Dick and Pat Wilcox of Ravenna just returned home from two wonderful vacations, back to back.
First, they went to Texas to visit with daughter Darci and son-in-law Troy Miklos of Aledo, Texas.
Darci retired after almost 34 years as a neuro intensive care nurse at Medical City in Fort Worth. They held a dinner for Darci and did lots of sightseeing. They also spent a day at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Then Troy was ordained as a Lutheran minister. He has worked for Lockheed Martin for 34 years and will be retiring soon to start his second career as associate minister at the Summit Lutheran Church in Aledo.
Granddaughter Heather and friend Ryan of Dallas were there for the ceremony. Grandson Brent sent his congratulations from Michigan.
Then home for two days and off with son Troy (yes, two Troys in the family), who is a Hudson police sergeant, wife Carrie, a Hudson dispatcher, her parents, nephew and friend to Goodyear, Ariz.
They saw the last two training games of the Cleveland Indians, spent a day at Sedona, old Scottsdale and Flagstaff. They visited a fruit farm and picked lemons. Pat had a lot of fun doing that.
Then all eight took off for the Grand Canyon with a side trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument.
After the first day, the other six, who had all been there before, headed back to Phoenix. Dick and Pat stayed overnight and spent a second day. "It’s just unbelievable," she said.
On Saturday, they had some time before heading to the airport and went to the Indians training field and watched Michael Brantley’s batting practice. They were able to get some souvenir balls from him.
They arrived home early Easter morning hoping for warm weather but it was the same as when they left!
The Kids 4 Coleman are hard at work planning "A Taste of Italy" in celebration of their 10th year for the Extravaganza. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 and will include an Italian buffet and an assortment of wonderful desserts.
The event will be held at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center, 215 S. DePeyster St., in Kent.
Admission tickets will be $35 per person. Reserved tables of eight are available as well as corporate sponsor tables.
Ticket and registration link is https://www.colemanservices.org/events/extravaganza.aspx.
For the fourth year in a row, Doris Schuler recently returned from an annual vacation to Indian Shores in Florida with her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Tom Hugill, and her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Barbara McColloch. They had wonderful weather and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets from their balcony.
They were amazed at the new development of hotels and condos in the drive from John’s Pass down through St. Petersburg.
Last Saturday, on a bitter cold and windy day, Doris watched her 9-year-old grandson, Cameron Villwock, play goalie at his soccer game in Patascala. On Sunday afternoon, which was warm and sunny, she enjoyed Cameron playing the lead in a musical at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville.
Jo Ann Gruver and Debbie Marshall spent 10 days visiting their granddaughter/niece, Deanna Gruver, on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she recently moved.
One of the many highlights of their trip was attending their first luau. They also visited waterfalls at Falls State Park and visited one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea Caldera.
They were very impressed with the "Painted Church," built in 1842, (A Belgian priest painted the interior with 3D depictions from the Bible) and visited Mokuaikaua Church, built in 1820, the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands.
Of course, they sank their feet into a lot of beaches, including a black sand beach on the property where country singer Loretta Lynn built a home. The sea turtles (green) on one of the beaches were protected under state and federal laws.
They did lots of shopping and had great meals — Jo Ann and Debbie especially enjoyed "Ono" fish and locally grown Kona coffee.
The Orchid Shop was a special favorite as they watched natives making beautiful flower arrangements out of clay.
When they visited the beautiful Hilton Hotel, they saw many dolphins and could ride a train or boat to the hotel.
The weather was great, lots of beautiful flowers and sunsets, but she’s "glad to be home."
Yes, the Immaculate Conception Card Party has changed from the fall to summer. It’s hoped everyone can join in on a fun night of cards/games, raffles, food and drink.
The Card Party will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 251 W. Spruce Ave., Ravenna.
The cost is $9 per person pre-sale or $10 at the door. For pre-sale tickets, call Karen Cipriano at 330-618-5540.
For Ravenna news, call Angie Reedy at 330-297-7228.