Abundant Fall Produce Available at Canton Farmers’ Market

Now through Oct. 17, Canton Farmers’ Market shoppers can enjoy a cornucopia of  fall produce including locally-grown apples, pumpkins, gourds, beans, peppers, potatoes, and much more.

Local selections including artisan breads, organic cheeses, grassfed beef, local honey, baked goods, jams & syrups, and more are also available at the Market on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Market is located in the Timken High School Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave NW.

In addition to the 25+ vendors each week, there are weekly live music and activities ranging from gardening tips to make-and-take art for the kids:

October 3
Denny Ott (musical entertainment)

October 10
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Cindy Petitti (organic gardening tips)

October 17
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Sarah Shumaker (kids’ make & take art)
Aultman WOW Van

Visit www.CantonFarmersMarket.com for more information including a complete list of vendors. Please direct any questions about the Market to Erin Thompson, event manager, at 330.458.2072.

Community Salute Winners Announced; Awards Dinner Set for Nov. 12

Randall C. Hunt, attorney at law, will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Community Salute Awards on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Please note the new date; the event was previously scheduled for Nov. 4.)
Hunt is a director at the firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. A native of Alliance, Ohio, he served as the firm’s managing partner for 14 years and has been instrumental in the firm’s steady growth. Hunt is an active business and community leader, serving on many local boards throughout his career. He currently serves as Chairman and Member of the Board of Trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Award of Merit will be presented along with four Awards of Appreciation and a Special Award of Appreciation during a dinner program at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Road, North Canton, OH 44720). 
Community Salute Award of Appreciation winners are:
  • Carol Shaheen, YWCA Canton
  • The Children’s Network of Stark County
  • NAMI Stark County
  • TimkenSteel
  • United Way of Greater Stark County
A Special Award of Appreciation will be presented to The Repository.
Tickets are available online for $55 at CantonChamber.org or by calling 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; contact Chris Gumpp at chrisg@cantonchamber.org or 330.458.2055 for information.

Zurich-Based Investment Advisor to Speak at Utica Summit

Shepperd Investors_Shepperd FrederickThe economy is expanding in the United States but not in Europe. That is why Frederick Shepperd of Zurich, Switzerland, believes investment in the United States is attractive to wealthy European families and institutions.

Shepperd, a native of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, who now runs Shepperd Investors AG in Zurich, will speak about the potential for European business investment in Ohio when he appears at Utica Summit III on Oct. 13 at Kent State University Stark’s Conference Center.

A co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shaledirectores.com and The Repository, Utica Summit III is an annual conference featuring speakers who examine the “downstream” effects of Utica energy on manufacturing and other economic activity.

Shepperd advises European family offices and institutional investors. He says these investors are “quiet” and willing to take the long view rather than being driven by a company’s quarterly earnings reports.

These investors are furthermore interested in U.S. energy-based investments, he says. There is great opportunity to make these investors more aware of the Utica’s inexpensive and abundant natural gas finds, he believes.

To understand why the United States may be attractive to European wealth, one could look at a comparison of gross domestic product growth in the second quarter 2015: It was 3.7 percent in the United States, 0.3 percent in the Euro Area countries.

Born in Dover, Ohio, Shepperd is a graduate of University of Akron and Capital University School of Law. Shepperd Investors is a successor to family real estate investments that began in Tuscarawas County in 1918.

To register for Utica Summit III go to www.uticasummit.com. Sponsorship information is available from David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: davidk@cantonchamber.org, or (330) 458-2059.

Leadership Stark County Announces 29th Signature Program Class

Forty-one area leaders have been selected for the 29th Signature Program Class of Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber. Selected from an exceptionally competitive field, the 29th Class will explore over the next 10 months Stark County’s current issues, assets, and local and regional resources. 

The group begins with a two-day retreat in September, then a one-day tour of Stark County in October, as well as one full day each month on some aspect of the community including economics, social services, government, education and justice, among others. Specific training towards non-profit board service and the opportunity to interview with non-profits for board positions leads class members directly to significant community involvement. A hands-on project designed to develop community assets completes the experience.
These community minded individuals have been charged to work together to make a lifelong commitment to Stark County. The class includes:
Lisa Aurand, Fraud Training Leader, Synchrony Financial

David Booth, Distribution Systems Supervisor, American Electric Power

Lindsay Bowman, VP, Relationship Manager, Private Bank, KeyBank

Andrew Brickley, Director of Sales, Mercy Medical Center

Tammy Brown, Civil Rights Manager, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority – SARTA

Harold Carter, College Pathways Coordinator, Canton City School District

Jonathan Crawford, Executive Director, The Timken Family LLC

Casey Davis, Associate Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC

Julie Elkins, Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator, North Canton Medical Foundation

Melanie Elliott, Marketing Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems

Joseph Ellwood, Sales Executive, Huntington Insurance

Sarah Fearon, Missions Director, Faith Family Church

Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Frank, Owner, SOL Pie Pizza (Formerly Ermanno’s Legendary Pizza)

Stephanie Galbraith, Contract Billing/Flex Billing Admin, ComDoc

Katherine Gessner, Sales & Marketing Manager, MCTV

Chryssa Hartnett, Judge, Stark County Common Pleas Court

Richard Hawkins, VP Information Technology, Timken

Jonathan Heckert, Payroll Manager, The Will-Burt Company

Dana Heffner, Manager, External Affairs, FirstEnergy

Nicole Herrera, Assistant Professor, Stark State College

Donald Hester, Engineering Manager, Hendrickson

Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County

Alex Hoce, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department

Michael Impagliozza, Director of Operations, V101 Management Services

Bernadine Jenkins Snell, President, Bernie Jenkins, Inc.

