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USS Lagrange News September 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on September 28, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (3)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes September 26th, 2017, Rocco’s Pizza

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Judy Mosser, Jason Kyer, Larry Brainerd, Jon Dodson, Kevin Sain, Gail Cross and Vicky Wallis.

Brief appearances of Mel, Tiana, and Justin.

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: Balance this month is $100.84.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Conventions !!

Steel City Con December 8-10, Monroeville PA.

https://www.steelcitycon.com/

Jim & Dan Promotions: Comic & Toy Show: December 3 in Dayton Ohio http://www.jimdancomics.com/

Blurrie Con in Erie Pa, October 13-15 http://blurriecon.com/

 

More Jeff Harper Comic Book Conventions: Buckeye Comic Con in Columbus Nov. 19), Cleveland Comics, Cards & Nostalgia Festival in Fairview Park (October 8) http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php

Oddmalls (several locations and dates). Free. Arts, crafts, collectibles, costumes, live music. Fun. http://oddmall.info/ohio/

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Hellos and Introductions to Gail and Vicky.

They both live in the Summit Ridge Apartments with Karlene. Also, Gail knows Ted’s brother from church and is a childhood friend of our third “captain”, Tim Gillespie. We were told that somehow Tim taught Gail how to fall down steps. Must be an interesting story behind that.

Very glad to have them with us for the meeting and hopefully for many future meetings and events.

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Business:

 

Debriefing: Bruce Campbell at Crocker Park in Westlake for booksigning. August 28th. Ted and Nancy attended this event. Many long lines, but also many fine shops and restaurants. When Nancy asked the newly trim Bruce Campbell to tell Ted to wear a nice Hawaiian shirt as he was wearing, Mr. Campbell said, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Husband”. Nancy is very grateful to have the ladies of Lagrange to assist her in that endeavor. Mr. Campbell was his usual jovial and humorous self and his new book does look very good. (see Pictures)

Debriefing of Labor Day Barberton Parade: As usual, had a nice time visiting Hodges Hamburgers before the parade. Had their traditional burgers for breakfast and enjoyed their sexy girl and boy posters in their restrooms. It was a relief to us to be early in the parade, though the weather was moderate for a change.

Larry the Klingon chatted up young ladies along the route and threatened the officials on the reviewing stand for fun. He also brought his two adorable grandchildren to ride in the float. Gary the Klingon did a good job leading us out on his motorcycle. None of us wound up in Lake Anna thanks to him. Mel and DeeDee’s family contributed two more cute kids and an entire family in excellent costumes. (see pictures). All of this brought us a second place trophy in The Most Unusual category. During the meeting, this trophy that was mercifully taken from Nancy’s house, was presented to Mel, Justin and Tiana. Also distributed to them were 8 shiny purple and silver medals for their good work. Later, Ted gave out medals to all of the parade participants.

 

DeBriefing of Akron Rubber Ducks “Harry Potter” night: Nancy, Ted, Karlene, and Mike had a behind-the-scenes tour thanks to Ted winning tickets at Rubber City Pop Culture Fest. So on this Labor Day weekend, an interesting tour was given, which included the broadcast booth and VIP party areas. Unfortunately, we saw again (from when we were part of the Star Trek vs. Star Wars night a few years ago) the abysmal dugouts with insulation hanging from the ceiling and filthy restrooms for the poor players. We expressed to our very young tour guide that that should be changed. However, it was interesting to hear about how they had fixed it so that the dugout was not flooded every year. Apparently, when the field was first built in downtown Akron, the old buildings were not completely demolished. That caused water to come rushing in during rainy nights.

Ted threw out the first pitch and looked good doing it. He and Nancy also went down onto the field for autographs after he had won a game-worn shirt for charity.

The Harry Potter music during the fireworks was great too. (see pictures)

 

Movie Debriefings: Ted, Judy and others went to see Wrath of Khan on the big screen. It had some restored scenes , such as Scotty’s nephew and more of Saavik. Also Mr. Shatner was interviewed before the movie and he reminisced about seeing Ricardo Montalban on Broadway. Nancy and Ted also went to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle at the local theatre. It starred Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges (who looked a lot better without his beard), Channing Tatum (who danced a bit) and Julianne Moore. Also featured was Elton John and a lot of his music, as well as many John Denver tunes. Then there were some cute dogs. Excellent actions scenes throughout London kept the movie going too. It led the box office its opening weekend.

 

Debriefing of Oddmall at Derby Downs: Sept. 17th, Ted and Nancy attended Oddmall a new location. Fun to watch the little airplanes take off and to be near the air dome too. Not very big attendance, but there were some good vendors, including the family of friend-of-the club, Bart Sullivan. Saw some people we knew and chatted, but the weather was pretty hot. After a good lunch from the food trucks, had to leave because of the heat. Did see an abbreviated costume contest though. This is a nice free event that has artists, sci-fi fans, and musicians for attendees to enjoy meeting. There will a big one in Toledo around Halloween (see above for a link).

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Claude DeBord Halloween Party Oct. 14 at Lock 3, Downtown Akron. 12-10. The club decided to a Food Bank/ information table. This could be a really cool one this time due to the new location. Little worried about shelter if weather turns bad though, but Judy volunteered a canopy in case we need it.

We will close down our table around 5 or 6.

https://www.debordhalloweenfestival.com/

 

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival Decorators’ Breakfast Oct. 18, 8:30 at Fairlawn Country Club. We have three people going. If anyone else wants to join us for some really good food…let us know. It will be $10. This is the last time that we can change anything on our contract.

 

Lagrange Anniversary Party. Oct. 21, at On Tap on Portage Lakes. 3:00. This will be the meeting for March. Do not go to Roccos !

http://ontapgrille.com/location/portage-lakes/?page=menu

 

GhoulardiFest Halloween Oct. 27-29 Weekend in Parma. We may be mainly focusing on Friday and Saturday for this, since it will only be a half-day on Sunday.

http://www.theghoulardifest.com/

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend. We want to do all that we can for Mike Savene, the convention runner. His wife is sick and that convention hall is not cheap.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. We have thought of a name: “Merry Movie Christmas: Guardians of Noel” (to tie in with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie out this year). We have some nice autographs and other merchandise to go underneath it now.

Judy is also going to do a tree to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: Next Generation and also the 40th anniversary of Star Wars (and to get some of the excess Christmas Trees out of her basement). The name of her tree is “X-Wings and Enterprises”. Thank you to Jon Dodson for the name.

We will have two blue theatre seats from Olmsted Falls Masonic Lodge this year. Our source for those will also be giving us some old movie trailer film rolls and even a clock made out of a film roll. We also have the usual wonderful Hallmark ornaments. Some of our theatre friends have donated movie posters and we have a large cardboard “Guardians” display unit from Dairy Queen.

Decorating Day is Tues. Nov. 14th 10 to 5 and the Friday Fund-raising Fancy Preview Gala Event is Nov. 17th. Ted, Judy and Sherry will volunteer on Friday (and bring back yummy leftovers). If you want to attend just for the dessert portion of the night, that is fairly affordable. Ted is working with Julie Washington on his costume as Kylo Ren from Star Wars. https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/holiday_tree_festival/

 

Lagrange Holiday Party January 7th, 2018, 3:00 at Judy’s House

 

Starfleet News

--Starfleet’s Communique has the end-of-year issue in the works. January 8th is the deadline for the next issue. Remember, this will probably be an electronic version only.

--Kevin Plummer has resigned from the thankless job of putting out the online Region One Channel One newsletter. Very difficult to get submissions. Will send an email, though, if anyone should want to take on this challenging task.

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

-- Caught up with each other’s news, in particular Jon Dodson. Jon’s older brother passed away and Jon joined his family for a week in California where his brother had lived. Jon’s brother, David, was only 41 and was the one who got Jon interested in anything geeky. Jon recounted a convention story where they had all met Kenny Baker. Brighter news is that Jon’s little daughter, Ellen, will turn 2 next month. Sounds like she is more Shatner-like, than Vulcan. She doesn’t like to go to bed and has a talent for throwing her food around. They have a proper little diva in their house.

--Jason gave a mini science report about Elon Musk making an announcement about his plans to get humans on Mars. See separate e-mail on that.

--Munched on delicious sheet pizza (provided for all of the special things happening in the club and Trek) while we discussed the new Star Trek series.

----The main gist of the discussion was that people were not happy and a bit confused about the new look of the Klingons. Inconsistences were pointed out as well.

-----No one was happy that the show was being streamed and that we had to pay to watch it. CBS Access on Android devices did not work for one member who tried that. CBS on U-Verse had very low volume to add another layer of frustration. One club member suggested that we watch Orville instead.

-----Did like the cast members and the Vulcan part of the story. James Frain is always good. Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs can always be counted on for good acting. Costumes were appreciated, with an eye towards what we can adapt for ourselves.

Next meeting is Saturday, October 21st , at On Tap on Portage Lakes. 3:00

Do not go to Rocco’s in October !

 

 

 


USS Lagrange News August 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on August 31, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes August 27th, 2017, Noon.

Portage Lakes

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Judy Mosser & Sherry, Gary Kruger, Jason Kyer, Larry Brainerd.

Dogs at the Park: Mac and Sonny

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: Balance this month is $143.84.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Conventions !!

