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4/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber honors businesses, citizens

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber has announced the recipients of the following awards for 2013: Chamber Member Business Person of the Year — Paul Testa, of Testa Cos.; Chamber Member Business of the Year — Valley Savings Bank; and Cuyahoga Falls Citizen of the Year — David Sebastian.

The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce accepted nominations for the 2013 Awards through early April. The winners were selected based on their business and personal achievements and contributions to Cuyahoga Falls, which includes their volunteer work and efforts in the community and in the Chamber of Commerce.

All Chamber members were eligible to receive the Business Person of the Year Award and Member Business of the Year Award, and all Chamber members and residents of Cuyahoga Falls were eligible to receive the Citizen of the Year Award.

“These awards are the highest honor a person in Cuyahoga Falls can receive from the Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber CEO Laura Petrella.

The recipients will be honored at the Chamber Awards Luncheon May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls. Mayor Don Robart will introduce and present the awards. The luncheon speaker will be state Sen. Frank LaRose (R-District 27), who will speak on “What It Takes to Be a Leader.”

The luncheon meeting is sponsored by Chamber member Broadman Baptist Church. The cost to attend is $18 for Chamber members and $28 for nonmembers. For a reservation, contact rsvp@cfchamber.com.

The recipients will have the opportunity to ride in the Chamber car donated for the day from Don Sitts Auto in the May 27 Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade.

The 2013 awards co-chairs were Carol Morgan, of North Akron Savings Bank, and Marilyn McClure, of AEDpeople. The 2013 committee consisted of Jeff Iula, Cuyahoga Falls City Council at-large member; Diana Colavecchio, clerk of courts; Rebecca Davey, of Hamilton Appraisal Service; John Friend, of the Fedeli Group; and Keith Viers, of Ohio Savings Bank.

The 2013 awards program was sponsored by Colavecchio, North Akron Savings Bank, Ohio Savings Bank, RPF Group Inc., The Fedeli Group and Valley Savings Bank.

This year’s nominees were:

  • Chamber Member Business Person of the Year: Aaron Barnhart, of Valley Savings Bank; Donna Beheydt, of Minute Man Press; Billy Harding, of Donatos Pizza; Kathryn Hunter, of Valley Savings Bank; Russ Iona, of American Mortgage Service Co.; Marilyn McClure, of AEDpeople; Tom Metlovski, of Village Gardens Restaurant; Rich Piekarski, of Gardens of Western Reserve; and Marty Shoemaker, of Clifford Shoemaker Funeral Home;
  • Cuyahoga Falls Resident Citizen of the Year: Valerie Wax Carr, Leo Johnson, Mary McClure, Carrie Madden, Nell and Jim Orndorf, Laura Petrella, Heather Shaw and Matt Weiss; and
  • Chamber Member Business of the Year: Caring for Kids Inc., Computer Solutions & Management, Falls Supersonic Car Wash, National Church Residences/Bath Road, Right Brain Design, Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Village Gardens Restaurant and Valley Savings Bank.


Countryside Conservancy launches new local food initiative

PENINSULA — This spring, Countryside Conservancy is expanding its focus on food access and nutrition to include physical activity.

In May, the organization will kick off a two-month event, Countryside Local Food MOVment, to engage market supporters with local food by encouraging them to travel the same distance as the products they enjoy from their favorite market vendors while raising funds for Countryside.

To participate in the MOVment, market supporters will don a MOVband, a wrist-worn activity monitor created by Brecksville-based company Movable that leverages accelerometer technology to track all movement and convert it into mileage.

The MOVband is equipped with three settings — time, movement and total mileage — and synchronizes data to an online account. Through the free online account, participants will track their physical activity as they move their way to 100 miles over the span of four weeks. The 100-mile mark is a common benchmark for what is considered “local,” according to Countryside Conservancy officials. Because all of the farmers’ market vendors are located less than 100 miles from the market, participants will get a feel for exactly how far their food travels each week to get to their plate.

Along the way, Countryside will send participants emails of encouragement containing detailed profiles of the farmers and producers that provide their food, as well as information on nearby points of interest in the national park system. 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park ranger-led hikes will depart from Howe Meadow on Saturday mornings to encourage customers to get active together. Participants also will be entered into a raffle based on the distance that they cover each week, with the chance to win prizes like gift certificates to Heinen’s, Fire and Pub Bricco, Countryside merchandise and Countryside Farmers’ Market money.

A one-time $30 fee enables participants to register. Once registered, they will receive their own MOVband and a personal fundraising page where they can recruit sponsors and collect donations online. Participants will be encouraged to raise $100 ($1 per mile) for Countryside Conservancy.

Countryside also will provide 50 Ohio Direction Card holders with MOVbands. By participating in the event, it is intended that cardholders will gain confidence using their Ohio Direction Card at the market and will be encouraged to learn about local food, choose nutritious options and increase their daily activity.

The event will kick off on opening day of the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow May 11. Participants may preregister beginning this month via the Countryside Conservancy website (www.cvcountryside.org), at Countryside Winter Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School April 27 or at the market May 11.

A finish line celebration will occur June 8, at which raffle names will be drawn and prizes will be awarded.


Summit of Sustainability announces new symposiums

AKRON/TWINSBURG — In the second year for the countywide awards program that showcases the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and involvement of employees, the Summit of Sustainability Awards founders and sponsors are offering two symposiums.

The sustainability symposiums will take place at two of the 2012 winners’ locations and will give attendees a chance to tour their sustainable infrastructure.

One or two representatives can register to attend the symposiums from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 29 at Bridgestone Americas Technical Center or June 11 at Visual Marking Systems in Twinsburg.

To register, go to www.SummitOfSustainability.org or call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116.

All registered attendees will receive a complimentary boxed lunch while viewing the videos of the three 2012 Summit of Sustainability Award winners, including the Akron Zoological Park, and the Sustainable Champions: Sterling Jewelers and METRO RTA’s sustainable program highlights.

Representatives from FirstEnergy, Dominion and COSE will be present offering information about their commercial energy audits, rebates and Good Sense programs.

The award categories for 2013 are: Companies with 25 employees or less, Companies with 249 employees or less, Companies with over 250 employees and Nonprofit and Civic Sector (Public Sector/Governmental/Schools).


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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