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Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:36

Saying goodbye to Ellet High School

Yesterday was the final walk through of Ellet High School before the wrecking ball arrives. It looked old, and tired, but it was still full of people, joy and so many memories. I graduated from Ellet High School in 1995. I loved high school. I loved MY high school. 

I walked through with my best friend since middle school, Mary. I'm so glad we did it together. We may have found an orange permanent marker in the bottom of my purse while we were there and left one last memory on a few of the walls.

We visited the auditorium. While standing on the stage, we bumped into Fran Howell. She was the heart & soul of every musical Ellet did. I was in three, and landed a pretty sweet role as the jester in Once Upon A Mattress my senior year. You guys, I had to sing a solo and dance by myself on the stage... Singing isn't my forte and I forgot the middle of the dance on closing night - but I still look back at that production and the joy fills me up. 

We wandered up the stairs to the band room next and I couldn't stop smiling. I was a marching band kid. I was the section leader of the trumpet section, and field commander with another one of my besties, Rhiannon, our senior year. Honestly, band is the reason I loved high school so much. If you were never a band kid, I can't explain it to you. There is a bond that happens in band. You're all in it together and you are friends with everyone - whether you're friends or not! Ask any band kid ever, "Who was your favorite teacher in high school?" - their answer is always going to be "The band director." Mine was Mr. Grom. My 12 year old didn't fall far from this momma's tree, and now that I'm the adult to "this" kid - I'm so sorry Mr. Grom. You are a saint. Thank you for the 9,000 things I can rattle off the top my head that you did to help me grow as a human and for the countless things I can't even recall right now. That band room was my home, my sanctuary. The middle of the second riser was my spot. Just to my right in the front row of that band room is where I would find the back of my future husband's head. Friendships were formed in that room that will last me a lifetime. The room was filled with memories of laughter, hard work and tears. It was filled with memories of David Keen. I miss him.  I was sitting in that room when I was called down to the office to be told that my father had passed away. I was in that room when I learned of  his best friend's passing as well, Smitty. 

Smitty, a.k.a. Dennis Smith, WAS Ellet. I thought of him a lot yesterday as I walked those halls. 

We crossed the hall from the band room and said a silent au revoir to Madame Jawyn, then circled down to the English hallway where we spent much time reminiscing about Mrs. Baltrinic and Mr. Redding - two of our other faves.

We came back out front and stood by the tree we planted for our classmate, Todd Seitz, whom we had lost to cancer all those years ago. That is Todd's tree, and soon it will be a baseball field. Todd will get a new tree on the lawn of the new building, but it still made us sad to know the tree we planted while his best friend, Steve Hanes, sang a song he wrote to honor his friend, will be gone. 

Oh Ellet High School now to thee, We sing our song of loyalty....  You were old and stinky, but you were ours. Thank you!

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 10:01

What is the WONE Charity Classic?

We announced our latest WONE Charity Classic Tournament Of Champions qualifiers on the air this morning! Congratulations to Mike Upstead & Phillip Flynn! What IS the WONE Charity Classic, you ask? Well, let me tell you! 

97.5 WONE has joined forces with Stonehedge Family Entertainment every Sunday to give you a chance to bowl and qualify for the Tournament of Champions to bowl for cash! You can stop out at Stonehedge ANY Sunday at 11am OR 2pm to bowl. Come once, come a few times or every Sunday!

Even if you're not an experienced bowler, this is for you - or if you're like me & ARE experienced but are TERRIBLE! It's all good! We sort our bowlers by gender, age AND skill level.

The price is just $25 for three games, and a portion of the entry fee will go to support Valor Home, helping homeless and at risk veterans here in the Akron area. So, you're having fun, you might win some cash AND you're helping veterans!  OH - I didn't tell you!! Everyone who qualifies each week for the Tournament of Champions will earn $300 in credit for bowling at Stonehedge for the summer! 

It's all for fun and it's all for a great cause, so come on out & join us at Stonehedge! 



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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 05:29

Attention Beatles fans & collectors!!!

Tonight is the night to meet Beatles animator Ron Campbell at Akrona Galleries! I will be there tonight 5-7 with a chance to win a beautiful piece of Ron's Beatles Pop Art valued at $850 (shown below). This is Mr. Campbell's ONLY Ohio show and it's only here for 2 days - tonight & tomorrow, October 8 & 9,  4pm-8pm at Akrona Galleries, right next door to the radio station at 1765 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313. 

If you want to WIN this work, you MUST stop out tonight while I'm there from 5-7pm! See you tonight! 


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Legendary animator, Ron Campbell, will be exhibiting many of his works from his 50-year career as an animator who has animated on Yellow Submarine, The Beatles cartoon show, Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear & more. The exhibit will  include his Beatles cartoon pop artwork and more.  Meet Ron at Akrona Galleries, 1765 W Market St (right next door to WONE), on Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th from 4-8pm. I will be there Tomorrow night from 5-7pm. We will have light hors d'oeuvres, some of our favorite Beatles tunes playing and a chance for you to WIN one of Ron's pieces of art valued at $850! I'll clue you in on the password you will need to know Wednesday morning for a chance to qualify for the print - it will work just like our Secret Signal contest.. except you will need to come hang with me to get the password! Akrona is a very cool place tucked in to our neighborhood. It's definitely worth checking out on a regular basis because the artists featured are always changing. I hope to see you there tomorrow night to meet Ron Campbell and maybe even win an amazing work of art!  ALL WORKS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.

