It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, especially on Nov. 27 at Aurora Library.

The Aurora Cooks! group received a candymaking lesson from member Dee Steitz, who has been making candy for many years. They learned how to make peppermint bark, color candy molds and dip pretzels.

The women found out how time-consuming it is to make homemade candy. Each color layer needs to be solidified prior to the next.

It was amusing and earsplitting to see the women pulverize little snack bags full of candy canes into miniscule bits to top the peppermint bark.

The next meeting is Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the main floor of the library by the fireplace. There will be a cookie exchange, and to join sign up by Dec. 10 by dropping by or calling the library.

Participants in the cookie exchange should bake 6 dozen of the same type cookie which is special to them and leave about a half-dozen out to sample.


In October, members of American Legion Post 803 and Auxiliary Becky Sharp, Joanne Lodge and Larry Sharp decorated the Ravenna AL Post dining room and served Louis Stokes Medical Center veterans a fall dinner. The unit donated fresh local fruit and sweets.

The American Legion Auxiliary purchased and donated six small Christmas trees to the Stokes center, placing them randomly throughout the main floor lobby, and added seasonal touches to the front desk.

They also placed a piece of art painted by first-graders at Craddock School in Aurora. The children donated their art many times to veterans, who enjoy the artistic endeavors.

Special thanks goes to Milka Begovic, an auxiliary liaison, and Craddock School for providing the art, plus David G. Lodge for assistance in decorating and transportation.


The Silver Bells Holiday Boutique will take place Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Timmons Elementary School, 9595 E. Washington St., in Bainbridge Township.

Admission is free. There will be more than 75 professional artists, catered food, holiday cookies, a kids' craft workshop, holiday trees and greenery, raffle baskets and a raffle to win two Razor E300 scooters.

Proceeds benefit Timmons' "One School One Book" program. For details, email


Mike Ricciardi of Aurora is the grandfather of Oriana Grace Ricciardi, who was born Nov. 6 to Iva Cadle and Michael Ricciardi of Ravenna.

The infant girl weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was born at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Odyssey Cadle, 6, is the baby's sister.

Maternal grandparents are Lorraine Cadle of Diamond and Duane Cadle of Berlin Township. The other grandparent is Debbie Maxin of Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Norma Sue Myers of Diamond is great-grandmother.


The Public Employee Retirees Inc. Chapter 96 will meet Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at Paws restaurant in the Bertram Inn in Aurora. Registration takes place first, with lunch at noon. A Christmas party is planned, with election of a new president and secretary.


The Women's Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra provides support for the orchestra through music education, volunteer service, and fund-raising opportunities.

The Women's Committee was founded in 1921 by Adella Prentiss Hughes, the Cleveland Orchestra's first general manager. Beth Schreibman Gehring is the current president of the women's executive committee. For details, visit