In 2005, a group of concerned citizens banded together to find solutions to meet the growing needs of Marion County’s seniors. The Senior Services Levy was placed on the 2005 ballot, and when it passed, the Marion County Council on Aging was established. JoEllen King had spent 25 years as a social worker when the…

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After returning home from World War II, Myron Shanklin went to work in construction. He got his start installing spouting and chimney flashing before transitioning into new construction. When he was laid off in 1960, Myron took a leap of faith and started Shanklin Heating and Air Conditioning. He built his business while raising a…

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Dr. Gagni Family Dentistry When Sigmund Gagni was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease at age 17, his dreams and aspirations were placed on the backburner. He spent two years undergoing radiation and chemo treatments. His positive outlook kept him going and he was declared cancer-free at age 19. He completed his undergrad and enrolled at The…

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HighPoint Furniture Tim Krupp’s grandparents had a knack for picking antiques. In the early 1980s, they started an antique shop north of Wooster and saw immediate success. Tim’s grandfather started buying Amish Oak furniture and mixing it in with the antiques piece by piece. Over time, the new Amish Oak furniture was selling so well…

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Tri-Rivers Career Center Like many states across the nation, Ohio faces a dire need for skilled-trade workers. To combat this issue, Tri-Rivers Career Center’s Adult Education offers skills training programs. Tri-Rivers Adult Education Director, Richard George, explains the value adult education programs, “Education is life-changing. Adult Ed focuses on in-demand careers. If we are offering…

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Mary Anne’s Meat In January of 2018, Mary Anne Kettering was facing the most difficult season of her life. She witnessed her once-thriving business shut down unexpectedly and was left with stacks of bills and no income to pay them. She remembers, “I was sitting at my table looking at the bills and knowing I…

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Declaration Fitness Hard work, dedication, and fitness are not only key aspects of CrossFit, but are also closely associated with the Lytle Family. The four siblings (Sam, Wally, JP and Janine) grew up with an active lifestyle. Whether playing organized sports or working on their farm, the Lytle kids were encouraged to be outside and…

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Wooster Appliance Wooster Appliance first opened its doors in the late 1950s on East Liberty Street. At that time, it was called Jollif and Stucker. Initially offering television and appliance repair, they later added appliance sales. The business changed ownership in the 70s. At that time, the name changed to Wooster Appliance and the businesses…

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East Union Bulk Food Like family heirlooms, values can be passed down from one generation to the next. When Grandpa (Christian) Schlabach and his wife Emma purchased a small bulk food store in 1983, he knew it had the potential to grow. Christian had spent most of his life in the farming industry, but in…

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HealthMarkets Don Walton Before becoming an insurance agent, Don Walton built a career driving trucks. Even with a great salary, he knew something was missing. With a wife and 3 daughters at home, he was constantly on the road. Don missed concerts, school functions, family dinners, and even first steps. He knew there had to…

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