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New Experience Planned for Home for the Holidays
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:50pm
Plans are underway for Orrville’s annual Home For The Holidays event on Friday, November 28.  New goals for the event include a focus on creating a...
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New Experience Planned for Home for the Holidays

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:50pm

Plans are underway for Orrville’s annual Home For The Holidays event on Friday, November 28.  New goals for the event include a focus on creating a welcome home, family friendly experience filled with seasonal entertainment, support for community causes and an opportunity to start your holiday shopping at local merchants in downtown Orrville.   

A preview of the entertainment line-up includes the arrival of Santa Claus at the Smith Orr Homestead, crowning of the Holiday Prince and Snowflake Princess and lighting of the grounds including a festive fireworks display at 6pm. 

Bring your camera to take pictures with character cut-outs, live Reindeer and of course Santa with his elves.  Two performances of the Jingle Bell Christmas magic show will be held at the Orrville Public Library at 5:15pm and 6:45pm. 

Decorate snowflakes for the OrrViews coloring contest, get a fun balloon and discover something new downtown – shopping!

Audrey’s Attic will be stocked with your favorite holiday décor, but did know that the Christian Homestead Bookstore has great gifts too?  You might even find a new piece of furniture to add to your wish list.

Warm up with a hot beverage from the Heartland Café while you wait for your little ones to get their faces painted. Purchase cupcakes and cookies to take home from Michael’s Bakery and The Faithful Little Cupcake.  Stop by Jerry’s Café for some holiday cheer.

Seasonal music will be provided throughout the evening at Augsburg Lutheran Church and the Wayne County Choral Union will perform at Christ United Church of Christ.  At both church locations, a new initiative, Christmas for a Cause, will spotlight the good works of local non-profit organizations.  Learn more about the causes and how you can support them in your gift giving this year. 

Make plans now to bring your family downtown, invite a few friends too, and experience Home for the Holidays with a renewed sense of community spirit.

Home for the Holidays is coordinated by Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the foremost voice for the business community. As the area’s leading business association, we actively engage our members and community to be the dynamic force for community progress.  We are an essential resource and serve as the communities business advocate. 

Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund Announces New Application Round
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 8:42am
The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) (www.jumpstartnetwork.org), a hyper-local source of funding that supports young technology companies located...
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Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund Announces New Application Round

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 8:42am

The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) (www.jumpstartnetwork.org), a hyper-local source of funding that supports young technology companies located in (or willing to move to) Wayne County, is now accepting applications for its next funding round. Interested entrepreneurs can apply for loans of up to $35,000 by December 12, 2014.

Applications are available through jumpstartnetwork.org/apply.

"The WOLF allows our community to provide an attractive source of capital to early stage technology companies who need resources in order to grow here," said Rod Crider, President, Wayne Economic Development Council (www.waynecountyedc.com). "Long term, we believe the county will benefit from the new jobs that are created, the additional capital that is attracted and the revenue that is generated by these companies."

Interested applicants are invited to attend an information session on November 18 at 6:00pm. The event will take place on the third floor of the Pounden Technology Development Center, located on the OARDC Campus at 1363 Gerlaugh Drive, near the Secrest Drive/Gerlaugh Drive intersection in Wooster. Register for this event by contacting Jonathan Millea (jmillea@woosteroh.com; 330.263.5250).

At this session, representatives from the City of Wooster, the Wayne Economic Development Corporation, the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and JumpStart Inc. will be on hand to answer questions from students, entrepreneurs, professionals and interested community members about WOLF and its eligibility requirements. The group will also provide information about additional resources and assistance available to Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs, and hear from a current program participant.

The WOLF was launched in late 2010 by the City of Wooster and the Wooster Growth Corporation in collaboration with JumpStart and with support from the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, Wooster Community Hospital, the Wayne Economic Development Council and Cascade Capital. The fund has awarded capital to a diverse array of promising young companies since launching.

"These investments reflect our commitment to supporting future entrepreneurial successes and encouraging innovation across Wayne County," said Crider.

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The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund The Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund (WOLF) is a hyper-local fund designed to support early-stage, high growth technology companies. The Fund is part of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, a connected group of advisors, incubators, accelerators and seed funds delivering resources to tech entrepreneurs across Northeast Ohio. Wayne County-based startups with the potential to grow and raise additional capital, generate revenues and eventually create new jobs in the county can now apply for loans of up to $35,000. Applications for the next round of funding are due December 12, 2014.

Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18
Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:07pm
Did you know that you can win BIG when you Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18, 2014?  How it works: Purchase $25 or...
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Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville

Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:07pm

Did you know that you can win BIG when you Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Orrville from November 28 - December 18, 2014? 

