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February 2014

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Editor’s note: This edition of Our Town is a nod toward North Canton’s fabulous chocolate factories and shops. It is our hope that you, our readers, realize how lucky and privileged we are to have these fine establishments right here in our community. Turn the pages and read about how these businesses began and check out the pictures featuring mouth watering chocolates offered at each shop. We hope you enjoy our tribute to chocolate as much as we enjoy eating it!

NORTH Publisher Jim Dansizen Editors Dan Mucci Kris Lackey Correspondents Cathy Clark CR Rae Jeremy Watts Tammy Proctor Sarah Roshong Sarah Weidner Dawn LaRay Campanelli Online Contributors Dr. Bob Roden Sales Rep Terri McArthur Graphic Design Stacie Rothermel Photography Pictures provided byJim Dansizen, Howard Dansizen, Cathy Clark, Walsh University, C.R.Rae, Fannie Mae-Harry London Printing by Dansizen Printing


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Anastasiades “brings joy to people” strawberries. The strawberries are dipped by hand. “We’ve seen a tremendous growth with the chocolate covered strawberries,” said Larry. “We prepare enough that you do not have to preorder.” Larry said customers are his best advertising. Seldom a week goes by that Sam and Larry aren’t told, “It’s the best chocolate we’ve ever tasted.” “We do this without additives or preservatives,” Larry noted. Like their father, Sam and Larry like to experiment. They have made chocolate covered potato chips, chocolate covered Fritos and the list goes on and on. “We feel if we like them, others may like them too,” Larry said of their experiments. In addition to taste, presentation is important to Larry and Sam. The product must be visually appealing. They take pride in their handcrafted artistry. The company creates corporate gift boxes, signature gift boxes and personalized chocolate wedding favors. The Anastasiades chocolate fountain

Sam L. Anastas owned Cool and Creamy, a local ice cream parlor. The business traffic slowed when the winter months came along. So Sam decided to experiment with chocolate during the cold months in hopes of selling chocolate when he wasn’t selling ice cream. He succeeded. His experiment resulted in the creation of Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates in 1984. “He made chocolates and he developed recipes for caramel and cream centers – the same we use today,” said Larry Anastas, the son of the late Sam L. Anastas. Larry, alongside his brother, Sam, continue their father’s tradition. “We honor his memory,” said Larry. “In May, we will celebrate our 30th anniversary and that’s a tribute to him and the recipes he fine-tuned.” Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates, located at 6656 Wise Ave. in North Canton, carries on a tradition of quality chocolates. “We enjoy being in this business,” Larry said. “It’s a fun business.” Can you imagagine a world without chocolate? Larry said the world would not be a better place without chocolate. “It brings joy to people,” he said. Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates brings a great deal of joy to customers year round. “Our most popular item is the Old The store offers a wide Fashioned Pecan Turtle. The caramel is array of truffles, milk made from scratch. We make a sea-salt and dark chocolates, caramel that is very popular too,” Buckeyes and sugarsaid Larry Anastas free –diabetic friendly chocolates. “Our most popular item is the Old Fashioned Pecan Turtle,” said Larry. centerpiece awes party guests. The Anastas brothers talk about “The caramel is made from scratch. We having fun in their business. They use make a sea-salt caramel that is very words like bliss, gourmet, rich and popular too.” divine when talking about chocolate, Chocolate covered strawberries are but they are extremely mindful of tremendously popular for Valentine’s quality. Day. On an average Valentine’s Day, “Quality is important,” Larry said. “Our Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates name is on our products.” will dip and sell more than 15,000 February 2014

Larry said they like experimenting and doing different things, but one thing does not change – quality, creamy chocolate that is synonymous with the Anastas name.

Recently, Stark County voters named Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates the Best Chocolatiers. “It’s an honor,” said Larry. “We appreciated the votes.” To give back to the community, Larry and Sam host a charity event called All You Can Eat in which they treat customers to a nice chocolate event. They donate proceeds to charities. “We like being involved in the community,” said Larry. “We enjoy giving back.” Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates is open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays – unless Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. The company is open 24/7 online at Orders may be placed online. For more information about Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates call 330-494-5500.◊

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Hoover graduate owns The Chocolate Gallery Tammy Proctor Staff Writer Add creative art work with delicious chocolate and you have a recipe for a tastefully unique business in North Canton. The Chocolate Gallery, located at 717 S. Main St., in North Canton displays the work of artists in the art gallery. Meanwhile, chocolatier Tyler Burns is creating his own art – delicious chocolates. “Tyler loves North Canton and he loves giving back to the community,” said Vicki Stanley, Tyler’s mother. She said when Tyler was exploring career options, he asked himself, “What do people love?” Everybody wants chocolate, Tyler decided. Stanley owned the building at 717 S. Main St. She gave Tyler and his staff the use of the building. Tyler launched his business in the two story art gallery.

After working for fast food and every other trade under the sun, my fiancé Stefanie Fox and I decided it was time to start creating the jobs instead of finding them, said Tyler. He launched Hometown Chocolates in March 2010. “He does all the work,” said Stanley, who assists by taking orders. “He is a master chocolatier. He’s very creative.” She said he has made chocolate wine bottles and a chocolate chess set. Tyler was only 20 years old February 2014

when he started the business. He said he loves North Canton and he is happy to work in the community where he was raised. He graduated from Hoover High School in 2008.

