June 2021 Plain Paper

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IN THIS ISSUE CLASS OF 2021 CELEBRATIONS PAGES 2-5 CHAMPIONS IN THE COMMUNITY PAGE 6 FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS PAGES 7-9 CONGRATULATIONS RETIREES! PAGE 10 STARK COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR PAGE 12 NEW PAVILION AT GLENWOOD PAGE 13 #PLSLASTDAY PAGES 14-15 NEW KINDERGARTEN RECRUITS PAGE 28

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415 members of the class of 2021 accepted their diplomas on May 25, 2021 at Bob Commings’ Field for the first-ever commencement ceremony held on our GlenOak High School campus. Our students were surrounded by cheers from their family and friends during the picturesque May evening.

Dear Community, Plain Strong! Together, we made it through the most difficult school year in the history of Plain Local Schools. I am so thankful for this community, and the support and encouragement provided to our students and staff. It was humbling to see everyone working together to ensure a safe environment where learning could take place. This edition of Plain Paper is fantastic. You can read about many celebrations and accomplishments during the 2020-2021 school year, but I am especially proud of the senior class. They faced great adversity, but they responded with integrity and class. The class of 2021 is the perfect example of how our students will make an impact on our society. They understand that life is full of obstacles and they faced a huge challenge and overcame fear, anger, and multiple hurdles. Thank you, seniors! Our focus now turns to the fall of 2021. My goal is to return to normal as much as possible in all areas. We will begin implementing a new literacy series at the elementary level and start a new construction trades partnership with the local trades’ council. We have learned many lessons through the pandemic and will continue with practices that enhanced our partnership and communication with parents. The district will continue the option of virtual conferences and meetings. Families will also have on-demand access to important information. We will use the momentum of this past school year to make us better for the future. Finally, this fall is important as we welcome all students back to our school buildings. Each child’s social and emotional wellness is a top priority in our planning. All students and families have been impacted by the pandemic and this fall will be a new experience for many. Our goal is to ensure a smooth, positive, and enjoyable return to normalcy. We look forward to the 2021-2022 school year with great hope and excitement. Go Eagles!

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Brent May, Superintendent


2021 Senior Class Academic Achievement Awards

Scan the QR code to watch the senior academic awards on YouTube.

Over 150 students were recognized during the live virtual academic awards ceremony for their outstanding work in the classroom, community and for their arts and athletic accomplishments. During the evening, students received accolades for their superior work in academic content areas and career and technical programs. The awards night offers the opportunity for students to meet the people behind the scholarship and personally thank them for their support as they work toward a college degree.

Best in Class

Class Choice

Outstanding Senior Boy Outstanding Senior Girl

Congratulations to Katie Scrimo for achieving the highest academic honor of Best in Class. Katie delivered a commencement speech to her peers at the May 25, 2021 graduation ceremony held at Bob Commings’ Field.

Skylar Stephens was chosen amongst her peers to deliver the “Class Choice” speech at the 2021 graduation ceremony. Congratulations, Skylar!

Voted on by the staff at GlenOak High School, Zachary Geiger was chosen as Outstanding Senior Boy for 2021.

Voted on by the staff at GlenOak High School, Carmyn Grubbs was chosen as Outstanding Senior Girl for 2021.

Academic Content

These awards are given to one student each year who has demonstrated academic excellence in a subject area.

Dance: Anne Hinnebusch

English: Grace Kimbrough

French: Jack Shoemaker

Spanish: Brandon Faris

Instrumental Music: Madeline Bosler

String Ensemble: Maximus Krueger

Mathematics: Andrew Elsfelder

Science: Alea Zelle

Social Studies: Zachary Geiger

Visual Art: Grace Kimbrough

Vocal Music: Dominic Gemma

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2021 Senior Class Academic Achievement Awards - cont. Career and Technical Content

These awards are given to one student each year who has demonstrated academic excellence in the Career and Technical subject area.

Advancement to Nursing: Rylie McLaughlin

Animation & Graphic Design: Madeline Smith

Automotive Technology: Zachary Zorzi

Commercial Photography: Chelsea Johnson

Construction Trades: Luke Tyler

Cosmetology: Shayla Dudley

Engineering: David Wellman

Light and Sound Technology: Jocelyn Kroeger

Sports Medicine: Darby Curran

High School of Business: Roman Wells

Horticulture: Brennan McGuire

Job Training Coordination: Spencer Glover

Music Production: Quintin Polack

Teacher Pathways: Hannah Glover

Theatre Arts: Claire Monnette

Video Production: Matthew Zornes

Congratulations to our student athletes that made it to the state track meet in Columbus, read more about their season on page 20

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International Baccalaureate Programme Diploma Candidates Alexis Ames

Sidney Ely

Elena May

Madison Praxl

Zoe Campbell

Zachary Geiger

Hannah Miller

William Ramjohn

Cooper Cunningham

Carmyn Grubbs

Lauren Petro

Katie Scrimo

Hannah Dunnerstick

Hannah Harper

Hailey-Ann Plues

Skylar Stephens

Canton Repository Teen of the Month

Canton Repository Teen Board

Congratulations to Zachary Geiger for being chosen at the Teen of the Month from the Canton Repository for April 2021.

Thank you to Alyssa Serri for serving on the Canton Repository Teen Board, helping to choose the Teen of the Month each and every month for the 2020-2021 school year.

Counselor Resiliency Award

Each year the GlenOak High School counseling team chooses one student who has experienced a substantial amount of adversity in his or her life, but who has persisted through and maintained high achievement. Congratulations to Skylar Stephens for receiving the 2021 Counselor Resiliency Award.

Fine Arts Specialization Dance:

Alexis Ames Anne Hinnebusch Grace Kimbrough Madeline Nobles Victoria Russell Lauren Schlemmer Alyssa Serri Emily Wertz

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Theatre Arts: Kevin Campbell Preston Gayhart Emily Kuntz Jalyn Lisk Claire Monnette Ally Scott Alexis Stewart Samantha Wise

Visual Art:

Grace Kimbrough Sarah Peloso William Ramjohn Lauren Radalia

Instrumental Music: Joshua Clay

Vocal Music:

Joshua Clay Isabella DePasquale Dominic Gemma Samantha Wise


2021 Senior Class Academic Achievement Awards - cont. Four-Year Academic Letter Alexis Ames Eliana Antoniades Danielle Bisesi Samuel Bosworth Kaitlyn Brittain Alexander Brown Alivia Butterworth Andrew Elsfelder Benjamin Esporite Brandon Faris Zachary Geiger

Dominic Gemma Hannah Glover Jeremy Hamilton Katelyn Hippich Hailey Hollinger Grace Kimbrough Emma Knisely Olivia Kurylo Brayden Maurer Elena May Brennan McGuire

Scholar Athletes Boys Cross Country: Andrew Elsfelder David Wellman

Boys Soccer: Matthew Garfinkle Zachary Geiger

Girls Cross Country: Darby Curran Carmyn Grubbs Rylie Severson Jillian Wilgus Alea Zelle

Girls Soccer: Zoe Campbell Morgan Rekstis

Football: Jeremy Hamilton Boys Golf: Jack Shoemaker Girls Golf: Alexis Ames Emma Knisely Lauren Petro

Girls Tennis: Olivia Kurylo Lauren Schlemmer Volleyball: Emily Wertz

Joshua Mucci Sarah Peloso Thena Pergins Lauren Petro Dylan Philpott Makenna Rekstis Morgan Rekstis Lauren Schlemmer Katie Scrimo Alyssa Serri Rylie Severson

Bria Shackleford Madeline Smith Serena Sommers Luke Tyler Caitlyn Wallace David Wellman Emily Wertz Samantha Wise Alea Zelle Matthew Zornes

Wrestling: Aeden Begue

Girls Lacrosse: Morgan Rekstis

Boys Swimming: Mitchell Weaver

Boys Track: Spencer Glover

Girls Swimming: Darby Curran Carmyn Grubbs Hailey Harper

Girls Track: Carmyn Grubbs Rylie Severson Emily Wertz Jillian Wilgus

Baseball: Jacob Tanner Cooke

Boys Basketball: Jack Davis

Softball: Jordan Cholley Lydia Pollard

Girls Basketball: Hailey Hollinger

Boys Lacrosse: Jeremy Hamilton

Gymnastics: Danielle Bisesi Caitlyn Wallace

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Champions in the Community Abby Messner, Avondale Elementary: Mrs. Messner was surprised in early May with an announcement from the Canton Charge that she was selected as most valuable teacher for May! Plain Local Schools Transportation Department: Transportation Director, Glenna Romine shared, “When we say TEAM at Plain Local Schools, our transportation Department leads the way every morning. This year our transportation department was able to transport students every school day without canceling any routes. We were able to meet every challenge that came our way during this pandemic. Thank you to our administration, parents, staff and community for helping us be successful!”

