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Contents Offering 04 ALifeCoach Lessons 06 Cooking Like an Italian 08 Sawyer Polen A Hometown Hope

11 5 Tips for Deer Hunting Veteran Showcase 14 22 All the Right Gear 24 Movember With a Compound Bow

Honoring All Those Who Served

True Knowledge Is Hairy

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A Coach Offering Life Lessons Story & Photo by Kate Minnich HisSide Writer & Designer

players and aids in the shaping of their personalities both on and off the pitch. Sugerman advises that the lack of a bond between the players shows on the field and can limit the productivity of the team. By encouraging a relationship between


or Brian Sugerman coaching soccer is about teaching the younger generations life lessons and encouraging them to enjoy the game regardless of the outcome. His passion for playing soccer, coaching various age groups and teaching the 3rd grade for eight years has given Sugerman a long term perspective. He readily admits that what he teaches in the classroom and on the pitch has a strong cross over and often involves taking time away from mandatory work to achieve success. “Every kid is different, learns differently. As teachers and coaches we are responsible for finding out what each one needs individually and giving it to them.” - Coach Sugerman The coach for the Rittman High School Girls Soccer team, Sugerman will turn practice into a bonding experience. Purposefully 4 — HisSide // November

“Coach really emphasizes teamwork and playing as a family. He is not just coaching, he is teaching us about life. Sometimes he will talk to us one on one just to see how healthy we are… physically and mentally. I know that if I have a problem I can go to him.” - Claudia Hartzler, Player for 2 years

grouping the girls differently than they would group themselves, Sugerman encourages relationships that may not occur off the pitch. This seemingly innocent gesture improves the performance of the

his players, he is opening their eyes to the possibilities of having a variety of friends from various backgrounds and experiences. Sugerman admits he will go so far as to cancel practice for a team bonding activity. Attending drive in movies, going to dinner, playing

foot golf, the girls on Sugerman’s soccer team are encouraged to build healthy relationships. By placing the girls on common ground and giving them similar experiences the team begins to learn about one another and form that bond.

Beyond shaping healthy relationships,it is also Sugerman’s aim to teach his players communication skills and the importance of “Rather than yelling and screaming, Coach calmly critiques our [performance] and tells us how we can do things better next time. As a captain, I find myself using Coach’s techniques to critique rather than criticize…to encourage my teammates and always try to stay positive.” - Taylor O’Dell, Player for 4 years attendance. Communicating with the coaches about an absence or tardiness is heavily stressed on Sugerman’s team. Acknowledging the overall life lesson, Sugerman is

preparing his team members to one day interact in a professional setting. Through his coaching style, Sugerman provides his players with an example of productive communication. Sugerman is careful to keep in mind the emotions and skill level of his players, even when providing criticism of the teams performance in a game. Sugerman promotes laughter and trust among all his students believing that “if kids enjoy themselves they are going to work harder.” On the pitch, his philosophy leads to more conversations about how players are performing rather than endless screaming. Sugerman pushes his players to be the best they can be by accessing what each one needs and encouraging them to work a little harder.

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here I grew up in Revere, Mass., a Boston suburb, Wednesday was known as “Prince Spaghetti Day.” The pasta maker’s television commercial showed a mom yelling out her second story apartment window in the North End (the Italian section and former home of Paul Revere). She was calling her son, Anthony. The boy can be seen running home because it was Wednesday, and everybody knew, “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day.” In my family, Sunday was pasta day. Each Sunday, my mother, Carmen Marie Mercuri, made her gravy. Not sauce, not marinara, not spaghetti sauce. Gravy. Revere was a predominantly Italian town when I was growing up, filled with Italian grocers, bakeries, butchers and restaurants. My mother was a Mercuri, and my grandmother was an Abbondondola. My greatgrandparents emigrated from Italy to this country. Sunday was always special because my mother started the gravy early, and you could smell it throughout our upstairs apartment. I never understood why we called it gravy. It wasn’t until about five or six years ago when I was watching an episode of “Good Eats” that I learned a sauce is made without meat, and a gravy is made with meat. My mother’s gravy had meat, and plenty of it. The meat changed over the years, and the selection of cuts expanded. She fries meatballs in a frying pan and throws them in the gravy. She puts pork, braciole and chicken in the gravy, too. There was a time when she was cutting up chunks from a

