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been synonymous with mountain biking in northeast Ohio. The mountain bike course, located at 4300 Mechanicsburg Road, sits on 125 acres of land just outside of Wooster. With its steep ravines, creative trails and its unique wood trail structures, the trail has become famous in the local cycling scene. Rody Walter of 331 Racing, who manages the property and aims to keep it open for public use, said in 2014 alone, 3,200 unique users visited the property. There are a lot of things contributing to trail’s robust fan base, he said, notably the highly technical riding experience. Walter said the trail is like that because of one main thing — its history. Most mountain biking courses in the area were built on public land, he said. Vulture’s Knob has been privately owned since its inception. Initially a farm, the property was turned into the Wayne County landfill, which Walter said is the reason for the plethora of historic household items strewn across the property. Following its stint as a landfill, he said the property was no longer suitable for development and was eventually purchased by Mark Condry. “He used it primarily for just enjoying being outdoors,” Walter said. “He did some hunting and trapping.” In spending time outside, Walter said Condry eventually turned his focus to mountain biking and in the early 1990s, he built a series of small trails on the property with the help of friend Todd Caldwell. “They had no preconceived notion of what a mountain bike trail was,” Walter said. The two men just got out into the woods

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started building. While initially a small network of trail, Vulture’s Knob eventually grew and included many unique features, such as jumps, platforms and other wooden structures. “That really challenged the rider every time they came out,” Walter said. In the late 2000s, he said, the property changed hands a couple of times, eventually coming under the purview of 331 Promotions. It is this history of privatization that has allowed the course to be so technical, Walter said. Courses that are built on public lands, such as a public park, require builders to bend to the will of higher powers with other interests. “We did not have any such restrictions. Imagination was the only limit,” he said. Had Vulture’s Knob been built on public land, Walter said, “there were many features that never would have been approved.” Of the 3,200 people who come to Vulture’s Knob, he said, less than 5 percent are actually from Wayne County. People come from all over Ohio and even other states. Walter said some people have traveled across the country to try out “The Knob.” Keith Miller of Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland is one of the many people who come to Wooster to ride the single track. He said he makes the trip “as much as possible.” “For an experienced rider, that is the place you want to go,” Miller said. “You know Continued on page 4

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“The Cradel” is one of  the many unique wood  structures at Vulture’s  Knob that has made the  course so well known.  Keith Miller of Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, who frequents the park, cited it as one of his favorite features, saying, “that thing is so sick.”

you’re going to be tested.” Despite the majority of users residing outside of Wayne County, many in the local cycling community are very aware of Vulture’s Knob. Orrville Cycling and Fitness and fitness Roger Amstutz said, just like many local bike shops, his shop has supported the trail since its inception. “It’s just a fun, fun place,” Amstutz said, adding it has changed over the years. “They find little ways to improve on it.” One change that has been popular, he said, is the inclusion of bypasses around some of the more technical features on the trail. That feature makes the sport more accessible. “Cycling is a sport that can be enjoyed from cradle to grave,” Walter said, explaining it can be enjoyed by anyone. For those who want to try out the sport at Vulture’s Knob, Walter said, first check the the Vulture’s Knob Facebook page for trail updates, sign in at the cabin, fill out a release form and give a donation if possible. Helmets are mandatory. 

A group of volunteers  prepare to work on a  section of trail at  Vulture’s Knob.  The trail has  become famous for its  dramatic elevation  changes and  wood structures.

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A nature nut, Barb Vitcosky was always curious about her outdoor surroundings while growing up in Pennsylvania. “I loved looking under rocks and was undaunted by the slippery and slimy leaves,” said Vitcosky, who put that passion and curiosity to work at The Wilderness Center, a 3,600 acre non-profit nature complex that includes 10 miles of hiking trails, breathtaking forests, streams, prairies and farmlands, as well as an Interpretive Building with nature store and wildlife observation room.

