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National Pizza Day a big hit with seniors: Olmsted Dates and Data

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — Sandra Lang and Shirley Horsfall were all smiles as they received their free pies on National Pizza Day last week.

Angelina’s Pizza, with the help of Olmsted Township staff, fire and police departments, handed out more than 130 pizzas to Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township seniors who signed up for the program.

The two Olmsted Township residents saw a flyer about the event and decided to be part of it.

“This is just wonderful. It’s great,” said Shirley.

“Everyone loves pizza,” Sandra said. “Angelina’s is the best pizza in our area.”

Peanuts, sitting on Barb Glute’s lap, isn’t quite sure about the offered dog biscuit during the free pizza giveaway for seniors on National Pizza Day in Olmsted Township. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special to cleveland.com)

Ann Reichle, owner of Angelina’s Pizza, decided again to be part of the Pizza Across America event that the all-volunteer organization Slice out Hunger sponsors. The nonprofit group supports hunger-relief initiatives through pizza-related campaigns and events.

Ann said in an earlier interview that God has helped her throughout her career and she believes she owes it to the community, which supports her business, to give it right back.

“I’m proud to be part of this industry and this community,” Ann said. “Every state in America was represented in this effort.”

Olmsted Township Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Methvin and several firefighters wanted to help distribute the pizzas to those who drove to the Olmsted Township Administration Building on Fitch Road to pick them up.

“We hosted this event last year at the fire station and wanted to pitch in here,” he said. “Ann is always there giving of herself and her staff. We gave her an Olmsted Township Fire Department ‘culinary captain’ shirt for everything she has done for us and the community. We wanted to show support for her and this cause.”

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Olmsted Township Fire Lt. Derek VonDerVellen carries out more pizzas for those who registered for the free cheese pie that Angelina’s Pizza offered on National Pizza Day. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special to cleveland.com)

Olmsted Township Trustee Jeanine Kress agreed with his statements.

“She is such a good community partner,” Jeanine said. “We are honored to be part of this and having it here in our community.”

Seniors received a few extra goodies along with their pizza. Thanks for all involved in this community — and national — service.

black history: Middle and high school students have a chance to win a college scholarship.

Citizens Bank is partnering with EVERFI in presenting the Black History Month Challenge, which provides a fun and interactive way to explore some of the lesser known stories about the Black experience in the US It is designed for high school students and is now available online. The scholarship essay contest is open to all students ages 13-18.

After the 30-minute course, which consists of watching various online videos, students have the chance to submit a short essay and compete to win a college scholarship.

The month-long challenge, according to a news release, features four digital lessons and a capstone essay contest in which students will share a plan for maintaining a year-round conversation about Black history in their community.

Eleven winners in various states, including Ohio, will receive a $2,500 scholarship and an Apple MacBook Pro.

To learn more about the competition, go to citizensbank.com/EVERFI.

Pet contest: It is time to vote for the Fur-Ever Love Pet Photo Contest. Vote for your entry in these categories: Puppy Love, Cool Cat and Most Varied Pet (MVP).

The Olmsted Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club for this contest that Consultative Insurance Group and Nationwide Pet Insurance presented to the public.

Entries are online at gogophotocontest.com/kiwanisclubofolmstedfalls. Click on “participate” to view the entries and select your favorite. Check out all the photos — including Seb the donkey — and decide which ones you feel best fit the categories.

Each vote costs $1. All proceeds go to our Kiwanis club, which puts the funds right back into the community with various programs and services.

Voting continues until 8 pm Feb. 28. Enjoy the photos and help select the purr-fect winners.

Campus kudos: Several residents earned honors for the fall semester at Youngstown State University.

Those who earned the president’s list and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA are Alexis Bella, undecided major; Amanda Campanella, social work; Maura Schultz, pre-dental hygiene; Mackenzie Simon, public health; and Halle Slater, middle childhood education-math/science track.

Those named to the dean’s list include all of the above and Gavin Duwe, business economics major; Sanat Subhash, biological sciences/baccmed track; and George Kerg, chemistry. The dean’s list recognizes students who earned at least a 3.4 GPA for not less than 12 semester credit hours.

Bulldog Kindergarten sign-up: The Olmsted Falls City School District’s kindergarten enrollment is now happening. It is online at the district’s website, ofcs.net. Just look for the quick links section on the left near the bottom of the post.

Dodgeball: The Battle of the Schools Dodgeball Tournament returns at 7 pm Feb. 24 in the Olmsted Falls High School gym.

Support the teachers, building staff and community members as they compete for the trophy and, of course, bragging rights. Schools will compete against each other.

The doors open at 6:30 pm Entrance fee is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Half-time session includes concessions, entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and 3-point shooting, which costs $1 — but you win $2 if you sink it.

All proceeds benefit the Olmsted Falls High School PTA scholarship fund, which will help upcoming Bulldog graduating seniors.

Reminders: The Olmsted Community Center has its March Madness leagues that run from March 12 through April 24. They will include teams for boys and girls in grades 1 through 6. For more details, go to olmstedcc.com.

The Olmsted Community Summer League, which includes recreational baseball and slow-pitch softball teams, continues its registration for boys and girls ages 4-18. For more details, go to olmstedcc.com.

Information, please: To include news, tidbits, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at jdumound@yahoo.com. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The column’s online version at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links for many news items.

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