Build an appetizer

contest at library

Teens and tweens who like to cook are invited to a "Build a Better Appetizer" contest July 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Aurora Memorial Library.

Participants are asked to prepare an appetizer to share, and the recipe should be one of their own creation or an existing recipe that they have altered for the program.

They must use zucchini, shallots and red pepper in their recipes, and each participant should bring a copy of the recipe they followed.

Prizes will be awarded for best tasting, best presentation and most original appetizer. Registration is preferred, and can be made in person or by calling the library at 330-562-6502.

Aurora Memorial Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Thursdays and Saturdays.

4 variances given

for a shed, garage

At its June 14 meeting, the city's Board of Zoning Appeals granted four total variances to two homeowners.

A 3-foot side yard setback variance and a 12-foot variance from a code section that requires a 15-foot separation between an accessory structure and a house were granted to Jamie Dillow of 1044 Moneta Ave.

Dillow said he wants to remove an old shed and replace it with a 128-square-foot shed in the same location. He said if the location is moved, the shed could be damaged but flooding which occurs during heavy rains.

East Garfield Road resident Andrew Wolf was granted a 7-foot side yard variance and and height variance to build a 1,600-squarde-foot garage in the the rear yard of his property.

The setback variance would avoid damage or destruction to 100-year-old trees, and the 24-foot roof height is necessary to match the roof pitch of the house.

In both cases, a handful of letters of support from neighbors were submitted, and no letters or comments of opposition were received.

A catalog upgrade

slated for libraries

The Portage Library Consortium, comprised of Kent Free Library, Portage County District Library and Reed Memorial Library, is getting a new catalog and circulation system, one that's more robust and will provide better service for Portage County library users.

The new system will go live on Aug. 31. The PLC is changing its circulation system for a few reasons including the current circulation system is outdated and no longer being developed, the new system will be a cost savings, and it comes with more beneficial features.

A few new features include an improved catalog so they can see more formats in one place, better search options in the catalog to help them find what they need, an opt in feature to keep track of reading history, and much more.

In order to make this move to the new system, access to the SearchOhio and OhioLINK catalogs are temporarily unavailable. Library users will not be able to place any holds until the service has been re-configured to work with the new circulation system, which at this time has been estimated to be several months.

To learn more about PLC's transition to a new circulation system, visit Portage County District Library online at www.portagelibrary.org or contact your nearest branch PCDL library.

Gavorski on panel

Aurora resident Emily Fields Gavorski has been named by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to the 2017-18 Teen Ambassador Board. She is a student at Connections Academy.

The board includes more than 240 Ohio high school students representing more than 50 counties and more than 140 schools. It provides Ohio's future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government.

The members serve a one-year term and convene twice in Columbus to advise the attorney general's office on issues relating to teens, and work with their peers to develop solutions.

Top frog jumpers

The following were winners in the annual Ric Mattmuller Memorial Frog Jumping Contest on July 4 in Aurora: first, Jackson Shorr with his frog Jeff (128 inches); second, Nolan Mayse with Jumper (112 inches); and third, Leah Wolf with Tank (108 inches).

ACT show added;

auditions coming

Because of popular demand and sellout shows for "Grease," Aurora Community Theatre has scheduled an additional performance for July 13.

Tickets can be purchased online, including seat selection, at www.auroracommunitytheatre.com or by calling 330-562-1818. As of July 7, only a limited number of single seats remained for July 14 and 15 shows. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for persons under 18 years old.

Meanwhile, auditions for the production "Annie will be July 16-17 with callbacks July 20. Visit www.signup.com/go/iGvcdsg to reserve an audition slot. Rehearsals begin in early September and the show runs Nov. 3 to Dec. 2. Auditions for the winter 2018 play "Fences" will be July 24-25. For details, email Michael Oatman at mikeoatman@hotmail.com. Rehearsals begin Nov 27 and the show runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 17.

City meetings set

Aurora City Council's next meeting is July 17 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall Council chambers, with the committee of the whole gathering at 6.

The Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet tonight (July 12) at 6:30, while the planning commission will meet July 19 at 6:30 p.m. and the landmark commission is slated to gather July 20 at 6:30 p.m.