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Aultman Orrville Recognizes Volunteers
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:37am
Aultman Orrville Hospital Administration celebrated National Volunteer Week with the Auxiliary on Monday, April 7.  A Recognition Luncheon was held in the Community Room with lunch and games.  CEO Dr. Marchelle Suppan presented the group with a certificate in...
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Aultman Orrville Recognizes Volunteers

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:37am

Aultman Orrville Hospital Administration celebrated National Volunteer Week with the Auxiliary on Monday, April 7.  A Recognition Luncheon was held in the Community Room with lunch and games.  CEO Dr. Marchelle Suppan presented the group with a certificate in recognition of outstanding volunteer service during 2013 to the organization and the people we serve.  The AOH Auxiliary worked a total of 8,327 hours in 2013, which is an average of 160 hours per week! Thanks to all our volunteers for their time and dedication to AOH and the community!

Women's Fund Challenge Grant
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:16pm
The Wayne County Community Foundation has received a $100,000 challenge grant from The J.M. Smucker Company to establish The Women's Fund. The newly created Women's Fund will positively impact the lives of women and children in Wayne County, Ohio by directing...
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Women's Fund Challenge Grant

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:16pm

The Wayne County Community Foundation has received a $100,000 challenge grant from The J.M. Smucker Company to establish The Women's Fund. The newly created Women's Fund will positively impact the lives of women and children in Wayne County, Ohio by directing resources to organizations that support the education of women and empower change and self-sufficiency. 

Learn more and to donate http://www.waynecountycommunityfoundation.org/pages/our-funds/the-womens-fund

Aultman Weight Management Program comes to Wayne County.  Orientation session scheduled for April 14
Aultman Orrville Weight Management Program
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:03pm
Aultman Orrville Hospital is excited to introduce the Aultman Weight Management program to Wayne County residents.  For 25 years, the Aultman Weight Management program has been successful in providing tools and support to help individuals meet their weight...
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Aultman Orrville Weight Management Program

Aultman Weight Management Program comes to Wayne County.  Orientation session scheduled for April 14

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:03pm

Aultman Orrville Hospital is excited to introduce the Aultman Weight Management program to Wayne County residents.  For 25 years, the Aultman Weight Management program has been successful in providing tools and support to help individuals meet their weight loss goals and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Aultman Orrville Weight Management will be located in the Aultman Orrville Sports and Wellness facility, 365 Crown Hill Road.  Aultman Weight Management offers three comprehensive weight-loss programs, based on the clients weight, lifestyle and individual needs.

To learn more, sign up to attend a free orientation session on Monday, April 14 at 6:30pm in the Aultman Orrville Hospital Community Room, 832 S Main Street.  Please RSVP to jessica.immel@aultmanorrville.org or call 330-684-4733.

Orrville Municipal Electric Plant
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:01pm
Starting in 1891, a local firm, Orrville Heating, Light and Power, had the original franchise for electricity.  Their rates were low, and when the idea of a municipally owned electric utility was first brought up around the turn of the century, the voters...
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Orrville Municipal Electric Plant

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:01pm

Starting in 1891, a local firm, Orrville Heating, Light and Power, had the original franchise for electricity.  Their rates were low, and when the idea of a municipally owned electric utility was first brought up around the turn of the century, the voters defeated it.  However, the franchise was purchased by the Massillon Electric and Gas Company in 1912 and relations between the new utility owners and Orrville customers quickly soured as rates were increased. 

            In May of 1913, four-hundred and one citizens petitioned the village council to begin the process of acquiring a municipal power plant.  In August, the village held a special election and the citizens of Orrville favorably voted by a count of 624 to 59 to build a power plant in Orrville.  Unfortunately, over the next several years, construction of the power plant was delayed by lawsuits filed against Orrville by the Massillon Electric and Gas Company.  The Village’s case was finally heard by the Ohio Supreme Court in December 1915, when a decision was made in Orrville’s favor allowing the construction and operation of a municipal electric plant.  Operation of the new electric plant began in 1917 with two 375 KW steam engine-generators.

