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Project 86 announces new album, Ohio concerts

Project 86 has announced plans to release their new album, Wait For the Siren, on Aug.21.

The album was funded through Kickstarter and promises to introduce a reinvented sound.

“For those who are acquainted with the band, or our previous work, the sound of this incarnation of P86 will be bit shocking, but in the best possible way,” lead singer Andrew Schwab said. “We captured the spirit that attracted people to our band long ago, with a whole new approach to the sonics.”

In addition to the band’s traditional rock sound, the album also features layers of celtic instrumentation on several tracks, including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, and Uilleann pipes.

“Part of the ‘getting back to roots’ theme on this record is the journey of self-discovery I embarked on while writing this record,” Schwab said. “I had to do some detective work, but I unearthed some secrets about my past. One of these secrets is that I have Irish ancestors who fought and died in the civil war as a part of the Irish Brigade. This inspired some of the military themes and celtic instrumentation on the record, which added a new level of epic emotion on some of the songs.”

The band will be in Ohio in August with the following concerts.

Aug. 1 – Findlay – The Catalyst Church
Aug. 10 – Dublin – Orange Friends Church
Aug. 12 – Canton – The Auricle

The album will be available for purchase at the August shows prior to the Aug. 21 release date.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Columbus Zoo, OhioHealth announces walking program

OhioHealth and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced a five-year partnership featuring an exciting new addition to the Zoo, a walking program called “HOOFit.”

HOOFit is designed to raise awareness of the health benefits that Zoo guests are already taking advantage of while walking through the park. The program encourages adults and children to keep track of how many steps they take as they explore the Zoo. Each visitor will receive a step guide when they arrive at the Zoo so they can see how many steps it takes to make it through each region of the Zoo.

Throughout the summer, OhioHealth also will be hosting several organized walks with healthcare experts in areas such as primary care, sports medicine, women’s health and heart health. These dates are: Thursday, June 21; Thursday, July 19; Thursday, August 16; and Thursday, September 27.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN – On Friday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., Heritage Christian School students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will gather in the Heritage auditorium for a Memorial Day service to honor and remember those fallen Lincoln High School alumni who gave their lives serving the United States of America.

Heritage Christian School is housed in the former Lincoln High School building at 2107 Sixth St. SW in Canton. All Canton Lincoln High School Alumni and the public are invited to attend this service.

Heritage and the Canton Lincoln High School Alumni Association partnered in a community concert last year to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the building, and to help raise money for renovations.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s View From The Pugh column features upcoming local events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Malone cheerleaders win national title for third straight year

Members of the Malone University Pioneer Cheerleading squad are – for the third consecutive year – National Champions!

The Pioneer squad traveled to Columbus for the 2012 Arnold Classic Cheerleading Competition, hosted by US Spirit. A variety of schools — including all star squads, community teams, and colleges from all over the world — competed on the national stage. The Malone Pioneer squad earned the title of National Champions in the category small-medium all-female college squad. The previous two championship finishes were through the Christian Cheerleader Association.

Other co-ed colleges that competed were Youngstown State, Urbana, and Mountain State Universities. The cheerleaders brought home the trophy and banner which will be displayed in the University’s trophy case located in Osborne Hall.

Cheerleaders 2012

The 2012 Pioneer competition team includes:

Amanda Zima, a freshman nursing major from Hookstown, Penn.
Alyssa Coverdale, a freshman nursing major from Brooklyn
Ashley Song, a senior business administration major from Aurora. Ashley is also competing in the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida, this week.
Ashley Hess, a sophomore biology (pre-professional) major from Shelby
Bethany McClintock, a sophomore intervention specialist (education) major from Massillon
Dakota Chastain, a freshman integrated language arts major from Wooster
Elizabeth Hamlin, a junior nursing major from Navarre
Lauren Pahl, a freshman middle childhood education major from Mansfield
Logan Cole, a senior intervention specialist (education) major from Eighty-Four, Penn.
Melissa Campanale, a sophomore business administration major from Uniontown
Rachel Slack, a senior intervention specialist (education) major from Massillon
Shelby Stover, a junior middle childhood education major from Akron
Sasha Ingram, a senior political science major from Canton
Sarah Fredritz, a freshman undecided major from Bluffton
Sarah Levering, a sophomore psychology major from Malvern
Tara Tressel, a junior intervention specialist (education) major from Navarre
Coaches: Kelly Boyd and Heather Duffield

BENEFIT RECITAL PLANNED – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present a benefit recital – From Our Hearts to Yours – May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center.

