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Our Town North Canton April 2014

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Publisher Jim Dansizen Editors Dan Mucci Kris Lackey Correspondents Cathy Clark CR Rae Jeremy Watts Tammy Proctor Patricia Faulhaber Sarah Weidner Dawn LaRay Campanelli Online Contributors Dr. Bob Roden Sales Rep Terri McArthur Graphic Design Stacie Rothermel Photography Pictures provided by Dr. Roden, Jim Dansizen,Cathy Clark, C.R.Rae. 2013 Taste of North Canton, Cutler Websitre, About Magazine

This winter has taken its toll on area residents with below normal temperatures and an abundance of snow. This issue of Our Town is geared towards spring and preparing your house for sale or planting vegetables and flowers in your garden. Spring has arrived along with the warm weather to go with the season. The saying goes April showers bring May flowers. We hope this edition gets your mind and body motivated to the great weather ahead and some great ideas to improve your landscaping. The Editors

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Cover Story Tammy Proctor Staff Writer Cutler Real Estate spans not only North Canton, the company serves homebuyers in the greater Columbus, Cincinnati and AkronCanton regions. Cutler Real Estate is a full-service real estate company. Their more than 300 highly trained realtors work homebuyers from the firsttime, starter homebuyer, to residents looking for estates and high-end properties. Cutler Real Estate was founded in 1947. Owned by Jay Cutler, Jim Bray and Jim Camp, Cutler is a onestop shop that caters to homebuyers through their affiliates Title One Agency and Maconachy/Stradley Insurance Agency. “The housing market in Northeast Ohio has improved,” said Jim Camp, principal broker. Camp said he sees the improved housing trend continuing in 2014. “People have more confidence about their jobs,” said Camp. “Therefore they feel more confident in purchasing a home.” Camp said Cutler realtors are finding a strong interest in the housing market. “Apartment rents are going up,” he said. “Interest rates are historically low. Renters will purchase homes.”

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Camp views improving housing market First-time homebuyers should not be frightened by mortgages, said Camp. “Getting financing isn’t difficult with a decent credit history,” said Camp. “Interest rates for FHA are 3.5 percent.” This is currently a seller’s market, said Camp. He said potential sellers bring a good inventory into the market.

“If you are looking to sell a house, to purchase new construction or to purchase a bigger home, this is a great time to sell,” said Jim Camp, owner of Cutler Real Estate. “If you are looking to sell a house, to purchase new construction or to purchase a bigger home, this is a

great time to sell,” said Camp. Commercially, Cutler has seen an increase in the availability of leased business properties. “Companies such as Radio Shack are closing stores nationwide,” said Camp. “These brick and mortar stores are closing as consumers shop more online.” A growing trend is rental properties, said Camp. “We see a lot of interest in buying apartment buildings,” said Camp. For consumers in the market for purchasing a starter home, a new construction home and lot, or an estate, Cutler’s realtors are trained to help potential homebuyers find their dream home. For potential homebuyers, Cutler’s high trained staff is an advocate. The company provides help with resale of a home, the purchase of a new home, as well as assistance through the mortgage process, the title process and insurance coverage. Cutler has garnered national awards for their relocation services for families upended by job transfers. The company is unique in that it offers auction services. For more information about Cutler, call the North Canton Cutler office at 330-499-9922 or visit their website at www.cutlerhomes. com.◊

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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.

Rev. Sarah Taylor Peck, Senior Pastor

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.

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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.

Zion United Church of Christ 415 S. Main St. - North Canton, Ohio • (330) 499-8191 Midweek wednesday Worship services 6pm Sunday school 9:00am , worship 10:15 am

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DeHoff optimistic as housing trend continues Tammy Proctor Staff Writer

Bob DeHoff, president of DeHoff Realtors and DeHoff Development, has been in the real estate market for more than 40 years. The North Canton-based companies are diversified, serving residential homeowners, commercial developments and industrial developments. DeHoff Realtors was founded by Ardis DeHoff, Bob’s mother, in 1962, just four years after she entered a career in real estate. The first DeHoff office was located in the Zampino Drum Shop building at 623 S. Main St. in North Canton. Today, the offices of DeHoff Realtors and DeHoff Development are located not far from their original office, at 821 S. Main St. DeHoff Realtors, lead by Bob’s wife Linda, continues to serve homebuyers. The company has housing developments in the city of Green, Jackson Township, Lake Township and of course North Canton. Among DeHoff housing developments is The Boroughs, located off Heckman Street, is within Lake Township and the North Canton City School District. Other developments within the North Canton City School District include Forest Meadows, GreenTree, Villas at St. Ives, St. James Place & Villas and The Sanctuary. Many of these housing developments offer lots for building a dream home. “Over the last three years, we have seen an improvement in the residential housing market,” said DeHoff. “If the trend continues, 2014 will be a very good year.” DeHoff said this is an excellent time for expanding families to find a larger home on a larger lot in a school district they desire. “Homebuyers are broken down into segments,” said DeHoff. “There are April 2014

first time homebuyers, families looking for larger homes and those who are ready to downsize.”

