The Rootstown Fire Department honored firefighter Dave Knarr with a celebration of 40 years of service to the RFD.

Knarr, a former Fire Company president, was honored when the announcement was made by Fire Chief Chuck Palmer during the business meeting.

Linda Hankins, representing Rootstown Township Trustees, presented a commemorative plaque to Knarr. Dave’s wife, Sharon, children and grandchildren attended the presentation.

At the monthly business meetings, Firefighter Knarr is often in the kitchen preparing the monthly dinner for the department.

At this celebration dinner, Knarr was in the kitchen with the help of Firefighter John Gordon’s wife, Marion Gordon and Mark Vaughn.

Complementing the meal, a surprise dessert of 40 cupcakes was enjoyed by everyone.


The First Congregational Church of Rootstown, United Church of Christ will hold its next public dinner on Saturday.

The menu features Swiss steak and includes mashed potatoes, gravy, salads, vegetables, desserts and beverages.

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children. Carry-outs are available.

The church located at S.R. 44 and Tallmadge Road and is handicap accessible.


The Rootstown Lions Club presented the first monthly GOOD Award at the Rootstown Board of Education meeting.

Earning the award for October were Dylan Wilfong, fifth-grade student; Donovan Birkett, a member of the eighth-grade class; and Thomas Morris, a freshman at Rootstown High School.


Santa comes to Rootstown on Dec. 2 at Rootstown Elementary School beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will include music and holiday carols performed by the Rootstown High School choir.

Santa officially arrives at 5:45 p.m. with the help of the Rootstown Fire Department.

Guests will enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as Santa spends time visiting with the children to learn about their wishes for the holiday season.

The event is free and sponsored by the Rootstown Area Chamber of Commerce.


Susan Jenior