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Carly Kidner, Queen of the Congress


ASHTABULA – Carly Kidner learned 288 pages of rules, made thousands of flashcards and spent countless hours studying. All her extra time and energy went into learning everything she needed to know.

Farm for Christ to provide beef for local food pantries


ASHTABULA – Farm for Christ, a program created by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Ashtabula, intends to be able to offer premium, grass-fed hamburger to area food pantries. The program is set up to purchase young beef cattle and raise them to maturity on foster farms. The cattle will then be processed for distribution to food pantries as Grade A hamburger, which will be given to Ashtabula County food pantries.

Ring in the holidays for a good cause

LAKE/ASHTABULA COUNTIES – The economy has still not rebounded completely from the last recession so many people are still in need of a helping hand.
The Salvation Army is one organization which provides assistance to many people, but it needs help to do that in the form of monetary donations. So, every year, starting right after Thanksgiving, volunteers take up stations with the familiar red kettles to collect money

Spiderweb is in need of winter coats

JEFFERSON - Spiderweb of Jefferson is hoping people will donate their old winter coats, as already hundreds of coats have been given out by the organization this year.

Popular children’s book author and illustrator attends local event

PERRY – Steven Kellogg was a keynote speaker at Perry High School’s In Search of Wonder – Common Core and More Oct. 17.
Kellogg has been writing and illustrating children’s book since 1963.
“I attended the Rhode Island School of Design.” Kellogg said. “When I graduated I taught etching

Benefit to be held Oct. 25

LAKE COUNTY - Jessica Burrington lost her life to diabetes Sept. 27 at the young age of 31, leaving behind her 5-year-old daughter, Bella Pietro. This is such a tragedy and so unexpected, it has caused the family a huge financial strain.
Burrington was a member of the Lake County Juvenile Diabetes Walk Family.
A benefit will be held Saturday, Oct. 25

Clambake to benefit Birthright Lake, Inc.

MENTOR - There will be a clambake benefiting Birthright Lake, Inc. held anytime from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at St. Mary of the Assumption Gymnasium, 8560 Mentor Ave., Mentor.

Dinner includes: one dozen clams, half a chicken, corn on the cob, sweet potato, cole slaw, dinner roll & butter, beer, wine, soft drinks and dessert. There will be a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person with additional clams for $10 per dozen. Tickets for sale at the Birthright office, 7471 Tyler Blvd., Mentor. Phone is (440) 975-9055.
No tickets will be sold at the door.

AMVETS Auxiliary still collecting for hospice

PERRY VILLAGE - The members of the Perry AMVETS Post 1971 Ladies Auxiliary brought out the rocking chairs again to raise money for Hospice of the Western Reserve Sept. 27.
“Gertie Rorabaugh, along with her family, friends and members of AMVETS Post 1971 Ladies Auxiliary

Ashtabula Bucket List #12: Disc Golf


This week Larry from Ashtabula invited Zach to play Disc Golf.

When I was a schoolteacher, my car’s trunk could have passed for a small sporting goods store. Of course there were basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, baseballs, softballs, dodgeballs and footballs, but I also had bats, bases, jump ropes and pinnies. The one thing that did not fit in my trunk was a portable Frisbee catcher.
I bought it out of a catalog with my own money and used it as unit in gym class and sometimes at recess. I would set up a small course and move it around to pre-marked spots.
I have not taught for many years, and it started to take up dust in my parents’ basement until my nieces discovered it one summer and wanted to know what it was. We patched it up and it was fun for about a half hour until they lost interest.
So I was intrigued that there was a real Disc Golf Course at Lake Shore Park and is the home course of the Shoot the Breeze Disc Golf Club. If you visit, you can read about the history of the sport and the course itself.  There is even a virtual tour of the course.
I contacted the club and the current president Larry Jennings invited me to join the members of their handicap league on a Wednesday evening.
Jennings told me at one point, the club would attract 15-20 on Sunday night and maybe half on a weeknight. The club now gets about four to six on Wednesday nights. While the average age of the sport across the county is a young, in Ashtabula the regulars are in their mid 40s.
On the day I stopped by the course, Jennings was joined by Bob Klinger, Reggy Woodworth and Kevin Smith. For their league, each hole is considered par 3. The rules are basically the same as golf. The holes range from 160 to 500 yards. The course is quite hilly and there are a lot of trees.