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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Seibert named ‘Person of the Year’

  • Melissa Seibert is the military services outreach manager for the American Red Cross Stark County Chapter. A native of Canton, she has impacted service members and their families with her compassion and dedication to the military community — locally and beyond.

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  •  About magazine recently named Melissa Seibert its second annual Person of the Year.
    Seibert is the military services outreach manager for the American Red Cross Stark County Chapter. A native of Canton, she has impacted service members and their families with her compassion and dedication to the military community — locally and beyond.
    Seibert was selected through nominations from the About advisory board, readers and other community members.
    “I am inspired by the passion of Melissa Seibert,” said Darla Brown, editor of About magazine. “She shares what veterans, military members and their families go through, and finds every means possible to serve and support her soldiers, as she considers them all family.”
    Inspired by an event in her past, the Red Cross is close to her heart. She followed her passion and became the military services outreach manager. This year, Seibert also received the Ohio Commendation Medal, the state’s top military award.
    Seibert developed and led the armed services program at the Stark County Red Cross. The Red Cross is often the most efficient means to relay emergency communication between military members and their families.
    To read the complete article on About magazine’s Person of the Year, pick up a copy of the January issue. It’s available now at local retailers including 2nd April Galerie; Aultman Hospital; Buehler’s Fresh Foods; Carpe Diem; Fishers Foods at 44th Street, Fulton Road, North Canton and on Tuscarawas Street W; Mercy Medical Center; News Depot; Rite Aid; Spee-D-Foods; and The Repository.
    ONE ‘DYNAMIC’ SENIOR
    Copeland Oaks resident, Dr. Paul Getty, was recently selected as one of the 50 dynamic seniors nationwide for Leading Age’s, “Celebrate Age” exhibit in Washington, D.C. Leading Age is a national association representing nonprofit organizations serving older adults.
     Getty, 79, is a surgeon who has lived to serve others. Early in his career, he and his wife, Betty Jean, did missionary work in West Africa where they made large medical advances and started a school. Today, Getty is taking another his talents and putting it to good use.
    At 74, he founded the Sebring Unicycle and Juggling Club for people of all ages. Always interested in the circus, he is self-taught and has helped children struggling with self-esteem and shyness gain confidence. He still performs for crowds with his unicycle on a wire.
    More than 400 individuals were nominated for the honor of being included in the “Celebrate Age” exhibit; just 50 were honored at a reception during the Leading Age annual meeting, celebrating its 50th anniversary earlier this year.
    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 44702. Information also can be faxed to her at 330-454-5745 or emailed to denise.sautters@cantonrep.com