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•Vincent Petrella has received an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) college scholarship offer to attend a selected host college or university. Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, the cadet will receive a bachelor's degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force. He is the son of Paul Petrella of Reynoldsburg and Suzanne Petrella of Blacklick. Petrella is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Hartley High School.
•Benjamin Milliken has been promoted to the rank of senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Milliken, a C-130 aircraft crew chief with eight years of military service, is assigned to the 94th Maintenance Group, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Ga. He is the son of Jim Milliken of Reynoldsburg.
•Army Pvt. Rebecca Shlepr has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Shlepr is a 2007 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School.
•Air Force Airman Brian Fitch has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Gregory Fitch of Baltimore, Ohio, and Teresa Fitch of , Columbus. ,Fitch is a 2006 graduate of Reynoldsburg High School.
New children's book
A Christian children's picture book, "The Wall They Could Not See," by author Karen Seelenbinder of Madison Township, is for sale at the Christian Armory in the Eastland Mall. This breathtaking story is about a stubborn housefly, a whoosh! smack! and the power of an awesome God. To receive personalized, autographed copies, contact Karen by e-mail: email@example.com or call (614) 837-3943. The book is also available at Go Groveport, 607 Main St.; Ferne's Attic, 24 N.High St., Canal Winchester; B. Dalton, Eastland Mall; and Moments with Majesty, Pickerington.
American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road, will host a steak dinner on June 27 from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited.
Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 5225 Refugee Road, Columbus, will hold its fourth annual parish festival/picnic: Fest-Nic IV on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Meals are $5, $1 for kids‚ and sandwich/nacho/pizza for $2. There will also be games, a silent auction, bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a white elephant sale. A DJ will provide music and karaoke. For information call Mike at 614-271-6722.
Democrats to meet
The Greater Reynoldsburg Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. on June 19 at the Reynoldsburg police station, 7240 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg.
The Whitehall Education Foundation will host a golf outing July 7 at Jefferson Country Club. Cost will be $100 per person. For information, contact Leo Knoblauch at 236-9852.
Rally for the Cure
at Scarborough East
Scarborough East Tennis and Fitness Club is taking part in Rally for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness campaign that began as a grassroots women's golf program in 1996 and this year has expanded to include tennis and fitness events.
On June 29 at 1 p.m., NSCA certified personal trainer Brian Kelly will lead a group in a 45 minute cardio fitness event (also known as a boot camp) all in the name of finding the cure for breast cancer. The cost is $30 and includes a boxed lunch and a one-year subscription to one of a selection of Conde Nast Publication magazines.
The event is open to the public for all ages and fitness levels, both male and female - and it will make participants feel good in two ways. Giving to a great cause and getting a great workout at the same time. To reserve your spot, call Scarborough East Tennis and Fitness at (614) 868-5683.
"We are proud to be a part of this vital, cause-oriented women's tennis and fitness program. Together we are helping to get the critical life saving message of early breast cancer detection out to members in our community," said Bob Hilborn, general manager of Scarborough East.
The mission of Rally for the Cure has been to emphasize the importance of early detection in the successful treatment of breast cancer and to support the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. According to Komen for the Cure, each year breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 35-54, and the disease also accounts for more than 75 percent of all cancer deaths in women 55 years of age and older.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, from July 10 to September 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.
•Lindsey Macklin of Bexley was named to the dean's list at Ohio Wesleyan University for spring term.
•Chesley Talisse of Reynoldsburg was named to the dean's list for spring semester at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Reynoldsburg Garden Tour
The Reynoldsburg Garden Tour will be held June 28 from noon to 4 p.m. This free event is co-sponsored by the city of Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Livingston House Society. Tour brochures and maps are available at The Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg. The six stops on the tour are:
•Alexander W. Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road;
•Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive;
•Residence, 1122 Lancaster Avenue;
•Residence, 895 Hillridge;
•Residence, 7491 Rodebaugh Road;
•Residence, 7471 Daugherty Drive.
JCC winter cruise
The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.
The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.
Wesley Ridge celebrates
Wesley Ridge, 2225 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, is celebrating its 10th birthday and offering the Chautauqua Celebration of Life Long Learning.
The Chautauqua experience began in the late 1800s and continued through the 1900s to provide learning and culture as a diversion during the summers. Wesley Ridge is offering an updated version of these Chautauqua presentations to provide educational, spiritual and growth opportunities for all. For information call (614) 759-0023 or go to www.wesleyridge.com for details on the Chautauqua events.
"Trash to Treasure"
A team of science students from Bexley is spending this week in Orlando, Fla., vying for the national Christopher Columbus Awards.
Middle schoolers Nan Boyle, Maranda Gammage, and Meghan Heckman, coached by Maryland teacher Lindsay Young, filled the days before their departure preparing and rehearsing for the competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation. They were recognized in the Ohio House of Representatives, met with Governor Ted Strickland about energy policy, and offered their presentation to an invited audience, which posed some tough questions for the team members to answer.
The project, "Trash to Treasure," concerns capturing methane from local landfills to use as an alternative energy source.
Hannah Hood, daughter of Maryland Principal Jon Hood and a student at Madison Christian School, is also a member of the team.
U.S. Congressman Dave Hobson (R-7) and his staff will hold "Open Doors" hours for Franklin County residents with questions and concerns related to the federal government on June 24 in the Whitehall City Hall/council chambers, 360 Yearling Road, Whitehall, from 10-11 a.m.
A member of Hobson's staff will be present to represent him. For information call Hobson's Lancaster District office at (740) 654-5149.
Kids help out
Members of the Waggoner Road Junior High School Builders Club received recognition at the June 17 Reynoldsburg Board of Education meeting for raising $2,000 for Nationwide Children's Hospital. The money will go towards helping the hospital build an outdoor playground for the children who have extended hospital stays.
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