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    Spring in Massillon, Ohio, and Green, Ohio, is a season of renewal and hope across the country. It’s also the time of year when individuals can take the time to express how much they appreciate all that their mothers have sacrificed for them over the years. A mother’s love is boundless and each has their own style of showing it, so selecting the appropriate Mother’s Day gift can help people show their appreciation. Kames Sports in North Canton, Ohio, can assist in this endeavor. Instead of giving the traditional hanging plant this year, this local sporting goods store suggests enrolling as a couple in the 2017 Better Half Bass Fishing Tournament over Mother’s Day weekend, which every level of angler can enjoy! They carry all the fishing equipment and accessories necessary for a successful day on Portage Lakes, from fishing kayaks to rods, reels, and tackle. Visit Kames Sports near Hartville, Ohio, to peruse the selection of Pelican and Sun Dolphin fishing and recreational kayak models that are newly stocked.

    Kames Sports in North Canton is sponsoring the 2017 Better Half Bass Fishing Tournament taking place on May 13th, 2017, giving men and women from Hartville, Green, and beyond a chance to team up for scenic day of fishing on Portage Lakes. Mothers and sons, couples, college teammates, or any mixed doubles team is welcome to test their skill, gain some experience, and have fun the whole time. The Better Half Tour is designed as a perfect Mother’s Day gift with nicer bathrooms, later start times, and shorter hours, making it a great way to introduce bass fishing to all ladies. The tournament also boasts an 80% payout to the top 25% of the field, including a bonus for beating the total weight or the Big Bass record. Visit local sporting goods store Kames Sports for the fishing equipment that is best for bass fishing, including medium-heavy action spinning rods and reels, monofilament fishing line, topwater lures, crankbaits, and much more.

    The sun is brightly shining after a long winter and with warmer weather being more consistent in and around Massillon, people love spending time outdoors. Living near the water motivates many nature lovers to try new and fun endeavors. Kames Sports is now carrying a variety of Pelican and Sun Dolphin fishing and recreational kayaks. Kayaks come in two basic styles, sit-on-top (SOT) and sit-inside, both versions are available in singles or doubles. They have major differences, but they share the same basic parts… one can find grab loops at the stern, both have seats and some form of foot support — foot pedals or foot wells. Some kayaks have rudders that are controlled by foot pedals, but the biggest difference is that the sit-ins have an enclosed cockpit where one can attach a spray skirt to keep water out. It is hard to make the wrong decision when choosing a recreational or fishing kayak, but narrowing it down can help. One must determine their future use —will they be using it on a sheltered lake or open water, in warmer or cooler water, and what is the desired level of quickness and stability. Sit-in kayaks are more confined, but offer more protection from the wind and water so they are warmer. The negative aspect is the process to recover if one flips is more arduous, since the cockpit will be filled with water. Sit-on-top kayaks are more user-friendly for anglers with their stability and ease of getting on and off with no feeling of confinement. They are also self-bailing, meaning they have scupper holes that allow the water to drain when turned upright after a flip. Talking to the knowledgeable staff at Kames Sports can help when deciding on a new Pelican or Sun Dolphin kayak!

    Visit Kames Sports near Green, Ohio, and Hartville, Ohio, to pick a unique Mother’s Day gift this year from their new selection of Sun Dolphin and Pelican recreational and fishing kayaks! Over Mother’s Day weekend, this local sporting goods store is sponsoring the 2017 Better Half Bass Fishing Tournament where anyone can sign up to spend the day bonding and having fun in the fresh air. Couples, mother/son teams, and all are welcome! Anyone in and around Massillon, Ohio, needing stronger fishing rods and reels can visit Kames Sports, where they carry all the fishing equipment the local angler will find necessary to take a chance at winning a tournament!

    Kames Sports

    8516 Cleveland Ave NW

    North Canton, Ohio 44720

    Ph: 330.499.4558

    www.kamessports.com


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    Choosing the right cabinetry in Green, Ohio; Wooster, Ohio; and beyond can make or break the function and style of a bathroom or kitchen. Are they intended to match the style of the rest of the house or create a unique contrast that will stand out on its own? Picking a cabinet style is important — would wood, glass, or a combination of both look better? If the individual’s lifestyle lends toward needing more storage then open shelving, corner drawers, turntables, and sliding shelves can create all the crucial space. The color and hardware can also transform a room, but one must be careful with their choices depending on the maintenance they are willing to put into their custom kitchen cupboards. Bathroom cabinets and vanities arguably have the most impact on a bathroom renovation because they affect the look and feel of the entire room. Homeowners in and around North Canton, Ohio, and Massillon, Ohio, must understand how to use their space efficiently. Tapping into the knowledge of the specialists at Signature can help decide what custom cabinets can be designed to suit one’s needs. Their 3D design and planning software helps create a dialog between client and designer to determine the best plan of action for a smooth bathroom and kitchen remodeling project.