The village took out an advertisement that appeared in the July 25, 1913 issue of the Courier-Crescent to announce the special election for a municipal power plant. At that time, the paper was the only paper of general circulation in town  

Railroad Increases Orrville Population 1900 - 1910
Railroad Increases Orrville Population
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:55pm
The greatest population spurt in Orrville came between 1900 and 1910 when the census showed a count of 3,066, an increase of 1,625 residents from 1888.  These 10 years also marked the period of the greatest centralization of railroad activities here. Orrville...
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Railroad Increases Orrville Population

Railroad Increases Orrville Population 1900 - 1910

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:55pm

The greatest population spurt in Orrville came between 1900 and 1910 when the census showed a count of 3,066, an increase of 1,625 residents from 1888.  These 10 years also marked the period of the greatest centralization of railroad activities here. Orrville’s growth and prosperity was tied closely to the growth of the railroad.

            The main lines of P. Ft. W & C.R.R., which was then the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, and Chicago Railroad, was a single track.  The C.A. & C. Railroad also ran through Orrville.  The switching of cars from the Pittsburgh line to the C.A. & C. was done with a yoke of oxen.  Then, locomotives burned wood which was piled along the right of way. 

            Today, the single track railroad has been replaced by a two and four track system and engines are much heavier and more powerful.  One hundred years ago the wood burning engines were replaced with coal burners, and the oxen team was replaced by steam and then with diesel.  Because the two divisions of the P. Ft. W. & C. R.R. crossed here, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad surveyors thought this to be a necessary point for them to reach with their new railroad, consequently Orrville grew.

 

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Save The Date - Firecracker 5K
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:45am
The 16th Annual, Rotary Firecracker 5K will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014. at the Orrville Christian Church.   Proceeds go to support Wayne County Rails to Trails and the Red Rider Reads Program. The 5K Pump & Run is presented by Zephyr's 24 Hour...
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Save The Date - Firecracker 5K

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:45am

The 16th Annual, Rotary Firecracker 5K will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014. at the Orrville Christian Church.   Proceeds go to support Wayne County Rails to Trails and the Red Rider Reads Program. The 5K Pump & Run is presented by Zephyr's 24 Hour Fitness  Register Here

Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP
Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:23am
Celebrate Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP after work on Thursday, May 1 at Senor Panchos. Please RSVP so we know how many plan to attend. 
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Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP

Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:23am

Celebrate Uno De Mayo with Orrville YP after work on Thursday, May 1 at Senor Panchos. Please RSVP so we know how many plan to attend. 

The University of Akron Wayne College is pleased to host its 19th annual Administrative Professionals Day program on Wednesday, April 23 in the J.M. Smucker Company Multipurpose Room of the College’s Student Life Building.
UA Wayne Hosts Administrative Professional Day
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am
The University of Akron Wayne College is pleased to host its 19th annual Administrative Professionals Day program on Wednesday, April 23 in the J.M. Smucker Company Multipurpose Room of the College’s Student Life Building. Kirsti Manna, professional singer-...
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UA Wayne Hosts Administrative Professional Day

The University of Akron Wayne College is pleased to host its 19th annual Administrative Professionals Day program on Wednesday, April 23 in the J.M. Smucker Company Multipurpose Room of the College’s Student Life Building.

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am

The University of Akron Wayne College is pleased to host its 19th annual Administrative Professionals Day program on Wednesday, April 23 in the J.M. Smucker Company Multipurpose Room of the College’s Student Life Building.

Kirsti Manna, professional singer-songwriter, actress and speaker presents “I Need a Moment” and “Creative Courage.”  Manna, whose 5 week Billboard #1 hit, "Austin" introduced Blake Shelton to country radio, is an actress with numerous credits that include creating and starring in her own national children's TV show, "Kirsti's Manor" that was viewed in 34 million homes.  Known for her infectious energy and enthusiasm, Manna connects with audiences through her quick wit and spontaneity.   Whether she is singing or speaking, universal emotions and realities of life depicted in Manna’s message never fail to move, inspire and create an uplifting experience.

The event fee is $89 per person and includes breakfast, the presentations, lunch, vendor giveaways and door prizes.  Door prizes include centerpieces donated by the J.M. Smucker Co. Store and Café. Companies may purchase a table for eight at the reduced price of $650.

