COMMUNITY CALENDAR EVENTS
Our policy on community calendar events is non-profit, non-business related and bonafide
community events and activities will be listed free of charge on our site, as long as you are not paying
to advertise your event or activity elsewhere. If you are, then you will be expected to pay for our
services, as well. Otherwise, we’ll be happy to post it for you at no cost. We’re always looking for
events to add to our community calendar and if you have something you’d like listed, just email it to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 888-494-7079.
“Save Your Change Week” Planned Feb. 22-27
During the week of February 22-27, 2010 area financial institutions will be participating in “Save Your
Change Week” in conjunction with the America Saves Week and the Ohio Saves program.The purpose
of this weeklong event is to draw attention to the large amount of change in everyone’s home and to
increase awareness about saving money. It is estimated that there is over $10.5 billion dollars in loose
change sitting unproductively in homes across America. Now is your chance to increase your savings
and have a chance to win one of two (2) $50 US Series E Savings Bond.Start saving your coins now.
Bring your coins to a participating bank/credit union branch during “Save Your Change Week” to be
counted. To enter the drawing, deposit your money into your existing savings account or enroll in Ohio
Saves and open a new account. Particpating financial institutions in Holmes County include The
Commerical & Savings Bank, First Knox National Bank, and The Killbuck Savings Bank, For more
information about “Save Your Change Week” or Ohio Saves contact Marcia Brueck at the Wayne
County office of Ohio State University Extension by phone (330-264-8722) or e-mail
Holmes County Free IN-Service Training Feb. 11
The next Holmes County Free In-service Training (F.I.T.) will be held Thursday, February 11 at 8:30
a.m. at Your Human Resource Center, 186 W. Jackson Street in Millersburg. Frances Gundrum, IL Skill
Specialist from the Society for Equal Access will be the presenter.
28th Annual Millersburg Rotary Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser Feb. 12
The annual Millersburg Rotary Spaghetti Supper will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at West Holmes High
School Cafeteria preceding the West Holmes-Ashland basketball game.
Net proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Christian Outreach for earthquake relief efforts. Dinner served
from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Advance sale tickets are Adults: $5.00 and Children 12 & under: $2.00. At the
door: Adults: $6.00 and Children 12 and under: $3.00.Contact any Millersburg Rotarian for advance
tickets or call Lee Miller at 330-674-9015.
College Goal Sunday Set Feb. 14th At Holme Co. Higher Education Center
The University of Akron Wayne College’s Holmes County Higher Education Center will host the
statewide college financial aid event College Goal Sunday 2010 (CGS) on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The College
Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from
Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education. This
year’s event also is sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio College Access Network
(OCAN) and the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA). College Goal
Sunday assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including
the Federal Pell Grant and student loans. Families are encouraged to register for the free event at
www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org due to the great demand for assistance in completing the FASFA. This
application is the key to funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers
that otherwise prevent students from attending their desired institutions. Studies show that students are
50 percent more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome,
registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance. The Holmes County
Higher Education Center is located at 88-B E. Jackson St. in Millersburg.
Pomerene Hospital To Host Health Talk on Heart Health Feb. 15
Pomerene Hospital will be hosting a Health Talk at Keim Lumber on Monday, February 15th, from 6:00
– 7:00 pm.Dr. Eric Miller will be discussing some leading causes of heart disease, and how you can
keep your heart healthy and beating for as long as possible.This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.Please call the Public Relations Department at Pomerene Hospital if you
have any questions: 330-674-1584, ext. 1764.
Poker Tournament To Benefit WH Baseball Feb. 19
A Texas Hold’em poker tournament to benefit the West Holmes baseball program will be held at
Killbuck VFW on Friday Feb. 19th at 7 p.m. Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. and the game will end when
one player remains (approx. 3-3 ½ hours of play). For further information, contact the tournament
directors Brad Yoder at 330-231-2916 and Kurt McDowell at 330-674-1628.
Nashville Elementary’s annual Fun Fair and Silent Auction March 5
The community is invited to attend the Nashville Elementary Fun Fair on Friday, March 5th. This event
will have food and fun for the entire family, including games, face painting, and inflatable fun for kids
and a silent auction for adults. Dinner will be served from 5-8 pm, with games and the silent auction
beginning at 6 pm. This event is sponsored by the Nashville Primary Parents. For more information,
please contact the school at (330) 378-2111.