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Downtown Wooster is the place to be! Featuring 25 local restaurants, coffee shops, unique boutique shopping, a craft brewery, the Everything Rubbermaid Store, antiques galore, luxurious lodging, and much more, a trip to downtown Wooster will not disappoint. If you want to get the most from your visit, we suggest you plan it around one of the many events happening downtown and that you plan to stay overnight. Downtown Wooster is home to the St. Paul Hotel, a chic boutique hotel with amenities second to none, the Market Street Inn, an 1897 Historic Landmark Bed and Breakfast, and the recently renovated Best Western. The event season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the first installment of “Sounds of Downtown” on May 22nd. The street music series is sure to give you that big city feel in quaint Wooster, Ohio and it happens all summer long! Not long after Memorial Day, comes the opening of the Downtown Wooster Farmer’s Market and Kid’s Day on June 6th. These two long standing downtown Wooster traditions serve as the true “kickoff to summer.” The Farmer’s Market features live music, more than 20 growers and runs every Saturday thru October 31st at Public Square. In addition, June also features Ladies Night Out (June 11th), The U.S. Army Field Band Concert (June 25th), and the first

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“When I saw a job open up here, I was the first to apply four years ago,” Vitcosky said, reliving how she landed her dream job. For 50 years, the Wilderness Center has been providing unique experiences for all visitors. From astronomers, who take advantage of the Astronomy Education Building with Planetarium and Observatory, to the Wild Edibles club, a group dedicated to forging creative culinary feasts off the land, The Wilderness Center has

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something for everyone. “We welcome nature lovers from every age and walk of life,” Vitcosky said. “We have 10 miles of hiking trails that change with the season. You can visit us again and again, and it will always look a little different. In our Interpretive Building, we have educational displays and an Wildlife Observation Room, where people will come for hours. “You never know what you’ll be able to find here,” Vitcosky said. While the Wilderness Center reported over 76,900 visitors to its Interpretive Building last year, it’s 700 volunteers, Vitcosky said, is what makes it a truly unique place. And the volunteers do everything from answering phones to office work to guiding tours. “The volunteers make us special,” she said. “A lot of children have had

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their first impressions of nature on the walks that are led by Wilderness Center volunteers. They do a great job of introducing people to wildlife and nature. ... It makes it special.” While volunteers introduce kids to nature through guided walks, The Wilderness Center fosters that learning with a handful of programs and over a dozen clubs, including a bird club, botanizers club and cavers and climbers. “Wild Edibles, that’s my little pet project,” Vitcosky said with a laugh. “We go forge for edible eats, and it’s really growing in popularity.” Earthly Delight, The Wilderness Center’s biggest fundraiser, is slated for Sept. 10 at Gervasi Vineyards in Canton. The event usually generates over $100,000.

Starting last year, Ales to Trails, a beer, food and music festival, on July 18 at The Wilderness Center has quickly become one of its most popular events. “We have beers, food and music. It’s all outdoor, too, so we’re hoping for good weather,” Vitcosky said. The Wilderness Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, check out Staff Writer Jonathan Scholles can be reached at 330-287-1632 or He is @jonschollesTDR on Twitter.


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ready to embark on bicentennial celebration! By WALTER DOERSCHUK

Residents in the southeastern part of Stark County are excited to celebrate a historic milestone. That’s because East Sparta, Pike Township and Sandyville will mark their 200th birthday this year. Instead of just enjoying one day to eat a birthday cake, the three communities have planned several events during the summer and fall months to look back on the history of their towns.  Organizers have been on planning committees for several years to prepare for the events and they look forward to see what is in store.  “Our 200th year planning started at least five years earlier,” said Kay Weisen, who serves as the president of the Pike Township Historical Society. “I joined about half way through that time. My thinking was that it was an important milestone for our area and I should help out in any way I could. I know two hundred years is not long for England, Europe of Asia and even the east coast of our country, but here, we were the frontier of a new nation. I think that is important to celebrate.” Phyllis Strad has been working with the bicentennial executive committee since 2009.  “We are so excited to see it all come together,” Strad said. “We are planning fun for the whole family. I’m very proud of our Pike Township subcommittee and

the support they are giving Kay and I with the coming events.” The celebration began on March 21 with a kickoff event at Sandy Valley High School where youngsters took part in a kid fest during the day and adults joined the fun later for a dinner and dance. It got the juices flowing for what is still to come. The summer events start with Log Cabin Day on June 20. It features the historic log cabin off Westbrook Street which is visible from state route 800. Each year, the Pike Township Historical Society displays artifacts from the area throughout the cabin for visitors to peruse.  Last year, visitors to the Log Cabin Day saw items from as early as the 1800s and as late as the 1980s. One of them was a discharge letter for Franklin Newhouse. He was part of the Jacob Flores Company in the Civil War.  Weisen said one of the exhibits this year will feature a Red Cross volunteer dress. It was owned and worn by Marian Conrad of East Sparta from the 1940s.  “We will be choosing different pictures from the ones we used last year of the Pike Township area, including farms and buildings and people,” Continued on page 14