The continental breakfast includes fresh fruit, french toast casserole, coffee, tea and juice.  The buffet lunch will include a salad and pasta bar as well as a dessert table featuring a cookie and brownie assortment.  

Vendor booths are also available for a $75 fee, which includes a boxed lunch and table seating during the presentation portion of the event.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at Wayne College, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville. Online registration for attendees and vendors is available at wayne.uakron.edu/UAWayneEventsFor more information, call 330-684-8731 or 1-800-221-8308 ext. 8731.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 along with the 150th birthday celebration of Orrville, Community Clean-Up Week will be held the week of April 21-26.
Let's Clean Up Orrville
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:06pm
In honor of Earth Day on April 22 along with the 150th birthday celebration of Orrville, Community Clean-Up Week will be held the week of April 21-26.             After this especially long winter season, there is a lot of debris that needs to be picked up....
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Let's Clean Up Orrville

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 along with the 150th birthday celebration of Orrville, Community Clean-Up Week will be held the week of April 21-26.

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:06pm

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 along with the 150th birthday celebration of Orrville, Community Clean-Up Week will be held the week of April 21-26.

            After this especially long winter season, there is a lot of debris that needs to be picked up. With many community events in the near future, the sesquicentennial celebration in May, and GOBA in June, many people will come to visit our town and it would be a nice reflection of Orrville if the roadsides were clean of blown trash.

            Please consider having your family, club, scout group, youth group, organization or business spend an hour or two outside and gather trash.  No need to notify anyone where you are cleaning, feel free to just get out there and ‘adopt’ an area that you see needs attention.  With the unpredictable weather, trash can be picked up any nice day you have time, not just the week of Earth week.

            What we would also appreciate, is for you to take a photo of your group picking up trash, tell us who you are, and where you cleaned. E-mail your photos to orrviewsmail@gmail.com. These pictures will be shared with OrrViews readers as well as the Chamber and Heartland to share and applaud your community efforts.  

            New this year - free supplies of rubber gloves and trash bags are available for pick up at Heartland Point (instead of the Chamber office), starting on April 7.  Also new, Kimble has donated the use of a large dumpster for groups to put their gathered garbage in. It will be located in the parking lot located across from The Ice Cream Bar & Root Beer Stand on High Street. Don’t forget there are also large recycling containers behind the Orrville Buehler’s for items that can be recycled.

            For more information call Heartland Point 330-682-0200.

 In observance of the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 1st, 2014, the Orrville Ministerial Association assisted by the Women Reaching Out Organization are planning a special “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” in honor of the Mayor and all public servants at the Orrville Y.M.C.A. from 7:00 - 8:00 AM on May 1st
Orrville Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 1st
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:40pm
        In observance of the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 1st, 2014, the Orrville Ministerial Association assisted by the Women Reaching Out Organization are planning a special “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” in honor of the Mayor and all public...
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Orrville Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 1st

 In observance of the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 1st, 2014, the Orrville Ministerial Association assisted by the Women Reaching Out Organization are planning a special “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” in honor of the Mayor and all public servants at the Orrville Y.M.C.A. from 7:00 - 8:00 AM on May 1st

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:40pm

        In observance of the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 1st, 2014, the Orrville Ministerial Association assisted by the Women Reaching Out Organization are planning a special “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” in honor of the Mayor and all public servants at the Orrville Y.M.C.A. from 7:00 - 8:00 AM on May 1st. The doors will be open for seating at 6:45 AM so that the event will begin on time. This year’s official theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer”. Reservations need to be made by April 23, 2014. The cost this year is the same as it was last year $11.00 per attendee. People are encouraged to register early because space is limited.

          This year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Planning Committee and helpers consist of O.M.A. members’ Brad Kelley, John Grandy, Sara Ecker, Chuck Davis, and Jean Hurley of W.R.O. Also Lori Reinbolt, president of the Orrville Chamber of Commerce assisted the committee by getting the website registration sign up in place. Portions of this event will be filmed by Orrville’s “A- Channel” and shown at a later date.