Jenna Locke, Oakwood Middle School: Oakwood 8th Grader, Jenna Locke, has earned the second highest award in Girl Scouts – The Silver Award! Jenna earned this award this year by partnering with Stark County Children’s Network. Congratulations, Jenna, and thank you for your service to our community!

Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns: The tight end for the Browns supported our Guys with Ties program this Spring. To reward the students for their hard work this school year, Kona Ice and Harrison Bryant did a Guys with Ties tour and visited a few groups in the area! The Guys with Ties program was created at Middlebranch Elementary in 2016 by Kent Hamilton and Michi Thomas, and has now expanded to over six districts in Stark County. Thank you, Mr. Bryant, for taking the time to visit with our students!

Plain Local Schools Board of Education: During the May 19, 2021 Board of Education meeting, Reno Contipelli from Ohio School Boards Association presented board members with service awards. Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. and Eugene Cazantzes received 10year awards. Kristen Guardado received an award for 20 years of service to the school district and John Halkias received the Star Award for Exemplary Service to Plain Local. Thank you to all of our board members for your service to our community! (Pictured at GlenOak graduation from left to right board members: Eugene Cazantzes, John Halkias, Kristen Guardado, Dr. Ambrose Perduk and Monica Gwin).

Richard Talbott, Oakwood Middle School: Congratulations to 8th grade student Richard Talbott for earning the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve – Eagle Scout! The award requires leadership, volunteering and a project. For Ricky’s project, he led a group who made 11 halter boxes for Pegasus Farms, a therapeutic horse farm that services children and young adults with disabilities. Less than 8% of all Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle! Congratulations to Ricky for his achievement.

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Plain Local Schools Foundation Awards Scholarships The Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association was proud to award thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to seniors in the Class of 2021. Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association was established in 1989 to build and maintain a stewardship of community trust and to provide funding for superior, innovative, educational programs which exceed the financial resources of the Plain Local School District. Donated funds support Star Grants for teachers, scholarships for graduating seniors, the Eagle Pride program and other district initiatives and projects. Over the years, alumni and foundation supporters have contributed more than $1 million to the foundation endowment and scholarship funds to support these programs. Gifts to the Plain Local Schools Foundation provide the opportunity for every Eagle to achieve his or her highest potential. To establish an endowed fund, give a gift to benefit the students of the Plain Local School District or for more information, contact Anna Bodner, Executive Director of the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association at foundation@plainlocal.org. Join us in congratulating the following students for being awarded a scholarship from the Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association.

Florence Elizabeth Barr Memorial Scholarship

Morgan Rekstis

In memory of Florence Barr, an outstanding female athlete and revered educator in the Plain Local School District, this scholarship is awarded each year to a young woman who is an exceptional student athlete. The 2021 Florence Barr Memorial Scholarship recipient, Morgan Rekstis, will be receiving $1,000 towards her studies at either Mount Union or Youngstown State University, where she plans to study Pre-Physical Therapy. Morgan is a three-year letter winner in girls’ soccer, and a one-year letter winner in girls’ lacrosse.

Brian D. Beck Memorial Scholarship

Chloe Lindsey

Honoring 2008 GlenOak graduate, Brian Beck, and his passion for the Plain Local Health Tech program, this award is given to a GlenOak student who

will be pursuing a degree in the medical field. Funding for this scholarship is received through the annual “Father’s Day 5k” race, which was created by Brian’s family. Receiving $1,000 towards her studies in Nursing at The Ohio State University is 2021 recipient, Chloe Lindsey. Chloe is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also in her fourth year of competing on the GlenOak Federal League Title earning girls’ basketball team, having earned three varsity letters.

Peter N. Cazantzes Memorial Scholarship

Shadara has been a member of the choir program for four years. She is also a member of the swim team, having swam her freshman, sophomore and senior years.

Plain Local Alumni Association / Drenta Family Scholarship

Rachel Bodner

nus and a 1990 graduate. Her grandparents, Chuck and Sue Coppa, are alumni and graduates of Glenwood High School. Rachel is a member of the dance program, and has been for the last nine years, president and four-year member of Key Club, OMUN member, and two-year member of Student Council. Joshua will attend the University of Mount Union and study Sports Business. His father, Dan Mucci, was a 1987 GlenOak graduate. Joshua is a member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams, where he earned letters in football and basketball.

Evans/Yohe Family ASL Scholarship

Joshua Mucci Shadara Lowe

An educator in Plain Local for over 30 years, Peter Cazantzes dedicated his life to improving the lives of those around him. He demanded the most from his students and gave selflessly to his community. The Cazantzes family and friends have established this memorial scholarship to recognize a Plain Local graduating senior who has shown a dedication to his or her community and exemplifies strong moral character. The 2021 recipient of this $1,000 scholarship is Shadara Lowe, who plans to study Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University.

The PLSAA/Drenta Family Scholarship was established to award graduating seniors who are the children or grandchildren of a past graduate from any of the Plain Local high schools or a member of the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association. The scholarship also honors Vic and Darlene Drenta, who are both alumni and career educators of the Plain Local School District. The 2021 recipients of a $500 scholarship are Rachel Bodner and Joshua Mucci. Rachel will attend The University of Akron, and was accepted into the College of Engineering. Her mother, Anna Bodner, is an alum-

Katelyn Hippich

Established by Denise (Yohe) Evans (and family), 1982 GlenOak alumni, in honor of her brother, Rick Yohe, who lost his hearing at age two due to spinal meningitis, and Rick’s family. Rick and his wife Gwen were instrumental in getting ASL classes started at GlenOak, and also support the deaf community in a variety of ways, including the annual Deaf Christmas party that GlenOak students participate in each year. The 2021 winner of this year’s scholarship is Katelyn Hippich.

Katelyn will attend Kent State University - Stark Campus and plans to study Special Education, minoring in American Sign Language. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and World Language Club.

Evans Family Video Production/ Photography Scholarship

Hailey Hollinger

This scholarship was established by Denise (Yohe) Evans (and family). She is a 1982 GlenOak alumnus, and started the scholarship in honor of her son, Brad Evans, (GlenOak grad, 2014). Brad graduated from Kent State in 2018 with a degree in film. He was the Co-Creator and Co-Producer of All Systems Go! Brad is living his dream, working full time for Walt Disney World. He accredits the GlenOak Video Production Department and Mr. Josh Branch, for giving him a great head start in his future. The recipient of the 2021 scholarship is Hailey Hollinger. Hailey plans to study Journalism at Ohio University. She is a member of the National Honor Society, girls’ cross-country and the girls basketball team. Continued on page 8

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Plain Local Schools Foundation Awards Scholarships - cont. Thomas Filicky Memorial Scholarship

Abbey Foltz, a 1999 GlenOak graduate, lost her courageous battle to cancer in August 2000. Throughout her illness, Abbey continued to persevere, and was a high achiever in arts and academics. Abbey’s parents and family, all of whom were also Plain Local graduates, have established this scholarship Hannah Glover for GlenOak students in order to commemorate Thomas Filicky was an Abbey’s love for music exemplary teacher, menand to honor her memtor, leader and friend ory. Receiving the award throughout his 44-year of $500 each this year are tenure in the Plain LoEmma Knisely and Morcal School District. Mr. gan Kieffer. Emma will be Filicky was honored with studying Early Childhood various awards throughEducation while attending out his career, and was Walsh University. Emma passionate about mentois a member of the Notaring young people. This bles, Drifters and Chorale. annual $500 scholarship She is also a member of is awarded to a GlenOak the golf and volleyball High School graduating teams. Morgan will study senior who has demonSocial Work and Counselstrated excellence in acing while attending Kent ademics, arts, leadership State University. Kieffer and community service. is also a member of the Hannah Glover will be receiving the 2021 award, Notables, Drifters and which she will use towards Honors Chorale, as well as a member of the girls’ her studies at the Unilacrosse team. versity of Mount Union, where she will study Early Matthew W. Childhood Education. Fox Memorial Hannah is a member of Scholarship the girls’ cross-country team and volunteered for Safety City.

nOak senior who shares this passion for music and plans to pursue a major in music at the college level. The 2021 winner of this award is Joshua Clay. Josh will study Music Composition while attending either the University of Mount Union or the University of Akron. He is a member of Symphonic Winds, and the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra.

The Glenwood Class of 1962 Scholarship

Haws Leadership Scholarship

Alexis Ames

Caitlyn Wallace

Grace Kimbrough

Brayden Maurer

Abbey E. Foltz Memorial Scholarship Sam Bosworth Joshua Clay

Emma Knisely

Morgan Kieffer

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After his passing in a tragic automobile accident, Matthew Fox’s family and friends established this scholarship to honor his memory and love of music. Matthew, a 1995 GlenOak graduate, had a passion for writing, performing and teaching music professionally. He was an active member of the GlenOak Music Program for four years, where his love for music was unsurpassed. This scholarship recognizes a Gle-

Ames, was a 1982 graduate of GlenOak High School. Grace will attend Kent State University and study Fashion Design. Her mother, Gayle Kimbrough, was a 1994 graduate of GlenOak High School. Grace is a member of The National Honor Society and Color Guard. Sam will attend The Ohio State University where he will major in Business. His mother, Heather Bosworth, graduated from GlenOak High School in 1987. Sam is a member of the boys soccer team and member of OMUN.

