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Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses how football is viewed compared to other sports.

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In this letter to the editor, Shreve resident Steven Smith expresses his support for churches to continue to have tax-exempt status.

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Columnist Laura Moore discusses the change in season as well as appliance usage.

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Columnist Herb Broda discusses outdoor learning as well as goldenrod and its uses to local wild life.

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Senior Corps programs were created by the federal government in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. It is seeking senior volunteers age 55 and older.

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Agriculture News & Events

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Food and habitat are the most important factors in helping bees

Honeybees and rusty patched bumblebees are on a decline, a problem that affects not only the environment, but also the agricultural economy as well.

SWCD collecting milkweed to promote growth of monarch butterflies

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of milkweed pod collections.

Local workshop connects seed savers and plant breeders

To address the need for learning and to foster community among seed savers and plant breeders, a series of "Seed to Sustainability" workshops will be offered throughout the state with the first workshop in Wooster.

Message in a bottle: Lou McFadden's rare dairy collection to hit auction block in September

More than 400 of Lou McFadden's milk bottles and other assorted memorabilia will go up for auction. The McFadden milk bottle collection has grown to grand popularity and will have items for auction in the Kaufman Auction Center in Sugarcreek.

Organic Farming Conference coming in November

The third Organic Farming Conference will be a two-day event due to the increase in interest in organic farming, gardening and homemaking.

Local farmers offer lots of insights for would-be breeders

When it comes to raising lamb, Misty Oaks Farm, only a few miles north of Holmesville, is one of a kind.

OCA Young Cattlemen's Conference provides industry learning experience

The 2017 Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation Young Cattlemen's Conference hosted 25 cattlemen and women for a leadership-development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas.

Last chance to get certified without a test

OSU Extensions of Wayne and Holmes counties have scheduled a last-chance fertilizer applicator certification program at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.

CSAs provide seasonal food each week

The CSA model of farming is based on the concept of creating, supporting and enhancing community through local residents supporting local agriculture.

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Business News & Events

Bringing exciting colors to your home is at your fingertips

Whether you are repainting a single room, an entire home or tackling any kind of paint project, new technology has brought your painting options into a brand-new century.

Hummel to host open house

Hummel Group will hold an open house. Employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide tours and visit with guests.

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Food bank event crowns new People's Choice chef and scores donations for hunger relief

The Akron Canton Regional Food Bank marked a major milestone in hosting the 10th annual Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Jones named CEO of Aultman Orrville

Ryan Jones, MBA, has been named the chief executive officer at Aultman Orrville Hospital.

Local farmers offer lots of insights for would-be breeders

When it comes to raising lamb, Misty Oaks Farm, only a few miles north of Holmesville, is one of a kind.

Buehler's Fresh Foods wins Best Bagger 2017

Ellissa Chambliss of Buehler's Fresh Foods defeated competitors from across Ohio to claim the title of the Ohio Grocers Association Best Bagger Champion at the Aug. 8 competition held in Columbus.

Wendell August Craftsmen Days offer the community a chance to experience history this fall

Wendell August, premium metal giftware brand that offers American-made handcrafted products, announced the return of Craftsmen Days at its Berlin location.

Millersburg to host Antiques in the Alley

Antiques in the Alley is an outdoor antique show located throughout Historic Downtown Millersburg, where people can shop for antiques, furniture, collectibles, new and old yard and garden accents, glassware, flowers and plants, kitchen items, and just about everything in between.

Fairy gardens are tiny new worlds

Arlene Brenneman creates fairy gardens. Her business is called Out on a Whim.

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Church News & Events

Auction and Harvest Fest is Sept. 23

Longenecker Mennonite Church will host its annual Auction and Harvest Festival.

Wooster church installs new peace pole

For the upcoming 75th anniversary of Wooster Mennonite Church, the congregation will install a new peace pole.

Orrville church to host Bible and Science Conference

Dr. Don DeYoung, a Christian astronomer, will speak at the Bible and Science Conference, hosted by the Orrville Grace Brethren Church.

Race to benefit Operation Christmas Child

The Ohio East Area Team of Operation Christmas Child is sponsoring a Family Fun Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at the Norma Johnson Center.

Free clothing giveaway offered in Orrville

Orrville Christian & Missionary Alliance Church and Learning for Life Adult Education will partner to provide free clothing to members of local communities.

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Community News & Events

Wooster Bike Party encourages riding and community

Martin Lubell of Wooster wants to establish a community where youth are using bicycles for transportation and are agents for good in the community.

NAACP to host annual Freedom Fund Dinner

The Wooster-Orrville unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

Scammers use Facebook Messenger to contact victims

The Better Business Bureau is seeing an increase in reports of scammers reaching victims through Facebook Messenger.

Senior Corps seeks volunteers

Senior Corps programs were created by the federal government in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. It is seeking senior volunteers age 55 and older.

Woosterfest brings summer to a close downtown

Woosterfest, the biggest downtown end-of-summer celebration in the area, is set to revive some old favorites for the 34th annual community party as well as add new events.

Books sought for annual used book sale

Orrville Public Library Friends will sponsor a used book sale in the downstairs community room of Orrville Public Library.

Senior Chance needs a second chance

Chance is an 8-year-old male mixed who weighs 62 pounds. His owner passed away, leaving him with no one to care for him in his golden years. He would do fine with cats, but shelter staff recommend no other dogs unless it is an older, calm dog.

Wildlife officer recognized

State wildlife officer Aaron Brown, assigned to Wayne County, has been named Mississippi Flyway Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year for Ohio by the Mississippi Flyway Council's Law Enforcement Committee.

