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cedar farris October 25, 2013 at 08:31 am
Does anyone pay what person above @C.A. says. Isn't the whole Patch idea National & people likeRead More us right now contribute to our little patch? Make it better & contribute something, does anyone actually get paid? It's Ohio & it's a frontier sort of topic that will affect all cemetaries down the road not just one cemetary in Cincinnati. It's Sponge Bob a cultural phenomanon.
veronica j falletta October 25, 2013 at 04:28 pm
We used to have an editor that lived in Kent. He was awesome. Patch laid him off. They really,Read More really shouldn't have.
Linda UmBayemake October 26, 2013 at 10:17 am
What happened to the editor? I haven't read the Patch as much as I use to so now I am trying toRead More catch up. It is so different. Why was he laid off. You can tell the difference it is lacking the substance it use to have.
Dondrea Brown April 18, 2013 at 07:29 pm
Dondrea Brown My prayers go out for Devon's family, friends and the Roosevelt community.
Scott valcanoff April 19, 2013 at 01:44 am
Sorry to hear this tragic news...... Condolences to the family! Scott Valcanoff
monica joseph April 19, 2013 at 11:46 am
A wonderful and loving soul. Missing you Devon!
Moira Meltzer-Cohen March 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Merle was a really special guy -- when I was a kid I always wanted to get struck by lightening,Read More because I thought it would make me good at writing poems!
Mark Mollenkopf March 4, 2013 at 02:17 am
Hi Barbara, I just came across "Spite" in my Dad's files. I'm guessing this is the one,Read More about 10 lines or so. As soon as I have a chance to get it typed in I'll get it posted. For anyone that would be interested, I've created a Facebook page to use as a way to share his works. If you search FB for Merle Mollenkopf you'll find.
Wilma Mollenkopf BRITTAIN March 5, 2013 at 01:23 am
My brother was also an artist. There was time when he had his sketch pad and colored pencils withRead More him and if it interested him he would stop &sketch ...Then move on. Merle had a lead role in the ninth grade Christmas operetta and help paint a mural in our junior high cafeteria. Also HE entertained at parties doing his MAGIC. Merle was so special. IF he didn't leave a mark on you...it wasn't because he didn't TRY.
Carole Kane March 1, 2013 at 04:38 pm
I always enjoyed seeing Mr. Mollenkopf at Kent's annual "Art in the Park" and listening toRead More his recitation of poems. Several years ago he graciously accepted an invitation to speak to my KSU communication classes and recite poetry. How wonderful that Mr. Noden made two CD audio recordings of Merle's poems for family members.
Mark Mollenkopf March 4, 2013 at 02:33 am
The two CD's are great. Volume 1 has 28 different poems along with some great dialog between my DadRead More and Harry Noden. Volume 2, which was just assembled a couple weeks ago, has 20 tracks. These include "Nomad" and "As Time Churns On" which brought me to tears as I heard his voice once again. The text of these two poems are up on the Merle Mollenkopf facebook page that I just created. I will work with the folks that helped put the CD's together to figure out a good way to make them available to everyone. For sure, we will have copies at the Kent Stage when we have a Celebration of Life for Merle. Date TBD.
Elliott Ingersoll March 4, 2013 at 03:00 am
Hi Harry - I really would love to be part of any celebration of Merle's life. I'd love to play orRead More help with organizing - please let me know what I can do. ELLIOTT INGERSOLL
Bee September 17, 2012 at 05:09 pm
The City of Kent has lost a wonderful man! He always had a kind heart and was a hard worker!Read More Prayers to his family!
Andy Esparza September 17, 2012 at 06:57 pm
Gary you will be missed....We saw so much good in you from your heart to our community. People likeRead More you is what makes Kent. Thank You Gary for giving your life to this city.
Allan Orashan September 17, 2012 at 07:46 pm
Condolences to the Locke family and to Gary's co-workers and friends. Gary put his heart and soleRead More into the City of Kent and the community is much better for it.
Shirley snodgrass June 17, 2012 at 02:14 pm
God has other plans for Howie. He will be greatly missed by all. God bless his soul. Great guy!
Dave Dubelle June 21, 2012 at 01:46 am
When I lived in the Akron area, Howie made my time in the car enjoyable. His "Over the backRead More yard fence" conversations were very special. I tuned in via the internet after moving to Georgia just to get the grass roots version of events. He will be missed and remembered.
Frederick John Kluth February 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm
I witnessed Robert's frustration and rejection. But more important to his legacy was his presence.Read More He stood out and he was always there at important events. He seems to have become a symbol of much that is good about the Kent and Kent State community. His appearance helped him to be easily recognizable and because of the context of his appearance many remember him fondly.
Cy February 17, 2012 at 06:20 pm
I'm sorry that you are going through some hard times yourself. I own several of his art pieces, butRead More did not know Bob personally, do I don't have the same ties to the situation as you do. I have just found that for the most part the people of Kent are kind, even if they aren't perfect. I hope that kindness comes your way, as well.
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski February 17, 2012 at 06:25 pm
Thank you Cy. I did see a lot of love directed towards Bob's memorial, and that meant a lot to see.Read More I hate when I get cynical ( I think it comes from hurt transformed to bitterness, a severe coping mechanism) I can see how cynnicism must always be kept in check.