This scholarship is established by the graduates of Glenwood High School Class of 1962, who feel strongly about giving back to current Plain Local students in their pursuit of higher education. Receiving the 2021 awards of $500 each are Alexis Ames, Grace Kimbrough, and Sam Bosworth. Alexis will attend the University of Mount Union where she will major in Biomedical Engineering. She is a member of the girls golf team. Her father, Shawn

This scholarship was established by Plain Township Trustee, Scott Haws, upon his election to office on his promise to give back to the community. The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who best exemplify excellence in the areas of academics, community service, leadership and athletics. The 2021 recipients of the $500 award are Caitlyn Wallace and Brayden Maurer. Caitlyn will attend The Ohio State University and will major in Biology/ Pre-Med. Brayden will study Aerospace Systems Engineering while attending the University of Akron. Both students are members of the National Honor Society.

Jim Hillibish Scholarship in Journalism

Lauren Petro

This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Jim Hillibish, who worked for the Canton Repository for parts of five decades, writing stories, feature and entertainment articles, editorials, and general interest commentaries, as well as columns on gardening, cooking and computers. He held various positions at the Canton Repository, such as photographer, reporter, columnist, entertainment writer, feature editor, bureau chief, lifestyle section editor, editorial writer and editorial board member. He also helped to create the newspaper’s entertainment section, and in 1996, designed and launched CantonRep.com. While at Glenwood High School, he studied journalism and became the Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper, The Eagle’s View, his senior year. The 2021 winner of this scholarship is Lauren Petro. Lauren will attend Macalester College and plans to study English. She is a member of the News Staff and writer for The Eagle.

Sydney Kleptach Memorial Scholarship

Lexi Kleptach

This $1,000 scholarship was established in mem-


Plain Local Schools Foundation Awards Scholarships - cont. ory of Sydney, who was a 2018 graduate of GlenOak High School, and a student at the University of Mount Union. She was majoring in both Biology and French. She was a member of the women’s soccer team. In high school, she was the president of the National Honor Society, a student ambassador, a Varsity soccer player, and she dedicated over 900 hours to community service. She sang in the choir, created realistic drawings, and played musical instruments. Due to her dedication to education, the GlenOak National Honor Society, Student Council, and Sydney’s family have established this scholarship for students to commemorate Sydney’s passion for life as demonstrated through leadership, philanthropy, the arts, and/or athletics to honor her memory. The 2021 winner of this scholarship is Lexi Kleptach. Lexi will attend Kent State University to study Biology. She is a member of the girls’ basketball team, where she lettered for three years. Kleptach is also a member of the choir and new staff.

Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship

Alea Zelle

Dedicated to a former Plain Local educator and superintendent, the Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship honors the man who strived to improve the educational opportunities of thousands of children in the Plain Local community. Bill was the inspiration and driving force behind the concept of a community high school campus among other educational

programs that laid the framework making Plain Local an excellent place to learn. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and at least three of the following four areas: athletics, leadership, the fine arts and community service. Receiving the $1,000 award is the 2021 recipient, Alea Zelle, who plans to study Biochemistry. Alea will study at either New York University, The Ohio State University, or Clemson University.

Tydin Miller Memorial Scholarship

Cecilia Winans

Tydin Miller, a 2005 graduate of GlenOak High School, began with her life as an orphan in Vietnam. Tydin developed a positive attitude toward everything she encountered and, with the help of her family, friends, teachers, and coaches, Tydin became a persevering kid full of hope and happiness. Tydin’s family and friends have established this scholarship to celebrate the life of a young woman who helped others, worked diligently and never gave up. The 2021 recipient of the Tydin Miller Memorial Scholarship, receiving $500, is Cecilia Winans. She will major in Zoology, and minor in Photojournalism, while attending Kent State University. Cecilia has participated in Marching Band and Jazz Band.

John and Stephanie Noyes Scholarship

David Wellman

The John and Stephanie Noyes Memorial Scholarship was started by the Noyes family after their father’s passing on July 21, 2019, then their mother’s passing just a few short months later. John graduated from Glenwood High School where he was a member of the 1966 football team. He was the owner and operator of the Noyes’ Sunoco Service Station on Cleveland Ave. for 37 years. A

$1,000 scholarship will be given to a student in the automotive program or vocational trades program. The 2021 recipient of the John and Stephanie Noyes Memorial Scholarship is David Wellman. David will study at the University of Colorado at Boulder while majoring in Environmental Design.

Plain Local Teachers Association Harry Timpe Scholarship

Katelyn Hippich

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to graduat-

ing seniors who will be entering the education field and who demonstrate the characteristics of an outstanding educator. Harry Timpe was a dedicated and passionate career-educator in the Plain Local School District. The effects that Timpe had on his students were everlasting and changed the face of education in Plain Local. The 2021 Harry Timpe Scholarship recipient is Katelyn Hippich. Katelyn will attend Kent State University at the Stark branch. She plans on studying K-12 moderate to severe special education. Katelyn has spent numerous hours volunteering for Meals on Wheels and DoSomething.org. She is a member of the World Language Club.

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Retirees Recognized for Years of Service

Students Honor Teachers at Achievement Celebration The GlenOak Adult Booster Club honored the top 25 seniors in the class of 2021 at a banquet in April. The event is an opportunity for students to recognize the teacher or staff member that had the most influence on their education. Each student is given the opportunity to read a tribute to his or her guest of honor and present them with a plaque. A list of students and their honored educators is listed below: Alexis Ames, Honored Educator: Jackie Blaydes Hannah Bigrigg, Honored Educator: Pam Dentler

2020 and 2021 retirees gathered together with their families in May in celebration of their years of dedicated service to Plain Local Schools.

During the May Board of Education meeting, we were able to celebrate our 2020 and 2021 retirees! With over 950 years of service among them, this group is certain to be missed in our halls! Thank you for your dedicated years to Plain Local Schools!

Join us in congratulating: Vicki Keyes, Transportation

Nancy Scheiring, Secretary

Sandy Abbonizio, Teacher

Lynn Kovacs, Secretary

Bobbi Scott, Teacher

Lynette Alex, Transportation

Sandra Larsuel, Teacher

Wanda Shafer, Aide

CJ Lear, Teacher

Linda Stambaugh, Secretary

Donna Bates, EMIS Tracey Case, Teacher Bea Dotson, Aide Patricia Ernenwein, Tutor Mary Frisbee, Business Office Secretary Glen Harman, Custodian Jill Hazen, Intervention Specialist Brad Kessler, Teacher

Dee Lutz, Transportation Minh McNenny, Teacher Kathleen Meeks, Food Service Debra Monnot, Transportation Robin Muntean, Transportation Wendy Royer, Secretary Larry Salinas, Transportation

Zoe Campbell, Honored Educator: Jennifer Austin Claire Clifford, Honored Educator: Dan Nauss Jack Davis, Honored Educator: Scott Esporite Andrew Elsfelder, Honored Educator: Matt Brown Sidney Ely, Honored Educator: Megan Leatherman

Jo Anne Addessi, Teacher

Dave Liskey, Teacher

Madeline Bosler, Honored Educator: Chris Irwin

Harry Stewart, Maintenance Foreman Leslie Strayer-Jacob, Teacher Julie Taylor, Transportation

Brandon Faris, Honored Educator: Heather Corey Matthew Garfinkle, Honored Educator: Mike Nieporte Zachary Geiger, Honored Educator: Tara Cerrezuela Carmyn Grubbs, Honored Educator: Zac Hawkins Skylyn Hooks, Honored Educator: Angela Beshore Grace Kimbrough, Honored Educators: Shawn & Gayle Kimbrough Olivia Kurylo, Honored Educator: Theresa Rhoads Elena May, Honored Educator: Ryan Foltz Hannah Miller, Honored Educator: Maria Speakman Lauren Petro, Honored Educator: Angela Spano Mackenna Phister, Honored Educator: Tina Boerner

Denise Varavvas, Speech Pathologist

Madison Praxl, Honored Educator: Emily Palmer

Colleen Wirtz, Auxiliary Clerk

Rylie Severson, Honored Educator: Bobbi Scott

Nadine Yekel, Transportation

Caitlyn Wallace, Honored Educator: Meredith Ersing

Katie Scrimo, Honored Educator: Erin Steinmetz Skylar Stephens, Honored Educator: Victoria Newkirk Emily Wertz, Honored Educator: Alexandra Caley Alea Zelle, Honored Educator: Julie Filliez-Werren

Barr Elementary Partners with ArtsInStark Barr Elementary was lucky enough to have a SmARTs residency with ArtsInStark

for the 2020-2021 school year. SmARTs is an arts-focused learning residency

ArtsInStark Instructor Dyanne Williams worked diligently to install the mosaic tiles in the Barr Elementary kindness garden.

