Boy scouts. Boy Scout Troop 710, sponsored by our club, is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday, October 23, from 1:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Strongsville VFW Hall, 17900 Strongsville Blvd. For more information, visit

Big day. Sunday, September 16 is one of the most active days of the year in the Strongsville Community. From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the City Club will host its 29th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge, on the covered bridge at Whitney Road and the Valley Parkway in the Metroparks. Advance tickets cost $8 for adults; $4 for kids. Door tickets are a buck more. From noon to 5:00 p.m., Arts in Strongsville will hold its 13th Annual A Day at the Chalet – a free family arts festival held at the Metroparks Chalet, a short ride south of the bridge, in the Metroparks.

Get well. A card was passed for Bert Hockenberry, who recently underwent prostate surgery. Lou Kaltenstein thanked the club for best wished extended to Jeanine Kaltenstein, who continues her battle with cancer. Lou reported the good news that Jeanine is driving for the first time in a while.

Clothing drive. Seven more weeks of Snow. Tom Snow announced that our annual clothing drive for the benefit of the homeless though Lane Metropolitan Church is underway. Please bring gently used items to our weekly meetings, or you can deliver them to Strongsville Mini Storage or Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Center. The drive will help more than 100 families, Tom said. Helping to get the drive started, four shabbly-dress indigents served ice cream to members after breakfast. Yeah, I know. Me neither.

Thank you. Chuck Curry thanked the club for its help and support in the recent school supply drive. Nick Gerogosian thanked the club for its help with the recent Run4Fun, which raised money for John Owens Adventure (JOA), a local charity dedicated to fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The event netted almost $7,000 after a $3,000 check was given to JOA, Nick said.

Cookbooks. Contact Kelly Roberts if you’re interested in buying a copy of the Savor the Flavor Rotary Cookbook. More than 100 of these books sold last year and there are about 50 left, according to Bart James. James reminded the club that the Savor the Flavor event is coming up on Sunday, October 14. Time is running out to get your special club Early Bird price of $45. After September 15 you’ll have to pay $50 per person like everybody else. Tables of 10 will remain at last year’s price of $450. Bart is looking for help distributing Savor the Flavor posters to participating restaurants. The dude’s also looking for donations of wine for a “Wine Pull.” Holders of winning raffle tickets get to choose mystery bottles of wine packaged in paper bags. Proceeds from the annual event benefit local food banks, including Strongsville’s food bank.

Tolled you so. Chad Armstrong, marketing coordinator for the Ohio Turnpike Commission, told a little about the history of the toll road and explained the benefits of the EZ Pass automated toll system. The Ohio legislation to create the Turnpike was passed in 1949 and originally included a second toll road that would have connected Cincinnati and Conneaut. Construction on the east-west road started in 1952 and was completed in 1959 at a cost of $326 million. The cost today would be $1.9 billion, Jay said. The Turnpike pulls on $250 million in tolls annually, representing about 92 percent of the commission’s revenue. Road construction and maintenance eats up about 70 percent of the annual budget.

EZ Pass, a system by a number of other states as well, was rolled out in 2009, and now has about 1.7 million customers in Ohio alone. The system allows you to automatically pay tolls without stopping at the toll booth and offers discounts averaging about 30 to 35 percent on the posted cash tolls. You can open an EZ Pass account online at You’ll receive a transponder for your car. The transponder sends a signal that is read as you go through a toll booth. Kapsch Traffic Com AG, the manufacturer of the EZ Pass transponders, recently filed a patent for technology to include a camera on the transponder that would aim inside your vehicle as you drive. In the future, be sure you don’t pick your nose while you’re driving on the Turnpike.

Queen. The table ticket was worth $34 and the Queen was worth $409. The winner drew a loser and the Queen lives and Charles is still not the king. There are 39 cards remaining.