- __Santa makes special visit to Champion December 17, 2014
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to visit Champion on Dec. 6. Allowing his reindeer to rest for the big night Santa arrived at the Champion Presbyterian church on a shiny, red Champion Township fire truck. Santa delighted all those in attendance, both the young and the young at heart. This free annual event, sponsored and coordinated by the Rotary Club of Champion, was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of the season.
Children lined up to talk with Santa and share their dreams and wishes with him. Over 250 community members visited with Santa, taking pictures and eating cookies.
The Rotary Club of Champion was so grateful for the many wonderful partnerships that helped make this event possible. The trees and hall were decorated with handmade ornaments. Thanks to Mr. Greg Kittle and his Art Students at Champion Central Elementary for their hard work. Their creations were amazing. Thanks also to the community that provided a gift for every child at the event through their generous donations coordinated and administered by our local Dollar General Stores. Thank you to Champion Presbyterian Church for decorating a beautiful tree and to Rotarian Cheryl Knowlton for assisting Santa in the preparation and distribution of sweet treats.
Thanks also to the many community members who helped make our “Service above Self” Art Table a complete success. Over 200 handmade cards were created and will be distributed the Champion High School Interact Club to area shut-ins and residents who will greatly appreciate their beauty. The Interact Club is a youth service club mentored by the Rotary Club of Champion and built on the Rotarian principle of “Service above Self”. Rotarians and Interactors were pleased to welcome Rotary District Governor Phil Mariola to the annual event.
Special thanks are offered to Champion resident, Mr. Anthony Vitale, who generously donated a multitude of Christmas decorations to the Rotary Club of Champion for this annual event. His generosity continues to be a boon to the community as these decorations will be enjoyed for years to come.
- __PBA comes to McKinley Lanes December 17, 2014
The 2014 PBA McKinley Lanes Central/East Challenge first round was held on Saturday, December 13 and the finals where held on Sunday, December 14. The 1st place winner of the PBA Challenge was Dean Billings of Rootstown, OH. 2nd place went to Dan Buchman of Maple Shades, NJ. There was a tie for 3rd place, the tie was between Aaron Lorincz of Bellville, Mich. and Eric Malone of Brewster, NY. Also held over the past weekend was the Pro Am Tournament, where the Pros bowled with the Juniors.
This was held on Friday, December 12. this was a 9 pin no tap tournament where three different Pros bowled with the Juniors and the winner was based off of their overall pins combined together. The winner of the tournament was Michael Scoville and 2nd place went to Kayla Cook and 3rd place was Lindsey Bross.
I would like to congratulate all the bowlers who participated in the pro am and a special thanks to the PBA bowlers who took time to bowl with them. Congratulations to all the Pro bowlers and thank you McKinley lanes for hosting it all.
- __Christmas carols sung at Maplecrest nursing home December 17, 2014
The Struthers Rotary, along with the assistance of Coach John Grandy and members of the Struthers LadyCats basketball team, paid a visit to Maplecrest Nursing Home last week and shared a number of Christmas carols with the residents.