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4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Falls Chamber names 2014 award recipients

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce has announced the following 2014 award recipients:

  • 2014 Chamber Member Business Person of the Year — Kathy Romito, Western Reserve Hospital;
  • 2014 Chamber Member Business of the Year — Village Gardens Restaurant; and
  • 2014 Cuyahoga Falls Citizen of the Year — Carol Morganti, Cuyahoga Falls resident.

The Chamber accepted nominations for the 2014 awards, and 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 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,” noted Chamber CEO Laura Petrella.

The following business leaders served on the 2014 Awards Committee: Chairperson Marilyn McClure, AEDpeople; Jeff Iula, Cuyahoga Falls City Council at-large member; Diana Colavecchio, attorney; John Friend, The Fedeli Group; and Mike Michelli, Michelli Mechanical.

The following Chamber businesses sponsored the 2014 Awards Program: Ohio Savings Bank, PAK Computers Inc., Rockin’ on the River, Shure Studios — Edward Arthur Shure, Valley Savings Bank, Wellness and Wealth by Choice and Western Reserve Hospital.

The 2014 award recipients will be honored at the Chamber Awards Luncheon May 21 at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mayor Don Walters will introduce and present the awards.

The luncheon speaker will be Steve Hailer, president and CEO of North Akron Savings Bank, who will speak on “Leadership in Small Business.”

The luncheon meeting is sponsored by Chamber member Broadman Baptist Church. The cost is $18 for members and $28 for nonmembers. To register, email rsvp@cfchamber.com.

The recipients also will have the opportunity to ride in the Chamber car donated for the day from Chamber member car dealers May 26 in the Cuyahoga Falls Memorial Day Parade.


Copley Creekside Farmers’ Market seeks local producers

COPLEY — Farmers’ markets in Copley will begin May 29, running from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1265 S. Cleveland- Massillon Road every Thursday through Oct. 9.

The market will feature locally grown produce, baked goods, handmade crafts and more.

Local farmers, bakers and artisans are encouraged to call the new market manager, Allison Chrien, at 330-697-0374 or visit www.copleycreeksidefarmersmarket.com for information on becoming a vendor.

This year, the market will offer sponsorship programs and opportunities for business and merchants to further grow the market and provide long-term sustainability to the project by donating funds or by volunteering. In return, the market will provide an opportunity to distribute brochures and business cards to guests.

The mission of the market is to provide an inviting and friendly environment where the community can enjoy the farmers’ market experience, while preserving the farming heritage of Copley’s past. Growers can sell their produce directly to the community while offering a place for people to gather, according to market officials.

For more information, call 330-697-0374, email copleyfm@gmail.com or visit the website.


GOJO employees recycle soap dispensers on Earth Day

Part of GOJO’s employee celebration April 22 included the refurbishing of previously used soap dispensers for a second life as birdhouses, toad homes or whatever employees desired.
Photo courtesy of GOJO
AKRON — On Earth Day, April 22, GOJO employees celebrated the accomplishment of reaching 2015 sustainability goals to reduce water use, solid waste generation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year early.

The company’s efforts to work in more sustainable ways resulted in the reduction of water usage by 49 million gallons between 2010 and 2013, reduction of solid waste generated by 36 percent and reduction of GHG emissions by 46 percent, according to company officials.

GOJO also is collaborating with the Akron Art Museum and Akron Zoo to educate community members about the importance of waste reduction by supporting both organizations’ Earth Day events April 26. As part of the April 26 festivities, museum and zoo patrons will design their own creation out of previously used soap dispensers for reuse as shelters for wildlife.

“Earth Day was first launched in 1970,” said Nicole Koharik, global sustainability marketing director at GOJO. “At GOJO, social and environmental mindedness started for us a bit earlier. Although they didn’t call what they were doing sustainability, GOJO founders Goldie and Jerry Lippman built the idea of being good social and environmental stewards into how they worked and lived, and that translated then and today into everything we do as a company.”

To learn more about the sustainability efforts at GOJO, go to www.gojo.com/sustainability.


Nagy’s announces new Power Sports location

WADSWORTH — Nagy’s is announcing a new location at 772 College St., formerly B&L Motorsports.

Managing that location is Fred Seckel, of Orrville, with over 30 years of experience in the power sports industry.

According to company officials, Ron and Dan Nagy made the decision to get into the power sports industry when approached by former owner Bob Gerberich, who was ready to semi-retire after 56 years in the industry. Gerberich and Dwane Cottrill will stay on board under Seckel in the servicing and repairing of all types of vehicles, including motorcycles, four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, snowmobiles and golf carts.

For additional information about Nagy’s Power Sports, call 330-334-0931. The company’s website at www.nagyspowersports.com is currently under construction.

Other Nagy’s locations include Green, Doylestown, Hartville, Ashland, Millersburg, Orrville and Wooster.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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