STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Polaris Broadcasting & Video Production, Business Professional & Office Technology, Computer Networking Academy, and Marketing & Entrepreneurship students recently competed in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional competition.
BPA is the leading career technical student organization for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology (IT), office administration and other related career fields. BPA has more than 43,000 members in more than 2,300 chapters in 23 states. The Ohio chapter boasts 8,700 members in 19 regions.
Dozens of students from area schools took part in this year’s regional competition at Polaris, the Lorain County Community College Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville and other locations. The purpose of these events is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have mastered in finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication and design, and management, marketing and communication.
In all, 39 Polaris students qualified to compete at the state level in Columbus March 14-15. Five Strongsville students placed in the top three in their respective categories: Michael Matula, Sebastian Karim, Nate Rajecki, Kevin Weider and Eddie Malyovany. We wish them all the best in the state competition.
Founder’s Day: The Strongsville Historical Society invites you to the annual Founder’s Day Program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Strongsville Old Town Hall, 18825 Royalton Road. Every year, the Strongsville Historical Society holds a Founder’s Day Program to continue its mission to discover, collect, record, preserve and interpret the history of the Strongsville area through these programs that inspire, stimulate and educate the community.
This year’s program, presented by Valerie Mattingley, is called “Roughing It: When Strongsville was a Frontier Town.”
Light refreshments will be provided at this free event. All are welcome.
And don’t forget about the Strongsville memorabilia sold in the Olds General Store in the Historic Village. Call the Village number at 440-572-0057 to make an appointment with the store proprietors to buy pottery, aprons, sweatshirts, afgans, vintage Deganhart glass, postcards and note cards, Strongsville family history books, etc.
The latest book is a compilation of letters written to Strongsville’s Asa and Charlotte Drake between 1821 and 1857. The letters, along with reference maps and articles highlighting various places and events, look into the life of our pioneer ancestors.
To become a member of the Strongsville Historical Society and Historic Village, call 440-572-0057. Family, corporate, student, senior and individual memberships are available. Learn more by going to www.strongsvillehistoricalsociety.org.
Rec Center activities: The Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center is located at 18100 Royalton Road, Strongsville.
- Kids Garage Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23. Reserve a table to sell your gently used maternity, baby and kids items, or come shop more than 50 tables of toys, clothes, small furniture and accessories. Early bird shopping starts at 9 a.m. for a $3 admission fee (please have exact change) or shop free from 10 a.m. to noon.
- The ever-popular Strongsville Community Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. This is a free concert and everyone is invited to attend.
- “Meet Author Comitia Williams” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Williams, educator and new author, will talk about her first book, “What are you Thinking?” Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Williams explains how you can overcome the power of negative thinking by learning how to confront and conquer every negative thought. Blending practical insights and her own personal experiences, this book will teach you how to overcome any negative thought, reach your greatest potential through positive thinking and start living your best life.
- “Southwest General Memory Screenings” is from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Are you saying, “Sorry, I forgot” a little too often? It’s normal to forget a name from time to time. It’s not normal to keep forgetting days of the week, or when to pay bills or take medicine. Come to a free screening by the Community Nurses to see if you should consider seeing a doctor. A reservation is required. Interested individuals should contact Southwest to make an appointment at 440-816-4037.
- “American Red Cross Blood Drive” will be from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. In just an hour of your time, you can help save up to three lives. Make sure hospital patients get the treatment they need. Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 216-431-3010.
- “Read Around the World” is for all ages from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The Strongsville Kiwanis Club sponsors this annual event. Each child attending can choose a new book to take home, and members of Kiwanis will be available to read books to them at the event. The St. Joseph and John’s Builder’s Club members will perform puppet shows. There will also be face painting, storytelling and light refreshments. No registration needed for this free event!
The Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Strongsville Branch is located at 18700 Westwood Drive. Register online at cuyahogalibrary.org or call 440-238-5530. To register, for more information and a complete list of events, visit cuyahogalibrary.org. All events are sponsored by Friends of Strongsville Branch Library.
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