Farm market returns

The Aurora Farmers Market will operate in 2014 for its fourth straight year, according to the city's director of economic and entrepreneurial development Jack Burge.

Dates have been set for June 11 to Aug. 27 (Wednesdays). Matt Johnson of Red Rock Farmers Market reports almost all the vendors from last year will return, with he addition of a few new ones.

Burge said several vendors will participate at the Aurora Business Expo on April 5.

City landmark panel

reviews school plans

At its Feb. 20 meeting, the city's landmark commission reviewed a proposed expansion of the Aurora School of Music, 211 S. Chillicothe Road.

An addition is planned to the front of the building, which would include a stage and recital hall capable of seating 200 people. A basement addition would allow more practice rooms and equipment storage.

The exterior elements represent a Western Reserve-style look, and brick on the existing structure would be blended with new bricks. If approved by various city panels, the project could be completed this fall.

Landmark panel architectural adviser Ron Lowe said he believes it is "a great design" and gives the architect -- David Sommers & Associates -- the opportunity to put a signature building in the center of town.

Panelist John Kudley said recitals would only take place about eight days a year, and he feels the cultural aspect of the school is a key component to the area.

City director of economic and entrepreneurial development Jack Burge stressed how important the business is to the economy of the city with its 800 students, and commended the landmark panel for work they've put into the project so far.

In other matters, the panel accepted the law director's recommendations for revisions of the city's sign code. Lowe said the new Geauga Lake historic marker is expected to be delivered in the next few weeks.

Mental illness focus

of sessions in Aurora

Area residents who have someone in their lives living with a mental illness or addiction have the opportunity to join a free local education program starting March 15 in Aurora.

The Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program starts March 15 and will run Saturdays for 12 weeks from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Church in Aurora. The national program is sponsored locally by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and NAMI Portage County.

The course is open to anyone who has a family member or friend with a brain disease, including schizophrenia, manic depression, clinical depression, anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Family-to-Family is taught by local residents who have a family member living with mental illness. There also will be information shared about treatments, rehabilitation services, problem-solving, communication and advocacy.

The registration deadline is March 13. Call the Mental Health & Recovery Board at 330-673-1756 ext 201 or email and leave a name, phone, street address, city and ZIP code. For more information about the course, visit

Lot split on planning's agenda

Only one item is on the city planning commission's agenda for tonight (March 5). It is a request for a minor subdivision /lot split for Four Wells LTD at 1179 Bartlett Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall's Council chambers.

Moebius rainforest events set

The Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road will host two programs about the Amazon rainforest.

The first will be a presentation by the Akron ZooMobile with several live animals from the rainforest on March 15 at 2 p.m. It is for children of all ages.

The second program is a rainforest canopy art program on March 22 at 3 p.m. Artists will start a mural that reaches as high at the MNC ceiling, and attendees will help by drawing the plants and animals that live in the rainforest.

There is no cost for these programs, but donations are always welcome. Register in advance at

City meetings set in next week

The following city government meetings are coming up in the next week: tonight (March 5) -- planning commission at 7; March 10 -- City Council committee of the whole at 6 p.m. and regular Council meeting at 7; March 12 -- board of zoning appeals at 7 p.m.

ABL gets ready for 2014 year

Online registration is under way until March 31 for the Aurora Baseball League.

A free high school-hosted recreaton / travel team players clinic will be March 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.

The ABL's major division (11-12U, sixth and seventh grade) has joined forces with Streetsboro and Mantua to form a multi-community rec league for 2014.

A community clinic with Captains Baseball Academy will run Saturdays in April. For details, visit www.captainsbaseball