Fall classes encourage lifetime learning

Heartland Point has announced its full schedule of fall classes.

Students to sponsor 5K to benefit Whit's End

The sixth-grade class at Northwestern Middle School will sponsor a walk/run race with all proceeds going to Whit's End Community Place.

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Cooking News & Events

Cookbook Club meets Monday

Orrville Public Library's Cookbook Club will meet over recipes from “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.”

Not knowing how the sausage is made misses the mark

Columnist Scott Daniels says you only realize how many times you have to bend, twist and lift things in the kitchen once you can't do so very easily.

Big Taste Grill coming to Wooster

The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, the world's largest touring grill, will pull into Buehler's Milltown. Volunteers from People to People Ministries will serve up Johnsonville brats, chips and beverages with proceeds to benefit People to People Ministries.

You're making everything taste like bottled Italian dressing

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses marinades and his belief that Italian dressing is not the way to go unless making a salad.

Cleanliness matters in a proper kitchen

Just as it is second nature to think constantly about other drivers, traffic laws, safety measures and road conditions while you're driving, so you should be thinking about what you are doing while you cook and be mindful of how sloppy food preparation can easily make people very, very sick.

This smoke is your life until Halloween at least

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses how he will be grilling on his kettle grill until Halloween at least.

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Education News & Events

Fall classes encourage lifetime learning

Heartland Point has announced its full schedule of fall classes.

Students to sponsor 5K to benefit Whit's End

The sixth-grade class at Northwestern Middle School will sponsor a walk/run race with all proceeds going to Whit's End Community Place.

Wooster band members ask for support

The Wooster High School Music Parents Association will host Tag Day to support the Wooster High School band program.

New vocal director at Triway Junior High and High School

Creston native Lauren Colotto is the new vocal director at Triway Junior High and Triway High School.

Increased interest fills classes at MakerSpace

Schantz MakerSpace classes are open to the community and have seen much growth in the last year.

Scholarships awarded to 5 local women

The Wooster branch of the American Association of University Women has awarded $5,000 in scholarships to five local women.

Career center grad finds employment in airline industry

Chelsea Lyons, a 2017 Wayne County Schools Career Center graduate, gained a job as a customer service agent with Spirit Airlines. She returned to the career center recently as a guest speaker.

Wooster High School's marching band steps into 86th year

Wooster High School's marching band will celebrate its 86th year.

Science Cafe gets new location

The Wooster Science Café, a series of presentations on current science topics of interest by scientists from Northeast Ohio, will commence its fifth season at a new location.

COW grad chosen for prestigious program in NYC

Elizabeth Backman graduated from the College of Wooster in May with a dual major in chemistry and geology and was one of 16 students chosen to participate in the American Museum of Natural History's Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

Students to sponsor 5K to benefit Whit's End

The sixth-grade class at Northwestern Middle School will sponsor a walk/run race with all proceeds going to Whit's End Community Place.

Orrville Walks Fun Run 5K scheduled

Heartland Point and Aultman Orrville Growing Healthy Habits will host an Orrville Walks Fun Run 5K.

Heart Walk includes a Whiz Bang! show

Aultman Orrville Hospital and the American Heart Association are helping to educate the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy.

New mothers can benefit from class

To meet the needs of new mothers, Aultman Orrville Hospital will offer a breastfeeding class.

Farm Bureau to offer free water tests for members

Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio can get free nitrate testing of their well water.

Health talks focus on vegan diet and back pain

Aultman Orrville Hospital will host two health talks in September as part of a monthly educational speaker series.

Locals and visitors become certified to teach tai chi

A grant from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health funded a project to certify local teachers in the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program.

Fall Hiking Challenge encourages outdoor exploration

The Friends of Wooster Memorial Park have created the Fall Hiking Challenge to encourage people to get out and explore the natural beauty of the 325-acre park.

Annual gathering of local NAMI to host acclaimed speaker

Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D., will present “Dream the Impossible Dream: Recovery is Possible” at the annual gathering of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Help available to quit smoking

Aultman Orrville Hospital will offer another session of tobacco-cessation classes.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Football is not the most important sport

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses how football is viewed compared to other sports.

Letter: The effect taxation would have on churches

In this letter to the editor, Shreve resident Steven Smith expresses his support for churches to continue to have tax-exempt status.

Fall begins our air conditioner's time out

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the change in season as well as appliance usage.

Goldenrod is a dazzling introduction to the next season

Columnist Herb Broda discusses outdoor learning as well as goldenrod and its uses to local wild life.

Don't believe someone else is going to do the work for you

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses "The Simpsons" and Homer's lazy attitude in comparison to society.

Somewhere out there is the house of our dreams

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her search for a new home.

Just because you ban a thing, doesn't mean you eliminate an ideology

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the current controversy with the Confederate flag.

Faith communities working toward a sustainable future

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future and the group's statewide meeting in Dover.

Red Cross helps at home and away

Red Cross columnist Lara Kiefer discusses first-aid services in disaster and at home.

September has arrived with fall just weeks away

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her garden and mulching situation.

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Political News & Events

Poll workers sought for November election

The Wayne County Board of Elections is in need of people to work polling locations for the Nov. 7, 2017 election.

Signatures sought to end gerrymandering

There will be a drive-thru petition signing at the Alice Noble Ice Arena parking lot in Wooster to end gerrymandering.

Coming together for community

Two longtime Wooster residents from different spots on the political spectrum will lead the first WooTALKS community discussion.

Gibbs received Freedom Fighter Award

In recognition of his 92-percent rating from FreedomWorks, a grassroots advocacy group that promotes free markets and individual liberty, Congressman Bob Gibbs received the Freedom Fighter Award.

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