“Homebuyers are broken down into segments. There are first time homebuyers, families looking for larger homes and those who are ready to downsize,” said Bob DeHoff. Homeowners who want to downsize generally look for property with less yard and a home that requires less

maintenance. DeHoff said they are seeing a trend of a higher percentage of older residents who prefer to rent. In 1998, before many developers considered an aging population, DeHoff opened The Danbury in North Canton. The Danbury provides older residents with independent living with

the amenities of luxury apartments. The company’s newest adult community is in Bob-O-Link. Yorkshire Woods is a DeHoff independent living complex in Cuyahoga Falls. Another trend DeHoff sees in today’s residential real estate market is a “walkable community.” DeHoff said homebuyers prefer a walkable community near parks, schools and shopping. DeHoff Development is one of Stark County’s largest commercial real estate companies with projects such as Washington Square, Washington Square Offices, Waterside Centre, C o m m e r c e Centre, Akcan Industrial Park, Portage and Whipple and the 30th Street Center. “We are seeing the retail market continue to expand,” said DeHoff. “Take Washington Square for instance, it is filled.” DeHoff said he sees the retail sector’s specialty stores doing quite well. “More and more retailers are specializing in a market for a specific age set,” he said. The mission of DeHoff Development is to “be the preeminent provider of real estate services throughout Northeast Ohio.“ With services such as leasing, property and asset management, acquisition, development, construction, build-to-suit, landscaping, DeHoff and its 22 commercial and residential developments makes one of the leaders of real estate in North Canton.◊ Page 7

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Get your mower tuned up and buy flowers in one stop Patricia Faulhaber Staff Writer The grass will be getting greener any day now. Shortly after the color returns, the growth starts. Now is a good time to start getting those lawn mowers, string trimmers and other lawn and garden tools ready to work this spring and summer. Sue Boettler, co-owner of North Canton Repair on North Main Street, says the best thing to do for lawn mowers and string trimmers when removing them from winter storage is to put fresh gas in them before trying to start. “We always recommend to our customers to store their small engine lawn and garden equipment dry without gasoline,” Boettler says. “They can either store them dry or use a treated gas,” she said. “Do the same with the snow blowers when storing them this spring. Fresh gas is the key to getting that type of equipment to start easily after being stored all winter.” If residents want to get their lawn equipment tuned up before they use it this year, North Canton Repair can

“We always recommend to our customers to store their small engine lawn and garden equipment dry without gasoline,” Boettler says. do tune-ups where they change oil, sharpen blades, replace spark plugs and clean out carburetors. North Canton Repair, Inc. is a family owned business. Boettler and her brother Dave Boettler own the repair shop and greenhouse which was started in 1950 by their grandfather. He started the repair business out of a garage closer to downtown North Canton. It was moved to its current location in 1990 and sets on three acres just north of downtown. Boettler says they do sales and service on lawn and garden equipment. April 2014

They also sell and service pneumatic nailers and just about any power tool that applies to the construction trade. They sell some of the top name power

can also be planted in early spring. Tomatoes and peppers need to be planted after the chance of frost is gone. Boettler says they will have hanging baskets ready to sell soon and usually sell well over 600 hanging baskets per season. Customers will also find a variety of perennials for sale through the greenhouse. One of the products they grow Jeff Dalton of North Canton Repair and produce are wave buckets full of tools including Echo, Dolmar, Pasloed, petunias. The many wave buckets filled Senco, DeWalt, Porter Cable and with colorful petunias scattered around Bostitch. the front yard of the business draw a The company employs eight to 10 lot of attention from people driving by people year round and up to 30 people throughout the summer months. during the planting season. They The best piece of advice Boettler started selling plants 21 years ago offers for spring planting is to be patient and offer greenhouse sales starting in and wait for the warmer weather to get spring through late fall. During the fall here. Most gardening experts advise season, they sell pumpkins and mums waiting until mid- to late- May to start and they offer Christmas trees during putting the flowers and vegetable the month of December. They also sell gardens in. firewood for those who have a backyard “A lot of people really want to get their fire ring and want to cook hotdogs over planting done before Memorial Day, but the fire during the cool spring evenings. they are taking a chance if they don’t “Plant sales will start getting strong wait until the last frost is done,” Boettler in April and May,” said Boettler. “We says. sell a lot of different variety of flowers North Canton Repair is located at and vegetables for home gardens. 1555 N. Main St. For more information, People like to start putting some color call 330-499-9529.◊ around the outside as soon as they can at the beginning of spring. Pansies and primrose flowers can be planted in early spring because they like the cooler weather so they’re good flowers for the early planters.” For those gardeners anxious to get their vegetables planted, Boettler says cabbage, lettuce and cauliflower

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Tomatoes: Reduces risk of prostate cancer in men and reduces risk of

breast and cervical cancer in women. Cooked tomatoes ward off skin damage from the sun’s UV rays. Carrots: Rich in antioxidants, increases vision, reproduction, maintenance of skin integrity, growth and development. Onions: Fat burning food, lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer growth, increases bone density to help avoid injury, good for inflammations. Garlic: Promotes wellbeing of heart and immune systems, maintains blood circulation, lowers cholesterol, and contains sulfur a compound called allicin which acts as an antibiotic to protect against germs. Spinach: Anti-cancer constituents, lowers cholesterol, protects from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancer. Habanero Peppers: Good for circulation and metabolism.

