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Grafton & LaGrange notebook: May 29, 2009


Bikers ride to benefit four-legged friends

The Many Paws Reach Out Program at 111 S. Center St., LaGrange, will be holding its first motorcycle run at noon on June 7. The first motorcycle will depart at 1 p.m.

There will be a bake sale in the morning with free coffee.

After the run, the group will meet at 5 p.m. at LaGrange Tavern for music, food, a 50/50 raffle, prizes and giveaways.

Cost is $20 per bike and $25 per couple. If you don`t ride, just pay $10 at the door.

All those who participate are asked to bring a pet donation, such as food, treats, toys, beds, blankets, etc.

All proceeds from the run will go toward the Many Paws Reach Out Program, which helps senior citizens and disabled and retired veteran pet owners better care for their pets.

For information, call (440) 355-5982 or visit

LaGrange hosts national soccer tournament

The "3v3 Live Soccer Tour" will be making a stop June 20 at LaGrange Community Park for the first "LaGrange 3v3 Live Soccer Tournament."

The LaGrange event will be a qualifier for championship tournaments at Kings Island near Cincinnati, in Dallas and in Round Rock, Texas.

The tournament is open to all teams six and under to adult, and all skill levels.

Entry fee is $155 per team, with a maximum roster of six players.

Registration deadline is June 10.

For more information on the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour and to register a team, go to and click on  "tournaments." For vendor/sponsorship opportunities, call (440) 355-5356.

Midview High has four at Buckeye Girls State

Four girls from Midview High School will be attending Buckeye Girls State.

During their weeklong stay at Ashland University, Mary Brown, Brittany Hirth, Sarah Linn and Hilary Neal will take part in the program that was designed to educates Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.

The mission of Buckeye Girls State is to provide a unique educational opportunity that instills the basic ideals and principles of government through this citizenship-training program.

LaGrange Police accepting Safety Town enrollment

Safety Town 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 at home.

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

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 continue through June 9.

For more information, or to request a copy of the registration form, call the LaGrange Police Department at (440) 355-4469.

Armed forces

Army National Guard Pvt. Philip P. Roth graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Roth is the son of Stephen Roth Grafton and the grandson of George Roth of Sheffield Lake.

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