William Kusmits, Engineer, Marathon Petroleum

Jennifer Linn, Manager, Risk Management, FedEx Custom Critical

Darlyn McDermott, Sr Client Executive, Oswald Companies

Kimberly Nidy, Director of Instruction, North Canton City Schools

Darin Nissley, Executive Director, Lighthouse Ministries

Matthew Onest, Associate Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County

Jason Rebucci, Purchasing Manager, Timken

Matthew Ritzert, Director, Cardiovascular Business Operations, Aultman Hospital

John Santora, President, C. R. Kurtz, Inc.

Scott Schrader, Engineering Manager, LuK LLC

Todd Shaffer, Operations Manager, Stark Parks

Maureen Tate, Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties

Donna Valentine, Vice President of Sales, GateHouse Ohio / The Repository

Whitney Willits, Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

The class represents 14 Stark County school districts, reside in 11 different towns and cities, and range in age from 26 to 58. They are almost equally split between men and women, and about one third of the class work for some type of non-profit, educational, or government entity.

For more information about this and other Leadership programs, visit LeadershipStarkCounty.org

Ohio AG Mike DeWine to Speak in Canton on Oct. 15

2011_MikeDewineHiResWebOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, in Jackson Township at a luncheon event sponsored jointly by the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emergency Medicine Physicians Auditorium at 4535 Dressler Road NW. Tickets for the box-lunch event are $15 and are available through Oct. 12 unless the event sells out sooner.

DeWine will provide an update on issues and activities involving his office. The attorney general provides a host of services for families, businesses, law enforcement, the legal community and state and local government. More information is at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

To register, go to the events section of either www.cantonchamber.org or www.jbcc.org. You also can call the Jackson-Belden Chamber at (330) 833-4400 or the Canton Regional Chamber at (330) 458-2070.

Attorney General DeWine began his public service career as Green County prosecutor. He then served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, as Ohio’s lieutenant governor, and in the U.S. Senate before being elected attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is a native of Yellow Springs and a graduate of Miami University and Ohio Northern University’s law school.

Apply Now for Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight Program

Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is currently accepting applications for its Spotlight for Young Professionals program which begins September 28, 2015.

The Spotlight Program is designed for dynamic young professionals (age 25-34) interested in their community. It offers six sessions that provide personal and professional leadership development along with networking and engaging community service projects.

In the Spotlight Stark County program participants will:

  • Strengthen their leadership effectiveness using the Gallup StrengthsFinder profile
  • Be introduced to key issues, leaders and places shaping our community
  • Tour non-profits and participate in a community service project
  • Engage with other YPs in networking sessions at area cafés and bistros  

Program details:

  • The Spotlight Program begins September 28
  • Classes are held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at various locations
  • Tuition is $495, with partial scholarships available
  • Applications will be accepted until September 14 or when class is filled.
  • Companies may send a cohort of up to 10 employees to the Spotlight course
“Our Spotlight Program helps prepare Stark County’s next generation of leadership,” said Stephanie Snow Werren, director of Leadership Stark County. “But this program goes beyond just leadership development; it gives Spotlight graduates a richer sense of community stewardship, civic awareness, as well as camaraderie among the class members.”
Applications and more information are available online at LeadershipStarkCounty.org

Entertainment and Food Lineup Announced for Canton Kickoff Celebration

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced the food vendors (to date) and entertainment lineup for the all-new Canton Kickoff Celebration happening in downtown Canton this September 10-12, 2015.

The event includes two food areas, each with a distinct look and feel. The first is Taste of the Hall of Fame City, comprised of white tents which will feature small plates available for purchase ($2-$6 each) from a diverse array of area restaurants including Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja West Coast Kitchen, Basil, Kabab & Curry, Pancho’s Southwestern Grille, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, Sparta Steak House and Tim’s Tavern. These vendors will be located along Market Avenue North between Second and Third Streets.

The second area is the EMP End Zone Tailgate, which will be a casual football-themed outdoor space. Everyone’s festival favorites like burgers, barbeque, brats, fried Oreos, and even Asian-inspired food truck fare will be available for purchase. The EMP End Zone Tailgate Lot, which is bordered by Cleveland and Court Avenues/Fourth and Fifth Streets, will include the following vendors: Destefano’s LLC, Hide-A-Way Buffalo Grill, Johns Gyro King Concessions, LaDow’s Concessions, Lil John Concessions, Old Carolina Barbecue Company and Smoke the Burger Joint, Snell Concessions, Umami Bites, Jack on the Bone and Island Delights.

The main entertainment stage will be located on Market Avenue North along Market Square, featuring a diverse lineup of local and regional musical acts. A second smaller stage will be located in the EMP Tailgate End Zone lot featuring solo artists and/or deejays.

Market Ave. Stage Lineup:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00 p.m.:  Disco Inferno (1970s hits)
Friday, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m.: New Wave Nation (1980s rock)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:00 p.m.: Chris Higbee (Rock/Country) 

On Saturday night following Higbee’s performance will be a breathtaking fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

In addition to two distinct food areas, live music, and fireworks, the Canton Kickoff Celebration promises football-themed fun for the whole family, including kids’ activities, themed “selfie” stations, Arts District activities, craft beers/wine, a special appearance from two Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers on Thursday, and the Gold Jacket 5K National Championship on Sunday!

For more information visit:  www.ProFootballHOFEF.com or call Andrea Hartman, event manager, at 330-458-2054.