Hagquist first to finishpolice training collegeLt. Rob Hagquist of the Aurora Police Department graduated from the Law Enforcement Foundation's Police Executive Leadership College on June 15. He was one of 29 students attending the 49th session.Hagquist has been with the local department for 10 years. He was an officer and patrol sergeant before being promoted to lieutenant in 2004."Within law enforcement circles, Ohio's PELC program is well-regarded and the model for many similar programs," said Police Chief Seth Riewaldt."Rob is the first member of our department to attend and already is demonstrating new skills the program has provided. As part of my staff development plan, all the managers and supervisors of the APD will follow Rob into this program."PELC is an intensive, three-week leadership-training program, which is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned and, given the opportunity for feedback and practice, that executives can substantially improve their abilities.Route 43 widening oneof major road projectsAurora's Route 43 widening project from Route 82 to Squires Road is listed as one of four "major" Transportation Improvement Program projects for 2008 to 2011 in the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study's area.AMATS' policy committee approved a new TIP at its May 9 meeting. About 125 projects are valued at $547 million.The Route 43 project is estimated to cost $6.5 million. Other major projects are the $76 million Phase II of the Route 8 project in Boston Heights, a $9 million Metro transit center in downtown Akron and construction of three new portions of the Ohio and Erie Canal's Towpath Trail.All projects can be seen on AMATS' Web site at www.ci.akron.oh.us/AMATS/tip.asp.'CSI' is topic at library; detectives to participate"Crime Scene Investigation" is the topic of a teen program today (June 27) at 1:30 p.m. at Aurora Library.Presented by detectives from the Aurora Police Department, the program will cover investigation techniques, including fingerprinting and how DNA evidence is handled.Registration for the program designed for students in grades 5 and up is preferred and can be made by stopping at the library or calling 330-562-6502.For details about library programs or services, visit www.portagelibrary.org.City survey under wayThe city is conducting a parks and recreation survey to evaluate programs, facilities and services.Residents are encouraged to complete the survey, which can be found online at the main parks-rec Web site at www.auroaoh.com/depts/-parkrec.Printed copies also are available at the office in the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail. For details, contact Parks-Rec Director Jim Kraus.Music planned in Julyat the Premium OutletsAurora Farms Premium Outlets will celebrate the coming weekend with patriotic musical entertainment, as North Coast POPS will perform July 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gazebo. The group's music includes patriotic favorites, oldies, polkas and swing.The Jacobs Field Dixieland Band will stroll the center July 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is the official band of the Cleveland Indians, performing at every home game.Other groups slated to appear at the Outlets throughout the summer are:July 7 -- House of Rhythm from 1 to 3 p.m.; July 8 -- Jacobs Field Dixieland Band; July 14 -- Sister Jean the Ragtime Queen and Little Laundry from 1 to 3.July 21 -- Tyler Rounds Duo from 1 to 3; July 22 -- Time Trax from 2 to 4; July 28 -- Big Band Combo from 2 to 4; and July 29 -- Eddie and the Edsels from 2 to 4.All concerts are free and open to the public, and lawn chairs are welcome.Board OKs additions, structures and signsPlans for a number of home additions, accessory buildings and signs were approved June 14 by the architectural board of review.The additions were for Joan McMillen on Hampton Circle, Rick Nelson on Lake Trail, David Frohman on West Homestead, Nancy Deobald on Wood Ridge, Don Cahill on Burgess Circle, William Jubell on New Hudson Road and F.J. Dickson on West Acadia Point.Under canopy and front of building signs were ap-proved for Gap Kids & Baby and the Gap Outlet, while a monument sign was OK'd for Schmack Bio Energy.Homes to be built for Paul Gnuschke on East Boulevard and by Artistic Design Homes on South Chillicothe Road also were approved.Other approvals included a shed for Keith and Amy Fricke, an arbor for Laura Andrews, a gazebo for Ronald Ali, garages for Dan Mendolera and Scott Moonen and a screened porch for Susie Applebaum.Libraries closed July 4All branches of the Portage County District Library will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day and will resume regular hours July 5.PCDL invites library users to send postcards to branch libraries letting the staff and others know what they're reading this summer.Children and adults can pick up a slip with branch mailing addresses to take on vacation and then send postcards, which will be displayed in the branches. Aurora girl graduatesBrittany Jones of Aurora recently graduated from the Ohio Distance and Electronic Academy. Graduation ceremonies took place at the Akron Civic