Steel City Con December 8-10, Monroeville PA.

https://www.steelcitycon.com/

Jim & Dan Promotions: Comic & Toy Show: December 3 in Dayton Ohio http://www.jimdancomics.com/

Blurrie Con in Erie Pa, October 13-15 http://blurriecon.com/

 

More Jeff Harper Comic Book Conventions: Buckeye Comic Con in Columbus Nov. 19), Cleveland Comics, Cards & Nostalgia Festival in Fairview Park (October 8) http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php

Oddmalls (several locations and dates). Free. Arts, crafts, collectibles, costumes, live music. Fun. http://oddmall.info/ohio/

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Business:

Debriefing of August Steel City Con : Various Lagrange alumnus visited this convention. Chris Smith (our first Captain), Bill Krause and Tim Gillespie attended. Tim had a nice time chatting up Susan Olsen (Cindy from Brady Bunch). Wonder if that was as “interesting” as it sounds.

 

DeBriefing of Blossom Sci-Fi Concerts Nancy and Ted reported on the August 13th “Superheroes” movie and TV music concert and the August 27th program of Holst’s “The Planets” (from which John Williams stole liberally for Star Wars). Both were very good and apparently very very popular. Many kids at the first one, but there were also huge crowds for the Holst concert.

On the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend E.T. movie showing with the orchestra playing the music. The Cleveland Orchestra is among the Top 5 orchestras in the world. Known internationally…but it is our orchestra and it never lets us down

 

Shared Thank You letter and Recognition for two Food Banks (see attachments)

 

Bruce Campbell at Crocker Park in Westlake for booksigning. August 28th.

 

Barberton Labor Day Parade Labor Day morning. Step-off is at 10:00. We will start arriving at 7:30-8. Others can come later, as long as there by 9:30. Our number is 24, a rather low one for a change. Hope that that means that we will not have to wait as long to join the parade. We will line up on 17th Street NW (please see attached map). Can hand out candy for this parade. Gary is planning on leading us out on his motorcycle. He and his bike will be decorated.

Hopefully, we will continue to enjoy Hodges Burgers for breakfast. They are open early that morning, along with their “colorful” restrooms.

 

Oddmall Akron Convention at Derby Downs September 16-17. First time at this location for this fun free event. See link above for more info. Should be interesting to see how this works out. Nancy and Ted will be going on the 17th. This is not a Food Bank convention, but it is one to really check out.

 

Claude DeBord Halloween Party Oct. 14 at Lock 3, Downtown Akron. 12-10. Not sure if we will have a Food Bank or information table, but it seems likely. This could be a really cool one this time due to the location. Little worried about shelter if weather turns bad though.

 

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival Decorators’ Breakfast Oct. 18, 8:30 at Fairlawn Country Club. We have three people going. If anyone else wants to join us for some really good food…let us know. It will be $10. This is the last time that we can change anything on our contract.

 

Lagrange Anniversary Party. Oct. 21, at On Tap on Portage Lakes.

http://ontapgrille.com/location/portage-lakes/?page=menu

 

GhoulardiFest Halloween Oct. 27-29 Weekend in Parma. We may be mainly focusing on Friday and Saturday for this, since it will only be a half-day on Sunday.

http://www.theghoulardifest.com/

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend. We want to do all that we can for Mike Savene, the convention runner. His wife is sick and that convention hall is not cheap.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. We have thought of a name: “Merry Movie Christmas: Guardians of Noel” (to tie in with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie out this year). We have some nice autographs and other merchandise to go underneath it now.

Judy is also going to do a tree to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: Next Generation and also the 40th anniversary of Star Wars (and to get some of the excess Christmas Trees out of her basement). The name of her tree is “X-Wings and Enterprises”. Thank you to Jon Dodson for the name.

We will have two blue theatre seats from Olmsted Falls Masonic Lodge this year. Our source for those will also be giving us some old movie trailer film rolls and even a clock made out of a film roll. We also have the usual wonderful Hallmark ornaments. Some of our theatre friends have donated movie posters and we have a large cardboard “Guardians” display unit from Dairy Queen.

Decorating Day is Tues. Nov. 14th 10 to 5 and the Friday Fund-raising Fancy Preview Gala Event is Nov. 17th. Ted, Judy and Sherry will volunteer on Friday (and bring back yummy leftovers). If you want to attend just for the dessert portion of the night, that is fairly affordable. Ted is dressing as Kylo Ren from Star Wars. https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/holiday_tree_festival/

 

Starfleet News

--Voting on the 2018 location of the Region One Summit. The vote went to Tennessee’s Pigeon Forge. Takes place May 18-20. Will send out an email about this, if you want to attend.

--Kevin Plummer has resigned from the thankless job of putting out the online Region One Channel One newsletter. Very difficult to get submissions. Will send an email, though, if anyone should want to take on this challenging task.

--If anyone would like to take over our club submitting people for Starfleet or Region One Awards…let us know. This is a task that sometimes gets overlooked when lives get busy.

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

Nancy reported on the solar eclipse event at Seiberling Nature Realm. Seemed like half the county was there and it was a fun, though hot, day. (see picture).

---Karlene had surgery on her stomach, and seems to be recovering and regaining her strength.

Jason reminded us that he can now watch TV on his smart phone. Very jealous.

---Some Lagrange members will be attending an Akron Rubberducks game on September Third.

---Nancy and Ted attending the Columbus Wizard World and two Indians games in a whirlwind weekend. (see pictures).

---------- Met John Barrowman and talked about Derek Jacobi with him. He said that Sir Derek was delightful and a delight to work with him. Derek played The Master in a couple of episodes of Dr. Who.

John Barrowman signed the shirt that Nancy was wearing—while Nancy was still wearing it. Nancy’s Welsh cousins, Margaret and Rhiannon, bought this shirt at John's garage sale in Sully (Wales). You can see their picture on the table in the background.

Nancy and Ted’s niece, Emily, joined them at the convention and had a very nice cute selfie with John. He is also known as Malcolm Merlin in the Arrow TV series and she knows him more from that. He is the most famous for Torchwood though.

He was a real trooper. He had just had an appendectomy (hence his comfy pink flamingo shorts). He got up on a chair with a megaphone and apologized that he could not pick up people as he usually does. That evening he also did a one-man show and sang. One song was "I Am What I Am" from La Cage Aux Folles, which can be seen on YouTube. Don't know how he had so much energy all day long.

Had heard rumors that both he (pretty strong) and also....Derek were going to be on the new season of Dr. Who. He said that it could not confirm either story.

Nancy talked to David Tennant about how much she loved him in the new Fright Night and had him sign a theatre sign from that). He had the Roddy McDowall role from the original.

Also Nancy had on a button featuring the Peter Davison (Dr. Who No.5 and of course...Tristan about from All Creatures Great and Small. Mr. Davison is David’s father-in-law. David was very sweet.

Ted had pictures with Lori Petty (League of Their Own, Orange is the New Black, Tank Girl, etc). They talked a lot of baseball. You can see that she is a character. Since she works with Kate Mulgrew, that was also a topic of conversation. She does enjoy working with Kate.

The nice actor with the lovely curly hair is Thomas Nicholas and he just finished playing Walt Disney in a new Netflix movie. He was a child/ teen actor and is also a talented singer. Turns out that he has visited Akron quite a bit to help out with Childrens' Hospital charities. He tweeted a picture of us to a doctor friend of his there. Ted will try and seek him out at the Tree Festival Opening event which a lot of the doctors attend.

Nancy chatted up Ray Park (Darth Maul from Star Wars) who is a very handsome muscular Scottish actor. Turns out that he was the double for Christopher Walken (Headless Horseman) in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow movie. He gave Nancy a free autographed photo from that film.

Ted went to chat up some pretty mermaid ladies. He said something about "studying their shells".

They also stopped and talked to Emma Caulfield from Buffy the Vampire Killer series. As with many of these actresses, she is teeny tiny and very pretty. She was great with her fans too. She has also been in Once Upon a Time and several Lifetime Channel “Women-in-Trouble” movies. Her character in Buffy was called Anya and was a reformed demon who was terrified of bunnies. So, of course, everyone brought her bunny toys.

Believe it or not….that wasn’t all there was to the weekend. Ted and Nancy next headed north to Cleveland. The best part of the Cleveland trip was wandering around the exciting downtown hotspots. There is an alley that has Iron Chef’s Michael Symon’s restaurant, Lola. Also there is Pickwick and Frolic (restaurant/comedy venue) and a House of Blues. Lots of live music going on all around you there. Tessa (Nancy’s niece) and member, Cody, (Tessa’s husband) joined them for the game. This was the one for which Ted had won tickets at the Channel 25 PBS Auction. He won seats next to the locally famous, John Adams and his drum, at the top of the bleachers.

 

This was Lagrange’s Annual Picnic on Portage Lakes. Had good food, including a special cake provided by Judy Mosser. Also went on a two-and-half hour pontoon boat trip. Beautiful Day. (See pictures).

Next meeting is Tuesday, September 26th , at Rocco’s, Portage Trail. 7:00

 

 


USS Lagrange News July 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on July 28, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes July 25th, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Cuyahoga Falls

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Kevin Sain, Judy Mosser, Jon Dodson, Jason Kyer

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: Balance this month is $133.84. A check was written out soon for the Food Bank in the amount of $554. These funds came from our fundraising tables at Rubber City Pop Culture Fest, the Akron Canton Comic Con, and from our annual Bowl-a-thon. The remaining money is from dues.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Conventions !! ‘Tis the Season !

