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7/11/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Employee of Distinction Award nominations being accepted through July 31


SOUTH AKRON — Goodwill Industries is offering employers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Ashland and Richland counties an opportunity to give their stellar employees the recognition and appreciation deserved through the Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon hosted by Goodwill Industries.

Employers can nominate, at no cost, the employees they would like to publicly recognize. The deadline to nominate employees is July 31. Every honoree is acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program and in the running to receive one of the five 2013 Employees of Distinction Awards. All honorees also will receive two free tickets to a performance at the Akron Civic Theater. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Hideo “Hank” Hara, chief technology officer at Bridgestone Americas in Akron.

A panel of independent judges will select the top five employees. The winners will be announced at the event and will be given a special gift from Shulan’s Fairlawn Jewelers.

Those that submit a nomination by July 15 will receive a free business card size advertisement in the commemorative program (limit one ad per company) and be entered into a drawing to win a membership to the Greater Akron Chamber.

Employers can nominate as many employees as they wish, and there is no fee for nominations. However, each ticket at the event, including honorees, is $30. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities also are available for the event.

Employers can download the nomination form, make reservations for the luncheon and learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities at www.goodwillakron.org. Questions about the Employee of Distinction Luncheon can be directed to Tracy Keenan at 330-786-2573 or tkeenan@goodwillakron.org.

The luncheon will take place Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road


Market at Lock 3 returns for fifth consecutive summer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) and the city of Akron have announced the Market at Lock 3 will return for its fifth season on Fridays, July 19 through Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Market at Lock 3 is an outdoor producer’s-only market featuring fresh produce, homemade products, baked goods, local meats, handmade gifts and more.

Market events will include live music featuring local artists.

Current vendors include Boughton Farms, Brown Bros. Farms, Highland Baking Co., Made by Mike Treats, Homemade Delights and Oak Grove Coffee Co., with space still available for those with homegrown or homemade products. Updates to participating vendors and entertainment scheduled can be found at www.downtownakron.com/market as available.

“The Market at Lock 3 brings fresh, healthy foods to the urban core to encourage downtown employees and nearby residents to be active and make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations. “Markets are important community and neighborhood builders and we want people to feel like they are an important part of the downtown community.”

Everyday Health, a program sponsored by SummaCare in conjunction with DAP, will return for the fourth year. This program encourages downtown employees to take steps toward improving their health and well-being.

In addition to picking up habits of being active and eating fresh, local produce, participants will receive a new recipe card each Friday. The card will feature healthy recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle. On the fifth visit to the market, participants will receive a free reusable produce bag.

Those who are interested in becoming a vendor for this year’s market may contact Beckett at 330-374-7676 or kbeckett@downtownakron.com for more information. All products must meet Summit County Health Department standards.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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