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  • Around Town: Heavy hitters honored in fight against hunger

  • The Stark County Hunger Task Force took a break in the continuing battle against hunger recently to honor heavy hitters on the front lines in Stark County.

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  • The Stark County Hunger Task Force took a break in the continuing battle against hunger recently to honor heavy hitters on the front lines in Stark County.
    Embarking on National Hunger Awareness Month, the task force recognized Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren as Hunger Fighter of the Year; Hall of Fame Branch No. 238 of the National Association of Letter Carriers as Community Partner of the Year; and Alliance Community Pantry as Pantry of the Year.
    The awards were presented during a Nov. 1 kick-off gala.
    Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren designated a three-quarter acre garden this year to feed the hungry. They harvested nearly 20,000 pounds of produce, plus had food drives and accepted cash donations throughout the year. The food was distributed through the task force network of more than two dozen pantries.
    Amy Weisbrod, the Stark County Hunger Task Force executive director, presented the award to Pastor Bruce Jacobsen and Julie Myers representing the congregation.
    Eugene Bradford accepted the Partner of the Year honor for the letter carriers. Their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign in May put 67,550 pounds of food on pantry shelves throughout Stark County.
    Bob Shaffer of the Alliance Community Pantry accepted the Pantry of the Year Award. The Alliance pantry grew from a collaboration of the Alliance Kiwanis, First Christian Church, the Alliance of Churches and a number of other pantry operators in the northeast corner of the county. Last year the Alliance facility served 2,552 households on 14,535 visits.
    Keynote speaker Corey Minor Smith delivered personal insights and lauded all pantry staffers and volunteers for their service to the community.
    Congratulations to the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County which received one of three Champion Awards at the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Annual Conference from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western University in Cleveland.
    Substance abuse is a challenge for about half of individuals with severe mental illness. Integrated dual disorder treatment employs evidence-based practice to treat individuals who are diagnosed with both mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board was recognized for its long standing and unwavering support of integrated treatment in Stark County for individuals struggling with both disorders.
    Stark County has been implementing this type of treatment since 1999 when it was chosen as one of nine pilot projects in the state. It was a paradigm shift for the treatment community at that time, but one that has since become the standard.
    Aultman Hospital’s Compassionate Care Center staff recently received a group award during the hospital’s Foundation Points of Caring Awards program at Kent State University Stark campus conference center.
    Page 2 of 2 - Under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley, Canton Ballet is looking for missing alumni. In fact, it is making its first concerted effort to find dancers since its founding in 1965. Some graduates are dancing with professional dance companies or with their college dance groups, and others have taken new directions in their lives.
    Alumni can connect through www.cantonballet.com/alumni, by calling the ballet office at 330-455-7220, or the Canton Ballet Official Alumni Facebook Group. Those who reconnect or update their information by Feb. 1 will be entered in a drawing to win a pointe shoe necklace, a Canton Ballet Barre Association boutique item.
    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 also can be faxed to her at 330-454-5745 or emailed to her at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com.

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