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  • Around Town: Christmas display winners in Massillon

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  • We’re given one last look at Christmas today, thanks to the winners of Massillon Museum’s Christmas lighting and decorating contest.
    A committee of judges selected the home of Florence Wilhelm on Forest Avenue SE, William and Melissa Anderson’s decorations on Rotch Avenue NE, the residence at 226 Second St. NE, and the Matt Keller family’s display on Lincoln Way W as the best in their areas, based on nominations submitted by the public.
    The United Way of Greater Stark County is accepting nominations for the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist award and Gold Key service award through 4 p.m. Feb. 29.
    United Way’s DeHoff Emerging 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 and financial stability, and health and basic needs. Named on behalf of longtime United Way volunteers Bob and Linda DeHoff, 2012 will be the second year this award will be given.
    The DeHoffs served as United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society co-chairs for more than a decade, assisting in reaching donors who contribute gifts of $10,000 or more. During the years they served as ADT co-chairs, the DeHoffs led efforts to raise more than $11.6 million and, as United Way of Central Stark County annual campaign chairs in 1999, the DeHoffs raised more than $6.3 million to benefit residents of Stark County. More than $17.9 million has been raised by the DeHoffs over the past 12 years.
    The United Way Gold Key service award, established in 1961, recognizes community leaders and volunteers who have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity to the United Way and/or United Way community partners.
    Both awards will be presented on March 28 at United Way’s annual meeting breakfast. Visit www.uwstark.org for nomination forms or call Volunteer Director Elizabeth Ramsburg at 330-491-9953 for more information.
    Do you have a teen who would like training in pre-employment skills, career management, leadership, communications and healthy lifestyles? Stark Parks Rangers will host an open house for teens from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park at 5712 12th St. NW.
    Stark Parks will be recruiting for its Ranger Explorer program for teens who enjoy being outdoors or who might like to pursue a career in park management or law enforcement. Explorers will gain experience planning and participating in park and community events. For more information, contact Stark Park Ranger Carl Johnson at 330-477-3609.
    While on the subject of Stark Parks, what’s better than volunteering? Stark Parks is hosting another open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Exploration Gateway for its new “TAILblazers Pet Patrol” volunteer program. Interested pet owners are invited to go to the open house, without their pets. Required reservations are being accepted at www.StarkParks.com or call 330-409-8993.

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