    Spring is the most active time in the real estate market in and around North Canton and Green, and the condition of a home’s kitchen and bathroom are determining factors in a house’s appreciation. The kitchen is the central point of any home, and whether a resident is preparing to sell or upgrading for their own convenience, kitchen remodeling is a great way to modernize one’s home. Signature can help in choosing the right cabinetry for storage and versatility whether one uses their kitchen for family food prep or more for entertaining friends. They have designed hundreds of remodeled and new construction kitchens of all shapes and sizes for over 30 years. This local home remodeling contractor creates custom kitchen cupboards that will meet the specific requirements of the homeowner. Some tips for choosing kitchen cabinets for a remodel is to consider a few basic points — the needs of the kitchen regarding layout and storage, the wood choice of the cabinets, and current kitchen cupboard trends. Signature can offer well-designed ideas that include placing storage for baking sheets and cooking utensils close to the stove for easy access, and adding an island for extra storage and cooking space. Choosing the wood for the cabinet can be based on the size of the kitchen, since choosing a dark wood for a smaller kitchen might make the space feel much more confining. In kitchen remodeling trends, there has been a rise in paneling appliances with the intent to hide them, and painting cupboards in white or gray tones is popular. Choosing hardware will complete the look with either traditional polished and gold tones or the newer trend of pewter and brushed finishes; however, contemporary designs are leaning toward more hidden and streamlined hardware. Kitchen cupboard choice is important not only because of what they add in terms of beauty, but also because of the necessity of them being highly functional.

    The other room that will increase a home’s value is the bathroom. Everyone starts and ends their day in the bathroom so making sure it is efficient and relaxing is important. Someone in Massillon or Wooster debating on a bathroom renovation needs to put some thought into what bathroom cabinets and vanity will best suit their lifestyle. One of the first steps is deciding on a theme, and Signature’s 3D design and planning software can help determine spacing and layout. Choosing bathroom cabinets accordingly ought to be based on the size and shape of the available space and what exactly is needed. The same goes with the bathroom vanity since decorating for a child’s bathroom is completely different than for a bachelor. This local home remodeling contractor can make any bathroom renovation stress-free.

    Families in Wooster, Ohio, or Green, Ohio, sometimes outgrow their homes and inquire about kitchen remodeling with the intent to sell, and sometimes single women consider a bathroom renovation for a more functional space. Signature’s design approach with 3D design and planning software is accommodating, and they base their work solely upon their client’s needs. This local home remodeling contractor can help homeowners near North Canton, Ohio, and Massillon, Ohio, choose the right cabinetry. Signature boasts the ability to adjust their custom kitchen cupboards to any style and storage requirement. They also specialize in laying out the interior space to determine what size, shape, and style of bathroom cabinets and vanities would suit one’s requirements.

    Signature

    1901 Mt Vernon Blvd

    Canton, Ohio 44709

    Ph: 330.426.8397

    www.signatureservicesgroupltd.com


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  • 05/21/17--16:27: Celebrate Recovery 5K
  • Damascus Friends Church will have its 2nd annual Celebrate Recovery 5K on Saturday May 27th at 9:00am. This years race will have both a running and walking category. Prizes and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age bracket. Register online at http://www.dfcnow.com/life-at-dfc/sports-ministry/ or Saturday morning between 8:00-8:45.


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  • 05/23/17--06:13: Housing Legal Clinic
  • Wednesday-May 24th 4-6 pm

    600 Vernon Odom Library

    Free legal advice for tenant issues:

    Eviction questions?

    Questions about fees and security deposits?

    Questions about repairs and remedies?

    (no financial assistance available, legal advice only)


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    Yim to support professional services firm’s growth as head of financial operations

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — May 23, 2017 — Professional services firm Sikich LLP recently hired John Yim as its chief financial officer. In this role, Yim oversees the firm’s financial strategy and processes as well as its internal information technology operations.