           The Event will begin with a reading from Scripture and a formal welcome to all with a special acknowledgement of all who serve as public servants in Orrville and throughout our state. Mayor David Handwerk will be introduced by the current O.M.A. President, Brad Kelley. Upon his introduction, Mayor Handwerk will make an official proclamation concerning May 1st being recognized in Orrville as a “Day of Prayer” for our Nation and for our city of Orrville. After the Mayor’s Proclamation, a prayer of blessing for the meal will be given by Rev. Marvin Zuercher.

          This Year for the first time the full Breakfast Meal will be prepared and provided by Orrville’s very own Heartland Point Café. General Manager of Heartland Point, Valerie LaBuda will be heading up this important part of the event. This year’s menu includes their Breakfast Casserole Buffet with fresh muffins, bagels with cream cheese, crisp bacon, home fries and coffee and fruit juice. The O.M.A. will be providing fresh fruit as well to the menu. The cost to attend the event is $11.00.

          After the Breakfast, Rev. Brad Dews will be leading the attendees in a special prayer for our Nation and our national leaders. This will be followed by the attendees having a time of interactive prayer around the breakfast tables.  Several area pastors will be on hand to help facilitate the closing of each of the five interactive “local area prayer segments”. The five local community areas that will be prayed for in light of Orrville’s 150th Anniversary includes: local government with a closing prayer led by Rev. John Mulpas, local Schools with a closing prayer led by Rev. Chuck Davis, local businesses with closing prayer led by Mr. J.B. Bryant, local Help Agencies with a closing prayer led  by Rev. Paula Marbury and local churches with a closing prayer led by Rev. Paul Simonsen.   Several other area pastors will be joining community members around the table for the round table prayer times as well. Rev. John Grandy will close the event in a circle of prayer. This year music will be led by Rev. Newton Brenneman.

          The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is open to the Public. R.S.V.P. Reservations may be made by both registering and paying $11.00 online at http://orrvillemayorbreakfast.eventbrite.com or by writing and sending your name and a check made out to the O.M.A. to Marvin Zuercher c/o Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church, 14366 Church Rd, Orrville, OH 44667 by April 23rd, 2014. Any questions about the event call (330) 669-3262.

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Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.   Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the...
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Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm

Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.  

Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the Orrville Area Safety Council on April 9.  At Buehler's food safety is priority number one.  Their employees are educated and certified through the State of Ohio's approved ServSafe program and have certified over 500 employees, making them true food safety experts.

Research findings for a national study conducted by the Partnership for Food Safety Education in 2007 reveal that a majority of adults (64 percent) indicated that it is 'very important' to follow safe food handling procedures and more than half of adults surveyed consider the threat of foodborne illness to be very serious.

However, less than 60 percent are correctly following important safe food handling practices. The Partnership's research shows that despite the fact that a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education and its government liaisons from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, have joined to create a campaign to bring renewed focus and a fresh new look to the four core food safety practices of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

The lunch and learn program will be held in the community room at White's Maibach Ford, 1780 N Main Street, Orrville.  Lunch buffet at 11:30am followed by program at noon.  Cost to attend is $5.  Reservations are required.  Make your reservation on line http://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-food-safe-tickets-9956079903 or contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-682-8881.

Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am
Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre...
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Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am

Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus.  The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception.  The award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and the local chamber that nominated the winner will receive $1,000.

This award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state.  The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state.

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce nominated BIRDEYE for the award earlier this year.  BIRDEYE is one of 10 companies selected as finalists. 

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award
Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm
Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality...
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Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm

Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality of life.  WEDC will present this award at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on March 25. 

This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing our county’s economic future and quality of life.  Venture Products was chosen for a variety of reasons including an investment of more than $3.5 million to construct a new manufacturing facility on Venture Dr.  The new building encompasses more than 115,000 square feet and will create 20 high demand jobs.

Also in 2013, Venture Products was presented with the President’s “E” Award in recognition for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.  Company growth in global markets has increased by 80 percent over the past three years and Venture Products are now exported to over 20 countries, including Sweden, Japan, South Korea and Australia.  This growth has been a catalyst to the need for an increased workforce and the new manufacturing facility.