“We can ensure the growth of our business alongside the growth of our community and our town,” said Tyler Stanley, owner of Hometown Chocolates The Chocolate Gallery allows him to donate proceeds to local charities. “He believes in giving back to the community,” said Stanley. The Chocolate Gallery, members of the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson-Belden Area Chamber of Commerce, sells their chocolates at several locations throughout the c o m m u n i t y. Businesses selling The Chocolate G a l l e r y chocolates are Café 1320, Healthwise Chiropractic, Ann Rene Design Studio, Salon Milano, Mohler's True Value, Bill and Mary's Diner, Cheese and Crackers Deli, Erik’s Grocery Bag, Chicken Manor Family Restaurant, Susanna’s Olde Fashioned Dining, Maggiore’s Drive Thru, the North

Canton Chamber of Commerce, New Work City Foundation and Lee Spencer Photography. Hometown Chocolates, Tyler said, is revolutionizing the way we think of chocolates. By selling Hometown Chocolates in local retail businesses, the product is readily available. The proceeds are donated back into the community through charities. “We can ensure the growth of our business alongside the growth of our community and our town,” said Tyler. Some of the popular items on Tyler’s menu are chocolate covered sourdough pretzels nibs, chocolate-covered Oreos, chocolate dipped miniature pretzels, chocolate smothered cashew clusters and chocolate covered graham crackers, just to name a few.

The Chocolate Gallery’s signature delight is Twisted Turtles, a mixture of caramel, pecans and pretzels between two layers of chocolate and topped with finely crushed pecans. In addition to selling Hometown Chocolates at retail businesses, The Chocolate Gallery will personalize orders. The company creates custom orders for weddings, receptions and special events. To place an order, call 330-323-5745. The Chocolate Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call 330-3235745.◊

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Take a tour of Harry London Chocolate factory Cathy Clark Staff Writer If you’ve dreamed of being “Charlie” from the Willy Wonka movies, your fantasy can come true at the Fannie May and Harry London Chocolate and Confection Factory located right here in North Canton. You won’t need a golden ticket or see any Oompa Loompas but you will learn all about chocolates and confections on a tour of the largest gourmet chocolate factory in Ohio. Jennifer Grisez, retail store manager at corporate headquarters on 5353 Lauby Rd. North Canton said, “The factory is a busy place. Sometimes we have 500 people working here and other times we have 150 depending on the season.” The production varies by days, according to seasons, the number of shifts in operation and the number of lines running. The amount of chocolate a machine uses per hour varies by the type of candy it produces. The line producing cream filled chocolates uses 1,200 pounds of chocolate per hour. Other lines make mints, caramels and other candies and differ in the amounts of chocolate used in each recipe. “Christmas is our biggest season, then Valentine’s Day which is about equal with Easter,” said Grisez. Christmas has a much longer selling season and wider type of shopper. For Valentine’s Day, we see mostly men and the shopping time is only a couple of days depending on which day of the week the holiday falls. This year Valentine’s Day is on Friday so we’ll see activity on

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heart shaped boxes filled with prepacked assortments. The company also sells empty heart shaped boxes and a whimsical polka dot box which may be filled with an assortment of the customer’s choice. Tastes in chocolates have changed over the years. The company has seen an increase in sales of dark chocolates. The darker chocolate has more of a health benefit. The sea salt caramel

“The combination is really a great balance, especially the intense or rich flavor of the dark chocolate, the sweet taste of the caramel and the taste of the sea salt. It’s a natural tendency to like the sweet and salty mix,” said Jennifer Grisez has become another popular choice. “The combination is really a great balance, especially the intense or rich flavor of the dark chocolate, the sweet taste of the caramel and the taste of the sea salt. It’s a natural tendency to like the sweet and salty mix,” said Grisez. The most popular valentine candies are the “Pixies,” a classic mix of chocolate, caramel and crunchy pecans. The traditionally green “Mint Meltaways” are dyed pink just for the occasion and chocolate covered strawberries are an elegant choice. “White chocolate and confection is a personal preference,” commented Grisez. “We offer both. White chocolate has cocoa butter from the cocoa bean. White confection doesn’t use any part of the cocoa bean but is made of other ingredients.” Shoppers can visit the retail store adjacent to the factory to see the huge assortment of sweets along with an array of fresh roses to please any valentine. Foodies will be intrigued with the FM Artisan line that is an ultra premium brand of chocolates. Picture a wine and chocolate tasting evening with your favorite valentine. One of the most popular items in the brand is a

box of eight truffles. The truffles are made with “origin authentic cacao beans” from eight different parts of the world. Chocolates from Venezuela, Madagascar and Tanzania pair perfectly with a bottle of Merlot. Each chocolate has a distinctive flavor. For example, the complex taste of the Madagascar chocolate is a well-balanced, fruity cacao flavor entwined with a touch of hazelnut complimented with a fresh taste of forest berries. For the children, the company has expanded its lines to cater to classmates who exchange sweets and valentines at school. The stores will carry seasonally decorated sleeves which fit over candy bars and have a place for the kids to write their names. The product is unique and reasonably priced for the classroom. “Everyone loves touring the factory,” said Grisez. “We’ll have groups of 120 kids or a bus full of people on a shopping tour.” The tour is free and the factory welcomes both small walk-in groups and larger groups but requests that groups of 20 or more call ahead for reservations. During the 45 minute tour, visitors learn about the company’s rich

history of chocolate making. Visitors get an in-depth look at how humble cocoa beans transform into chocolate, as they are blended with real sugar and fresh local cream to make over 500 varieties of chocolate and gourmet candies. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. For more information call 1-800-321-0444 ext. 119.◊ February 2014

