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The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Ravenna recently held a retirement dinner for choir director Mary Lou Vair.
Vair started singing in the church choir in 1953. In June 1999, when choir director Lisa DeMarco resigned, Vair took the position, but said for only two months, until a new director is found. She stayed for 18 years.
A book of memories and a handmade bowl made from pieces of the old church organ were given to her during the dinner.
Vair also was honored with a surprise party at the Sugar Maple Inn in Ravenna by members of the church choir.
"I'm so thankful for this wonderful opportunity to have been your choir director," Vair said, "for when you sing, you pray twice."