Over the years, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Central Catholic High School has drawn thousands of people. They have celebrated Mass and benediction and participated in devotions such as the Rosary, May crowning and prayers for peace.
The one constant: Cal and Jo-Ann Streb. They have been co-chairs of the Grotto committee, which maintains the grounds, for 40 years. At a recent fundraiser, “Christmas Elegance,” which benefits the Grotto, the Strebs were recognized for their service and dedication to the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.
The Strebs got involved with the cleanup, maintenance and restoration of the Grotto when their oldest son, John, was a freshman at Central in 1971. Jo-Ann remembers how beautiful the Grotto was when she attended Mount Marie High School, but said she couldn’t believe how overgrown it had become. That was when she and her husband decided to get involved and formed the Grotto Committee.
The committee is a group of individuals dedicated to the restoration and upkeep of the Grotto. “Christmas Elegance,” a luncheon style show held annually at the Canton Woman’s Club in November, is the group’s main fundraiser. It benefits the upkeep of the Grotto and assists in paying part of a student’s tuition to Central Catholic High School as a work-study program.
The East Sparta-Sandyville High School classes of 1948 and 1949 were honored recently during a bi-annual alumni dinner at North Industry Christian Church. Also honored was Florence Gill Bankert from the Class of 1934; Paul Williams from the Class of 1937; and Betty Gill Allison, Dorothy Seibert McKinney and Mildred Handshuh McNutt, from the Class of 1939.
Visiting the area from out of state were classmates, Robert and Kathleen Butler, Robert McVann and James Dorff. Others attending included Carl Walther, Margaret Clapper Hartman, Rose Black Johanning and William Schneider. Robert Bebout was elected chairman. Serving with him will be Donald Rice, treasurer; and Terrance McDade, secretary.
Ohio High Patrol Trooper, Joel M. Smith was promoted to the rank of sergeant recently by Col. John Born, patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the patrol’s academy. Smith will transfer from his current assignment as a canine handler in the Northeast Regional Criminal Patrol Unit to serve as an assistant post commander at the Cambridge post.
Smith began his patrol career in May 1997 as a member of the 129th academy class. He earned his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Mansfield post. As a trooper, he also served at the Canton, Wooster and Medina posts.
Bennet’s Appliance Centers are celebrating the 100th birthday of founder Bennet Geiser now through Saturday. Bennet’s invites the public to stop by the Orrville store at 1300 West High St., or the North Canton store at 607 S. Main St., to celebrate, receive discounted prices and enter to win various door prizes.