Wagner is king of

the Vintage dance

Aurora resident Albert "Buzz" Wagner, 95, was crowned king of the recent Portage County Association of Realtors and Affiliates Vintage Venture senior citizens dinner and dance. Esther Fox, 99, of Randolph, was crowned queen.

It was the 37th annual event and took place at Kent Roosevelt High with the theme "A Night on the Nile." The Roosevelt HIgh prom committee prepared the Egyptian theme and left it for Vintage Venture the following day. MOre than 190 guests and 50-plus volunteers attended.

Dozens of door prizes were donated by area businesses and won by the guests. Every guest was given a door prize.

Upon arriving, the senior citizens were given photos and corsages. A catered dinner from Guido's in Ravenna was served, and music was presented by the Garrettones Swing Band, which played a military medley tribute to veterans.

Volunteers incluced Kent Boy Scout Troop 253, Kent paramedics, Guido's servers and Portage County realtors, affiliates and their friends. Danielle Sommers was mistress of ceremonies.

Book planter time

Local residents are invited to learn how to make a book planter at Aurora Memorial Library. They can stop in at the library June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. to make the planter.

All materials, including succulent plants and book planters, will be provided. No registration is required. For more details on this or other library programs, visit www.portagelibrary.org or csall 3430-562-6502.

Summer hours at the library are Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thursdays and Sundays.

Arbor Day honors

At Aurora City Council's June 12 meeting, Leighton School students were recognized as winners of the annual Arbor Day contest. They are as follows: McKenzie Koziar, short story; Alex Savukas, poetry; Philip Case, photography; and Maddie Holohan, poster. Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and city tree commission member Kim Pease presented the awards.

Businesses asked

to provide items

The Chamber of Commerce's Embrace Aurora program is gearing up for distribution to 200 homes. It invites businesses to provide unique items/discounts that will introduce them to new residents. Bags are gathered and delivered directly to the doors of new neighbors.

Current Chamber members can participate in this program free of charge. Non-members can participate at a cost of $25 for six months or $50 for a year.

To participate, provide 200 items or discount coupons by June 26. Items must be delivered to the Chamber office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you need assistance getting items to the Chamber, call 330-562-3355 or email director@allaboutaurora.com.

Items must be delivered as they should be inserted into the package with no assembly or additional wrapping provided. If possible, bundle item in groups of 25. The Chamber recommends any printing be on cardstock or pre-folded.

Coupons/offers must either have no expiration date or a date of at least one year out. If you choose to include an item to give away, all 200 do not have to be identical. A total of 200 items of various types is acceptable.

Designs approved

for a barn, homes

At its May 25 meeting, the city's architectural board of review approved plans for a 2,596-square-foot barn on the property of Douglas Scherma on North Bissell Road. The property is landmarked.

The structure will have a split face sandstone foundation, chili powder red board, batten metal siding, Williamsburg slate-colored metal roof, two working doors, a cupola, hayloft pulley and carriage-style garage doors.

Plans for an 18-by-12-foot addition for Ryan Lange on Deepwoods Drive and a 75-by-65-foot addition for William Galloway on Thornhill Lane were approved, while plans for a condo to be built by Pulte Homes on Brighton Drive were postponed.

Condos to be built by Pulte Homes on Brighton Drive were approved, as were condos to be built by Ryan Homes on Ron and Hilliary lanes and Danbury Drive, an addition for Dennis Ofiara on Mill Pond Road and a monument sign for Greenview Estates on East Garfield Road.

Single-family home designs approved were for Payne & Payne on Aberdeen Lane, Ryan Homes on Lakeland and Warbler ways, and Classic Homes on Hawk's Nest and East Homestead.

The panel heard overviews of the models and floor plans that will be offered in the Hawkin subdivision on East Mennonite Road. The Northwood will be the model home.

Summer reading

As a reminder to students and parents, here is an updated list of Aurora Library summer reading programs, which start at 1:30 p.m.: June 27 -- author Tricia Springstubb will speak and sign her children's chapter books, which will be for sale; July 5 -- David Anthony will dazzle with a magic show; July 11 -- Jungle Terry will bring his animal friends.

Public hearings at

planning meeting

There will be two public hearings conducted at tonight's (June 21) city planning commission meeting. The panel meets at 6:30 in Town Hall.

One hearing is for wetlands setback variances for a new McMaster-Carr building on the west side of Route 43 at Lena Drive, while the other is for a conditional zoning certificate for a residential conservation development sought by Kim Schaefer at a property on East Pioneer Trail.

Those items then will appear on the commission'sregular meeting agenda right after the public hearings.

Other agenda items at the regular meeting are a site plan for the McMaster-Carr warehouse building, a conditional zoning certificate for exterior storage at the Concert Guys / M.O. Hauling on Page Road, a minor subdivision / lot split for Aurora Real Estate Investments LLC on Lena Drive and a preliminary site plan for an industrial building for Geis Construction on Lena Drive.

Meetings coming

In addition to the planning commission meeting tonight, a few other city meetings are coming up in the next week. City Council will meet June 26 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, the civil service commission will gather June 28 and the architectural board of review will meet June 29, both at 6:30 p.m.

Auditions planned

Auditions for Aurora Community Theatre's "Fences," which will be performed Jan. 26-Feb. 17, will take place July 24-25 at 7 p.m. at the theater in the Aurora Memorial Library building.

The play was the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama and 1987 Tony award winner for best play. Director will be Michael Oatman and producer will be Marc C. Howard.

Those auditioning should take a resume and headshot, along with a 2- to 3-minute prepared dramatic monologue. Rehearsal will begin Nov. 27. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Rolls are available for seven characters. For more information, email Oatman at mikeoatman@hotmail.