Everyone who attended the Summer Celebration at the Mantua Center School building, sponsored by the Northern Ohio Public Energy Commission (NOPEC) and hosted by The Mantua Restoration Society, Inc., agreed that it was a success.

The event was part of the NOPEC community strengthening program and gave the restoration society an opportunity to celebrate the renovation of the bell tower on the 1914 school, as well as anticipate the long-awaited elevator, which is very close to being approved for operation.

An estimated several hundred people attended, coming in for what interested them and leaving, as another group arrived. There were activities to interest adults — swing dancing by Gethep Swing, the Walnut Hill Cloggers from Garrettsville, and DJ Chuck from Shalersville, all in the gymnasium.

Outdoors, Top of the Hill Tents provided shade, and kids played games, got their faces painted, or watched in fascination as Swifty the Clown made balloon animals. Plenty of adults got their faces painted, and a group of kids got instruction in line dancing.

The kids were also intrigued by the fire truck and squad from the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department.

Pizza came from Italian Garden in Mantua; hot dogs were donated by Susan Skrovan and Victor Grimm, and the community’s cookie bakers came through as usual. Two cakes celebrated the renovation of the bell tower.

Nora and Travis Brant rang the bell to open the event and in honor of their late husband and father, Cal Brant, who had contributed much work to the township, the school building, and the bell tower.