The Mantua Restoration Society is back in gear.

With COVID lockdowns lifted, life is resuming, although everyone is tryng to figure out what that means.

For Mantua Township and The Mantuia Restoration Society, Inc., it means in-person meetings and the hope of going ahead with work on getting the 1914 Mantua Township School building into use. (As a note, when the trustees refer to "the building," being used, they are referring almost exclusively to the annex.)

Thanks to the gesnerosity of MaRSI members and those who have attended our fund raisers, the restoration society has enough money to be able to restore one classroom on the main floor of the 1914 building.

Accordingly, at the July 1, 2021, trustees meeting, we submitted a proposal to do the following work in the north classroom:

  1. Remove the carpet
  2. Refinish the floor
  3. Paint the walls and probably the ceiling

The total estimated cost of those refreshments to the room is $9900.

We also offered to replace the windows in the north classroom, although we did not expect that suggestion to be acceptable.* The cost of energy efficient, historically correct windows for that room would be $15,745.14.
Although some major restoration projects are done in stages and replace windows on one floor at a time, the trustees are on record as not wanting a "piecemeal" approach. Replacing windows in only one room would create that appearance.

At the August 5, 2021, Mantua Township Trustees meeting, the proposal was rejected, even though Chairman John Festa said it was good and professionally done.

We are getting news coverage again. THE PORTAGER, the fairly new on-line news source in Portage County, published extensive reports on the July 1 and August 5 trustees meetings. Reporter Lyndsey Brennan wrote an in-depth report on the history of the school since it was purchased by the Mantua Township trustees in 2004. At the August 5 meeting, she also asked several very pointed questions which the trustees either deflected or refused to answer.

Those reports are available at theportager.com. As this post is being keyboarded on August 16, they are shown as thumbnails at the top of The Portager home page. If you scroll through the items along the left side, the dates of the reports are August 4 and August 9.

Ben Wolford, publisher of The Portager, has given permission to use the reports and has also given a link to each of them. Take the time to click on each of the highlighted topics. Lyndsey Brennan has done a thorough, straighforward job in researching and writing them., She also included the text of the proposal, so you can see the details for yourself.

Here are The Portager links about these topics:

In the meantime, MaRSI stalwarts Dave and Susan Pollard have arranged with Duk's K-9 Splash & Dash in Freedom Township to provide food on August 14 and 15 on a donation basis, as we did for a number of years at Derthick's Corn Maze. On September 11 the K-9 event will be frisbee dogs, and on Occtober 1, 2, and 3 there will be a major event. The "dock dogs" are fascinating and entertaining to watch. These dogs are most entertaining, and, of course, the food that MaRSI makes available is delicious.

April events indefinitely postponed

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone's lives. Organization after organization has cancelled events for the foreseeable future, and The Mantua Restoration Society, Inc., is among them.  The Easter Egg hunt and the Tenth Anniversary Celebration are on indefinite hold. 

The officers cancelled the March 16 meeting, and will confer via phone and e-mail about April meetings.  Once a decision has been made about that, the information will be posted here.

Websites are generally supposed to look as if they just created themselves impersonally.  When this great global trial is behind us, the MaRSI site will resume that tone.  For now, however, or at least for this announcement, impersonality will also be suspended.

In spite of pretty limited computer skills, I, Carole Pollard, volunteered to do the website.  Our webmaster, Paul Dagnall, has been the soul of helpfulness--but after a skirmish with the computer, it takes me a couple of days to be willing to have another go.  Since I have the MaRSI members in my contacts, and since I have kept my blog contacts from the Virtual Torch days, I will notify you when something new goes up on the website.

Since things heated up with the coronavirus in the U.S., I have been as glued to the TV as I was for the three days or so immediately following 9/11.  

Here are the things that I think are most important:

Keeping a distance of at least six feet from another person is extremely important.  Bars and restaurants in Ohio have been ordered to close except for carryout as a result.

Staying home is crucial, and no visits with friends in the house, no playdays with neighbor children are also necessary. 

The schools are closed because although kids may be much less vulnerable, they can through a network of contacts spread the virus to the adults they come in contact with.

The spread of the disease in this country has not peaked yet, not by a long shot. New York City has supplanted Seattle as the most affected city.  In commenting on the idea that July or August might be the peak, NYC mayor Bill DiBlasio said that his health director said it could be September. 

A drop in the number of new cases does not mean we are free and clear.  No one is immune, and cases could surge if the guidelines are not carefully (almost compulsively) followed by every one of us.  The experts predict a series of lulls and surges.

 

Some school officials at state levels have said that schools may be shut down not just for the rest of the school year, but for the calendar year.

Governor Dewine has been holding daily press conferences at 2:00p.m.  They air on WKSU and Channel 2, the Ohio Channel.  Spectrum 1 may also carry them.  Spectrum carries any press conferences from the White House. 

If anyone wants to contact me, it will be easiest for me if it is through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    I know how to deal with that.  I will answer and may put something on the website if it looks to be something we all should know.   I don't do facebook, even though MaRSI has a page.  There's a limit to how much computer time I can tolerate.

This Year's Raffle Quilt

Raffle quilt. Looks soft with an artistically pleasant pattern

At the tenth anniversary celebration, MaRSI will again have a raffle quilt.  This one is very soft, both in color and feel. It is in only three colors--lavender, white, and black, predominantly white--which create a very serene appearance.  Its softness to the touch is because it is completely hand pieced and hand quilted.  In this day of machine everything, such a hand made piece is a rarity.

Creating it was a real accomplishment for Rhetta Hall's cousin, Aileen Such, because in addition to how time consuming hand pieceing and quilting are, this quilt is larger than queen size.

Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. 

If you are not going to be at the Tenth Anniversary celebration but want to purchase tickets, please send a check to

Carole Pollard

5359 Allyn Road

Mantua, OH 44255

We have Pay Pal capacity, but I (Carole) am struggling just to learn how.to put things onto the website.

Remember--the Tenth Anniversary celebration is on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 12 noon at the Mantua Center School building, 11741 Center Road.