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that increases academic achievement by guiding students to find meaning and make connections to academic content through the Arts. Through this partnership, first grade students at Barr Elementary teamed up with ArtsInStark Instructor Dyanne Williams to expand their knowledge on geometric shapes. Students worked diligently with Ms. Williams and used their prior knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimen-

sional shapes to create their very own art mosaic. Ms. Williams helped expand students’ thinking by giving each one the skillset to compose new shapes using the ceramic tiles. The students noticed they can make their project different from each other by using different shapes and colors; making each art mosaic unique. These mosaics were later installed in the Barr Kindness Garden for students to admire for years to come!

Barr Elementary first grade students were in awe of their work during the unveiling of their mosaic in May.


Beary Special End of the Year for Avondale First Graders

Pictured left to right, Fin Koontz, Ireland Kolp, Olivia Perrelle and Logan Constable enjoy a teddy bear picnic on the lawn at Avondale Elementary.

First graders in Mrs. Frantum’s class at Avondale Elementary read books from Frank Asch’s bear books for an entire week in class, and they celebrated the end of the week with an extra special teddy bear picnic. Frank Asch is a well-loved American children’s author who is best known for his “Moonbear” picture book series. Students listened to these stories through teacher read-alouds and also had the opportunity to read them on their own. The students also wrote

Taft Students Learn to “Squeeze the Day” Mrs. Gearhart’s Taft Elementary 2nd graders had a sweet end to their school year. For the month of May, students read “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies, a story about a brother-sister duo as they each start a lemonade stand and compete against one another. Mrs. Gearhart’s students engaged in a Project-Based Learning Activity to create their own lemonade stand at Taft. Students had to put their math skills to the test, computing how much lemonade they needed to order and make to run their three lemonade stands. Students created advertisements and posted them throughout the halls to bring in customers. Each student had a different job, from manager to cup filler, making teamwork a priority to run a successful lemonade stand. Taft students &

about which books were their favorites in their journals, and used their critical thinking skills to compare and contrast two of the stories using Venn diagrams. After all of that hard work, they were treated to Teddy Graham snacks and brought their favorite stuffed bear from home to enjoy a picnic

on the lawn with their friends and classmates. When asked why this activity was a favorite for her and her students, Mrs. Frantum said, “The kids truly love these bear books, so they stay really engaged. They especially love finding all of the compound words he (Asch) uses in his writing. It’s always a really fun week!”

Fierce Females Help Spruce Up Middlebranch This Spring the Fierce Females, made up of 4th grade girls at Middlebranch Elementary, completed their spring service project by cleaning up the flower beds at their school. The girls purchased the flowers from GlenOak High School’s horticulture program’s garden sale. Then, on May 13, the girls spent the morning working on all the mulch beds collecting trash, sticks, and leaves before planting the new flowers. The work came just in time to improve the school’s curb appeal before our 4th grade recognitions and field day.

Mrs. Tupta, one of the Fierce Females supervisors, commented, “The girls did a wonderful job cleaning up the beds and planting the flowers.” She went on to talk about how great the group had been all year. They held virtual meetings with various female professionals who provided examples of career paths for the girls. Looking back now that the school year has come to an end, it was great to offer our elementary students such positive opportunities as the Fierce Females and we cannot wait to increase those opportunities in the future.

Landon Johnson, Quin Maresco, and Jenna Pigott count their profits from their lemonade stand. Students and staff paid with school money for a cup of lemonade!

staff members paid $1 in school money for a cup of lemonade, and overall, they made over $200! The teams learned about different charities and how they could donate if they

had collected real money. The students did a phenomenal job with this activity, and we are excited to see the possibilities for these future entrepreneurs.

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Motion and Commotion at Frazer

The gym at Warstler Elementary got some new uplifting signage made by students!

Colors Explode at Warstler Across the district, collaboration is a big part of our success. At Warstler Elementary teachers brainstormed new ways to engage and encourage students, and Miss D and Miss Wightman developed an event to support their school’s positive

culture. They collaborated in a creative way to reinforce the meaning of words: diversity, champion, together, team and united. Each word was placed on their own grade level banner and the students threw sponges with different colors of paint

at them. The result was a kaleidoscope of colors around these key descriptive words. These banners are proudly displayed in the Warstler Gym as a reminder to all students how far they have come in the last year!

GlenOak Teacher Named Top Teacher in Stark County Congratulations to Bobbi Scott for being named Stark County teacher of the year! Bobbi was met with a standing ovation from her peers when her award was announced at a staff meeting at GlenOak High School. Mrs.

Scott retired at the end of this school year after 35 dedicated years of service to the students of Plain Local Schools. She has made countless impressions on the lives of her students, co-workers and our community. Pictured

with (left to right) Assistant Superintendent, Brian Matthews; Superintendent, Brent May; Treasurer, Kathy Jordan; and Business Manager, Tom Brabson.

Bobbi Scott was surprised by the Plain Local Administration team to learn she was named Stark County Teacher of the year.

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1st grader Brooklyn Carter has some fun with a marble run.

Each year, first graders at Frazer Elementary get to experience “Motion Commotion.” This annual event provides students with an opportunity to experience forces in motion. There are five stations set up in which students experiment with motion. In one station, students develop and trial a marble run, finding different ways to get a marble down a shoot. In another station,

they are challenged to design a racetrack. Students hypothesize the impact of various materials that create friction while sending cars down a ramp at a third station. When using magnets, they learn how they repel and attract. They even get to examine how wind effects boats while they’re on the water. What a great way for our students to see science in action!

Our GlenOak seniors took to the Abbey Foltz stage for the last time in May for their final performance as Golden Eagles and poured their hearts out on the stage! Congratulations and good luck in the future! Pictured L-R: (Top) Madeline Nobles and Rachel Bodner both with nine years in Plain Local Dance. (Middle) Lauren Schlemmer, eight years in Plain Local Dance, Alexis Ames, 15 years in Plain Local Dance, Emily Wertz, nine years in Plain Local Dance, Grace Kimbrough, eight years in Plain Local Dance. (Bottom) Anne Hinnebusch, nine years in Plain Local Dance, Reia Nervo, eight years in Plain Local Dance, Alyssa Serri, 16 years in Plain Local Dance and Victoria Russell with 10 years in Plain Local Dance.


Free Summer Meals for Children

Local Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Plain Township met with Plain Local Administrators to begin the process of creating a green space on the Glenwood campus.

Families in our community are able to pick up meals this summer, available to all children ages 1-18 each Monday at Glenwood Intermediate School. Curbside pick-up is available for convenience. Families will receive meals for the week including five breakfasts and five lunches for their child.

WHO: Children ages 1-18 in our community WHERE: Glenwood Intermediate School 1015 44th Street NW Canton, OH 44709 Door #2 WHAT: Meals for the week including five breakfasts and five lunches The pavilion is coming along and will be ready to be enjoyed by our community very soon!

Plain Township Rotary Works to Create Green Space If you are traveling down 44th street you may notice a new pavilion going up on the campus of Glenwood Intermediate School. The idea, born in 2015 under the leadership of then Rotary president, Rich Tirpak, has been in the works for several years. The Rotary

Club of Plain Township has pledged $50,000 to create a green space for our community at Glenwood Intermediate School starting with a new pavilion that will be available for both the use of students and the public. Many individuals have come together to donate their time,

TIMES: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. DATES: June 7 - August

resources and make financial contributions to make this dream a reality. Stay tuned as this project progresses! Thank you to the individuals of the Rotary Club of Plain Township for your commitment to Plain Local Schools!

No pre-registration required. Meals will be passed out first come, first serve. Questions? Contact Child Nutrition Director Jennifer Rex at rexj@plainlocal.org. Meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Plain Local is sponsoring these programs at each location and will provide the meals and will be reimbursed by the USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity employer.

Foundation Seeks Alumni Business Contacts Are you an Alumni of Glenwood, Oakwood, or GlenOak, and do you own, operate or manage a local business? Do you know of friends or family who do? Then we would like to hear from you! The Plain Foundation and Alumni Association is compiling a list of Alumni-owned

businesses (including home-based businesses), and we need your help collecting this information. Please contact us at: foundation@plainlocal. org and tell us about your business. We look forward to hearing from you!

Class Reunion Update for Class of 1961

Primary Care at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital Raymond Mason, M.D. is accepting new patients at

After much discussion with the committee members, the decision has been made to move the 60th celebration for the class of 1961 to August 13, 2022.

