by Ann Zietlow

Memorial Day will fill our weekend with fun, as we gather with family and friends for outdoor cookouts. It also is a weekend that people should set aside to attend local parades and services honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives for our freedom.

Congratulations to all graduating seniors of high schools and colleges in our area. Be proud of your accomplishments. Your diploma is your passport to fulfilling your dreams.

May brought many birthday wishes in the Leslie family of Reminderville. Connie celebrated her birthday on May 5, Tracie on May 19, Dorothy Novilla on May 22, Tim on May 23, Dorothy on May 24 and Alisa Mangano on May 26. Happy birthday to all.

The holiday weekend will get off to a great start for Lara Mantzer (nee Nelson-Fjeldstad) as she celebrates the start of another 30-something year on May 25. Family and friends will see to it that her day is full of cards and calls to her home in Texas making it a happy birthday.

As the weekend continues, it brings wishes to Henry and Susan Bungo as they share May 26 to celebrate their birthdays. I know all the family will see to it that they have a great day and a happy birthday.

There will be "Nine Candles" on the cake for MacKenzie Cain of Alger Trail as her family and friends gather on May 27 to fill her day with fun and surprises to make it a happy birthday.

Sharing May 27 to celebrate a birthday is Becky Steinberger of Ridgewood Drive. Her family will take advantage of the holiday weekend to gather and make it a happy birthday for Becky.

It won't be a "blue Monday" for Cory Stump of Luman Lane as he celebrates the "big one," his 21st birthday on Memorial Day. I'm sure his family and friends will take advantage of the holiday to gather and fill his day with 21 salutes.

As the Hornig family gathers on Memorial Day, they will combine a birthday celebration for Jeffrey as he celebrates his 12th birthday. His family and friends will see to it that his day is full of fun and surprises to make it a happy birthday.

The holiday will give Michael Dory of Ravenna Road a day to relax with family and friends as he shares May 28 to celebrate his birthday.

A double celebration in the Bradley family of Laurel Drive will end the month of May on a happy note as Ruth and Zak celebrate their birthdays on May 30. For Zak, it is the last of the fun-filled teen years as he celebrates his 19th birthday. I'm sure family and friends will fill their day with fun to make it a happy birthday for each of them.

It's the start of another fun-filled Teen year for Meaghan Campbell of East Idlewood Drive as she celebrates her 15th birthday on June 4. I'm sure her family and friends will see to it that it is not a "Blue Monday" for her as they fill her day with fun and surprises to make it a happy birthday.

It won't be a "Blue Monday" for Margie Lewis of Monticello Drive as she shares June 4 to celebrate her 22nd birthday. The double digits of her year, combined with a Monday birthday, are sure to fill her day and the year ahead with good luck.

A double celebration in the Filipski family of Alger Trail is sure to start out a great week for sisters Caitlin and Kristen as they share June 4 to celebrate their birthdays. It's the start of another fun-filled teen year for Caitlin as she turns 17 years old. And for Kristen, it's the start of the fun-filled teen years as she celebrates her 13th birthday. Enjoy the teen years, Kristen, they will hold many happy memories. I know that your family and friends will see to it that it is not a "Blue Monday" for either of you as they fill your day with fun, surprises and happy birthday wishes.

A special birthday for the young will start out a great week and year ahead for Alexia Byers as she shares June 4 to celebrate her fifth birthday. It is the start of an exciting year for Alexia as she looks forward to the start of the greatest adventure of her life in the fall in the land of knowledge.

It's a "milestone" birthday for Michael Dervic of Fairfield Drive as he shares June 4 to celebrate his 25th birthday. It's hard to believe a quarter-century of life has gone by. Don't fret, the best years of life are still ahead.

Mother's Day was brightened a little for mother's in our area who have lost a child. Thelma Cummings of Twinsburg lost her daughter to cancer in 2005. She knows the pain that is in the hearts of others. As a tribute to her daughter and to grieving moms, she distributed 75 floral arrangements, along with a certificate honoring them, for their strength and courage.

Have a safe and happy week.