    “John is a well-rounded finance professional with strong technical skills and strategic vision,” Sikich CEO Chris Geier said. “He will help advance our finance, treasury, accounting and IT operations, which will be crucial as we execute on our ambitious growth plans. John will also be a key player on our leadership team, and I expect him to make an immediate impact on the firm.”

    Yim brings expertise in financial planning and analysis, cost accounting, enterprise resource planning implementations, and mergers and acquisitions to Sikich. He also has experience working in large partnership organizations. Yim previously served as global finance director for the human capital and benefits business segment at Willis Towers Watson. Before that, he held other financial roles at Towers Perrin and Towers Watson.

    “I am excited to join such a dynamic, ambitious and rapidly growing firm,” Yim said. “I look forward to helping Sikich enhance its financial processes and treasury management to ensure the company’s finance function supports and enables continuous growth.”

    Yim graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He works in Sikich’s Naperville office.

    About Sikich LLP

    Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking* and advisory services**, has more than 800 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as the country’s 27th largest Certified Public Accounting firm and is among the top 10 of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the country. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.

    *Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker/dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA and SIPC.

    **Investment advisory services offered through Sikich Financial, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

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    Employers Health, a professional benefits organization, is announcing the first-ever recipient of its Excellence in Benefits Award. The award is intended to recognize annually, an individual who has made meaningful impact in the field and/or delivery of employee benefits.

    This year’s winner is Jessica Ward, benefits manager at Columbus, Ohio-based DSW. Ward was unanimously selected by an independent panel of human resources and benefits industry professionals. Nominees were scored on the impact made in the field of employee benefits, achieved outcomes and contributions to the betterment of the overall workplace and community.

    Comments from the judges included, “This is one busy and highly productive professional. Her contributions to organization are stellar” and “her accomplishments are tremendous”. Ward is past president and board member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program and serves as a client advisor to Benefitfocus and Willis Towers Watson.

    In her tenure with DSW, Ward has launched a corporate discount program resulting in an increase of 3,000 subscribers and implemented prescription plan changes for prior authorization and quantity limits to reduce improper drug use. Additionally, she has conducted on-site flu shot clinics and mobile mammography events at the company’s home office. Employers Health congratulates Jessica Ward!

    Nominations for the 2018 award will open in January 2018. Go to benefitsaward.com for more information.

    About Employers Health

    Founded in 1983, Employers Health is a professional benefits organization, which provides resources, tools and advice that help plan sponsors deliver access to high-quality health benefits at a sustainable cost. With offices in Canton, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as Dallas, Texas and Denver Colorado, Employers Health consists of four entities that provide services to nearly 300 members representing approximately 400 organizations domiciled in 32 states. Employers Health Coalition, Inc. is an employer-led business group focusing on human resource, legal, finance and procurement issues facing client organizations in the delivery of health benefits. Employers Health Purchasing Corporation establishes and manages group

    purchasing contracts for a variety of health benefit services, such as pharmacy, behavioral health, dental and vision benefits. Employers Health Solutions is a boutique consulting practice, specializing in employee benefits strategy, procurement, health management and communications. Labor Health Solutions is a labor specific initiative of Employers Health, a national coalition of employers, dedicated to supporting the benefits strategies of plan sponsors throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit

    www.employershealthco.com.

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    The Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls, a women’s nonprofit service organization, awarded $7,250 in donations, with the majority of the funds presented to local charities, at their May business meeting.

    “We’re proud to be helping women and children in our own community,” said Lana Bascetta, President of Zonta ABC, as the local recipients shared how Akron area women are aided by the club’s donations. Bascetta, retired from United Disability Services, also serves as the President of the Zonta ABC Foundation, through which the monies were disbursed. The Zonta ABC Foundation is a 501(c)(3).

    Local charities that received funding:

    • Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties, for a re-documentation program which provides birth certificates and other documents that the women in the shelter need to re-establish their identities;

    • Harvest Home, the women’s division of Haven of Rest Ministries, for their children’s school uniforms, backpacks and shoes;

    • Verna Trushel Displaced Homemaker’s Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron for scholarships that support adults seeking a university education.

    A portion of the funding was also donated to the parent organization, Zonta International, where it will be used to fund Amelia Earhart Fellowships for women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or engineering. Zonta International also funds various service projects to advance the status of women, including the global initiative “Zonta Says No” to violence against women.

