St. Luke Lutheran Community is planning the development of a new location in Minerva. St. Luke purchased 49 acres on the west side of Minerva near Woodale Avenue and Telpahak Street. The proposed project is a senior living complex beginning with an assisted living facility. Over two-thirds of the funds have been raised for this project. The local campaign committee, composed of Pastor Joe Ertl, Dr. Gary Prowe, Pat Miller, Martha Gartner, David Porter, Vic Kidder, Karen Jeske, Dick Swallan and Vickie Ramsier, have been instrumental in the success of the fundraising for this project.
Malvern Troop 155 Scoutmaster John Campbell promised the 200 attendees of the Malvern Scouting Alumni Association a "night to remember" Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Hall. It was memorable -- for him. An individual group of former scouts, scouting parents and friends decided to give Campbell an unexpected gift -- a 2007 Ford 250 truck. "I got a new truck. Who would think I would get a new truck?" Campbell said, wiping tears from his eyes.
The late Gregg Palmer has been named winner of an Award of Excellence in the 1996 Ohio Public Images Awards special award category for an individual who does not primarily provide direct service in the field of developmental disabilities, but who has made extraordinary contributions toward increasing public awareness and understanding of issues relating to people with developmental disabilities. Gregg who passed way Dec. 27, 1996 at the age of 35, had spina bifida. He directed the show, which featured a cast of 23 percent of whom had varying degrees of disabilities. In nominating him Norma Capocci said, "He was a man with an infectious perseverance and tenacity for life, friends and accomplishments. His tone of voice, comments and mannerisms were always positive. He believed any goal was attainable. That's what he instilled in the hearts of all those actors who were very fortunate to have the privilege of working with him."
Bekki Howard of Malvern will represent R.G. Drage Career Center at the State Business Professionals of America contests in Columbus. Howard received first place at the Region 8 Competition and will compete in extemporaneous verbal communications II. The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class work force through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills. Students enrolled in accounting, legal informational processing, medical assistant and business tech prep are members.
Marcy Ramsey a junior at Minerva High School, received a unanimous "superior" rating at the National Federation Festival at Youngstown State University. She is a member of the Minerva chorale, show choir and Alliance Young Musician. A student of Ruth Lindstrom, she will be participating in the Awards Recital at Mount Union College.
Sara Wentz, a third grader at Malvern elementary, received a handful of free tickets and coupons from Herky the Clown as part of her prize for naming the second annual spring carnival planned for May. Her suggestion of "Kids Just Wanta Have Fun" was chosen for the carnival theme.
David Wartluft of Robertsville was congratulated by Hazen Junior High School Principal Douglas Birks after he qualified to represent the Minerva Local School District in the annual Stark County Spelling Bee. David, 14, is an eighth-grade student at Hazen Junior High School. He was one of fourteen area students who qualified as top spellers from their school districts at the Stark County Spelling Bee at the GlenOak East campus school.
Members of the local Girl Scout Troops held their annual Troop Bake-offs and announced winners who will compete among themselves for the opportunity to attend the Canton District competition. Winners of the inter-troop bake-off by Troop 26 were announced after judging, and were Tammy Trump, Alissa Ackelson and Sharon Benedict, sixth grade; and Julie Divona, Tammy Brackin and Dori Contini, fifth grade. Judges for the Bake-off were Mrs. Sara Wolf, Mrs. June Gascon and Mrs. Pam Krantz.
Sunday morning in the Pre-school Department at St. Paul's Lutheran Sunday School was different! Many children for the first time in their young lives got to see and pat their first little white lamb. Abigail, three weeks old, was taken to school by Marme Kopp, 6. The lamb is a twin and is bottle fed, having gained about eight pounds in three weeks. Teachers of the class are Miss Jacqueline Snyder and Mrs. Alston Phillips.
During their recent Value Days Sale, Grunder's Hardware held a registration drawing. Winners were first place, Mrs. Don Manfull of Augusta, an electric coffeemaker; second prize, a complete turntable starter set to Mrs. Lon Moore of East Canton; and third prize, an electric drill to Leroy Dowling of Pekin.
Mrs. Burton Morrison, East Lincoln Way, was named "Mrs. Minerva" in the first lap of the Mrs. America contest by the Ohio Fuel Gas Co. Eight women from Alliance, Homeworth, and Minerva entered the homemaking contest, which was held at the Virginia Restaurant in Alliance. The winners will compete April 2 at the American Legion Home in Alliance, when each participant must prepare and serve a complete meal. Mrs. Morrison is the mother of three boys, Dwayne 14, Bradley 6, and Dennis 5. The Morrison family has resided in Minerva since 1947 coming here from Marlington, West Virginia. Mr. Morrison is a tool and die maker and is employed at Monarch Products Co.
Charles Clark, MHS junior from Paris, has received word that he is the District Winner for the junior boy in the American Legion Essay Contest. The subject was "Patriotism in Modern America." His essay is now in Columbus at the state headquarters for judging for the state winners.
An athletic booster club, to create more interest in school sports, was organized at a meeting of interested citizens in the grade school auditorium Tuesday evening. Officers were elected to head the new organization in its first year and they are as follows: Jack Muniz, president; Robert J. Davis, vice president; James Loughley, secretary, and Donald Willis, treasurer. The above officers and following named men constitute the board of directors, Robert Cook, Howard Biggins and Jack Hart.
Miss Gloria Jean Reed, a junior at Minerva High School, has been named to represent Minerva at the first Buckeye Girl's State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, in Columbus, June 22-29. The alternate chosen is Miss Lottie Lou Lippincott. A course in government procedures, interesting talks and entertainment have been planned for those attending Girl's State. Next year, the local Legion auxiliary hopes to send two girls to the "state."