News from across the Canton area

The application deadline for the Master Recycler program is Friday

BOLIVAR — The Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District will hold its annual Master Recycle program on select Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings from September 6 through October 11. The program location is split between the Bolivar District Office and several local facilities.

A $40 course fee is required to cover food, supplies, and transportation, but financial assistance may be available. The deadline to apply is Friday, and applications are available on the district’s website at

The goals of the program are to provide comprehensive training in solid waste management practices and related sustainability issues, improve overall understanding and participation in district programs, and empower participants to reduce waste. and cultivate partnerships in the local community. Participants are also required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours at various community events such as farmers’ markets, festivals, and litter cleanups to receive official certification and may continue to represent the district at events in order to further broaden awareness and retraining opportunities.

Those interested in participating must be residents of Stark, Tuscarawas, or Wayne County or work at a business/institution or attend a college/university located in those counties. Residents must be 18 or older to participate, although the district considers a 17-year-old if accompanied by a parent or designated guardian. For more information, visit or call 800-678-9839.

American Sign Language courses offered

TWP TOWNSHIP. — TRIAD Deaf Services will offer an eight-week American Sign Language (ASL) Introductory Level 1 course at the Canton Township Community Center, 210 38th St. SE, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting Sept. ending in October. 22.

Registration is $80 and full payment for the course is due by September 6. Payments can be made with Venmo, check, or cash in person at the TRIAD office, 408 Ninth St. SW, Suite 2100, Canton. The cost of the book is not included in the registration fee and students will be informed two weeks before the start of the course of the book to be ordered. Those interested or having questions about the course can contact Danielle at [email protected].

Music in Spring Hill

MASSILLON – Spring Hill Historic Home, 1401 Springhill Lane NE, will host a free Brian Stahl outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Stahl is a folk singer/songwriter who creates his own songs with acoustic melodies and whose style has been compared to Jim Croce and Cat Stevens. The community is welcome; bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Several picnic tables will be available.

Donations are welcome. Light concessions will be available for purchase, cash only, but outside food and drink is permitted.

Kelly Lautzenheiser, center, her husband Rob Lautzenheiser, rear, and their grandchildren Ariel, front left, and Temperance Muck enjoy the Thunder Road Speedway at Sluggers & Putters amusement park in Canal Fulton.

Bouquet workshop

MASSILLON − Lepley & Co. will present a “Build-a-Bouquet” workshop at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, from noon to 1 p.m. on August 20.

Anyone 8 years of age or older can attend. Participants will receive tips on the basics of flowers and floristics and learn more about flowers. People of all experience levels will each leave with a personalized bouquet.

Register at or call 330-833-4061 by Thursday. The fee is $35 ($32 per Musée Massillon member).

MAPS dinner dance on Saturday

GREEN — The Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, will host a dinner dance on Saturday, featuring music from LaFlavour’s “Five Decades of Hits.” Guests can attend dinner and dancing, or just dancing.

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and dancing runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner and dance tickets are $21.72 per person; advance reservations are required for this option. Order tickets and make reservations at or or call 330-896-6332, ext. 110. The deadline for orders is 1 p.m. on August 19.

No advance ticket purchase or reservation is required for the dance only, and the cost is $10 per person at the door. Admission to the dance does not open until 6:30 p.m. Seating for both options is by first come first served. No outside food, drink or alcohol is permitted. The MAPS snack will be open throughout the event.

Groups at the amphitheater

JACKSON TWP. – The Chris Higbee Band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 20 at the Jackson Amphitheater, 7454 Community Parkway NW.

E5C4P3, a Journey tribute band formed in 1993, will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 3. To purchase tickets for either concert, visit

Back-to-school evening at the farmer’s market

JACKSON TWP. – St. Stephen’s Church Farmers’ Market, 4600 Fulton Drive NW, will host a “Back to School” event from 3-6 p.m. Thursday.

The Aultman Hospital WOW van will be on hand with information for parents and children returning to school. All children 12 and under visiting the market that day will receive a free gift. St. Stephen also holds an outdoor worship service in the summer every Thursday after market at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Nicholas Hoffer enjoys the Thunder Road Speedway at Sluggers & Putters amusement park at Canal Fulton on Monday August 8, 2022.

Healthiest Soil Contest

MASSILLON – The Stark Soil and Water Conservation District is searching for the healthiest soil in Stark County.

Competitors may stop at the district office to pick up a standardized 4 inch cylinder, which may be used to take a uniform sample. Detailed instructions on proper sampling are available at Samples can be dropped off at the district office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

District staff and soil scientists will conduct soil health assessment tests to determine the healthiest soil. The neighborhood is at 2650 Richville Drive SE, Suite 100, Massillon. For more information, call 330-451-7645.

Oil paintings on display

MASSILLON − Daric Gill will be exhibiting oil paintings on reclaimed wood in the “Les Absolus” exhibition at Studio M of the Massillon Museum, 21 Lincoln Way E, until September 21.

The museum will host a reception for Gill from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 27. The free event, open to all, will be concurrent with the event on the last Saturday in Massillon. A podcast interview with the artist is available on

Gill holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati in sculpture and interdisciplinary art, and a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in sculpture and painting. He is a former assistant professor at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Ariel and Temperance Muck enjoy the Thunder Road Speedway at Sluggers & Putters amusement park at Canal Fulton on Monday August 8, 2022.

The Overdose Awareness Day event is Saturday

PERRY TWP. − The Stark County Health Department and community agencies join in a community event to highlight substance use disorders and overdose awareness.

The Walk Together: Overdose Awareness Day event will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Petros Lake Park, 3519 Perry Drive SW. International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. Residents can find more information about the event at

Residents will walk the mile-long Mindfulness Walk on the grounds of Petros Lake Park. Along the trail, residents can visit 10 activity stations, which will include a memorial rock painting, writing a thank you note and sharing a story.

The event will also host a yoga class by Y12SR whose instructor received treatment and recovery for a substance use disorder. The Y12SR class combines the practical tools of 12-step programs and cognitive addiction methodologies with the art and science of yoga. Residents will also have the chance to engage with community organizations and pick up a naloxone kit.

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