Waggoner's carries on family tradition CR Rae Staff Writer

What better place to be than North married Lola Campbell in 1943. They Canton in February. It may be snowy worked together to grow the candy and cold, but with a selection of fine business. Their home on 21st Street chocolate shops you can’t go wrong for burned down in 1954. Harry and Lola decided to build a factory, London’s your special Valentine. Waggoner Chocolates are known for Candies, on 1281 S. Main St., North their turtles as well as their big hearts. No, we are not talking because they are generous, not that they aren’t, but because they have a three and a half foot heart to be filled with candy for that special someone. Filling that huge heart is never a problem as Waggoner’s has more than 100 varieties to choose from. The company has quite a history in the area. It all began when Harry Alfred London, the oldest of eight children, set out to help support his family. He quit school in the fourth grade to do just that and began working as a steel worker. He eventually moved from his home in Reynoldsville, Pa., to work at the Republic Steel Corporation in Canton. Joe Waggoner and Elaine Bacopoulos It was in his spare time that he began to dabble in making handcrafted Canton. London passed away in 1969, but chocolates as Christmas gifts. This was a tradition he acquired from his father, shortly before he had decided to add Gilbert. He used the London family his son-in-law, Cedric Waggoner and recipes that had been handed down step daughter Bonnie, to lead the from generation to generation and company. Over the next 20 years, the two were deeply rooted in his European began adding products to the already family history. At age 22, because everyone tasty London’s chocolates. Together, loved his chocolates, Harry’s father with the help of their three children, Mercedes, Cedric and persuaded him Allison, they added to quit his job and factories, international begin a chocolate sales and made London’s business. It candies the name in began in the chocolate around the basement of his world. Canton home in Eventually, Mercedes 1922. He had the and her husband, Peter skills of a master Young became leaders chocolatier and in the company with also built his business expertise and own equipment Allison and Cedric worked to help during increasing the sales force. the process Joe Waggoner helped in of making many ways to modernize his chocolate the business he had creations. Some grown up in. After some of that equipment time in the Army, Joe realized, at that is still working many years later. After the death of his first wife, London time-- 1987, the company could not February 2014

perform so many functions manually and continue to be competitive. Joe began studying the new technologies found around the world and used them at Harry London’s to automate some of the processes. He continued to retain the handmade processes that were key to the famed candies. Some of his technology helped to develop products such as the Buckeye. The family sold the company in 2003. Joe decided to carry on the family tradition through Waggoner Chocolates in the original family factory on South Main Street. Today the tradition continues as the company makes the same candy Waggoner’s grandmother and grandfather made back in the day. In the month of February, they are often asked to place diamond rings in the candy. Waggoner’s suggest they go in the box of candy, not inside a piece of candy. Waggoner Chocolates are sold in all 50 states, China, Europe and Canada. Locally, they can be found at the factory in North Canton.◊ •Harry London started making chocolates in 1922 •Chocolate recipes were handed down generation to generation •Built his own equipment •Factory was on South Main Steet •Brought son-in-law Cedric Waggoner in business in 1969 •Waggoner’s family expanded business world-wide •Family sold business in 2003 •Joe Waggoner opened Waggoner’s Chocolates using the family recipes in the original factory his grandfather opened on South Main Street.

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Heggy’s granddaughter carries on tradition

Sarah Roshong Staff Writer

just that. “Here, I make my own hours, which was really nice when I had my first daughter soon after we opened.” While the store is known for selling Ben Heggy’s finest chocolates that are made at the factory on Cleveland Avenue, Laura has been putting her own chocolate skills to the test. Occasionally, the Main Street store sells some

From chocolate covered strawberries to chocolate covered bacon, people are obsessed with chocolate. Not only is chocolate perfect to eat but it is the perfect gift to give. The month of February is all about love so why not dazzle a loved one with a sweet and delectable treat… you can’t go wrong. At Laura’s Candy, located at 815 N. Main St., North Canton, a person can choose from 38 different, mouthwatering pieces of Ben Heggy’s chocolate. That’s right, Ben Heggy’s delicious chocolates that are known all around the United States and beyond. These are not “knock off” candies, but candies sold by Ben Heggy’s granddaughter, Laura Monastra. Even though Laura never knew her grandfather, she didn’t have to have him there to know she wanted to be part of her grandpa’s Rachael Walton legacy. Chocolate was in her blood and Laura calls of Laura’s homemade bark that comes in an array of chocolate “a family thing.” Her father, mother, aunts, different flavors. The most popular barks are peppermint, Oreo and pecan, and some very uncles and brother all take part of keeping the chocolate “I knew the office was not different and interesting barks like boysenberry and tangerine. business – family business. for me so my dad suggested Not only does Laura sell Laura didn’t always know that she would one day sell I open my own store,” chocolate, but they also sell roasted nuts; fancy her grandfather’s chocolate said Laura Monastra. mix, cashews, hard whites, but she knew she didn’t want Spanish nuts, pecans, to keep her boring office job. “I knew the office was not for me so my dad suggested almonds, pistachios and others. The I open my own store,” said Monastra. In 1996, she did nuts are always fresh and delicious and

