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Amherst & Vermilion notebook: June 9, 2009


Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life cancer society team fundraiser will be Sunday at Marion L. Steele High School.

The event will have a 5K run in addition to the walk. The first 50 walkers or runners receive free T-shirts. Cost is $10 for anyone signing up by Wednesday, and $12 for those signing on after that up until the day of the event.

To get a registration sheet and more information, visit E-mail

A fishy 5K

Vermilion Family YMCA and Cleveland Clinic Lorain Sports Health are hosting the ninth annual Festival of the Fish 5K race and 1-mile walk June 20.

Runners will travel over a flat and fast course offering views of Lake Erie. The course will be identified by the use of mile markers.

T-shirts will be given to the first 125 registered participants. Awards will be for best overall female and male, along with the top three finishers in each age division.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 1-mile walk at 9:05 a.m.

Theater car wash and bake sale

Amherst Sandstone Summer Theatre will sponsor a car wash and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 582 Church St. Proceeds benefit the theater’s summer programs.

Church social

Vermilion E&R Church, 752 Grand St., Vermilion, will sponsor an outdoor lemonade social each Sunday in June, July and August following the weekly 10 a.m. service. The public is invited.

Spaghetti dinner benefit

Amherst VFW Post 1662 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner benefit starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10 per person. Call (440) 988-8102. The event, which features raffles and a silent auction, benefits Jo Pisegna. The VFW post is at 165 Cleveland Ave.

St. Peter Preschool

St. Peter’s United Congregational Church preschool is accepting registrations for the 2009-10 school year. The program offers two-day (Tuesday and Thursday) and three-day classes (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) morning classes for children ages 3 to 5. The Kindergarten readiness program offers a series of fun and exciting field trips and special guests throughout the year.

Call Wendy Kosakowski at (440) 985-1972 or stop in at 582 Church St., Amherst.

Jungle safari

Pat Catan’s Craft Center in Amherst will hold a “Jungle Safari” kids’ camp July 6 to 10.

The camp invites children to create a different jungle-themed project each day. Cost is $3 per session and includes all craft supplies and a snack. Contact the store at 1955 Cooper Foster Park Road.

Escape reality with Amherst library

Magician and escape artist Ron Price will perform at the Main Street Community Center at 1 p.m. Monday at 225 Park Ave., Amherst.

Price’s visit is part of the Amherst Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Price will also teach “Create Your Own Magic” workshops June 22, featuring household items. Children in kindergarten to grade four can attend the first workshop from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Youngsters in grades five and up may attend a second workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call the library reference desk at (440) 988-4230.

All programs are free, but donations of nonperishable food are welcome. All items benefit the Amherst Food Pantry. Visit for more information.

Creative crochet

Don’t be terrified of that skein of yarn anymore.

Learn basic crochet stitches during a pair of workshops 7 p.m. June 18 and 25 at Amherst Public Library.

Designed for teens and adults, the sessions are being co-sponsored by the Amherst Pat Catan’s store. Participants are asked to bring a “J” size crochet hook and a favorite skein of yarn.

The sessions are free, but donations of nonperishable food items are requested for the Amherst Food Pantry. For more information, visit

Amherst Public Library is at 225 Spring St. Call the library’s reference desk at (440) 988-4230 to register or just drop in.

A big party

Brownhelm Congregational Church of Christ will celebrate its 190th anniversary Saturday with a pig roast and a performance of a play written by longtime Chronicle-Telegram columnist Pat Leimbach.

The pig roast is at 5 p.m., followed by the play at 7:30. To learn more, call the church at (440) 988-2751.

Class reunions

Vermilion High reunion

Vermilion High School Class of 1984’s 25-year reunion is over the July Fourth weekend with a number of events.

Quaker Steak & Lube (the former McGarvey’s) will host an informal 6 p.m. gathering July 3, followed by a July 4 morning golf outing. Anyone interested in golfing should e-mail Dave Bedillion at or call (800) 646-9771.

A buffet-style dinner catered by Fligner’s will be held at the Vermilion-on-the-Lake clubhouse starting with a 5:30 p.m. social hour and dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 4. Cost is $40 per person. Checks should be made payable to VHS Class of 1984 and mailed to Tammy Smith, 320 Westwoods, Amherst, OH 44001. Payment is due Wednesday.

The weekend wraps up with a family picnic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5 at Lakeview Park in Lorain. The day will feature games and fun at the beach. Those planning to attend may bring their own food to grill or eat at the Rose Cafe at the park.

Marion L. Steele reunion

Marion L. Steele High School class of 1979 will hold its 30-year reunion as part of the Dancing in the Streets weekend Aug. 1. There will be a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Amherst VFW, 165 Cleveland Ave. Cost is $30 per person with a cash bar.

For more information, e-mail or call Ken Daidone at (800) 211-0017, ext. 102.

Poker anyone?

Amherst VFW Post 1662, 165 Cleveland Ave., will hold a 7-Card Stud poker tournament benefit for Roxanne Durante on June 20.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with play beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and include admission and food. Payouts are based on total number of players. Call (440) 988-8102.

Big book sale

The annual Friends of Ritter Public Library book sale will be June 25 to 28 at the offices of the Vermilion Board of Education, 1230 Beechview Drive.

Get a head start on the sale by joining the Friends group for $5, and gaining access to the special 4 to 8 p.m. June 24 presale. Books may be donated for the sale from 1 to 4 p.m. June 20 at the school board offices.

Dive into history

Kids can dig into history, get their faces painted, and learn about Native American crafts at the “Discovering the Past” and “Antique and Collectible Appraisals” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Amherst Sandstone Village.

This free program is a joint effort of the Amherst Historical Society and Firelands Archeological Research Center. It also features a booth at which parents and others can bring antiques and other items to be appraised. Cost is $5 per item, or $7 for two.

Charles Herdendorf will present a program and display on the region’s shipwreck archeology. The research center will be open to the public to observe ongoing work. Food and beverages will be provided by Buckeye BBQ. Crafters and vendors are welcome.

Call (440) 988-7255 to reserve a spot. Sandstone Village at Milan Avenue and North Lake Street. Donations will be accepted. To learn more, call (440) 988-7255 or e-mail amhersthistory@centurytelnet.

Steak fry

Amherst VFW Post 1662 and American Legion 118 Golf League will host a steak fry at the VFW post, 165 Cleveland Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. June 27. Tickets are $12 each and include steak, potato, salad, roll and butter. Call (440) 988-8102 or contact any golf league member for tickets.

Scholarly news

Joe Gigliotti of Amherst graduated with honors in economics from Case Western Reserve University in May. He will spend a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan, after which he will attend Dartmouth Medical School in 2010.

In service

Christopher Michael Kuzak will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He will be part of the class of 2013. He graduates this month from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind. He is the son of William and Marcia Kuzak of South Amherst.

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