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David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.
Mayors Don't Just Work in the Office
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:48pm
The Mayor wasn’t at City Hall. “ He’s out at the Smith Orr Homestead painting,” said Jean, who answered the phone. David Handwerk, the Mayor of...
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Mayors Don't Just Work in the Office

David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:48pm

The Mayor wasn’t at City Hall. “

He’s out at the Smith Orr Homestead painting,” said Jean, who answered the phone.

David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. I was traveling in Northeast Ohio and had a break in my schedule, so I thought I’d stop by Orville – it had been a few years since I was in the city. I caught up with him in jeans and an old t-shirt, brush and roller in play. It’s the city’s 150th anniversary, and he’s leading the charge to spruce up the homestead of the founder, Judge Smith Orr.

Read full article at Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State's website

PFI Displays Help Launch Discover Orrville
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:43pm
Making a debut at the OFFA Fire In The Sky softball tournament earlier this month was the bright red Discover Orrville tent.  The Orrville Area...
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PFI Displays Help Launch Discover Orrville

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:43pm

Making a debut at the OFFA Fire In The Sky softball tournament earlier this month was the bright red Discover Orrville tent.  The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes it made an impression on locals as well as the thousands of visitors that gathered at Orr Park during the tournament.  The Discover Orrville tent was designed by PFI Displays in Rittman.  For 43 years the Tricomi family has been an extension of the marketing team for businesses in the local area and across the country.  

"PFI helped us design a promotional attraction that really stood out and makes a statement,” commented Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce who worked with Vince Tricomi, VP of Business Development, on the design.

The Chamber’s marketing committee decided to make DiscoverOrrville.com one of the tournament sponsors for the 11th annual Fire In The Sky.

“The softball tournament was a great opportunity to generate a buzz about the app and really extend a warm welcome to all the visitors that it draws to Orrville,” stated Julie Smith, marketing intern at the Chamber.

Numerous Chamber members, including Mayor Handwerk, who is also a Chamber Board member, volunteered their time to work at the tent during the three day tournament.  The tent served as a welcome station for visitors by providing city maps, community guides and answers to questions about Orrville.  

A frequent question was about where to go to eat beyond the carnival food vendors.  Volunteers found the Discover Orrville app to be a handy tool for visitors since it links directly to the restaurant menus and GPS directions to locations from anywhere.

The Discover Orrville mobile phone app puts the Chamber’s membership directory, including phone numbers, GPS directions and links to business websites and social media pages where you need it most, in your smart phone.  Download the app for free at www.discoverorrville.com

For more information about Discover Orrville, contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.

Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham to their Home Furnishings Team.
Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham
Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:20pm
David Graham has recently joined the sales staff of Runions' Furniture in downtown Orrville.  Graham, a native and lifelong resident of Wooster,...
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Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham

Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham to their Home Furnishings Team.

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:20pm

David Graham has recently joined the sales staff of Runions' Furniture in downtown Orrville.  Graham, a native and lifelong resident of Wooster, holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Malone University and an Associate Degree from Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute. His background is tied closely to Wayne County's agricultural heritage, having spent 25 years in family farming and an additional eight years as a crop insurance specialist. Graham has already completed home furnishings training sessions sponsored by both Serta Mattress and Norwalk Furniture Corporation and looks forward to helping continue Runions' Furniture's six-decade reputation for personal customer service. David is a member of the Wooster Kiwanis Club.

Interns Discover Orrville
Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:25am
College interns, forty of them, representing numerous universities from across the country gathered at Heartland Point in downtown Orrville on June...
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Interns Discover Orrville

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:25am

College interns, forty of them, representing numerous universities from across the country gathered at Heartland Point in downtown Orrville on June 19.

Students representing the University of Tennessee, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Kent State University, and a dozen more are spending their summer working at some of Orrville’s finest companies including The J.M. Smucker Company, JLG Industries, and The Will-Burt Company to name a few.

The interns from the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, Julie Smith and Sydney Tenyak, hosted the event that kicked off with a pizza party and time to get acquainted with each other. The group then divided into team and set out on a scavenger hunt around town. Key landmarks such as Aultman Orrville Hospital, Buehler’s and Orrville City Schools were among the list of fifteen places to discover.

Teams were required to take pictures of each other at each location on their phones and were permitted to use the GPS capabilities of the new Discover Orrville mobile phone app to help them find spots that were unfamiliar to them.

“I really enjoyed taking part in the scavenger hunt, and know that everyone I talked to did as well,” commented Carolyn Munyon, The J.M. Smucker Company.

Participants cooled off with ice cream sundaes at Heartland Point while photos were verified and points were tallied.

“This is the first time the Chamber has had summer interns on staff. They had a great time planning the event and introducing everyone to Orrville,” commented Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Chamber.

