Phyllis Shorts of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Ravenna, celebrated her 90th birthday recently on a Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Sea with her family.

Joining her were her son, Bill Jr., and wife Malia of Fort Myers; daughters Judy and Susan and her husband, Harold, of Arizona; grandchildren James of Arizona, Jenni of Spokane, Heather and Doug Rivet of Ontario, Canada, and her first great-grandson, Kale, of Washington State.

Phyllis, who is known by Nana to her family, was the life of the party and enjoyed all the attention from staff and other cruisers. She sends her best to all her friends in the Ravenna area.

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The highlight of summer parties is John and Anne Marie Noble’s sixth annual Doo Wop Party. Great food, lots of friends and, of course, music by the Boomers. Since it looked like rain, they had beautiful white tents with lights which added to the festivities.

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I have yet to meet Jacob McPherson – but he should be an inspiration to all young people who have a dream — and are fulfilling it. Jacob just turned 10 years old and I don’t know of anyone his age with more determination with regard to his (dirt bike) racing career.

This year, he took on riding in the GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) series. It is called the National level Harescramble racing and the family has traveled to New York, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Snow Shoe, W.Va., and Indiana.

Michelle, his mother, said the racing has created lots of fun family memories. For his 10th birthday, they were in Michigan at Red Bud Motocross where Jacob competed in the amateur races. He was doubling the LaRocco’s Leap, a huge jump on the Pro track. This last weekend he competed in the Triathlon, racing two motocross motos and won both — then he did two flat tract motos and won them. On Sunday, he rode a 45-minute harescramble and won it. (Winning him the 6-foot trophy.)

Stay tuned to this remarkable young man’s success in racing!

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For Ravenna news, contact Gerry Lewis at 330-325-3119.