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Preparing your flower beds for spring planting Patricia Faulhaber Staff Writer One of the most descriptive words called Preen works really well for weed etc. Prentice says they also do digital designs. that could be used by North Canton control,” Prentice says. Planting of most annuals is limited “We start by meeting with the residents to describe this year’s prolonged winter weather is that it was through mid-May. There are a few customer to see what they want, need varieties of pansies including one called and hope to achieve with their outdoor ‘unexpected.’ With the mild winters of the past the icicle pansy that can be planted in project. Then we design the project several years, the long-term snow cooler temperatures and some shrubs using computer software. We present it to the customer so that they can get cover and cold temperatures seem can be planted before May. Flowers such as daffodils, tulips and an idea of what the finished product will unusual. look like,” says Prentice. Many people may be A good example of ready to get past talking the work completed by about the winter and onto Sandy’s Landscape talking about spring which is Gervasi Vineyard. officially arrived on March Prentice says if it 20. Sandy Prentice, owner touches the ground at of Sandy’s Landscaping, Gervasi, such as the Inc., is one of those people walls, patios, sidewalks thinking spring planning and plantings, it was a and planting. project completed by “I can guarantee that Sandy’s. spring weather will arrive Other spring time this year,” Prentice says. activities that residents “I’d have trouble predicting can complete include when it will get here, but I mulching the flower can say with assurance that beds. Mulching is good it will get here.” Sandy’s Landscaping owner Sandy Prentice to do in May or early June and it Area residents can start now planning helps prevent weed growth and and preparing for spring planting. Prentice offered several things that crocus will bloom in cooler temps. adds organic material to growing can be done even before the warmer Those flowers grow from bulbs and areas. Spring is a good time to plan for should be planted in the fall in order get summer watering needs too. Prentice weather arrives. a spring bloom. recommends looking at implementing “March and April are good months “March and April are good months “Most annuals drip irrigation. should be planted “Homeowners can easily implement to review any from mid-May to this type of irrigation by using a plant systemic to review any plant systemic close to Memorial garden hose hookup and going to a insect or fungus insect or fungus problems from Day. When local hardware, home improvement or problems from last year. It’s also a good time to buying flowers garden center to get needed materials. last year. It’s also apply insect and fungus control to plant, it’s best Flowers and plants need to be watered a good time to and to start fertilizing,” to buy flowers at appropriate times and in the right apply insect and said Sandy Prentice. that look vibrant amounts and drip irrigation can help,” fungus control and and healthy. says Prentice. to start fertilizing,” If the flowers Bottom line, Prentice recommends Prentice says. He suggests using insect control look unhealthy, it’s almost impossible start planning now for a successful products that contain a new active to nurse them back to health,” says growing season. By late May and early June, potted flowers, flower beds and ingredient called Merit. Products that Prentice. Prentice started Sandy’s Landscaping hanging baskets should be planted and contain Merit allow the homeowner to apply it one time a year in the spring in 1967. The company has always growing. Sandy’s Landscaping is located at without worrying about applying it been located in North Canton. It was again throughout the summer. Merit, moved to its current location in 1995. 8111 Cleveland Ave. N.W., North Prentice says, has a low impact on the There are 30 full-time and seasonal Canton. For more information, call 330workers employed. Sandy’s specializes 499-2829 or visit the website, www. environment. “April is a good month to apply in property maintenance, landscaping◊ preventive weed control in flower beds. and hard-scaping which includes An easy-to-use and effective product retaining walls, sidewalks, waterfalls, April 2014

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Graham’s business started with leaf vacuum Jeremy Watts Staff Writer There are a set of guiding principles that act as guiding underpinnings for Andy Graham, owner of Andy Graham’s Landscape and Lawncare. The Hoover High School graduate has always had a natural propensity for service toward his fellow man coupled with the desire to get it right the first time. Graham’s business may have begun with just a small leaf vacuum and the bed of a truck in 2004, but his acts of service stretch back considerably further. As a Boy Scout in a local troop, Graham earned more than 21 merit badges on his way to earning the organization’s highest prestige, the Eagle Scout – an honor earned by less than 5 percent of all Boy Scouts. His final qualifying service project, the Nature Walk at Northwood Elementary School, is still in use today. “What the (Boy) Scouts teaches you is that you are a part of the community,” Graham said. “If you have something to give, give back.” In addition to his responsibilities with the Boy Scouts, Graham spent his high school days pulling double duty specializing in college preparatory and horticulture courses at Hoover and GlenOak High Schools, laying the foundation for his future profession. Graham sought his post-secondary education in horticulture at The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. “I got a lot of hands-on learning in Wooster,” Graham said. “After a while, I had my mind made up and knew what I wanted to do.” In the fall of 2004, Graham started Andy Graham’s Landscape and Lawncare - his only piece of equipment a retail leaf vacuum. Through persistence, hard work and dedication, he grew his business. By the summer of 2005, Graham was able to purchase a commercial lawn mower and acquire regular customers. By the end of that year, he had nearly 40 residential and commercial accounts. “It takes some time,” he said, “but word of mouth is your best friend. If I’m doing my best work for my customers, they’ll tell their friends. There’s competition Page 12

in anything, but if you offer fair prices and do good work for your people, then good word of mouth follows.” Over the next few years, Graham was able to branch out his business in the directions of all-things landscaping. From mowing to mulch, Bobcat work to fountains and plantings – Andy Graham’s Landscape and Lawncare is a full service business based in North Canton. From the hum of one leaf vacuum (and the sweat of his brow) to a fleet of service trucks and equipment, Andy Graham demonstrates that anything is possible. “Like anything, it has ups and downs,” he said, “but you work through it.”