pepperoni stick (we never bought sliced pepperoni) and tossing them in. Her gravy always has a depth of flavor I have been unable to match. (Did I mention she fries her tomato paste?) If you wanted to taste the sauce, there was only one way to do it. Well, there was two. My mother would dip the wooden spoon (which also served as a disciplinary device the rest of the week) and taste it. But for me, I would get a slice of Italian bread and dip it into the sauce. My father, Bob Sr., was a chef and a very good one, but my mother cooked better than he did. I remember watching an episode from a Mario Batali show on the Food Network, and I remember him saying some like Italian cuisine is the cooking of grandma, and French cuisine is the cooking of science. What he said resonated with me. I have asked my mother how I can make gravy like her, and she tells me, “You have to get good cans of tomatoes. You need to fry your meatballs and your meat before you put them in the gravy. You have to season it with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, etc.” Then comes the question: “How much (of this ingredient) do you use?” “I don’t know. You know me. A

pinch of this. A pinch of that,” she tells me. This is why Batali’s quote rang so true to me. I tried to find his exact quote, and this is the closest I came doing a search: “The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn’t waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it.” Too many people are in search of the perfect recipe. Don’t look for the perfect; look for what tastes good to you. All those who want to cook, explore the culinary arts with the ingredients you have on hand. If you like it, then cook it again. Don’t worry about being perfect, just do the best with what you have. In the words of Mario Batali, “Deal with it.”

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Sawyer Polen: A Hometown Hope Story by Adam D. Arditi Dix Communications Photos Provided by Kent State University


e can understand how our past shapes us only when we first look back. Before we queue the music and risk getting too sentimental, let’s consider that looking back, like many things worth doing, can be dangerous. Some of us look back and get stuck in the stale glory days forever sighing, “Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.” and wondering, “What if?” But looking back can also be part of looking forward. After all, exploring where we have come from can help us to realize who we are in the present and where we hope to go. An athlete that I believe excels not

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only in his sport, but in the act of looking back in order to move forward is Sawyer Polen. Recently he and I had a chat, so if you have been wondering where Wooster, Ohio’s “golden glove” has been, where he is at, and what he is aiming for, have a look. Sawyer, son of Bruce and Barb Polen, became a well-known hometown name that dotted the sports section for his involvement in Wooster athletics. At Triway High School he was a three-sport athlete, who excelled in basketball, football, and baseball, as well as a top-quality student who was awarded the prestigious Roy S. Bates scholarship. Through hard work, in his junior year, he received a college scholarship from Kent State University to play baseball for the Division I Golden Flashes. The accolades continue, but first let’s look back. The role of sports in the Polen family is more than a game: sports are a way for them to connect, support, and love each other, no matter their age or how far apart they live. In fact, Sawyer credits his family as the foundation for his success in baseball. Every day after school his family, whether it was his dad, mom, brothers, uncle and aunts, or grandparents, was on the field helping him improve. Their support improved his skills and grounded his

love for sports outside of himself. Though he did not comprehend how important sports were to his life then, he now believes, “There is nothing that can measure up to what sports can do for a person.” Through it all Sawyer loved the healthy competition, the chance to be the best he could be, and he especially valued the opportunities to grow into a confident leader. As a leader, Sawyer embodies a rare quality: humility. His father, Bruce, recalls a story of when Sawyer was 12 years old, playing in a travel tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. that was being umpired by a former professional umpire. This ump was so impressed with Sawyer’s leadership during the game that he visited him afterwards in order to tell him that his humility would take him a long way. Well, it certainly has. Sawyer received offers from multiple colleges, but ultimately he valued the quality of Kent State and its proximity that would allow his family and friends to see him play. He began his freshman year at KSU as a starter, though not at his lifelong position of shortstop. He was asked to fill the gap at third base, and instead of protesting, he willingly made the switch, saying, “It would have been foolish for me to focus on just myself instead of my team.” Sawyer commends his teammates for their team-first focus, and credits his coach for helping him to think outside of himself. From this first year, Sawyer and

relationships with people off of the team. Instead of partying away the weekends, Sawyer was working on assignments before and after games, studying on the travel bus,