“Annie’s Project” Workships Slated Around The State”
Ohio State University Extension will be offering Annie's Project, a risk management program for
women in agriculture, throughout Ohio in 2010. Annie's Project is a six-part course designed to
strengthen women's role in modern farm enterprises. The project's namesake was a woman who grew up
in a small rural community and spent her adult life learning how to be an involved, successful business
partner with her husband. Annie's daughter, Ruth Hambleton, became an Extension educator in Illinois
and developed the program in 2000 in honor of her mother's life experience. The program is for women
who live and work in a complex, dynamic farm business environment, and it focuses on five broad
aspects of risk typical in the agricultural setting: human, financial, marketing, production and legal. Ohio
workshops are scheduled for January through March, and registration cost is $65, which includes
materials and meals or refreshments. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. In most
cases, workshops are sponsored by several county offices of OSU Extension; anyone residing in nearby
areas may sign up for any of the workshops. To register or for more information, contact organizers
listed below or Annie's Project coordinators Julia Woodruff at email@example.com or 419-627-7631
and Doris Herringshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-354-9050. A map of locations and other
information can be found on the Erie County OSU Extension Web site, http://erie.osu.edu/ -- click on
"Agriculture and Natural Resources" and then "Women in Agriculture."
Pomerene Hospital Welcomes First New Year Baby
Pomerene Hospital’s New Year’s Baby 2010 was born at 2:15 am on January 1, 2010. A daughter,
Loretta D. Miller, was born to Edna and David Miller of Baltic. She will join her older siblings Bryan,
Lavern and Ray Allen. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and stretched 19.5 inches.The family received
a variety of baby items from Pomerene Hospital and many area businesses to mark the occasion.
County Will No Longer Mail Homestead Applications
The Holmes County Auditor’s Office will not be mailing out homestead renewal applications this year
in an attempt to save money. Instead, those already receiving the homestead exemption will
automatically receive it again each year until there is a change in property ownership. Any transferred
property will be removed from the program and the new owner will be able to apply for the exemption.
The exemption is available to all Holmes County homeowners who are at least 65 years old during the
year in which you first file, or be permanently and totally disabled. Verification of age will be required.
The taxpayer must also own and occupy their home as a principal place of residence as of January 1 of
the year filed. Eligible property owners will receive an exemption on the first $25,000 of appraised
value from taxation for a single family home. It is important to note that many taxpayers are not aware
that they are eligible to receive and exemption for the year they turn 65. You are not required to wait
until the following year to apply. Applications are available online at www.holmescountyauditor.org and
at the auditor’s office between 8:30-4:30 Monday – Friday. The office is located at 75 E. Clinton,
Millersburg. For more information call the auditor’s office at 330-674-1896.
Auditor Announces Sale of 2010 Dog Licenses
The annual dog registration, required by the State of Ohio, is now underway. All dogs more than three
months of age be licensed each year no later than January 31. The fee is $14.00 per dog. After the
January 31, 2010 deadline, the fee is $28.00 per dog. You must be 18 or older to apply for a dog
license. If you have not licensed your dog in the past, there is no penalty to license your pet for the new
year. If you already license your dog, a new license form has been mailed along with a return envelope
for your convenience. License revenues go towards the operation of the Holmes County Kennel. For
additional information visit the dog license website at www.holmescountydoglicense.com.
Filing Petitions Now Available For May Primary
Petitions are now available for persons interested in becoming candidates for the May 4, 2010 Primary
Election. Petitions are available at the Holmes County Board of Elections Office located at 75 East
Clinton Street Suite 108 in Millersburg. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until
4:00 PM. Filing deadline is Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. Positions on the May Ballot
in Holmes County include County Auditor and County Commissioner, with petitions requiring at least
50 valid signatures, as well as a filing fee of $80.00 cash or check made payable to Holmes County
Treasurer due at the time of filing.Also on the ballot will be the position of County Republican Central
Committee Member with one to be elected per voting precinct. These positions require petitions with at
least 5 valid signatures. There is no filing fee for this office.All positions are for four-year terms. For
more information contact the Holmes County Board of Elections.Reminder, the Board of Elections
office will be closed January 20-22, 2010.