He hasn’t stopped giving either. Despite a busy workload, managing a business, marriage and fatherhood, Graham’s desire for service led him to acquire his certifications in firefighting at Stark State College. Soon after, he joined the volunteer squad of the North Canton Fire Department. Being owner and operator of his own enterprise allows him to answer emergency calls day and night. “Firefighting is always something I wanted to do since I was a kid,” he said. “I see it as a choice and responsibility toward my community.”◊

Family nursery business is growing on Applegrove Street

Dawn LaRay Campanelli Staff Writer Every Spring, travelers entering North Canton from the east on Applegrove Street are greeted by a large colorful flowerbed planted at Greens and Things Nursery and Landscaping. “Each year it gets a little bigger,” laughed owner John Proach, “and many visitors to our nursery take pictures in front of it.” The project started in 1999 after the extension of Applegrove expanded traffic passing the nursery. What goes unnoticed by most people driving by is that the nursery stretches for five acres beyond the flowerbed and that every structure on the property was built by Proach himself as he transformed a field given to him by his father into a thriving business over the last 34 years.     “The number one comment I get at least 10 times a day is that customers don’t realize how big our place is,” said Proach.  Founded in 1979, this family owned and operated nursery originally began by selling mulch and topsoil. “I started with a truck and backhoe in mid-70’s,” said Proach, who created the business to help pay for college at The University of Akron.  “Gas didn’t cost that much back then,” he added, “and with a few advertisements in the Mini Merchant,

we developed a pretty good business delivering mulch to residential homes.” The accounting major realized shortly after graduation that he really enjoyed the outdoors and left his cubicle behind to dedicate all his time and effort to expand Greens and Things Nursery and Landscaping to also include annual flowers, vegetables and vintage stone.  Today, mulch deliveries only account for about 30 percent of his current business mix. The newest feature at the nursery in 2014 will be an area dedicated to showcase vintage stone waterfalls.  Some of the displays are hand carved stone pillars recovered from old buildings throughout Northeast Ohio. “We carry very neat architectural pieces, as well as 100-year- old garden gates and fences that you won’t find anywhere else,” said Proach who works with Bob Strain, a retiree from the stone business to customize the carvings to include address stones. People who love historical items can chose from a large variety of century old street bricks to accent garden paths to make their projects stand out. In the greenhouses, customers will find ready to plant fresh vegetables amongst the wide variety of large flats of homegrown annuals. Greens and Things also carries an array of continued to pg 13

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Everything comes alive in spring Dr. Bob Roden Staff Writer As challenging as its winters tend to be, Ohio redeems itself by providing delightful springs. Life is renewed as brown becomes green and winter jackets are traded for light sweaters. Crocuses and daffodils peak through the dirt, birds find their voices and all animals perform their annual rituals. Youngsters renew their biking/ skateboard/spring sports skills and neighbors venture out of their winter hibernation for evening walks. Snow birds return from the South and virtually everyone responds positively to the increased daylight/sunlight. Families enjoy getting outside and enjoying the splendors of back yards, area parks, trails and other outdoor pursuits. Activities range from sidewalkchalk art and blowing bubbles to campfires, kite flying, planting gardens, fishing, hiking, biking, enjoying spring flowers and just plain getting dirty! Enjoying spring in our town is a breeze with the plethora of parks, trails and state parks nearby. North Canton Parks, Stark Parks, Quail Hollow State Park, Stark Wilderness Center, Wingfoot State Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park represent a sample of the convenient treasures. Spring 2014 would be a perfect time to consider hiking the same wooded trail in all four seasons. Our family accomplished this when our five children ranged in age from 6 to 13. We visited a delightful path along a creek at the Stark Wilderness Center and

everyone enhanced their appreciation for nature’s gifts as seasons changed. The Wilderness Center features 10 miles of hiking trails including forest, prairie, lake, pond and look-out tower. There is an Interpretive Building with a Nature Store, interactive Display Room and Wildlife Observation Room. You can also enjoy an Astronomy Education Building with a Planetarium and Observatory.  Our hikes always included a picnic lunch. Another year round option is Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville. This treasure has a variety of well-marked hiking trails, mountain biking and a pond. There is a fabulous wild flower/ butterfly garden behind the Manor House. It is the perfect setting for young and older. One of the trails is paved with asphalt to accommodate handicapped visitors. Though further away, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a magnificent place for family exploration. The parks include fields, rocks/caves, wetlands and woods. Our grandchildren love to make up games as they conquer the hills and caves. My dog and I recently discovered Wingfoot State Park in Sheffield. The park offers groves of trees, expanses of grass along with a beautiful lake for fishing and/or relaxation. Cimba and I usually enjoy a short walk followed by a reading session by the lake. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the Goodyear blimp take off or land on the other side of the lake. North Canton and Stark Parks are well

