The new year of 2013 has arrived -- in fact, January is already half over! I'm sure that most people in the Northeast area of our country would react negatively to the thought of the month of January.
But it has merit, I think. For one thing, it's the beginning of a brand new year and a chance for a fresh start. After the usual Christmas and end-of-the-year activities which sometimes make our lives far from "calm and collected," it's pleasant to sit in front of the fire, enjoy reading a good book or finish a "put aside" hand-craft project.
And isn't it fun to look outside and enjoy the beautiful snow coming down as it did on Dec. 26? I know all that snow means plowing roads and driveways, shoveling paths to garages and basement entrances, to school bus stops and mail boxes. But for some of us who don't "have" to go, it's nice to have a meeting cancelled occasionally and then enjoy a "free" evening at home.
Steve Matheos, Crestwood Athletic Director, contacted me recently to see if I remembered when and why the name of Red Devils was chosen for Crestwood students and teams. I couldn't help him but I hope some of you readers will know the answer to his problem. If so, please contact him at the high school or call me.
Another request for information came from Judy Steinfurth of Freedom, who wanted to know if I remembered the names of the 12 original members of the Mantua Men's Bridge Club.
We remembered some of them but maybe some of you readers will remember others. Our list included Buck Steinfurth, Judy's father, R. G. Mayhew, Wally Pearce, Bob Brumbach (or was Bob later?) Ray Thomas, Alfred Ramage, Wally Ramage and Paul Stamm.
Can anyone name the others?
Thinking of those people just named reminds me of how much the train going through Mantua influenced our community.
Many of the men listed above got to their work in Cleveland -- and home again -- on the train. I don't remember when riders got on the train in the morning but they arrived home in Mantua at 6:20 each evening.
That is why the weekly Rotary meeting was held with dinner at 7 p.m. Incidentally, Mantua Rotary Club was chartered in December 1946, when our oldest son, Keith, was 5 months old.
The Erie Railroad also carried products as well as people. Husband Frank's grandfather, Homer, was responsible for getting Canada Road (so named because it looked like Canadian woods) built to make a shorter trip for getting their potatoes to the train stopped across S.R. 44.
Now those same "trackways" have been converted into walking paths. A very good use.
Congratulations are in order to the following Crestwood Middle School December Students of the Month: Eighth-graders Emily Walker, Olivia Brady, Blaine Sorrick, Adam Fitzgerald, Krystal Willett, and Kenneth Haynie; seventh-graders Avrie Talboo, Kassandra Fedor, Austin Shaffer, Ryan Britt, Emily Hawkins, and Lincoln Chiller; and sixth-graders Ashleigh Fowler, Mira Soukenik, Alexander Maiden, Logan Bailey, Kathleen Hawley and Luke Leister.
One of the very special pieces of mail which I received before Christmas contained the gift of a lovely pink silk scarf from Yanling Wang in Dalian, China.
Also in the package were several photos of a chubby, little boy born early in June. Yanling taught Chinese at Crestwood High School and Middle School and stayed with me during her time here.
Yanling is teaching English in the high school in Dalian and her parents are caring for the little boy, a practice which is "traditional" in China. Yanling has promised to come back to visit us someday. I hope it's soon. As my recent birthday reminds me, I'm not getting any younger!
The DMRC (Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation) will hold the fifth annual "Art on the Hill" on July 13 along East Prospect Street in Mantua.
Vendor spaces are available to artisans or food vendors for just $45.
The event will feature more than 80 artisan spaces, great foods, continuous live entertainment, a silent and Chinese auction of donated artwork, along with local donations of gift certificates and local business products.
Call or email Christine Pitsinger at 330-414-6486 or community firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an application.
For Mantua news, contact Virginia Goodell at 330-274-2376