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Friday, 04 October 2019 09:56

The Norton Cider Festival is this weekend!

The 31st Annual Norton Cider Festival is happening this weekend! You talk about some small town, tasty, family fun... This is it! The weather will be seasonal and perfect to enjoy all the fun & apple treats. 

I remember going to this one every year with my mom and enjoying the games, the hot apple cider, donuts and the community as a whole. Get the schedule of events and all the rest of the details HERE


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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 06:10


It was a beautiful weekend in Columbus & I FINALLY got to see THE Ohio State marching band perform!

Hubby & I were there to cheer on our son and the rest of the Copley Marching Band at the Buckeye Invitational on Saturday. 44 bands in all performed, we caught about half of them and they were all fantastic! We were there for Copley High School but had the pleasure of seeing a couple other local bands including the Massillon Tiger Swing Band & Wadsworth High School. It was a long day, but it was fun! Jason & I are both Ellet Marching Band Alumni and we do love a good band show!

The day ended with TBDBITL showing us EXACTLY why they are known as The Best Damn Band In The Land! WOW!! They high-stepped across the field. The Drum major flipped and threw his baton and caught it EVERY time! Then they performed their Modern Musicals half time show from last weekend. They made swinging trapeze artists on the field! It was SOOOO cool! What an experience!

The night ended for us on a high note as we watch Copley's band bring home 2 of the 5 awards in their category and qualify for state! Oh... and I ROCKED my "Band Mom" button!

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If you know anything about me at all, I love cool little shops full of funky little things. One of my favorite little spots is Gypsy Grace And The Vintage Goat. It's located on Market Street down by Tangier. Stop in to see owners Angel & Joe. They have all sorts of off the wall hand crafted goodies. Angel finds things and thinks up some crazy ideas about how to make them new again. She tells Joe her idea, and he heads back to the workshop. If you haven't stumbled into this little shop, you have to check it out! 


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Ok, I fell asleep just before the half last night, but I had fun watching the Brown beat up on The Jets! I know, The Jets were missing a few key players, but I don't care. We saw a more disciplined Browns team last night. And THAT OBJ CATCH!!!

If you were out to any WONE events last summer, or part of the WONE Bowling League, you probably know Cami Justice. Cami LOVES sports, and earlier this year it became her full time job writing about sports for News Channel 5. I just wanna brag a little on Cami, and share this great article she wrote about OBJ from last night's game! 

Go Cami! Go Browns!

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Monday, 16 September 2019 09:53

Just a Yankee Peddler, Yard Sale Junkie

Don't you just love a good find? I'm all about the hunt. I woke up early Saturday morning with a mission. I was going to find the treasures at the giant neighborhood sale in Copley. I grabbed Ravenna (because she is the only other person awake early on a Saturday at my house) and we were off!

Mostly, we found baby stuff. LOTS of baby stuff. NO THANK YOU! But we found a new pull behind golf caddy/cart thing for my son's clubs, a cute doily and a little bird that made me happy. (see bird & doily below.)


Then we came home, grabbed Lily (because we have to wait intil after 1pm to do anything with her), and headed off to the Yankee Peddler at Clay's Park! I love the Yankee Peddler! It's an old tyme, early American craft show held under the canopy of the trees at Clay's Park for three weekend every September. If you haven't haven't been, I highly recommend it. There's entertainment & amazing food on top of all the great hand made items. We scored some home made soaps, face creams, funky ear cuffs, some art, home made beef jerky and maybe left with some home made fudge. We definately ate the fresh apple dumpling with ice cream there though!

Lily spotted the "Queen of Junk" necklace and immediately said, "This pretty much sums up my life." She's not wrong! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree... don't tell my husband I said that!

There's still time to head out & enjoy the Yankee Peddler. The final weekend is September 21 & 22. Get all the details here. Happy Hunting! 

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 08:27

Update on the updates.. take a peek!

Little by little the home inprovements are getting done. The crew from Props Consultants were out Thursday to finish laying floors and finishing trim in the front hall, the tree guys from Petrarca Landcare came last week too and took two trees in the back yard. Stanley Steemer cleaned the carpets in the livingroom yesterday & tomorrow I will put my house back together!! Did you hear that?? I get to put my house back together with finished floors, walls clean carpet and sunshine in my yard! 

It's neverending with home ownership, but I love taking this house, built by mu husband's grandparents, and making it our own. We still honor the integrity of the house and its history, but it's fun to take something and add your character to it. 

The only thing on the direct to do list is bring in the dirt and reseed the grass. Andrew and his crew from Pertarca will be doing that in the next couple of weeks and then we can just stop and take a minute to enjoy a handful of completed projects. 


A few before/ during...

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and after.... 


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