Who would have ever guessed that two little boys who attended the same daycare — Kathy’s Preschool in Munroe Falls — would grow up to share the same dream of attending Ohio State University, marching in “the Best Band in the Land” and mastering the same instrument? Both also attained the same lofty goal of dotting the “i” during a performance of Script Ohio.
That’s exactly what happened to Ric Reinhold of Cuyahoga Falls and Jonathan Lampley of Tallmadge. They went to separate high schools, yet ended up in the OSU band together.
Last year, senior Lampley dotted the “i” during three games, including one NFL halftime performance. Reinhold, now a senior, will be dotting the “i” at Saturday’s game against Central Florida University.
The very competitive honor goes to sousaphone players who have played the instrument all four years.
The 23-year-old Reinhold, son of Rob and Terri Reinhold of Cuyahoga Falls, has an impressive resume, dating back to his time at Cuyahoga Falls High School, where he graduated in 2008 with honors. He was a member of the Marching Tiger band all four years, Goldtones (jazz band) three years, symphonic band four years, Cleveland Youth Symphony three years and All State Band his senior year.
Reinhold is majoring in military history and would like to work as a historian in a museum or at a battlefield where he can do research. And like Lampley, who graduated in May, it had long been Reinhold’s dream to dot the “i.” Plenty of his family and friends will be on hand to cheer him on and witness his rhythmic march into history.
Lampley, who is applauding his friend, was recently awarded a grant from OSU to produce an album using traditional OSU songs, but adding his own twist.
The seven-song project, Jon Lampley’s Fight the Team, is complete and the album (jazz, hip-hop, dubstep and Dixieland) will be available Sept. 22. Lampley arranged the music with former classmate Dan White.
Lampley will perform Saturday with platinum-selling rock band O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) at Kent State University’s Dix Stadium along with Grammy Award-winning Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.
Victory Gallop has issued an invitation “to saddle up and mosey on down to the Ultimate Hoedown BBQ Throwdown” benefit 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 22 on the grounds of the Chlebina family estate, 1800 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Bath Township.
All proceeds will go to the nonprofit center, which provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for children diagnosed with behavioral and/or emotional challenges, as well as life-threatening illnesses.
“This fundraiser will help continue to provide riding scholarships for underprivileged riders as well as help fund Petie the Pony’s weekly visits to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital,” wrote Akron Children’s Hospital Communications Director Laurie Schueler.
Tickets are $85 and include a barbecue dinner, country-western music by the Silver Creek Band, hay rides, bonfire, a mechanical bull and cowboy fun. For information or to make a reservation, please call Victory Gallop at 330-666-0300.
Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., Tallmadge, will host a concert and ice cream social to benefit breast cancer patient Jill Roush and her family from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The Roush family is facing significant medical expenses as Jill battles cancer,” writes Pastor David Zachrich. “Unfortunately, they are without medical insurance and employment.”
The outdoor concert will include vocalist JoAnna Hrepcak; Martha’s Mistake, the praise team from Zion Lutheran Church in Akron; Spirit Song from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in North Canton; and the praise team Ichthus from Tallmadge Lutheran Church. Lawn chairs are encouraged.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is matching all funds raised through the door offering and sale of ice cream. For information, please call the church at 330-633-4775.
The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage counties is looking for a few ordinary citizens who acted in heroic fashion, saving others or performing other acts of courage, to honor next spring.
Deadline for nominations for the 2013 Hero Awards is Dec. 31. The heroic event must have occurred in 2012 and the nominee must live in or be employed in Summit or Portage counties.
Visit www.summitcounty.redcross.org and click on the “Nominate Your Hero” icon. For information, please call the American Red Cross at 330-535-6131.
Stow United Methodist Church at 4880 Fishcreek Road, Stow, will distribute new and gently worn clothing to families served by Stow- Munroe Falls City Schools from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The event is coordinated by the church, the schools, Acme Fresh Markets, Printing Concepts Inc. and Stow-Munroe Falls PTAs. “Donated clothes are collected in the schools in the spring and sorted by church and PTA volunteers and then given away free at the beginning of school,” project spokesman Bill Flinta shared.
“Last year approximately 300 students received clothing items. … Sizes range from toddler to teen. Many Stow spirit items are available as well, such as jackets and athletic wear.”
Needlework with heart
Big, beautiful bouquets to the North Hill Needlecrafters, who have been quietly meeting and knitting for our military veterans.
Laura Williams Dunlop, veteran and volunteer, brought them to my attention:
“This group of ladies, of all ages, I met up with way back when Oasis [a program designed to help seniors age gracefully] was at O’Neil’s, there for people to come together, and this group is one of them. I was one of their speakers as a veteran to speak on Veterans Day and they that day gave me their knitted items — wheelchair lap robes, single bed robes, neck scarves, hats/caps, bed socks, ditty bags and books they collected to go to the Akron VA Clinic.
“Many of the items I delivered to Brecksville VA Medical Center until it recently closed, and their hand-knitted items are going to the Akron VA Healthcare Clinic or to Wade Park Medical Center. Soon some of them will go to our late fall opening of Valor Home for Homeless Veterans.”
Participating in the hundreds-of-hours labor of love are Barbara Austin, Rosalie Benchot, Margaret Gergus, Sally Ricchuito, Jean Selby, Eva Stull and Beverly Murphy. Past contributors included Kathleen Driskill, Mary Feller, Helen Kastein, Eleanor Lichtenstiger and Edna Klever.
Night at Races
Pregnancy Care of Summit County will host its annual Night at the Races fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2055 Glenmount Ave., Akron.
Horses and sponsorships are available. Proceeds support babies and families in our community. For information, please visit www. PregnancyCareOnline.org or call 330-253-4071.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.