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Weisen added. “We would like to have more pictures of people who formerly lived here.” Visitors to Log Cabin Day will also be able to enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, chips and cupcakes along with soft drinks and bottled water which will be available to purchase.  After Log Cabin Day, the bicentennial celebration continues with the East Sparta Homecoming June 25-27.  The annual three-day event includes traditional carnival rides and concessions. The festival also features a parade, entertainment and presentation for the Person of the Year in East Sparta.  A month after the homecoming, the town of Sandyville will keep things going with a chicken barbecue.  On Sept. 26, Pike Township will host

A three-day homecoming celebration will be one of the staples of the East Sparta, Pike Township and Sandyville bicentennial celebration.

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another part of the celebration beginning with a driving tour. Following lunch that day, the Daughters of the American Revolution will perform a grave marking ceremony. The ceremony will be held for Revolutionary soldier George Fetters, whose grave is in the East Sparta Cemetery. It will include speakers and uniformed soldiers. A group of re-enactors of the American Revolutionary War will be at the log cabin in East Sparta. Jeremy Meier will also portray Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in costume. Perrt was the commander of the war of 1812. Part of that happened on Lake Erie three years before the East Sparta, Pike Township and Sandyville area was founded. Meier’s portrayal will include a question and answer session.  Festivities for the bicentennial conclude toward the end of the year. The Sandy Valley community holiday parade will be held in East Sparta on the morning of Nov. 21. The annual holiday parade rotates each year between Magnolia, Waynesburg and East Sparta.  The last event is the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in East Sparta, and plans for that event are still in the works.  Strad said she hopes all of the events will encourage residents to take a look to the past.  “We are hoping these events will spark some interest in preserving our past history,” she said, “and will generate energy an interest in making history for the future residents of our area to be proud of. I guess it all comes down to having pride in our area, and for its people.” v

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“Lasting Traditions with a New Flair!” Louisville Thanks to local resident Olga T. Weber, Louisville has been commemorating “Constitution Day” since 1952. On Sept. 17, 1952, Congressman Frank T. Bow spoke at a program organized by Mrs. Weber at the high school auditorium, sponsored by the newly formed committee “For the Preservation of the Constitution.” From that point until now, the committee has evolved and sponsored the oldest continuous observance of “Constitution Day” in the country. The Constitution Committee had new leadership that began in 2014. Constitution Committee President Joyce Hudnell, and the Chamber’s Executive Director, Rhonda Griffin are both lifelong residents of Louisville who have been working together. They, along with Mayor Pat Fallot and City Manager Tom Ault, have created new events downtown and energize the upcoming festival. The Constitution Festival Committee has planned new and exciting events along with the traditional ones that will take place beginning Sept. 10 and run through Sept. 20.

“One of my goals as president is to enhance our events, and I think you will agree as you attend the Festival, Prayer Breakfast, Pageants and Parade we have accomplished this,” Hudnell said. “I am most proud of the fact that we were able to bring the Naturalization Ceremony to our city and show our new citizens why we are Constitution Town. This is definitely the highlight of the week, and an event you should attend.” One of the new events leading into the festival will be “The Hungry Games” a youth night out, Continued on page 16


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hosted by the Constitution Queen and her court. They will gather at Metzger Park Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m. for music, amusement rides, and games, while enjoying pizza from local shops and voting for their favorite. The official kick off of the three-day festival will begin Friday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. with an added processional of “First Responders” through downtown to Metzger Park at which time a ceremony in their honor will take place at the Blue Star Memorial. This will include luminary lanterns being let off in honor of those lives lost. The festival will feature amusement rides, crafts and food vendors, fun for the whole family. The highlight of the evening will feature live entertainment provided by Country Music Star Ricky Lee and The Band America! This stop will be part of his “Small Town America Tour” culminating with fireworks bursting in the sky showing our American Pride! The festival will reopen at 11 a.m. on Saturday with added features including the pet parade, Constitution Car Show, musical entertainment, along with crafters and food vendors. The festival continues through Sunday and will come to a close with “Rock the Park”, a Christian Music Concert. The Chamber itself is hosting several new events this year, all open to the public. “My goal is to involve all of our chamber members, at these events, enabling them to present themselves to the community and show what they have to offer,” Griffin said. “I strongly feel if we all work together and get back to the basics of patronizing and supporting our local businesses, we will be able to stimulate economic growth within our community.”