Door prizes from local businesses were drawn at the end of the evening including gift cards from Jerry’s Café and Orrville Dairy Queen, a certificate for lunch with Mayor Handwerk, and a variety of Orrville Red Rider items.

Members of the winning team were presented with Dairy Queen Gift Cards, Faithful Little Cupcakes, and an entry into the grand prize drawing for two tickets to the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game on July 9.

Winning tickets were awarded to Lexi Jarrett, a senior business administration major at the University of Toledo. Jarrett is interning in Demand Planning at The J.M. Smucker Company this summer.

The event was a success in that college students interning in Orrville for the summer have discovered what the city has to offer and had the opportunity to network with interns from other companies as well as from within their companies but in different departments.  The Chamber hopes to make this an annual event.

Nagy's Adds Elkins to Team
Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 2:16pm
Nagy’s Collision Specialists in Orrville is proud to announce they have added Kristi Elkins to their management team. Kristi is responsible for...
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Nagy's Adds Elkins to Team

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 2:16pm

Nagy’s Collision Specialists in Orrville is proud to announce they have added Kristi Elkins to their management team. Kristi is responsible for overseeing the day to day office management and also managing the estimating & rental cars.  Kristi has 16 years experience in sales & customer service. Kristi and her husband Jackie reside in Orrville with their 5 children.

Nagy’s Collision Specialists has locations in Ashland, Doylestown, Green, Hartville, Orrville, Millersburg, Wadsworth, & Wooster. Nagy’s offers services unlike others in the area such as Autowatch, an online viewing of your repairs being completed and e-Estimates so you can get an Estimate without leaving your home or office. Nagy’s Collision Specialists’ mission is to repair vehicles back to pre-loss condition efficiently, effectively and with the highest quality, while maintaining a strong moral integrity.

For more information about Nagy’s Collision Specialists visit www.nagys.com or call (330) 642-1012.

Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness Celebrates One Year with SilverSneakers®
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 1:40pm
Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness recently celebrated their one year anniversary offering the SilverSneakers Program. This national program...
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Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness Celebrates One Year with SilverSneakers®

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 1:40pm

Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness recently celebrated their one year anniversary offering the SilverSneakers Program. This national program provides fitness center memberships to older adults and is offered as a benefit of several Medicare Advantage plans.

SilverSneakers allows eligible individuals access to specialty exercise services and personalized fitness plans at the Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness facility. Since the program started June 1, 2013, the number of members benefiting from the program has continued to grow. Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness staff members provide prescription exercise plans to SilverSneakers members, tailored to fit their individual health and wellness needs.

“The addition of this program has helped us make a positive impact in the health and wellness of many members of the SilverSneakers program,” said Dave Speicher, Aultman Orrville Sports & Wellness Manager. “In addition, we continue the Aultman mission to lead our community to improved health.”

Members are seeing progress in their health and wellness by improving their function with activities of daily living, strength, balance and energy level. The social aspect of working out with fellow SilverSneakers members is also a highlight of the program.

Re-assessments and new exercise plans are offered on a semi-annual basis for members. Medicare Advantage plan participants should check with their health plan on the SilverSneakers benefit. If you are interested in learning more, call 330-684-4732 for more information or to see if you qualify for the program. You can also visit www.aultmanorrville.org.

 

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.

BLOCK CAMP FOR KIDS AT UA WAYNE HOLMES CAMPUS
BLOCK CAMP FOR KIDS AT UA WAYNE HOLMES CAMPUS
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:22am
A new interlocking block camp for kids is coming to the Wayne College Holmes Campus this summer.  Block camps, which introduce kids to engineering...
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BLOCK CAMP FOR KIDS AT UA WAYNE HOLMES CAMPUS

BLOCK CAMP FOR KIDS AT UA WAYNE HOLMES CAMPUS

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:22am

A new interlocking block camp for kids is coming to the Wayne College Holmes Campus this summer.  Block camps, which introduce kids to engineering principles, have been a popular summer option at the Holmes Campus in Millersburg for years, but a change to the traditional favorite is expected to create even more interest this summer.   For the first time, camp attendees will be able to take home each and every creation they make at the four-day long camp.

Holmes Campus coordinator John Lorson says the designs this year will be pullback cars and that students become “mini-engineers” during the camp, participating in experiments deigned to demonstrate science and engineering concepts as well as laws such as gravity, potential energy and kinetic energy. 

Called Pullback Car Frenzy, the camp is $99 per student and will allow attendees to build between six and 15 cars each.  The camp is offered for two different age groups, each using the same build kit, but with older children moving along more quickly and delving more deeply into the science behind the project.

Pullback Car Frenzy (Junior—ages 6-9)   $99

  • 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. M-Th, July 14-17

 

Pullback Car Frenzy (Senior—ages 10-13)  $99

  • 1:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. M-Th, July 14-17

Enrollment is capped at 16 students per session and will fill quickly.  Register by July 6 by calling the Holmes Campus at 330-674-2514. The Campus is located at 88 E. Jackson St. (Ohio 39), Millersburg.

