Around Ravenna

By Angie Reedy Published:

Peg's Country Cafe has now closed permanently after seven and a half years. Peg and Chuck Langston, former owners, announced this sad fact and said the closing was due to circumstances beyond their control. They said they wanted to thank all their loyal customers and especially their staff, whom they loved so much. Peg said "God bless" to all.

This popular restaurant is sadly missed by so many of us.

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The Portage County Historical Society held its annual Christmas open house in December, and it was a huge success.

There were many first-time visitors to the homes and grounds. Among them was an 89-year-old lady who said she had lived in Ravenna all her life and this was her first visit. She was very impressed and promised to be back.

Also visiting was a gentleman from Chicago, Kurt Harjung. He had lived in Ravenna in his youth. He and Jeff Jones were great buddies. In fact, they still do Civil War reenactments on occasion at the same events, so they have kept in touch over the years.

Kurt was visiting family in Ravenna and called Jeff. Jeff told him Judy, Sarah and his mom, Jeanette Jones, were going to be hostesses at the Carter House at the upcoming event. Kurt asked Jeff not to mention he was in town so he could surprise the family, which he assuredly did. It was a great reunion.

It was very satisfying to have so many first-time visitors, and in spite of the gloomy day there was warmth and sunshine in the Carter House.

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Thanksgiving dinner was over and the Christmas decorations were put up in preparation for the fifth annual cookie exchange, held every first Saturday in December, at the David and Madelan Rude home in Rootstown.

Family and friends gather for a holiday brunch and exchange cookies for the holiday. Some bring old family recipes, while others research new ones. This year, a new option was added: candy. Everyone left with their containers of goodies, ready to start the holidays and filled with the holiday spirit.

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Holidays are a special time of the year, especially when they can be spent with friends. The class of 1960 of Ravenna Township School gets together each holiday season.

This year's event was held at the beautifully decorated Sugar Maple Inn in Ravenna. The event planner and organizer this year was Joyce Suter.

Those attending were Kathleen (Bednar) Thomas, Nancy (Butcher) Brunner, Madelan (Cariglio) Rude, Kathy Chappelear, Mamie (Gibson) Parnell, Evelyn (Heckathorn) McGee, Katherine (King) Henley, Francis (Kline) Gilly, Louanne (Seaburn) Ladson, Joyce (Sprott) Suter and Janet (Thompson) Esposito.

The girls spent the afternoon reminiscing and enjoying the company of friends. A get-well card was signed and sent to Louise Chlepta, who was unable to attend.

The girls of 1960 try to meet bi-monthly for breakfast or lunch. Anyone who is interested in attending is welcome and may contact Joyce Suter for more information.

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

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