Commencement: An exciting beginning

Throughout the valley, graduation ceremonies are scheduled, seniors are anxious to begin a new phase in their lives, and parents sense the bittersweet tug of the “empty nest” and never wanting to let go. Graduation ceremonies at Buckeye Local High School will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m. at the World War II Memorial Stadium in Yorkville. To the graduates of BLHS and to all area high school and college grads, congratulations and best wishes to each you, To quote an unknown author, “I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”

God bless you all.

Relay for Life

Final plans are being made for the 8th annual Relay. The Buckeye Relay For Life will take place on June 1 and 2 at Buckeye Local High School. The survivor lap opens the event at 6 p.m. and activities conclude at noon on Saturday. The survivor lap is an important aspect of the Relay. This is an emotional time and inspiring to see our friends and neighbors who have fought or are fighting this cancer battle and are winning. The Relay Committee would like to have as many survivors as possible participate and be honored. Therefore, if you are a survivor or know of someone who is, you are encouraged to come to the Relay and register. A survivor dinner is provided for survivors and their caregivers.

No matter why you take part in Relay, one thing is clear with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life.

Yorkville VFW Post 4811 Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a luncheon at the VFW Hall today, “Armed Forces Day” from noon to 4 p.m. Menu consists of ham or chicken salad, homemade coleslaw, chips, pop and dessert. Cost is $5. Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. President John F. Kennedy declared it an official national holiday in 1962. The Ladies also continue to collect items to send to our troops. These items can be dropped off at the VFW Hall in Yorkville. Please support those who support our military.

Hats off to these fine women for all they are doing.

WT Park & Pool

Summer entertainment at our new Gazebo will begin on Thursday, May 24 with Jim Berze, acoustic guitarist, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Plans are to have entertainment on the first and third Thursdays thru September. A “love offering” will be asked of the crowd. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring a lawn chair. If anyone is interested in performing this summer please call 740-859-6594.

The pool will open June 2 for the season. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m., unless otherwise stated at the pool. Swim lessons will be offered during the weeks of June 11 and June 18. Cost is $15 per child and cost for two or more children in the same immediate family is $25.

Cost of individual pool passes is $50 for students 18 and under or adults 18 and over.

Pool passes are $45 for seniors 55 and older and family passes are $90. Walk in guest tickets are $2 for children, $3 for adults and $2 for seniors.

Pool parties are available for one hour at $50, plus lifeguard fees, and for two hours at $75, plus lifeguard fees. Shelter included in pool party if available.

Shelter rentals are $40. You can call 740-859-6402 to make your reservation. Reservations for the following year are taken starting Jan. 1, 2013.

The park is open from dawn to dusk. Please remember that the playground equipment is age appropriate. Security cameras are on premises. We are very proud of our park and receive many compliments from all who visit there.

Buckeye Local

Meetings to review and revise the 2011-12 Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compacts continue to be held in the district. Buckeye North Elementary and Buckeye West Elementary have held their meetings and district personnel would like to thank those who participated. The last two meetings will be held on:

  • May 24 at 9 a.m., South Elementary;
  • May 24 at 2 p.m., Buckeye Local Junior High.

Contact Angela Hicks, director of Federal Programs or Karen Vargo, Parent Involvement Coordinator at 740-769-7395 with any questions or concerns regarding these meetings. Your participation will be appreciated.

Food Distribution

The YTR Food Distribution program will begin on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yorkville Fire Hall. Geographic areas to be served include Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland, Deep Run, Glen Robbins, Upland Heights, Connorville and Rush Run.

Please be reminded that registration with proof of residency, such as utility bill with address is necessary, and that Ohio Department of Job and Family Service Guidelines will be used for eligibility determination. Subsequent distribution dates will be July 14 and Aug. 4. Contact Gloria Closser, 859-4859, Rev. Dan Holt, 859-3206 or Rev. Tom Thomas, 859-3013 for information.

Same Store/

New Name

Best wishes to the Midei Family as their store becomes Shop ‘n Save Express on May 26. According to their flyer, the store will continue to deliver the best quality, value and savings to their customers. Their staff will remain the same. We wish them continued success and are glad that they serve the people of YTR and the surrounding are.

Music Notes

With a heavy heart, this week’s segment features a lady loved by all who knew her.

Local resident, Shirley Lenz passed away on May 13. Shirley was known for beautiful singing voice, as well as her beautiful smile and pleasant manner. Her daughters share her love for music.

Shirley directed the choir at the Tiltonsville UMC from 1974 to 2011. She was a former member of the Ohio Valley Chorale, the Wheeling Camerata Choir and the Martins Ferry Community Choir. To her family and friends, we express our deepest sympathy.

Event Reminders

June 2:- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. spaghetti dinner at the Glen Robbins Community Center. Cost of dinner is $6. Eat in or carry out.

Karen may be reached at HYPERLINK “mailto: or 859-2371.