Holmes County Education Center Offering Senior Citizens Free Classes
Senior citizens can attend classes free at The University of Akron Wayne College Holmes County
Higher Education Center in Millersburg. The Sixty-Plus Program waives tuition and general service fees
for individuals aged 60 and beyond who wish to audit classes. Participants can register for up to three
undergraduate courses per semester. They must fulfill any necessary prerequisite courses and/or have the
instructor’s permission. Sixty-Plus Program students are responsible for paying lab fees and textbooks.
Interested individuals should contact the Holmes Center at 330-674-2514 or e-mail
HCEF Scholarship Applications Now Available
The Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF) is accepting scholarship applications for academic
year 2010-2011. The scholarship applications can only be found on the HCEF website at www.hcef.net,
under the section marked Scholarship & Grantseekers. This year, the application is available in PDF
format so applicants can type, save and print the application from their computers, as opposed to writing
in their responses. Graduating seniors or other individuals pursuing further education who (1) reside in
Holmes County, and/or (2) have graduated from a Holmes County high school are eligible to apply.
Individuals must print the application and send it to: 114 North Clay Street, Millersburg, OH 44654,
with all the required information and attachments. The application deadline is Friday, April 23, 2010,
and applications must be received by 5 p.m. on that day. Students currently receiving Education
Foundation scholarships that are renewable will be mailed a renewal application in February. Please
visit the HCEF website to see if you are eligible. If you have any questions, you may call the Holmes
County Education Foundation at (330) 674-7303, or e-mail the HCEF at email@example.com.
Pomerene Hospital Identified As “Top Performer”
Pomerene Hospital was recently identified by the Quality Indicator Project as a top performer on the
National Hospital Quality Measures (NHQM). The Quality Indicator Project is a national organization
that facilitates collection of the NHQM data, which are federally mandated for all acute care hospitals in
the U.S. Because of its consistently high scores across all NHQM measure sets, which focus on heart
attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, Pomerene was selected for participation
in a national study on best practices associated with high quality performance. The QI Project team
recently conducted a site visit at Pomerene to pinpoint and document best practices in order to showcase
practices that can be replicated at other facilities to help improve their performance on National Hospital
Application Available For Patterson Scholarship For Teachers
The 2010-2011 Raymond J. & Louella F. Patterson Scholarship for Teachers is available beginning
January 4, 2010 to classroom teachers currently employed by Holmes County schools that have at least
two years of classroom teaching experience. Interested teachers can print off an application for the
Raymond J. and Louella F. Patterson Scholarship from the Holmes County Education Foundation
website at www.hcef.net under the section marked Scholarship and Grantseekers. The deadline for the
applications is April 23, 2010 with notification of grant decisions by approximately mid-June, 2010.The
Holmes County Education Foundation administers this scholarship program. Any questions about the
program should be directed to DarlaStitzlein, Executive Director of the Holmes County Education
Foundation at 330-674-7303.
Holmes County Education Foundation On Facebook
The Holmes County Education Foundation now has a presence on Facebook to keep recipients and
donors alike, up-to-date on Foundation activities. Here is the link:
HEAP Application Info
Home Energy Assistance Applications are available at the West Fork Community and Senior Center for
low-income households. For more information, call 330-674-0580 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Friday. You may also contact Kno-Ho-Co Community Action at 740-622-9801. You will need
proof of income and a copy of your heating and electric bills. Deadline is March 31, 2010.
Library Seeks Volunteers
The Holmes County District Public Library is seeking volunteers for a variety of duties at all Library
locations. Those interested should contact Susan Corl at 330-674-5972, ext. 203 or email
Holmes County District Library On Facebook
The Holmes County District Library can now be found on Facebook. Visit them by going to
www.holmeslibrary.org and click on the Facebook logo.
