The American Legion Post and Unit 803 of Aurora is thankful for the generous donations during their poppy distribution in May. The goal was to distribute 1,000 poppies. Although falling short of the goal, the groups collected slightly over $1,400.
As temporary stewards of this money, the Post and Unit 803 will be transparent in its decisions concerning disbursement. Last year’s contributions bought digital voice recorders for local veterans suffering from Post Tramautic Stress Disorder.
The Veterans Administration’s budget does not cover this effective tool. Additionally, Post-Unit 803 paid for the repair of a car for homeless veterans at the Freedom House in Kent, which is used to take veterans to the VA when another van is in use.
The money collected does not pay salaries or for extravagant seminars. Poppy donations are spent only on needy veterans and military.
The Post-Unit meets the third Wednesday of every month in Aurora Library’s gallery. Call 330-562-3210 for information concerning membership or if you know of a local veteran or active duty family in need.

Lila Grace Boston was born May 10 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna to Donald and Jessica Boston of Ravenna. She arrived weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Grandparents are Marci Zepp of Aurora, Jeff Zepp of Mantua and Rick and Vickie Boston of Ravenna. Great-grandparents are Joseph Smolcic of Aurora and Juaninta Wolford and Richard Wolford, both of Ravenna.

The Federated Democratic Women of Portage County will meet June 13 at 5 p.m. at the English Pub Bistro, 320 E. Main St., Ravenna. For details, call 330-297-6648 or email

An evening meeting of the Rotary Club of Auroar will be tonight (June 12) at 6 at Doogan’s to install new officers. Cost is $30 payable at the door.
On June 19, the club will have its final business meeting of the year. Members will approve the budget for next year.
The board also is planning to do something in the memory of Joe Lykins, a past president and longtime Rotarian. The project will be discussed at the meeting.