Around Nelson By Denise Bly

By Denise Bly Published:

Nelson resident Jackie Tabor has continued to be a force to be reckoned with in basketball, soccer and track. This past week, she was recognized as Portage County's Athlete of the Week for her basketball skills. Jackie Tabor is a senior at James A. Garfield High School who just played her final basketball game at James A. Garfield's gymnasium.

She is a team leader and is always looking for ways to improve her game. She is not only a leader on the basketball court; she is a leader in the classroom as well. She has a 3.6 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a scholar athlete all through high school and has participated in soccer, basketball and track.

Jackie was a four-year varsity starter and letter-winner on the soccer team and basketball team. In basketball, she also has earned a varsity letter all four years on the girls basketball team, where she has been named to Second Team All Conference honors, special mention Northeast Ohio Inland District W.T.C.B.C.A., and Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Associations Scholarship Society.

In soccer, she earned First Team All League all four years, Second Team All District for two years and First Team All District one year. She was the leading goal scorer all four years she played, accumulating almost 50 goals for her career!

In track, she has accumulated three letters for the past three years and hopes to continue her success in track this spring. If she is successful in obtaining a fourth letter in track, Jackie will have earned 12 letters during her high school athletic career.

Jackie is also a member of St. Ambrose Church, where she altar serves and participates in youth group. She has volunteered in the soup kitchens and at Hattie Larlham Foundation in Mantua.

Although Jackie's high school career is winding down, she has learned from her mentors to savor every moment of it. Although the close of the basketball season is bittersweet as she plays her last game as one of the Lady G-men, her basketball career isn't over. Jackie will play basketball in college as well. Her post-high school plans are to attend Carlow University in Pittsburgh on an academic and athletic scholarship, where she will major in nursing and will be on the basketball team.

Jackie is the daughter of Jeff and Kris Tabor of Nelson Township. Congratulations, Jackie!

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The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard has been busy. It recently celebrated its first anniversary and is looking for a new home. This past year, it was able to help 150 families in the James A. Garfield School District. The NGCC has outgrown its current facility and is looking for a new home. It currently has asked the Nelson Township trustees if it could rent the old township garage for $1. In return, the NGCC will add shelving, furnace, insulation, etc. to make the facility usable for the food cupboard. The trustees will meet in an open meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community House to discuss the issue. All folks interested in seeing the continued success of the NGCC should attend.

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The NGCC is also looking for area gardeners to help them by planting an extra row or two in their garden to donate to the NGCC. The food cupboard is always in need of fresh produce, and if we all chip in we can "Shut the Door on Hunger" in our community.

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The Nelson Garrettsville Senior Social Club meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Nelson Community House on the Circle. The club is open to anyone who would like to come. On Feb. 28, they will have French toast and chicken sausage.

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Remember all the fun you had as a kid hunting Easter eggs? Did you ever wish there were egg hunts for adults? Well, your wish has come true. The Candlelight Winery will hold an Adult Easter Egg Hunt at 6 p.m. March 23. The Easter egg hunt will be outdoors and will be held rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. The cost for the event is $20, and it has to be prepaid. The egg hunt will have lots of cash prizes, snacks and more. Contact the winery at 330-527-4118 or www.candlelightwinery.com for details.

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Do not forget that the Pixley Park Development Committee is still collecting items for its annual garage sale held Memorial Day weekend. All proceeds from the sale go toward park improvements. Contact Terry Allen at 330-719-2584 if you have donations or need more information.

Contact Denise Bly with Windham news

at 330-958-2280 or dbly993@yahoo.com.

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