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7/16/2009 - South Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Canal Fulton gallery reopens after renovations

CANAL FULTON — The Canal Fulton Glassworks art gallery and glass studio recently opened its doors to the public after a four-year renovation.

The gallery is housed in a circa-1814 post-and-beam structure. Renovations included lifting the building to repair and raise the foundation, replacing the white oak sill beams, filling the sand floor basement with crushed stone, pouring new reinforced concrete floors, tiling downstairs floor surfaces and installing high-efficiency windows, new central zoned heating and air-conditioning systems and bathrooms.

The upstairs hardwood floors were refinished and all new electrical/lighting service with network systems installed throughout the building.

The main upstairs room will be used for shows and meetings or entertainment events. A new hot glass studio was added to the property in 2008.

The gallery showcases more than 700 handmade items crafted by Ohio-based artisans.

Items and art mediums include blown/slumped/cast glass, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, turned wood, organic driftwood furniture, paintings, prints and blacksmith forged steel sculpture.

Visitors to Canal Fulton Glassworks can watch as molten glass is transformed into objects and learn about the history of glass. The facility is handicap accessible and includes Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant restroom facilities.

Canal Fulton Glassworks is located at 215 Market St. West. For more information, call (330) 854-2966 or visit www.canalfultonglassworks.com.

Hartville MarketPlace celebrating 70th anniversary

HARTVILLE — Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market will host a consignment auction to commemorate 70 years in business.

The MarketPlace is working with John Kiko, of Kiko Auctioneers, to present its first live auction July 18 at 10 a.m. featuring about 100 items, including antiques and collectibles, a lightly used Case tractor, a horse and horse trailer, John Deere lawn tractors, a Jacuzzi whirlpool, a Hobie cat boat, a sulky and more.

Anyone interested in placing items for sale in the auction may contact Kiko Auctioneers at (330) 455-9357.

Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market opened in 1939 as a livestock auction, with an egg and produce sale added shortly afterward. The business continued to evolve into what has become the HRM Enterprises family of companies — Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market, Hartville Kitchen and Collectibles, Hartville Hardware and others.

Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market, located behind Hartville Kitchen on state Route 619, is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more details, call (330) 877-9860, e-mail info@hartmp.com or visit www.hartvillemarketplace.com.

— By Maria Lindsay

InfoCision entering partnership with U.S. Army

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Patrick Powers presents InfoCision founder and Chairman Gary Taylor with a plaque commemorating InfoCision’s partnership with the Army.
Photo courtesy of InfoCision Management Corp.
BATH — On July 14, InfoCision Management Corp. hosted a partnership signing ceremony for the U.S. Army’s national Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program at its Akron area corporate headquarters.

InfoCision, which has several locations, including one in Green, is collaborating with the U.S. Army to provide jobs for men and women returning from service.

To date, InfoCision has been selected by six soldiers who will be available for hire within the next six months.

PaYS is a partnership program between the Army and a cross section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. The program was developed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country but also want to help secure their future success once their Army service is complete.

Employers that sign as corporate partners in PaYS agree to consider appropriately qualified soldiers leaving Army service for positions at those companies. Enlistees interested in gaining specific job training and qualifications will receive that training while in the Army.

Participation by the company, soldier and army is secured with an agreement that gives the soldier priority consideration in the employment process. However, the company reserves the right to determine whether to ultimately hire the PaYS soldier.

For more information, visit www.armypays.com.

MobilityWorks recognized by Staples Foundation for Learning, ICIC

GREATER AKRON — Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities, together with Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples Inc., announced Akron-based MobilityWorks will be inducted into the SFFL/ICIC Hall of Fame, which honors companies that have been on the Inner City 100 list for five years or more.

The Inner City 100, which is also supported by SFFL, is a list published annually by ICIC that ranks the fastest growing businesses within America’s inner cities.

MobilityWorks sells and services vehicles modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Since many insurers do not cover the cost of converting vehicles for the disabled, MobilityWorks established its own financing plans and, to date, has not had a single default, according to company officials.

“MobilityWorks’ Bill Koeblitz has demonstrated that hard work and determination are keys to growing a successful business, and he serves as a positive role model for business owners throughout Akron,” said Joy Errico, director of community relations for Staples Inc. “By honoring MobilityWorks, Staples Foundation for Learning and ICIC are raising awareness of the important role entrepreneurs play within America’s inner cities in helping to build sustainable, thriving urban communities.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Staples Foundation for Learning and ICIC for the success of our business and our contribution to inner city economic development,” said Bill Koeblitz, chief executive officer of MobilityWorks. “We hope this acknowledgement will inspire other entrepreneurs within our community, especially during these challenging economic times, and help them realize the impact they, too, can have can on the revitalization of our local community.”

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