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Louisville has many family owned and operated businesses over 100 years old. This is a testament to the dedication of those committed to seeing their community thrive. The events begin April 25 at The Foltz Community Center with “April In Paris”, a buffet dinner and show featuring Michael Sonata, one of the most sought after Frank Sinatra tribute artists in the country. On Saturday, May 16, they will be hosting a car show at the Foltz Community Center’s 20 Year Anniversary Celebration. New “Downtown Summer Series” events will be held Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. Cruise-Ins will be May 20, June 10, and July 22. Cars can cruise into downtown Louisville and park on South Mill and Gorgas streets around the green space. DJ “Chris Corbie” will be playing oldies, dash plaques and door prizes for cruisers, raffles and a 50/50 drawing to benefit chamber community programs. Chamber member businesses, organizations and food vendors will be set up on the green space and members open downtown will include Kate’s Place restaurant, Uptown Joe coffee shop, Beatty’s Sports, Kerchner’s Kards, and the “Ahh” Art & History Gallery

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which is part of the 20/20 vision with ArtsinStark, the city and chamber. Music Fests will be featured downtown on Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. The Constitution Car Show will be Sept. 12 at Metzger Park, held in conjunction with the threeday festival. October will bring out the “Scarecrows on Parade” at Giant Eagle Oct. 10 – 24, then the auctioning of the “crows” at the annual Adult Halloween Party Oct. 24 at the Louisville Eagles. They will end the year Dec. 6 when they “Light Up Louisville” downtown from 3-7 p.m. For more information on event dates and times, see their display ad or visit or They invite everyone from all over Ohio to come and be a part of the festivities and see all that Louisville has to offer. v

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continues to evolve, improve each year. By ROB TODOR


The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival is the city’s signature summer event, and festival organizers are already planning for the 2015 event, scheduled for Aug. 6-16. Sue Grove, who was president of the festival board for the past two years and will continue as chairman of the Pageant Committee, was proud of not only the success of the 2014 event, but also the response by townspeople and visitors. “We want to keep what works -- building on what is a strong foundation -- but we also want to be proactive in response to comments we receive from

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people who attend the festival,” said Grove. She noted that improved transportation to Days in the Park was the result of concerns the board heard from citizens who had issues getting to the park. “We worked really hard on that as a board,” said Grove, “because it’s important that folks who want to attend festival events be able to do so.” Another positive change was working with Channel 11 to record music at the Rib Fest and Days in the Park. Those programs are then aired by Channel 11 throughout the festival. “As a board, we want to be sensitive to the pulse of the community,” said Grove, “and we don’t take Continued on page 21

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it lightly. The end result is a more successful festival because more people are able to enjoy it.” Looking ahead, the 2015 festival -- for which Danielle Caserta will assume the position as board president -- is more about improving what is already in place, rather than creating new events or eliminating anything. “We are looking at a few things,” said Grove. “We’ve (previously) added some events before the actual festival dates, and there’s a sense that we want to look at moving them back into the dates of the actual festival. We’re still exploring some of those ideas.” Grove is especially pleased with the initiative the board took last year in the publication of the Scarlet Carnation Book, a coloring book that was given to Alliance City Schools students as a way to educate them about the flower and Alliance’s role in its history. There are plans to expand the program to other school districts, and Grove is hoping the state legislature will approve funding for the program. Grove said the board was also pleased with the dis-

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contest that was inaugurated last year. That program gave businesses the opportunity for promotion before and during the festival. “Without question, we are grateful for the support of our donor sponsors and all the businesses in town who support the festival,” said Grove, “and we wanted to have a way to recognize them.” She also pointed to the success of the Flite Test, which introduced drone demonstrations. The return of the Style Show and Luncheon was also received positively, said Grove. “The weather cooperated for the most part,” she said. “We did get some rain before Days in the Park, but the Parks Department did a wonderful job and got that area ready. It was squishy, but not muddy.” Grove said she was grateful to serve as board president for two years. Highlighting her final festival was a proclamation, presented to the festival board by Alliance Mayor Alan Andreani and signed by Gov. John Kasich, in recognition of the festival’s 55th year. “We would not have a festival without, one, the hard work of our board and committee members,” she said, “and two, our donor sponsors. And three, just as importantly, all the people who come out and take part in the events and come back to Alliance to enjoy the festival. “It was a wonderful opportunity to represent our city and the home of the scarlet carnation,” she said. “It’s been a whirlwind.” v