Venture Products, Inc has also demonstrated outstanding leadership as a corporate citizen.  Through leadership in the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Venture Products has helped to create sustainable business solutions to poverty and spurred community economic growth for millions across the globe.  This is in addition to all the company does locally.

Cascade Capital Corporation recognized the company as the 2013 Business Growth Award winner in recognition of having increased sales over the previous five years.

Learn more about Venture Products, Inc http://youtu.be/GUUuIuARqm0

Augsburg Lutheran Sack Lunch A Worthy Work
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 11:31am
A Bible study group discussion about hunger in the Orrville community inspired five women to act.  The result was Sack Lunch Tuesday. The Wayne County Community Foundation in partnership with the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce...
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Augsburg Lutheran Sack Lunch A Worthy Work

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 11:31am

A Bible study group discussion about hunger in the Orrville community inspired five women to act.  The result was Sack Lunch Tuesday.

The Wayne County Community Foundation in partnership with the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Augsburg Lutheran Church as the winner of the 2014 Worthy Works Award for their Sack Lunch Tuesday program.

“Reaching out to our community to stop hunger one sack lunch at a time has been our tag line,” explained Joanna Paxos Bowman, Sack Lunch Tuesday volunteer. This follows Augsburg Lutheran’s mission to empower and equip God’s people to express the love of Christ.

In 2013, more than 5,000 sack lunches were served at the church. Each week many of the same faces come to receive a lunch. No registration is required. The simple sack lunch, served on Tuesdays since 2011, consists of a sandwich, a fruit, a vegetable, a dessert and a beverage. All provided by generous support including monetary donations, food donations and lots of brown paper lunch bags.

The Worthy Works Award acknowledges and recognizes important contributions that not-for-profit organizations make to their communities. The Wayne County Community Foundation will present Augsburg Lutheran with a $1,000 cash award at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner at The University of Akron Wayne College on March 25. The theme for the Chamber dinner, A Celebration of Legacy and Leadership, will mark Orrville’s 150th Anniversary with a tribute to Paul L. Powell and former recipients of the Paul L. Powell Citizen of the Year Award. Tickets to the dinner are $40 and available by contacting the Chamber office, 330-682-8881.

Seeking Exhibitors for Wayne County Business Showcase
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:57pm
In this day of technology, meeting people face to face is still the best way to get new customers and build relationships.   Trade Shows serve as a powerful stage to network and share information about your products and services. You can reach more prospects...
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Seeking Exhibitors for Wayne County Business Showcase

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:57pm

In this day of technology, meeting people face to face is still the best way to get new customers and build relationships.

 

Trade Shows serve as a powerful stage to network and share information about your products and services. You can reach more prospects in one day than your entire sales force can in months!

 

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 6th at the Buckeye Event Center centrally located in Dalton. A joint effort of the Jackson-Belden, Orrville, Rittman & Wooster Chambers of Commerce, the event reaches across county lines to create a unified force for regionalized commerce. The Buckeye Event Center offers 45,000 square feet providing versatile and endless opportunities for unique exhibits and demonstrations.

 

Sponsored by MCTV, the show will give your company the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. We hope you will join us in our effort to promote doing business locally. For additional information call the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-262-5735 or download a form here.

 

 

 

July 4th Celebration 1915
Arrival of Settlers, 1814
Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 9:58am
Community history began in 1814 with the arrival of a veteran of the Revolutionary War, James Taggart Jr., to stake out the claim to which his war service entitled him.  He chose a quarter section (160 acres) in Baughman Township, deep int he heart of what is...
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Arrival of Settlers, 1814

July 4th Celebration 1915

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 9:58am

Community history began in 1814 with the arrival of a veteran of the Revolutionary War, James Taggart Jr., to stake out the claim to which his war service entitled him.  He chose a quarter section (160 acres) in Baughman Township, deep int he heart of what is now Orrville, lying east of Main Street, between Orr Street and the southern corporation line.  He later returned to his home in Washington County, Pennsylvania, but the next year his sons, Samuel and Robert Taggart, came to settle on this claim.  The Taggarts were of Irish extraction.  Other early settlers, the Horst, Brenneman and Seas families, were of Pennsylvania Dutch and German heritage.  Read more about early settlers

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