    Funds totaling over $6200 were raised by the volunteer group’s efforts in one Zonta ABC Foundation fundraiser “Celebrating 200 Years of Fashion and 65 Years of Zonta ABC” on April 22nd. It featured a tour of the Kent State University Fashion Museum followed by a luncheon at the KSU Conference Center with nearly 100 attendees. The event included “Fashionista” themed Chinese Auction baskets, plus a special 65th Anniversary Silent Auction, and various raffle ticket sales.

    “Combined with these funds, Zonta ABC has donated more than $13,000 to its charities over the past two years by implementing our new ‘mini’ FUNdraiser concept,” said Karen Brubaker of Fairlawn, who is serving as Zonta ABC Fundraiser Chair 2015-17.

    In other business, the club also installed a new Director to its Zonta ABC Board, member Laura Conley, Director of Adult Focus at The University of Akron.

    Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls turned 65 years old on April 25, 2017. The club is a local chapter of Zonta International, which was founded in 1919. Zonta is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

    Zonta International has consultative status at the United Nations, and there are more than 1,200 clubs in 66 countries with over 30,000 members. Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy."

    Those who are interested in more details are invited to visit Zonta ABC’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/groups/ZontaABC or the Zonta International website www.zonta.org. You can also e-mail Zonta ABC Membership Chair Karen Brubaker at airwaves@neo.rr.com for questions about local membership.


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    This fall, the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will launch a new community event to celebrate the outstanding impact of individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of women and children in Medina County.

    The Seasons of Giving event will build on the legacy of the fund’s signature Festival of Trees fundraiser, which raised nearly $150,000 for the endowment over the last decade. The new event will continue to embrace the spirit of holiday giving while reinforcing the fund’s three-part mission of providing grants to organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children; serving as a catalyst for needed projects; and assisting women in their growth as philanthropists.

    “Seasons of Giving is an outgrowth of the recent strategic planning initiative MCWEF undertook in February,” said President Cathy Posner. “Each aspect of the event will be centered around the principles of our mission. It will also serve as a platform to celebrate the phenomenal work of women and nonprofits in Medina County.”

    The Seasons of Giving event will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club. The evening will feature a keynote address from a notable philanthropist and recognize the accomplishments of the nonprofit organizations that received grants from MCWEF in 2017. The pinnacle of the event will be the presentation of the fund’s first annual Excellence in Philanthropy Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on women and children in Medina County.

    “Our advisory board is excited to host an event that embraces those who are making excellent achievements in philanthropy,” Posner said. “It’s perfectly aligned with our vision of helping women of all ages become philanthropists in their own community.”

    The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will begin accepting nominations for the Excellence in Philanthropy Awards after June 1. Details about the nomination process and sponsorship opportunities will be available in early June. For more information, contact Cathy Posner, advisory board president, at medinacountyWEF@gmail.com.

     

    About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

    The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to nearly $390,000 and awarded more than $135,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medinawomensendowment.org.

    About Akron Community Foundation

    Celebrating 62 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Currently, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $201 million with a growing family of 560 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded nearly $138 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.


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    New innovative technology will be used to educate local schools about the historical involvement of Ohioans in the anti-nuclear movement. The Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College, driven by its mission to share the stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a-bomb survivors and the nonviolent legacies of nuclear disarmament activists, is expanding its historical archives into innovative online digital exhibits that will be available to the Ohio public.

    The PRC, founded by nuclear disarmament peace activist Barbara Reynolds in 1975, received a 2017 Media Grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to develop an online exhibit using digital mapping and three-dimensional representation regarding Barbara Reynolds’s 1964 World Peace Study Mission (WPSM) and the WPSM’s Ohio connections.

    The 1964 WPSM was an awareness-raising mission led by Ohioan Barbara Reynolds consisting of 27 survivors of the atomic bombing and 14 translators who remarkably traveled to the United States, France, United Kingdom and USSR — then the world’s handful of nuclear powers. The delegation met with Pres. Harry Truman while in the U.S., and also traveled to major Ohio cities such as Cleveland, Dayton, and Columbus, garnering the support of noted Ohioans such as famed Cleveland industrialist Cyrus S. Eaton and Dayton civil rights activist and minister Harold Levesconte.