How it works:

  • Purchase $25 or more from participating Orrville Area merchants between November 28 and Dec 18.
  • Bring receipts to Heartland Point or Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce to be validated and receive one entry in the Shop Small, Gift BIG, Buy Orrville drawing for each $25 spent
  • The Orrville Weekly drawings for gifts cards and prizes will be held at Heartland Point on Dec 5, Dec 12 and Dec 19, 4pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend the weekly drawings, but attendance is not required to win

Who's ready to Shop? (a list of participating merchants will be posted after November 1)

Aultman Orrville Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:24am
Aultman Orrville Hospital has successfully upgraded from paper documentation to complete electronic documentation. This achievement allowed the...
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Aultman Orrville Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:24am

Aultman Orrville Hospital has successfully upgraded from paper documentation to complete electronic documentation. This achievement allowed the facility to attest for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use on Aug. 27. Meaningful Use was established by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The three stages of Meaningful Use were designed to support eligible hospitals with implementing and using electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful way to help improve the quality and safety of the nation’s health care system. 

Aultman Orrville started the attestation period for Stage 1, year 2 on Oct. 1 and will attest for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in October of 2015. Aultman Orrville also launched a new patient portal in September. The confidential, secure, Web-based system allows patients 24/7 access to their health information. All inpatient and observation patients are now invited to access their lab results, radiology and pathology reports, medication lists, visit summaries and patient education through the portal. 

In addition, a new ‘transition of care’ document is being provided at the time of discharge for all Aultman Orrville patients. This document can be taken to the primary care physician to improve the transition of care from hospital to community care. “The Aultman Health Foundation has made a significant investment in Aultman Orrville Hospital to implement a state-of-the-art electronic medical record and patient portal,” said Dr. Marchelle L. Suppan, Aultman Orrville Hospital president and CEO. “We are confident that these improvements will support our ongoing mission to lead our community to improved health.”

About Aultman Orrville 

Aultman Orrville Hospital is a not-for-profit, critical access hospital serving Orrville and surrounding communities. As a subsidiary of Aultman Health Foundation, Aultman Orrville Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services; employs 230 health care professionals and has a medical staff of 130 active and courtesy physicians. For more information, visit www.aultmanorrville.org. 

Christmas For A Cause
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:10am
A new initiative for Orrville's annual Home for the Holidays event will be “Christmas for a Cause,” an opportunity for the non-profit members of the...
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Christmas For A Cause

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:10am

A new initiative for Orrville's annual Home for the Holidays event will be “Christmas for a Cause,” an opportunity for the non-profit members of the Chamber to showcase the causes that are most important to their organizations.

Christmas for a Cause is an opportunity for non-profit members of the Orrville Area Chamber:

  •  to educate a wide audience about your organization
  •  to raise funds for your organization through the sale of goods or services tied to your organization.
  •  to “plant the seed” that leads to future support for your organization in terms of financial giving and volunteerism.

The variety of goods and projects represented at this first Christmas for a Cause will depend on the agencies that participate.  For example CAMO has decided to sell fair trade coffee and offer the opportunity to support families in our Women’s Shelter.  As an added attraction, beautiful handmade crafts from Honduras will be available for purchase.   There are no “rules” for how an  agency participates.  The goal of this initiative is to provide shoppers with an opportunity to purchase truly meaningful alternatives to the usual holiday gifts and to help shift the focus of the Home for the Holidays event to reflect the spirit of giving.

Please call June White at 330-683-5956 or email junew@camo.org to confirm your participation or if you have questions. 

Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:11pm
The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center to answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an...
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Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:11pm

The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24/7 Ebola call center to answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. The hotline number for that call center is 1-866-800-1404.  For more information visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/dis/orbitdis/ebola/Ebola.aspx

Ebola virus disease (EVD), previously known as "Ebola hemorrhagic fever," is one of several viral hemorrhagic fevers. 

Ebola is spread through direct contact with:

  1. The blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola
  2. Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  3. Touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola

Wayne County Celebrates Nat'l Manfacturing Day
Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:22pm
Scores of people representing manufacturing concerns from throughout Wayne County and beyond crowded into the Smucker Multipurpose Room at Wayne...
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Wayne County Celebrates Nat'l Manfacturing Day

Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:22pm

Scores of people representing manufacturing concerns from throughout Wayne County and beyond crowded into the Smucker Multipurpose Room at Wayne College for the first Manufacturing Day lunch.  Wayne County Commissioner, Ann Obrecht, read a statement Proclaming Oct 3, 2014 as Manufacturing Day in Wayne County OH.  Read Proclamation here

The program brought together administrators, managers, human resource directors and others to hear Sandy Mazur, division president, franchise and license, for Spherion Staffing Services, talk about the nation's emerging work force and what it means to today's and tomorrow's manufacturers.

