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 on January 13, 2003. The group's formation was supported by Vienna Township Trustee Glen 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. Block watches were also created.

Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch Members present William Hagood and Vienna Township Trustee Glen Wireman certificates for supporting the group, circa 2003.L to R: Karla Durig, Roseann Kennedy, William Hagood, Shirley Wittenauer, Glen Wireman, Susan PaschkeImage from the Vienna Historical Society's collection.Photo donated by Roseann Kennedy.

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 the group has held flag retirement ceremonies behind the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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.

A few attendees at the Vienna safety services Christmas dinner, December 2005.Image from the Vienna Historical Society's collection.Photo donated by Roseann Kennedy.

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.

Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch members decorate the Bicentennial Gazebo, circa 2005.Image from the Vienna Historical Society's collection.Photo donated by Roseann Kennedy.

The organization also hosts Vienna's annual National Night Out each summer on the Township Green.

National Night Out hosted by the Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch on August 1, 2017.Image courtesy of Christine Novicky.

The Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch organizes the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the fire department with assistance from the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Vienna firemen and Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch members with the Easter bunny at the fire station.Image courtesy of John Hinely.

The organization serves cookies and refreshments when Santa comes to the Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department at Christmastime.

Vienna firemen and Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch members with Santa at the fire station.Image courtesy of John Hinely.

Historically there have never been membership dues.

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

Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch Officers, 2006.Image from the Vienna Historical Society's collection.Photo donated by Roseann Kennedy.

Vienna Township Neighborhood Watch Presidents:
Roseann Kennedy (...2005-2012)
Mary Swift (2012-2016)
Michele Garman (2016 - 2020)
Linda McCullough (202
1 - Present)

Contributors: Shirley Wittenauer, Roseann Kennedy, Judy Klepfer & Christine Novicky


Updated 1/11/2022