Wizard World Columbus, Convention Center August 4-6. Some excellent guests have just been announced. Some members of Lagrange will be attending this just for fun. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/columbus

Steel City Con August 11-13, Monroeville PA. Just announced that Burt Reynolds will be there for 5 hours only on the 12th. Be prepared for long hot steaming lines as people try to crush in autographs and photo ops with this famous actor.

https://www.steelcitycon.com/

Jim & Dan Promotions: Comic & Toy Show: August 13, December 3 in Dayton Ohio http://www.jimdancomics.com/

Starfleet’s International Conference, New Orleans, August 18-20. Chance to see folks from around the world. http://www.ic2017.org/

Blurrie Con in Erie Pa, October 13-15 http://blurriecon.com/

More Jeff Harper Comic Book Conventions: Buckeye Comic Con in Columbus Nov. 19), Cleveland Comics, Cards & Nostalgia Festival in Fairview Park (October 8) http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php

Oddmalls (several locations and dates). Free. Arts, crafts, collectibles, costumes, live music. Fun. http://oddmall.info/ohio/

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Business:

Debriefings of Movie Outings Various members of the club saw: Wonder Woman (Chris Pine did a good job, amongst a stellar cast) Despicable me 3 (the Minions being the best part of it once again), Spiderman (great fun), and Planet of the Apes (wherein we meet the baby Cornelius).

Debriefing of Hallmark Ornament Open House Nancy and Ted attended this event at Hudson Hallmark store. Played with and bought quite a few of these collectibles. Can report that the Star Trek and Star Wars ornaments are very nice and the ones with sound have the original voices. Good snacks too.

Debriefing of watching San Diego Con Online and on TV. Lots of news and announcements. Could see some of the celebrity panels and also views of the convention floor. Were shown some new “toys” and also the glamorous costumes.

News included previews of new series and movies. Coming up is a prequel of Superman’s grandfather, which is called Krypton. There will be a Psych holiday special, a Batgirl movie, a new Dr. Doom, a comedic series called Orville, which looks like GalaxyQuest. The cast of Dr. Who was interviewed, as was the cast of Legends of Tomorrow, X-Files, The Flash, and Blade Runner. More trailers were shown of Jumanji, Black Panther, Justice League, Thor, and the new Avengers movie.

Costumes seen were a woman from Thor and a truly giant Megatron. Even a real-size Viking boat was burned in the water with some of the cast looking on.

Debriefing of Jon Dodson’s Display at Laurel Lakes Retirement Home (where he is chaplain). Jon shared pictures and also a copy of the information that he presented. Very cool. (see also his pictures from his trip to the Houston NASA museum)

Blossom Sci-Fi Concerts Alerted club to the August 13th “Superheroes” movie and TV music concert, August 27th a program of Holst’s “The Planets” (from which John Williams stole liberally for Star Wars) and the Labor Day weekend E.T. movie showing with the orchestra playing the music. The Cleveland Orchestra is among the Top 5 orchestras in the world. Known internationally…but it is our orchestra and it never lets us down (unlike sports teams). https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/plan-your-visit/blossom-music-center/

Lagrange’s Annual Picnic at Portage Lakes, Sunday August 27th Noon. Bring sunblock, hats, umbrelllas,etc. to keep yourself safe and also bring a swimsuit if you want to dip into the nice cool lake.

Bring grillables, food to share, and a beverage. If you want….take part in our annual “3-hour-tour” on a pontoon boat. Might want to kick in some money for gas if you are going to take that trip.

Shared a vintage photo of the canal on the lakes .Will be interesting trying to match this up to what is there now.

This is the August meeting. Do not go to Rocco’s in August.

Barberton Labor Day Parade Labor Day morning. Will send out number as it is received. Can hand out candy for this parade. Gary is planning on leading us out on his motorcycle. He and his bike will be decorated. Form has been sent in.

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend. We want to do all that we can for Mike Savene, the convention runner. His wife is sick and that convention hall is not cheap.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. Already thinking ahead for this. We have thought of a name: “Merry Movie Christmas: Guardians of Noel” (to tie in with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie out this year). We have some nice autographs and other merchandise to go underneath it now.

Judy is also going to do a tree to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: Next Generation and also the 40th anniversary of Star Wars (and to get some of the excess Christmas Trees out of her basement)

The main activity of our meeting was doing some serious brainstorming as to what to name this tree. Ideas were:

Snow Wars, Snow Trek, May the Force be Trekkin’ in With You, X-Wings and Enterprises, (Christmas) Light Sabres and Phasers, Starfleet Goes to a Galaxy Far Far Away.

Looking for opinions and/or more ideas. The deadline is August 1st for the paperwork !

There is a decorator’s breakfast attached to this. Will have 2 free tickets, but anyone can pay to attend this at the Fairlawn Country Club.

Starfleet News

--Voting on the 2018 location of the Region One Summit. The choices are the usual place in Tennessee and also a new place in Kentucky. Kentucky is closer for us and so passed on our vote for that place. However, there may be a problem of getting a hotel room there. Not sure if anyone will be attending, but that is to be kept in mind.

-- ---The 2018 International conference will have video on YouTube.

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

--Talked about the solar eclipse that will be able to be seen from the United States. Last time this happened was 99 years ago. This will take place on August 21st.

---Nancy and Ted attended calling hours for Tim Gillespie’s father. It turned out to be a mini Lagrange alumni reunion. Tim was our third captain, but Chris Smith (1st) and Steve Stein (2nd) were also there. Dona Stein and Nancy shared retirement stories. Tom Wilson was in attendance as well. Julie Washington and Bob Swiger (4th Captain) completed the reunion. Nancy assured Tim’s mother that Tim was important to us. If it weren’t for him re-upholstering vintage theatre seats, our trees for the Akron Childrens’ Hospital would not bring in as much money. Tim follows in his father’s footsteps in restoring and reupholstering furniture. Everyone cleaned up really well and Chris told Nancy that he was “behaving himself—mostly”. Shared the Funeral booklet at meeting.

---Karlene is about to have surgery on her stomach, before that, though, she will appear with the Akron Pops Orchestra in their percussion section.

--Jason reminded us that he can now watch TV on his smart phone. Very jealous.

---Some Lagrange members will be attending an Akron Rubberducks game on September Third.

---Talked about Nancy and Ted attending the Columbus Wizard World in a whirlwind taking place only on Friday evening and up to 4:00 on Saturday.

---Jon Dodson shared pictures from his trip to Houston’s NASA museum. Lots of Star Trek references, including a Trek uniform shirt actually worn in space and the big exhibit of the actual Galileo 7. No mention, however, of Lynn Miller’s rescuing this originally and having it shipped from California. Lynn is a Lagrange alumnus. Jon’s pictures were fantastic to look at though (see email), as were his pics of his adorable daughter, Ellen.

--As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies (see the San Diego Con report above). Among the topics were also: Star Trek Discovery (need to learn how to set up CBS Access—might be some viewing parties), Sharknado and James Bond. Mike Balough aided us in this discussion with his vast knowledge of sci-fi movies and TV.

Next meeting is the picnic on Sunday, August 27th , at Portage Lakes at Noon.

 

 

 

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USS Lagrange News June 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on June 28, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes June 27th, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Cuyahoga Falls

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Kevin Sain, Gary Kruger, Sean Patterson, Judy Mosser, Mike Witherby, Karlene Lewallen, Sarah Pavolko, Mel Stewart

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: Balance this month is $118.84. A check was written out soon for the Food Bank in the amount of $554. These funds came from our fundraising tables at Rubber City Pop Culture Fest, the Akron Canton Comic Con, and from our annual Bowl-a-thon. The remaining money is from dues.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Conventions !! ‘Tis the Season !

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention June 4th at the Holiday Inn in Mentor.http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/

 

More Jeff Harper Comic Book Conventions: Buckeye Comic Con in Columbus (July 16, Nov. 19), Cleveland Comics, Cards & Nostalgia Festival in Fairview Park (October 8) http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php

 

Wizard World Columbus, Convention Center August 4-6. Some excellent guests have just been announced. Some members of Lagrange will be attending this just for fun. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/columbus

 

Steel City Con August 11-13, Monroeville PA. Just announced that Burt Reynolds will be there for 5 hours only on the 12th. Be prepared for long hot steaming lines as people try to crush in autographs and photo ops with this famous actor.

https://www.steelcitycon.com/

 

Jim & Dan Promotions: Comic & Toy Show: August 13, December 3 in Dayton Ohio http://www.jimdancomics.com/

Starfleet’s International Conference, New Orleans, August 18-20. Chance to see folks from around the world. http://www.ic2017.org/

 

Blurrie Con in Erie Pa, October 13-15 http://blurriecon.com/

 

Oddmalls (several locations and dates). Free. Arts, crafts, collectibles, costumes, live music. Fun. http://oddmall.info/ohio/

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Business:

Debriefing: Lagrange at Nancy’s Retirement Party, Papa Joe’s Sat. June 24

Fun time with friends, family, library staff (Nancy’s co-workers). Surprising just how many people knew each other. Good food. Attended by Mike Balogh, Judy Mosser and her daughter, Sherri, Karlene Lewallen.

Debriefing: Akron Canton Comic Con, a Jeff Harper production, Sunday June 25.

Raised $117 for the Akron Food Bank here. For such a small convention there was some excellent costumes. Nice hourly prizes were given away also. (see pictures attached and/or on our website) Working the table were Mike Balogh, Judy Mosser, Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko

 

Movie Outings Discussed. Will try to see either Spiderman (July 7) and/or Planet of the Apes (July 14th –Bastille Day) . More info to come on this.

Lagrange’s Annual Picnic at Portage Lakes, Sunday August 27th (please note the change of date). Noon. Maybe we will visit member, Cody’s mother, who has a house (with a dock) on one of the lakes. Same as every year: bring meat to grill, some other food to share and bring your own beverage (to share if you like). Followed by a 3-hour tour of the lakes on a pontoon boat. Bring sunblock, hats, and swimsuit if you want to dip into the nice cool lake.