There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken at the end of the program. Proceeds will benefit local young artists preparing to study classical music performance and the Italian language in Siena, Italy, through the Sessione Senese per Musica at L’Arte summer festival.

The recital will be all sacred music comprised of solo and choral pieces. Composers include: Bach, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Mozart, Caccini, Schubert, Fauré, and Verdi.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Wednesday’s View From The Pugh column features local and national faith comment and events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Malone University Chorale and Chamber Choir present Spring Concert Tour

The Malone University Chorale and Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Donelson, Ed.D., will conclude their annual spring concert tour with a “homecoming” concert — The Singing Heart is Always Open – Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The public is invited to attend; a free will offering will be collected.

The tour includes the following:

Monday, April 30

7 p.m.

Pymatuning Valley High School


Tuesday, May 1

9:30 a.m.

Pymatuning Valley High School (private performance)


7 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church


Wednesday, May 2

2 p.m.

Warren High School (private performance)

Warren, Pennsylvania

7 p.m.

Browncroft Community Church

Rochester, New York

Thursday, May 3

Niagara Falls

Friday, May 4

7:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


Heritage Christian School plans fund-raising auction

Heritage Christian School in Canton is hosting its Fourth Annual Dinner and Benefit Auction on April 21 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Christian Church, 6900 Market Ave. N. in Canton. The auction is Heritage’s biggest fundraiser. Last year, the auction raised more than $30,000 and helped provide an excellent academic Christian education to more than 40 Stark County students who needed tuition assistance.

Tickets are $29 each and may be ordered by credit card at (330) 452-8271, or by completing the ticket order form at and mailing payment. Ticket price includes catered buffet dinner, beverage and dessert, bid number, and entry into a drawing for a $500 cash door prize or a 5-piece luggage set. Must be present to win. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. for “Early Birds” wishing to register and bid early. Attendees can have the opportunity to win items such as a Kindle Fire, an Asus Eee Transformer Tablet and an exciting Mystery Box Item (value of Mystery Box Item will be posted at the auction) and more.

There are beautiful, useful and exciting items up for silent and live auction, valued at more than $60,000 to date, including a variety of vacation packages, local sports tickets and packages, admission or season passes to many area attractions, fine and unique jewelry, numerous autographed sports items, coin and medal collections, tuition for new Heritage students, certificates for adventures like sky-diving, a fishing charter, or a weekend rental of a high-end auto, handcrafted quilts and baby clothes, Amish-made furnishings, a variety of home décor and theme baskets, and much more.

Some of the unique items offered are job shadowing opportunities with local leaders and law enforcement. For the second year in a row, Canton Mayor William J. Healy II has donated his time to give four hours of personal instruction. This could include daily responsibilities, meetings, tours of departments and the like. In June of 2011, Heritage valedictorian Nathan Schmitt went along as Mayor Healy met and worked with owners of several local businesses in varying stages of growth. In discussions and through observation, Schmitt said he learned about the many responsibilities of a city mayor, including contract negotiating, recruiting outside businesses, appearing at social events, attending council and cabinet meetings, and much more. “Overall, I must say it was a great experience!”

Schmitt said. “I am so glad that Heritage Christian School was able to offer this job shadowing opportunity at their annual auction. I am very thankful to both the school and my parents for being able to make this happen!”

This year, North Canton Mayor David J. Held and North Canton Police Chief Stephan B. Wilder each have donated job-shadowing opportunities.

The winning bidders will receive tours, get personal instruction, and learn about daily responsibilities of the mayor or local law enforcement.

