Spring is finally on its way and there

Laura Nethken Published:

Spring is finally on its way and there is a lot going on Around Waterloo and the communities of Atwater and Randolph.

With all the activities of this spring, we must not lose sight of the problems of the Middle East and the fact that many of the families in our area are affected by build-up of troops there. Many of our loved ones will be involved directly or indirectly in whatever happens there.

While they are in harms way, we should always keep them in our prayers and take time to send them letters from home.

I personally would like to thank all those in the service of our country and wish them godspeed.

St. Joseph School in Randolph will hold a craft auction at 1 p.m. April 6 at the school, located at 2617 Waterloo Road. The items in this auction are made by students, parents and friends of St. Joseph School and there is already a great selection of items to be auctioned.

If you have an item to donate, they will be taking items from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28 and March 31. For more information, call the school at (330) 628-9555.

St. Joseph School would like to thank Paul Yoder, auctioneer, for his services at this fund-raiser.

Paul may be contacted at (330) 794-0125.

The Atwater Lions Club will hold a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. April 12 in the new Atwater Town Hall.

This fish fry is another of their great Lions projects and it is a great meal.

For more information about the Atwater Lions Club, call Chuck Darrah at (330) 947-3131.

The Randolph Historical Society along with the Randolph Lions Club would like to invite everyone to the Randolph Town Hall at 7 p.m. March 31 to dedicate a historical marker commemorating the life of the first settler of Randolph.

Bela Hubbard first came to Randolph along with Salmon Ward on March 31, 1802. This date also happened to be Belas birthday. The reason Bela is given the distinction of first settler is by the fact that he stayed and made his home here. He helped to build the foundation of what is now Randolph Township.

The historical society is planning on a full town hall for this event and they will have displays of items owned by Bela Hubbard, the Johnnycake Hollow wood burnings that they recently received from Myron Mullett in addition to many of their fundraising items.

Our new item is a reprint of the Centennial Souvenir, published by a group of Randolph citizens in 1902 which contains some interesting historical information and pictures. These reprints will have a cost of $10. The original copies of these books are rare and the society felt that this would be a great item to offer to those interested in Randolph history. These books are also available in the Randolph Branch of the Portage County District Library.

Also Richard Statts of the society will have copies of his two books on the Civil War. The society is making these books available at a reduced price through them. The titles of Richards books are Captain Cotters Battery, and The Life and Times of Colonel William Stedman of the Sixth Ohio Cavalry.

Richard has done much research on the Civil War and how it relates to the residents of Randolph and our area; he is a wealth of knowledge.

Anyone wanting more information about any of the activities of the society, may call the new president, Carey Steele, at (330) 935-4221.

An Aroma Therapy Workshop will be held at the Randolph Community Center at 6:30 p.m. March 25.

The presentation will include the uses of essential oils and other natural health and beauty products.

Each participant will make four blends to take home: a massage oil, a hand/nail oil, a disinfecting spray, and a scented salt scrub. The cost of this workshop will be $15. Join them for an evening of good scents.

To sign up for this class or any others, stop at the Randolph Library or call (330) 325-7003.

Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Friends of the Randolph Library.

Dont forget that the Waterloo Band Boosters will be holding their seventh annual fund-raiser auction on Saturday, April 5 at Waterloo High School.

The doors will open at 3 p.m. and the bidding starts at 4 p.m.

Money generated from this event will go toward current and future needs of the band, to purchase needed uniforms, replace and repair instruments, and purchase additional band equipment.

It will benefit the future band members, as well as current band members.

For more information about this great fund-raiser, call John Roebke (band director) at (330) 947-2124, Ginger Markham at (330) 947-3483, Tina Rice at (330) 325-0031 or Jackie Kovacich at (330) 947-3626.

On Feb. 18, it was Senior Night at the Waterloo High School boys basketball game. The seniors on the team this year are Matt Adelman, Josh Arner, Andy Bonecutter and Dan Sheaffer.

After the four senior boys and their parents were introduced, the parents had a message to the boys read over the microphone, but due to the noise in the gym, it was difficult to hear the message. So recently, Darlene Adelman contacted me and asked if I would publish the thanks from the parents.

Thanks guys for all your efforts this year and here is your parents thanks:

We are very proud of you and the way you have presented yourselves this season. You have shown unmatched strength and character throughout a disappointing season. You have also shown true leadership and class. Waterloo schools and the communities of Randolph and Atwater should be very proud, for you have represented us well. Thanks and good luck in the future. You are true gentlemen. Youre simply the best!

The Randolph Lions Club is looking for someone to sponsor the Portage County Soap Box Derby. Anyone looking for a sponsor, should call the Lions Club at (330) 325-1730.

E-mail: DKolasky@aol.com

Phone: (330) 947-2345

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