You really need to take a second to enjoy what the moment has to offer.

his KSU teammates formed a strong bond that united them and even led them to the College World Series for the first time in the university’s history. Not only did they play on the field together, they traveled the country coast to coast balancing both academics and athletics. Finding this balance was important, yet not always understood by others. Unfortunately, being a collegiate athlete is both romanticized by fans and criticized by those who believe sports overshadow academics. With tournament after tournament, Sawyer eventually felt misunderstood by certain students and professors on campus. By communicating clearly with his fellow students and professors, he helped them to see that he was a dedicated student-athlete, and in the process he learned it is just as important to form positive

and working tirelessly to maintain academics as the base of his college experience. Though working to excel at both academics and athletics was an exhausting challenge, it was one of his favorite experiences of college. Looking back he realizes this now, but he admits that during college he did not take enough time

to appreciate the present. If there is anything that he would share with younger athletes, it is, “You really need to take a second to enjoy what the moment has to offer.” Young or old, athlete or not, that is good advice. Since graduating from KSU, Sawyer is enjoying the present by spending more time with his family as well as working and living in Akron. Sawyer is grateful for being in a leadership role as a manager at a Sherwin-Williams store. All the better, he recognizes how his present work is being positively influenced by lessons learned from playing sports. The most important being: “If you have goals in what you are doing, you can find enjoyment in anything you can do.” He sees how our society distorts success by elevating the pursuit of making the most money, yet so many people





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end up unsatisfied as a result. At the present, Sawyer considers himself successful because he is happy and growing in what he is doing. Even so, there is no doubt that baseball is still on his mind. He has a strong desire to get involved with the sport again, and when asked about the big leagues, he says if he sees a chance to pursue a professional career he will go for it 100 percent. Sawyer recognizes that even though this pursuit would require absolute sacrifice, he would make a complete 180 in order to be playing at the highest level. If Sawyer makes it to the major leagues he is confident that he would never let the distractions of fame overtake him, and instead

would hope to set a good example for others. He certainly takes a humble approach saying, “Some athletes can be cocky and arrogant, but that was never my talent. God was the one who gave me the skills

to play; I am just glorifying him by doing what he gave me.” At this point Sawyer is content with his post-college life and he feels

a complete 180 is not yet a necessity. More than anything he hopes to become involved with baseball so he can be a role model to young athletes. He says, “At some point, I would love to get back to the town I grew up in and give hope to the kids that are playing in Wooster.” I am sure that Wooster would gladly welcome back one of their “hometown heroes”, even if the phrase makes Sawyer rather uncomfortable. He says that if he has a choice, he prefers the word “hope” instead of “hero”. Well Sawyer, you do have a choice and so do I. So here’s to a humble young man who has remained an inspiration on and off the field through his confidence and leadership...A true “Hometown Hope.”

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Veteran Showcase

o us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations...” With these words President Wilson established Armistice Day as a national holiday, November 11, 1919. Originally, the day was meant to commemorate the soldiers of World War I but after World War II and the subsequent maximum mobilization of American soldiers, the word Armistice was

swapped with Veteran when the Act of 1938 was modified on June 1, 1954. President Wilson’s initial speech remains true to the meaning of Veterans day, now meant to honor all those who serve our great nation. As you read through the following pages, I urge you to keep in mind these men are but a token of those who have served our country since its birth. Their sacrifice, whether it be in war time, peace time, by choice or due to draft, through land or by sea, has allowed our families to enjoy the lives they lead. Each solider has their own story and deserves recognition for standing tall when it counted the most.

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Sgt. Roger Acker (right) U.S. Army 16th infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division 1944-1946 World War II Germany POW- escaped A month after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, Sgt. Roger Acker and his squad became prisoners of war. Captured by German soldiers, the group was placed on a forced march that lasted a month. While marching behind enemy lines, American planes attacked the column, thinking them retreating enemy soldiers. It was during one of these attacks Acker chose to escape into the woods. Always traveling toward sounds of ammunition, Acker relied on the sound to lead him back to the American lines. For his bravery Sgt. Roger Acker was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, combat infantry badge, distinguished unit citation and two battle stars.

