Business owners eye

ground sign changes

Suggestions made by members of the architectural board of review for a new ground sign at Demming Financial Services in the old Aurora railroad depot are being considered by the business' owners following the panel's Sept. 19 meeting.

Jack Burge of Holsman Sign Services showed a proposed design to the panelists, who did not approve of certain portions of it. Some of the suggestions made were:

Eliminate or reduce the "services" section of the sign.

Eliminate "independent registered investment adviser" to create more white space or reduce the font size.

Distinguish separately between "certified financial planner" and the names below it whether by font, size or color.

Keep the concave corners with the outline as represented by the old sign on the four corners.

Board members said they liked the new logo and color on the sign. They tabled the matter until the October meeting to give the owners an opportunity to consider the suggestions.

In other matters, the panel reviewed a draft of the new sign code. Chairman Jeff Clark said he would send an email to planning commission chairman Maria Hydell with suggested changes.

Architectural adviser Ron Lowe told members several revisions have been submitted to Columbus and the review process is continuing on the new preservation handbook. Price quotes have been received from area printers.

Shredding day is set

A free Shred-It Day open to all Aurorans and local businesses will take place Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Petals & Pearls in the 1815 house at South Chillicothe Road and West Pioneer Trail.

The Shred-It truck will be on hand to destroy personal documents, old pay stubs, bills and account information. People can drive in and have their documents unloaded by a crew. The event is sponsored by the Tom Plunkett for mayor campaign.

Candidates set at AHS

The location of a candidates forum slated for Oct. 17 by the League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County has changed from Harmon School to Aurora High School's auditorium. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature candidates for city offices and the Aurora School Board.

Panelists OK lot split

At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Aurora Planning Commission approved a minor subdivision/lot split for TX Four Holdings LLC for a property at 1050 E. Mennonite Road.

Property owner Lou Telerico said the request would split an existing 35-acre parcel into 10 and 25 acres, so that Telerico could sell the individual parcels.

Panel chairman Maria Hydell said the lot split meets all city requirements. No other panelists commented about the request, and they approved it by a 4-0 vote.

Flu clinics are offered

The Portage County Health Department will offer a flu shot clinics Oct. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fire Station 1 on West Pioneer Trail. Other nearby clinics are Oct. 15 at Mantua Civic Center (old Mantua Center School) and Oct. 28 in Streetsboro City Hall on Route 43. Both are from 4 to 6 p.m.

All clinics are walk-in, with no appointment necessary. Cost is $10 for children and $20 for adults. Medicaid, Buckeye Card, Care Source, United Health and Medicare Part B (as primary insurance) are accepted.

Nasal flu vaccine is available for children ages 2 to 18. High dose flu vaccine is available for adults 65 years and older for $45, with Medicare Part B accepted as primary insurance. Shots are recommended for everyone 6 years and older, and especially for pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and children younger than age 5.

Moebius activities set

A program called "All About the Foxy Fox" is planned Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road. On Oct. 26, a Halloween harvest craft where children can decorate mini-pumpkins and candy bags will take place at 3 p.m. Programs are free, but registration is required at

Photos to be displayed

Aurora resident Jim Redmond of jredmond photography will present a photo exhibit at the Aurora Library. It will begin with a reception Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Photos from Europe, South America, the United States and Aurora will be featured from Oct. 18 to Nov. 23 in the library's gallery downstairs.

Tax complaints eyed

Real estate assessments for Portage County for the tax year 2013 have been revised and are open for public inspection in the county auditor's office, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Complaints about any valuation or assessment except those fixed and made by the Ohio Department of Taxation will be heard by the Portage Board of Revision. They must be made in writing on official forms and filed between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2014.

October activities set

planned at the library

Registration for Aurora Library Halloween programs is under way. The annual costume party with spooky stories, games, a craft and refreshments will be Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Members of the Aurora High School Key Club will assist. Activities are geared, but not limited to, ages 3 to 8.

Trick-or-treating in the library will be Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Book stack aisles will be converted into a Halloween maze, where children can gather treats from senior citizen volunteers. A story will take place in the gallery and parade to the gazebo outside for a group photo. Parents/caregivers should take a bag of treats to share.

Fans of the Percy Jackson book series and movies can gather in the library's gallery Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. for Greek-themed fun. Students in grade 5 and up will play games, make a craft and enjoy light refreshments.

A door prize will be awarded, and registration is requested by visiting the library or calling 330-562-6502. For details, visit

Appraisal fair planned

Local residents are reminded that the Aurora Historical Society's Antiques Appraisal Fair, Caf and Consignment Shop will be Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum and lower level of the library building.

Experts will donate their time to provide uncertified appraisals of books, china, clocks, clothing, coins, country store memorabilia, Florence, Lladro and Royal Doulton, furniture, glassware, jewelry, movie posters, musical instruments, oil paintings, post cards, radios, silver, sports memorabilia, textiles, watches, vintage purses and accessories, vintage advertising and WWI and WWII posters.

The $5 admission includes access to the consignment shop and the lunch room plus one appraisal, while $10 gets you access to everything and three appraisals.

Library's hours listed

Aurora residents are reminded the local library is open as follows: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.