Sunday, May 24, 2015

City of Chardon

The Fourth of July will be celebrated on Friday. Fly the American flag proudly. Fireworks are July 3 at dusk at the Chardon…

Happy Fourth of July

The Fourth of July will be celebrated on Friday. Fly the American flag proudly.

Fireworks are July 3 at dusk at the Chardon High School football field.

On July 4, there will be DJ music beginning at 1 p.m. Bike decorating is at 1:30 p.m. and the parade around the square takes place at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., there will be lawn games and a pie-eating contest. The Geauga Fair Band will perform at 3:30 p.m. on the square. Chardon Kiwanis will be on hand to pass out balloons.

Please note, there will be no farmers market on Short Court this Friday. The vendors will be enjoying a well-deserved day with family and friends.

Enjoy and God bless America.

Chester Twp. Parade

Nancy McArthur, the chairwoman of the Geauga County Republican Party, invites everyone to enjoy the Chesterland July 4 parade on Friday. The GOP will have a float for all to view with candidates running on the ticket this fall. Volunteers will also be on hand to pass out goodies to the onlookers.

Public Rosary Recitation

The next opportunity to pray the rosary publicly will be at noon July 12 at the gazebo on Chardon Square. The recitation lasts approximately 50 minutes. Bring a chair, if needed.

Kiwanis Trivia Night

It is never too early to mark one’s calendar for great events like the Chardon Kiwanis Trivia Night, which will take place Nov. 19 at the Kirtlander in Kirtland. The event was held there last year as well and everyone loved the food, the fun, the Chinese Auction and especially the challenging trivia put into play and researched by Kiwanis genius Frank Elliot and his wife Shirley.

The group is always looking for great items to donate to the fundraiser that helps with college scholarships and other community and international programs.

Birthday Wishes

Happy 94th birthday to Nathan Fredericks June 10 and to my son Bill on June 22.

Funds Raised for WomenSafe

Almost 200 New Clevelanders and members of the surrounding communities came together on April 5 for Cirque du Cleve at Crystal Brook Farm near Bainbridge for a unique charity event that generated $20,000 for WomenSafe of Chardon. Stilt walkers and jugglers greeted event goers on the country lane. Acrobats from Jasmine Dragons on Chardon Square performed feats of strength and poetic elegance while suspended from silks draped above the crowd.

WomenSafe provides emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence throughout northeast Ohio.

New Clevelanders is a non-profit club dedicated to helping woman new to the Eastside of Cleveland get acquainted with the area, network with others in similar situations and provide them with opportunities to connect with their new community. For two decades, the group has been sponsoring annual or biannual charity events.

Car Shows Galore

I certainly enjoyed the live band as it entertained all who participated and/or viewed the antique cars, motorcycles, trucks and more on Chardon Square during the fifth annual car and bike show on the square.

Several more car shows will be coming up with the Hutter Car Show on July 19 and the famous Cheryl Pfiester and friends’ 15th annual car show on the square on Aug. 10 with live music with The Stingrayz band.

Comment for the Day

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Loretta (Grau) Mae Baird Barnes-Hayward. The Rev. Daniel Drew spoke affectionately of her love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as her friends and life itself.

I knew Loretta from the Chardon TOPS group without realizing her family ties to so many in Chardon.

Kathy Baird lost her beloved father Neil Reeder recently and this was followed by the passing of her husband Don’s mother, Loretta. God bless this wonderful family and I grieve with them for the loss of these dearly-loved parents.

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