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Amherst/Vermilion/South Amherst notebook: Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Memorial service

Vermilion Lion Veterans Council will hold a memorial service for those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001, at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Exchange Park at U.S. Route 6 and Main Street.

Vermilion Police Chief Robert Kish will be the featured speaker. In case of rain, the event will be held in David Workman Hall of Amvets Post 11 on state Route 60.

New art show

Elias and Mayya Traboulsi are presenting their artistic creations during the newest Arts Guild of Vermilion gallery show at 685 Main St. in the former Hull Building.

Summer residents from Cleveland and the newest guild members, Elias Traboulsi is displaying original watercolors, while Mayya Traboulsi is exhibiting works in clay in which she creates colorful ceramic platters and plates along with jewelry featuring handmade ceramic beads and pendants.

Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The couple is among a dozen-plus local artists exhibiting works ranging from oils and photography to handmade cards.

The show runs through Sept. 20.

Tailgating after the fact

St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Amherst will host an "After the Game Tailgate Party" 9 to 11 p.m. Friday at the church, at Church Street and Elyria Avenue.

The event is for all high school-age students, and will feature food, games and music.

K of C road trip

Final payments are due today for some bus trips and cruises being offered to Vermilion area residents by Vermilion Knights of Columbus Council 4539.

The next trip is a two-day excursion to Niagara Falls, Ont., Oct. 16 and 17, which includes the region's fall foliage, Fallsview Casino and Niagara-on-the-Lake shopping.

Each outing includes games and drawings. If the 42-passenger bus is full, one passenger will get a full trip refund.

All proceeds benefit local charities. Trips are typically escorted by Norm Felix, a former Berea High School teacher and AAA bus tour escort.

Cost is $175 per person double occupancy. For questions, call Felix at (440) 967-9944.

Quilts galore

Amherst Historic Society Settlers' Days celebration Sept. 13 is seeking participants for its Quilt Show 2 to 5 p.m. at St. George's Chapel - Amherst Historic Village on Milan Avenue.

Quilts should be available for setup 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Quilts will be judged by popular vote, with ribbons awarded to entries judged first, second and third place. Call Diane Papp at (440) 366-7140 by Sept. 10.

Woollybear eats

Vermilion E&R Church at Grand and Ohio streets will again serve lunch 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Woollybear Festival on Sept. 20.

The menu includes hot chicken sandwich plates, fresh salads, pies and desserts, coffee and soft drinks.

The church also offers a clean facility to dine in, as well as clean restrooms.

Artwork on a chair

Main Street Amherst is looking for local artists, art teachers, groups, and businesses to donate artwork on the canvas of a chair for an auction at first Main Street Amherst Taste of Amherst Wine & Brew Review Oct. 3 at St. Joseph Social Hall.

All proceeds will go toward local civic improvement projects including hanging flower baskets around the downtown area in the summer months, along with the annual Miracle on Main Street Christmas Parade.

All chair artwork must be completed and submitted by Sept. 18 to the Main Street offices, 255 Park Ave. Chairs will be displayed in local businesses.

Artwork must not contain logos of any kind and no vulgar language or images. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the auction set to begin at 9 p.m.

Free stuff

Kids can win free books and school supplies during a special back-to-school drawing at Ritter Public Library in Vermilion.

Enter every time you check out a book or movie. The winner will be drawn Sept. 9.

To learn more, call the library at (440) 967-3798.

Library storytimes

You can register your kids now for the fall session of storytimes at Ritter Public Library, beginning Sept. 28.

•Babies and Books meets Mondays at 10 a.m. and is designed for children up to one-year.

•Tiny Tots is for youngsters ages 1 and 2 and meets Mondays at 11 a.m.

•Toddler Tales is for ages 2 and 3 and meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m. Thursdays.

•Preschool Stories is for children ages 3 to 5 and is 1 p.m. Mondays.

•Twilight Stories is for the whole family and meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

To learn more about these and other library programs and activities, call (440) 967-3798.

Video storybooks

Kids can have stories read to them, or improve their own reading skills with a series of video storybooks available at Ritter Public Library.

The books are available through online Tumblebooks and Bookflix programs.

Games and other fun and educational activities can also be found at Click on the new Kids page to find links.

Back to school

Amherst Public Library is trying to make the idea of heading back to school easier by offering some help.

Students can ease their classroom burdens with everything from online databases and reference materials for help with homework, to public access computers with complete Microsoft Office Suite of programs for class presentations and Microsoft Word for typing term papers.

Stop by the library 3 to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday to check it out and to cover textbooks with book jackets.

Firelands FAA open house

Firelands Future Farmers of America Chapter will host an open house  5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16.

All alumni and friends are invited to join in the agricultural science class and lab for an evening of information and reminiscing about the program.

Former Firelands FFA members are asked to bring their FFA jackets.

The person possessing the oldest jacket will win a prize.

For more information, contact FFA adviser Shanna Finnegan at

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