Orange Alert! If you've spotted the trees with brightly colored slashes along the city's right-of-ways, be not afraid. The markings are neither blotchy graffiti nor an emerging trend in curb appeal.
The city's new website explains that Aurora received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to remove trees within the right-of-way that are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer, a vicious bug that kills ash trees, rendering them unstable and potentially dangerous.
The orange markings will enable contractors to accurately bid on safely removing the trees. However, the city assures residents, not all right-of-way trees with marks will be eliminated, and homeowners will be notified prior to any removal.
For more information, contact city arborist Courtney Schumm at 330-995-8867.
The Aurora Quilt Guild is raffling a striking new quilt to raise money for the library. Drawing for "The Whoops Quilt," so named because of the bright red and white square in the center of a stunning black and white design, will take place at a trunk show for Cindy Casciato on May 18 in the library gallery, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.
Raffle tickets at $1 each, six tickets for $5, can be purchased at the library's circulation desk or at the next meeting of the guild at 10:15 a.m. March 12 in the gallery. Denise Brister, one of the group's founders, said the group warmly welcomes everyone who's interested in quilting.
In addition to the fun of working together and sharing the camaraderie of other artists, Aurora Quilt Guild has adopted two service projects: Project Linus, for seriously ill children at Akron Children's Hospital, and Portage County Community House for Battered Women, for women and children seeking a safe environment.
Welcome spring at the Friends of Aurora Memorial Library's quarterly book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Members of the Friends will have first opportunity to buy from 3 to 6 p.m. March 21, and memberships beginning at $10 will be available at the door. The bargain prices for the gently used books begin at $1 for adult hardback fiction and nonfiction and just a quarter for children's books.
The madcap comedy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Aurora Community Theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. Stephen Berg, Seth Clerget and Brian Diehl, directed by Don Bernardo, portray the best brief bits of the Bard with wit, wigs, hats, cloaks and quick costume changes while popping up all over the theater. Tickets at $16 adults, $11 age 18 and under, are available at 333-562-1818 or auroracommunitytheatre.com.
Aurora Historical Society's gala opening recently for their special exhibit on Abraham Lincoln was an overwhelming success. According to President John Kudley Jr., it was the largest gathering of its kind for the group and attracted many new friends to the museum.
Kudos to Kudley and all the hard-working board members and other volunteers who set up the exhibit and oversaw the myriad details that made for a fabulous evening: Michael Thal, Kathlyn Brown, Marcelle Wilson, Carole Jo Moroney, Robert and Karen Walker, Dick Fetzer, Donna and Ray Jobin, Earl Biederman, Tom Eakin, Donna Mattmuller, Marge Godale, B Koglman, Tim Holder, Neil Klimko, Terry Gugliotta, Nancy Brainard, Bob Mason, Joanne and Jim Rose, Mary Anne Palm, Dan and Jo Smalley.
Special recognition to Jeff Clark, owner of Clark Design, who provided the professional graphics for the invitation and beautiful commemorative program.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" continues with two exceptional programs featuring local experts on both law and medicine. At 5 p.m. March 15, history professors Dr. Daniel Kilbride of John Carroll University will discuss civil rights during the Civil War, and Dr. Diane Barnes of Youngstown State University will talk about abolitionists, including the role Aurora played in that effort. On March 30 at 5 p.m., Dr. Peter D'Onofrio, president of the Society of Civil War Surgeons, will present "Medical Advancements in the Civil War." Both programs, followed by light refreshments, are free and open to all.
Other Lincoln-related activities include tours by students from Aurora schools at all grade levels, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 15, and the Aurora Memorial Library's gathering of "Aurora Cooks" at 5:30 p.m. on March 26, which will feature recipes and cookware from the Civil War era.
The Lincoln exhibit will remain on display at the historical society museum, 115 E. Pioneer Trail lower level, through April 5, open Mondays 1 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m.
For more information about Aurora Historical Society and the Lincoln exhibit, visit aurora
historical.org or call 330-995-3336.
Contact Christine Patronik-Holder at 440-708-1755