 

Barberton Labor Day Parade Labor Day morning. Will send out number as it is received. Can hand out candy for this parade. Gary is planning on leading us out on his motorcycle.

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend. We want to do all that we can for Mike Savene, the convention runner. His wife is sick and that convention hall is not cheap.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. Already thinking ahead for this. Still We have thought of a name: “Merry Movie Christmas: Guardians of Noel” (to tie in with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie out this year). We have some nice autographs and other merchandise to go underneath it now.

 

Presentation of Medals to Mel Stewart and his family by Ted- for their participation in the Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade. Probably would not have won our second-place trophy without them. Medals were also given out to the other participants from the club.

Starfleet News (some of which will also be forwarded)

 

--Visual Arts position needed to work with the Fleet’s Marketing and Retention Department. Gave one to Mel and will also get one to Mike W.

----The Marketing and Retention Department of the Starfleet is expanding its role. This department has occasionally been of us to us in the past as we have done some public appearances at theatres and other locations. Not a lot of details given as to how they will change its structure.

--Live streaming of the international conference.

--The Admiralty Board has put out a resolution on Memberships and membership packets. They are pretty much phasing out paper, though people can pay a little extra with their membership dues to get these things sent to them.

Predictably, this unleashed a firestorm of discussion about the many low-income members and also the lack of accessibility to the Internet/email for many members. Not sure that all options were known or thought about with this, but then it is a very emotional issue—on both sides.

Ruth Lane, who is in charge of our Region One voted “no” on this proposal. Mainly because people are not getting anything tangible for the money. Also because family memberships are too high.

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

Talked about Mike W. and Debbie’s move to Ellet. Their cat is quite at home already. Loves having more space. Debbie has her own room for her crafts and collectibles.

--Sarah told us all about her job at the horse farm. She is learning to ride better and showed us a video of her lessons. She is actually learning dressage and how to guide the horse through small jumps. Impressive. Adorable horses. She may be moving to Broadview Heights to be closer to her work.

--Sarah got to go up to Cleveland for Pride Day. She and her friends go to have a backstage tour of the State Theatre and then visited an independent film set, while they were shooting scenes.

Jason gave us a science report and shared an article about Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. Jason is very eager for us to have a launch party. He says that “history is being made”. http://www.spacex.com/

--Karlene’s cat, Charlie, just had his 11th birthday.

--Karlene is going for a job interview in an exciting new career at a chiropractor’s office.

As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies. Among the topics were: Star Trek Discovery (need to learn how to set up CBS Access—might be some viewing parties), Preacher, Stitchers, Planet of the Apes and Spiderman. . Mike Balough aided us in this discussion with his vast knowledge of sci-fi movies and TV.

 

Next meeting is on July 25th at the Rocco’s on Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls. 7:00 as usual.

 

USS Lagrange News May 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on June 28, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes May 30th, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Cuyahoga Falls

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Kevin Sain, Gary Kruger, Jon Dodson

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: Balance this month is $555.89. Checks will be written out soon for the Food Bank.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Convention !!

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention June 4th at the Holiday Inn in Mentor. http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/

Starfleet’s International Conference, New Orleans, August 18-20. Chance to see folks from around the world. http://www.ic2017.org/

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Important Date to Remember:

Father’s Day—June 18th.

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Business:

Debriefing: USS Lagrange Annual Bowl-a-thon. Saturday, May 6th. Jed Nota Lanes. Discussed doing more publicity for this and also having it in April during their open bowling night. We might have had more people attending but the Food Bank was hosting yet another bowl-a-thon in Fairlawn on the same night. We did get some of their spillover though. Cody helped save the night by bringing several of his friends.

It was a fun evening. We honored Mrs. Patterson with a sparkly brooch in the shape of a bowling ball and pin. Also sang Happy Birthday at poor Sean. The club is good at many things, but not singing that night.

We had raffle prizes and food as usual. In attendance were Nancy, Ted, Mike Balough, Jason Kyer, Cody Hauser.

We raised $337 for the Akron Canton Food Bank.

Debriefing: Rubber City Pop Culture Fest, May 26-28. Goodyear Theatre, Akron. We raised $101 at this event for the food bank. Mike did a good job at getting some last minute donations. Did some recruiting for the club too.

The Beacon Journal did not follow through with their pledge to put information about this event in their Enjoy ! section. Small turn-out. Our table was right next to Rubber City Comics, of which one of the owners is Chris Smith—our first captain. Chris was not there, but a very cute little girl brought her parents to man the table. Here is Channel 3’s story about the convention: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/akron/rubber-city-pop-culture-fest/443595353

There was very loud music and very loud WWF wannabes from Akron’s pro wrestling school. Also had live music, which wasn’t too bad. The dealers were good too. Things went home with our people, such as a portrait of a Vulcan, a book, and a 1970s comic book depicting Superman battling Muhammed Ali.

Their special guests were: local author, Joanna Wilson, Tim Proctor (Walking Dead), Kent Wagner (Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, and Guardians of the Galaxy). Kent may try and get us the autograph of the new Darth Vader. They came in handy for the convention’s Zombie Walk for charity. Otto Orff (goalie from Cleveland Crunch/Force) was there with countless pieces of memorabilia from his years playing soccer in Cleveland. One of these pieces of nostalgia was a giant inflatable Darth Vader. It was the very same that all of the players entered under for their games. Interesting how it almost deflated down onto our table.

KRMA radio helped with this convention. It is Jason’s favorite station online.

In attendance were Nancy, Ted, Mike B., Karlene Lewallen and Jason Kyer.

De-briefing --Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, Mon. May 29th. Step-off at 9:00.

Ted and Larry did check out the condition of our shuttlecraft and Mel (his wife Dee Dee works with Ted) got it to the parade site and drove the parade. Miraculous that it was all right after the previous night’s heavy rainfall. We do need to get some new cushions (maybe removable ones) in the seats. Maybe former captain, Tim Gillespie, can help us with that issue.

Another miraculous thing was that we found a place to line-up. Someone had placed all of the space marker sticks way too close together.

The theme this year was “Women in the Military”. We emphasized Karlene’s service and also had good pictures of Uhura, Janeway, 7 of 9, etc. In fact, Karlene was the one to present our wreath at the cemetery this year.

The family of Dee Dee and Mel’s really helped us out this year, especially the cute little kids with their wagon/space ship. Their make-up was exceptional too. An actor from Star Trek Beyond even praised it online.

Larry the Klingon stormed the reviewing stand again and we did have good interaction from the crowd—who really loved us.

Because of them we came home with a second-place trophy in the Commercial Float category. We beat out those martial kids from a local school which made us happy.

To add, there was a pretty spectacular flyover too. The re-enactment of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima won Best of the Parade trophy.

(see pictures and video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyL5enh2UKo )

Akron Canton Comic Con June 23, Chaparell’s Hall in Akron, 10-4. More info to follow. We have a Food Bank table here as well, and it is already reserved. http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php?show=9&date=115

Lagrange’s Annual Picnic at Portage Lakes, Sunday August 27th (please note the change of date). Noon. More to follow. Maybe we will visit member, Cody’s mother, who has a house (with a dock!) on one of the lakes.

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend. We want to do all that we can for Mike Savene, the convention runner. His wife is sick and that convention hall is not cheap.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. Already thinking ahead for this. Still accepting ideas for the name of our tree. We have some nice autographs and other merchandise to go underneath it now.

Starfleet News (some of which will also be forwarded)

· Reminded everyone that the deadline for a scholarship to Starfleet Academy is fast approaching in June.

· Unveiled two certificates to the club. Hailing Frequencies commendation for getting this MSR in on time every month. Also a Commendation from Ruth (head of Region One) for all of our good works. (see attachment).

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

·Ted and Nancy reported on their trip to Cleveland to attend the Cleveland Library’s Preview Party for a new Superman exhibit. Hundreds of items were donated to the library from Mike Curtis who writes Dick Tracey comic strips. Two guards stood watch over the first Superman comic book and they even had a large portrait of that super hero from the DC Comics offices. This fittingly took place the day before Free Comic Book Day. Got to see the leader of the Siegel and Shuster Society and also Brad Ricca who wrote Superboys. He spoke on the importance of Superman to Cleveland and vice versa. (see pictures)(see this link for videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g23-4qxCS9w )

· Jon showed pictures of his little girl, Ellen.

·Talked about Mike W. and Debbie’s move to Ellet. They are all moved in now.

·Jason gave us mini science reports

·As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies. Among the topics were: Star Trek Discovery, Dr. Who, and Class . Mike Balough aided us in this discussion with his vast knowledge of sci-fi movies and TV.

Next meeting is on June 27th at the Rocco’s on Portage Trail in the Falls. 7:00 as usual.

USS Lagrange News April 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on April 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes April 25th, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Cuyahoga Falls

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Judy Mosser, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Kevin Sain, Jason Kyer, Mike Witherby, Sean Patterson (and parents), Larry Brainerd.

Submitted by Nancy Milford

 

In Treasury: The previous balance was $651.85. From this, money was taken for 50 checks for $16 (not sure when we will ever use all of those). Then we wrote a check to the Cleveland Food Bank. Dues were also taken at meeting. Balance this month is $108.89.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Convention !!