Wayne College Alumni Seeks Nomimations for Alumni Award
The University of Akron Wayne College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award. The nominated individual must have earned at least 30 credit hours at the
Wayne College campus in Orrville. The award will be presented at the Wayne College graduate
recognition and awards ceremony in May. Previous Distinguished Alumni recipients include retired
Wooster Police Chief Steve Thornton, Dr. Marchelle Suppan, the senior vice president of medical affairs
and chief medical officer at Dunlap Community Hospital, in 2008 and Lydia Thompson in 2007.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community. Nomination forms and guidelines are
available online at www.wayne.uakron.edu/alumni. The deadline for nomination forms is Jan. 30, 2010.
Education Foundation Needs Volunteers
The Holmes County Education Foundation is in need of volunteers to assist with receptionist duties,
preparing mailings, and other assorted tasks. Please inquire at 114 North Clay Street, Millersburg or call
Pomerene Hospital Announces New MRI unit
A new MRI unit has been added to make the patient experience more comfortable at Pomerene Hospital.
Details here and photo: http://thevoiceofholmescounty.com/docs/SpecialDocs/OpenMRI.pdf
McCulloch Memorial Scholarship Endowed
A scholarship honoring the late Warren McCulloch was recently endowed the Holmes County
Education Foundation. Details on the scholarship can be found here:
Pomerene Providing Medication Lists
Pomerene Hospital and community members are partnering to improve patient safety by providing
medication lists to the community. http://thevoiceofholmescounty.com/docs/SpecialDocs/MedLists
Pomerene Hospital Earns Award
Pomerene Hospital has earned a “Best In Value” award. Details on the award can be found here:
Holmes County Education Foundation 2008 Annual Report Available Online
The 2008 Annual Report from the Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF) is now available on
their website at www.hcef.net. If you would like a printed copy of this report, please contact the
Foundation. The HCEF has been encouraging further education for HolmesCounty residents for 20
years by awarding well over $5 million in scholarships and grants. For more information about our
programs, please call the Holmes County Education Foundation at (330) 674-7303.
Used Instruments Sought By WH Instrumental Music Department
The West Holmes Instrumental Music department is looking for used band instruments. If you have an
unused instrument sitting in a closet, under a bed, or some other place, please consider either donating it
to the music department or letting them know if it is for sale. Receipts will be given for tax purposes, if
your instrument is donated. If your instrument is for sale, they will try to find a buyer for it. Please
include as much information as possible about the instrument.If you have any questions, please contact
Michael Pacula at 330-674-4761 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCEF Marks 20th Year; Donates ACT Materials To Library, Recipients Give Back At Home
The Holmes County Education Foundation is celebrating it’s 20th year. You’ll find a story and photos
http://thevoiceofholmescounty.com/docs/SpecialDocs/HCEF20.pdf. HCEF has also donated The Real
ACT Prep guide to all six branches of the Holmes County District Public Library. You’ll find that
Scholarship recipients are giving something back to their hometown communities. You’ll find a story
and photo at http://thevoiceofholmescounty.com/docs/SpecialDocs/HCEFGivingBack.pdf.
Register For Family Notification In Case Of Emergency
If your community experiences a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site
available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you do not
have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.
Home Health Care Aide, Bookkeeper Training Available
Home Health Care Aide and Bookkeeper training is available the Holmes County Higher Education
Center. Training funds may be available if you apply early. For more information call 330-684-8980.
Coaltion Plans “Spot The Billboard” Contest
The Holmes County Prevention Coalition, Lamar Advertising, and Local Businesses will work together
to provide billboards across Holmes County which will showcase the Coalition Vision, “A Substance
Abuse Free Holmes County”. There will be monthly, Spot the Billboard Contest. To participate you
must:be under the age of 21, one entry per envelope; and include location of the billboard, message on
the billboard, local Sponsor’s name, artist, and your name, address and telephone number. All entries
received by the last day of the month will be eligible for the prize of a $25.00 Visa debit card. Holmes
County businesses are being given the opportunity to participate as sponsors by making a $25.00
donation to the Holmes County Prevention Coalition. The name of their business noted as a sponsor
will appear on the billboard for the time the billboard is up. Entries may be mailed or dropped off to
Midge Roberts, Holmes County Prevention Coalition, 186 West Jackson Street, Millersburg, Ohio
44654. Each contest winner may have the opportunity to have his/her photo in the Bargain Hunter with
a picture of the billboard they identified.
