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Grafton and LaGrange notebook: May 15, 2009


Buckeye DockDogs

Dogs and their owners are invited to a free event held rain or shine noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Forever Friends Pet Care Center & Hospital, 36469 state Route 303, Grafton.

Buckeye DockDogs Club members will be on hand to answer questions, give instructions and demonstrate the sport. Members of Buckeye DockDogs can practice for free, nonmembers for $10. All dogs are welcome to open swim from the beach area.

The Pet Hospital will offer pet CPR demonstrations and other pet health care information.

Invisible Fence and Chalkboard Studio will also be on hand.

For more information or driving directions, call (440) 926-3231 or visit www.foreverfriendspet.com.

Columbia Chamber going green

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce`s May speaker is Curtis Stokes with SUREnergy out of Port Clinton. Stokes will speak about how SUREnergy wind turbine manufacturing in Ohio.

The meeting is open to anyone. Dinner is 6 to 6:45 p.m., with the guest speaker set to begin at 6:45 p.m. A brief meeting will follow. The cost of dinner for nonmembers is $20 and members eat free. Reservations are due by Monday.

Register online at www.columbiastation.com/eventcalendar.html, e-mail info@columbiastation.com, or call the chamber at (440) 236-9053.

Black River Historical Society meeting

The Black River Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at First Congregational Church on Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, Lorain. The program will be given by Ronald Tennant, who will speak on Scottish history, customs and traditions.

The meetings are open to the public. Membership in the Black River Historical Society is $15 per year.

For information, call Black River Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 or visit www.loraincityhistory.org.

Keystone parents needed for eighth-grade party

Parents of Keystone eighth-graders are requested to help make the "8th Grade Celebration Cruise" a memorable event. Volunteers are needed for set-up 3 to 6 p.m. May 28, and 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. May 29. Chaperones and a cleanup crew are needed 10 to 11 p.m. Donations are being accepted of easy-to-serve baked goods (no cake or cupcakes), chips or pretzels, which can be dropped off at Keystone Middle School 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day of the event.

The celebration, sponsored by the PTA, is 7 to 10 p.m. May 29 in the middle school gym. All Keystone eighth- graders are encouraged to attend. Dress is semi-formal. Admission is free. Individual and group pictures can be purchased for $3.

To be part of the crew, contact Julie at jbilli@leeca.org.

LaGrange Safety Town registration under way

Safety Town is returning to LaGrange. The class will be 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 22-25, with graduation June 26.

Safety Town is a one-week course designed to teach young children safety practices both at school and home.

Children are instructed on when, where and how to cross the street, school bus safety, fire safety and how to deal with a stranger.

All kindergarten students entering school for the 2009-10 year are encouraged to attend.Cost is $12 per student and includes a Safety Town shirt. Registration will last through June 9.

For information, call the LaGrange Police Department at (440) 355-4469.

Golf outing benefit

Marsha Niswonger is hosting a four-person scramble beginning at 9 a.m. June 6 at Indian Hollow Lake Golf Course, 16525 Indian Hollow Road, Grafton. The rain date is June 20. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishes. There will also be skins, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles and door prizes.

Hot dogs, beer and pop will be provided at the turn and a steak dinner, beer and pop at the finish.

All proceeds will go toward the 3-Day, 60-mile breast cancer walk to take place in Cleveland July 31 to Aug. 2. Net proceeds from the walk will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Cost is $75 per person. For $25, nongolfers can eat dinner and join in the fun of corn hole and entertainment.

Tickets must be purchased prior to Monday to hold a spot.

For tickets, call Niswonger at (440) 396-0070 or Todd Cendrosky at (440) 821-6635.

For more information, visit http://the3day.org, click "donate," enter "Marsha Niswonger" under search for participant and click on her name.

Vendors needed for Columbia flea market

Vendors and exhibitors are needed for the 33rd annual Columbia antique engine show and flea market June 6-7 at Columbia Township Park.

In addition, contestants are needed for the corn hole competition and kid`s tractor pedal pull.

For more information, e-mail engine show@columbiaengineshow.com or call (440) 236-9053.

Columbia homecoming festival plans under way

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is working on plans for its annual Columbia Homecoming Festival in June.

Contestants are needed for the "Miss Liberty Pageant." Girls who are between the ages of 5 and 18 years old by June 21, the date of the pageant, can apply.

The pageant is open to any girl who lives in Lorain County. The winners of each age division will have the opportunity to represent the Columbia Homecoming Festival at various festivals and events throughout Ohio and will be awarded a crown, banner, trophy and savings bond.

There will be four age divisions: Miss Liberty Sweetheart, 5 to 7 years old; Little Miss Liberty, 8 to 10 years old; Miss Liberty Princess, 11 to 13 years old; and Miss Liberty, 14 to 18 years old.

The application fee is $10 if paid by June 7. The fee is additional $15 if registering between June 8 and the June 14 deadline.

Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than June 13. To receive a detailed application, e-mail info@misslibertypageant.com or call (440) 236-9053.

Columbia chamber hosts half-marathon, in-line skate

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Homecoming Festival, Columbia Township, South West General Hospital and Roses Floor Covering are presenting the fourth annual Columbia Station half-marathon race and in-line skate June 28 during the Columbia Homecoming Festival weekend.

A free T-shirt will be given to the first 100 entrants and there will be prizes for the top three placers in each age divisions for males and females.

To register and for complete details, visit www.ncnracing.com/calendar or call Rick Cadwell at (440) 366-0645.

For information on the homecoming, visit www.columbiastation.com.

Send your Grafton, LaGrange and Columbia Station news to Melissa Linebrink, 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.

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