On March 20, Aurora American Legion Auxiliary Unit 803 honored local Vietnam veterans at Aurora Library with a prayer by Chaplain Shirley Duvall and a buffet of homemade sweets and fruit. Each Vietnam veteran was given a special pin.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 134, proclaiming March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is the first state-level commemoration of the sacrifice the military and their families made during that conflict.

The goal of the commemoration is to honor those who served, remember those who didn't make it back and educate the public about the war and its aftermath. Local residents can help reach out to veterans and veteran organizations by joining the American Legion or its auxiliary.

Residents also can mail a check to the American Legion Auxiliary, 970 Cascades Drive, Aurora 44202. One hundred percent of the dollars donated will benefit veterans in need.

Past contributions to the auxiliary have fixed a disabled car to transport local veterans from the Freedom House in Ravenna to the VA Medical Center, purchased therapy tools for soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, paid for picnics and birthday parties for veterans at the Louis B. Stokes Medical Center and decorated the center's front reception desk.


The Kent Historical Society is marking 150 years of railroading in Kent with a special illustrated presentation by the noted historian and author H. Roger Grant.

Grant's presentation, which will appeal to people interested in both railroad history and local history, will focus on the career and president of long-time Erie Railroad executive Robert Woodruff. The Erie's corporate culture and over-all situation in mid-century will be examined, as well as the role of Kent as division headquarters for the line through Northeast Ohio.

The "All About Kent" series program will take place April 4 at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Mantua St. (Route 43) in Kent. A reception will follow at the Pufferbelly Restaurant (former Erie Depot, 152 Franklin Ave.) immediately following the program.

For more information, call the Kent Historical Society at 330-678-2712 or email khs@kentohiohistory.org


Philip Daniel Anderson was born Feb. 12 to Jodie Thompson and Dan Anderson of Mantua. The infant boy weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces when he arrived at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Abbie Thompson, 10, is the baby's sister.

The maternal grandparents are Brian and Dottie Summerlin of Aurora. Paternal grandparents are Dave and Cindy Anderson and Bill and Cindy Siebenthal, all of Mantua. Great-grandparents are Lois Summerlin of Mantua and Aurora residents Ann Plank and Haverd and Doris Anderson.