Killbuck Valley Historical Museum Open
The Killbuck Valley Historical Museum is now open for the season. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and
Sundays every weekend through October.
Holmes Geneaolgy Library Now Open
The Holmes County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Library is now open for the season.
Hours are 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays of by appointment by calling Judy Smetzer, 330-378-2020. The
Library is open through November. The Society meets at the Library the fourth Thursday of every
month at 7 p.m. through November.
Holmes County Art Council
The Holmes County Arts council meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Young
Uniforms and Scrubs in Millersburg. For further information, contact Phyllis Young at 330-674-0676 or
GED Classes Being Held In Millersburg
Classes designed to help students refresh basic English, reading and math skills are held at Holmes
County Office building on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday and
Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. These free adult basic and literacy education/GED classes help
students prepare for the GED and each program is individualized for every student. For more
information or to register, contact Shirley Topovski at 330-264-8740.
Property Tax Calculator Now Available
Jackie McKee, Holmes County Auditor, announces a new feature on the Holmes County Auditor's
website. The Holmes County Auditor's Tax Estimator will calculate and display your estimated increase
and estimated total property tax amounts. Property owners can visit the website at
http://www.holmescountyauditor.org/ and search for their property by name, address or parcel number.
For more information about the Holmes County Auditor's Office Property Tax Estimator, please call
Holmes County Kidney Fund Information
The Holmes County Kidney Fund is a voluntary, non-profit organization that assists area residents
suffering from kidney ailments. The Fund currently assists 35 to 40 patients in a four-county area. The
organization’s main fund raiser is an auction on the first Saturday of June. For further information, call
330-897-3905 or 330-674-6268. Or, you can visit the website at www.holmesctykidneyfund.com.
SCORE Expands Services To Holmes County
Retired and semi-retired business persons can have a positive impact on the Holmes County economy by
volunteering with SCORE, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the U.S. Small Business
Administration. SCORE’s Canton Chapter, one of 380 in cities throughout the nation, will be extending
its services into Holmes County and needs local members to provide free counseling to owners and
would-be owners of small businesses. SCORE is seeking men and women who have been owners or
managers of businesses or advisors to businesses. These include accountants, attorneys, bankers,
advertising or marketing executives, and other consultants. SCORE members, who serve without pay,
draw upon their experience and expertise to counsel, mentor, and encourage small businesses. Persons
interested in becoming SCORE volunteers should contact Roger Hippsley by e-mail at
email@example.com or telephone him at 1-330-473-0583. Hippsley was a member of SCORE’s
Cleveland Chapter for eight years before moving to Walnut Creek late last year. He now is a member of
the Canton Chapter and is spearheading the effort to serve Holmes County.“We intend to serve the
needs of all county businesses by forming joint teams of both Amish and English counselors,” Hippsley
Red Cross Seeking Addresses Of Military Personnel
The Holmes County Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking addresses and e-mail addresses for
military personnel. If you have an address to contribute, sent it to P.O. Box 70, Millersburg, OH 44654
or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Adult Education Classes at Hiland
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., free adult education classes are offered at Hiland High
School. The program is aimed at helping students who need to work on basic academic skills at any
level, as well as those working toward a GED. Reading, English and Math are offered. For further
information, call 330-308-5720.
Lighthouse Love Center Hours
Lighthouse Love Center is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. north of
Millersburg on State Route 241. Frozen meats, food items, fresh produce and fruits for donation can be
dropped off during regular hours. Cash contributions can be mailed to Lighthouse Love Center Food
Pantry, P.O. Box 31, Millersburg, OH 44654.
Volunteers Neeeded At Hospital Gift Shop
Flexible scheduling is available for those who volunteer at Pomerene Hospital Gift Shop. The shop
currently needs additional volunteers and further information is available by calling Cynthia Norris at
Humane Society Aluminum Can Collection
The Holmes County Humane Society holds an aluminum can collection the first Saturday of every
month at Rodhe’s IGA Marketplace parking lot in Millersburg. Hours are 8 to 11 a.m.