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Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch

The Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch was initially organized by by Police Chief Dave Ovesny, Officer Ed Yesco, and citizen Shirley Wittenauer in January 2003.  The group's formation was supported by Vienna Township Trustee Glenn Wireman due to the numerous break-ins to sheds, outbuildings, and unattached garages in the Township.  Wittenauer, and other concerned citizens, felt that forming this group would be a great way to get safety information out to the community and also form block watches.

The group would host monthly speakers focusing on community safety and security, but also expanded to other topics of interest within their mission.  Past speakers have included police officers from Vienna Township and other local departments, the chief of the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department, local judges, and attorneys.  Representatives from the Trumbull County Water & Sewer Department and the Better Business Bureau have been speakers for the group.

Besides monthly meetings, the organization started the Vienna Chili Cook-Off as a fundraiser for the Vienna Police and Fire Departments.  The event was originally held in April and October of each year.  The Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch held a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle at the chili cook-off fundraiser.  The Amish dinner, which replaced the April chili cook-off in 2010, was another fundraiser for the group.  Monies from fundraisers were donated to areas of need in Vienna, such as the Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry.

In the past they have held flag retirement ceremonies behind the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department.  The organization also hosts Vienna's annual National Night Out each summer on the Township Green. 

The Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch organizes the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the fire department with assistance from the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department.  The organization serves cookies and refreshments when Santa comes to the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department at Christmastime.  The Vienna Neighborhood Watch also hosts an annual Christmas dinner for the Vienna Police and Fire Departments in the meeting room at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.  The group organizes and wraps gifts for the Giving Tree for children in Vienna Township and also decorates the gazebo on the Vienna Township Green for Christmas.

Historically there have never been membership dues.   Anyone interested may attend meetings.

The first elected officers of the Vienna Neighborhood Watch:
Shirley Wittenauer, Co-President
Sue Paschke, Co-President
Roseann Kennedy, Vice-President
Karla Durig, Secretary
Ron Miller, Treasurer

Roseann Kennedy (...2005-2012)
Mary Swift (2012-2016)
Michele Garman (2016 - present)

Contributors: Shirley Wittenauer, Roseann Kennedy, Judy Klepfer & Christine Novicky
Updated 8/13/2020