Dec. 26 was a fun day for Donna Alexander and her family. For starters, son Mike and wife Cathy, along with her daughter, Mary Epling, spent the day with her. Son-in-law Earl Epling was out of town and Donna’s son Jim and wife Tammy couldn’t be there for the festivities, but the party continued.

Her grandchildren, Ty, Karen, Tony, and Andi, were there, along with great-grandchildren, Corley, 8, Alex, 4, Nathan, 3, Louie, 2, and Noland, 1. Poor little Aubray, 1 1/2, was home sick. 

When talking to Donna, she said she’s still picking up blocks and Legos. 

They ate lots of good food with Mary making desserts while the kids ate "kid food."

As you can imagine, the kids kept the adults entertained. It was a wonderful day, but "lots of work," and the kids even surprised her with a new TV. 


There are many interesting programs coming up for the Portage County Historical Society. Keep these in mind for things to do: 

March 24 — Forum: Portage County Historical Society

At 9:30 a.m., the historical society will host a continental breakfast for society presidents, executive directors and/or representatives, followed by a forum/program at 10 a.m.

It will be held at the museum in the research/public meeting area. Each society will have about seven minutes to speak on their efforts in "preserving the record" of the community. The event will be over at 1 p.m.

Those planning to attend should verify their attendance for a breakfast count and adequate seating. Refreshments will be available during the meeting. 

April 28 — Mary Jamba on Haunted Ohio

May 19 — Spring open house, 1 to 4 p.m. 

Sept. 29 — Walking Tour in Maple Grove Cemetery, part 2

Oct. 27 — Historical Ghosts of Ohio, Colin Schneider

While I’m on the subject, mark your calendars for the Salvation Army’s annual dinner on April 5 at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. For tickets, call 330-296-7371. This year’s theme is "Soup, Soap and Salvation."———

Thanks to the 50-Plus Club members for their kind welcome at their recent meeting at the First Congregational Church of Rootstown. 

Allan and Sally Kelly spoke about the Lifeline program and Karen Horky and I spoke on the Auxiliary. We are volunteers at the University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna and were delighted to pass on information to the club’s members. 


On March 2, I attended the Women For Women Ohio at The Overlook in Kent for an interesting evening. W4WO supports education for girls in Cambodia, who aspire to earn high school and college degrees. 

The committee held an "Office to Evening" clothing sale, featuring gently worn or new clothes at great prices. All the guests were enjoying the shopping. 

I had a chance to hear Janet Dix speak at a recent UH Auxiliary meeting and was impressed with the program and what it was all about. Another worthwhile cause!


Don’t forget to wear your green on March 17.


Call Angie Reedy at 330-297-7228 with your Ravenna news.