The Season of Giving started early this year when The Rotary Club Foundation in Aurora awarded $1,000 to the Moebius Nature Center.

Located on 44 acres just east of Sunny Lake, the center maintains hiking trails, a meeting house and picnic pavilion, while offering all ages a variety of fun, informative and free programs.

The Rotary gift "will allow us to upgrade some of the facilities, expand our public programs, and further develop our educational nature trails," said Bill Shaul, who serves on the boards of both the center and the Rotary Club of Aurora and Streetsboro.

A true private-public partnership, the center was organized by the Aurora Conservation Council, under the guidance of Art and Ruth Moebius and others, and is situated on land purchased by the city.

A volunteer board manages the center and, "thanks to private donations over the past 20 years, the nature center facilities were developed or renovated, and programs for the public and local schools were started," Shaul said.

For more information on Moebius Nature Center, 929 E. Mennonite Rd., log on to mymnc.org.

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Aurora Historical Society paid tribute to two top volunteers at their recent annual meeting.

Katie Trook, treasurer and organizer of several popular youth programs, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Richard "Dick" Fetzer received dual honors at the dinner. First, the society recognized his four-plus decades preserving our town’s 220-year history. A member of the society since 1975, Fetzer served as president and archivist, co-authoring our official early history "Aurora: From the Founding to the Flood 1799-1913."

At the same event, Mayor Ann Wormer Benjamin presented Fetzer with a proclamation for his service to the city including his work on the Landmark Commission, and for his major role in preserving the Giles-Seward Cemetery, and the Deed House.

Fetzer’s lifelong interest in history and association with the Western Reserve Historical Society Genealogy Center led him to research his own lineage which includes memberships in Order of the Founders and Patriots Society, the Mayflower Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Dick’s son, Greg Fetzer and partner Stacey Griffin, joined the festivities.

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As we close another calendar year, I wish each of you, my friends, happiness and joy however you choose to mark one of more of December’s celebration days. Be Merry. Be Happy.

And, please, remember to give to those less fortunate. As always at this time of year, I encourage you to give your favorite charity, or join me in supporting Aurora’s own wonderful food pantry and resale store, Volunteers of America, 1063 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202. Be sure to write "Aurora Branch" in the memo line.

Best wishes for a healthy new year and the opportunity to share time with family during this month of happy celebrations.

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