News from across the Canton area

Mount Union artwork

ALLIANCE – Mount Union University hosts works by members of the Mount Union campus in the Beeghly Hall and Sally Otto Galleries. Both exhibitions include photographs, paintings, drawings and assemblages. The exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, run until August 12 at both locations.

The exhibit at Beeghly Hall features the work of Shehla Arif, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Theresa Davis, associate professor, history; Heather Duda, founding dean of the College of Arts and Humanities; Robert Ekey, professor, physics; Rachelle Gerback, Housekeeper; Scott Gravlee, associate professor, philosophy and religious studies; and Ryan Riggs, head wrestling coach

Sally Otto Gallery presents Riggs’ “Small Worlds” series.

Brewster Electric Utility honored

BREWSTER – Brewster Electric Utility has received the 2021 Reliability Excellence Certification, American Municipal Power Inc. said.

The recognition was presented by the American Public Power Association at the association’s annual engineering and operations technical conference, held March 28-30 in Austin, Texas.

The association helps utility power grids track outage and restore data through the eReliability Tracker service, then compares that data to the US Energy Information Administration’s national statistics for all types of electric utilities.

Election of the leaders of the garden center of Canton

CANTON – Carol Davidson has been named president of the Canton Garden Center. Others elected were Anette Montgomery, first vice-president; Lenora Krueger, second vice-president; Darla Rueschman, Recording Secretary; Brenda Rapp, corresponding secretary; Linda Lawrence, Treasurer; and Linda Heinzer, financial secretary.

Cook’s Lagoon Fishing Derby

CANTON — Stark Parks Cook’s Lagoon Fishing Derby (for ages 4-15 and seniors) will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Cook’s Lagoon, 1819 Mahoning Road NE. For more information on Stark Parks Fishing Derbies, visit

ABCD Annual Meeting June 23

CANTON – ABCD Inc. will hold its annual meeting and dinner at 5:30 p.m. on June 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 320 Market Ave. S. Participants are encouraged to wear something colorful to celebrate summer.

McKinley alumni wanted for reunion

CANTON — The Canton McKinley Class of 1973 is planning its 50th anniversary class reunion in 2023.

The group is asking 1,973 classmates to update the following contact information: name, street and email address, and cell/home phone number. Share the information with Betty (Dobson) Adams, administrator of the 1973 Class Yearbook. She can be reached at 330-428-3176 or [email protected]

Community party this weekend

EASTERN TOWNSHIP – The Eastern Township Community Festival will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Browning Street behind the Foltz Community Center.

The Cody Marshall Band will perform on Friday and New Wave Nation will perform on Saturday. Also featured are inflatables, a mechanical bull, car cruise, chicken and rib barbecue, and beer garden. The event is sponsored by East Canton Rotary.

Military Mapping Maidens Exhibition

GREEN – MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, hosts the traveling exhibit Military Mapping Maidens, which is on display until August 5.

It features the stories of 224 young women who were recruited by the Army Map Service in 1943 to research and hand-draw maps for the Allied war effort during World War II. The exhibition is narrated by Bea Shaheen McPherson.

Today, the Army Map Service is called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and is based in Springfield, Virginia.

For more information about the exhibit, museum hours, or museum admission prices, visit

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform

HARTVILLE — The Oak Ridge Boys will perform a dinner concert at the Hartville Kitchen, 1015 Edison St. NW, from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday; and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. Doors open for the evening at 5:30 p.m., with meal served at 6 p.m. Doors open for Friday morning at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served.

For tickets ($79) or more information, call 330-877-9353 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or visit

Concerts at the Jackson Amphitheater

JACKSON TWP. – Into the Blue, an ELO tribute band, will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Amphitheater, 7454 Community Parkway NW.

With a line-up of 11 professional musicians and a string section from the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Into the Blue will perform all of ELO’s hits. Tickets on sale at

Ravenwood with Joe Vitale Jr. will also perform a free concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the amphitheater.

The museum pays tribute to the military

MASSILLON – The Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, is part of Blue Star Museums, a program offering free admission and/or discounts to active duty military personnel and their families.

The national program runs from Armed Forces Day, May 21, to Labor Day, September 5, but the Massillon Museum offers year-round discounts on classes, workshops, events specials and in-store purchases. Admission to the Massillon Museum is always free.

For more local information, contact Brandon Rohrer, Massillon Museum Guest Operations Manager, at [email protected] or 330-833-4061, ext. 114.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America. For a list of participating museums, visit

Reception of the exhibition on Saturday

MASSILLON — A reception for the Massillon Museum exhibit “Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories” will be held Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E.

The exhibit, which runs until November 9, features stories, images and artifacts representing the black community of Massillon.

Coffee with a cop

MASSILLON — The next Coffee with a Cop program will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Tremont Coffee, 215 Erie St N.

The Coffee with a Cop program is designed to give community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how the Stark County Sheriff’s Office serves the community.

The community is welcome to ask questions, raise concerns, or simply get to know the members of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office better. The Coffee with a Cop program is a national initiative.

For more information, call 330-430-3889.

North Township Alumni Association Announces Inductees

NORTH TOWNSHIP – The North Township Alumni Association has announced its 2022 Hall of Distinction inductees. They are:

  • Martha (Strauch) Bell, Class of 1985 – an arts supporter in Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio.
  • Logan Family Foundation – a local charitable foundation that “gives back” to the Ashland, Columbus, Upper Arlington and North Canton areas.
  • Dr. Bina Mehta, Class of 1987 – well known in the pain management field in Northeast Ohio.
  • Kyle Putinski, Class of 2003 – active in the non-profit sector, executive director of local organization Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
  • Handy Wolf, No-Ca-Hi Class of 1942 – a public education leader for the Plain Local School District; WWII Veteran with Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

The Alumni Association will have an in-person induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on September 28 at Hoover High School. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony, which will be open to all. There will be no participation fee, but donations will be accepted.

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