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I want to thank/compliment the Record-Courier on the fine article Rachel Hagenbaugh wrote about bringing new life to the old Mantua Center School and your publishing it on March 26, one of the days I had the school open. Placing it on the front page immediately below the article and picture of people retrieving bricks from the razed Ravenna high school certainly emphasizes what is at stake for the Mantua community. We have one of the nicest historic town greens remaining in the Western Reserve, and the school is very close by, making a natural center for the township, which so many communities lack.

Nearly 50 people dropped in and spent some time at the school on Tuesday, March 26, the largest attendance so far. A majority shared in either the lunch or supper potlucks. Enough of them participated in making blocks for the Home of the Brave quilts that I have enough for one and a half quilt tops already. I'm hoping to assemble one top in time to display it on Tuesday, April 2, and certainly by April 9. Some of the folks who have been coming to Open Tuesdays are starting to talk about how we can keep them going beyond April, so I am now announcing that there will be an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 9 to discuss that possibility.

The need would be for other volunteers to be in charge, as well as for financial sponsors, as I have other commitments and will not be available to lead in May and June, nor am I willing to be tied down to doing it myself every week ad infinitum.

I am hoping this letter will get published in time to serve as a reminder that I will have the cafeteria open Tuesdays, April 2, 9, and 16, and I thank you again for the article published on March 26.

Ellen Monroe, Mantua Township

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