After changes, panel

OKs plans for school

The city's landmark commission discussed revised renderings and elevations for an addition at the Aurora School of Music at its March 20 and 27 meetings, and eventually issued a certificate of appropriateness for the project.

During the March 20 session, some members of the commission felt some of the addition's proposed elements looked too modern for the historic district.

The following recommendations were made: Shorten the second story windows so the floor is not exposed; eliminate a dormer over the old section; replace the tower with a cupola; and add window muntins on all elevations.

Panelist John Kudley said the panel's purpose is to preserve the district and what is compatible with it. He felt that with a few changes to the plans, the expansion project would be approved by all required boards.

Panelist Jeff Clark expressed concerns about traffic flow and its impact on the district. Planning-Zoning-Building interim director Denise Januska said those concerns can be brought to the planning commission, which has the final decision when it comes to parking and traffic impact.

Architect Jeff Myers of Dave Sommers & Associates agreed to change the plans to meet the panel's satisfaction, and drawings were updated with the changes.

Fill-A-Cruiser April 12

The Aurora Police Department is hosting its second "Fill-A-Cruiser" event April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Marc's in Aurora Commons. It is to help stock the shelves of local food cupboards. Officers will be on hand to accept non-perishable food items, paper products and other necessities.

Items needed include instant mashed potatoes, toilet paper, canned beef stew, paper towels, peanut butter and jelly, tissue, chicken and dumplings, napkins, canned fruits, dish soap, hot oatmeal cereal, laundry soap, soups, hand soap.

Macaroni and cheese, shampoo and conditioner, dried pasta, toothpaste and toothbrushes, spaghetti sauce, canned chili, chili beans, pork and beans, applesauce, pudding, gellatin, canned ravioli, juices, tuna helper and cake or muffin mixes.

Remove decorations

The city's service department requests that all decorations be removed from gravesites before May 5 so annual maintenance and cleanup can be performed. Fresh and seasonal decorations may be placed on the gravesites beginning May 10.

PCDL is set to observe

National Library Week

The Portage County District Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week (April 14-19), a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering eBooks and technology classes, materials for personal entertainment, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Portage County District Library is celebrating National Library Week by asking patrons and officials to pose for photographs with a favorite book, which will then be turned into READ posters to be displayed at branch locations.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

Library week coming; book club will gather

Aurora Memorial Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 13-19 with a contest in which patrons can guess how many library books are on the shelves. A gift basket will be awarded to the person with the best guess.

In other library happenings, the Parent and Child Book Club for children ages 8 to 12 with a caring adult, will have its next meeting on April 19 at 2 p.m. The group will discuss "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, and a chocolate treat will be given away as a door prize.

Multiple copies of this Dahl book are available at the checkout desk of the library. New members are welcome to join the group. For more information or to sign up, call 330-562-6502 or stop at the library.

The library is open as follows: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Parade marshal eyed

The city is still looking for nominations for this year's July 4 parade grand marshal. Forms are available in the parks and recreation department at the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail.

Nominees must reside in Aurora, be in good community standing and have displayed outstanding service, pride and commitment to the community, county, state and / or country.

The deadline to nominate is April 30. All nominations will be reviewed by the mayor, parks-rec director and community events coordinator. For further information, call Colleen at 330-995-9149.

Bake sale aids Relay

Carol's Crew will conduct a bake sale to raise money for this year's Northern Portage Relay For Life event on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Mazzulo's Market at Aurora Commons.

The Northern Portage Relay will be June 6-7 at Veterans Stadium. It will feature a wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings of Bainbridge and any other activities.