Theatre. The tuition-free public charter school offers a complete kindergarten to 12th-grade academic program to assist families that want to educate their children at home. More than 3,500 students are enrolled statewide.City meetings plannedThe following city government meetings are coming up in the next week: tonight (June 27) -- civil service commission at 6:30; June 28 -- architectural board of review at 7 p.m.; June 3 -- service-utilities committee at 6:30 p.m.; and July 5 -- parks and rec committee at 6:30 p.m.Money is provided forGlenwood engineeringThe policy committee of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study recently approved funding changes for a nearly $1.4 million reconstruction project on Glenwood Boulevard in Reminderville.Scheduled for construction in 2009, the Glenwood project extends more than 1.5 miles from Liberty Road to California Street. Officials also are considering construction of a roundabout at Glenwood and Liberty.The committee amended the AMATS Transportation Improvement Program for 2006 to 2009 by adding $50,000 and $150,000 in federal discretionary funds for preliminary engineering phases in 2007 and 2008, respectively.AMATS said the Ohio Department of Transportation requested the changes. The panel provided the engineering funding by reducing the project's construction budget. Previously, no funding was scheduled for project engineering.Support group at festThe Food Allergy Awareness Support Group will have a booth at Aurora's July 4 festivities at Kiwanis-Moore Playground.It will feature games and crafts, including "Win a Fish" and bracelet making. The group supports the many families who experience food allergies.For more information about the group, call Gail Capretta at 330-995-9354 or Kathy Gambatesa at 330-995-5280.PartsSource, Walgreens to opensoon, mayor tells City CouncilIn his report to City Council on June 25, Mayor Lynn McGill had some good economic news.He reported that PartsSource on Lena Drive in the southern industrial zone will have its ribbon cutting and an open house July 19 at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served.McGill also reported Walgreens will open soon, although he does not know a specific date. "It is a beautiful building with great landscaping and a sprinkling system," he said. "A great addition to the city."In other matters, the mayor said Karvo Paving Co. arrived in town June 25 to start on this year's resurfacing projects. North Bissell Road grinding and milling was to start first, followed by work on Acadia, West Pioneer Trail and Route 43.McGill said city crews are removing grass from the cemetery expansion area and will grade and install an wrought iron fence and stone columns. The work will conclude with seeding this fall.World War II theme continuingat historical society's museum"Selling the War: World War II and the Art of Persuasion" opened in May at the Aurora Historical Society museum in the basement of the library.The exhibit features the society's collection of World War II posters, political cartoons drawn by Aurora resdient James Donahey and pictures drawn by Harlan Helmuth, an Auroran who attended fourth to seventh grades during the war.Four posters loaned by Jennifer Kuty and her brother Peter French also are on display. They deal with production issues. The Oldsmobile Division of General Motors created two of them.The World War II theme is being continued in conjunction with the Western Reserve Historical Society's fall exhibit and Ken Burns' upcoming PBS special on the war.Historical society's new bookfeatures a lot of photographsAurora Historical Society's latest book titled "Images of America: Aurora" is scheduled to debut late in July. It is published by Arcadia Publishers.The book is the combined effort of society director Marcelle Wilson and historian Richard Fetzer, and features photos from the society's collection with captions illustrating the history of Aurora and its residents.Themes include "friends and family," "work," "rural beauty," "religious life and education" and "century homes" will show readers how much things have changed in the past 100 years.Commencement on airLocal residents have three more chances to view the 2007 Aurora High School commencement on Cable 9. The replay will air tonight (June 27) at 9:30, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. and June 30 at 10:30 a.m.Hydrants being flushedThe village of Reminder-ville is flushing fire hydrants weekdays through July 13. For information, call the fire department at 330-562-2862.Schools unit offers photosThe Aurora Schools Foundation invites the community to visit its booth at the city's July 4 festivities at Kiwanis-Moore Playground.Brady Krebs and Brian Burks from Edward Jones Investments have partnered with the foundation to sponsor a special "Have Your Picture Taken with the Greenman" event.The promotion will raise funds for the Ultimate Boosters, which is sponsored by the foundation. Ultimate Booster memberships raise money to support, band, orchestra, choir and sports programs in all of the schools.Activities at Kiwanis-Moore Playground get under way about 12:30 p.m., after the July 4 parade.