Message from the Mayor After ďŹ nishing up our 150th yearlong celebration in 2014, Orrville is rolling right through 2015 and as we hit the busy summer season there is lots to do. Our annual Fire Fighters Association, 4th of July Celebration will kick things off with a bang with the usual parade, carnival, huge softball tournament and of course one of the best ďŹ reworks displays you could want to see. Parade is Tuesday June 30th and the Fireworks will be on the 4th this year beginning at about 10:00pm. The Rotary Firecracker 5K will be on the 4th, starting at 8:30 near Orr Park and Orrville Christian Church, on Elm Street. The girls fast pitch tournament will feature nearly 100 teams this year, as this tournament continues to grow to one of the best tournaments around with teams from 6-8 different states attending. As we hit August, the 4th OHS all class Reunion will join forces with the Orrville Lions Club the weekend of Aug.14,15 and 16 for the Rib and Music Fest. All class reunions for OHS alumni have been held in 2000, 2005,2010 and now 2015. The Orrville Lions club have done a terriďŹ c job of growing the Rib and Music Fest into a great weekend event. Orrville is still extremely lucky to have a great industrial base that is doing very well with several expansion projects still continuing at the J. M. Smucker Co., Will Burt, Orrville Chick Hatchery, Orrvilon and several others . Along with our growing industries, we continue to see commercial improvement all over town. Portico Plaza, is still growing with another new restaurant to open soon.
While interest in a hotel cooled a bit last year, that interest has been rekindled this year and things look very promising for that to become a reality in 2016. Orrville continues to be serviced very well by our electric, water and wastewater utilities. We are very fortunate to have all three here in town. The future will look a little different in the â€œelectricâ€? world of utilities for us and costs will increase, as they will for everyone all over the country, as we move to different forms of energy production. Every issue for the last 10 years probably had something about new school construction in it but this year with our school campus complete, I can just say that we are very happy with the way everything has turned out and the campus is serving our community very well. 2015 will also have some street paving and construction going on with some residential streets being re-paved and some new street construction going on at the east end of High street. The intersection of Main and High will be widened to allow for a better turning radius for both cars and trucks. So our 151st year will again be a busy one and we look forward to serving our citizens with the best service possible, from our Utility Departments, Safety Service Department, Street Department, Finance Department, Police and Fire Departments. -Thanks and have a great 2015, Mayor Dave Handwerk
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