Jessica Edwards, a member of the fifth-grade class

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Jessica Edwards, a member of the fifth-grade class at Rootstown Elementary School, already knows how important it is to personally give of herself for the benefit of others.

Jessica, daughter of Jack and Debbie Edwards, spent part of her Thursday in the beauty salon. Her purpose was not just for a regular haircut. Jessica had grown her hair longer than the required 12 inches for the Locks of Love program and was donating her hair.

Locks of Love fashions hair for cancer patients, children and adults, who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.

Having spent time in and out of Childrens Hospital of Akron when she was little, Jessica is well-aware at a young age of the difficult time children face when they are ill.

It was her idea, said Jack, Jessicas father. The family had heard about the program and Jessica decided it was something that she could do to help.

Helen Thompson of Rootstown is a proud grandmother. She called with information about her grandson, Thomas E. Bird, currently a law student at the University of Akron.

Thomas graduated from Rootstown High School in 1995 and the University of Akron in 2000 with a major in political science. He was named to the 2002 fall semester deans list at the University of Akron with a 3.7 grade point average.

The son of Nancy Bird of Rootstown and the late Thomas Bird, Thomas is married to Megan Leatherman, formerly of Rittman. The couple is busy as Thomas prepares for receive his juris doctorate degree in December from the University of Akron and Megan is a teacher at Glen Oak High School near Canton.

The grandson of Helen and the late Burton Thompson is also the second vice chairman of the Portage County Democratic Party.

Helen also was praising her daughter-in-law, Joan, of Rootstown. Married to Helens son, Kevin, Joan has returned to college now that her daughter is in the sixth grade at Rootstown Middle School.

Named to the presidents list at Kent State University, Joan also volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and recently led eight Girl Scouts camping in frigid temperatures.

The Rootstown Historical Society has recently formed an Historic Preservation committee.

The committee is hosting a tour of the Lowden House, the elegant Victorian home located beside the new fire station at 4135 Tallmadge Road from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Built in 1881 for Hettie Hudson, the wife of local cheesemaker and entrepreneur Herbert F. Hudson, the house was the home of the Lowden family for 40 years until purchased by Rootstown Township.

Help is needed to clean and prepare the home for the open house. To volunteer this Saturday, call Cindy Hooks at (330) 325-2182.

The Rootstown High School play, The Baseball Show, opens on stage Friday and continues Saturday as the drama club presents its final performance of the season.

Rootstown residents, parents and guests are encouraged to attend one of the two performances at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evening.

Directed by Judy Latch, the plays are always entertaining and showcase the talents of Rootstown students.

E-mail: golffam2002@hotmail.com

Phone: (330) 325-1257

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