 

OddMall May 6-7 in Akron at the convention center. A wonderful combination of crafts, vintage toys, costuming, music----and its Free ! Decided not to do advertising with them this time.

http://oddmall.info/ohio/

 

Starfleet Region One Summit Indiana, June 9-11. Meet and party with fellow Region One members. Hear Region One business and discuss its future. Lots of parties and in a beautiful place to vacation. A way to feel more a part of Starfleet. http://r1sg.com/

 

Starfleet’s International Conference, New Orleans, August 18-20. Chance to see folks from around the world. http://www.ic2017.org/

 

Important Dates to Remember:

 

• Celebrate this however you like: May the Fourth be With You Day on May 4th

• Free Comic Book Day on May 6th.

o Libraries and stores will be participating nationwide

o Cleveland Public Library is unveiling its new Superman/Comic Book Collection that day. Some “friends of Lagrange” will be participating. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/03/massive_superman_exhibit_coming_to_cleveland_public_library.html

And: https://cpl.org/superman/

• Mother’s Day is May 14th. Don’t forget to do something for anyone special in your life who is a mother…even if they are a mother of furry four-foots. Important to honor them.

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Business:

 

Debriefing: Steel City Con, Monroeville PA April 7-9 We went to this just for fun.

 

• First year that we stayed over Friday night too. We (Judy and family, Karlene, Ted & Nancy) stayed overnight and we were glad that we did. We got to hear a lot of the panels that we usually have to miss on Friday. Also, the lines were much shorter that day for autographs.

• Nancy did have picture taken with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter). He seemed kind of a doofus. He just would not take off his backwards baseball cap for the photo --for which money had to be paid ! Being from the Cleveland area, it wasn’t too nice that he was wearing a Chicago Cubs shirt either. He was adorable, though, with his English accent and he gave good answers to the questions at the Q&A session. Turns out that one of Nancy’s co-workers had a semi-family (long story) member participating in that.

• Nancy and Ted also talked to David Naughton (American Werewolf in London and more importantly….Dr. Pepper commercial-fame). His Q&A was interesting, as he talked about being a guinea pig for new make-up and special effects. Rather cute. His big news is that he is going to be in the new Sharknado movie. Nancy told him to tell him that he should do the song-and-dance number he did in the commercials (“I’m a Pepper, You’re a Pepper”, etc.). He kind of liked that idea.

• We also talked to Lindsay Wagner. She had some good stories too. Could see why she was pegged as being “difficult”, because she always wanted to have a lot of input and over-analyzed everything, although those 70s directors were probably pretty sexist too. She told us why they added in that Bionic Dog to her show. They were going to have it be a companion to Lee Majors, but he didn’t want to have anything to do with it and said “Let Lindsay have it”. She just finished filming a Bible movie about Samson—she played his mother. Karlene had her picture taken with Lindsay and got to talk to her even more. Lots of good pictures on her Facebook page from the convention: https://www.facebook.com/MsLindsayWagner/

• Ted asked Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) about Carrie Fisher. He was at the funeral, but could not talk about her at all. You could see that he was very emotional about it. Billy Dee Williams was also there from Star Wars. He had a hard time getting there because the late snowstorm. He was looking fragile.

• We also met Carroll Spinney who is Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. He actually does sound like Big Bird. He drew a picture of Big Bird on the bowling pin (see below).

• We had several of them sign a bowling pin for our Akron Food Bank Bowl-a-thon in May. It was a first for several of them and Lindsay actually put it on her Facebook page (shared those pictures at the meeting).

• Some of the most fun was meeting the Comic Book Men. They have a show on AMC, late after Talking Dead usually. They work in the same store that Kevin Smith (director) featured in Clerks. They are just as they appear on TV. Big Geeks with a lot of attitude. Bryan (the one with the beard) is very obnoxious, but very funny. Nancy asked why they all seem to pick on Ming, because it was pointed out how adorable he is. He said “Oh thanks, now I’m going to be an even bigger target !”. Ted talked to him later about his vintage toys and there was no ego, just two geeky guys talking about their collectibles.

• In the massive dealer’s room, things were purchased for Easter baskets. Both Karlene and Ted got Minion plush toys. Nancy found a nice art print from a Kolchak book cover. The artist was impressed that she knew the character.

• Speaking of Kolchak books….Nancy spent a lot of time across the street this time in Half-Price Books. Before she knew it, an hour-and-a-half had just slipped by. Kolchak books were there among lots of other wonderful things. Of course, it took her 10 minutes to get back across the street to the convention center. A very busy 4-lane highway. Didn’t help that she pressed the wrong “walk” button to cross, then when it did get pushed right, the walk signal was so fast that she missed it. Quite a trek back, but worth it. Ted didn’t understand at all, and he definitely didn’t understand when Judy and her daughter made a side trip to an Ikea store on the way. We explained to him that shopping is shopping, no matter where you go.

• Ted had a good time, though, talking to Adam West (age 88) and Burt Ward. One of Adam’s last conventions. Purchased a nice Batman-themed mat and frame from one of the artist/dealers to go with his autographed picture. Discussed Adam’s art and how we have one of his “illustrated tablecloths” from a previous con. Could be worth something. Burt has a charity to help dogs: http://www.gentlegiantsrescue.com/

• He also talked to the beautiful Mena Suvari and got Kevin’s autographed photo for him, and a sexy-looking thing it is too. Complete with a personalized message from Mena. Larry gravitated to this picture almost immediately after he arrived at the meeting. Those Klingons !

• Karlene asked William B. Davis who is the “Cigarette-smoking man” from X-Files about the future of the show, but he wouldn’t say a word.

• Spent some time with other Starfleet ships too at their table. Nice to visit with them. USS Inferno and USS Renegade.

• The trip started with snow and ended with spring weather. This peculiar weather had to be explained to the actors who live in California.

 

USS Lagrange Annual Bowl-a-thon. Saturday, May 6th. Jed Nota Lanes. 6-10 Discussed doing more publicity for this, but with the new date, we should get the tail-end of the bowling league participants according to Sean, who organizes this event. Other people are already talking about coming too. Should be much better-attended than last year.

The Akron Food Bank has already put all of the details on their Facebook page and website. Hoping that they will help us publicize the autographed bowling pin auction too. Working on that. Sent them a picture of Lindsay autographing the pin. We will tell people the value (at least $100) and go from there. May have a representative from the Food Bank join us that evening.

Will send out an attachment of the poster, so that everyone can print it out and find places to post it. Please spread the word. It is a fun evening .

We will have raffle prizes and food as usual. Here is a link to the location: https://www.facebook.com/Jednota-Lanes-Bowling-Center-257084611035557/

And another link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jednota+Lanes/@41.0556196,-81.5114641,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xac2d78833143a6b0!8m2!3d41.0556196!4d-81.5114641

 

Rubber City Pop Culture Fest, May 26-28. Goodyear Theatre, Akron. We will have an information table here and do some small-scale Food Bank fund-raising.

We could do more if they wanted, such as trivia or coloring contests. This is a celebration of popular culture, which would include, of course, Star Trek. It is also one of the ways that they are opening up that end of downtown Akron. Lots of renovation happening there. We think that we will be in the hotel. Ted has volunteered to do a scouting mission of the area.

We have a free table and 4 free passes, after that it is $10 per person.

Ted is going to bring some Goodyear nostalgia pieces to decorate the table and Judy is bringing some Star Trek cloth to cover it. We may also want to bring some things for their hourly giveaways. I feel sure that we can help them with this !

I have already sent them information and pictures of us which they will use to promote the event.

Hours: Friday-4-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5

Here are some links for more info: http://rcpcfest.com/

http://www.summitlive365.com/organization/rubber-city-pop-culture-fest/

And also: https://www.facebook.com/rcpcfest/

 

Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, Mon. May 29th. Step-off at 9:00. We will start arriving between 7:30 and 8. Will send out our number and line-up position as soon as we receive it. Remember, cannot hand out candy at this parade.

Ted and Larry will go out to the shuttlecraft’s home and check on it soon, especially the tires. We do have a tow vehicle and the extra recruits that come with it. Both Nancy and Ted are hoping to have several co-workers join the club for the parade.

The theme this year is “Women in the Military”. We plan to emphasize Karlene’s service and also have good pictures of Uhura, Janeway, 7 of 9, and maybe Kira and Torres. Also planning other decorations, which Ted presented at the meeting.

This link has the parade information: http://www.cityofcf.com/activity/memorial-day-parade-ceremony

 

Akron Canton Comic Con June 23, Chaparell’s Hall in Akron, 10-4. More info to follow. We have a Food Bank table here as well, and it is already reserved. http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php?show=9&date=115

 

Lagrange’s Annual Picnic at Portage Lakes, Saturday August 26th. Noon. More to follow. Maybe we will visit member, Cody’s, mother who has a house (with a dock!) on one of the lakes.

 

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this.

We also have a Wizard World poster with lots of autographs that we hope to auction off during this weekend.

This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

 

Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival. Already thinking of names for our tree. “Merry Movie Christmas, Part 2” (in honor of Guardians of the Galaxy) was suggested by Judy. Or maybe “Merry Movie Christmas: The Next Generation” in honor of Star Trek: Next Generation’s 40th anniversary.

 

Starfleet News (some of which will also be forwarded)

• Read from the report about positions being filled. Starfleet will have East and West coast support representatives

• Passed around Starfleet Academy’s new contact info and also how to get scholarships. Deadline coming up in the middle of June.

• Gave Mike Witherby, our resident artist, information from Starfleet about needing people with his talent to help do ship illustrations.

• Figured out our club’s membership status. Have just renewed some of them with Starfleet.

• Best of all was a reading of Rear Admiral Daniel Toole’s missive about processing membership packets. Oh the trials and tribulations ! I’m not sure that he meant it to be humorous or a cry for help, but his writing style lent itself to be very entertaining (and somewhat harrowing).

