July 24, 2014

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Appalachia diaper drive

The employees at Baskets of Blessings at Midway Mall are going on a mission trip to Kentucky to assist the charity “God’s Love from a Diaper Bag” next month.

They are collecting items for babies and expectant mothers and will be hosting a baby shower on Oct. 19 for 30 impoverished women who are in desperate need of supplies for their new babies.

Anyone who wants to drop off baby clothes, diaper wipes, canned and boxed food, new toys, bathroom items (shampoo, etc.), cleaning supplies, school supplies and duffel bags for children of all ages can do so at the store through Oct. 17.

The duffel bags will be given to foster children who tend to use garbage bags to transport their belongings when they move from home to home, said Jenny McAvena, the store’s owner.

The store kicked off the drive at its open house on Saturday. For information, call the store at (440) 324-1172.

McAvena said she has helped those in Appalachia for a number of years now because poverty is such a problem there.

“These people are very proud and like to support themselves, but have a very hard time,” she said. “Most of the homes have no running water. There’s an extreme illiteracy problem, and there’s no jobs, even if you have an education.”

History, chicken, ribs
The Lorain County Historical Society will host its annual barbecue 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jack Matia Honda, 823 Leona St.

The cost is $30, and attendees can discuss the issues of the day, such as construction of the new high school, as they consume all-you-can-eat chicken and ribs by Big Dog Catering.

The dinner includes cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, coffee and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the historical society at (440) 322-3341.

Items to be sold in a silent auction include a hand-carved box, jewelry from Vandemark Jewelers, a tool from Ridge Tool, baskets, a small rotisserie, reproduction prints of old advertisements and a collectable yet to be selected, said Bill Bird, executive director of the Lorain County Historical Society.

Proceeds benefit the Hickories Museum and society programs, Bird said.

“It helps keep the building open on a regular basis, and we have to cut the grass and plow the snow and things people don’t necessarily think about,” he said.

Prints for sale
The Elyria Catholic Alumni Association has raised about $10,000 from the sale of prints of wildlife artist Adam Grimm’s “Mallards at Dawn.”

Sales are going well, but a number of prints, both framed and unframed, remain, said Tom Hoover, a member of the Elyria Catholic Educational Endowment Foundation board.

Arrange to see the prints by calling (440) 365-1821, ext. 22.

The group hopes to establish a scholarship, and remaining funds will be used for other needs. Costs range from $100 for an unframed print to the executive edition for $259 and benefactor edition for $459.

Grimm is a 1997 Elyria Catholic graduate and winner of numerous wildlife painting awards. The original sold for $12,000 and funded the prints for the fundraiser, Hoover said.

Cutting energy costs
The Rev. Joseph Gause of Mount Olivet Alliance Church invites the community to attend a program at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on electrical home generators, which cut energy costs by operating through the power of magnets.

Speaker will be Fred Gissendaner from Stow, and the program will be at the church, located at 626 Lorain Blvd.