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After years of preparation, the city of Ashland will celebrate its 200th birthday with activities and events all year. New events and century old traditions were planned for the celebration, most of which will happen during the summer. The city was founded in 1815 as a dirt road with a little over a dozen log cabin houses. Today, it is the

home for over 23,000 people and known as “someplace special.” Since 2011 a core groups of Ashland leaders and enthusiasts have comprised the bicentennial committee to plan a series of events for the anticipated year. Their ability to raise $386,000 has surprised them and opened up opportunities for more events than what they had originally planned. “The response has been far more than we ever thought. The excitement of who we are and where we

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For More Information Call 330-208-6463 Or Visit Our Website At

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School 2015 Summer Camps!

i9 Sports - Helping Kids Succeed In Life Through Sports

To learn more, visit or call 330-657-2796, ext. 100

- Core Values Fun Inclusivity

Safety Integrity

Good Sportsmanship

Focus on development rather than winning


July 27-31 • 6 - 12 years old Old Trail School, Akron August 10-14 • 6 - 17 years old Rotary Camp, Akron August 17-21 • 18 years and older Rotary Camp, Akron Call Julie 330-760-3395


PARKS AND RECREATION Summer Camp June 11 through August 14, 2015


• Weekly Themes and Events • Scheduled Field Trips to Wild and Fun Places Like Putt-Putt Golf, Roller Skating, Bowling • Qualified and Experienced Camp Counselors • Full and Part Time Care Available Call Today to Reserve Your Child’s Place

330-633-2997 154 East Ave. Tallmadge, OH 44278


Registration Dates May 4 thru 22 For additional information visit

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HIRAM HOUSE CAMP for Boys & Girls - on 172 Wooded Acres

SUMMER DAY, OVERNIGHT & HORSEBACK RIDING CAMPS AVAILABLE “Enriching the Lives of Children Since 1896” 33775 Hiram Trail Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 Call (216) 831-5045 - Register Now Online! Join Us for Summer Fun!

Tallmadge Summer Camp at Lions Park Camp is organized into three age-appropriate groups:

5-6, 7-9 & 10-13

July 1st - 3rd • Mon-Fri. 9:00am-2:00pm July 6th - Aug. 7th • Mon-Fri. 9:00am-2:00pm Camp starts as low as $25.00 per week.

For More Information, Contact STVM at 330.253.9113 ext.112 or

Before & After Camp Activities are available.


with Akron General LifeStyles

For almost 20 years, we have offered a variety of camps for children ages 3-14. Days are filled with fun indoor and outdoor activities that promote an exciting atmosphere while encouraging fitness, sportsmanship and learning.

Stow, Akron or Green locations

FOR MORE INFO CALL Tallmadge Rec Center


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Improve your athletic skills at Hoban’s summer sports camps. Baseball Lacrosse Basketball Soccer Bowling Tennis Cheerleading Volleyball Football Wrestling

2015 Summer Camp Programs

Hudson Equestrian Center, Inc. and Buchum Farm


Home of Hudson Interscholastic Equestrian Teams Regional & National Champions


RESIDENT CAMP: Boys and Girls, ages 7-16 DAY CAMP: Boys and Girls, ages 5-12 Day Camp transportation available all 8 weeks! For more information call 330.773.9107

Weekly Riding Camp Starts June 8


2242 Ravenna St., Hudson Lee Cosma • 330.807.1829

2015 SUMMER CAMPS CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CVCA offers a large variety of summer camps for girls and boys ages 7 to 16. For information and to register, visit

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Programs from preschool to high school 4687 Wyoga Lake Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224


Day • Sport • STEM Arts • Adventure

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Maple Crest Farms Equestrian Camps

Tuesday- Saturdays 8:30 am to Noon see our website for dates

Age ranges 5 to 18 - Skill levels from Beginners to Advanced Reservations and deposits required Much more to do. Check us out at our web site


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Speech-Language Therapy Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Behavioral Therapy (ABA) LLA Therapy is a pediatric practice operating for over 25 years.



