Taste tickets available
Almost $6,000.00 of items will be auctioned off at this year’s A Taste of the Western Reserve, which will be April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Signature of Solon.
Included among the items are golf outings at Signature of Solon and Walden Country Club, a one year dining membership to Walden,  Indian ticket, teeth whitening, 2000-year-old framed coin artwork and am Aurora Greenman jacekt.
Order advanced tickets for $35 or pay $40 at the door.  There are a few reserved table still available that seat an entire party of 10 for $400.
Call 330-562-9543 and ask for Dick Garner for tickets and information.

Planners OK addition

at local music school

An expansion project proposed by the Aurora School of Music was approved April 16 by the city's planning commission. The school is adding additional classrooms and a concert hall to accommodate its more than 800 students.

Vera Holczer, founder and director of the school, opened the business nearly 11 years ago, and it has attracted students and teachers from all over the region.

Holczer praised the city's support of the project. "The city and its administration could not have been more supportive, helpful and efficient throughout the design and approval process," she said.

Before construction can begin, the city will review and approve the building plans, hold a preconstruction meeting and then issue necessary permits. Holczer said the plan is to break ground in August with hopes of finishing by Thanksgiving.

"This is an extremely important project for a prominent and successful business," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. "In addition, the Aurora School of Music's investment will be one step in redefining our vital Town Center."

The planning commission also approved a minor subdivision/lot split for Capital L Corp. on Page Road and a final site plan for an addition at Cabmat Inc. on Gentry Drive.

Free books available

Portage County District Library will participate in World Book Night tonight (April 23), when volunteers will give away paperback editions of books at various locations in Portage County.

All of the books are provided free by participating publishers.

In its first year -- 2012 -- World Book Night coordinated a book giveaway of half a million free books. World Book Night is a non-profit organization that exists to encourage reading and to promote the work of book givers, booksellers, librarians and financial supporters who believe in its mission.

For more information about World Book Night, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org.

Water lines in Aurora

are slated for flushing

The Aurora Water Department will flush waterlines between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 24 to May 16.

The purpose of the flushing is to improve carrying capacity and water quality. The flushing will remove settled substances and discolored or stale water.

Customers may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and a temporary condition of discolored water. If discoloration occurs, customers should not allow their water to run as this will no clear the discoloration.

The iron in the water main needs time to settle. Water clarity will return. Do no wash white clothing if water is discolored. Discolored water should dissipate within one or two days but is safe for bathing, drinking and food preparation.

For more information, call the water department at 330-995-9109.

Libraries ask for help

after cuts in revenue

Officials from Portage County District Library, along with Reed Memorial Library and Kent Free Library, attended Legislative Day on April 2 in Columbus.

Each year, the libraries attend Legislative Day to meet with legislators and ask for their continued support. This year was especially important since libraries are asking that the General Assembly increase the Public Library Fund formula percentage from 1.66 percent to 2 percent of the state's General Revenue Fund tax revenue to help libraries recover from a 2014 cut, plus additional proposed tax cuts.

In fiscal year 2012-13, the biennium budget reduced the PLF percentage from 2.2 percent to 1.66 percent. The PLF currently provides public libraries the same amount of state funding as provided in 1996.

This is the only state revenue public libraries receive, and the Portage County District Library receives no additional local support.