situated so that families do not need to go far to enjoy spring’s splendors. North Canton has 11 parks in various neighborhoods. Although Price and Dogwood Parks are the most visible, there are nine additional play areas in the city. Our young family frequented the play area and woods at Dogwood Park when we lived on Ninth Street Northwest. For 25 years, we were blessed to have Price Park in the back yard of our Glendale Street home. Our children and grandchildren have spent hundreds of hours enjoying the play area, walking trail and pond. The open grounds are perfect for kite flying, tennis, volleyball, frisbee or amateur rocket launching. The pond is a favorite spot for fishing or observing ducks, herons and geese. We loved witnessing the ducks teaching their ducklings how to navigate the pond and creek. I enjoy numerous walks with my dog on the Hoover Trail, biking on the Canal Fulton Trail and scenic hiking along the Walborn Reservoir near Alliance. Stark Parks feature 80+ miles of walking/ bicycling trails, 31 miles of equestrian trails, 13 parks, including 25 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, 778 educational programs and events to 36,301 participants and 7,000 acres of land, including 1,200 acres of lakes/ ponds,/reservoirs. The season is short, but powerful and rejuvenating. Get out and enjoy the gifts it has to offer—in your back yard, neighborhood or nearby parks!◊

all the beautiful hanging baskets they sell. “Customers love her and rely on her to help them put things together,” added Proach.  His sister, Patrice Annis, over the past 25 years has run a fruit stand at the business and helps with flowers.  Other family on staff include his wife Patti and his son John Jr. This knowledgeable staff is available to help first time weekend warriors as well as avid gardeners find the right selection of plants and landscaping accessories to make their home beautiful.  “What I’m most proud of over the years

is longevity in creating a business that has served people from everywhere for so many years,” said Proach. “This business takes an incredible amount of work and is so dependent on the weather it’s difficult. But our advantage is we can provide mulch and topsoil services for significantly lower than retail box stores.” The Nursery is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from April 1 until mid-December for Christmas tree sales.  A detailed list of services are available online at http:// ◊  

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Our Town Cooks

Cathy Clark Staff Writer

Forget about eating at home on May 7 because our town is really cookin’ at the sixth annual Taste of North Canton. Everyone is welcome. Diners will enjoy delicious samples from more than 30 area food vendors. Phyllis Mussina, chairperson of the event, promises “There is something for everyone this year. We’ll have Italian and Mediterranean food, soup, sandwiches, desserts and more including a coffee chaser from Sheetz. I’m excited because we have a lot of new restaurants this year. ” The event, which benefits New Work City Foundation, will be held at Arrowhead Golf and Banquet Center. The New Work Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization, was founded in 2009 by Vicki Stanley. Its mission is to create jobs in Stark County. Money is raised to provide grants to businesses and non-profit organizations that are interested in adding an employee but are short of the money to do so. Grants are awarded to applicants who have a specific need for an additional staff member and are willing to match the amount of the grant to hire the new employee. The grant recipients are chosen by the New Work’s board and the Foundation administers the paychecks. Some former grant recipients include Stark County Hunger


Taste of North Canton Task Force, North Canton YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and Solid Rock Riding Academy. Staging Taste of North Canton requires some serious teamwork from a lot of volunteers. Arrowhead provides the facilities, mans the bar and is responsible for set-up and tear-down. Co-owners Scott Demuesy and Rob Burcell are enthusiastic supporters of Taste. Demuesy reported, “People look forward to the event. It’s really taken off. We expect between 600 and 700 people.” To ease parking at the event, there will be a shuttle service available at Orchard Hill Intermediate School. A second bus may be added at a different location. There will be a tent erected adjacent to the Arrowhead building for additional seating which will make the entire dining experience more comfortable. The popular Brighter Side Band will keep the atmosphere lively while performing their “juke joint rockin’ blues” on the patio. Taste of North Canton is by far New Work City Foundation’s most popular fundraiser. Founder Vicki Stanley said, “People really enjoy tasting food from different restaurants and the vendors have an opportunity to meet a lot of new people. Our motto is to ‘Have Fun, Raise Money and Create Jobs.’ Everyone has fun at the event while we’re raising money to create jobs. It’s a win/win. ” Having fun is just one way to win at Taste of North Canton. There is a 50/50

raffle and silent auction. A variety of interesting silent auction gift baskets will be on display for guests to place bids. Some of the baskets have been created with specific themes in mind: a beach basket just in time for warm weather, a basket with items for a fun girls’ night in, another for bidders with a sweet tooth and many more treasure baskets to bid on. Chairperson Mussina has been hard at work getting area vendors to participate. The list of vendors includes: Old Carolina Barbeque, Zoup!, Arrowhead Golf and Banquet Center, Demico’s Pizza, Chop It Salad Co., Grinder’s, Mama Guzzardi’s, Tastefully Simple, Palombo’s, Donato’s Pizza, B.A.M., Aunt Lula’s, Bill & Mary’s, Ermanno’s Pizza, 4 Cookie Divas, Sheetz, Pita Pit, Smoke the Burger Joint, Baja Pizzafish, Beyesly’s, Honey Bee’s Sweet Treats, Main St. Grille, Mary Ann Donuts, Chick-Fil-A, Donato’s Pizza, Ermanno’s Pizza, Puckers and Hometown Chocolates. Mussina expects to add several more before the big day. A friendly rivalry between the vendors will add to the fun when diners cast their votes for the tastiest food of the evening. Taste of North Canton will be held May 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf and Banquet Center, 1500 Rogwin Circle S.W. in North Canton. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for a couple. Children ages 6 to 11 are just $5. Children under 5 are free. ◊