Mercy Hospital Urgent and Outpatient Care, Plain located in the Oakwood Square Plaza. 2638 Easton Street NE, North Canton

Save the date, additional information will be available soon. Questions? Contact Gary Bresson at gbresson@ameritech.net.

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a “Last Day of School” photo!

We hope our staff, students and the Plain Local community have a safe and happy summer!

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Oakwood Students Take Top Spots at Stark Law Day Contest Students from Glenwood Intermediate School show off their coloring for the Earth Day coloring contest.

Coloring Contest Winners Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Earth Day coloring contest sponsored by The Art Cares Club and Glenwood PTO. There were over 500 beautiful entries, which made choosing the winners difficult.

Grand Prize Winners: Each student won a $20.00 Target Gift Card. K-2: Luke Nail, Middlebranch Elementary 2nd grade 3-4: Vivian Peters, Taft Elementary, 3rd grade 5-6: Haddie Fox, Glenwood Intermediate School, 5th grade

Art Club Keychain Winners (Runner Up)

K-2 Olivia Starcher, Taft Elementary, 2nd grade Mallory Short, Warstler Elementary, 1st grade Bria Beck-Cross, Taft Elementary, Kindergarten Cortez Anderson, Frazer Elementary, 1st grade Mila Purpish, Avondale Elementary, 1st grade Cadence Tyson, Frazer Elementary, 1st grade Jayden Mariol, Frazer Elementary, 1st grade 3-4 Ryker Lewis, Avondale Elementary, 4th grade Michael Cuenot, Barr Elementary, 3rd grade Eden Peterson, Middlebranch Elementary, 4th grade Keegan Sprout, Taft Elemen-

tary, 3rd grade Mckienze Pongrat, Taft Elementary, 4th grade Noelle Bagnoli, Warstler Elementary, 4th grade Lucia Teague, Eagle Online, 4th grade 5-6 Demarlo Rozier, Glenwood 5th grade Avery Tausch, Glenwood 5th grade Kendra Tippel, Glenwood 5th grade Devin Roberts, Glenwood 5th grade Jaylynn Crites, Glenwood 5th grade Raya Setordize, Glenwood 5th grade SaraJo Mundell, Glenwood 6th grade

Glenwood Students Sell Artwork to Local Hospital

Glenwood students pose with their artwork sold to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Seven students from Glenwood Intermediate School had their artwork selected to be purchased for the permanent art collection of Akron Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s collection contains more than 1,600

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pieces of art from local artists as well as student artists. The art consultant for Children’s Hospital visited Glenwood and was impressed by the quality of the student’s work. He selected seven pieces to purchase for the perma-

nent collection. We are proud of this amazing accomplishment from our young artists. Congratulations to Abbey Caldwell, London Smith, Anna Senften, Kairi Check, Julia Apostalides, Grace Lattavo and Magnolia Adams.

Each year Oakwood Middle School is proud to participate in the Stark County Bar Association’s Law Day contest, which is open to all students in Stark County. This contest assigns a topic relative to current events, the U.S. Constitution and our curriculum. Initially, the contest had two submission formats, a poster project and an essay submission. Oakwood was integral in contributing to the addition of the third format, the digital media presentation. This year from Oakwood, five students placed in the 2021 Law Day contest.

Poster Contest winners included, 1st place, Quinn Fogarty, 2nd place, Greta Burchfield and 3rd place, Kendal Edinger. Digital Media winners included 1st place, Kiera Sweeney and finally Essay Contest winners included in 4th place, Cam’Ron Ajebe. These students took great care in researching, implementing and creating their projects. The entire Historical Literacy team, and Oakwood Middle School would like to congratulate these students on their outstanding performance and hard work ethic.

Online Students Share Their Talents Beth Ann Conley and Carol Ohlemacher, Eagle Online 2nd and 3rd grade teachers, invited online students to participate in a Virtual Class Talent Show. Students who chose to participate videotaped themselves performing their talent and submitted the video to their teacher. Teachers then combined the videos into one show that was shared in class and with fami-

lies. Students’ talents ranged from singing and dancing to gymnastics to artwork to sports skills and more. It was so fun to see what the students were able to do and how excited they were to share their talent! Students had so much to overcome this school year and we were glad to see them end their online year with some fun.


Plain Township Fire Gives Back to Two Students The Plain Township Fire Department, in conjunction with the Firefighters Local 2967, presented two scholarships of $500.00 each to GlenOak High School students on May 11, 2021. The recipients of the scholarships were Taylor Davis and Darby Curran. Both of the recipients had volunteered in community activities while maintaining a higher than 3.0 grade point average. These students are attending college this fall pursuing degrees in the Nursing or Medical Fields. While knowing the value and

importance of giving back to the community, the scholarships were made possible by Fire Department Personnel having fundraisers and collecting donations. The Plain Township Fire Department is a mentoring site for Glen Oak High School students in the Nursing and Health Tech programs. During these ride-alongs, the students get to put their skills to use with real patients while gaining firsthand experience and knowledge in the health care industry. Congratulations to all our scholarship winners!

Darby Curran

Taylor Davis

Kickoff Club Awards Scholarships Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships from the GlenOak Kickoff Club. The Kickoff Club is a parent support group that supports the Football Team at GlenOak High School. Coach Garcia was able to present scholarships to four well-deserving senior football players. The scholarship recipients were Jeremy Hamilton, Ben Esporite, Dylan Philpott, and Kevin Campbell.

Jeremy Hamilton

Ben Esporite

Dylan Philpott, and Kevin Campbell

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2021 Plain Local Schools Board Members and Meetings Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr. President Term: 2018-2021 h: 330-904-4620

Board of Education 2021 Meeting Dates: June 30, 2021 7:00am Administration Building SPECIAL MEETING July 21, 2021 6:30pm Administration Building August 18, 2021 7:00am Administration Building

John W. Halkias Vice-President

September 15, 2021 6:30pm Location: TBA

Term: 2018-2021 c: 234-262-0470 h: 330-494-4719

November 17, 2021 6:30pm Location: TBA

Monica Rose Gwin Term: 2020-2023 c: 330-417-5208

Kristen Donohue Guardado Term: 2018-2021 w: 330-489-3395 h: 330-497-2828

October 20, 2021 6:30pm Location: TBA December 15, 2021 6:30pm Location: TBA All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m unless otherwise noted

Aultman Offers COVID-19 Clinic If you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the Aultman North Canton Medical Center COVID Clinic offers walk-in hours, Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is located at 6046 Whip-

ple Ave. NW – entrance C, in North Canton. We encourage students, athletes and parents to protect themselves against the virus. For questions, contact the COVID Clinic hotline at 330-4331669.

Eugene M. Cazantzes Term: 2020-2023 h: 330-456-5787

Plain Paper The Plain Paper is published by Plain Local Schools. It is distributed free of charge to to community residents, businesses and Plain Local staff. The purpose of Plain Paper is to provide our readers information about life and learning in the Greater Plain Township community. It is not intended to be a public forum. Editor: Mary Beddell, Plain Local Public Relations Director Plain Paper Plain Local Schools 901 44th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44709 Office: 330-492-3500 • Fax: 330-493-5542 Questions, comments or advertising regarding Plain Paper can be emailed to beddellm@plainlocal.org Federal Law prohibits Plain Paper from carrying ads containing offers of insurance policies, credit cards and travel promotions. The Plain Local Schools Board of Education reserves the right to reject any press release or advertisement based on content. Plain Paper logo and design are trademarks of Plain Local Schools. All advertising art and editorial content is copyright protected and cannot be used without express written permission. The publisher and its affiliates are not liable for damages arising out of errors in advertisements beyond the amount paid for the ad. NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY The Plain Local School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability or age with respect to employment or educational programs and opportunities to students. Anti-Harassment Compliance Officer, Darci Knight 330-492-3500.

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GlenOak Spring Sports Recaps Recaps are provided by and written by coaches. For more information on any individual program please visit glenoakathletics.org or contact GlenOak Athletic Director Scott Garcia at garcias@plainlocal.org.

Marx, Tommy Monnot, Nick Hepner, Nolan Sullivan, and Kyle Gillespie

Softball

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach:

Assistant Coaches: Scott English, Alex Mathieu, Theresa Rhoads

“After coming off of our season getting cancelled in 2020, we were so grateful to be able to play this year! Although we had our ups and downs, we have a bright future ahead of us. Many girls gained their first varsity experiences and we improved immensely from start to finish. We are so thankful for the commitment of our seniors, Jordan Cholley, Makayla Marraccini, Lydia Pollard and Alicia Robinson, and wish them all well in their future academic and softball careers.”