Chocolate is food of the Gods Dr. Robert Roden Staff Writer

It is no surprise that there are numerous chocolate creators and purveyors in North Canton. Whether considered a snack, delicacy or “food of the Gods”, chocolate has been around for centuries. My childhood recollections include chocolate chip cookies, solid chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate covered cherries, Hershey’s kisses and 3 Musketeers bars. I also recall Heggy’s candy, hot chocolate with Bosco or Nesquick. As young North Canton parents, our family walked along Woodrow Street to Friendly’s on North Main Street for chocolate ice cream or hot fudge sundaes. Granny’s on the square was another favorite. North Cantonioans remember that Granny insisted that the children eat their entire meal before ordering dessert. We tend to take chocolate for granted since it has assumed numerous configurations: chocolate covered Page 10

raisins, peanuts, pretzels, caramel, health bars—even potato chips. However, its history is fascinating. According to Wikipedia, chocolate began in Mesoamerica in 1900 B.C. Amanda Bensen ( says that “Both the Mayans and Aztecs believed the cacao bean had magical or even divine properties…The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” Early explorers brought the heavenly (though bitter) refreshment across the Atlantic. Hugh Hart ( states, “As far back as 1504, Christopher Columbus may have brought cacao beans to Spain from his fourth and final voyage to the Americas.” Hernan Cortés, the Spanish conquistador wrote in 1519 that chocolate is “the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.” While pure chocolate was reserved for Mayan and Aztec royal, religious and medicinal purposes, the Europeans

are favorites of many people in the North Canton area. The most important thing about Laura’s Candy is the fact that everything she does is for her love of her grandfather’s chocolates. A visit to Laura’s should be a trip people make this February and especially Valentine’s Day. Here customers will be able to get sweet treats for the people they care most about. Chocolate is the food that most people associate with love and who wouldn’t love some of Laura’s special Valentine’s day chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries? These delectable treats come in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate and Laura always has an assortment of boxes and gift bags for special days like Valentine’s Day, birthday’s and any other special event. For guys and girls alike, the love of chocolate runs strong. And for Laura, chocolate is in her blood. Ben Heggy’s is a gift to the chocolate lovers community and with flavors like maple creams, vanilla cream, French mint, peanut clusters and so many more different flavors, how could a person go wrong? There is something for everyone at Laura’s Candy. The perfect gift for anyone is just right down Main Street.◊

enhanced the drink with sugar/milk and used it primarily for desserts. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a grocer’s shop in Birmingham, England. In addition to profit, Cadbury’s motivation for selling cocoa involved his religious beliefs. As a Quaker, he saw tea, coffee and cocoa as alternatives to the evils of alcohol. Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate. While many people credit Cadbury’s concoction as the very first chocolate bar, other sources point out that in 1847, J. S. Fry & Sons chocolate factory, located in Bristol, England, molded the first ever chocolate bar suitable for widespread consumption. By 1868, Cadbury was marketing boxes of chocolate candies in England. Milk chocolate hit the market a few years later, pioneered by the Nestlé Company. The Nestlé milk chocolate bar was introduced in the US in 1919 and it quickly became a favorite. The energy benefits of chocolate were widely recognized. Wikipedia states Continued to pag 11

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Medical page Dawn LaRay Campanelli Staff Writer Racing through the keyboard, people of all ages are collecting online friends to extend their social network. Through the click of the accept button and with each character stroke of every post carefully or carelessly typed, people that would not normally be part of your inner circle now have access to your thoughts, experiences and reactions to every aspect of your personal and professional life. Oftentimes, according to Dr. Raschna Jain, a psychologist with experience in managing couples’ relationships, individuals oftentimes read too much into online relationships altering our interpersonal psychology and how we relate to others. To establish positive online behaviors, you should consider how much you are comparing yourself to others posts and evaluate if you are adapting unhealthy attitudes based on your online community conversations. A common pitfall of extensive hours online is loneliness. Researcher John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago found in his study that people were 52 percent more likely to feel lonely if your first person relationships are talking about their lonely experiences. This emotional contagion effect can manifest even if you skim third party messages that are negative. Problems arise when you transmit the feelings of others in such a way that they impact how you feel and you are overwhelmed by social moodiness.

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that during World War II, chocolate played a role in the Allied Armed Forces. Shipping space was allocated for the importation of cocoa beans which helped give soldiers stamina. “Today, the U.S. Army D-rations include three 4-ounce chocolate bars. Chocolate has even been taken into space as part of the diet of U.S. astronauts.” No one can deny the pleasurable energy generated by chocolate chip February 2014

Are you addicted to social media? To be honest, the comments online now consist mostly of two polarized types of categories posts about exciting accomplishments and experiences or posts about sadness and disappointment. Who hasn’t thought in the moment of landing in an exotic vacation spot or when a new baby is born to snap a photo and share it on Facebook? And who hasn’t read about animal cruelty and family illnesses as they scroll through their newsfeed with their morning coffee? With the feeling that someone is always watching us, you can start to develop an online presence that is not your true self. Or in the pursuit to one-up everyone on social media, share more of your personal life than normal. From computer to computer we’ve created a void of thinking about the consequences of what is said in social media forums. This is extremely detrimental to a couple’s relationship, whether they’ve been together for a long time or just starting to get to know each other. The truth is that people lie more readily online than in person. The result can cause great stress when you meet someone and they don’t match their online profile, or worse when you reconnect with your past. Facebook has become included in a third of the divorce filings according to a survey conducted by Divorce Online and reported in the Wall Street Journal. It really isn’t too hard to pinpoint the problem as people reconnect with others with whom they shared high school romantic relationships and reminisce about the past absent of their current spouse from the conversation. Quickly you shared emotions or a