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Our House, as the third and final theatrical event of the 2013-14 season. Performances will take place on April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at Alzheimers meeting The Alzheimer’s Association will 8 p.m. and on April 6 and 13 at be holding their monthly Canton 2:30 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Daytime Caregiver Support Theatre, 6000 Frank Ave. N.W. Group on, April 17 at 1 p.m. at in Jackson Township. American Faith United Methodist Church, Sign Language interpretation will 300 9th St. N.W., North Canton. be provided for the performance Free of charge. Open to all on April 13 at 2:30 p.m. Opening caregivers, family members night is Scholarship Night with and friends with a loved one proceeds benefitting students living with Alzheimer’s disease in Kent State Stark theatre and or a related dementia. For more music programs. information, call the Greater An arrogant television executive East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s faced with dwindling ratings hires Association at 1-800-272-3900. America’s favorite news anchor to host a popular reality show. Our House at KSU Stark Kent State University at Stark Meanwhile, a TV addict with Theatre proudly presents an unhealthy obsession for her Theresa Rebeck’s dark comedy, teeters on the edge as tensions

in his house rise and explode into a drama that holds the nation riveted. Filled with comedic satire, Our House examines a culture that is fascinated with transforming sobering crisis into sexy entertainment. For mature audiences only, due to violent content and strong language. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with current student ID. Tickets may be obtained beginning March 24. Reserve tickets online at www.stark.kent. edu/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330244-3348, Mondays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.◊

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Cultural Corner

Dan Mucci Editor

The North Canton Arts community lost an icon on March 16 when Mary McManaway, one of the founders and artistic director of the North Canton Playhouse, died following an extended illness. In 1976, Leonard and Mary McManaway and John and Sue Leonatti founded the North Canton Playhouse. In October of 1976, the Playhouse’s first production, “Mame,” was performed at Hoover High School South Campus. The North Canton Playhouse was first housed in a rental building (owned by The Hoover Company) as a small 40 seat theatre. Throughout the next 20 years, the North Canton Playhouse developed special programs and community outreach programs and therefore developed a need for a larger building in which to house all theatre productions and programs. In 1995, the North Canton Board of Education invited the North Canton Playhouse to be a part of the expansion to Hoover High School’s North Campus. The Playhouse raised the necessary funds with the help of various grants and the generosity of organizations throughout the North Canton and Stark County community. "Mary was a persistent advocate for the arts,” said former North Canton City Schools superintendent and current Our Town staff writer Dr. Bob Roden.  “Upon passage of the 1994 bond issue to build the new Hoover High School and renovate all other schools, we invited three community entities to partner with us.  The North Canton Playhouse, with Mary's guidance, was the only one who came forward with the plan and funding.  The school/community collaboration was one of the first in the area and I credit Mary and the playhouse board with the willingness to make it happen. The partnership has been good for the schools, playhouse and community." In an Our Town interview back in September of 2013, in what would be the last play she directed, “A April 2014

NCP founder McManaway dies Streetcar Named Desire”, McManaway said, “This community is still slow to respond. We have more people come from other areas including Cleveland then from North Canton. We do draw some people from Walsh.” One of McManaway’s dreams was to have signage for the playhouse out on Main Street. Within the last past few

cared about the arts,” said Norma Capocci, who has been friends with McManaway for the past 28 years. and served as a board member for the Playhouse. “If someone brought her an idea, she would always say ‘Let’s just do it. Let’s go for it.’ “She was relentless with her wants. The Playhouse was North Canton’s

months, she lived to see that dream come true. The North Canton Playhouse also offers youth classes on South Main Street near Roe’s Ice Cream shop. The Playhouse offers a program called Spotlight on Youth (SOY), the oldest educational outreach program of the North Canton Playhouse. This program has reached more than 241,000 students in Northeastern Ohio in its 17 year history. Developed in 1997 as the Senior Troupe outreach program, this program provided means for developing the unique qualities of a talent base for ages 50 and older. The Senior Troupe program understood and showcased the unique needs and skills of seniors. The Stark County Service Division of VSA Arts established its local representation as an outreach of the North Canton Playhouse in 1995. They provide children and adults, with and without disabilities, the opportunity to share creativity through all of the arts. VSA Arts of Ohio promotes selfesteem, cultural awareness and selfdetermination. Held annually each August, the VSA Arts offers Camp Jukebox, a week long day camp of singing, drama and dance for individuals ages 8 to 25 with disabilities. “Mary was a wonderful person who

best kept secret. It was always about the kids coming up.” Capocci helped McManaway bring the arts to individuals with disabilities. In addition to establishing the North Canton Playhouse, she also was an advocate of animal rights founding the Coalition for Animal Concerns. She was acknowledged as one of Stark County’s greatest citizens when she was inducted into the Stark County Wall of Fame in 2002. McManaway also directed plays for Walsh University’s Genesius Players. “Mary was an important part of the Walsh history,” said Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume. “Her successful productions were testimony to her artistic skills.  But far more important was her ability to help students to overcome their fears and doubts and to grow in confidence as they successfully integrated into the drama troupe and beyond.  She added theatre to the Walsh community and changed and enriched many lives along the way.”  Mary Giffin, faculty coordinate at Walsh said in her 30 years as director for Genesius Players, Mary McManaway was a friend and mentor to Walsh students.  She brought out the best in them onstage and off.◊

