Around Windham By Denise Bly

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Last week, the groundhog did not see his shadow, so, as the legend goes, spring is around the corner. I think the rodent might have blown this one. Since Saturday, we have seen nonstop snow. Could this be winter's last hurrah? I hope so, but I sincerely doubt it. After all, we have been know to have snow in April and sometimes even into May.

That being said, while you are sitting inside watching the snow pile up, now is the time to start planning your summer garden. While you're planning your family garden, you can envision that spring is just around the corner. Think of the warm soil, just tilled and ready to receive seeds, and before you know it you will be out there doing what you envisioned back in early February. Think spring, and maybe the rodent will be right!

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The First Church of God in Windham is holding a Bible study series on Women in the Bible. They meet at 11 a.m. every Sunday morning at the church, 9016 N. Main St. in Windham. The study is open to the public. For more information, call 330-326-2293 or 330-671-1426.

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The Windham High School Drama Club presented "Alice in Wonderland" recently. The show was under the direction of Heather Fall and was a smashing success. Taking part are, from left, Page Frazee, Tabitha Prasky, Riley Mullen, Adam Tanner, Rebecca Bunch, Amber Burnworth, Rebekah Stout, Sherry Corley, Joey Miranda, Sarah Hodson, Nick Lewis and Jasmine Nevarez.

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St. Michael Church will hold Valentine's Bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Gifts, bakery, raffles and refreshments will be available. Admission is $5. No one under 18 will be admitted. The church is located at 9736 E. Center St., Windham. For more information, call 330-527-2055.

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The Windham United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread, homemade dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Carry-outs are available.

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Everybody loves chocolate! Join the Windham Branch of the Portage County District Library at 1 or 3 p.m. Tuesday to make a dipped pretzel bouquet or design an original chocolate bar for that someone special for Valentine's Day. Registration is required and class size is limited. For more information, call the Windham Library at 330-326-3145.

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The Windham Athletic Boosters will take a casino bus trip on March 16 to Presque Isle in Erie, Pa. All proceeds will benefit the building of the new softball/baseball fields. The bus will leave Windham High School at 4 p.m. and return around 1 p.m. The cost for the trip is $40. Each person will receive $35 free game play. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes as well. In order to receive the $35 free game play, one will need to bring a driver's license. For more information, contact Dawn Kilgore at 216-406-0019, Denise Dean at 330-717-1029, or Diana Knight at 330-571-3532.

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Josh Youngen, guitar, Sam Knight, drums, and Dianna George, bass guitar, rocked it out last week at Friday's basketball game. The triad played "Wipe Out" while the Bomberettes did a dance routine to the song. It was an awesome halftime performance.

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The third annual Rival for a Cause basketball game with the Garfield G-Men will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Windham High School. This year, the two teams will battle it out for Devon Regan, who has cerebral palsy. His mother, Jessica Hostetler, a graduate of Windham High School, was approached by members of the Student Council and asked if they could dedicate this year's Rival for a Cause to Devon. Jessica tried a few months back to win a wheelchair-accessible van for her son, and although they had a lot of supporters, they did not win the van. So, money donated this year from Rivals for a Cause will help make the van they currently own more accessible for Devon by adding a wheelchair lift and chair for him.

Shirts are on sale, but you need to act fast. The last day to order your T-shirt is today. T-shirts are $10 for small, medium, large and extra large and $12 for 2XL and 3XL. Windham, the home team, will be sporting purple shirts, and Garrettsville will be in blue. Purple and blue are Devon's favorite colors. Contact the school for shirt orders at 330-326-2711.

Those who would like to donate monetarily can do so. Make checks payable to WHS Student Council with Devon Regan on the memo line and sent to Windham High School, 9530 Bauer Ave., Windham, OH 44288.

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On Feb. 22, prior to the big rival game, the Stanley family invites you to the third annual spaghetti dinner benefiting the Jeff Stanley Memorial Scholarship Fund. The dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Windham High School's cafetorium. The menu is all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread sticks, beverage and dessert. The cost for the dinner is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under.

Contact Denise Bly at 330-958-2280 or dbly993@yahoo.com.

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