Join for virtual storytimes

Join the Burton Public Library via Facebook Live for books, rhymes, songs, puppets and more at their virtual storytimes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit or call 440-834-4466.

Juniors get college jumpstart

Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) will hold a free virtual session for juniors and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Presented by Google Meet (a link will be sent after registration), learn about the college application process, timeline, how and when to apply, financial aid, college visits and online info sessions. Register online at or call 440-525-7095. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Kids explore nature

The Chip Henry Institute for Kids offers a program for ages 6 to 11 with an adult to learn about the striped skunk and other things in nature that share the same smell. The program is offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Lodge at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chester. Dress for the weather. Adults must register and attend with the child. Register by phone at 440-286-9516.

Make nature-inspired valentines

Ages 3 to 5 with an adult can explore the trails for inspiration to create handmade nature valentines in the Meyer Center at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Available times are 10-11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 10, 1-2 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 1-2 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. on Feb. 14. The event is partially outdoors, weather permitting, so dress accordingly. All attending, including adults and siblings, must register by phone only at 440-286-9516.

Library offers activity kits

Take and Create Kits for fun at home are available at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St., through April. Each kit will provide an engaging and educational activity, all materials and instructions included. Instructors will also create a step-by-step video for each kit, which will premiere on the library’s YouTube channel each month. Stop by the library to pick up a kit or use their curbside service. For more information on themes and kits, visit Registration is required.

Kenston grad earns award

Chloe Sferra of Bainbridge Township has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar Program award for 2020-2021. Ms. Sferra, a 2016 Kenston High School graduate, has received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award. The award is for a period of 12 months, during which Ms. Sferra will teach English full-time in a Republic of South Korean school under a Fulbright Program grant. Ms. Sferra will participate in the program from January through December 2021.

Ms. Sferra is a 2020 cum laude graduate of Denison University, where she earned majors in English and communications. She graduated magna cum laude from Kenston High School in 2016.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas, according to their website. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the program, which awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. The program seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through merit-based competitions.

Scholarships available

The Chagrin Valley Women’s Club will offer $1,500 scholarships to seniors of Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Orange, Solon and West Geauga high schools who will begin their freshman year of college or technical school in the fall of 2021. The criteria for awarding these scholarships include financial need, academic achievement, community involvement/service and work experience. Interested students should contact their guidance departments for more information.

PGP honors conservationists

Since 2015, Protect Geauga Parks has held an annual event to honor Geauga County’s Heroes of Conservation – those who have made exceptional contributions to conservation of the county’s natural resources. This year, however, PGP altered their celebration and is instead honoring all residents who visit the parks and take time to seek solace in nature.

The nonprofit has also awarded several grants and scholarships, including their Teacher Instructional Grants, which awards grants to teachers to supplement student education in environmental and natural sciences, and their Bob McCullough Memorial Conservation Scholarships, which awards high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to conservation and plan to pursue studies in natural or ecological sciences.

This year, they awarded two instructional grants to Alan Duncan and Mike Sustin from West Geauga High School and Natalie Hudak from St. Helen Middle School. Students who received scholarships this year are Alexa Busby and Kagan Sheely of Kenston High School and Ryan McMullen of Hawken School. The Foundation for Geauga Parks supports these scholarships.

NDCL returns to in-person

On Monday, 94 percent of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin students resumed in-person learning. after a “pandemic pause” that began on Dec. 7.

From Dec. 7-18 and Jan. 5-8, all classes met online through Blackboard and Zoom as a precaution against potential exposure to COVID-19 during the holiday season.

“Our faculty and staff are really excited about our students’ return to campus,” explained Principal Joseph A. Waler. “While live-streamed learning keeps students on track and helps us stay connected with them, it is no substitute for being on campus. Whenever possible, students really need to be here to get the full high school experience.”

Magazine features NDCL

The most recent edition of the “Northeast Ohio Catholic” magazine featured a two-page spread on family and consumer science teacher Rachel Barlage and her students’ competition in the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin version of “Chopped,” the reality TV show that pits chefs against each other for the chance to win cash prizes.

The article highlighted and included the recipe for the award-winning French toast created by freshman Joey Zimmerman and seniors Adam Zakrajsek, Liam Worthington and Missy Sterkel.

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