Waterlines will be

flushed in Aurora

Beginning with the Portage water area on April 20 and continuing with the Cleveland water area on May 1 through May 19, the city of Aurora's water department will flush lines to improve carrying capacity and water quality.

Flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Customers may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and a temporary condition of discolored water.

If discoloration occurs, customers should not allow their water to run.. That will not clear discoloration. The iron in the water main needs time to settle. Water clarity will return.

Do not wash whites if water is discolored. Discolored water should dissipate within one or two days, but is safe for bathing, drinking and food preparation.

Customers are asked to be patient during these periods. If anyone has any special concerns, call the water department at 330-995-9109.

Planners to meet

Two items are on the agenda for tonight's (April 19) city planning commission meeting. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The Aurora Animal Care Center is seeking a conditional zoning certificate for a veterinary clinic and boarding kennel. The panel also will discuss findings of fact for its previous denial of a wetlands-reparian setback variance for Moneta Avenue resident Lara Narinskiy.

Legion and Scouts

to serve pancakes

American Legion Post 803 and its auxiliary are partnering with Scouting's Venture Crew 2265 for a pancake breakfast on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harmon School.

Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Presale tickets cost $6 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10. Cost is $7 for adults and $6 for chiildren at the door.

Children 4 and under are free. There will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, free blood pressure checks and an Aurora Memorial Library rep on hand to issue library cards and demonstrate the new Hot Spot technology.

For tickets, call Reed Gross at 216-789-5549.

Local man assists

with Cuba flights

Sixteen pilots and passengers in three small aircraft, including Aurora resident Mark Cheplowitz, recently flew to Key West, Fla. and then to Havana, Cuba, for a seven-day countrywide cultural experience.

A highlight of the week was a social event for American and Cuban pilots, in which pilots exchanged aviation and engineering knowledge and celebrated flight.

Pending government approval, the event also was the kickoff of an international "crowd funding" initiative to pay for a training aircraft for the Club De Aviacion De Cuba, the national flying club of Cuba.

The trip was planned and coordinated by members of the T&G Flying Club, Wizard of Ahs and the Travel by General Aviation Aircraft meetup group.

"I'm so pleased to have helped introduce my passion -- flying -- to the Cuban aviation community and to help produce events and activities in that country," said Cheplowitz, who is president of Wizard of Ahs and co-coordinator.

Cheplowitz also is a member of T&G Flying Club and a fixed-wing, helicopter and seaplane pilot. His copany specializes in creating and producing effective branding events for corporate and consumer markets nationally and internationally.

RAC camp ahead

Reminderville Athletic Club is offering a summer day camp for area youths. There will be five, two-week sessions filled with activities, swimming and field trips. Before and after child care will be available. Registration is possible during normal business hours until all spots are filled. For a full brochure, visit www.remindervillerac.com.

Alzheimers group

plans fundraising

The Dicks Little Darlings Alzheimers fundraising group will offer a casino bus trip May 7 to Presque Isle, leaving at 8 a.m. from the Kmart parking lot in Streetsboro and returning about 5 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person and each participant will receive $35 in free play from the casino. There also will be a 50/50 drawing and someone will win spending money. All money goes to the Walks to End Alazheimers effort.

Money is due by April 25. For more information, call Carole at 330-298-8703 or email DreamT959@aol.com. The trip will support families and research for an Alzheimers cure.

On June 17 will be the Alzheimers longest day memorial run, in which motorcycles and cars can join for a day of fun, food and entertainment. It will start and end at Mantua Corner Bar and Grille.

Cost is $20 a driver and $10 a rider. First bike out will be at 9:45 a.m. followed by the cars. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. and is available to the public at $10 a plate. Entertainment will start at 5 p.m. with the Profit Band and Country Reign playing.

Raffle and 50/50 baskets will be up for grabs, and donations for the baskets are being accepted. For information, call or email Carole as indicated above.

Enjoy a multitude

of digital options

Want more free digital content from Portage County District Library every month or for your lending period? Well, library patrons will be happy to know about increases in the number of allowed checkouts for two of its most popular digital services -- Hoopla and OverDrive.

Hoopla's monthly limit has increased from 10 to 20 items every calendar month, while OverDrive's checkout limit has increased to 20 items for a selected lending period. The only requirements are a PCDL card and an internet connection.

Mobile Hotspots also are available for borrowing free. Patrons can get the internet connection required to take advantage of the services. Loan period for the device is two weeks. Although Mobile Hotspots cannot be renewed, users can place another hold for the next available device.

Using a PCDL card, enjoy free access to digital movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. For more information on digital services or other library programs, visit www.portagelibrary.org.

Screenings slated

Residents of Aurora and surrounding area can learn about their risk for a number of diseases at a Life Line Screening event April 24 at the senior center in the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail.

Screenings are available to determine plaque buildup in arteries, cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density and kidney and thyroid functions. The site is accessible for wheelchairs, and free parking is available. Preregistration is required by calling 1-877-237-1287 or visiting www.loifelinescreening.com

Aurora ranks high

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has released its list of the safest communities with more than 5,000 population in Ohio, and Aurora has come in No. 19 for this year.

The council combined data from the most recent "FBI Crime Reports," population data and its own research to create the rankings. The council is a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the country.

Russell Township in Northeast Ohio is No. 1 on list. Other area communities listed higher than Aurora are Chester Township, Bay Village, Hinckley Township, Hudson, Brecksville, Seven Hills, Olmsted Township, North Ridgeville and Sagamore Hills.

Exhibits paintings

Several original abstract landscape paintings by Aurora-based fine artist Eva Volf created especially for Earth Day will be exhibited April 22 in the "Light Up The Earth" exhibit at JoAnn DePolo Studios and Gallery in North Olmsted.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is at 26719 Brookpark Ext. Dozens of artists have created original paintings that capture the wonder of the Earth in a unique way, including glow-in-the-dark 3D paintings of a wide variety of subjects and styles.

Brush week slated

The city's brush pickup program gets under for 2017 next week. Residents who have brush to be collected should place it at the curb in front of their homes by 7 a.m. April 24. Crews will be out throughout the week to pick it up. The program runs the last full week of each month through October. Information about the program is available by calling 330-995-9116 or on the city's website at www.auroraoh.com

City meetings set

The next Aurora City Council meeting will be April 24, with the committee of the whole to gather at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 in town Hall. Other city government meetings coming up are: Tonight (April 19) -- planning commission at 6:30; April 20 -- landmark commission at 6:30 p.m.; April 26 -- civil service commission at 6:30 p.m.; and April 27 -- architectural board of review at 6:30 p.m.

Drug talk April 22

Local residents concerned about the drug overdose crisis in the region are invited to a drug awareness event April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aurora Inn. It is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers include representatives from the Aurora Police Department, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Townhall II and the Portage County Health District.

Get mulch, humus

As a result of the city's brush and leaf pickup, mulch and humus are available to city residents at no charge. Piles of the material are located at the Audubon parking lot at 896 East Pioneer Trail, just past Page Road.

Residents must provide their own labor. Implements and loading equipment are not allowed. The mulch and humus usually are available after May 1 and will be replenished as needed until the supply is exhausted. This program is intended for individual residential use and not available to contractors.