Federal League Record: 5-7

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Head Coach: Sarah Rante

Record: 13-15 Federal League Record: 3-9

Individual Player Accomplishments: Makayla Marraccini 2nd Team All NE District, 1st Team All Federal League Grace Wires - Honorable Mention All NE District, 2nd Team All Federal League Lydia Pollard - Honorable Mention All NE District, Honorable Mention All Federal League Brooklyn Krum, Alicia Robinson - Honorable Mention All Federal League

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Assistant Coaches: Alexis Swisher and Taylor Bryant Record: 5 -12 Federal League Record: 0-3

Team Accomplishments: We won 5 games. The team won its first game in four years against Hoban.

Individual Player Accomplishments: Katerina Gilbert scored 58 goals this season.

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “Our lacrosse program won five games this season for the first time in four years. Set a school record for goals in a game with 15 versus Poland Seminary.” - Michael Soyars Continued on page 20

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GlenOak Spring Sports Recaps - cont. Recaps are provided by and written by coaches. For more information on any individual program please visit glenoakathletics.org or contact GlenOak Athletic Director Scott Garcia at garcias@plainlocal.org. athletes gaining experience throughout the year, the Eagles got better and better as the season went on. Any time a season ends at the State Championship Meet ... It was a good season.” – Scott Ferrell

Boys and Girls Track

Head Coach: Scott Ferrell

Boys Lacrosse

Head Coach: Shane Hawthorne Assistant Coaches: Tad Leach, Mark Tarle and Connor McKinney Record: 7-10 Federal League Record: 3-3

Team Accomplishments: Best Record since start in start in 2018

Individual Player Accomplishments: Performance Awards: (#30) Most Points Gavyn Leach (#16) Most Ground Balls - Beau Parent (#99) Most Caused Turnovers - Diesel Ford (#55) Most Saves Duncan McHaddon (#24) Face Off Adam Johnson

Character Awards (#31) Servant Leader Jose Espinoza (#9) Most Improved Bryce Binius (#23) Sportsmanship Jeremy Hamilton (#2) Ironman Hunter Patton

Overall Awards (#16) Offense MVP Beau Parent

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(#31) Defense MVP Jose Espinoza

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “We had a great season with lots of growth. Improving from our 2019 record of 3-15, we were 7-10. Our players’ skills, ability and lacrosse IQ were great. Our defensive goals were to keep opponents below 10 goals (which we did most of the time), and our offensive goal was to score more than 10 (which we struggled with early in the season, but got better at the end). We always started the games strong, keeping tough opponents to only 1-3 goals ahead before half, but we could never come back and catch up. We struggled with low number of players. With over 14 players either not returning, quitting or getting injured, we ended our season with only 28. We also struggled with the mental part of the game, which improved toward the end of the season, and I know we will overcome the mental aspects beginning next season. I am looking forward to seeing some new players next year and existing players “up their game”, resulting in even greater success. Go Eagles!” – Shane Hawthorne

Assistant Coaches: Bryan Krosse, Beth Winkler, Kurt Jarvis, Andrew Meredith, Danielle Bergert, Dustin Jarvis, Bradley Davis, Drew Shreve, Mark Mazzaferri, Ryan Studer Record: 3-3 Federal League Record: Girls, 5th Boys, 4th

Team Accomplishments: Girls: Qualified 2 events to the Regional Championship. Qualified 1 event to the State Championship. Boys: 3rd Place at Districts; Qualified 7 events to the Regional Championship; Qualified 4 events to the State Championship Meet

Individual Player Accomplishments: Natalie Bisesi - 1st Team All-Federal League Jenna Delp - 1st Team All-Federal League Milana Leahy - 1st Team All-Federal League Allie Williams - 1st Team All-Federal League

Jenna Delp - State Qualifier 4x100 Aniyah Hall - State Qualifier 4x100 Milana Leahy - State Qualifier 4x100 Allie Williams - State Qualifier 4x100 Tommy Rice - 1st Team All-Federal League Spencer Glover - 1st Team All-Federal League Tommy Rice - State Qualifier Spencer Glover - State Qualifier

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “During a season of a lot of change, the Eagles had to learn quickly in an extremely talented Federal League Schedule. With many young

Boys Tennis

Head Coach: Chris Porter Assistant Coach: Scott Fletcher Record: 4-11 Federal League Record: 1-5

Individual Player Accomplishments: David Marginean: 2nd team All-Federal League and 3rd Team All-County.

Final Thoughts on the season from the Coach: “The team didn’t have a lot of experience heading into the season. It was great to watch the kids improve and gain more confidence as the season progressed. Finished the season with 3 straight wins.” – Chris Porter


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The Oakwood Boys Track Team pose with their Federal League Championship plaque.

Oakwood Track Finishes Strong The Oakwood track team had an extremely successful 2021 season. The boys team completed the season with an undefeated record. The team won the Lake Meet of Champions Invitational and the Federal League Championship. The boys scored 164 points at the Federal League Championship nearly doubling the 2nd place team score. Seventeen boys scored points

in the Federal League Championship meet. Highlighting the season was Tyree Montgomery, Sean Leahy, Adrion Burt, and Quincy Mazeke in the boys 4x200 that set a new school record with a time of 1:37.39. Sean Leahy, Sklan King, Quincy Mazeke, Adrion Burt and Tyree Montgomery all qualified for the Middle School State Meet in Columbus. The boys 4x100

and 4x200 relays place 5th in the State Meet. The girls team finished 3rd in the Federal League and 3rd in the Lake Meet of Champions Invitational. The girls’ season was highlighted by having 13 girls score points in the Federal League Championship Meet. Bailey Nice set a new school record with a shot put with a throw of 35’10.5.”

3rd Annual Jim Gastin Golf Outing Save the date for the 3rd Annual Jim Gastin Golf Outing on September 25, 2021. WHERE: Meadowlake Golf Club & Tugboats Lounge

GlenOak High School boys basketball’s Roundball Club is hosting its fourth annual golf outing to raise money for the basketball program. The golf outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Skyland Pines Golf Club, 3550 Columbus Road N.E., Canton. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. All proceeds from this golf scramble will be allocated toward the cost of running the GlenOak boys’ basketball program. Our boys work hard on and off the court and appreciate everything the school district provides for them. However, the parents and community want to help ensure that the boys have available what they need to achieve their goals. The money raised from this scramble will help the basketball program purchase new equipment, provide team feeds, camp scholarships and other basketball-related expenses. Our event is expected to draw approximately 100 supporters/golfers. In addition, participating families/businesses may

purchase a hole sponsor and have their name prominently featured on the tee of a hole. If you choose to be a business and/or family sponsor, your hole sponsor sign will be captured with a photo and posted on social media to express our gratitude. The cost of a business sponsorship is $200, and the cost of a family sponsorship is $100. The scramble will feature a raffle drawing to give away baskets and door prizes. Also, we are in need of $15, $20, $25 and $50 gift cards to raffle off to golfers or as prizes. Please contact me if you are interested in contributing to any of the above. Thank you for your time and consideration with our request to help out an amazing group of young men. Hole sponsors, reservations or donations please contact Chad Oliver at chadoliver30@icloud. com or 330-806-8960. Please make checks payable to GLENOAK ROUNDBALL CLUB and mail to 7260 Ashburton Cir. NW, North Canton, OH 44720.

1211 39th St. NE Canton, Ohio 44714 TEE TIMES: 8:30am or 2:30pm COST: $75.00/person ($300/team) Optional team skins ($20/team) Hole Sponsors: $100 includes sign and name on banner Make checks payable to: Mike Thompson 3185 Alpine ST. NE Canton, Ohio 44721 Include in check memo: T-Shirt sizes, Team name or Sponsorship name. NOTES: Each person will receive 18 holes of golf, T-Shirt, beverage-chip-hotdog at the

Mr. Gastin presented Brennan McGuire with the very first Jim Gastin Horticulture Foundation Scholarship in May. Proceeds from the 3rd annual golf outing will go towards funding the scholarship going forward.

turn and a meal. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams, 50/50 raffle & raffle baskets. For raffle basket donations and volunteering please contact: Traci Hall at 330-209-6021.

All proceeds will benefit the Jim Gastin Learning Center greenhouse, along with a scholarship for students entering the Green Industry.

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Plain Township Parks Offers Fall Youth Outdoor Soccer Leagues To register, visit: www.teamsideline. com/plaintownship To register for shelters or the Diamond Community Room, please visit: https://apm.activecommunities.com/ plaintownship/

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Malone University Begins Lacrosse Program Malone officials recently announced that Pioneer athletics will add women’s and men’s intercollegiate lacrosse programs for play in the 2022-23 academic year. The Pioneers compete at the NCAA Div. II level as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). Learn more at www.malone.edu/ laxlaunch. The multipurpose, synthetic athletic field for Pioneer Park is scheduled to be completed

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this August. It will serve as the game and practice facility for Pioneer men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Learn more at www.malone.edu/pioneerpark. Malone University also launched a new academic program in Urban Studies to prepare students for roles in community and economic development, community organizing, urban ministry, non-profit organization manage-

ment and service to city government. Students in the program will choose a concentration in the form of a second major, allowing them to couple urban studies with another passion such as business, criminal and restorative justice, history, human services, ministry and social work. Learn more about Urban Studies and other new academic programs at www. malone.edu/newprograms.