false sense of how special the past relationship had been to make you feel special. Dr. Jain has coined this behavior as anonymous intimacy and has commented that relationships now have more threats because of online access. So instead of building experiences with others, you create a false sense of thinking you share something special with someone because you know about their life or read about their feelings online. Void of sharing time with people, these types of digital relationships can damage relationships as one partner spends excessive energy online or reacts to an invitation to rekindle the past as a result of online flirting. If your temperature rises or you develop feelings that you can’t compete or because of what you read online, it is probably time to dim the screen and ignore the chirping from your smart phone. If you talk and share less with the people sitting next to you on the couch than you do with our online community, you are risking real relationships for perceived ones. Just as time limits are good for children, they are also recommended for adults.  Developing face-to-face relationships is more important than knowing all the day’s updates statuses of your online community. Sometimes it is not that easy to set aside the electronic devices that have become the portal into others lives. To help find a balance between your online social network and real relationships you can seek advice from local experts skilled in handling this type of situation◊. 

cookies. Interesting, these delicacies were the result of a “happy accident”. Ruth Graves Wakefield owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. In 1930, she was making chocolate cookies and ran out of regular baker’s chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate thinking that they would melt and dissolve into the batter. They did not and the chocolate chip cookie was born. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips.

Chocolate manufacturing is a $4 billion industry in the United States. The average American eats at least half a pound per month, according to Benson. The making of chocolate has evolved into an industry where 40 to 50 million people depend on cocoa for their livelihoods—and chocolate farmers produce 3.8 million tons of cocoa beans per year. Humans’ love for chocolate began about 4,000 years ago.◊

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Food Network chef Tyler Florence

Our Town Cooks CR Rae Staff Writer We might all want to know what a Food Network star chef cooks for his or her family--if they cook at home. In a recent interview with Chef Tyler Florence he said he is cooking all the time. He cooks physically, cooks in his head and is always dreaming of food and dreaming of dishes. When he is at home in Mill Valley, Calif. with his wife Tolan and three children, sons Miles, Hayden and daughter Dorothy, he cooks.”When I come back home after being on the road they look forward to me cooking pancakes,” Florence said. On Sunday’s, he and Tolan cook all day making dishes for the busy week ahead. He works in his “office kitchen” in Mill Valley creating fresh meals. Florence believes “we are what we eat” and it is important to eat fresh, healthy foods. Author of a variety of cookbooks, his latest, “Tyler Florence Fresh,” promotes delicious meals made with fresh foods and easy to find ingredients. His children have tested everything in the book. He said he is always trying to find ways to make things quicker, easier and innovative. He continues to work on coming up with new amazing techniques. “Fresh is not a “sell by” date, but a way to live,” said Florence. He also said eat “delicious common sense.” Eating wholesome, organic food does not only make your tongue happy, but also your body happy. Florence is a graduate of the culinary program at Johnson & Wales University. After graduation, he went to New York City working with some of the finest chefs and eventually became an executive chef. He is well-known for

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was a busboy at age 15. Best known for his shows, “How to Boil Water,” “Tyler’s Ultimate,” and “The Great Food Truck Race” he begins his 18th year on the network. His cookbooks have been best sellers and one that is especially for children “Tyler Makes Pancakes” is a favorite among the young fans. The Great Food Truck Race is a passion for Florence. He wanted to create something that had a solid, realistic outcome where someone

would benefit, hopefully for the rest of their lives. With the food truck show, Florence said instead of investing $4 million in a restaurant they can put their investment of 10 to 15,000 bucks on four wheels and take their food to the people. He says it is an answer to American fast food--when you spend your lunch money at a food truck you are giving your money to the president and CEO of the company. The food is fresh and that CEO probably just got back from the local farmers market with fresh ingredients for your meal. His favorite thing to make is espresso. He said he has a really good machine and good beans. “I love coffee and love to make it.” Ever wonder what happens to the food from the network shows? A lot of the shows are filmed in the Food Network studios. The network participates in a program directed by the New York City Food Bank. The food is picked up,

converted into meals and distributed to those in need. Florence’ creative side does not end at the stove as the famed chef said if he was not cooking he would be an architect. Florence is a part of a small group that has developed wholesome organic baby food called Sprout. “They taste like no other on the market,” he said. He worked in his own kitchen and restaurants to develop the tasty foods for the younger crowd. He said the products are the result of a lot of research, development and fatherhood. His advice is to cook as close to the source as possible, all whole grains, no bleached rice, all brown rice, leafy green vegetables and there is not a vegetable his children will not eat if it’s roasted. Florence said to take corn, husk, skins and all and put it in the oven and roast it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. It is not like anything else you have tasted in your life. He added you are not pouring the nutritional value down the drain in the boiling water. When you roast you take the natural starches and convert them to sugar so things are sweeter naturally. Broccoli, zucchini, carrots and cauliflower. Put it on a sheet pan with some virgin olive oil in the oven at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes until it is roasted and the kids will lick the plate clean-eating their vegetables. So what does this chef eat? He does not casually just eat calories. When he eats it is going to be a good salad, good steak, good glass of wine, good hamburger, an amazing cookie or really good chocolate cake. That chocolate cake is going to be low in sugar and have no preservatives. He says we are in the driver’s seat for the nutrition of our family. So, does he ever eat a Twinkie? No.◊

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Cultural Corner

Kris Lackey Associate editor Cat’s-Paw, a dramatic thriller by William Mastrosimone, will take the stage at Kent State Stark Theatre this February. The story follows young journalist, Jessica, as she is offered the interview of a lifetime by a group of eco-terrorists who have kidnapped an official from the Environmental Protection Agency named Darling. Victor, the leader of the group, enlists Jessica’s help sharing the story in hopes of justifying his group’s actions by telling their story through the lens of her camera. A daring game of cat and mouse ensues.

