News from around the Canton area

News from around the Canton area

Stark Countian to participate in AgriPOWER Institute

BEACH CITY — Alicia McCracken of Beach City is one of 14 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected to participate in the Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2023-24 AgriPOWER Institute.

AgriPOWER is designed for farmers and agribusiness professionals. It focuses on general issues relevant to the food industry such as consumer relations, regulations, energy and trade policies. At AgriPOWER, individuals develop the skills needed to become effective leaders and advocates of agriculture by learning from experts in these fields.

McCracken is the outside sales representative for PBS Animal Health, which has more than 400 customers, mostly dairy, across the United States. She was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Louisville. She was involved in 4-H and FFA in high school, in addition to serving as a state FFA official. She earned her associate’s degree in dairy production and management from the ATI campus of The Ohio State University in Worcester.

Free Thanksgiving meals are available

CANTON – St. John the Baptist Church and St. Peter’s Church will provide free Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in St. John’s Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 627 McKinley Street. North West. Anyone can come in and pick up multiple meals.

Athlete-author Zion Clark will be at the Palace Theater

CANTON – Athlete and author Zion Clark returns home for “No Excuses,” a night of inspiration, motivation and celebration at the Palace Theater on November 29.

Clark, who was born without legs and initially grew up in foster care, holds three Guinness World Records, is the subject of an award-winning Netflix documentary, and recently performed on “America’s Got Talent.”

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $25, $30, $35, $37.50 and $40 plus fees. All seats are reserved. For tickets and more information, visit or call 330-454-8172.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Relief Program is accepting applications

CANTON – Alzheimer’s Association chapters of the greater Cleveland and Eastern Ohio area are providing caregivers with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Stark and Cuyahoga counties relief through the Jean and Josephine Castora Family Caregiver Relief Program.

The program helps those who provide daily care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and do not have the means to hire a home caregiver. The association connects families with certified home care agency aides, who provide free, non-medical home care to the person with the illness so the caregiver can run errands, attend doctor’s appointments or enjoy hobbies.

The Alzheimer’s Association is accepting applications from families interested in the program. To learn more, visit, email or call 216-206-8389.

Eid films in the palace

CANTON – The Palace Theater, located at 605 Market Ave. N, 2023 Holiday Movie Series. Seating is general admission, and tickets are sold at the door on the day of the movie.

  • November 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m.: “A Christmas Story”
  • December 2, 3pm: “The Polar Express” (Sensory Cinema at 11am)
  • December 18, 7:30 p.m.: “Goblin”
  • December 19, 7:30 p.m.: “Home Alone”
  • December 20, 7:30 p.m.: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • December 21, 7:30 p.m.: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

For more information, visit or call 330-454-8172.

Christopher Cugini joins the Board of Directors of the Preventive Action Alliance

CANTON – Preventive Action Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and promoting mental health, has elected Christopher L. Cugini of Canton to serve on its board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting in August.

Cugini holds a master’s degree in public health from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from the University of Mount Union. He is a Program Management Consultant in the Department of Commerce, Office of Acquisition Management for OMNI Consulting Solutions, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Regional Walks to End Alzheimer’s raises $1.375 million

CANTON – More than 6,300 Northeast Ohioans participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, walking 17,684 miles and raising more than $1.375 million for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s supports the association’s free educational programs and support groups, Alzheimer’s care services and advances in treatment and research.

To learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or donate to this year’s fundraising efforts, visit The Alzheimer’s Society Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for those needing information, guidance or support. To reach the helpline, call 800-272-3900.

Saturday concerts

HARTVILLE — Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at Hartville Kitchen Restaurant, 1015 Edison St. NW, at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. For tickets ($40 and $50), visit or call 330-877-9353.

Black Friday fine forgiveness at the library

NORTH CANTON – To kick off the holiday season, the North Canton Public Library will host a Black Friday promotion. Anyone who visits the library during open hours on November 24 can have library fines of up to $24.99 waived.

Winter Festival is December 2 at North Canton Square

North Canton – Winterfest will be held from 4 to 7:30 pm on December 2.

The event at the plaza will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, train rides, music, costumed characters, cocktails and Christmas beer, food trucks, and a winter wonderland holiday market at City Hall.

The Perry History Club will meet Monday

Berry Twp. – The Perry History Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Perry Township Police Department, 622 Genoa Blvd. SW, with Richard Haldy speaking about “The Great American Songbook.” This is a look at Irving Berlin, who wrote “White Christmas,” and the Jewish foundation of American popular music. This will be followed by a business meeting.

Register for the Perry Rotary Turkey Trot 5K

Berry Twp. -Perry Township Rotary and the Perry community will host the 27th annual Perry Township Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

It’s a 5K run/walk, competitive walk, and Little Gobbler race at Central Catholic High School, 4824 Tuscarawas St. W, on November 23.

To register, visit Packet pick-up takes place at the Central Catholic High School gym from 4-6pm on November 22nd and 7-8:40am on November 23rd.

Start times are 8 a.m. for the Little Gobbler Run and 8:40 a.m. for the 5K events (5K run/walk and 5K competitive walk). All prizes are mailed approximately three to four weeks after the event.

Nature’s A-Glow opens on Friday

Washington TWP. – Nature’s Glow at Beech Creek Botanical Gardens, 11929 Beech St NE, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 23 every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 26-30.

Christmas Lights transforms the Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland with more than 350,000 lights and dozens of displays and hands-on activities. Admission to Nature’s A-Glow is $13. Admission for Beech Creek members is $6.50, and children 2 and under get in free. For more information, visit

Donate blood and get “Elf” socks.

The American Red Cross is planning three blood drives in the area for November:

  • November 22, 11am-5pm at Knights of Columbus 554, 988 Cherry Road NW, Massillon.
  • Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Harmony Springs Christian Church, 3891 S. Arlington Road, Greene.
  • November 30, 11am-5pm at Mount Union University, Simpson Street, Alliance.

To schedule a blood or platelet donation, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the holiday movie “Elf,” those who come to donate blood from Nov. 10-30 will receive a pair of “Elf” stockings and an American Red Cross gift, while supplies last. For more details, visit

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