AROUND ROOTSTOWN by Susan Jenior

Susan Jenior Published:

It has been a year to remember for the sons of Curtis Hilbruner and Beth Hilbruner of Rootstown.

Neal Hilbruner celebrated his 21st birthday while being sworn in as an Auxiliary Police Officer in Windham.

Neal graduated from the Kent State Police Academy at the top of his class with perfect attendance and a perfect notebook. He will continue pursuing his Bachelor of Science Degree at Kent State University concentrating in criminal justice studies

Neal's younger brother, Nolan, recently was sworn in at the 179 Airlift Wing in Mansfield with the Air National Guard.

Nolan leaves for Texas this month for basic training and then continues to Mississippi for four months of job training.

Nolan graduated from Rootstown High School and attended Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna as a certified electronics technician and will continue to work in the field of electronics for the Air National Guard.

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The Rootstown High School Student Council is having a canned food drive in November.

Starting today and continuing through Nov. 20, students are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items for their first period classroom.

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Rootstown resident and former Cleveland professional soccer player Otto Orf is currently a director in the Great Lakes Futsal, encouraging both boys and girls to play the game of soccer.

Great Lakes Futsal has three locations for youth soccer leagues and clinics including the Akron Sports Center and the Ohio-Nets in Parma.

The locations offer all levels of youth soccer competition and coaches' clinics.

Orf has enjoyed success in his post-pro career. He was invited to help train the U.S. National Team Futsal in Torrence, Calif., in preparation for the Futsal Grand Prix in Manaos, Brazil.

Orf also traveled to three cities in Spain to study the game of Futsal and revisited Segovia, the site of his 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup appearance.

For more information, visit the website at www.GreatLakesFutsal.com or call 216-282-4625.

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The Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at the Rootstown Fire Station beginning at 8 a.m. Members will cast ballots for the 2013 Board of Directors.

Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito will be the guest speaker.

The Chamber just completed hosting the annual Community Expo at Rootstown High School in October.

The Chamber has planned its December meeting for Dec. 11 at Access to Independence Hall on S.R. 44 at 11 a.m.

All members will receive lunch and a representative of the Salvation Army will be at the meeting. All members are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for donation.

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Rootstown High School seniors should visit the high school website or stop by the Guidance Department for scholarship opportunities for higher education.

Deadlines for several scholarships are in December including collegiate presidential scholarships. Log onto the Rootstown schools website at www.rootstown.sparcc.org.

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It was a fun season for the Rootstown High School girls soccer team advancing to the OHSAA Regional semifinal.

The team made history for the Rovers, winning the first district championship in school history for girls soccer.

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Alumni of Rootstown High School have several resources to keep in touch with former classmates and find out about reunions.

Rootstownwarddavis.alumniclass.com website encourages alumni to pay a small fee to register but many of the site's information tabs are accessible for free. There are registrations for students and faculty as well as profiles of alumni.

The Rootstown Foundation and Alumni Association was formed to raise funds to update the Rootstown High School stadium but information is available on classes as well.

Alumni can register for free and find other classmates from their graduation year as well as use the link to Find a Classmate.

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