Lola Plough (Ravenna), Cathy Anderson (Kent), and Peggy Wise (formerly of Rootstown), recently traveled to Alaska, where they enjoyed many adventures and created a host of memories in "The Last Wilderness."

Not only was the journey a celebration of friendship, but it also marked Peggy’s completion of her 50-state marathon quest. For Lola, it was her 42nd state, so she is well on her way to completing her goal of running in every state, as she will be traveling to New Mexico, Minnesota and Oklahoma during the next three months. Shelia Stefansic (Ravenna) and Danielle Hier (Kent), both educators, were unable to join their friends for this race because of school commitments.

The ladies all met through running and established friendships, most of which have extended over 30 years. All realized that the possibility of PBs (personal best) race times have since passed, but that did not diminish their love of fitness and the friendships that were founded on it. The 50-state goal has given them all an opportunity to work toward remaining fit, spending time together and fulfilling their spirit of adventure. All agree that although they are not as fast as they once were, they have no intention of "slowing down." They are certainly friends through the years and across the miles. 

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A Mazzola Cousins Reunion was held Aug. 3 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center for a meet and greet cocktail evening followed by a picnic the next day at Plum Creek Park.

The event was organized by Sally (Mazzola) Caipen, Susan (Mazzola) Simpson, Patti (Mazzola) Buchanan and Gina (Mazzola) Lampe. Special guests were Uncle Sam & Aunt MaryLou Mazzola. Master of ceremonies was Vincent Mazzola, the eldest cousin, who gave a brief history of the family.

Joseph and Sarah Mazzola came to New York from a village close to Palermo, Sicily, in 1910. They first settled in Chicago and eventually moved to Akron, raising nine children. In attendance were about 80 cousins, coming from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and California to meet the rest living in Ohio, being the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Carl and Laura Mazzola, Jim and Phyllis Mazzola, Russell and Lottie Mazzola, Sam and MaryLou Mazzola and Jim and Jenny Tondiglia.

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My good friend Pat Thomas and husband Ron shared this story. This is in her own words and I couldn’t do any better, so here it is.

My husband, Ron, and I go to Fort Myers Beach every year. I’ve had many amazing experiences there, parasailing, swimming with dolphins and renewing our vows on the beach for our 50th anniversary. 

This year, I helped save a loggerhead turtle. It was struggling to keep her head above the water. (We later found out it was because of the Red Tide.) Ron had been on the porch and saw a crowd gathering. I ran down and called my brother, Steve Wilkinson, who lives there and he gave me the phone number of Turtle Time, the rescue place on Sannibel. 

I talked to Eve, who is in charge there. She got some volunteers and met me on the beach. It took six people to get the turtle on the tarp and up to the truck and eight people to lift her high enough to get in the truck. 

Eve has kept me up to date and after spending the summer recuperating, the turtle has been returned to the ocean.  

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Contact Angie Reedy at 330-297-7228 with your Ravenna news.