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By Gerry Lewis Published:

Now here's a special way to start your holiday. There will be a Christmas Holiday Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna. They promise a wonderful meal complete with ham, potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, applesauce, rolls and beverages for $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 11 $5 and free for ages 5 and under.

Following the dinner there will a free Christmas Concert, including the choirs and Praise Band, featuring Dr. Steve Dean, and the Tower Bells. Mary Jo Cross is chairing the dinner. It promises to be a great evening.

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Margot Orlando, 8-year-old granddaughter of Paul and Carolyn Marva, was, for the second year, selected to model in the American Girl Fashion Show at the Cincinnati Music Hall.

The fundraiser benefits the Aubrey Rose Hallenkamp Foundation -- helping families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses by providing emotional and financial support.

The girls model American Girl Doll dresses and accessories. Also helping with the organization of the event is Margot's older sister, Morgan, 16. A cheerleader -- this is part of her community outreach service.

Besides the style show, there is a luncheon which, of course, was attended by the grandmothers and Margot's mother, Beth. The Orlandos, Beth and Marc, live in Mason.

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Bev Hayhurst shared an interesting article in Streetscene, a magazine for all you old car buffs. Her husband, Kenny, is featured in this month's issue. Kenny has worked for Marvel Manufacturing in Twinsburg for more than 20 years. I now know a whole lot of "stuff" about OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

Marvel Manufacturing has 130 employees and 17 are dedicated to making products for Unisteer. These are jobs doing retrofit steering kits for rack-and-pinion systems in older cars.

For instance, Ford products from 1928 through the 1970s, as well as Chevy, Pontiac and Mopar products from the mid-'50s through the '70s. They also do custom rack-and-pinion kits designed to the customer's specifications. This is where Kenny shines.

Dave Batke, general manager, said they have machinists and fabricators that are real car guys, so they're excited about building the Unisteer products.

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Karen Hazelett and her longtime friend, Kathy (Kaupinen) Kane, of Parma took a trip not long ago to China. It was such a wonderful experience, they next planned a trip to Greece. When friends Ruth Seton and Donna Roberto heard the plans -- it didn't take long before the four of them were on their way to Athens, Greece, to begin an 11-day cruise.

They visited more or less all the places that Paul wrote letters to: Istanbul, Ephesus, then to Patmos (where John wrote Revelations). Next was Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini.

The excavations at Ephesus were especially interesting and in Corinth the tour guide told them people who live there are continually digging up artifacts in their yards.

Probably their favorite city was Istanbul because of it's beauty. Athens -- not so much! Where next, girls?

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For Ravenna news, call Gerry Lewis at 330-325-3119.

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