A new academic year always brings in new faces and changes and this year is no different. Congratulations to John Knapp, who is the new superintendent of Mogadore Local Schools. Mr. Knapp previously served for two years as principal at O.H. Somers Elementary. We wish you the best in your new position.

Because of the change in Mr. Knapp’s position, a new principal was hired at O.H. Somers Elementary. Her name is Sandra Isabella. She was previously the principal of St. Sebastian in Akron before coming to Mogadore Local Schools. Best wishes as you begin your work in Mogadore.

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And we must say farewell and best wishes to Mae Talbott, who retired from the Mogadore School system on July 31. A dinner and open house were held in her honor on Aug. 9 at Goodyear Metropolitan Park shelter. Organized by the many teachers and staff who had worked with her, at least 125 people attended the event, which included a surprise appearance by her granddaughter, Beth Wright of Georgia.

Tables were covered with green and white tablecloths and loaded with a sumptuous picnic supper of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, and salads. The dessert tables containing a large sheet cake, an Italian cake, and trays of cookies were provided by Vincent’s Bakery.

Centerpieces on the tables included photos of birds (one of her hobbies) and individual school photos of Mrs. Talbott from each year she worked since the 1970s. Her old manual typewriter was located on one of the tables, a reminder of what office work was like in pre-computer days.

Married 58 years, she and her husband, Jim, dated through high school, where they were partners in an exhibition square dance group. After graduation, Mrs. Talbott worked as a school secretary in Jackson City, Jackson, Ohio, for two years.

Jim was in the Air Force and they did extensive traveling while he was stationed overseas. Based in Tripoli, the Talbotts spent three years in Libya, where, incidentally, they continued to be part of a square dance group which met on a regular basis.

With young daughters in tow (daughter Virginia was almost 3 years old, and Melanie was almost 1 year old at the time of their arrival in Libya), they were able to travel to many different countries while Jim was on assignment. Some of the countries they visited were Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Wales, Germany, Spain, and England.

Upon their return from overseas, the Talbotts lived in Texas for one and a half years. They settled in Mogadore when Jim was hired at Goodyear Aerospace as an industrial engineer. Mrs. Talbott began working as a secretary at Mogadore Schools. She was at the high school from 1974 to 1982, at the elementary school from 1982 to 2006, and then moved back to the high school from 2006 to 2017.

Mrs. Talbott enjoyed her job at Mogadore Schools. She thought about how the position had changed over the years and commented about the changes in technology since the 1970s. The use of typewriters, dittos, and mimeograph machines led the way to the takeover of computers and the noise of dot-matrix printers in the offices. She looked at the new technology as a learning experience, and worked to gain the knowledge to use the new equipment as it was constantly upgraded.

One of the challenges she remembered was coming to work one day and finding a Mac desktop computer on her workstation. She taught herself how to use it and to switch her files over to the new computer system.

No matter whether the work was computer-related or not, Mrs. Talbott embraced a positive work ethic and "can-do" attitude with regard to new learning experiences at work. She also was able to help move some of the duties previously undertaken by clerical staff, such as dispensing medications to children, to higher administrative levels where they belonged.

One of her favorite principals to work with was Bill Adams. She enjoyed their work relationship.

But most of all Mae Talbott enjoyed the contact she had every day with the children. "The kids were the best, and what I loved most about working at the schools," she said. So to keep in touch with them, Mrs. Talbott will continue to take tickets at athletic events and volunteer where needed.

Both of Jim’s and Mae’s daughters are Mogadore graduates. Virginia, class of 1978, works at Kent State University, and has two children — Beth, who lives in Georgia, and William, who lives in Suffield. Melanie Talbott, class of 1980, lives in Florida and has two children — Madison, a University of Florida student, and Boyd, a homeschooled high school student.

Best wishes for a happy retirement, Mrs. Talbott.

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The Friends of the Mogadore Library is having its book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7. A presale for Friends will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Not only are there great deals on all genres of books, but CDs and movies on DVDs will be sold as well. Please be sure and stop by. Proceeds from the book sales provide financial support to the library’s programs and help offset purchase costs of some library supplies. We hope to see you there!

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And after you purchase a book or movie at the book sale, stop by the high school and have some soup and cookies provided by the Alumni Association at its Community Fair. The Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the high school, where you can view and purchase items from local craft vendors.

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For Mogadore news, please contact Barb Bauer at BarbBauerMog@gmail.com.