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Veterans Day will be observed on Nov. 10: Parma Postings

Parma Sun Post - 11/6/2017

BROOKLYN, Ohio - Area communities will pay tribute to those who served in the armed forces on Veterans Day.

The national holiday, previously known as Armistice Day, marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. Hostilities ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - 11 a.m.Nov. 11, 1918 - when the armistice with Germany took effect. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

In Independence, a Veterans Day celebration was scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Civic Center.

Brooklyn residents who are veterans and their spouses are invited to a Veterans Day breakfast 9 a.m. to noon with the firefighters at the Fire Station.

Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, most governmental agencies and offices will be closed on Nov. 10 and there will be no mail delivery that day.

Turkey Trot: Senior citizens are invited to the annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving party and dance 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Nov. 15 at the Smallwood Activities Center

(formerly the Parma Senior Center), 7001 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma.

The event includes a Thanksgiving lunch, refreshments, raffle prizes, surprises and dancing to the music of Al Batistelli.

Advance tickets are $12.Those attending the dance only, 1-3 p.m., will be charged $7 at the door.

For more information, call 440-885-8800.

Van fundraiser: A campaign to purchase an 18-passenger van for clients of Independence-based Koinonia Homes is under way. The goal is to raise $65,000 for the specially equipped fan with an electric wheelchair life. The vehicle will improve access to health care, employment and community access for hundreds of people served by Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for people with developmental disabilities.

"Many of us take basic transportation for granted," said Diane Beastrom, president and CEO of Koinonia Homes. "But for people with developmental disabilities, transportation is a lifeline to the outside world, doctor's appointments, work and everyday activities. For many of our clients, reliable transportation represents freedom and personal independence."

For more information or to make a donation, text BUCKS to 56512, or visit koinoniahomes.org/bucks-for-a-bus to donate securely online.

Koinonia, which serves more than 500 clients throughout Northeast Ohio, has a fleet of 55 vehicles and provides 36,000 trips per year. However, Koinonia officials said the demand continues to grow. The new bus will enable 400 additional rides per year.

Tee time: Golfers looking for some unusual challenges and some fun, might want to consider playing in the Ridgewood Golf Course Superintendent's Revenge Tournament. There is a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Nov. 12 at the course, 6505 Ridge Road, Parma.

The event is a chance for golf course maintenance staffers to seek revenge on golfers who don't always follow the rules with golf carts and who are responsible for ball marks and divots. Staff members will set up the course with a variety of new challenges, including side hill putts and obstacles.

The tournament is a four-person, best-ball scramble.

Entry fee is $35 per player for nine holes, golf cart, lunch, two drink tickets and prizes. There is a signup sheet in the clubhouse, but space is limited to 72 golfers. There will be a payout based on net scores. Ties will be decided by a long putt competition on the practice green.

The tournament will take place rain or shine, but if there is more than two inches of snow, it will be cancelled, and refunds will be made.

For more information, call Lori Waycaster at 440-429-5179.

Local contributors: Parma residents Ryan Abshire and Jenna Karpinski are among the Cuyahoga Community College students who contributed to the award-winning 2017 edition of Breakwall, Tri-C's annual literary and photography magazine.

Abshire and Kapinski each submitted photos that were used in the magazine. Which won the fourth place best in show award at the National College Media Convention, an Associated College Press-sponsored event that took place recently in Dallas, Texas.

The peer-reviewed publication features prose, poetry, drama, photography and essays. Tri-C students from throughout Northeast Ohio contributed nearly 30 works to the current edition, the publication's eighth volume.

The 2017 award is the third ACP award for Breakwall.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. in Brooklyn, Independence, Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills for the Parma Postings column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to carolkovach@hotmail.com.

 
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