Fire gear, computers

purchases proposed

At City Council's committee of the whole meeting May 12, Fire Chief David Barnes requested an appropriation of $9,500 from the fire-paramedic levy to purchase protective equipment and trauma supplies for rescue squad vehicles.

Barnes said he hopes to purchase six sets of body armor, helmets, tourniquets and trauma dressings to assemble a kit for each vehicle.

"In any fire or rescue situation, we're taught to evaluate risk versus gain before we send our personnel in," explained Barnes. "When we ask our personnel to take a risk, I want them to have as much protection as possible.

"Past events have shown that we cannot wait until there is no risk to our personnel before we treat victims from these events."

In another equipment purchase matter, Council members discussed buying Dell desktop computers and monitors from Brown Enterprise Solutions as part of the city's computer replacement plan.

The purchase would be through the state cooperative purchasing program and would amount to $14,516, with the money coming from the capital improvements budget.

Sign up at the library

Summer reading club registration begins May 28 at most Portage County District Library branches. "Fizz, Boom, Read!" is the theme this summer.

There are activities planned for all age groups. The theme for this year is related to science, so programs will feature experiments, exploration and shows.

Registration is required. Call Aurora Memorial Library at 330-562-6502 to register.

For more information about summer reading club or other library programs and services, visit Portage County District Library online at, find it on Facebook or follow it on Pinterest.

Cable 9 seeks videos

about area deceased

Cable 9 television is producing a new show to honor the lives of area residents who have passed away. "In Memory Of...." is a compliation of memorial videos submitted to Cable 9 by families of the the deceased.

"Memorial videos are so popular these days, and we think many families would welcome the oplportunity to share them with the community at large. We believe local residents will appreciate the memories and the chance to honor a life well-lived," said senior production manager Mary Moore.

The following guidelines are necessary for inclusion:

The deceased or submitting family member must be a resident of a Cable 9 consortium community (Aurora, Macedonia, Northfield, Reminderville, Sagamore Hills, Twinsburg or Twinsburg Townshihp).

Cable 9 will accept only

non-returnable, pre-edited DVDs accompanied by a signed release form.

Cable 9 reserves the right to replace copyrighted music on the DVD with non-copyrighted music.

More information is available by contacting Moore at 330-468-1402 or

Win a prize at library

Aurora Memorial Library is participating in the 95th anniversary of Children's Book Week through May 17 with a prize drawing. Anyone who checks out children's books this week is eligible to enter to win one of two collectable classic children's books.

Sponsored by the Children's Book Council, Children's Book Week is celebrated by libraries and schools across the country. This year marks the 95th anniversary celebration of Children's Book Week, which is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Library group meets

Patrons of all ages are invited to attend Aurora Memorial Library's knit and crochet group discussion. They should take their current knitting, loom knitting or crochet project to the library's fireplace area on the second Monday of each month beginning June 9.

Participants can interact with other local fiber artists and discuss print and online resources for patterns and techniques. Registration is requested and can be made by visiting the library or calling 330-562-6502. For more information on this and other library programs, visit or call the above number.

Mayor speaks to LWV

Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin was the featured speaker for the Kent League of Women Voters' eighth annual "Conversations with Women in Public Service" event at the Women's Resource Center on the Kent State University Campus in April.

With nearly two decades of public service, Womer Benjamin has represented Portage County in the Ohio General Assembly and has served the people of Ohio as a member of the governor's cabinet. She won the mayoral race in Aurora in November 2013.