“I believe that one of the roles of theatre, as with all art, is to respond to, and be engaged with, our society and the world,” said Brian Newberg, theatre director

Brian Newberg, Director

Theatre director Brian Newberg is in his fourth year at Kent State Stark and commented, “I acted in Cat’sPaw 25 years ago back in California, where I lived for over 30 years. With the recent events regarding issues of terrorism, the environment (particularly water quality) as well as the role of the media, I thought that this play would be a timely offering that both our students and community could engage in.” Cat’s-Paw forces audiences to give serious thought to a myriad of ethical dilemmas. The eco-terrorists are trying to stop the polluters of the world’s February 2014

Cat’s-Paw at KSU- Stark Theatre water supply. In view of this, one must ask: Does the ends really justify the means? Can a right cause go wrong? Is a wrong action still wrong if it’s for the greater good? Where does one draw the line between good and evil? Newberg added, “I believe that one of the roles of theatre, as with all art, is to respond to, and be and graphic language used to tell the engaged with, our society and the story. Performances are Feb.14, 15, 21 world.” and 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 and 23 Auditions for all shows at KSU at 2:30 p.m. ASL interpretation will be Stark are open to students as well as available during the 2:30 performances members of the community. Newberg only. The theatre is located in the Fine said, “We have a long standing tradition Arts building on the Kent State Stark of being open to our community, and campus located at 6000 Frank Ave. that will continue. Almost every show N.W., North Canton.◊ I’ve directed here has included some community artists in the cast. The information to get involved, whether through auditions or working in technical theatre here, is included in our webpages. The auditions for our third production of the season are coming up later this Players Guild - Diary of Anne Frank, Feb. month.” 21-23, Feb. 28 to March 2, March 7-9 For Cat’s-Paw, JohnCanton Symphony - Masterworks concert, Michael Roberts will play the role of Victor. Sarah Happy Birthday CSO Chorus, Feb. 16 Peters has the role of VOCI - Sweet Sounds of Music, Skyland Jessica. David Sponhour Pines, Feb. 12 has the role of Darling Canton Museum of Art - Illuminating the and Megan Deierling Word: St. John’s Bible, through Feb. 28 takes on the role of Little Art Gallery - displaying North Canton Cathy. The show is for mature students art work audiences only because of the violent nature


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learn how to put her clothes on with one arm, help cook and clean, ride bikes, drive and grocery shop. It was a rough recovery but she has also said she doesn’t need easy, she just needs possible. Her first competition back was tough; she came in sixth place and wiped out a lot. Bethany was ready to give up, but she didn’t and is still surfing today. When I first read the book I was truly inspired and the movie is just as enjoyable. So I suggest this book to read and recommend watching the movie ◊

Book Review

Serena Mucci Staff Writer “Soul Surfer” is a story about Bethany, a 13-year-old girl who was in a shark attack. Bethany lost her left arm and was inspired to get back on her surf board and keep surfing. At 10 o’clock in the morning on Halloween, Bethany and her friend decided to take early morning surf in Hawaii. Bethany and Alana were just resting on their boards when a shark comes and bits Bethany’s arm off. Bethany was about 14 when she wrote the book and said it doesn’t quite have an ending because she is still learning from this experience. Shortly after the book was released, the idea to do a movie based on the experience was brought to the table. Bethany is a die-hard Christian and the only reason she got through this situation was because of her relationship with God. She hoped this movie and book would help relay the message and hope that more people will see what she sees in God. She soon was a celebrity and she said it felt weird because she doesn’t like all the attention drawn to her especially with all the interviews and people asking for her autograph. Not only was it challenging and difficult to get back on board but everyday life was also challenging. Bethany had to Page 14

Sarah Weidner Staff Writer With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems fitting to share with you a story of love, one that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. My friend Gloria gave me this book and I must say I wanted to crawl inside the book and become part of the story. "The Bridge", a novel by New York Times Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, is a quaint novel, with notes of familiarity of lost relationships and the twists and turns life takes, of looking back and finding what our heart was saying all along. This story begins following the prosperous but lonely life of Molly, who had found the love of her life but allowed the ship to sail. Molly and Ryan meet at college, and of course had common ground; both were in bondage to live the lives their family expected them to

choose. They found their getaway at The Bridge, the bookstore that is a cozy haunt which offers many refuge. They spent their time reading and studying there, unawares they were falling in love. The owners of the bookstore, Charlie and his wife Donna, are a couple who had known hardship and sorrow, but they trust God and have become beacon to others offering a place of rest and renewal. Many times Charlie sells his books well under cost to help someone with a need. As you follow the lives of Molly and Ryan, both suspect the other is married and living the life they were expected to live. But the truth is that neither is married and both broke free from the bonds of manipulation and complacency and are reaching for the life they wanted. The two are brought back together when a tragedy hits The Bridge; they work together, rallying help from past recipients of kindness from Charlie’s bookstore. Though working together, they assume that each other followed the paths laid out before them. They continue to share faith and compassion towards Charlie and are effective in bringing about a miracle and giving The Bridge a second chance, but they get a second chance themselves. This story is an outline of finding grace; persevering over trials; getting the second chance to make the right decisions; and proves that sometimes things work out in a matter of time. This story was so completely captivating that I finished reading it in one day. I highly recommend it especially if you’re alone on Valentine’s Day- this book will offer you the hope that love is worth waiting for and there are second chances.◊

