REMEMBERING FORMER PRINCIPAL: While reporting on the retirement of Hilliard Elementary School Principal Mary Flanagan, we learned that one of her predecessors, John D’Ettorre, passed away in August at the age of 79. A graduate of West Tech High School and Ohio University, D’Ettorre earned a master’s degree at Kent State University while teaching in Parma. In 1967, he became principal of Hilliard, which he led for 18 years before retiring.
D’Ettore’s daughter, Renee Wargo D’Ettorre, served as president of the Westlake Board of Education from 2005 through 2007.
BLOOM DEADLINE APPROACHING: The deadline to enter gardens in the annual Westlake in Bloom contest is 5 p.m. Monday. There’s no fee to enter. The contest has numerous categories for every type of garden.
Representatives from the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County will judge entries on July 11, 12 and 13. First, second, third and honorable mention will be selected in all categories, provided five or more properties are entered.
All who enter will be invited to the 2011 Volunteers in Bloom Reception and Awards Ceremony Aug. 4 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility. Winners will be announced at the ceremony.
SUMMER ADVENTURE: St. Paul Lutheran Church and School will hold a vacation Bible school adventure called “Summer in the Son – Big Jungle Adventure.” This program will include crafts, skits, songs, games and snacks for children age 4 through grade 5, as well as studies and speakers for adults
The evening event runs from Sunday through June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. A light meal will be served starting at 5 p.m. prior to the adventure. To find out more or to register, call the church at 440-835-3050 or go to http://www.stpaulwestlake.org and click on the “Summer in the Son” link.
TOP POSTER: Norah Wilson, a fifth-grader at Parkside Intermediate School, is the state winner of the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest sponsored by the Ohio Sons of the American Revolution. The 2011 poster theme was “The Battle of Cowpens.”
The poster contest is for students in grades four and five, depending on which year they study the American Revolution. The National Society Elementary School Poster Contest is aimed at stimulating interest in American history in support of the fourth- or fifth-grade curriculum.
Winners from each local school compete at the chapter level and then at the state level. The state winners’ posters will be on display during the Sons of the American Revolution National Congress in July in North Carolina. The top national winners receive a rosette ribbon and a monetary award.