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Elyria/Elyria Township notebook: Dec. 13, 2009


Woman inducted into Rotary

Elyria Rotary Club recently inducted Mary Jo Terry as a new member.

Terry is president of Terry Financial Services, an Elyria investment and financial planning firm. She is a resident of Homer and has been active in Homer Ruritan Club, Grafton Business Association, Grafton VFW Auxiliary and Lorain County Community Foundation Women's Fund.

The Rotary Club of Elyria has 199 members who are leaders in businesses, nonprofit organizations and who are committed to the mottor, service above self. Elyria Rotary contributes to the Elyria area in ways including focusing on children with disabilities, improving literacy, improving city parks and scholarships for area students. The Rotary Clubs of Elyria and Elyria Sunrise have committed $100,000 to fund the WiFi Cafe at the new Elyria High School.

Elyria sergeant assigned to Montana

Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rice has arrived for duty at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Butte, Mont.

Rice, a human resources specialist with 10 years of military service, is assigned to the Butte Recruiting Co.

He is the son of Velora J. Rice of Strongsville and Garry Rice of Elyria. The sergeant is a 1998 graduate of Strongsville High School.

EHS grad joins Marine Corps

Redrick S. Dean joined the United States Marine Corps earlier this month.

Dean, the son of Lacey Dean of Elyria, graduated from Elyria High School in 2008. He will begin service on Feb. 8 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., to undergo Marine Corps recruit training.

Essay contest offers scholarships

Students in grades 11 and 12 in Lorain County are eligible to submit essays for the second annual "Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out" essay contest, sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Essays are due by noon Wednesday.

Visit mmjh.org for complete information, guidelines, deadlines and entry forms.

The essay contest is designed to get students thinking, writing and talking about what they've seen and heard, and take responsibility for how they can help stop prejudice and discrimination. Students in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties are eligible.

"Stop The Hate" asks students to describe an act of discrimination, reflect on their response and write a 500-word essay with a plan of action to effect change. Essays are scored on content, writing, originality and creativity, and use of the theme of personal responsibility. Top-scoring entries advance to the finals. Students are eligible for three college scholarships to attend an Ohio college or university, as well as other prizes and educational resource materials. A total of $100,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded. Scholarship finalists also receive presentation training and read their essays at a ceremony on March 21, 2010.

Elyria Elks lodge marks 110 years

Elyria Elks Lodge No. 465 celebrated the 110th anniversary of the founding of the chapter last month with a celebration that included Miss Ohio, Erica Gelhaus.

The Elyria Lodge has been an institution in the community since 1899. The group's first exalted ruler, Charles Farrell, held the initial meeting on Broad Street. The lodge moved a few years later, and after fire destroyed the block it was on, the lodge purchased a house and land in 1909, on which the current building stands.

The celebration ended with cake after David Mix, from Ravenna Lodge No. 1076, who serves as the state's president, spoke.

EHS A Cappella Choir holds reunion concert

The Elyria High School 77th annual A Cappella Choir reunion concert is 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the EHS auditorium.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens ,and can be purchased at the door.

The evening will feature performances by the A Cappella Choir, Madrigal Singers, Treble Singers, Solid Brass and EHS Chamber Orchestra.

Register for watercolor classes

The Elyria Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for the winter session of watercolor classes.

The instructor for the class is local artist Clela Stelnicki, who will provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrations.

No experience is require. Classes begin Jan. 5 and run through Feb 23.

Classes meet on Tuesdays at South Recreation Center. Class times are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., or 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 for Elyria residents and $55 for nonresidents.

The cost does not include supplies.

Registration deadline is Dec. 30. Registration is still available after that, but a $5 late fee will be assessed.

Call the Parks and Recreation Department main office at (440) 326-1500.

Sylvania choir hosts free concert

The Sylvania Northview High School A Cappella Choir will hold a free concert 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 220 Second St.

The choir is under the direction of Dawn Gallehue Kingman and will perform classical works and Christmas selections. In addition, the church bell choir will play one Christmas selection and a combined number with the choir.

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