GALLO CHOSEN FINALIST: Katie Marie Gallo, daughter of Michelle Gallo of Warren, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant to be held July 19 and 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 12. The newly crowned Miss Pre-Teen Ohio will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California.
Katie enjoys reading, swimming and watching "Pretty Little Liars." She is involved in playing soccer and basketball and doing well in school. Anyone who would like to help sponsor Katie, call 330-984-3631.
DEPIZZO NAMED TOP TEN: The Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant finals took place June 21 at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Twenty-five young women competed for the title of Miss Ohio 2014. Earning a place in the Top Ten this year was Cortland resident Jenna DePizzo.
DePizzo competed this year as Miss North Central Ohio, performing her own rendition of Etta James' "At Last." In addition to winning a $1,000 scholarship for her Top Ten placement, she also won the Miss America Academic Award, totaling $1,000, for the second year.
DePizzo won several special awards during the three nights of competition. She took home the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award this year, which is awarded for commitment to leadership, fitness, talent, and adventure. She was also awarded the Paul Herlihy Spirit Award and Mina O'Guinn Award for dedication to education during preliminary competition, each totaling $500.
DePizzo continues her year as Miss North Central Ohio promoting her platform, "Inclusion in America: Our Duty to the Future." She plans to travel to elementary schools around the state to share her self-created program, "EMBRACE (Encouraging Minds to Believe Real Acceptance Comes with an Embrace)." In addition, she will raise funds for the Miss America national platform, the Children's Miracle Network.
DePizzo is 2014 summa cum laude graduate of Slippery Rock University, with a bachelor of science in education. She is a 2010 graduate of Lakeview High School, Cortland. After starting her career as a first-grade teacher at Bascom Elementary School of LaBrae Local Schools this fall, she looks forward to continuing her education through Slippery Rock University's master's program in K-8 Math and Science Education.
Miss Ohio 2014 Mackenzie Bart, a ventriloquist from Columbus, was crowned by Warren's Heather Wells. The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Program.
ANNUAL BIKE RIDE PLANNED: The fourth annual Memorial Bike Ride for Larry Furniss is being held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, beginning at Sunside Trailhead on state route 305,Western Reserve Greenway.
On July 24, 2010, Furniss was traveling on the Greenway Bike Path and was struck by a car while crossing Housel Craft Road. Every year family, friends and acquaintances gather to enjoy his favorite sport while raising awareness for bike safety. A new Trek Verve 1 bike will be raffled at the end of the day. Tickets will be sold at the event. For tickets in advance or additional information, contact 330-240-3728.
All proceeds will be donated to the Western Reserve Bike Path.
SUTLIFF OPEN HOUSE: The public is invited to an Open House at the Sutliff Museum, from 2 to 4 p.m. July 19. Refreshments and tours of the museum will be available at no cost. The museum is decorated for summer holidays in patriotic colors and natural materials typical of Victorian decor. Seashells crafted into decorative items, an 1890s red damask tablecloth, and patriotic figures are among the displays. Current exhibits document the Sutliff family's Underground Railroad work and display costumes of the "Downton Abbey" era.
The Sutliff Museum is located on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. It is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays. Operated by the Warren Library Association, it is free and fully handicapped accessible. For further information, visit Sutliff Museum on Facebook.
FUNDRAISER PLANNED: A fund-raising event for a 52-year-old Sharpsville, Pa., cancer patient is scheduled for July 19 at Lakeside Golf Course, Lake Milton.
Proceeds from the 9th annual Sunshine Benefit Golf Outing will be donated to cancer patient Debbie Sloan, who was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2012. She has undergone surgery and chemotherapy but was diagnosed in November 2013 with stage 4 colon cancer.
Sloan is the mother of four - Jay and Jeffrey Houston, Greg Vaughn and Nicole Sloan.
A 10-member volunteer committee that puts on the event has reached out to businesses and the community since 2006 to help cancer sufferers and their families in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys to defray medical costs. Since then, nearly $80,000 has been given to them.
This year, the event is scheduled for July 19 at Lakeside followed by a steak fry with entertainment at one of its sponsors, Ball Busters Sports Bar, 3661 Mahoning Ave. Registration is 7 a.m. at the course and tee-off at 9 a.m.
The outing is a three-person scramble that includes a continental breakfast and lunch at the turn. The dinner includes a steak, corn on the cob and baked potato. During dinner, prizes for hole events, 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes will be awarded.
Those wanting to participate in any way can do so at Ball Busters or by contacting Jim Krokoski, 330-507-3734; Johnny Mashiska, 330-519-6753; Mark Kellerman, 330-397-7652; or Dale Brady, 571-292-0264.
LODGE TO SPONSOR MOOSE ROCK: The Cortland Moose Lodge No. 1012 will be sponsoring the 2014 Moose Rock supporting the National Foundation for Transplants.
Moose Rock 2014 will be held July 26, at the Cortland Moose Lodge No. 1012, 6400 state Route 46, Cortland.
Cortland Moose Lodge No. 1012 Supports Organ Donation is open to the public with music from 1 to 11 p.m.
Bands donating time and talent include Michael Starkey, Sideshow, Mr. Lucky, Hard Drive, Skull'rz Bane, Fetish, Andreas Fault and Steel Valley Rockers.
All proceeds donated to the National Foundation for Transplants in the name of Moose member Annette Maraczi. Annette is a recent liver recipient.
Alcohol and food proceeds go to the Moose and Moose Haven Charities.
For more information, call the Moose at 330-637-9957 or find them on Facebook at "Moose Rock 2014."
TRAINING GRADUATES 11: The Geauga County Paramedic Training Program, overseen by the University Hospitals EMS and Disaster Preparedness Institute, graduated 11 students in June. All 11 graduates have become nationally registered paramedics and maintain the program's 100 percent pass rate far above the state's benchmark of 80 percent. Five of this year's graduates are now practicing in the region served by UH Geauga Medical Center.
The paramedic training program supports area fire departments and special rescue teams by providing initial and continuing education. It also provides state-of-the-art emergency care in collaboration with UH Geauga Medical Center's Emergency Department. The curriculum follows the national standards for paramedic training, which encompass trauma, medical emergencies, advanced life support and new innovations in EMS.
University Hospitals' Geauga County Paramedic Program is now accepting emergency medical technician applications for the 2014-2015 training year, its 18th.
CHURCH HOLDS RUMMAGE SALE: New Jerusalem Fellowship Renaissance Place, 1943 Palmyra Road S.W., Warren, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31 to Aug. 2. All proceeds benefit the community youth center.
CHURCH YARD SALE: Central Christian Church, corner of East Market Street and Belvedere N.E., Warren, will hold a neighborhood yard sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Rain date is July 19. The church will hold a concession stand.
FUNDRAISER SET: All Fur the Paws and The Bling Bling lady will be having "Christmas in July" from 4 to 6 p.m. July 20 at the office of Dr. David Morvay, 628 Niles Cortland Road, Suite 101, Warren. Proceeds will go to local animal charities.
TEA PARTY: The Holborn Herb Growers Guild will hold its annual Garden Tea Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Western Reserve Village in the Canfield Fairgrounds, state Route 46. Adults and children are encouraged to attend this year's planned festivities, which will feature the sampling of herbal teas along with the samplings of both savory and sweet culinary delicacies to delight the palate. Partygoers will have opportunities to tour the historical Western Reserve Village buildings. Participants will also view herbal demonstrations presented by guild members who will share their knowledge and love of herbs. For ticket information, call Sue at 330-799-6155 or Chesney at 216-906-2578.