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Roster Submission Deadline: 8/8/21 Cost is $325 per team Referee fee: $15 per game

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Tournament: October 9-10 Registration Opens: 6/1/21 Registration deadline: 7/18/21 Roster Submission Deadline: 8/8/21 Cost is $325 per team Referee fee: $30 per game


GlenOak Takes Top Spot in Entrepreneurship Challenge On April 22, 2021, eleven teams from four Stark County schools held their breath as a yearlong academic endeavor came to an end. Students from GlenOak, Hoover, Jackson and Lake High Schools eagerly awaited news of which team would be the 2021 Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Challenge winner. Since the fall, these teams, made of juniors and seniors, have learned to create and to manage their own businesses as part of the JA Company Program through Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. From journals to board games to workout bands and videos, each team navigated supply chain, marketing and accounting challenges on their company journey. The JA Entrepreneurship Challenge kicked off with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose sharing his office’s role in promoting entrepreneurship and connecting business owners to state resources. “You all should be congratulated for the

work that you’re doing to be prepared to be an entrepreneur in Ohio,” he said, addressing students. “Entrepreneurship matters. It makes a difference – and it is not easy. It is a courageous thing to start your own business, but we need entrepreneurs. So, please, be willing to embrace risks and do not be discouraged.” Live student presentations to a judging panel composed of Rick Schultz (author, inventor and lecturer; founder of RMPS Publishing; past founder and CEO of Spectrum Surgical Instruments), Patricia Wicks (Founder and CEO of PATHworks!), Tabitha Messmore (Interim Assistant Director of LaunchNET at Kent State University) and Rose Saborse (Director of Community & Partnerships at Bounce Innovation Hub). These presentation scores were added to previously compiled company annual report and product commercial reviews. Congratulations to GlenOak’s own, Disease Defense, for winning first place in the compe-

About Junior Achievement Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entre-

preneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in over 100 additional countries worldwide. JA of North Central Ohio operates in 15 Ohio Counties, impacting 18,095 students in 2019-20 (numbers affected by COVID-19 pandemic). Discover the JA promise for today’s students and opportunities to get involved at jaofnco. ja.org.

(left to right): Katarena Beuter, Camren Lipkins, Aeden Begue, Mihalis Skondras, Janson Maynard, Devin Kermue

tition. Their innovation, flexibility and teamwork impressed judges. Their team received $1,500 and a classroom banner! “Thank you so much,” said Disease Defense CEO Aeden Begue. “We have been looking up at the banners hanging up in our room that say ‘Third Place’ since we have been freshmen and have always dreamed about placing in the Junior Achievement competition. Winning it is just a huge opportunity!” “JA Company teams from Stark County have a history of success competing at the JA National Student Leadership Summit. Based on what

we saw today, we believe our teams have what it takes to continue this pattern of success. We have top notch teachers and highly engaged volunteers working with the students which absolutely lends to a winning formula,” said Lori McCleese, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio President. “Growth of the JA Company Program is a strategic priority for JA of North Central Ohio. It is where our organization started over 100 years ago and we believe it continues to be one of our most impactful programs. We have numerous new schools interested in participating next school

year and we are in search of high-quality volunteer mentors willing to help get these programs off the ground,” said McCleese. “My experience under the JA organization has been life changing. I feel so much more confident about my future and my abilities as an entrepreneur and leader,” said Gavin Williams, CEO of second place team, FinLit. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, contact Lori McCleese at (330) 433-0063 x106 or Lori.McCleese@ja.org. You could mentor the next JA Entrepreneurship Challenge champions!

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C&A Offers Advice for Getting your Student Back on Track By Joe French, Chief Executive Officer, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health When students return to school this fall, educators anticipate larger-than-normal gaps in learning because of remote instruction last spring. While teachers, administrators and parents worked tirelessly to keep students learning, most agree distance learning was not an equal substitute for being in the classroom. How can we get our students back on track?

1. Use Positive Discipline

What you can do: Praise your child when he or she is behaving well. Do not just say “no”. Help your child to understand why you want him or her to behave differently. Say THREE positive statements for every one negative or correcting statement.

2. Provide Language-rich Experiences.

What you can do: Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks. Name the steps in the activities, and the objects you are using to complete them. Add new words and concepts as your child grows. Introduce your child to different skills and activities. Give your child opportunities to try something that he or she has never done before! Rich and diverse experiences expand children’s understanding of the world around them. Talking to children as they experience the world teaches children vocabulary and shows them how to share thoughts and ideas.

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3. Establish Family Routines What you can do: Eat meals together EVERY night. If your entire family cannot be together, sit down with your child when he or she eats, so you can talk and visit. Put your child to bed by 8 p.m. EVERY night before he or she comes to Early Head Start. Keeping to a nighttime schedule is good for you, and good for your child! Consistent family routines strengthen relationships and help children learn to regulate their behavior. This self-regulation is critical for school success.

4. Read with your child!

What you can do: Read a book for at least 20 minutes every night with your child before bed, or at another time that works for you. Limit your child’s “screen” time to no more than an hour a day - too much television and computer time does not give children time to develop their imaginations or engage in self-directed play. Cultivate a love of reading and literacy. Reading with your child can develop a connection to learning that will last throughout his or her education. There are incredible resources in the community as well: 1. Local Libraries. Visit the local library and participate in the summer reading program, story hour and library events. 2. Visit a park. Many times, parks have

learning opportunities designed specific to children and youth. They often have printed materials which lead to a research project. For example, Sippo Lake Park has an animal rescue exhibit. You can encourage your child to select their favorite animal and research its natural habitat and food preference. Perhaps even ask them to write a report. Children love to learn more about things that are interesting to them. 3. Visit your local grocery store. A grocery store is rich with learning opportunities. Have your child bring a pad of paper and a pencil and add the cost of the items as you add them to your cart. Ask your child to read the label or find an item that starts with a specific letter. 4. Visit a museum. Museums are perfect places to learn more about history, science and art. You can turn the visit in a science experiment, an art project or a history assignment. Go with your child’s interest. Activity for home: Word power! Time to read and write. This is an assignment to do at home for elementary students. You may adjust the level of expectation depending on the skill level of your child. • Purpose: Student will write to describe something or some-

one after reading a nonfiction magazine or book about their favorite animal or pet. It is a good idea to pick up books from the library if you can. • Materials: Pencil, paper, picture of animals or pets, a book on the subject. • Directions: Pick a picture of your pet or any animal you chose. Write a letter or a paragraph to a friend or relative about your pet. Write about the pet using descriptive adjectives. Write about the pet’s name. Write as many things as you

can about your pet. • Helpful hint: You may want to make some notes or lists about the animal before you begin writing. • Reflection: Read the letter aloud to someone in the family. Enjoy! When we make learning fun and not a chore, children will flourish. You can turn any situation or activity into a learning experience. Ask open-ended questions, encourage your child to dig deeper and have fun. It will take time to close the learning gap, but it can be closed, and children will excel.

Cirque de Lumiere, Partie Deux C&A’s Let Your Light Shine Cirque de Lumiere – Partie Deux will take place August 14, 2021, at the Great Court for the Cultural Center for the Arts. This is C&A’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This in-person, one-of-a-kind event will feature a trapeze artist, man walking on stilts and a cyr wheel. Come one, come all and enjoy an evening of

inspiring hope, health and happiness. The event will also feature an inspiring message from the youth of our community. Tickets to the event are $85, which includes dinner and auction. To purchase a ticket, a $25 raffle ticket, participate in the online auction or become a sponsor, scan the QR code!


Plain Township Historical Society Updates Submitted by: Cindy Guest, Plain Township Historical Society

Hidden Historic Homes You have probably driven by the 100-yearold house situated on the corner of Cleveland Ave NW and Washington Blvd if you travel Cleveland Ave NW near Milk and Honey. This two-story house no longer looks it did in an earlier life, but this grand dame was once a residence and commercial property. Most probably remember it as either Bauman Studios or Ed Tilley Photography. The property at one time had a camera prop sitting out front to advertise the business located there. Mathies Springer purchased the original land patent for this area in 1811, Section 29 SE Quarter (approximately 160 acres). The Springer property changed hands through the years being owned by John Arntz; Joseph Henry and Jacob Hentzell; Charles and Josephine Monnin and then Andrew Pontius. When Andrew Pontius died in 1813, the property passed to his two daughters Lucy Mae Aungst and Rebecca E Miller. In the 1920s, Lucy and Rebecca began to sell off parcels of land especially along Cleveland Ave since this was a major thoroughfare and primed for commercial business. Glancy Correll Pontius, brother to Lucy and Rebecca, purchased a parcel. A house was built in 1922 and eventually Glancy’s son, Fred Glancy Pontius, moved into the house with his wife, Myra Annetta Donges. After

Fred’s death in 1966, Annetta sold the property to Bauman Studios and later then it later became Ed Tilley Photography.