 

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

 

• Ted and Nancy reported on their grand-nephew and his Easter. Also their trip to Cleveland to be a small part in PBS station WVIZ’s annual auction. Ted has won himself a seat next to the famous head-cheerleader (and drummer), John Adams. Anyone want to join him?

• Nancy mentioned that plans for her retirement party are not going well. Need more ideas.

• Larry showed pictures of his new puppy (and also his wife)

• Talked about Mike W. and Debbie’s move to Ellet. Were relieved to hear that they will still be part of our ship.

• Nancy and Ted both managed to get jury duty the same week in May. Joy.

• Jason gave us mini science reports about:

o Using a Playstation App to watch TV on his smart phone

o Flying taxi cabs

o Self-driving cars

• As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies. Among the topics were: Star Trek Discovery, Expanse, Dr. Who, Class (the last 2 -Nancy, Ted, Judy and Sheri saw in a theatre) . Mike Balough aided us in this discussion with his vast knowledge of sci-fi movies and TV.

Next meeting is on May 30th at the Rocco’s on Portage Trail in the Falls. 7:00 as usual.

 

 

 

 

USS Lagrange News March 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on March 31, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes March 28th, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Cuyahoga Falls

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Judy Mosser, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Kevin Sain, Jon Dodson

Submitted by Nancy Milford

 

In Treasury: Added to that was $507 (see below) for a total of: $651.85. This includes also dues from February meeting. Dues were also taken at March meeting.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Convention !!

 

OddMall (May 6-7 in Akron at the convention center. A wonderful combination of crafts, vintage toys, costuming, music----and its Free !

http://oddmall.info/ohio/

 

Starfleet Region One Summit Indiana, June 9-11. Meet and party with fellow Region One members. Hear Region One business and discuss its future. Lots of parties and in a beautiful place to vacation. A way to feel more a part of Starfleet. http://r1sg.com/

 

Starfleet’s International Conference, New Orleans, August 18-20. Chance to see folks from around the world. http://www.ic2017.org/

 

Business:

 

Debriefing: Wizard World Cleveland March 17-19, Convention Center Another great opportunity to raise money for the Cleveland Food Bank. We raised $507 ! ! Will be sending out the check very shortly.

Fun on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Watched the parade on Friday afternoon. Wizard World had a unit, as did the Cleveland Public Library with its own close-order book cart drill team. Interesting to watch a parade for a change and not be in it. Also some of us went to the Arcade where we saw a sea of green after we ascended the stairs and looked down. They had live music and were selling green beer downstairs. Lots and lots of happy people squeezed in like sardines there.

We were also creative in how we mixed the color green with our outfits that day too ! Jon even brought a little planter filled with shamrocks to decorate our table.

Karlene and Mike B. did a fantastic job manning the table, although we all helped. Jon and Larry, while only there on Friday, pulled people towards us. They were great attention-getters because they were in full costume and make-up. Jon’s new light box to display the mylars worked very well for us.

Karlene reports that we did have some heavy buyers, especially one person who bought up all of our Star Wars mylars. She did get away from the table enough to talk to some of the guests. Among those with whom she spoke were Barry Bostwick, and Nichelle Nichols. She also talked to Kevin Sorbo about his Christian movies.

Ted made friends as well. The manager of Charisma Carpenter recognized him from ye old LagrangeCon days and told him that if he ever needed some autographed photos, she would get them for him for our fund raising. Ted also said that Gene Simmons was nice to the fans….unless they wanted to use the restrooms at the same time that he was using them. Apparently, they blocked off that whole room whenever he felt the need.

The Monkees were good to meet. Peter Tork stuck out his tongue at Gene Simmons for fun.

Of course, we all had time to shop. Karlene purchased a Wizard World mug that could be filled for free during any future conventions. Nancy bought an attractive Star Trek satchel that was filled with Star Trek merchandise.

A successful weekend.

 

Steel City Con, Monroeville PA April 7-9 We will be going to this just for fun. First year that we will be staying over Friday night too. A few of us are staying at the Red Roof Inn nearby, but there is a hotel next to the convention hall too. Excellent guests ! If you haven’t already gotten a ticket…do so now. They sell out every time. https://www.steelcitycon.com/ Let us know if you are going so that we can all meet up. Some of us are also taking side trips to IKEA and to Half-Price Books.

 

USS Lagrange Annual Bowl-a-thon. Saturday, May 6th. Jed Nota Lanes. 6-10 Discussed doing more publicity for this, but with the new date, we should get the tail-end of the bowling league participants. The Akron Food Bank has already put all of the details (and pictures) on their Facebook page. May have a representative from there join us that evening.

Will send out an attachment of the poster, so that everyone can print it out and find places to post it. Please spread the word. We will have prizes and food as usual. Here is a link to the location: https://www.facebook.com/Jednota-Lanes-Bowling-Center-257084611035557/

And another link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jednota+Lanes/@41.0556196,-81.5114641,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xac2d78833143a6b0!8m2!3d41.0556196!4d-81.5114641

 

Rubber City Pop Culture Fest, May 26-28. Goodyear Theatre, Akron. We will have an information table here. I did say that we could do more if they wanted, such as trivia or coloring contests. This is a celebration of popular culture, which would include, of course, Star Trek. I have already sent them information and pictures of us which they will use to promote the event.

Here are some links for more info: http://www.summitlive365.com/organization/rubber-city-pop-culture-fest/

And also: https://www.facebook.com/rcpcfest/

 

Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, Mon. May 29th. Step-off at 9:00. More info to follow. We have sent in our forms already. Remember, cannot hand out candy at this parade.

This link has the parade information: http://www.cityofcf.com/activity/memorial-day-parade-ceremony

 

Akron Canton Comic Con June 23, Chaparell’s Hall in Akron, 10-4. More info to follow. We have a Food Bank table here as well, and it is already reserved. http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php?show=9&date=115

 

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this. This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. https://www.facebook.com/akroncomicon/

 

Starfleet News

• Mentioned the Region One Summit listed above.

o Also noted that they are having trouble getting in bids for next year’s Summit.

• Mentioned the Starfleet International Conference above.

• Read from the report about positions being filled and also about how all of the 2016 membership packages have been sent out.

 

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

 

• Ted and Nancy reported on their trip to Columbus.

o Found places to eat, to stay, to shop

o Made contact with Pat Keeney, Lagrange alum. He and Ted had a good time buying toys in Big Fun.

• Nancy and Ted talked about Nancy’s retirement and where we should have a Party (this being the main purpose of the Columbus trip).

o Lagrange members sure do think outside of the box. Good ideas were thrown out for location of the party.

o Nancy is retiring from the library, where she has worked for over 40 years, at the end of June

• Kevin is working more hours now. Good for him !

• Karlene reported that she is having surgery in May. The doctors have finally figured out something that may solve the mystery of her disappearing voice….at least partly.

• Looked at pictures of Baby Ellen Dodson. Such a pretty girl.

• Jon Dodson is a very busy fellow. Lots of traveling to workshops and conferences in his future.

• As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies. Among the topics were: Star Trek Discovery and whether or not we would pay to watch it.

Next meeting is on April 25th at the Rocco’s on Portage Trail in the Falls. 7:00 as usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Lagrange News February 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on March 31, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes February 21st, 2017

Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, Akron OH

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Judy Mosser, Mike Witherby, Jason Kyer, Karlene Lewallen, Mike Balough, Dan Flowers

Submitted by Nancy Milford

 

In Treasury: $104.85 Same as last meeting.

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Ted and Nancy attended the calling hours for the wife of member, Randy Pelton. His wife, Robin, always enjoyed our Akron Childrens’ Hospital Christmas trees and they discovered us by purchasing some of our efforts. Please see the link for her obituary. She was quite a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Randy.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184077515

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Convention !!

 

OddMall (May 6-7 in Akron at the convention center. A wonderful combination of crafts, vintage toys, costuming, music----and its Free !

http://oddmall.info/ohio/

 

Starfleet Region One Summit Indiana, June 9-11. Meet and party with fellow Region One members. Hear Region One business and discuss its future. Lots of parties and in a beautiful place to vacation. A way to feel more a part of Starfleet. http://r1sg.com/

 

Business:

 

More information on : Wizard World Cleveland March 17-19, Convention Center Another great opportunity to raise money for the Cleveland Food Bank. Our table is confirmed. They are providing us with 4 free 3-day passes and a few free one-day passes. However…you have to work the table ! For those who just want to attend for one-day and not necessarily work the table (although it is welcome if you can), here is a Living Social half-off deal: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con?afsrc=1&cvosrc=email.blast-us.digest_dailyus&utm_campaign=digest_dailyus&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast&skip_roadblock=1&city_id=41-cleveland-westside&id=1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con&msdc_id=90-akron

There is the new (and expensive) hotel attached to the convention center, but also numerous ones in the downtown area. The amazing Drury Hotel, with whom rate deals can sometimes be made, is right across the green from the convention center. Some of us are staying there because of free meals and the coolness factor. https://www.druryhotels.com/locations/Cleveland-OH/Drury-Plaza-Hotel-Cleveland-Downtown

Independence, which is a short drive away, also has some highly affordable accommodations on Rockside Rd.

Anyway, come and help and have fun on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Watch the parade with us on Friday afternoon too ! http://www.stpatricksdaycleveland.com/ We may be watching on the corner of Superior and E. 6th St. (weather permitting). Also: Wizard World has invited us to join their unit in the parade. Interested? Let us know.

Let’s see how creative we are in how we mix the color green with our outfits that day too !

 

We are helping out our friends at Wizard World with distributing postcards and posters. If you want some, let us know. Something to put up in a work lunchroom or at a favorite business. I will also send you emails with publicity attachments.

