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Grafton, LaGrange & Columbia Station notebook: July 10, 2009


Columbia Chamber meeting

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia Hills Country Club, 16200 East River Road (proper business casual dress — no jeans). Dinner is at 6 p.m., and at 6:45 p.m., the guest speaker, Lynne Lisner with Visit Lorain County, will give a presentation. Visit Lorain County produces several publications that focus on area history, events and recreation. Lisner will talk about how you can plan your vacations with the help of Visit Lorain County.

R.S.V.P. by noon Tuesday. Dinner is $20 for nonmembers, $10 for associate members and free for members in good standing.

There is no cost to attend the meeting to hear the guest speaker, but R.S.V.P. is required.

Call the chamber at (440) 236-9053, e-mail or register on the Web site under the events calendar at

Grafton railroad meeting

A joint meeting between the All-Aboard Ohio and Grafton Railroad Historical Society is 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the Community Center off Novak Road, Grafton.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposal from Amtrak to make Grafton one of its passenger stops within the next two years on the 3-C corridor, which includes Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Other items on the agenda will include recent developments in passenger rail and public transportation, especially cutbacks in Lorain County transit service. There will be light refreshments and door prizes available. The meeting is open to the public.

LaGrange Youth Soccer sign-ups

LaGrange Youth Soccer will hold its final registration for the fall season 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the LaGrange Municipal Building.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All new players must bring copies of their state-certified birth certificates.

All players playing AASL or U9 and up recreation must supply a wallet-sized color photo.

Registration information, forms and fee schedule are available at www.lagrangesoc

Contact Denise Moran, registrar, at (440) 355-5356.

Midview soccer camps this month

The 2009 Midview Soccer Camps, sponsored by Midview Soccer Boosters, high school players and coaches, are coming soon for children ages 5 to 14.

Camps focus on dribbling and learn footwork skills, defense, positioning, ball containment, shooting, passing and game situation play.

The first week’s sessions are 6 to 8 p.m. July 20-23. The second week is 6 to 8 p.m. July 27-30. The concession stand will be open during the camps, which four days, with Friday as a rain make-up day.

All players must wear shin guards and bring a water bottle and soccer ball to all camp sessions.

Camps are at the Midview Soccer League Complex at 16218 Chamberlain Road, Grafton.

Camp fee is $35 for one week or $60 for both weeks. Registrations will be accepted through the first day of camp each week or can be mailed ahead of time.

Forms are available at or at the Grafton-Midview Public Library.

For more information, call Sharon Urig at (440) 365-7602 or e-mail

Columbia library happenings

Third- through eighth-graders can learn how realistic pencil drawings of birds are created as Lawrence Hohman, author of “Alphabetical Birds in Color,” shares his techniques during a free-art-of-pencil-drawing program 11 a.m. July 18 at the Columbia Branch Library.

A free “kreative” kinetic sculpture program will be 1 p.m. July 28 at the library. Art teacher Kathy Jadud will have third- through fifth-graders create a three-dimensional butterfly, focusing on symmetry and symmetrical design.

This program is co-sponsored with The Friends of the Columbia Library Inc.

Preregistration is required for both of these events by calling the Columbia Branch Library at (440) 236-8751.

The library is at 13824 West River Road N., Columbia Station.

Send your Grafton/LaGrange/Columbia news to Melissa Linebrink, 329-7155 or

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