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Grafton/LaGrange/Columbia Notebook: February 6, 2008

Benefit will help pay medical bills
Peggy Horvath, co-owner of Affordable Pet Services in LaGrange, has helped many seniors and disabled people through her Many Paws Reach Out Program. Now it’s time to reach out to Horvath.

Several weeks ago, Horvath was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and must undergo surgery.

She has beaten ovarian cancer in the past and is determined to beat it again.

A benefit will be hosted by her employees  6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21, at a location to be determined.

All monetary donations will go to defray the cost of medical bills. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation, mail it to 111 South Center St., LaGrange, OH, 44050.

For information, call Amy at (440) 610-9453 or (440) 355-5982.

Midview PTA holds kids resale
Midview Early Childhood PTA’s “Reruns for the Wee Ones” will be held from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carlisle Township Town Hall, 11969 LaGrange Road, LaGrange.

The sale will include clean, gently used infant to size 14 children’s clothes, maternity clothes, baby furniture, equipment, toys, books, games and anything baby/child related.

Admission is $5 early bird (9 to 10 a.m.) and $1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scouts serve up Valentine breakfast
An all-you-can-eat Valentine’s Day pancake breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Venture Crew 2082 of Eaton Township will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 at  Trinity Lutheran Church, 38307 Royalton Road, Eaton Township. Ticket prices are $5.50 for ages 11 and up, $3 for ages

4 to 10 and children 3 and under are free. There will also be raffles and door prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the new Venture Crew’s travel fund.

Author to speak at women’s retreat

The Penfield Community Church will hold its annual women’s retreat from

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the church, 40775 state Route 18 in Wellington.

The cost of $17 includes lunch.

Music will be provided by the Christian Group “Crosslight.” The guest speaker for the retreat will be author Karen Robbins (Web site www.karenrobbins.com). Call (440) 647-3818.

Midview High hosts baseball skills clinic
A clinic to teach basic baseball skills to third- to eighth-graders will be Feb. 28 at Midview High School. Instruction will begin at 8 a.m. and run in approximately two-hour shifts for each age group (third/fourth, fifth/sixth and seventh/eighth).

Coaches and past and present Midview players will instruct in all areas of skills. Sign-up forms will be sent to all third- through eighth-graders. Registration forms are also available at Midview High’s main office, FirstMerit Bank Grafton office or by calling coach Terry Hawke at (440) 926-2434 (daytime) or (440) 926-3829 (evenings). Cost is $30.

Columbia victorious in scholastic games
Columbia defeated Keystone 280 to 260 in the Feb. 2 High School Scholastic Games competition broadcast on local radio.

Columbia took a 10-point lead in the first round and increased it to 30 points in the Current Events round.

Then the buzzers came out, and Keystone  took the lead in a round themed “Communications Milestones.” Question topics ranged from the invention of numerals to communications satellites.

The lead changed hands several times until the final bell of the highest-scoring fifth round, when one question could have made the difference between victory and defeat.

In a split-decision by the judges, Columbia team captain Daniel McGivern won the “Standout Scholar” award.

Rounding out the Columbia team were Emma Franks and Mike Bislich. Kalene Burns, Chris Bregar and captain Russ Smith represented Keystone.

The radio quiz program, featuring academic teams from 18 area high schools, is in its 19th season.

Awards include a tuition credit program supported by area colleges and universities. Each participating school receives a $500 credit to be given to a deserving student, with additional credits awarded to schools as they win and compete in playoff eliminations.

Contributing institutions have included Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lorain County Community College, Ohio Wesleyan, Tiffin University and the College of Wooster.

The High School Scholastic Games of Lorain County is sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support.