Kasha Legeza February 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm
Thank you for sharing this perspective, Tarpet. What a tragedy for everyone involved ...
GChung June 13, 2012 at 08:54 am
Well, that was serious loss to all.
Michael L. Hays January 25, 2014 at 05:23 pm
I came late to this news of Dr. Vars's death out of curiosity at a very late date about his career.Read More I bear no ill will to the man or his memory, but my experience with him was very different from the experiences reported on this blog. In the summer of 1962, when I was the first enrollee in a Ford Foundation program in secondary education, Dr. Vars was my assigned director in Cornell University's School of Education. For reasons, if any, unknown to me, Dr. Vars disliked me from the moment when I first walked into his office. I was the first student teacher at a remote site which had not wanted to participate in the program. Dr. Vars tried to sabotage my experience there. The Dean intervened, had me re-assigned to another remote site, and made Dr Vars promise to give me the grades which my supervisors there gave me. When they gave me 95s, he reduced them to 85s. When I asked him about his reasons and his promise to the Dean, he said that he gave the grades and did not care about his promise to the Dean in this matter. When he threatened to fail me after my oral exam, the other two professors, who regarded my performance as entirely satisfactory, threatened to go to the Dean to report his intention as entirely unwarranted if he carried it out; he did not. In the following spring of 1963, the department faculty elected me to membership in Phi Delta Kappa; I believed even then that, in honoring me, it was sending a message to Dr. Vars, not then a member. I completed my work in early 1964 and received my degree later in the year, after I had entered the Army. Years later, on a return visit to Cornell, I learned that Dr. Vars had left Cornell in 1966. I suspect, but do not know, that he was denied tenure. I am pleased that he has proved a better teacher for so many for so long at Kent State and prefer to think that his behavior toward me was anomalous.
Sally Burnell February 11, 2012 at 06:59 pm
The memorial service today at the UU Church was a full house. It's amazing how many people he eitherRead More knew, influenced or traveled in similar circles with. His life intersected with so many of us in one way or another that he has left his permanent mark on our town. Seeing his astonishing art, it is my belief that he is one of the great undiscovered lights of the art world whose work deserves a place in museums. There are several pieces of his that I've fallen in love with that I would truly love to own, or at least have a print of. Robert, you were truly one of a kind and you are so missed! Your unique presence was a part of the fabric of Kent that now feels empty without you in it. :-(
Hank February 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm
You could have bought one from him at the Farmers Market he had his table there for years.
Sal LaRosa February 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm
\ I knew Bob from Spring of 1962 until August of 1967. I admired his artist spirit. theRead More sensitivity and quality of his work. He was a sensitive man. We had many long talks, walking downtown in the snow. we talked about religiion, art history, drawing. our teachers. He helped me steal paint from the campus bookstore. I always admired the volume and extremely high quality of the work itself. Sal LaRosa BFA and MA from Kent State University 1964 and 1967. Currently living in Miami. Artist. Retired Professor.
Walter Hamilton III February 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Kent has lost a very talented son !!! A very nice & friendly man, and unfortunately aRead More misunderstood soul , for people who didn't take time the time to talk with Bob !!
Pat February 8, 2012 at 07:26 pm
Yes, an icon is gone, but there will never be anyone quite like him. He was the first person toRead More greet people coming into kent with his raised middle finger. I am just surprised no one ever beat him up. Now he is coming a great artist.
CHI CHI WARD December 5, 2011 at 08:38 pm
such a tragedy....Katie was in my son's class at Rootstown High...so so sad...sending much loveRead More & prayers to her family & friends....so so sad
Caleb December 7, 2011 at 02:24 am
The other driver was a husband and a father of two...it truly is a tragedy, both families leftRead More without their loved ones...
Shari Morter December 9, 2011 at 03:14 am
Katie was in my daughter's class in Rootstown....they only knew each other briefly but both attendedRead More Kent State in the College of Arts! She will be at the candle light service on campus such a nice tribute to Katie...our prayers to the the family.
Albert Beckwith October 31, 2011 at 02:39 am
Great Teacher & Great Coach. She counseled student and encourged them ato always participate inRead More their education and sportsmanship. Al Beckwith
Joseph m Pileggi October 21, 2011 at 05:14 pm
Im sorry to hear of the passing of Don he was a true good hearted friend that would do anything forRead More anyone. I can relate because i too lost my wife to cancer just a couple years ago,God Bless his heart and his family.. Joe Pileggi
Kasha Legeza October 24, 2011 at 04:13 pm
Beautiful piece, Matt. My heart is broken for the Beckett family.
Colin McEwen October 24, 2011 at 06:14 pm
Thanks for sharing this story, Matt.
Tom Becker October 20, 2011 at 01:12 am
Don has helped more people than anyone can know. The help he gave my son 6 years ago when he startedRead More collage is still going forward. Josh will graduate in a year and a half with his Doctorates in Physitcal Therapy. Thank You Don for helping him get started, we will miss you but never forget you. God bless. The Beckers
Barbara A. Barkley October 20, 2011 at 02:18 am
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Beckett's family and friends. He is a true hero. My brotherRead More lost his six-year battle with throat cancer last December at the age of 48. His passing left such a void in our lives, but we have been able to find some comfort in knowing his pain and suffering are over.
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