Photos and descriptions of many of the $60,000 worth auction items are available at:

Wall Street Journal reporter to speak at Ashland University

Stephen Moore, a senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, will address the question “Can Capitalism Make a Comeback?” as part of the Major Issues Lecture Series presented by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

The lecture will be held at noon April 4 in the Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. Tickets are available for $20 each or $160 for a table of eight. For reservations, call Lisa Ormiston at 877-289-5411

JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT SLATED – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present a Jazz Ensemble concert on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The concert – under the direction of Tom Pylinski – follows.

IN CONCERT – Here are several upcoming concerts.

Christian Classic Tour 2012 (Steve Green with Twila Paris, Wayne Watson and Michael Card) – April 19, First Christian Church, Canton, Tickets

House of Heroes with Jay Michael – April 20, Main Street Theater, Columbiana. Tickets

Stellar Kart with Me in Motion – April 22, Dalton High School. Tickets

Marvin Sapp – May 4, Emmanuel Christian Academy, House of the Lord, Akron. Tickets

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Blue Jackets to host faith, family night with Stellar Kart

The Columbus Blue Jackets will host Faith and Family Day 3 p.m. March 25 against the Edmonton Oilers.

A concert with Stellar Kart will follow the game.

Tickets are available here and users are asked to use the code word “Faith.”

PLAY GAMES, MEET FIREFLIGHT – Fireflight will do a meet and greet at the Dave & Busters Polaris, 1554 Polaris Parkway, Columbus.

Copies of the band’s new album, “Now,” which releases nationwide Tuesday, will be available for purchase at the restaurant.

HERITAGE PLANS OPEN HOUSES – Heritage Christian School in Canton is hosting seven open houses and a free kindergarten readiness workshop in March.

“Fantastic Fridays” Open Houses, Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 anytime between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Open House, Thursday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visitors will see a chapel service led by the current kindergarten class, will visit classrooms, tour the school and get enrollment and tuition information.

Middle School and High School Visitation Day, Monday, March 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prospective students are invited to visit HCS for a tour, class visits, and lunch. Visitors will be paired with a student tour guide.

Free Kindergarten Readiness Workshop, Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Taught by a qualified, experienced, compassionate teacher with 32 years’ experience, parents will receive helpful tips and guidelines to assess a child’s kindergarten readiness, and prepare children for a classroom setting. Child care is available at no charge.

Call (330) 452-8271 to RSVP.

MUSLIM EXPERT TO SPEAK AT CEDARVILLE – Keith Small, Ph.D., a Muslim-Christian relations expert, will speak during chapel 10 a.m. March 13 at Cedarville University.

He is an associate research fellow and visiting lecturer for the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations at the London School of Theology.

His book, “Textual Criticism and Qur’an Manuscripts,” analyzes a defined portion of the Qur’an, looking to recover the earliest form of text for the portion and to trace the historical development of the portion to the current form of the text of the Qur’an.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Wednesday’s View From The Pugh column features local and national faith comment and events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Malone to mark Black History Month

The Malone University Department of Multicultural Services will present a series of events in recognition of Black History Month throughout February. The public is welcome, and all events take place on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Services at 330-471-8328.

The student organization Black Men United will host a Soul Food Dinner with guest speaker Sandy Womack, principal, Hartford Middle School. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Brehme Centennial Center with the theme, “Rising to Greatness.” Free to Malone University with a valid ID; general public: $20 per person. Following the dinner, a Reader’s Theatre of African American literature will be held at 7 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center.

“The Help” will be shown 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center. A discussion will follow.

The student organization Black Men United will present a Black Male Caucus from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the memorial Chapel of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts.

HOLY LAND TOURS OFFERED – Israel Theme Tours LLC, a newly launched tourism company that creates unique celebrity and theme-driven tour experiences of the Holy Land, has announced that their inaugural season will kick off this summer. With offices in Nashville and Toronto, the company is currently booking the 2012-2013 season which will include tours with a wide range of top entertainers.

