The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 17, 2014

Big turnout expected at Ashtabula MLK Day celebrations

By SHELLEY TERRY - sterry@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — U.S. Congressman David Joyce and Ohio State Rep. John Patterson are two of six guests lined up to speak Monday at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

The Kiwanis Club of Ashtabula will host a pancake breakfast and program from 8 to 10 a.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4901 Main Ave.

Joyce, Patterson, City Manager Jim Timonere, Ashtabula County Commissioner Joe Moroski, Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick

Iarocci and Hola’s Executive Director, Veronica Dahlberg will speak at the event.

The morning also will feature a reading of Dr. King’s f “I have a dream,” speech, as well as a performance by the men’s choir from People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Ashtabula.

Steven Sargent, president of the Ashtabula Kiwanis, said he’s expecting a big turnout.

“We are hosting this breakfast and program to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to also remind the community about the importance of service to God, country and our fellow man,” Sargent said. “Our purpose is to generate more enthusiasm for good deeds.”

Come afternoon, the Ashtabula Chapter of the NAACP and the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ will sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Service at 4 p.m. at the church, 3417 Hiawatha Ave.

The church program will feature music, speakers and words from the Rev. David Howard Jr., pastor of Hiawatha Church.

Adam Holman, president of the NAACP, is excited about the event.

“There will be music, local singers and activities by the young people,” he said.

The service is free and open to the public.

The Kiwanis breakfast at St. Peter’s Episcopal also is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted on behalf of the Ashtabula 100 and Key Clubs.

For more information and to RSVP to the Kiwanis MLK Day breakfast, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, call at (440) 998-6465. Space is limited to 150 participants.

There is no need to RSVP for the Hiawatha/NAACP service, which begins at 4 p.m.