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Walsh’s 1998 Cinderella season

Sports Dan Mucci Editor Fairy tales are what Walt Disney has built its fortune on. Cinderella’s glass slipper was the right size on the foot of Walsh University’s 1998 women’s basketball team. The wine and gold were under first year head coach Karl Smesko. The Cavaliers started the 1997-1998 season with 10 wins, a school record. In early December, Walsh took NAIA Division I power Central State by surprise, defeating the Marauders 84-64. The only blemish in the 1997 portion of the season was a 77-58 home loss to NCAA Division III power Defiance. Walsh would suffer one other home loss the rest of the year. The Cavaliers finished the regular season at 23-4 overall. The 23 wins was the most in school history. Walsh, then a member of the MidOhio Conference, entered the post season conference tournament against Urbana at Walsh. The Cavaliers defeated Urbana 97-73 to advance to the conference championship game for the first time in school history. The Cavaliers advanced to the championship game at Shawnae State. The game provided an interesting scenario. If the Cavs won on the road, they would win their first conference championship and advance to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. If they lost, Walsh’s national tournament hopes would be in the selection committee’s hand. Shawnae State won the game 91-74. “Walsh had been unranked all season,” said Jim Clark, Walsh’s sports information director. “We were snubbed all year despite some big wins.” Clark said following the game, the Cavaliers season seemed over. The team returned to campus and the players left to go on spring break. Despite finishing the season ranked No. 17 in the final NAIA regular season poll, the wine and gold were on the outside looking in. “At the last minute,” said Clark, “a member of the NAIA Division II committee called me and said, 'Jim, Page 16

Walsh received an At-Large bid for the tournament.’ I called Karl and said ‘I just got a call. You are in the national tournament.’ He said, ‘no way. I can’t believe it. Quit lying.’” Clark said Smesko came into his office. They gathered the information the NAIA wanted; called the players back to campus; and the team headed out to Sioux City, Iowa. They received the last At-Large bid. In Iowa, the tournament came down to one and done. The first game for the Cavaliers was against College of the Ozarks. Walsh’s big three players – Melanie Scheetz, Brittany Harmon and Misty McMillen - combined to score 55 points. The Cavaliers won their first game 67-56. Walsh advanced to play Grand View in round two. Harmon scored 25 points and pulled 11 rebounds. Walsh led the entire second half enroute to defeating Grand View 71-63. The Cavaliers reached the Elite Eight. Walsh’s next game was against Holy Family. Walsh became one of two unseeded teams to reach the Final Four knocking out Holy Family 68-57. The Cavs controlled the game building a 15 point halftime lead and a 20 point lead in the second half. Holy Family made a run cutting the lead to three, but Walsh’s Harmon sealed the win with consecutive baskets. In the Final Four contest, Walsh faced Doane College. For the first time in tournament history, an unseeded team was to compete for the NAIA National Championship, when Walsh defeated 10th seeded Doane 73-60. The wine and gold led 38-31 at halftime, on the strength of five three-point baskets by Harmon. Doane scored the first basket of the second half to cut the lead to five, but never got any closer. In the championship game, Walsh faced Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Cavaliers and Crusaders played a tough game. Mary Hardin-Baylor jumped out to a 32-29 halftime lead. The Crusaders extended its lead to eight points on two occasions before the Cavaliers started to mount a comeback. McMillen, the smallest player on the court at 5-9, scored 10 straight points to tie the game at 55

with 8:33 left in the game. The lead would change hands twice more before the Cavs would take the lead for good on a Melanie Scheetz basket at 63-62, with 2:52 to play. The wine and gold held the Crusaders to one basket in the final 5:45. Walsh salted the game away at the charity stripe making seven of eight foul shots in the final 2:52 to finish the game hitting 22 of 27 shots. When Walsh returned to campus, they were greeted by a huge celebration in the school’s gymnasium. This group of women brought home the school’s first National Championship capping an improbable run. At the national tournament, McMillen earned the tournament’s Hustle Award. Harmon and Scheetz were each named to the All-Tournament team. Scheetz also earned second team NAIA AllAmerican honors. Head coach Smesko was named NAIA Coach of the Year. The team was inducted in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame this past May. The next season, Smesko left Walsh for the University of Maryland. But for one magical season, the Cavaliers were Cinderella at the ball and they wore the glass slipper. •Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by Jim Clark at Walsh University. The information was found in the 1998-1999 Walsh University’s women’s basketball sketchbook. • Last February, Our Town ran an article on Walsh University’s men’s team winning a national title and North Canton Hoover’s girls basketball team winning a state title. This feature story highlights another great North Canton team who went on to win the national title.◊