    “We hope to make Ohio high school and college students more aware of the state’s legacy of civic engagement directed outward toward global issues. We want them to learn about models they can follow to enrich the paths of their state and nation.” shared Tanya Maus, Director of the PRC. “Barbara Reynolds, an Ohioan herself, possessed a deep desire to eliminate nuclear weapons.”

    The Peace Resource Center will collaborate with the Wilmington College Education Department to reach high school educators in local communities to gain feedback as the project develops over the next 18 months and to teach them about the technology itself. Maus says, “We hope educators will be excited to create their own online exhibits using the same technology.”

    “It is exciting to create educational materials for local schools and to dive deeper into the history of Ohioans involvement in civic engagement,” shares Wilmington College senior Maraya Wahl, outreach coordinator for the WPSM project. “The outreach role that I am playing allows me to become more familiar with the community as well.”

    PRC staff, including Wilmington College student employees and interns from the local area, has been actively developing online platforms to share information, beginning with a more recent online “History Pin” (an online user-generated archive) exhibit entitled The Voyage of the Phoenix: A Peace Odyssey. Focused on the Reynolds family’s journey into peace activism through a trip around the world in their yacht The Phoenix of Hiroshima; the exhibit (which can be displayed in poster form) also examines the current state of nuclear weapons and the nonviolent responses nationally and internationally.

    PhD students from Watanave Laboratories at Tokyo Metropolitan University will travel from Tokyo in July to educate local educators and PRC staff how to use the open source digital mapping platform known as Cesium js, which allows a high level of visualization and interaction in telling the story of the World Peace Study Mission.Other partners in developing the PRC’s online exhibit include Antioch College and Wright State University.


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    Title: IUP MARTI Addiction Conference – Worth Attending!

    We are living at the epicenter of a crisis – but also may have a catalyst for its solution.

    CDC statistics show that in 2015, Ohio and Pennsylvania have surged in opioid related overdoses. Almost on a weekly basis, the news headlines in our region highlight new arrests, overdose strings, or other problems stemming from region’s opioid and heroin drug crisis.

    I am a college professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When discussing this crisis at work, many students and colleagues I know have come forward to share stories with me of their struggles from their own addiction or their reckoning with the addiction problems of their families and friends.

    I am with them. Since 2007, I have had seven – yes seven – close friends and family members die from opioid related overdoses. I know of many others – too many at this point to keep careful track of – who have served time, suffered, and struggled or are still struggling with their opioid addiction problems.

    I have come to recognize that this crisis has touched nearly all of us in the region.

    It is why I joined a group of concerned faculty and administrators at IUP’s Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) to collaborate on developing a world-class conference for responding to the region’s opioid crisis – which runs July 10-14, 2017 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    For nearly 30 years, MARTI-CBH has taken a leadership role in the region by providing high-quality training on addiction issues to a wide variety of professionals. Training each of us on how to properly respond to opioid abuse (no matter who we are) – and understanding how we are part of a broader network of assistance is so important. It is unfortunately often where we pay the least amount of attention and devotion of our time. But doing so may be a catalyst that saves our Mid-atlantic region.

    We who planned this year’s conference want attendance at full capacity and invite anyone who may – through their work or daily routine – come into contact with someone who abusing or addicted to opioids. We hope our training helps stop this crisis.

    We want you to join us! For more information please go to: http://www.iup.edu/marti/events/summer-school-conference/

    Christian Vaccaro – Indiana University of Pennsylvania


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    The Cleveland Punch and Die Company has announced the 2017 recipients of the Eugene and Arlene True Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship Fund, which was established at the Akron Community Foundation, awards annual scholarships to Cleveland Punch and Die Company employees, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

    The 2017 Eugene and Arlene True Memorial Scholarship recipients are Emily Illner, of Rootstown, a Business Management Major at Kent State University Trumbull and Christian Thomas, of Ravenna, an Audio Engineering and Music Technology Major at Kent State University Stark Campus.

     

    SCHOLARSHIP FUND BACKGROUND

    The Eugene and Arlene True Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Akron Community Foundation was established to provide perpetual funding of scholarships for Cleveland Punch and Die Company employees, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

    This fund was created to honor the memory of Eugene and Arlene True, who owned controlling interest in Cleveland Punch and Die Company since 1978. The Akron Community Foundation has worked with many area families, companies and organizations wanting to create Scholarship funds and is a trusted resource when it comes to long-term investing and financial stewardship.

    More information can be obtained by contacting Kyle Brown.