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are as a community is most evident,” said Rick Spreng, chairman of the committee. The committee decided to amplify existing events like Asland BalloonFest and have a bicentennial parade during the July 4 weekend. Some new events will be added throughout the year, heeding community suggestions, such as a beard-growing contest and a beauty pageant. Not all the money raised is going toward celebratory events. An endowment will be created for the benefit of future community programs with any excess funds. The big events will start May 15 and 16 with a bicentennial ballet, “An Evening at the Old Opera House,” performed by Ashland Regional Ballet and Opus II Dance Studio. The 4th of July weekend is traditionally a popular weekend for tourists to come to Ashland with Ashland Balloonfest, parade and fireworks show all taking place during that weekend. The bicentennial committee is amping up the holiday weekend with a bigger fireworks display, a bicentennial parade and a vintage baseball game. The weekend will start Thursday, July 2, with a bicentennial queen pageant, a little princess pageant and the annual kick off for Ashland Balloonfest. For those with plans during the holiday weekend, the committee has planned other events throughout July, including the 16th annual Ashland Chautauqua on July 14 through 18, and a Civil War encampment July 18 and 19. A community church service will play host to all churches in the area July 28, the same day a time capsule will be buried. A duathlon — a running and bicycling race — will be Aug. 30 and Ashland Symphony Orchestra will

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Balloons liftin g off during th e 2014 Ashland Ball oonfest perform Sept. 12 in the new Ashland High School Bob and Jan Archer Auditorium. For the full list of bicentennial events in Ashland this year go to v

John Anders on performs as Robert Frost during a 2014 Ashla nd Chautauqua performance at Guy C. Myers Mem orial Band Sh ell.

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Ohio Theatre Louise Swartzwalder


Ohio Theatre, with its lavish seating and cozy atmosphere, is ready to beckon many more people to its refurbished environs over the next several months. A series of films will be shown, plus the production of “Les Miserables” by Loudonville High School students. An example of film that will be shown is “Gone With the Wind,” first shown in Loudonville on April 17, 1940. It will be shown and celebrated April 17 and 18, the 75th anniversary of its original showing. The events at the theater — an opera house opened in 1909 — are being organized by Kenny Young. Ohio Theatre has gotten much attention recently, Young said. A lot of it is because the theater now has revamped heating and cooling. Films and productions are regularly scheduled. The recent performance of “Phantom of the Opera” allowed area residents to get reacquainted with Julie Anna Crookston, who had performed in Loudonville during the village’s bicentennial production about Mabel Berra in August. Young said the theater was full that day, even though one performance was on a Saturday — a snow day. That day, Young circulated information about Friends of the Ohio Theatre. This is a new group Young suggested be formed, to support efforts at the theatre. Those who attended the “Phantom of the Opera” production were asked if they wanted to support the theater in a variety of ways. People could express support by saying

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Ashland Times-Gazette Staff Writer they would volunteer at the theater. Or they could give donations. About $2,000 was collected from donations then, Young said. The new group, Friends of the Ohio Theatre, is working with an older group of people who supported the theatre, Loudonville Theatre Arts Committee. Young decided to approach theater patrons directly. He said he has many other ideas about how to help create more interest in the theater. He is interested in doing a special of John Wayne films, and he has explored the possibility of having wine and cheese tastings in conjunction with theater productions. Kenny Young The village poses in fron t of a reel of 3 of Loudonville 5 mm film at Ohio Theatre has said no to in Loudonvil le. having wine and beer in the theater, citing an ordinance officials say prevents such an action, Young said. But he thinks there is a possibility differences can be worked through so that more events can be held at the historic theater. For more information, visit v

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68th Annual Summit County

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Presented by the Summit County Council of Italian-American Societies and the City of Akron

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING in city & county lots/decks

July 8th 9th & 10 th, 2015 Lock 3 - Downtown Akron

Spend the day in Victorian splendor...


See our ad on page 33 Contact Hower House for details 330.972.6909


THURS & FRI. 11am-11 pm SAT. 11 am-MIDNIGHT

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Stan Hywet Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary in 2015 It’s the beginning of a 2nd Century in Bloom


Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. Built between 1912-1915, F.A. Seiberling and his family moved in on Christmas Day, 1915. Designed by architect Charles S. Schneider, the Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. The Seiberlings hired Boston landscape architect Warren H. Manning to design the gardens and grounds. “We are honored to be the


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opens for the 2015 season on April 1, a milestone year celebrating its 100th anniversary. The season, 2ND CENTURY IN BLOOM, features an anniversary celebration for the community, special tours and exhibits highlighting the history of the estate, including the shift of this magnificent house from a private residence to public museum now enjoyed by visitors from around the world.

