Around Ravenna By Angie Reedy

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Gabrielle Marie Garro was born Jan. 2 at Akron General Medical Center, just missing being a New Year's Day baby. She is the daughter of Emilee and Greg Garro of Rootstown and weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces at birth.

Gabrielle's grandparents are Terry Greathouse of Palmyra and Chuck and Becky Garro of Ravenna.

She is blessed to have two great-grandmas, Marie Garro of Ravenna and Emma Greathouse of New Castle, Pa.

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Harold and Alice Kandes returned from a week in Colorado, where they visited with her sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and David Luplow of Divide, Colo. While there, they also visited niece and nephew Ben and Rachael Luplow of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Steven and Julie Luplow of Aurora, Colo.

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Here is Annie! Lauren Hanson, 10, the granddaughter of Nino and Carol Testa and the daughter of Peter and Maria Hanson, was chosen to play Annie at Grandstreet Theatre in her hometown, Helena, Mont.

Also sharing the stage were her sister, Liliana Hanson, 6, as an orphan and her labradoodle pup, Tucker, as Sandy.

Grandstreet Theatre is a 200-seat house that ran Annie for three soldout weekends during the holiday season.

Aunts Gia Iarussi and Lisa Sferra as well as "Nani" (Carol) were able to make the trip to catch the action first hand! "Tatone" (Nino) declined the idea of traveling in the winter months, but was caught up to speed when the actresses performed the songs while they visited Ravenna for the holidays.

The Hanson granddaughters are not shy when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. This was Lauren's fourth play at Grandstreet and she has sung the national anthem at the state's capital for National Adoption Day the past two years.

This was Liliana's first involvement with the Grandstreet Theatre stage and she's eager to do more. Luke Hanson, 8, brother of the stars, was a great support to his sisters and showed off some of his piano talents for "Nani" at a holiday recital during her visit. Needless to say, it was an extra special holiday for the Testas.

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Scott Fosnight is recuperating at home after serious back surgery at University Hospital in Cleveland. After surgery, he went to Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna for rehabilitation. He reported he had excellent care at both facilities but is very happy to be home. He said he will be seeing everyone at tag sales.

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My nephew, Dominic Nagella of Dallas, Texas, was here before Christmas for a brief visit. He visited relatives and stayed with mom Judy Nagella and family Gina and Daniel.

Dominic is working for Bank of America and is very happy there. He is a Q.A. analyst for production reporting and loan modification and spent last year traveling the states in that capacity.

On the way back to Texas, he picked up cousin Vincent Sferra and they drove to Dallas, stopping to visit Vince's parents, John and Velvet, in Houston.

Dominic and girlfriend Farah Yassine went to New York for New Year's Eve. While there, the couple became engaged. Two days later, they went to a live TV broadcast of "Good Morning America" and held up a sign announcing "We're engaged." They are planning a September wedding in Dallas.

Dominic's dad is former Ravennan David Nagella of Texas.

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The Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce will present Dan "The Man" Long in a comedy night on Feb. 16 at the Ravenna Elks Lodge, 776 N. Freedom St.

It will be an evening of laughs, fun and a buffet steak and chicken dinner with a cash bar and 50/50 raffle. The cash bar starts at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling the chamber at 330-296-3886 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out.

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

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