Jerry Wilson is throwing an “End of an Era” party this Saturday, April 30, at J.D.’s, his bar in Bradford, which will close forever after the party.
As rural Bradford county board member Tom Howes knows, the place has some history. A century old, the building was originally rolled into Bradford from Modena on logs, which are still under the building.
In the 1940s, A. J. (Doc) Owens operated the bar. Doc’s daughter became a June Taylor dancer in New York City.
Dave Kelly ran the bar until his passing about six-seven years ago, when Jerry took over.
Jerry is building a new bar and restaurant across the main drag from J.D.’s, which should be open in a couple of weeks.
Vivian Krause of Sunshine Village in Toulon is a proud grandmother of Jesse Roberts of Milton, Wisconsin, who is in a freecreditscore.com commercial. He is the guy in the middle “credit score 768.” Jesse has also been on the cover of fitness and muscle-building magazines as well. His parents are Karen and Duff Roberts.
Toulon mayor Rick Collins spoke recently with IDOT landscape architect Jim Alwill of rural Bradford about sprucing up the “front door” to Toulon at the T intersection of Routes 17 and 78.
Jim promised quick approval from his highway agency as well as free prairie plants if any master gardeners or others wanted to take responsibility for the unkempt plot of ground that was left over when the old Y intersection was transformed into a T.
The mayor said an anonymous donor is willing to buy and put up a sign to identify the group that would be maintaining the “front door.” Call City Hall at 286-5042 if interested.
The 3rd annual Morel Mushroom Festival will be held Saturday, May 7 at Thomas Park in Wyoming. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a mushroom cooking class as well as the mushroom soup and other goodies on sale that day. See elsewhere in paper for details.
I mention the festival here because I think event impresario Dan Shockey could use a few more volunteers to help with selling soup and regalia and registering morel sellers. Call Dan at 695-2900, if you want to help with a fun event.
Kudos to Mike Richardson and crew of the Toulon streets department for constructing the handsome trash containers that dot the main street and park. In addition, we would note that Mike put up “compact car only” signs on Main Street in Toulon at the Western Farm Business Farm Management location. This should improve the sight lines at the intersection of Main and Franklin, which can be difficult to maneuver.
The annual report of the Stark County Health Department indicated that there were 67 births in 2010, of which 22 were out of wedlock and 9 were to teens.
There were 47 deaths and they were attributed to the following causes: cardiovascular, 10; cancer, 11; pulmonary disease, 4; neurological, 8; genitourinary, 3, and all others, 11.
Pianist Bruce Polay and soprano Sarah Moran appear this Sunday at 3 o’clock at the News Room Bistro. Bruce will narrate and play pieces by the legendary composers, and Sarah will sing lyrics to a composition by the multi-talented Polay.
Students of all ages are free; $5 otherwise, thanks to Mike and Pat Stahl, Mike Bigger, Bob and Julie Mueller and the State Bank of Speer, who underwrite these classical music events.
Deb Franklin and Fulvio Zerla will offer complimentary wine, and I will throw in cookies and coffee at the intermission.