Planning panel meets tonight

Three items are on the city planning commission's agenda at tonight's (May 7) meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

The items are a final site plan for a dental office for Cabi Capital LLC at 485 N. Aurora Road, a revised preliminary subdivision plan for the Villas of Bertram at Treat Road and Route 306 and a final plat for Phase 2A of the Villas of Bertram.

The planning commission gathers the first and third Wednesdays of each month when there is business to be transacted.

Craft session at Moebius site

Children of all ages are invited to the Moebius Nature Center on May 10 at 11 a.m. to create a keepsake for their mothers. They will make an antique foil frame with a picture made of dried flowers.

Everyone can personalize their gift with glitter and other added items.

The MNC is located on East Mennonite Road just east of Sunny Lake Park. Register at The program is free, but donations always are welcome.

Music school, Cabmat

expansion plans OK'd

At its April 16 meeting, the city's planning commission OK'd preliminary and final site plans for an addition at the Aurora School of Music on South Chillicothe Road.

School owner Vera Holczer plans to add 6,985 square feet to the existing facility. The site plans were approved with the stipulation that the school provide traffic control and / or valet parking for large concert events.

Several people, including Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and development director Jack Burge, urged the panel to approve the project.

James Guhde, who owns the Pioneer Place building north of the school, said he is working on a shared parking agreement with Holczer, which would allow the school to use his lot for overflow parking.

City engineer Justin Czekaj said Holczer submitted all documentation that was required and the plans comply with all the city's engineering requirements.

The panel also approved two other items -- a minor subdivision for land at 1340 Page Road and preliminary and final site plans for an addition at Cabmat on Gentry Drive in the southern industrial zone.

Owner Lou Telerico said the lot split would divide a 5.8-acre parcel into 2.0- and 3.8-acre parcels, and he has potential buyers lined up who would build office/warehouse facilities.

Cabmat plans to add 15,000 to its existing building. The firm employs 19 people and plans to hire seven more. The approval was granted with the stipulation that the property would need only 44 parking spaces instead of the required 77.

Fasten your seat belts

The Aurora Police Department will participate in the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign from May 19 to June 1.

"Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives," said the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

"Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. By maintaining 'Click It or Ticket' awareness, we will continue to reduce seat belt fatalities on America's roads."

Ticket prices set for

annual circus shows

The Kelly Miller Circus is returning to Aurora on July 20, and ticket prices have been set.

Advance prices for children ages 2 to 11 are $6, adult tickets for 12 years and older are $12 and children under 2 are free. On circus day, children are $7 and adults are $16. Box seats are $3 extra and can be purchased at the box office on circus day.

"When we first sponsored the circus four years ago it was the first circus to play Aurora in over 100 years," said circus committee chairman Evan Webster.

"Many residents didn't know what to expect. Those who attended came away not believing what they had witnessed. The circus provides first class family entertainment at reasonable prices."

The Masonic Lodge, sponsor of the event, later will announce locations where tickets can be purchased in advance.

Returning for this year's performance is wild animal trainer Ryan Holder and his bengal tigers, liberty zebras, North Starlets featuring "Water for Elephants" star Rebecca Ostroft and the trapeze girls in a colorful extravaganza. Also on hand will be dogs, camels and clowns.

Residents also again will have the chance to see the setup of the tent in the morning. Last year, nearly 500 people witnssed that.

July 4 info is unveiled

The city is still seeking nominations for July 4 parade grand marshal through May 9. Forms are available in the parks-recreation department at the Walker Building. For more information, call Colleen Martin at 330-995-9149.

Registration also is being accepted for the July 4 parade and festival. The parade starts at 11 a.m., and the festival is at Kiwanis-Moore Playground. For details or registration/liability waiver forms, visit or call Martin.

Bloodmobile is May 12

An American Red Cross bloodmobile will visit the Church in Aurora on May 12 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

City meetings coming

Aurora City Council will meet May 12 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall chambers. The committee of the whole session starts at 6 p.m. The city's landmark commission is slated to gather May 15 at 7 p.m.

Library's hours noted

Hours at Aurora Memorial Library are: 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.