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Delightful European cruise

Travel Cathy Clark Staff Writer Anyone who is a fan of “Downtown Abbey” on PBS has seen the commercial for Viking Cruises. For three seasons, my husband and I watched the beautiful videos of riverboats gliding past spectacular scenery in Europe. Finally, we succumbed to our fascination with a river cruise and began to research our options. The original plan was to travel in summer but after seeing the online videos of the Christmas Markets, we booked a mid-December cruise on the Danube. As they say in the commercial, we “captured the spirit and romance of the holidays.” It was a fabulous experience. Rivers were the first highways linking one city to another. Our Danube river cruise followed the early routes travelling from the German city of Passau and ending in Budapest, Hungary. In all, we visited four countries and eight cities, each with a unique personality. Every port hosted a traditional European Christmas Market, usually held in the town square or the area in front of a majestic cathedral. It was an easy walk from the ship. The markets were feasts for our senses. Local vendors sold their specialties from wooden structures that resembled tiny chalets. Bakers sold elaborately decorated cut-out cookies and marzipan treats fashioned in stunningly

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realistic colors. One talented artisan displayed a life sized snow queen made entirely of sparkling sugar. The booths selling gingerbread featured intricately designed beeswax candles alongside their baked goods. Many German bakers use honey in their gingerbread recipes and find it efficient to raise their own honeybees. The resulting beeswax is used to create another product line. Pretzels one foot in diameter were created in both sweet and savory flavors. Everywhere revelers drank “Gluhwein,” a traditional mulled wine or hot chocolate made from scalded milk mixed with melted chocolate from expert chocolatiers. In December, the sun sets in Eastern Europe around 4:30 p.m. Most tourists would find this an inconvenience but at the Christmas Markets the early sunset reveals Christmas lights usually only seen in our imaginations. Lights are strung between buildings, around windows, balconies and fountains in the squares are transformed into advent wreaths with enormous candles. Families turn out for the sights and smells.Teenagers, as in our country, meet up with classmates to enjoy the fun. Most of us reserved our trips to the Christmas Markets to the late afternoons or evenings. Our mornings were filled with tours guided by local experts. The guides were well informed providing a local history of the regions we toured and detailed descriptions of the historic buildings we visited. The cruise gave us an opportunity to get a taste of glamorous capital cities as well as a medieval town with just 800 inhabitants. We visited Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” The Alps of Lower Bavaria make a spectacular backdrop for the city’s baroque architecture. In Linz, where 30 to 40 percent of the buildings were destroyed during WWII, the depressing and unimaginative post-war architecture from the Soviet occupation is prevalent. Our guide told of her experiences growing up under Communist

rule and expressed her joy in being free to travel within the European Union without having to cross a border. In Vienna, we strolled the elegant streets lined with expensive shops and enjoyed a Strauss and Mozart concert. The men in the orchestra were dressed in tuxedos with tails and the women wore beautiful pastel ball

gowns with hooped skirts. We learned that traditional Viennese New Year’s Eve celebrations begin to the tune of the Blue Danube Waltz and end with revelers clapping their hands to the spirited Radetzky March. The highlight of the trip was the breathtaking view of Budapest with its buildings illuminated against the nighttime sky as we sailed into port. We cruised on a 443 foot ship christened the Skadi, after the Scandinavian goddess of winter. Our stateroom had ample space with a small balcony where we stood while the ship navigated through 11 locks along the Danube. There were just 185 passengers aboard keeping the overall experience quite intimate. We were served all our meals with exception of being on our own for lunch when we went to Salzburg. The dinners were served by waiters at tables set for eight. While there was always the option to order steak or fish, three other main courses were available, one of which was a specialty of the local area. Diners had a choice of red or white wine each evening and a variety of local cheeses and desserts were served.◊ February 2014

Church Directory The Chapel in North Canton 715 Whittier Avenue NW - North Canton (330) 494-3419 • Sunday Worship & Classes 9 & 10:30 a.m. Community Christian Church 210 N. Main St., North Canton • (330) 499-5458 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. • Sunday School 9 a.m.

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Professional Nursery Care provided Kim Porter Director of Faith Development Dayspring Family Church 1600 Portage Street NW - North Canton OH 44720 (330) 497-HOPE • Worship Service Sundays at 11 a.m. Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church 300 Ninth Street NW, North Canton, OH 44720 • (330) 499-6040 Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. Traditional 9:45 a.m. Contemporary • 11 a.m. Traditional Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. First Christian Church 6900 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44721 • (330) 456-2600 Sunday Worship Services 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

First Friends Church 5455 Market Ave. N. - Canton, Ohio 44714 Traditional 8:15 a.m. • Contemporary 9:30 & 11 a.m. (330) 966-2800 • Lead Pastor - Stan Hinshaw North Canton Grace United Methodist Church 1720 Schneider St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 • (330) 499-2330 Sunday: 8 a.m. Chapel • 9:15 a.m. Contemporary 10:45 a.m. Traditional Trinity Baptist Church 1211 East Maple St. NE, North Canton • 330-494-7171 • Sunday Morning Worship: 9 a.m. Traditional, Contemporay service Wednesday Night: Fellowship Dinner, Adult Bible Study, Childern and Youth programs Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 349 Lindy Lane NW, North Canton (330) 499 3909 or (330) 499-3913 Sunday Morning Worship: 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages, 9:15 a.m.

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