Wanting to thank someone who has helped you? Want to let someone know how special they are to you? Want to brighten someones day? The Crestwood Lions have the solution. They are selling mixed carnations by the dozen for $13. Orders are due by June 6 and will be delivered the following week. For more information or to place an order, you can contact any Lions member or Harold Ullman at (330) 274-2516. Place your order today. Crestwood Alumni Banquet is scheduled for June 14 at Crestwood High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. Classes honored are 40-, 50- and 60-year classes. If you are interested, call Rose (Klimek) Foster at (330) 274-2649. Deadline is June 7. At the last meeting of the fiscal year, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 193 elected officers for the 2003-04 year. They are Ruth Balge, president; Carol Oros, vice president; Kathleen Miller, secretary; and Virginia Gharky, treasurer. Delegates to conferences and convention are Dorothy Brady, Ruth Balge and Kathleen Miller. Unit No. 193 selected Lauren Ilenin, Crestwood High School junior, to attend Girls State in June at Ashland College. The Auxiliary joins the Legion Post in serving the June 6 soup supper scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Village Park Lodge. There is no monthly supper scheduled for July. New officers will be installed at the June 5 meeting of the Portage County Council. The District 14 Summer Conference is scheduled for June 14 at the American Legion Ravenna Post No. 331 beginning at 9 a.m. The Department Convention is July 12 to 14 at Toledo. Its that time of year once again, a very special time for parents with graduating seniors, the time when parents have to look ahead and hope that everything that they have taught their children is enough for their journey. Last year at this time, I ran into a friend, Diane Hladky, and she showed me what she had written for her daughter, Shannon Cunningham, a Southeast High School graduate who is now attending Ashland University. Diane works as secretary at Hiram Elementary School. Its a beautiful piece and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did: Pink knit booties look like floppy clown shoes on her tiny 3-day-old feet and she lays peacefully, sleepily, her pink mouth a little puckered O. Awake, she kicks her legs with glee; blue eyes squinted closed as she laughs with zeal at raspberries on her tummy. Just a few days go by and the booties are carefully washed, folded in tissue paper and put away, replaced by tiny black Mary Janes with silver buckles. She takes a few wobbly steps, holding tight to my hand, legs growing stronger, steadier. Letting go, she steps away carefully, sure to keep one hand close just in case. Within moments she is skipping along, blond hair ruffled by the breeze, her saddle shoes scuffed and worn. Down in the meadow where the green grass grows she jumps rope singing the familiar rhyme, the straps of her scandals slapping. Just a week later, white ballet slippers lay forgotten in the closet, tennis shoes with pink springy laces her choice, instead. Then, within hours, black heels are who she is, dressed perfectly for him. Without warning the moments become days, become weeks, become years. Crawling, walking, skipping, running, on the way to womanhood, I watch her breathless. For Crestwood news, call Debbie Haylett at (330) 274-3211.