    ABOUT CLEVELAND PUNCH AND DIE COMPANY

    Cleveland Punch and Die Company was established in 1880. The tooling division was moved to Ravenna, Ohio in the early 1960’s and was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. True in 1978. Cleveland Punch and Die Company manufactures tooling used in the steel fabrication industry. Today, the company manufactures products for machines made around the world and distributes its products through Original Equipment Manufacturers, machine dealers and distributors across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and throughout Europe and Asia. For more information about Cleveland Punch and Die Company, call (330) 296-4342 or visit the company website at www.clevelandpunch.com.

    ABOUT AKRON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

    Celebrating 60 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of Sept. 30, 2015, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $176 million with a growing family of more than 500 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded approximately $128 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.


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    MEDINA, OH – Vestige Digital Investigations is named an official Contributor to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) just released at the annual RSA Conference. The list of contributors span both public and private entities that cover cybersecurity threats around the world.

    Verizon releases its annual DBIR that provides analysis of information security incidents, with a specific focus on data breaches. The report is highly anticipated every year for those in the Information Security field. It also provides valuable takeaways for many in the corporate world.

    “Verizon reached out to Vestige to be a Contributor for the second year. We are pleased to continue to help contribute our extensive experience in cybersecurity matters in 2016 toward actionable real-world prevention to help organizations protect themselves from cyber incidents and data breach,” said Greg Kelley, of Vestige Digital Investigations.

    The DBIR is produced by the Verizon RISK (Research, Investigations, Solutions, Knowledge) team within Verizon's Enterprise Services business unit. The report's data set combines data from public and private organizations around the world, including law enforcement agencies, national incident-reporting entities, research institutions, private security firms and Verizon. Before being analyzed, the case studies, reports and interviews are standardized using the Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing (VERIS) Framework. Each year, Verizon seeks to increase the size of its data set by incorporating data from more contributors.

    Highlights include: Who’s behind the breaches; What tactics they use; Who the victims are; Other commonalities; Social media attacks; Ransomeware; and for the first time in its report series, Verizon introduced an “Industries” section that focuses in on industry-specific findings, making a special point of putting their data into context; and¬¬ much more.

    Verizon Announcement & Report Link:

    http://www.verizonenterprise.com/verizon-insights-lab/dbir/2017/

    Vestige Digital Investigations, is a leading U.S. Electronic Evidence Experts company specializing in Digital Forensics and CyberSecurity solutions – both proactive and reactive.

    Vestige provides timely and trusted investigations of any digital devices to resolve disputes and litigate claims including Non-Compete/Intellectual Property (IP) Theft, Data Breaches, White Collar Crime, ESI Consulting and more. We serve small, mid-size and large Fortune 500 corporations both nationally and internationally helping professionals in the administrative, finance, fraud examination, HR, IT, insurance, law enforcement, legal and risk management fields make educated and informed decisions about access and preservation of digital information and its security. As experts, we offer a comprehensive knowledge of both the technical and legal aspects of digital forensics and cybersecurity. We are respected for confidential, objective, and knowledgeable investigations and reporting. Vestige Digital Investigations is headquartered near Akron, OH, with offices in Columbus, OH & Pittsburgh, PA and provides national and international coverage. www.VestigeLtd.com


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    Streetsboro, Ohio, June 7, 2017 — On June 15, 2017, Troop 475 of United Methodist Church of Streetsboro will embark on a week-long summer camp adventure at Camp Powhatan in the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation. Located in Pulaski County Virginia, the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation encompasses 17,500 acres of rugged beauty high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Twenty-two scouts and six adult scouters from Troop 475 will participate in Camp Powhatan Base Camp and New River Adventure programs which include multiple merit badge opportunities, tent camping, swimming, hiking, class V whitewater rafting, white water canoeing, ATV, natural rock climbing in the New River Gorge, caving, and many other activities.

    Blue Ridge Scout Reservation also offers a C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) course which helps scouts work on teamwork, communication, trust, leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, and self-esteem.

    Troop 475’s adventure is made possible by generous contributions of families, businesses and community members, hard work and fund-raising efforts of the scouts, and the support of Streetsboro United Methodist Church.

    Troop 475 is chartered by Streetsboro United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Seneca District of the Great Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America. Scouting has had more than 100 million members since 1910.