Here is a link to the convention website so that you can see all of the great guests you might meet. Also there is a great costume contest. We’re hoping that Sarah will win a prize, because she is quite talented at cos-play. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/cleveland

If you are going ….please let us know !

More on the Food Bank table at the convention: We’ve been in contact with the Cleveland Food Bank through emails. We returned a form that they sent to us about how we will be supporting their Harvest for Hunger. They were going to list all of the participating groups and agencies in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Crossing our fingers that we made it in on time. We also sent them a description of our club and our activities, based on Star Trek philosophy, along with some pictures. They seemed to be excited to get those for their PR department.

We have to be at our table and set up by Friday March 17th at 4:00. Ted will have already set up the day before though. If you have to come later…don’t worry.

 

Steel City Con, Monroeville PA April 7-9 We will be going to this just for fun. First year that we will be staying over Friday night too. A few of us are staying at the Red Roof Inn nearby, but there is a hotel next to the convention hall too. Excellent guests ! If you haven’t already gotten a ticket…do so now. They sell out every time. https://www.steelcitycon.com/ Let us know if you are going so that we can all meet up.

 

USS Lagrange Annual Bowl-a-thon. Saturday, April 29th. Jed Nota Lanes. Discussed doing more publicity for this, but with the new date, we should get the tail-end of the bowling league participants. Will send out an attachment of the poster, so that everyone can print it out and find places to post it.

 

Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, Mon. May 29th. Step-off at 9:00. More info to follow. At the meeting, we discussed with Dan if we could help the Boy Scouts collect for the Food Bank. Turns out that they collect for a place called Valor Home. We’ll have to think about if we want to or how we could help them with the collection of food. This is their website: http://fcsserves.org/program/valor-home-summit/

This link has the parade information from last year, but it’s pretty much the same for 2017. http://www.cityofcf.com/activity/memorial-day-parade-ceremony

 

Akron Canton Comic Con June 23, Chaparell’s Hall in Akron, 10-4. More info to follow. Will have a Food Bank table there as well. http://www.harpercomics.com/conventions.php?show=9&date=115

 

Akron Comic Con November, Convention Hall, November 5-6. Will have another Food Bank table, especially since the Food Bank will be the official charity of this event. Will be trying to do more publicity and we will be working more closely with the Food Bank and with the convention on this. This is a prestigious comic con convention and they have good guests of artists and writers, including some TV personalities. http://r1sg.com/

 

This was a special meeting at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. A big thank you to Dan Flowers, CEO (been there since 2003) and fellow nerd, who hosted this and fed us with delicious pizza and salad. The building were in is a big clean modern-looking place that was built in 2007.

Since we had so many Food Bank-related activities, it was great to be able to share information face-to-face. Dan also reported on how the money we raise is used and what is coming up for the Food Bank:

• They are in their 14th year of distribution growth

• They money we raise is put to good use with how much they can buy from food manufacturers

• With the 8 counties that they serve, they are very close to filling the hunger gap

• They recently had dog food donated to them for distribution. This will greatly help people who struggle with money, but also have beloved pets

• Dan has received a “Major Award” for being an Outstanding Community Leader. This came from the National Society of Sales and Marketing Executives. Big gala evening at Tangiers. We’re sure that Dan looked very pretty in his tuxedo.

 

Starfleet News

• Mentioned the Region One Summit listed above.

• Talked about the difficulty in finding time to properly submit people for Starfleet and Region One commendations and for recognition. Need to discuss more on delegating this job.

 

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

• Our friend, Julie Washington, of the Plain Dealer has produced videos for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. Please check it out and share it with others. http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/12/star_trek_50th_anniversary_vid_1.html

 

• Ted and Nancy reported on their scouting mission (vacation) to Cleveland.

o Found places to eat, to stay, to shop, and most importantly…where to park !

o Made contact with the Special Collections Librarian of the Cleveland Public Library. Discussed the event in May to unveil their new comic book collection. They have been working with some of our friends in the Siegel & Schuster Society (creators of Superman).

o Also met a shop-owner who is working with the library as part of the Cleveland Cartoonist/Illustrator Society. Mike Witherby reports that he also has some ties to that group.

• Jason did some mini science reports on flying taxis in Dubai and showed some space-related videos.

• Nancy and Ted reported that they had an away-mission to Mentor where they visited Mama Roberto’s….GhoulardiFest friends who provide for the pizza-eating contest.

• As usual, talked about sci-fi/fantasy/comic book TV series and movies. Among the topics were: Vikings, Expanse, Jennifer Jones, Walking Dead, Lucifer, and King Kong. We also mourned the recent passing of Richard Hatch (Apollo in the older Battlestar Galactica) who several of us had met at a convention. Dan joined in the discussion as a big fan of a lot of these shows.

• Nancy recommended a very good book that is set in a series of science fiction conventions. It is called A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl. Check your local library for it !

• Some civilized political discussions, including terms such as “fake news” and checking facts for both sides of the political spectrum. Am recommending these authoritative un-biased fact-checking websites: http://www.ahml.info/newsitems/it-true-try-these-fact-checking-websites-and-resources

 

 

Next meeting is on March 28th at the Rocco’s on Portage Trail in the Falls. 7:00 as usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Lagrange News January 2017

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on February 8, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes January 31st, 2017

Rocco’s Pizza, Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls OH

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Judy Mosser, Kevin Sain, Mike Witherby, Jason Kyer , Sarah Pavolko, Jon Dodson, Gary Kruger, Karlene Lewallen

Submitted by Nancy Milford

In Treasury: $104.85

· Please lend your thoughts and prayers to Ted Bronko who recently lost both his mother and an aunt. We shared the funeral home video of Mrs. Bronko’s life….which included many humorous pictures of young Ted.

· Also Cody Hauser, lost his grand-mother. She was only 63.

Business:

Debriefing: Lagrange Holiday Party January 7 Thank you Judy for hosting this party. We had a good time watching the Star Trek 50th Anniversary documentary. Also the food was delicious. The Talosian action figure once again took his place in a nativity scene, next to the wisemen. He will be going home with Larry this year.

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· Shared copies of the Beacon Journal article about the Christmas Tree Festival. Judy’s tree was highlighted.

· Shared pictures of Tessa and Cody Hauser’s wedding.

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Convention Alert –Upcoming Convention !!

OddMall (February 10 & 11) North Canton (another one in Akron in May). A wonderful combination of crafts, vintage toys, costuming, music----and its Free !

http://expeditionelsewhere.oddmall.info/blog/

Business:

February 2017 Meeting to be at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank !! February 21st …starting a little earlier at 6. Come when you can though. Sure to be another good time with free pizza to be provided. Remember, their director, Dan Flowers, is a fellow nerd. Here is a link showing their location:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Akron-Canton+Regional+Foodbank/@41.0725061,-81.5361583,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x3f147eeb46469e42!8m2!3d41.0725061!4d-81.5361583

Wizard World Cleveland March 17-19, Convention Center Another great opportunity to raise money for the Cleveland Food Bank. Our table is confirmed. They are providing us with 4 free 3-day passes and a few free one-day passes. However…you have to work the table ! For those who just want to attend for one-day and not necessarily work the table (although it is welcome if you can), here is a Living Social half-off deal: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con?afsrc=1&cvosrc=email.blast-us.digest_dailyus&utm_campaign=digest_dailyus&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast&skip_roadblock=1&city_id=41-cleveland-westside&id=1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con&msdc_id=90-akron

There is the new (and expensive) hotel attached to the convention center, but also numerous ones in the downtown area. Independence, which is a short drive away, also has some highly affordable accomodations.

Anyway, come and help and have fun on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Watch the parade with us on Friday morning too ! Here is a link to the website so that you can see all of the great guests you might meet. Also there is a great costume contest. We’re hoping that Sarah will win a prize, because she is quite talented at cos-play. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/cleveland

If you are going ….please let us know !

Steel City Con, Monroeville PA April 7-9 We will be going to this just for fun. First year that we will be staying over Friday night too. Still researching the hotels, but there is one next to the convention hall too. Excellent guests ! If you haven’t already gotten a ticket…do so now. They sell out every time. https://www.steelcitycon.com/ Let us know if you are going so that we can all meet up.

Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade, Mon. May 29th. Step-off at 9:00. More info to follow. This link has the information from last year, but it’s pretty much the same for 2017. http://www.cityofcf.com/activity/memorial-day-parade-ceremony

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The Event of the Night ! The Annual Crowning of a Polka Potentate. Polka tunes were in the air, kielbasa was on the pizza and t hen it came time to for the coronation. This year we have a new queen--Sarah Pavolko. She was thrilled at the honor, or was that shock on her face? It was hard to tell, but emotions were high as the Holy Flamingo Crown was placed on her head and the bejeweled silken robes were placed around her shoulders. The official document (suitable for framing) was signed by two of the ships’ officers and presented to Sarah to complete the ceremony. Since Sarah works at a horse farm, she can now look like real royalty as she rides them around the fields in her new regal finery. Long live Queen Sarah the First !

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

· Sarah, who frequents Joanne Fabrics, reported that they have more Star Trek patterns in the store, including Next Gen.

· Jason did a mini science report on recycling parts of space ships for future missions.

· Our usual discussion on new science fiction TV programs and movies. This time we talked about the trailer for the new Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery (STD) on this website: http://trekcore.com/

Also mentioned Vikings on History Channel and Victoria on PBS…..so rather historic talk.

· Jon showed us his new light box that has tree slots in the front where the movie theatre mylars will fit perfectly. Those are our hot sellers at the Food Bank tables and now they can be showcased for all to see. Quite beautiful. Thank you Jon.