 

LetterGraphics Honored as Small Business of the Year
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:39pm
"We would not be in existence without all of you," said Lettergraphics owner Chris Butdorf Thursday night after his company was named one of the area...
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LetterGraphics Honored as Small Business of the Year

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:39pm

"We would not be in existence without all of you," said Lettergraphics owner Chris Butdorf Thursday night after his company was named one of the area's top small businesses and when the spotlight was on Wayne County's small businesses.

Lettergraphics was named by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce as the top business in the "20 Employees or Less" category during the 27th annual Small Business Reception.

Wooster Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center was named the top business in the "More than 20 Employees" category.

Other businesses named finalists in both categories included Calais Fine Portraiture/Honey Bee Photography, Insurance Centre Agency, Faithful Little Cupcake, Oral Facial Surgery Centre, Broken Rocks Cafe, and Cleveland Road Animal Hospital.

Dr. James Gesler, a surgeon at Wooster Orthopaedic, and Lettergraphics founder Jim Webster, both echoed those sentiments made by Butdorf as the top businesses in each category thanked the Chamber, community, and their clients and staff for helping them make it in the community.

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Wooster Ortho Committed to Core Values
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:56am
In a time in which most medical professionals are joining hospitals and incorporated businesses instead of establishing a private practice, Wooster...
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Wooster Ortho Committed to Core Values

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:56am

In a time in which most medical professionals are joining hospitals and incorporated businesses instead of establishing a private practice, Wooster Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine continues to grow from its humble beginnings as an independent practice.

"At a time when solo practice is declining, medical practices are consolidating, an increased percentage of physicians are employed by hospitals and hospital networks, Wooster Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine remains a unique and independent thriving medical practice committed to its core values and mission of providing a high level of professional orthopaedic care to its patients," said surgeon James W. Gesler, who serves as the longest-running specialist at WOSM.

When the practice was established in 1977 by Owen W. Logee, it was the first orthopaedic office in Wooster to have an in-house X-ray machine.

Now, WOSM boasts digital X-ray equipment and an in-house MRI machine with a radiology manager on site. The practice has four doctors and three physicians' assistants, and focuses on outpatient surgery.

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150 Years History on Display
Posted on Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 9:09am
In honor of the city's yearlong 150th anniversary celebration, Georgene Wright has opened what she calls a "time capsule" of its history, delving...
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150 Years History on Display

Posted on Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 9:09am

In honor of the city's yearlong 150th anniversary celebration, Georgene Wright has opened what she calls a "time capsule" of its history, delving deep into the collections of the Orrville Historical Society Museum to unearth some seldom-seen treasures.

Wright said she felt the sesquicentennial merited bringing together a special display related to the city's history and development.

To that end, she filled display cases with themed items pertaining to many aspects of the city's life and culture.

The exhibit will opened in May and will be shown on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. until the end of the year.

The exhibit opens with a display case of early Orrville souvenirs, including some dainty items of hand-painted china depicting the old city hall. Next to them are items from the Welcome Wagon organization, including signs and merchant coupons that were presented to new residents.

Next are items featuring letterheads and billheads from businesses that existed in the community from the 1890s until the 1950s. Wright said the museum has a large collection of the ephemera and she attempted to select an interesting cross section of businesses. In addition, the case contains broadsides and other advertising items. One of the earliest is an 1897 advertising piece for D.J. Leickheim's grocery store.

Another display case is devoted to clubs and organizations that have come and gone in the community. There are rule and bylaw booklets, as well as programs from such organizations as the Critique Club and Research Club, as well as the more recent Business and Professional Women's Club.

One of the apparel exhibits contain old Girl Scout and Boy Scout uniforms, and another shows early footware, coupled with receipts from some of the shoe shops that once did business in the town.

A nearby case contains garments from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, worn by various residents. Included are dresses and blouses dating as far back as the 1880s, as well as an elaborate christening gown from the 1920s.

For men there is a display case of early automotive- and service station-related items, while children will enjoy an arrangement of old toys that range from dolls, to miniatures, to a Howdy Doody puppet and vinyl records.

Women will enjoy an exhibit of early housewares and related products ranging from the late 19th to the opening years of the 20th century.

Wright is especially proud of an old clear glass Crisco jar that resembles a goldfish bowl. Today, Crisco is owned by the Orrville-based J.M. Smucker Co.

A case devoted to communications contains pictures of all the switchboard operators for the Orrville Telephone Company, as well as a typewriter. Yet another display features the city's street life, with old road signs, iconic signs from downtown buildings, and photographs dating to the days before Main Street was even paved.

Wright said she hopes she has put "a little something for everyone" into the exhibit, and visitors will come away with a broader knowledge base of the city's 150-year history.

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