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  • 06/13/17--09:09: SAFY names Matt new CEO
  • News Release

    Date: June 13, 2017

    Contact: Kelly Hackworth, Director of PR and Communication

    Phone/Email: (419) 695-8010, hackworthk@safy.org

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SPECIALIZED ALTERNATIVES FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH (SAFY) ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    SAFY Board of Directors names William “Will” Matt as the next President and CEO

    (Columbus, Ohio)---Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of William “Will” Matt, and his acceptance to become SAFY’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 15, 2017.

    Matt brings to the position over 25 years of financial, operational, and executive leadership experience. At SAFY, he fuels a strategic direction for empowering vulnerable families and children utilizing child and family serving policies, practices and procedures. His experience in transformational and adaptive leadership articulates a vision which addresses larger societal issues and reaches a common goal of Preserving Families and Securing Futures.

     

    “Matt is a dynamic leader who is deeply committed to increasing SAFY’s capacity to serve more families and children through the use of technology, innovative service delivery, and effective philanthropy,” said Carter Papke, Chairman of the SAFY of America Board of Directors. “His strong business acumen, experience on nonprofit boards, and passion for helping families and children impacted by trauma will help guide SAFY in its next phase of growth. The board of directors and executive leadership team have confidence in Will Matt being a great leader, not only for SAFY, but for the communities we serve across eight states. We’re thrilled to have him join the SAFY family.”

    Prior to joining SAFY, Matt was the Chief Financial Officer of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Matt and his wife Natalie of 29 years, along with their five children are eager to reconnect with the Columbus, Ohio community where from the years 2000-2014 he served in executive level positions as Chief Operating Officer of La Senza Global and Chief Administrative Officer, Victoria Secret at L Brands Inc. Matt was the Trustee of Columbus Museum of Art for over eight years, where he was involved in the $94 million expansion campaign.

    With the heart of a servant, I am honored and humbled to take on the leadership of SAFY. I look forward to working with my dedicated colleagues to continue the positive impact SAFY has on families and children experiencing trauma. Our goal will be to build on the great work done to date and to expand SAFY's reach to more and more families and children in need.

    To learn more about SAFY, call 800-532-7239 or visit SAFY.org.

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    About SAFY. Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is a national non-profit organization creating healthy youth and families through community-based solutions. Building upon our reputation as a leader in treatment foster care services, our comprehensive home- and community-based programs serve those with social service and behavioral health needs in eight states including Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, and South Carolina. To learn more about our programs and services, call 800.532.7239 or visit www.safy.org.


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    AKRON–Herzing University-Akron recently conducted its commencement ceremony for Spring 2017 graduates, which included three residents from the Akron area.

    Herzing-Akron (600 S Arlington St, Akron, OH) offers programs including nursing, technology, business, healthcare and public safety.

    Local graduates include:

    • Eric D. Brown— Associate of Science in Business Management

    • Tyrah Simmons—Associate of Applied Science in Business Management

    • Odreasha Bell – Pickett—Bachelor of Science in Business Management

    Herzing University, an accredited private nonprofit institution, encompasses 11 campuses in eight states, a continuing education division, an online division, and has a current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. Founded in Milwaukee in 1965, today the University offers career-focused, convenient and caring education for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, diplomas and continuing education in the fields of nursing, technology, business, healthcare and public safety. From 2013 through 2017, U.S. News & World Report recognized Herzing University as having some of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” nationally. Herzing University has also been recognized on the GI Jobs magazine list of “Military Friendly Schools” from 2013 through 2017. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; www.hlcommission.org or (800) 621-7440. More information about Herzing University is available at: www.herzing.edu.


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    The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its 2017 grant distributions on Friday, June 16. Grants totaling $13,000 were awarded to nine nonprofit organizations serving women and children in Medina County.

    Since its inception in 1998, the fund has awarded 94 grants totaling nearly $150,000 to improve the lives of local women and children.

    Among this year’s recipients is the Children’s Center of Medina County, which received an $800 grant to replace aging medical equipment. The funding will help the organization purchase a new ophthalmoscope and otoscope to examine children’s eyes and ears as part of the complete physical evaluation performed on all children who report abuse.

    “The new equipment will guarantee a more thorough and accurate diagnostic impression to ensure children with health issues can be referred to the proper specialists,” said the center’s executive director, Rhonda Wurgler.

    The grant will enable the Children’s Center to serve at least 400 children throughout Medina County over the next decade.

