Around Ravenna by Patsy Artz

By Patsy Artz Published:

This is the first Christmas in years that Roger and I didn't go on vacation to Las Vegas, so I decided to have a family dinner. I coordinated it with the Ravenna Township Santa Claus delivery so that he could bring presents to our children.

When I went to the township earlier that week, there were only a few presents so I had everyone come around noon thinking that he would be there around 1 p.m.

We waited and waited and still no Santa. I called the fire station three times. I know they were ready to kill me. Finally after most of our guests had left, Santa arrived. The poor soul had more than 28 stops and trudged through the snow to see the children. He still had three or four more stops to go. He started at noon and was not done until almost 9 p.m.

I want to thank Santa (Marty Flemming) for being such a great Santa. He was terrific. He held each child in his lap and gave them a "magical" candy cane and told them to make a special wish.

Marty has done this for years and he is just great! Thanks again from all of us at Ravenna Township.

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The Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department has a youth basketball program that is just wonderful. I attended my granddaughter's basketball game and wow, those kids are really great! Madison was in the group of grades one through three. I could not believe my eyes how good these little troopers were.

Their coach, Joshua Patton, is a big guy well over 6 feet tall. I have never seen such a "gentle giant" in my life as him. Madison got hurt and he helped her up, put his arm around her and walked her off the floor. I almost cried. The coach from the other team had a tiny little girl get hurt and he picked her up and carried her off the floor. It was heart-rending. The crowed clapped for the little girl and 10 minutes later she was back playing again.

I'll bet the Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department makes these coaches take a "gentle" test when they apply. What a great organization.

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The Ravenna Elks Club at 776 N. Freedom St., is having a Texas Hold'em Tournament on Jan. 26. The event opens up at 11 a.m. for signups and the game begins at 1 p.m.

There will be pre-cash games for those who want to play earlier. The buy-in is $50 for $4,000 worth of chips and an extra $10 will get you another $1,000 worth of chips. I wish I could go the bank and get that kind of deal.

Of course, there will be free food and goodies.

Colin Beichler and his group work very hard for this Elks fundraiser and I hope you will attend. It is fun and you have a chance to win hundreds of dollars for yourself. What a deal!

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Jack Wilson died a few weeks ago and there was a special service at the Elks Club for him. There were 40 chairs set up and they had to set up more than 100 chairs for the service. Jack and his wife, Brenda, were both Past Exulted Rulers for the Elks and both worked very hard for the organization.

This just showed how much Jack was respected and appreciated at the Elks.

Sometimes we forget to tell someone what a great job they are doing and before you know it, it's too late.

Let's all make a point to tell someone "Great Job!'

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That's my story and I am sticking to it.

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For Ravenna news, call Patsy Artz at 330-296-6878.

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