Historical exhibition

open through April 5

Eric Rotsinger and Karen Oswald portrayed Mark Twain and his wife March 13, when Aurora Historical Society members got a preview of the group's latest exhibition titled "Journey Stories."

Twain, who became a famous author, told several stories about his life along the Mississippi River in the 1800s. He and his wife fraternized with society members in the museum on the library's lower level after the presentation.

The exhibition opened to the public March 16 with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. It will continue through April 5. The museum is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibition if from the Smithsonian Institution. It uses a wide range of visuals, audio clips, music, maps and artifacts to bring to life the personal paths of immigrants, slaves, explorers, business tycoons and historical figures whose travels have led from the Mayflower to the Golden State.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the society will sponsor an American Girl Doll tea March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the museum. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited. Registration forms are available atwww.aurorahistorical.org.

Zoning to be explained

Local residents are reminded that three informational sessions are planned regarding establishing a multi-use zoning district for 560 acres in the northern portion of the city and Bainbridge Township.

The issue will be on the May 6 ballot. The first info meeting will be March 26 at Aurora VFW Post 2629, the second will be April 3 at the Hawthorn of Aurora clubhouse and the third will April 7 at Harmon School. All will start at 7 p.m.

In a story on Page 1 of the March 12 Advocate, the April 3 meeting was incorrectly listed as being at Harmon School.

Oswick touted at GOP

dinner; Renacci talks

Aurora resident Dr. Larry Oswick was given an award for his service to the Republican Party of Portage County during the annual Lincoln Day dinner March 10 at the Kent State University Hotel and Convention Center.

Janet Esposito, head of the county Republican Party, also presented a service award to Larry Solak, a former Shalersville Township trustee. Oswick currently is party vice chairman.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio's 16th District was the main speaker. He said his goal in Congress is to have "a smaller government, spending less, and leave a better and brighter future" for the next generation. It's the same goal he had when he got started in city government in Wadsworth years ago.

For Renacci, it was a chance to introduce himself to Portage Republicans who might not know him. Renacci is a native of southwest Pennsylvania. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in business administration and came to work in Wadsworth after a few years.

In Wadsworth, he began acquiring companies and got involved in city government. He served on City Council and then was elected mayor.

-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier

Lot split, addition for

Treat Road firm OK'd

The city's planning commission unanimously approved a minor subdivision/lot split for Four Wells LTD on Bartlett Road at its March 5 meeting.

Property owner Lou Telerico said the lot split would create a 3-acre residential parcel from the existing 46-acre parcel.

Planning panel chairman Kathi Grandillo said the lot

split meets all the requirements of the zoning code.

Planning panelists also approved preliminary and final site plans for a 6,852-square-foot addition at National Pump & Process on Treat Road. It was the same proposal which was approved by a previous owner of the business in 2008, but that owner never moved ahead with the project.

Business owner Ken Klemencic said the company has 10 employees and plans to hire two or three additional workers.

Interim Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska reported several variances for an Aurora School of Music addition were to be on the board of zoning appeals' March 12 agenda. Planners have not approved a final site plan yet.

Januska also said information about the public hearing notification process for projects before the panel will be given to panelists at their March 19 meeting, and will include comments from the BZA and samples of the notification process in neighboring communities.