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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Canton’s Swauger has New Year baby

  • Heidi Swauger of Canton is the new mom of the year. Her daughter Sy’yona Nevaeh was born at 2:48 a.m. Jan. 1 at Mercy Medical Center.

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  • Heidi Swauger of Canton is the new mom of the year.
    Her daughter Sy’yona Nevaeh was born at 2:48 a.m. Jan. 1 at Mercy Medical Center. Sy’yona was 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and 18 inches long at birth.
    “This is my first daughter,” said the mother of three sons, Anthony, 6; Jeremiah, 5, and Damien 2. “I wasn’t due until Jan. 17, so this was a surprise. She is a blessing.”
    Swauger, who is on maternity leave from the Taco Bell on Tuscarawas Street W, received a gift basket from Mercy containing a teddy bear, a picture frame, a blanket and an infant bodysuit announcing Sy’yona the first baby born in 2013 at Mercy, and an autographed copy of “Parenting with a Purpose, Inspiring Positive Alternatives to Reach and Teach Your Child How to Behave,” by Repository columnist Diana Boggia, who donated the book.
    Across town, Olivia Lynn Seaburn was born at 4:32 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches long at Aultman Hospital. She is the daughter of Lesley and Carl Seaburn Jr. of Paris Township.
    GOLD KEY
    United Way of Greater Stark County is accepting nominations online for the DeHoff Emerging Young Philanthropist award and Gold Key service award for 2013.
    To nominate a candidate for the DeHoff service award, go to www.uwstark.org/webform/dehoff-emerging-philanthropist-award for a nomination form. The online application for the Gold Key award is at www.uwstark.org/webform/united-way-gold-key-service-award. Nominators also may access online forms at www.uwstark.org, then select either DeHoff or Gold Key under the volunteer menu.
    Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Feb. 14.
    United Way’s DeHoff Emerging Young Philanthropist award recognizes a Stark County resident age 45 and younger who is passionate about philanthropic endeavors centered around United Way’s three building blocks for a good life — education, family & financial stability and health and basic needs. The DeHoff family will award a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice.
    The United Way Gold Key service award, established in 1961, recognizes community leaders and volunteers who continually demonstrate the highest degree of personal dedication and volunteerism to United Way and/or United Way Community Partner agencies. Nominee applications will be evaluated based on scope of responsibility, motivation, impact on the community, attitude, commitment and determination. Eligible nominees should have performed volunteer activities or contributed to agencies in Stark County.
    Both awards will be presented March 21 at United Way’s annual meeting breakfast at Walsh University's Barrette Business Center.
    Any questions regarding nominations can be directed to Volunteer Director Elizabeth Ramsburg at (330) 491-9953 or elizabeth.ramsburg@uwstark.org.
    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    The Paul & Carol David Foundation, a Stark County-based foundation created by the late Paul David, founder of the Camelot Music chain, and his wife, Carol, is accepting applications through April 15 for the David Scholar Program, which awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from Stark County high schools to be used at accredited two- or four-year colleges in the continental U.S.
    Page 2 of 2 - This year’s award will be $5,500 annually over four years (subject to renewal requirements each quarter/semester). Last year, the foundation welcomed 50 new David Scholars to the program, making it one of the largest scholarship programs in the county.
    David Scholars typically demonstrate a significant financial need in order to pursue their education, above average academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, school organizations, community involvement, work, and have overcome obstacles in their lives. Candidates must be attending a Stark County high school. They must also exhibit good character.
    To find out more about the David Scholar Program, stop by your high school guidance office or visit the foundation’s website at www.davidfoundation.org.
    Send tips about acts of kindness, anecdotes, honors and other items of interest to Denise Sautters, Around Town, The Repository, 500 Market Ave. S, Canton OH 44702. Information can be faxed to her at 330-454-5745 or emailed to her at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com.