Upcoming tours include the Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour with Elvis’ favorite Gospel artists, Backstreet Boys’ Howie D., Jaci Velasquez, Collin Raye, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, current GRAMMY® nominee Jamie Grace and Rachael Lampa, worship leader Joel Weldon and many more to be announced. Several theme tours are also in development, including a Broadway Stars series, a Worship series with popular praise and worship artists, a Christmas-themed holiday tour and more.

Visit for more details and registration.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Wednesday’s View From The Pugh column features local and national faith comment and events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Repository reporter: GateHouse wants to outsource many of our jobs

Several weeks ago, we wrote about a move by GateHouse Media, owner of The Repository in Canton, The Independent in Massillon and The Times-Reporter in Dover-New Philadelphia, to consolidate all copy desks in papers around the country to centralized desks in Chicago and New England.

Various sources indicate that the move could affect 17 jobs in the Ohio group.

Veteran Repository reporter Tim Botos posted the following update on the “Save The Repository” Facebook page.

I’ve been a reporter in the newsroom for 13 years, and a member of the Newspaper Guild for 20 years. I also sit on the Guild collective bargaining committee.

All told, there are about 180 Guild members at The Repository. Some of us know each other by name. Some of us know each other only by face. Some of us don’t know each other at all; we work different shifts, or in areas of the buildings that rarely cross paths.

All of us, though, share a common bond as members of this same union. The “union” isn’t our paid representative in Cleveland. It’s not the board members. It’s you and me and us. A union is only as strong as its members want it to be.

The employer wants to outsource many of our jobs, not to mention some of your non-union co-workers. The reason: They say they can pay outsiders less than they pay us. They say those outsiders, “professionals” they called them, can do the job just as well.

I disagree. You should too.

Doing the “right thing” isn’t always easy. It can take work. But the right thing now is to show the employer we are a union. That we stand by one another and have each other’s backs. The outsourcing proposal does not affect my job, but I do take it personally because of our bond. I stand by those affected, because I believe they’d stand by me if this situation was reversed.

It is the right thing to do.

We’ve started a mobilization committee. We want to send a message to the employer. I’d ask all of you to pitch in. If you have questions, just ask me, or any of the others whose names appear on the union bulletin boards.

Tim Botos

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE LAID OFF – Charles Apple has a fantastic blog on a resource guide for laid-off journalists, which applies to anybody else out there who may be laid off.

DISCUSSING PATERNO – I’m a week behind, but Nate Riggs wrote recently about how the Penn State sex scandal proved to be a tragic and swift death of an iconic brand. Definitely worth a read today.

FACEBOOK FAIL – Companies need to be careful when it comes to Facebook promotions.

Here’s a recent post from Bulldog Reporter about a advertisement which hurt a company.

Tenth Avenue North plans Ashland University concert

The Ashland University Center of Religious Life will be sponsoring a spring concert that will feature Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North and opening group Rend Collective Experiment. The concert will be held on March 30 at 7 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tenth Avenue North has six Dove Award nominations and was named New Artist of the Year in 2009 and had the top Song of the Year in 2010.

The band’s debut album, “Over and Underneath,” was released on May 20, 2008, on Reunion Records, and their song “Love Is Here” hit the Top 20 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart and reached No. 3 by June of 2008. The song spent 13 weeks on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. It ended 2008 as the 12th most-played song on Christian Hit Radio.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Feb. 1 and are $20 in advance, $15 for groups of 10 or more, $25 the day of the show and $4 for Ashland University students with AU ID. Tickets can be purchased at the AU Box office by calling 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. or online at Additional fees apply for online purchases.

COMEDY AT MALONE – The Malone University Student Activities Council (SAC) will host popular comedians and husband and wife team Ron McGehee and Kerri Pomarolli on Feb. 8–9.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

10:05 a.m. – Chapel, Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts
Free and open to the public

9 p.m. – A Night of Stand-Up Comedy, Stewart Room, Randall Campus Center
Free to Malone; $5 general public at the door

Thursday, Feb. 9

12 noon-1 p.m. – Question and Answer session, Deuble Room, Brehme Centennial Center
Free and open to the public

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).