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Part of the June celebration will be the performance of a play, written by Boruvka, based on the 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder. “Our Town: Granger Township” features a variety of local folklore stories including a tragedy that occurred during a barn raising, what was found in the fields, what happened in a church during a sermon by a less-than-loved preacher, a tree’s revenge, and more. The first part of the bicentennial celebration, Travel Back 200, was held in February. It was organized by the Medina County Parks District in observation of the 200th anniversary of the month Granger Township became an official township. Travel Back 200 featured a presentation by Shelley Tender, the parks district’s interpretive services manager, and Clair Bailey, a district naturalist. The two shared the natural history of the A bear pelt impressed many at the Travel Back 200 event hosted by the Medina County township, including displaying Parks District at The Lodge at Allardale. Some of the children made a very wide circle around it. pelts from the abundant wildlife that once lived in the area. because of heavy snowfall. Of course, that was when Also provided by the park district were games and Gifford decided it was time to be born. From her activities that would have been enjoyed by early grandfather’s farm, the closest hospital with a settlers, as well as a general store and a giant board birthing center was in Wadsworth. game based on historic facts. Her grandfather and aunt loaded Gifford’s mother The highlight of the event was the arrival of Bob into the car and started the long, slow drive through Hummel riding a stick horse. The Granger Township the snow to the hospital in Wadsworth. They had to Historical Society president was dressed in period take a shovel with them so Gifford’s grandfather garb to portray Andrew Deming, a then county could clear snow from the road where it was too commissioner, who had delivered the original deep for the car to travel along the way. All arrived document in 1820 proclaiming the formal foundation safely, but Gifford does not know if her father made it of the township. to the hospital in time for her arrival. It is not just the early settlers who have stories that Gifford’s grandfather’s farm was eventually cut into became the lore of Granger Township. smaller parcels and sold. Roberta Gifford has one of her own. Her father was “I’ve seen a lot of changes in Granger Township working the second shift in Akron, having just over the years,” Gifford said, with quiet acceptance. returned to work after being off for a few days continued, Page 8

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