Ted Acker (left) U.S. Army 1945-1946 World War II Japan

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1941 - 1947 Carl Porter U.S. Army 1941-1945 World War II Master Sgt. Warren C. Schaffter U.S. Army 1941-1945 World War II

PFC Walter A. Nolan, Sr. U.S. Army 1944-1947 World War II Germany

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1948 - 1958

Richard A. Diehl U.S. Navy 1952-1955 Korean War

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Robert C. Diehl U.S. Navy 1951-1955 Korean War

Russell J. Miller U.S. Army 519th Field Artillery BN 1953-1955 Korea Staff Sgt. Robert E. Stoll U.S. Air Force 1948-1952 Korean War

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1955 - 1963

Don F. Hawkins U.S. Air Force Vietnam Era

Thomas E. Diehl U.S. Army 1960-1963 Vietnam War

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Part of a classified group referred to as Special Weather People, Robert Strock along with other gentlemen analyzed seismic activity across the world. Strock was based out of Wyoming while working to monitor earthquakes as well as nuclear activity. Detecting nuclear explosions by the Chinese and other countries across the world the group provided intelligence for the U.S. Government.

1967 - 1971

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1980- 2016

Sgt. Bradley J. Porter U.S. Army 2000-2013 Iraq & Afghanistan While acting as an Assault Section Leader during combat operations in Sadr City, Iraq on 30 August 2008, Sergeant Porter led his men on a search mission for a High Value Individual. Once located Porter and his men successfully captured the man after engaging in hand to hand combat with the individual and his comrades. This individual led the group to another enemy target responsible for actions against friendly forces. Porter was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor on April 29, 2016. 20 — HisSide // November

Christopher R. Esselburn Sgt. USMC Truck Co. 4th Marine Div. 2002-2010 Operation Iraq Freedom, Operations Enduring Freedom

LTC Michael J. Landers Infantry U.S. Army 1985-2013 Gulf War, War in Iraq & War in Afghanistan

Joseph Jacobs Command Sgt. Major U.S. Army 1986-2016 Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom, Operation Inherit Resolve.

Sgt. Edward H. Smolko U.S. Marine Corp 2010 - 2014 Operation Enduring Freedom

Honoring All Veterans of Every Generation Ohio Veterans Statistics Veterans Service statistics

629,889 Wartime Total No. of Ohio war veterans

293,927 Vietnam Era 237,689 Gulf War 236,591 Peacetime 72,535 Korean Conflict

866,481 as of 2014

41,778 World War II

Veteran Affairs

8% Female Veterans Veteran Affairs

47.6% Veterans Age 65 and Over Veteran Affairs

14.6% Receiving Disablilty Compensation Veteran Affairs

1,183 Estimated Homeless Veterans 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans,

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All the Right Gear Story by Colette Taylor Dix Communications


ne of the best things about living in our area is that you don’t need to go very far to enjoy the great outdoors. Ohio offers a range of amenities and activities at the local, state and national parks found in abundance throughout the state. If you are looking for a nice walk in the woods, a more rugged hike, or camping in a remote spot you can find it all a short car ride away. While camping in particular is often thought of as a summer activity, you can just as easily enjoy it all year round – with the right preparation. All the more important since the Ohio weather can go from mild to severe any time of year! We turned to the experts at Appalachian Outfitters to give us some direction on what gear is most important to

Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame Sleeping Bag: 22 Degree Synthetic Stuff Size: 7X16 in; regular length: 2 lb. 11 oz. Crafted with Lamina’s cozy Thermal Q synthetic insulation, water-resistant nylon shell and soft polyester lining. 22 — HisSide // November

Photos by Kate Minnich Dix Communications your camping experience. Appalachian Outfitters opened a smaller retail store at the Lodi Outlets this past spring where you can find boots, clothing and accessories. The flagship store, operating out of Peninsula for 20 years, is worth the drive

Patagonia Arbor Duffel 60L The Arbor has a padded base to protect your belongings. The body is made from 8.4-oz 600-denier 100% recycled polyester and lined with 200-denier 10% polyester; both fabrics have a polyurethane coating and a durable water repellent finish.

