Some of you may have noticed my byline is back in the paper -- it's true, Scribbles and Bits is back! I returned to the News Leader just in time to attend this year's Community Expo and it was great to see some familiar faces and meet a few new ones as well.

I would like to take a moment and thank our loyal readers who stopped by our booth Saturday to say hello, and for all the wonderful praise we received. I never get tired of hearing how much people look forward to reading their News Leader every week. So thank you to all our readers, we are here to serve you and we are committed to bringing you your local news not just every week but every day.

The Chamber members and organizers of the event were very welcoming and I saw them all day long circulating among the vendor booths to make sure the vendors were happy and aware of the vendor lounge available to them.

One of the coolest parts of the Expo is the display of local talent such as the seventh-grade rock band The Mangoes, who rocked the stage with covers of The Ting Tings "That's not my name", Train's "Hey Soul Sister" and my favorite Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." Instead of playing rock band on the playstation, these kids are out there performing the real deal.

Other great performances by Liberty Valley Church, Footnotes Dance Center dancers, and awesome martial arts displays by The Silent Mind and the American Academy of Martial Arts provided a variety of entertainment.

My favorite part of the expo is the amazing display of art through the main hall at the high school. There truly some very talented youth in Nordonia Hills City Schools. Between the painting, the photography and the mixed media displays I am always in awe of the unique pieces the students create.

It was also really neat to see residents lobbying for Issue 3 to pass. I didn't realize there would be a booth at the Expo to give out information on the upcoming ballot item, but it was great to see residents passionate about their city and not just local officials advocating for the proposed income tax increase.

All in all, if I had to work on a Saturday, the Expo was was a great place to be. I look forward to seeing some of you soon and keep reading, there's always more to come.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432

Email: bbarker@recordpub.com