Last January I introduced you to Mari Halkovich

Cecil Giltz Published:

Last January I introduced you to Mari Halkovich and Rosemary Cannon, newly appointed members of the Stow-Munroe Falls Library Board of Trustees, Now, a year later, please meet Ray Hall and Craig Mancuso, the newest members of the board.

Hall, originally from Covington, Kentucky, resides in Stow. He is retired from Mactac. His family includes his wife Rose, daughter Debbie Walsh, who lives in Stow and daughter Cheryl in Atwater.

When asked why he decided to accept the trustee position and if he had additional comments Hall said, I was on the board for one year previously. I was asked to serve again. I enjoyed the time I had (on the board) before and hopefully contributed. This term is for five years.

Hall is chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee and will serve on the Technical Services Committee. He replaced James Larr, who resigned (early in his term) in December.

Mancuso was appointed to a full seven-year term on the board, replacing Dr. Barbara Osyk who completed her term in December. Mancuso and his wife Debbie (formerly Lavanty) live in Stow. He grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Lyndhurst while she is a native Stowite. He teaches ninth grade Earth Science at Springfield High School and also is a part-time lecturer in the Geology Department at Mount Union College in Alliance.

Mancuso believes that all of us have a civic duty. He said, When I saw the posting for this position I was excited. I felt that this was my opportunity to serve my community. I believe that public libraries make an extremely important contribution to the quality of life in an area and that they truly are a cornerstone of democracy in America.

Clearly, finances will be of paramount concern in the foreseeable future. Due to the current state fiscal crisis, state support for public libraries in Ohio is being slashed. It will be a challenge to maintain the level of excellence that our patrons are accustomed to and deserve but Im confident that we can do it, he added.

Mancuso is serving on the Finance and Long Range Planning Committees.

The famous spaghetti dinners at the Stow Community Church of Christ on Pilgrim Drive are back. Well, back with a few changes. The gatherings will be held on a Saturday, every other month, it may not always be spaghetti, you will see a few new helpers and Dave Reinhart promised if Jerry Busby (who has the spaghetti sauce recipe in his head,) is not there every time, his touch will be there.

Jeff Roeger, a church member who resides in Brimfield and manages the Wallgreens store in Ellet, is now in charge of the dinners and should be quite happy with the results of Saturdays return event as word is that the group made $707 and had a next-to-record turnout of 288 in attendance, on a bitter cold night at that.

Mark your calendars anytime from 4 to 7 p.m. April 12 and stop by the church for dinner. Watch the Stow Sentry for further details.

Do make reservations to see the Stow Players third production of this season, The Curious Savage, directed by Virginia Hanlon and Judy Eberly. We joined members and friends of the Stow Womans Club, who sponsored the house on Sunday and we recommend it highly.

The Stow Players, originally the Stow Little Theater, has dedicated its 50th Production Season to the 1953 Stow Players Board Members. I spoke with Janet Howard, who was a member of that board in 1953 and she helped me fill in first names of most of those board members as, in those days, just the first initials were used and the women even went by their husbands first initials.

Some of those well known people in town have since passed on. The names listed in the charter are Jack Whalen, Don Becker, Roger Howard, Byron Bankes, Mrs. B. Bankes, Mrs. R. Howard, Mrs. (Clara) Hibbard, Mrs. W. (William) McCann and Harvey Fox.

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