if you are looking for outdoor gear. Both locations carry top brands and have knowledgeable staff to assist with your search. Devin Pennypacker, sales associate at the Peninsula location, met with us to talk about key equipment to enhance the camping experience. Boots – Unless you are pitching a tent in your back yard, you are going to have to walk a ways to get to your serene and secluded campsite. Good boots, or shoes, are worth the investment of time and money to find the right ones. “You need to find the ones that work best for your feet,” said Devin. It won’t matter that you paid top dollar if they aren’t comfortable. Pack – This is another item that can enhance or detract from your experience. Get one that fits well and feels balanced. Consider the duration of your trip as this will determine the pack capacity needed and also the features needed. Features can include ease of access, frame type, pockets and storage, water reservoirs or ventilation enhancements. Tent & Sleeping Bag – These items in combination assure that you can get a good night’s sleep and be ready for the day’s activities. “Most situations really only require a three-season product, which can

Marmot Catalyst 2P 32.5 sq ft, 3.0 sq m; 5 lb. 3 oz. Light weight, freestanding the Catalyst 2P has a seam-taped catenary cut floor, color-coded poles for easy set-up. Two D-shaped doors, along with enough room and pockets to stash and organize all your gear.

save the user money while still being fully functional in most instances,” Devin explained. “If you are expecting more extreme weather other enhancements can be managed for those rare occasions.” Accessories – Let’s face it, even though you are planning on camping, there is no need to “rough it” too much. This is where accessories come in. Things like a thicker, more comfortable sleeping pad, a larger camp stove, camp chairs, and the like can add to your enjoyment of the outdoors. Devin cautions that while you could go wild picking your accessories “you still need to carry it all, so pick your items wisely.” If you are just starting to explore hiking and camping or are looking for new equipment Appalachian Outfitters can help you find what you need. More than just a retail shop, Appalachian Outfitters wants to enhance your outdoor experiences and offers local hiking excursions and educational events, like wilderness first aid classes or a recently added tree identification class – many of which are free to participate. Discover more about their products and services from their website, www. or stop out at the store for helpful advice and access to outdoor gear from top makers.

Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Men’s size 9: 19 oz All-leather upper portion, a pliable, extra comfortable collar; and a lightweight TPU forefoot plate that preserves the shoe’s integrity; BDry waterproofing; metal hardware and a lightweight, aggressive outsole. November // HisSide — 23

Movember True Knowledge Is Hairy Story by Joe Ciamacco Dix Communications

Art by Adam D. Arditi Dix Communications


The Whole Shabang

heesy pun aside, it has always been something we know is happening but don’t always know the reason much less the origin. In all honesty as much as they are similar, the two are actually slightly different. Movember began in Australia back in 2004. A group of 30 men began to grow out their mustaches to raise awareness for men with prostate cancer and depression. 6 O’clock News The rules were that the mustache and sideburns could not meet. Grooming is important when it

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• Suspension • Tires • Lift Kits • Tonneau Covers

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• Mud Flaps • Steps • Hitches • Bumpers

• Lighting • Floor Lining • Rhino Liner

comes to the rules in this case. This differs from No-Shave November because you are simply putting down the razor and growing out all hair. Even women put down the razor when it comes to their legs. No-Shave has the participant donating money that would otherwise be used for grooming. The history behind it goes back much further than you would imagine. It is said that in ancient Greece, Plato proclaimed that their guardians needed to imitate the most knowledgable of the time. So in their case, the Gods. I mean, come on, who was more knowledgable than Zeus? The reason for November was because the Greek calendar had no month of November, but the young guardians spent 30 days growing their beards to imitate the Gods. Aristotle then continued the tradition basing it on ethics. Not a fan of Greek legends or myths? How about socialist Karl Marx who had decided that the month of November would be the time to grow out his beard. He is credited with calling it No-Shave November, though he was not raising awareness for anything. His reasons were to upset the middle class French, and to help factory owners celebrate communism. These days you can find websites dedicated to partnerships and sponsorships for donations to any of the major foundations participating in both Movember and No-Shave November.

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