Frederick Glancy Pontius (1886-1966) was married to Myra Annetta Donges (18891975), and they had no children.

Frederick Glancy was the son of Glancy Correll Pontius (1858-1927) and Maria Catherine Whipple (1857-1915.) Glancy and Maria had seven children: 3 boys and 4 girls. Their children were: Sarah Elizabeth (1885-1974) married Calvin Joseph Lerch (1881-1955); Robert Andrew (1887-1889); Mary Rebecca (18891927) married Grover Edward Schneider (1884-1931); Pearl Edna (1891-1970) married Frederick Louis Boli (18851975); Catherine V (1895-1985) married Per Lee Jacob Boli (1887-1964) and Andrew Whipple (18991919.) Glancy Correll Pontius was the son of Andrew Pontius (18291913) and Sarah Jane Correll (1828-1912).

Fred was the third generation of Pontius’ to help start a bank in Canton (McKinley Savings and Loan.) He owned Acme Laundry Co, Canton Sanitary Laundry and worked for Canton Hardware, Diamond Rubber Company, W. R. Harrison Company over the course of his work life. His civic involvements included being the Stark County Treasurer for 10 years, director of the Stark Federal Savings and Loan, a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church, Canton Lodge 68, F & AM, Nazir Grotto, Stark Consistory, 32nd Degree Masons, Tadmor Shrine, Canton Shrine Luncheon Club and Canton Elks Lodge.

Side Street Market at Oakwood Square

If you are attending the Side Street Market at Oakwood Square on August 7 or October 2, between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., stop by and say hello to your friends from the Plain Township Historical Society. This historical

society is hosting a booth at the market to help share our “Plain History.” Each date will focus on a different aspect of history. Come on out, stop by, share and enjoy exploring. We look forward to seeing you there.

McDonald’s Fundraiser In continuing with the partnership between the McDonald’s on Market Ave across from Walsh University, the Plain Township Historical Society will be hosting a fundraising event on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. We hope you consider a picnic in the park with your family at one of the local Plain Township Parks: Al Leno Park (formerly Alpine Park), Diamond Park or Veterans Park. Let McDonald’s provide the meal and help support the Plain

Township Historical Society! “Invest in Plain’s History” by becoming a member, volunteering, making monetary donations and donating items related to Plain Township. Plain Township Historical Society Contact: • Email: preservingplaintwp@gmail.com • Facebook: Facebook. com/PlainTownshipHistoricalSociety • Website: preservingplaintwp.org • Phone: 330-224-2660

Don’t Miss Side Street Market ’s “Saturdays at the Square” Held the first Saturday of every month May–October at Oakwood Square. Save the dates: July 3, August 7, September 4, and October 2. Brought to you by the creators of the 720 Market, Oakwood Square and Plain Township! The open-air style shopping features a rotating mix of local handmade and home-grown producers. Over 50 tented vendors are planned for the 2021 season. The events are free Web: 720market.com and family friendly, stop Instagram: @720Market by and enjoy local food trucks and music. Facebook: www.facebook.com/SidestreetMKTS

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North Canton YMCA is Making Summer Fun Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore, and this is especially true this summer, following more than a year of COVID-19 precautions, explains Ben Wheeler, Executive Director of the North Canton YMCA. “The social, emotional and physical benefits camp provides are going to be more beneficial in 2021 than ever before, and we’re thrilled to be able to open and to help children and teens build lifelong connections and confidence,” says Ben Wheeler. “In our Camp Tippecanoe and Summer Day Camp programs, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really

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encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.” Richard Basnett, YMCA Camp Tippecanoe Director, says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymcastark. org/camp-tippecanoe for details.

2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens

learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youths.

5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youths return to school with plenty of camp stories to share! “Safety has always been our top priority at Camp Tippecanoe and we’re confident that by following guidelines set forth by YMCA of the USA, American Camp Association, CDC and state and local authorities, we will be able to provide kids with a safe, beneficial and memorable experience like no other.” For additional information, including registration and scholarship information, please visit ymcastark.org or call us at 330.499.2587. The North Canton YMCA

is located at 200 S. Main, North Canton, OH 44720. About the Y: Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, by ensuring access to resources, relationship, and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities.


Stark Parks Offers Something for Everyone There’s so much to choose from this summer. For a complete list of programs, visit us at StarkParks.com.

Summer Programs Take the 300 Hours Outside at Stark Parks Challenge this year! Summer camps for ages 8-12 are back at Stark Parks! To ensure the safety of campers and staff during COVID-19, this year’s Summer Camps will be held as in-person, single-day, small group (8 children/group) sessions from 9 a.m. to noon. We have a variety to choose from! Visit StarkParks.com/camps for camp dates, times, locations and to register!

Ninja Adventure Camp Experience being a ninja for the day! You’ll have time to meet your ninja team members (ninjas love teamwork!) and hone your archery skills at the Hoverball archery range. Afterward, you will make a hiking stick, then take a stealthy hike to see what kinds of critters are nearby. Lastly, you’ll have the opportunity to show your bravery by completing the ninja warrior course! Parents will drop off and pick up their ninjas in front of the clubhouse at Tam O’Shanter Park.

Wildlife Adventure Camp Come along as we explore Ohio’s busiest season for wildlife. We’ll tour the Wildlife Conservation Center bustling with creatures big & small. We’ll make hiking sticks before heading out on the trail to see critters in their native habitats, and then we’ll take a closer look into what’s happening with the teeny creatures in tiny spaces all around us.

Science Adventure Camp: Summer is for exploration!

Tired of sitting behind a computer screen or listening to the kids yell at Fortnite? Take it outside! The weather looks promising and let’s face it, we’ve been cooped up

too long. Stark Parks is challenging you to a 300 Hours Outside Challenge. It can be on-yourown, with some friends, or drag along the kids. Join us outside for some

much-needed fresh air and Vitamin D. Look for a fun tracking sheet and LOTS of ideas at StarkParks.com!

Summer Splash is Back It’s a new spin on a Stark Parks classic! July 15-30, explore Sippo Lake and Walborn Reservoir by kayak or canoe with a provided passport (and dry bag). Paddle your

way to all the Summer Splash signs and when your passport is full, you’ll be entered to win an inflatable kayak kit! The cost is $15 per participant and supplies can

be picked up at either marina during open hours. Visit StarkParks. com/summersplash for info.

Sit Back and Listen to the Music

Our partner, Friends of Stark Parks, is also pleased to announce this year’s Rockin’ & Rollin’ in the Park is scheduled for July 24th, outdoors, at Tam ‘O Shanter Park. This year’s show features two local rock acts: Anya Van Rose and The Ohio

Children ages 6-8 years-old can become scientists and explore the natural world with scientific tools, work together on experiments, explore the outdoors, and meet our animal ambassadors in this Stark Parks welcomes exciting summer day you to celebrate Christmas July 24 and 25 at 10 camp!

Weather Band. Visit Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube to check out each band. Lawn seating will be similar to a Blossom Music concert, and appropriate safe-spacing will be maintained. Food trucks will be present, and wine and beer will

be available. The gates will open at 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $20 per person and will only be sold in advance. Ticket information will be posted on the Stark Parks website shortly.

Santa Claus is coming… to Fry Family Park!

History Adventure Camp Come experience a morning of adventure and learn about “cool old stuff.” We’ll take a tour of the historic manor house and learn about what life was like for the families who lived on and farmed the land.

a.m. Activities include: cardboard sledding, snowball fights, kids crafts, enjoying sweet treats and an on-yourown 1-mile Santa Run.

You may even catch a glimpse of Santa! Sign up, then drop by Fry Family Park on July 24th anytime between 10 a.m.–12 p.m. to take part in the fun. The Santa Run course map will be handed out the day of

the event and is open to both runners and walkers. Due to natural surface trails, strollers are not recommended for the Santa Run. Registration is required for both adults and children.

Marina’s Opening & Hours Start your challenge on the water. Stark Parks’ marinas are open with full rental services. Snacks and bait will be

available for purchase, while boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards will be available for rentals. Pontoon boat

rides will continue to be on hold. For more information, go to StarkParks. com/boat-rentals.

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Look Who’s Coming to Kindergarten! Plain Local Schools is proud to welcome the latest round of recruits to our team! Welcome the class of 2034 starting in the fall of 2021!

Do you need to register your Little Eagle for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year? Call us at 330-492-3500 or visit www.plainlocal.org to schedule a registration appointment.