Library celebrates ‘Where We're Going, Where We've Been'

Tickets are still available for a celebration this Saturday, August 23, at the Rossford Public Library to unveil an expansion of the local history mural.

The event's theme is "Where We're Going, Where We've Been," and will showcase the second wall of the mural.

Tickets for the adults-only event are on sale at the library for $25. Checks should be made payable to Rossford Public Library Foundation.

With a 1950s theme, the celebration will feature the '50s and '60s band, the Watermelon Men, along with a classic car show, catering with 1950s style cuisine and a cash bar. There also will be an outdoor screening of the movie, "American Graffiti."

Dress is casual or themed attire, and the event will run from 7 to 11 p.m.

For nearly a year, a mural committee has been sorting through submitted photos to select those that will be part of the second wall.

Among the photos to be featured are:

Top left-This float celebrated Rossford's 75th anniversary and was sponsored by Grove's, a former 5-and-10 store. Here, it is passing the former Foodtown store that now houses Rite Aid.

Top right-Charlotte Starnes and Lucille Keaton are all dressed up to celebrate Rossford's 75th birthday in August 1973.

Bottom left-Janos Szalai was a city employee for many years and was noted for his attention to maintaining beautiful flowers throughout Rossford. He often scattered vegetable seeds in with the flowers and could be seen harvesting tomatoes along the Dixie Highway boulevard.

Later in life, he was a fixture at Rossford Bulldog athletic events and often was seen giving candy to residents as he walked around town.

For more information on the celebration, call the library at 419-666-0924.