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e e West Terrac th w lo e b s ie Peon stewards of this magnificent estate. The Seiberlings left us with an enduring legacy which we have the privilege to share, and a rich archive that will be presented throughout the 2015 season. We are dedicated to ensuring the gardens are always in bloom, the Estate is preserved and restored, the stories are shared and every generation in our community helps set the stage for the second century of this national historic landmark,” notes Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

A highlight of 2ND CENTURY IN BLOOM is a new specialty tour, “Blueprints to Bricks: Manor House 100th Anniversary Tour.” Offered twice daily, this tour, both inside the Manor House and outside on the grounds, focuses on how the Estate was planned and constructed, with a new tour route in the Manor House, where guests will see and venture into areas and unique spaces that are usually not accessible. In the gardens, BLOOM! is on display, June 2-September 20. This larger-than-life installation features the glass artistry of Craig Mitchell Smith. Thirty-two kiln-fired and nature-inspired glass sculptures will be “planted” in the gardens; twelve are inspired by, and designed specifically for the Estate. The sculptures will be up-lit for special “Twilight & Flashlights” evening tours on Thursdays and Fridays from August 20-September 4. Also outside is “Picturing the Past” an exhibit with 15 select oversized photographs of


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of Alcoholics Anonymous at the Gate Lodge, and the Father’s Day Car Show features century cars from 1915 and OFFICIAL CELEBRATION: earlier, live music, and a display of vintage bicycles Community Day Stan Hywet hosts its official 100th by the Ohio Wheelmen. The annual Gala, a Shakeanniversary celebration at COMMUNITY DAY on Sunspearean Ball on June 19, is inspired by the Seiberday, August 16. Admission will be free for registered lings’ housewarming party shortly after they took up guests (online at later this spring) and residence at Stan Hywet. the day includes vintage base ball, complimentary The 49th annual OHIO MART is October 1-4, with tours, antique cars, games, a Goodyear Band concert, highlights that include a 100th anniversary store and geocaching, historic interpretations by the History a museum tent celebrating the history of Stan HyFirst Hand acting troupe and more. wet’s volunteer Auxiliary Board at this annual artisan craft festival. In keeping with the yearlong theme, PUBLIC PROGRAMS DECK THE HALL in November and December focuses Special events that are guest favorites are also on “The Seiberling Family Christmases” with an exreturning. “Inspiration in Bloom,” a fresh floral exhibit hibit of the family’s traditions in the 1920s, and a scale is on display in the Manor House, April 10-12 and model of the Manor House - made out of gingerOctober 1-4. Founders’ Day commemorates the 80th bread. More than 800,000 lights will illuminate the anniversary of the founding Estate, including Dazzle and Gingerbread Land. More information is available at www.stanhywet. org or by calling 330-836-5533. v

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A directory of Upcoming Events in Ohio

On Historic Tallmadge Circle

37th AnnuAL BALLOOn A-FAiR FEStiVAL Sept. 17th - 20th

Thurs., Sept. 17th - Children’s Parade 5:30PM Registration 6:30PM Downtown Ravenna

Friday, Sept. 18th Community Kick-Off Breakfast

7:30AM Elks Club - R.S.V.P. by 9/11/15

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 5:30 - 11:00 PM Night Parade • Entertainment Beer Garden • Historic Tours Music presented by Schoolgirl Crush from Cleveland from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM FIREWORKS at Dusk (9:00 PM) Something for Everyone!