· Karlene and Mike W. may both be having to go through the trauma of moving soon. Difficult to have that suspense of not knowing what is about to happen.

· Speaking of which….Kevin and Jason are looking for jobs.

· Gary presented Ted with a mini paper Enterprise that he had put together for him. Ted would never have been able to do that on his own.

· Lagrange Babies: Jon’s daughter, Ellen, was shown off in pictures and a video. Pretty cute. Also, Noah Hauser will turn 2 at the end of February.

Next meeting is on February 21st at the Food Bank (see above).

Then back to Rocco’s on March 28th.


USS Lagrange News November 2016

Posted by Erik "the red...shirt" on December 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

USS Lagrange News/Minutes November 29th, 2016

Rocco’s Pizza, Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls OH

In attendance: Nancy Milford, Ted Bronko, Mike Balough, Judy Mosser, Kevin Sain, Mike Witherby, Jason Kyer , Sarah Pavolko

Submitted by Nancy Milford

 

In Treasury: $89.85 Sent out checks to the Akron ($62 from the DeBord Halloween Party and from the Nordonia Hills Library gift) and Cleveland Food Banks. Luckily, it was the Akron Food Bank’s Matching Funds Campaign week, so our check helps with that. Also spent money from the club’s funds for decorations for the Tree Festival (see below).

 

• Please lend your thoughts and prayers towards friend-of-the club, Bubbie Halchak. He just lost his brother.

• Karlene’s medical tests were inconclusive, leading to some frustration.

 

Business:

 

Debriefing: The GhoulardiFest. October 28-30 Kudos to Karlene and Mike B. for holding down the fort on Saturday, while others attended to trick-or-treat at home. They did get to see Robin Swoboda (who brought her local Emmys) Jan Jones, and Neil Zurcher who were first-time Fest Guests. Dan O’Shannon, famous Emmy-award-winning TV writer in Hollywood (Modern Family, Odd Couple, etc.) came by our table to say hello and to give a nice donation to the Food Bank. Lagrange alum, Elizabeth Osborne, also stopped by to participate in the festivities. On Sunday, as a belated anniversary, Nancy and Ted danced to some of the fine live music being played. We raised $164 for the Cleveland Food Bank.

 

DeBriefing: Akron ComicCon November 5-6. Knight Convention Center –

This will be combined with MonsterFest Mania and will be the first weekend in November (4th and 5th) in 2017. At that time the organizer, Mike Savene, would like to team with us to help raise money for the Food Bank.

Media guests included the original Captain Marvel.

This year’s event was attended by Judy Mosser and family, as well as by Mike Balough Mike Witherby, along with Gary Kruger, had a table where they were selling their art and books. They did very well. Lagrange alumni, Steve Stein and Chris Smith (both former captains) also were at the convention. Glad that they could meet up with everyone.

 

DeBriefing: Akron Childrens’ Hospital Tree Festival—Decorating the Tree and Attending –Knight Convention Center, downtown Akron

2 Trees this Year: Merry Movie Christmas-Christmas Awakens (sold for $850)and Star Trek: 50 Years and Beyond.(Sold for $750)They did both sell the first night at the Gala…as expected.

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---Decorating the donated trees: Tuesday November 15 Times run anywhere between 10-4. We helped with the assembly of the trees and theatre displays, stringing lights and garlands, making, wiring, and hanging ornaments. In the process, we got a sneak peek and have a lot of fun. Judy Mosser is in charge of design and gifts (especially for the Trek tree) and Ted Bronko does the procuring of gifts and special autographs and theatre posters/signs for our movie-themed trees. Ted Dowey, Jason Kyer, Karlene Lewallen and Nancy Milford assisted. The two Teds were very good at assemblage and making a little paper Star Wars chain together. Ted Dowey, being tall, served as our official tree-topper arranger (think the Bumble in Rudolph)

---Volunteering and Attending the Preview Party: Friday evening, November 18th. Ted and Judy, and Judy’s daughter volunteered at this to help better sell our trees. Ted dressed up as usual, this time in a combination Chewbacca/Kylo Ren ensemble. Holding a glowing light saber, people were drawn to the tree. Judy’s sold first and then the Movie tree at the end of the evening. Members, Randy and Robin Pelton won the Trek tree !

The Star Trek tree was mentioned and pictured in the Akron Beacon Journal (see attachment).

Jason reported that Angela at WNIR (another fellow Trek fan) said after looking at our movie tree, “Now that’s what I call a Tree!”

Nancy and Ted bought a Dr. Who-themed tree made by the Akron Maker Space group. So…most of the ornaments were made there, including many produced on a 3-D printer.

Shared pictures at the meeting for the whole event and also for the Anniversary Party.

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Convention Alerts –Upcoming Conventions !!

 

Steel City Con December 9-11, Monroeville. Not sure if anyone of us will attend, but some good guests coming as usual and more will be added. Tickets are selling fast. http://www.steelcitycon.com/

 

OddMall (same weekend—December 10-11) North Canton (another one in Akron in May). A wonderful combination of crafts, vintage toys, costuming, music----and its Free ! We will have an advertisement for our club on various big screens around the halls.

http://oddmall.info/ohio/choose-your-oddmall/

 

Wizard World Cleveland—March 17-19 2017 At the Convention Center with the new hotel finally completed ! Could be fun watching their famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Nichelle Nicholas, cast of Dexter and a few others are listed as a guests so far, but more are sure to come.

If you are going for fun or would like to pay to get in (we do have a limited amount of free passes), link to LivingSocial. https://www.livingsocial.com/events/1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con?afsrc=1&cvosrc=email.blast-us.digest_dailyus&utm_campaign=digest_dailyus&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast&city_id=41-cleveland-westside&id=1616652-ticket-to-wizard-world-cleveland-comic-con&msdc_id=90-akronThey have one-day tickets at a big discount.

Just sent in the forms so, we will have a Food Bank table here. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/cleveland

 

 

Attention !! Star Wars Rogue One Movie Outing Saturday December 17th, Matinee, Cinemark Portage Crossing-Cuyahoga Falls. More information to come as we get closer to the week and see the times for showings.

 

USS Lagrange Annual Holiday Party January 7th 2017. 3:00 Judy’s House.

Usual “rules”---bring food to share and a wrapped inexpensive (and unmarked) gift for the gift exchange. You can re-gift an item you already own, if it is in good condition. We may have the new Star Trek movie on the Big Screen TV for part of the day’s entertainment. The Talosian will make its annual appearance and will have something new added, per tradition. This year, we wait eagerly to see what Gary (this year’s Talosian-keeper) has done. Sounds like a wonderful Talosian Travelogue Photo Montage may be added to this action figure’s belongings.

Address is: 1774 16th Street, almost on the corner of 16th and Sackett. The number outside has hit some bad times and now it only says “1—4” above the attached garage.

Party will also serve as the December meeting, which means we will have 2 meetings in January (including the one on the last Tuesday at Rocco’s)

 

February 2017 Meeting to be at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank !! Odom Boulevard, Akron. Last Tuesday of the month. Sure to be another good time with probably our meal to be provided. Remember, their director, Dan Flowers, is a fellow nerd.

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Starfleet News –

• Robert Westfall and Daniel Toole won for Commander of Starfleet.

• Robin Woodell-Vitasek, the current embattled and controversial commander, resigned. RADM Theresa Bristow has been appointed Acting CS, and will be assuming the responsibilities of this office, as well as completing the transition process of the Office of the CS to the next administration.

 

--------------------------The Rest of the Meeting:

• Received this in my email, which I am neither endorsing nor criticizing for your holiday shopping pleasure:

o https://newenglandmintcoins.com/item.wns?sku=STETNGCL01

o They are New England Mint Next Gen collector coins

• Mike Balough hit a landmark birthday, he turned 60 this week ! Congratulations Mike !

• Mike Witherby’s wife, Debbie, also had a birthday. She is 29 again. Mike put other husbands to shame as he spent some of his convention earnings to making Debbie’s day a special one. This involved bookshopping (good for you Debbie !), a dinner out and then a trip to a respected chain shop that sells ladies’ lovely unmentionables. Not sure if that was for Mike or for Debbie frankly.

• Judy looked askance at Kevin, when he ordered pineapple on the shared pizza. She was reassured that it would all be delicious.

• Rocco gave us a copy of the American Philatelist, with a cover article celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and the stamps issued in its honor.

• There was a nice respectful political discussion at the end of the meeting.

• Sarah told us all about her new silver 2008 Odyssey car. We are relieved that she is now safe on the road. No more broken-down PT Cruisers for her ! She also showed us a picture of her favorite horse, Phoebus. Probably an even safer mode of transportation.

• Sarah, who works at Joanne Fabrics, reported that they have been having sales on their Character Cotton cloth, and that they have received some more in the Star Trek patterns.

• Jason did a mini science report

o on buses that can drive over cars in the road by hovering over them, supported on two side supports with wheels. This is in China.

o On a proposed rocket that will take 100 people to Mars

• Our usual discussion on new science fiction TV programs and movies. This time we talked about everything from Dolly Parton’s TV Christmas movie to Avatar 2. Also mentioned Vikings, Fantastic Beasts, and the CW Channel’s 4 part super-hero crossover episodes.

• Watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together. Singing along was kept at a minimum. Mike W. and Ted seemed to think they were on Robot Chicken as they made questionable comments throughout. Bad boys. Otherwise, a nice time and this is starting to become a November meeting tradition.

 

Next meeting is the holiday party on January 7th. Then back to Rocco’s on January 31st. February meeting is at the food bank (see above).

 

No meeting in December !

 

 

 

 


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