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Hardie inspires her readers

experience that. The message of The to his mother. Both his parents find out Patricia Faulhaber “Sparkle Box” is about filling your life the next day at a school open house Staff Writer and the box with gifts and compassion that he had lied. He apologizes and his Jill Hardie went to see a life coach for others which become gifts for parents forgive him. He continues to looking for answers to a few persistent Jesus.” feel ashamed of the lie until his mother questions she had about herself. At the Writing the book was the most spiritual helps him create a sparkle egg to honor time she was a wife, mother of two, experience in her life and she felt called Jesus. At his mother’s suggestion, he business owner and copywriter. The to write it. Her second book was just drew a picture of what he was ashamed day after completing a life plan, she released on March 1 and is titled “The of and put it into the sparkle egg. also became a children’s book author. Sparkle Egg”. “Guilt is about doing something bad While her books may while shame is feeling be her medium, it’s the you are bad. I think this messages she feels book will touch people most compelled to share. who struggle with She tried to write her first shame,” Hardie says. book, “The Sparkle Box” Hardie’s favorite line (2012) a year earlier but in the book comes after her words then didn’t Sam opens his sparkle fit the message. Hardie egg, “Running through was standing in her the grass with Duke kitchen the day after at his feet, he felt the completing her life plan blessing of forgiveness. and the words for the He was free.” book including the title Hardie says the first started appearing in her book felt like the words mind. were given to her while “I wrote the first book writing the second book in 90 minutes and the was more of a journey words just came to me,” and a process. Hardie Hardie says. has received a lot of “After I finished it, I put feedback about how The Hardie family (l to r) Kate, Jill, Tim and Jack. my head in my hands and the books have touched cried,” she said. Then I people and their kids and called my husband and how much the stories told him I’d written the book. He asked “The Sparkle Egg” is about opening resonate with people of all ages. what book because it had been a year ourselves up to receiving a gift from “I’ve heard from parents that their since we had talked about it and he’d Jesus which is forgiveness. The gift of sparkle box is so full they can’t close forgotten it.” Easter is forgiveness,” Hardie says. it. Writing the books has helped me She never intended to write a book. “The Sparkle Egg” is about a fictional open up and be more willing to share Hardie has a degree in advertising and character named Sam who hears some my experience and faith. I hope people she does marketing strategies, branding bad news from his school teacher. are touched by “The Sparkle Egg” the and copywriting for clients while her When he gets home that afternoon, same way it touches me. It has freed husband does graphic design for their me up to live my life and enjoy it,” company, Hardie Communications. “Running through the grass Hardie says. Her first book is based on a family with Duke at his feet, he felt the Where to Buy tradition of leaving a gift for Jesus blessing of forgiveness. He was Both “The Sparkle Box” and “The under the Christmas tree. The tradition Sparkle Egg” are available for sale free,” became life changing for the family. at, Barnes and Noble, said Hardie, quoting her favorite Originally, she pictured the book written Books-A-Million. Visit the website www. line from The Sparkle Egg to adults to help them bring back the for more details and meaning of Christmas. additional activities for both books.◊ “The first year we left the gift for his mother is preparing to color eggs Jesus, it was really something outside for Easter. She asks Sam about school of the box for us,” Hardie said. “We and he lies and says everything was did it and the feeling of peace and joy great. was amazing and we wanted others to Sam begins to feel shame about lying Page 18

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Goodpasture leads softball program

tries to find out where all the girls are playing in the summer so he can go out Dan Mucci and watch them play. He said he also Editor The standard for softball programs tries to get them involved in indoor ball in Stark County rests on Seventh during the winter. Goodpasture explains how he became Street behind Memorial Stadium and involved with one of the elite programs across from the high school. Jerry in the state of Ohio. Goodpasture Stadium, home to the “I got involved in the softball program seven-time state champion Vikings, is because Jim Boyer needed an assistant a Field of Dreams. and asked me to help,” said the father Goodpasture begins his 29th year of two daughters, Sharon O’Donnell being involved with the Vikings and Holly Collins, alumni of North program, the last nine as mentor of the Canton Hoover High School and the orange and black. During his tenure, softball program. “I think there are many North Canton has won seven Federal reasons why we have been successful League championships, five regional at Hoover. championships and five “First, “It is an honor to have a stadium state championships. there have “The Hoover softball named after me, but the field only been program is the second is for the young ladies who three head winningest program in are playing on it now and in coaches Ohio behind Keystone,” the future. When the team is since the said Goodpasture, a program retired teacher of 35 practicing or playing a game, all started years, 27 with North I am doing is focusing on what is – Boyer, Canton City Schools. going on at the moment,” from 1979 “Since 1984, there has to 1991; been only one losing said Jerry Goodpasture, Jeff Hite, season. The school has from 1992 head coach at won 17 Federal League to 2004; championships, nine Hoover High School. and me, district championships 2005 to and seven state titles.” present. Second, there is a strong Goodpasture commented on having tradition of winning. Third, we have the field named after him. “It is an honor to have a stadium very strong community support. Finally, named after me,” said Goodpasture, we have committed ball players.” Goodpasture said he hasn’t really “but the field is for the young ladies who worked his way up through the program are playing on it now and in the future. as he has stayed as an assistant coach When the team is practicing or playing from 1985 to 2004, and then he said he a game, all I am doing is focusing on decided to give managing a try when what is going on at the moment.” Jeff Hite took the baseball job. A successful program requires many The manager of the Lady Vikings hours of hard work and talented team talked about a couple of teams athletes. that stick out. “Almost all of our ballplayers have “Every season has been satisfying to played summers in the North Canton some degree, but 2009 really stands or Greentown Softball Organizations,” out for me," said Goodpasture. “We said Goodpasture, whose wife Judy, lost 10 seniors from the 2008 state retired from the Canton City Schools championship team and came back in 2003. “Then between the ages of to finish second in the league and got 11 to 14, they move on to play travel beat 1-0 in the district final. I attribute ball in the summer. Some girls play on that feat to a group of very dedicated elite teams that travel throughout the and hardworking girls. entire country competing in prestigious “Of course winning seven state tournaments.” championships stands out on its own. Goodpasture said in the off season he Page 20

