as children. Ill have more on this as we go along as your help and support will be needed.

I received a note from former Ravennnan Pat Mendiola letting me know he keeps up with his former hometown by receiving the Record-Courier. Our mothers, both Carmellas, were friends for 70 years or more.

Pat and Hilda (Testa) moved to San Diego 22 years ago, after he worked at Havres Chevrolet for 19 years. They visit here once or twice a year to visit the Mendiola and Testa clans. The Mendiolas have two sons, Marty and A.J.

It was a pleasant surprise to hear from him.

Virginia (Veseriat) Baker shared this picture with me and I thought you might enjoy it, too.

Joe Meduri, Harold Baker and Carl Bunny Portale joined the Marines in 1951 and met by chance in Korea in 1953. The fellows attended Ravenna High School together.

Judy and Jerry Forte have been in Florida for seven months. They have adjusted quickly but Jerry is homesick even though he enjoys the weather.

Unfortunately, he fell and fractured his hip on Jan. 13 and has had surgery. He spent five weeks hospitalized and will be using a walker and his electric scooter. He enjoys visiting neighbors and swimming.

Judy surprised him on Valentines Day with a kitten since they both miss their cat so much. They spend time attending their 5-year-old grandson Austins soccer and T-ball games. Also, they have learned no matter what road or which direction you take, youll find a shopping mall.

The Rev. Tom and Kathy Poremba stopped to visit in January. It was nice to see familiar faces and hear about Ravenna. It helped with Jerrys homesickness.

They hope to get to Ohio in early May so look for them.

After being cooped up, its time for a tag sale.

Scott and Linda Fosnight will be starting up again on March 15 and 16 at the home of Norm and Esther Burton, 431 Rosedale. The Burtons have sold their home and will be moving into a condominium. The sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See you there.

The Italian-American Ladies Auxiliary held its card party Tuesday night and judging by the crowd, everyone was ready for a fun night. The club was filled, the prizes great and the food good.

Diane Casley was there with Anne and mentioned she was on her way to Palm Desert, Calif., to visit their sister, Lola Rufo.

Grace Reckner is going to Dallas, Ga., for daughter, Sandi Jestels birthday, where she will also visit granddaughter, Tracey, and great-granddaughter, Avery. Shirley Bird was there from Suffield catching up with former Board of Election friends, Grace, Kay Courtney and Nancy Leonard.

It was a family affair for club president Marguerite Pinter. Her husband, Bill, daughter, Margie Weaver, and granddaughter, Jennifer, were sitting at a lucky table.

Thanks to all the ladies who worked so hard on this and all of you who attended. The last card party the club held was in March 1994. We need more of them.

It was good to see Rob Kortright here from his home in Arizona. He moved there two years ago, but is in town every four to six weeks because of his involvement in the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home business. He will be back in town in May, when daughter, Kim, receives her master of education teaching certificate from Kent State University. Son, Todd, lives in town and is working for American Family Insurance.

Aaron Borkoski, an employee for more than two years, is learning the ropes from Rob, so expect to see more of this personable young man.

For Ravenna news, call Angie Reedy at (330) 297-7228.

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