Schools & Libraries for January 24, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Middlefield VFW Awards Scholarships To Local Students
Middlefield VFW Post 9678 is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Voice of Democracy essay contest. Special recognition goes to Eleni Timas from Cardinal High School for scoring the highest points locally and winning second place in VFW District 7. Eleniï¿½s district win will be acknowledged at the VFWï¿½s District 7 awardï¿½s dinner where she will receive a $500 scholarship. She won $750 from the Middlefield VFW as the first place winner from Cardinal.
Four students representing two local school districts, Berkshire and Cardinal, were awarded scholarships for their winning presentations. In addition to Timas, Rebecca Wolfe, also from Cardinal High School, received $250 for her second place win. Rosebelle Easthom from the Berkshire School District and a student at Agape Christian School was the first place winner, receiving a $750 scholarship. Laura Lasich, also from Agape Christian Academy, was the second place Berkshire School District winner and received $250.
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Warsï¿½ (VFWï¿½s) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. The 2012 theme was ï¿½Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?ï¿½
Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (state) winners receive an all-expense paid trip March 2-6 to Washington, D.C., to tour the city, meet the nationï¿½s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its ladies auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
The Middlefield VFW would like to thank the panel of judges: Sherriff Dan McClelland, Mayor Ben Garlich and Chelsea Gardner and acknowledge all of the students for their participation. Representing the Berkshire School District and students at Agape Christian School are Billy Maschek, Jessica Sole, Tina Elliott, Breanna Rhodes, Laura Lasich, Abbie Maschek, Liam Ferraby, Rosebelle Easthom and from the Cardinal Local School District, Cardinal High School: Elaine Warren, Marie Mahoney, Rebecca Wolff and Eleni Timas.
Book Sale Donations Needed
The annual spring book sale sponsored by the Geauga West Friends of the Library runs March 13-16.
The Friends are currently accepting donations of new or gently used children and adult books, audio books, DVDs, music, puzzles and games for adults and children, collectibles, coffee table books, comic books, and prints. No textbooks or encyclopedias, please.
Donations may be dropped off at the Geauga West Library any time during regular library hours. A receipt for donations is available at the circulation desk.
The Geauga West Library is located at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland, next to West Geauga High School. For information, call 440-729-4250.
February Events At Burton Public Library
The annual Friends chess tournaments take place every Saturday in February at the Burton Public Library. The grades K-5 tournament is Feb. 2 and the grades 6-8 tournament is Feb. 9. High school students, grades 9-12, will compete Feb. 16 and competition for adults is Feb. 23. Tournaments are free of charge and pre-registration is required.
A Valentine card-making workshop will be Feb. 12 from 2-4 p.m. in the Merritt Room. The program is free and registration is not necessary.
The library will host a book sale Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the book cellar. In addition to books, there will be magazines, movies, puzzles, sheet music and more. All proceeds benefit library programs.
The library will be open regular hours on Presidents Day, Feb. 18. Drop in for a free matinee showing of ï¿½Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Daysï¿½ at 1 p.m. Bring a pillow or blanket to sit on as well as snacks and drinks. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. No registration required.
Author Sunny Morton will visit the library on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. A genealogy writer and lecturer, Morton will speak about the process of capturing and recording personal and family histories. Her book, "My Life and Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories," will be available for purchase. Registration required.
For information or to register, call 440-834-4466.
Financial Aid Filing Session
The Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation will hold a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application session at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 for high school seniors and their parents at the LEAF Resource Center at 8221 Auburn Road in Concord.
The free session will demonstrate how parents/students should file the FAFSA electronically at home. Parents are encouraged to attend with their students.
Register online at www.leaf-ohio.org or call LEAF at 440-358-8045 to reserve a seat or make an appointment. Reservations are required; capacity is limited.
LEAF is a non-profit college access agency serving students of all ages with the financial aid process.
Academic awards available
The awards committee of the First Congregational Church of Claridon UCC is announcing the availability of awards for the 2013-14 academic year. The purpose of this award is to encourage individuals to further their education either in a traditional college/university, a trade school or an apprentice program.
Applicants will be required to complete an application form. Applications are available through local high schools or the church office located at the corner of Claridon Troy and Mayfield roads, 440-635-1467.
Applications must be received by the awards committee no later than March 31. Completed forms may be returned to the church office or by mail to: Janice Stanek, 15321 Chardon Windsor Road, Huntsburg, OH 44046.
Applications will be reviewed and awards will be made on demonstration of current service to the community, home, school and church; demonstration of need; and work experience, paid or unpaid.
Preference will be given to applicants affiliated with the First Congregational Church of Claridon.
For information, call Mrs. Stanek at 440-321-3188.
GEL Breakfast Feb. 1
David Holmes and Dr. Mary Hricko will present The New Foundation Center Cooperating Collection at KSU Geauga: Funding Resources and Assistance at the next Geauga Economic Leadership (GEL) breakfast Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. at the Burton campus of Kent State University, 14111 Claridon Troy Road.
Holmes is the regional training coordinator for the Foundation Center - Cleveland and Dr. Hricko is director of library services at KSU Geauga and interim assistant dean.
Admission is free. Doughnuts and coffee will be served. Please call Carol at 440-834-3755 to R.S.V.P.
Lakeland Healthcare Curriculum
In response to local healthcare employers who are in need of home health aides and nursing assistants, Lakeland Community College has created two new programs to fill the need. The ï¿½STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) Plus Acute Care Specialtyï¿½ and the ï¿½STNA Plus Home Health Aideï¿½ programs were developed with input from over a dozen employers and educational organizations including Lake Health and the Visiting Nurses Association.
Those interested in learning the details on how to get started can visit one of two open houses on Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. or Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. on the main campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, 44094, room H-103. Classes will begin in the second spring session on March 16.
The programs allow students to earn a paycheck and get experience while they work on their healthcare degree.
For more information, contact Linn Gahr at 440-525-7587.