Following Mazur's talk, attendees went to breakout sessions, one of which was an introduction to 3-D printing and its capabilities.

Wayne County Manufacturing Day activities were coordinated by the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce,. Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wayne Economic Development Council.

LOCAL BUSINESSES SCRAMBLE AT ORRVILLE CHAMBER GOLF OUTING
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:18pm
ORRVILLE, OH, September 24, 2014– The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf scramble was held at The Pines Golf Club on Sept 17.  Twenty...
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LOCAL BUSINESSES SCRAMBLE AT ORRVILLE CHAMBER GOLF OUTING

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:18pm

ORRVILLE, OH, September 24, 2014– The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf scramble was held at The Pines Golf Club on Sept 17.  Twenty local businesses participated in the outing sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet of Orrville.

"The Chamber and all of the volunteers and sponsors did a great job planning and organizing a very nice outing" shared Jason Anderson, general manager.  "Serpentini Orrville welcomes the opportunity to sponsor such a great event,”

Orrville Utilities team included, Mike Hedberg, Scott Samson, Rick Troyer and Jim Leggett, took first place honors with a score of 18 under par.  Scrambling for second and third in a score card playoff was First National Bank and D+S Distribution.  Both teams came in 19 under par.

Colby Chamberlin, The Commerical and Savings Bank, won proximity prize for longest putt sponsored by MT Business Technologies and prize for longest drive went to Mike Sollenberger, Proforma.

First National Bank scored the prize money for the Orrville YP Power Ball sponsored by Justin Haislip State Farm Insurance.  Skins game was won by The University of Akron Wayne College, who generously donated their winnings back to the Chamber.

The Scott’s Company generously sponsored the beverage cart and Aultman Orrville Hospital provided sponsorship for the Super Circle Challenge.  Hole sponsors for the event included: Brenn-Field Nursing Center, First National Bank, Hummel Group Insurance, Mennonite Mutual Insurance, JLG Industries, PNC Bank and Venture Products.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble is held annually in September. The event benefits the Orrville Area Young Professionals Network, a professional development organization that provides opportunities for YP's to network, grow and become involved in the local community.  The Chamber appreciated assistance from the Orrville YP volunteers who assisted with various tasks to help make the event an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.
Historic Thorne House is 2014 Holiday House
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:19am
The Friends & Neighbors of Every Woman's House will hold their 2014 Holiday House Designers' Showcase house tour in the historic 1894 Arts &...
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Historic Thorne House is 2014 Holiday House

The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:19am

The Friends & Neighbors of Every Woman's House will hold their 2014 Holiday House Designers' Showcase house tour in the historic 1894 Arts & Crafts style house located in Wooster, Ohio named the Charles Thorne House. Local area Designers and  Merchants will decorate this lovely home for you to enjoy for the Holidays!
 
Mr. Thorne was the first Director of the Ohio Agricultural Research Experiment Station and shared his knowledge as a farmer, journalist, scientist and administrator for over three decades. He was fondly named "the old man of agriculture".
 
The Holiday House Designers' Showcase tour will be held for the General Public : November 14th, 4-8pm, November 15th & 16th, 12-4pm. The tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Buehler's participating stores in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth and at Audrey's Attic, Orrville.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  The Thorne House is located at the OARDC, at the corner of Secrest Road and Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio. A shuttle service will also be provided for the public.
 
All proceed from the Holiday House 2014 will be used by the Wayne County, Ohio, Every Woman's House to provide services to victims of domestic violence. Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the history of this wonderful home!

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar.
Calling All Pets!
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:52pm
Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar. The popular calendar, first...
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Calling All Pets!

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar.

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 2:52pm

Runions' Furniture is inviting pet owners everywhere to submit photos for their 2015 Couch Potato Pets Calendar. The popular calendar, first published in 2014, features photos of area pets interacting with furniture in some way- curled up on the bed, guarding the recliner, hogging the sofa, etc. All entries will be entered in a drawing for a $200 Roomscapes/ Runions' Furniture gift card. In addition, each photo selected for the calendar will earn 10 free calendars and additional gifts from Runions' Furniture. To enter, send your favorite couch potato pet photo to pets@runionsfurniture.com by September 30 - or bring in your hard copy photo to either Runions' Furniture in Orrville or Roomscapes in downtown Wooster. Entries should be as high resolution as possible in either jpeg, tif, ping or gif format.

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