    “It is vital that the children who are treated at the center receive the very best care, and we’re proud to provide medical equipment that will help the Children's Center fulfill its mission,” said Dr. Mari Halkovich, chairperson of the MCWEF Grants Review Committee.

    Other grants awarded this year will provide emergency assistance to women and children in rural communities, support substance abuse prevention programs in schools, and educate students about teen dating violence.

    The following is a full list of grants awarded in 2017:

    Brunswick Educational Foundation, to support the BEAT Video Program, in which student journalists create print, web and video stories about Medina County initiatives for broadcast by Northeast Ohio media outlets, $500

    Children’s Center of Medina County, to purchase diagnostic medical equipment to examine children who have reported sexual abuse, $800

    Feeding Medina County, to provide bags of healthy food for hungry elementary and preschool students to take home for the weekend, $1,500

    First Impression Inc., to purchase undergarments and personal items for underprivileged female job seekers, $1,600

    Matthew 25 Coalition, to provide emergency assistance to women and children in rural southwest Medina County, $750

    OutSupport Inc., to purchase age-appropriate library books about LGBT issues for schools in Medina County, $1,750

    Rape Crisis Center, to prevent teen dating violence by educating middle and high school students in Medina County about bullying, consent and healthy relationships, $2,000

    Summer Reinforcement Program Inc., to purchase Chromebooks for students in the remedial reading program to increase their literacy and digital learning skills, $600

    Wadsworth Drug Free Community Coalition, to support substance abuse prevention and awareness programs for children and families in Wadsworth, $3,500

    About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

    The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to almost $390,000 and awarded nearly $150,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medinawomensendowment.org.

    About Akron Community Foundation

    Celebrating 62 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of March 31, 2017, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $202 million with a growing family of 560 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $139 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.


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    The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced the largest grant in its 24-year history at its annual Spring into Summer event on June 22. Fund officials presented the $15,000 grant to Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers for the purchase of a new van to transport area residents to medical appointments.

    Altogether, more than 85 percent of this year’s funding will support transportation initiatives, meeting a growing need in the community, said MCCF Grants Committee Chair Terry Pfleiderer.

    “Many Medina County residents have a difficult time securing reliable transportation to medical appointments, school or work,” Pfleiderer said. “The greatest burden often falls on older adults and people with disabilities, particularly those in the southern part of the county, where public transportation options are limited.”

    Last year, Faith in Action provided nearly 2,400 free rides to life-sustaining medical appointments throughout Medina, Cuyahoga and Summit counties. With the help of the grant from MCCF, the agency will be able to replace its 10-year-old passenger van, which is in need of costly repairs.

    “Without this service, many individuals in our community would be denied access to necessary medical care due to lack of transportation,” said Deborah Poland, executive director of Faith in Action.

    She estimated at least 300 people would benefit from the program this year alone.

    “Transportation is a critical need, and I’m proud that our grant will make a real impact on the lives of people throughout Medina County,” Pfleiderer said.

    In total, the Medina County Community Fund awarded $27,700 to six local nonprofit organizations in 2017, bringing its cumulative grantmaking to more than $500,000 since the fund was established in 1993. The following is a full list of grants awarded in 2017:

    Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers, to purchase a van to transport Medina County residents to life-sustaining medical appointments, $15,000

    First Impression Inc., to help disadvantaged women in Medina County secure sustainable employment by providing them with professional clothing and interview training, $1,500

    Matthew 25 Coalition, to provide fuel and auto repair vouchers to impoverished residents in rural areas of Medina County who need transportation to work, school or medical appointments, $4,000

    Medina County Arts Council Inc., to support free performances and arts programs throughout Medina County during the 2017 Arts Week Festival, $1,200

    Newbridge Place, to purchase a van to transport low-income veterans in Medina County to medical appointments and community resources, $5,000

    ORMACO Inc., for the Jazz Under the Stars free concert series in Medina’s public square, $1,000

    About the Medina County Community Fund

    The Medina County Community Fund, an affiliate fund of Akron Community Foundation, serves as a permanent philanthropic endowment for Medina County. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Medina County residents, now and in the future. The income from this fund is distributed annually to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of cultural, educational, health and community services. To date, the fund has grown to more than $820,000 and awarded nearly $530,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Community Fund, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCF.

    About Akron Community Foundation

    Celebrating 62 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of March 31, 2017, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $202 million with a growing family of 560 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $139 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.


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