Tallmadge, Ohio (Rt. 18 & 261)

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Saturday, Sept. 19th - Grand Parade

9:00AM - Downtown Activities Craft booths, Children’s Alley, Food, Entertainment Sunbeau Valley Farm • Located at 3229 St. Rt. 59 5:30PM Balloon Lift-Off Giant Fireworks Display at Dusk

Sunday, Sept. 20th Classic Car Show & Antique Tractor Show

Balloon Lift-Off at 5:30PM All Lift Offs Weather Permitting Higher Ground Helicopter Rides both days at Sunbeau

For additional information call BAF Hot Line at 330-296-FAIR

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German Family Society – Donaupark


Sat (6/27) • Sun (6/28) - Old European Days and Bierfest Sat (8/15) - Night Out with Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band Reservations by Aug. 10 Call 330-335-8985 or 330-633-3949 Fri (9/11) • Sat (9/12) • Sun (9/13) - Oktoberfest 3871 Ranfield Road • BRimfield Twp/KenT • ohio • 330-678-8229

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Brimfest 2015 On behalf of the Brimfield Community and the Brimfield Area Chamber of Commerce we welcome you to our festival. We, as a community, are proud to host an exciting event with four days of contests, music, rides, food, family and friends. it is a great way to meet new people and connect with family. - Dee Pamer, President, Brimfield Area Chamber of Commerce

AnnuAl Brimfest PArAde Honoring Our Veterans

saturday, september 19th at 10Am Join us as we carry on the tradition of honoring Veterans from near and far. All Veterans are welcome to participate in this event • Pets In The Park • Baking Competition • Chili Cook-Off • Pie Eating Contest • Vendors • Fireworks • Music

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For more inFormation or vendors contact:


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Roosevelt Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble - Kent Hometown Bank Plaza Ravenna High School Steel Blue - Ravenna Courthouse Lawn DanJo - The Dan Angotti Orchestra - Kent Hometown Bank Plaza Chardon Polka Band - Kent Hometown Bank Plaza Freedom Brass Band - Kent Hometown Bank Plaza F.O.G. (Fat Old Guys) - Ravenna Courthouse Lawn The Boomers - Brimfield Gazebo Helen Welch - Kent Hometown Bank Plaza Western Reserve Community Band; Tribute to 911 victims Kent Hometown Bank Plaza

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Lodging in Ohio A directory of Lodgings in Ohio

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The 41st year of The Living Word Outdoor Drama kicks off in 2015. “We try, each year, to improve the facilities at the amphitheater,” said Annette Ellwood. “In April, 210 stadium seats will be installed.” The outdoor drama begins June 19 and continues through Sept. 26. Located at 6010 College Hill Rd., the show begins at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Over 100 people from the surrounding communities fill roles both on stage and behind the scenes. Many of the volunteers have been a part of The Living Word since the opening in 1974. In addition to the banquet and outdoor drama, The Living Word amphitheater provides the venue for other shows throughout the year. May 15 Long Lost Stories will be at the amphitheater. The show tells the tale of a long-forgotten trunk that is full of mysteries and magical stories. The show begins at 7 p.m. tickets are $5. A much anticipated show will be coming to town on May 29 and 30 and June 5 and 6. The Music Man will come to The Living Word amphitheater for four days. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for youth ages 4-12. More events and productions may be added throughout the year. A full schedule of events, ticket prices, and show times can be found at v

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Shop... Eat...Stay! April 3: April 4: April 11: April 24: April 25: June 5: June 6: June 13: June 27: June 27 & 28: July 4: July 17 & 18: Aug. 1: Aug. 1 & 2: Aug. 7 & 8: Aug. 18: Aug. 22: Sept. 11-13: Sept. 12: Sept. 12 & 13: Sept. 17-20: Sept. 18: Sept. 28: Oct. 3: Oct. 24: Oct. 30: Nov. 13: Nov. 26: Nov. 26: Nov. 29: Dec. 5:

Adult Easter Egg Hunt Annual Easter Egg Hunt Kent Business & Community Expo Earth Day Film Festival Brimfield Night at the Races KACC Annual Golf Outing Kent Art & Wine Festival Grill for Good College Town Kent Summer Tour Old European Days & Bierfest Kent Heritage Festival Blues Fest Black Squirrel Triathlon Sweet Corn Festival Music Festival - Suffield Ice Cream Social Discover Downtown Oktoberfest International Festival Art in the Park Brimfest ‘Round Town Music Festival College Town Kent’s Fall Fest KSU Homecoming Cider Festival Family Friendly Halloween Reggae Jam Tree City Turkey Trot Brunch Bunch Brimfield Tree Lighting Kent Festival of Lights

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Central Portage County is your destination to shop, eat and stay! There’s so much to see and do in the Brimfield/Kent area with great places to go, eat, shop and just visit. Look at the list of events planned -- there’s something for everyone. Make plans to visit Central Portage County and while you’re here, shop…eat…stay!

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