But what I remember the most is the competitiveness to be the best on the part of the girls. Naturally, winning is its own brand of fun, and the girls really enjoyed themselves over the years.” He added it is easy to say certain players stand out because of their success. “We have had many outstanding performances, but I’ve enjoyed working with all of them.” Goodpasture’s daughters both played for Hoover. O’Donnell, who played for Hoover from 1984 to 1987, is currently a teacher at McGregor Elementary in Canton. Collins, his youngest daughter, played from 1989 to 1992, and is a teacher at Hartville Elementary. The coach of the Lady Vikings is a grandpa to five grandchildren spanning in age from 4 to 15. Three grandsons play baseball and his only granddaughter plays softball.◊

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A visit to Squire Boone Caverns

Travel CR Rae Staff Writer The Squire Boone Caverns in Mauckport, Ind., have a variety of fun things to do for all ages. The caverns were originally discovered by the Boone brothers. We all know Daniel Boone, but his brother Squire was a well-known pioneer in Kentucky and Indiana history.

Squire was a hunter, gunsmith, explorer, statesman and minister and was honored in Congress for his service during the Revolutionary War. The brothers discovered the caverns in 1790 and it was later that Squire hid from hostile Indians in the caverns escaping from them. He loved the beautiful valley and settled there with his wife, his four sons and their families. In 1815, Squire died and was laid to rest in the caverns he loved so much. Descending down the 73 stairs into the caverns, visitors find a million years of history underground. In the cave are underground waterfalls and cave formations and there are secrets down there below where the dinosaurs once roamed. The cavern is Page 22

a growing ecosystem and stalactites stalagmites are prevalent as you walk the underground paths. Guided tours take off from the gift shop at various times throughout the day. The caverns hold rushing rivers and waterfalls that are very rare to find in underground caves. Over a million gallons of water a day travels through Squire Boone Caverns. Above ground visitors will find plenty to do as well. A working gristmill is onsite that was built by Squire in the early 1800's. Travelers can watch corn being ground into cornmeal just as it was done two centuries ago. Watch soap being made in the village area of Squire Boone Caverns, visit the rock shop, hike, picnic, hand dip your own candle and enjoy some homemade fudge. You can also mine for gold and gemstones. It is a fun educational "thing to do" for the whole family.

Top your fun off with the high-flying zip line canopy tour. It takes you high above the caverns on six nonstop tree-to-tree zip lines and swinging suspension bridge. It is open from April

to mid-November. There are plenty of places to spend a few nights--historic bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels. While in the area visit the first capital of Indiana, Corydon, just 20 minutes from Squire Boone Caverns and where you will find lodging and plenty of restaurants. The Corydon Capitol State Historic site sits on the square in the center of town and is open for tours as well as the governor's home across the square. In 1816, 43 delegates met to draft the first state constitution and much of their work was done under the trunk of a tree. That tree is standing today and is known as Constitution Elm. Corydon also is home to the only civil war battlefield in Indiana and one of the oldest standing African-American schools in the United States. Beyond history--visitors to Corydon enjoy Bluegrass music, specialty ice cream parlors and the square with shops, restaurants and summer band concerts. A fun toe-tapping music adventure awaits you at the Corydon Jamboree. It is family friendly and features country to gospel and contemporary to blues music, clogging, comedy and just about everything in between. It is just a fun time for everyone. It is a relaxed venue where area entertainers and some from far away have fun entertaining the crowd at the 400 seat auditorium. For a little more night life, down the road in Elizabethtown, visitors will find the Horseshoe river boat casino with gaming, restaurants, live music and hotel. In nearby Milltown, you will find Cave Country Canoes offering visitors a host of canoeing and kayaking adventures exploring the Blue River. The caverns are 33 miles west of Louisville, Ky., located at 100 Squire Boone Road S.W., Mauckport, Ind. Visit www. for tour times and for information on more things to do in the area.◊ April 2014

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