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North Canton & Lake Sports Page 9 Vol. 68 - No. 44 North Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, August 15, 1990 BRIGHTON BINDARY BRIGHTON 4<t4»l One Section 12 Pages ADV IOWA 52540 Twenty-Five Cents Planning Commission approves development By: DOTTIE McGREW On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the North Canton Planning Commission accepted preliminary plans for a planned-unit development on Knoll St. SE on tlie site of the former Hoover-Connelly estate. The acceptance is contingent on widening roads within the development from 16-feet to 17-feet, increasing the turning radius on some streets to permit access by fire trucks, and providing a second entrance and exit. Spartan Development Corp., a group of local investors, is planning 15 2400-square-foot to 3600-square-foot planned-unit single-family detached residences in the $350,000 and up price range. Spartan's president Sharon Katz defines a planned-unit single-family development as a "happy medium between a condominium and a single-family residence". She said the lots would be sold fee simple for individual detached homes as opposed to a condominium where . buyers purchase only the inside of the home. Care of the common ground will be provided by a homeowners association for a fee, Ms. Katz said. Canton architect William Curci is designing a rustic setting for the homes with gravel paths instead of sidewalks, a circular oneway entrance boulevard surrounding a commons area and meandering streets. Spartan hopes to break ground in the spring of 1991. The Planning Commission recommendation goes to City Council for final approval. VOL. 17—No. 43 Vintage PhotogrjLphJxomjntie^narchives Al'UiL'.sr-ii 1;J i;t British Children Find Haven From War-Torn Country Here in North Canton Grief support classes to be held in area The Grief Support and Education Center, 415 S. Main St., North Canton, is sponsoring a series of meetings for persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. The meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 12 for ten weeks. The group will be professionally led. The purpose of this group will be for members to leam more about the normal grief process and ways of coping with grief, and thus to prevent future problems resulting from unresolved grief. There will be opportunity for sharing experiences and feelings while in a supportive group of persons in similar situations. Persons interested in attending should telephone for additional information. Call the Grief Support and Education Center, 499- 3262 by Sept. 7. Total fee for the ten-week sessions, which includes an individual counseling session, is $75. Festival chairman Safe at last from the dangers of war, far from their own English or Scottish homes, these children romped and played at Hoover camp ami the community swimming pool as they waited to be placed In private homes in North Canton. In '..e upper left hand corner several of the youngsters, got a free ride on the baggage cart soon after their arrival at the camp last Thursday morning. In the top center picture two of the older boys take time out to send a letter home, telling their parents of their safe arrival here. At the upper right the children explore the wonders of the pump, asking .f that is the way all the people got their water. In the middle row of pictures, the one at the extreme left is a general view of some of the youngsters in the swimming pool. At the center left they find the officer's handcuffs an amusing plaything. The little miss ln the picture has been for a dip and finds the air a little chilly. Someone's reversible afforded her a little more comfort when this shot was taken. The picture in middle row at the right was taken of those who watched the others play ln the water, the bottom row, left, is an aerial view of the children as they splashed in one corner of the pool. The next scene shows a number of the boys learning the rules of baseball a game new to them. The last picture in the group, that at the bottom, right, shows a lineup of some of the youngsters who thought the swimming was great fun, expresses thanks Home is where the heart is "It has become almost a cliche to reflect ' that the Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival is 'bigger and better' each year, but it's true," said Gregory Stephens, festival general chairman. "Another appropriate comment might be that it has become, without question, the greatest entertainment event in the history of Canton. "The beauty of it is that it is made possible by a tremendous effort by the entire conmunity; by all of Stark County, for that matter. "One detail that is worthwhile mentioning — we thought, and we hope the public agrees, that the switch of the Balloon Classic to begin the festival, instead of ending it, was a vast improvement. "Our special thanks go to the more than 2,500 volunteers, including our 26 festival chairmen, who helped so much in making it all possible. "We continually are asked how many people the festival draws to Canton from outside Stark County and the answer is, we don't know. No one does. "The best guess we can make on total participation is based on adding up the attendance at all the festival events and we come up with nearly half-a- million people. You can take your pick as to how many of those are counted more than once. "It has been a wonderful experience and a great honor to serve as general chairman of the 1990 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival and it's something I'll never forget." FORMER BRITISH EVACUEE children, spouses, foster Local resident receives family life certification families, friends and community leaders gathered at Walsh College on Aug 11 for a barbeque and ice cream social. A North Canton resident and member of the faculty at Kent State University has been designated as a certified family life educator. Lynda K. Fowler, of Salway Rd. SW, received the certification from the National Council on Family Realations. A non-partisan educational and professional organization, the Council has certified more than 535 family life educators since 1985. The designation recognizes qualified professionals in the family life education field who have a proven background and knowl edge in nine family areas, including human growth and development, family resource management, family law and public policy and internal family dynamics. Fowler is an administrative assistant in Kent's School of Family and Consumer Studies and is also a member of the School's faculty. A graduate of Catawba College in North Carolina, she received a masters of science in home economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Fowler lives in North Canton with her husband, Claude, and their two daughters. Heather and Wendy. by DOTTIE McGREW The community which opened its heart and its homes to the sons and daughters of employees of Hoover Limited during World War II welcomed them once again as they returned . to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the event. The four-day reunion, which was sponsored by the North Canton Heritage Society, began Thursday, Aug. 9, and concluded Sunday, Aug. 12, with a community worship service at Zion United Church of Christ. The days between were filled with sentimental visits to long-remembered friends and places, tours of Stark County, public and private receptions, but never enough time to just ■ "chin-wag" as one visitor put it. The 33 returning evacuees and spouses, now in their 50s and 60s, spent hours examining the World War II memorabilia on display at the Hoover Historical Center. They commented about and photographed the local landmarks that remained and remarked how distances that were once so great had shrunk. "I used to think the trip from The Hoover Company to Hoover Camp (now Hoover Park) took so long. Now I could walk it," said Colin Cramp who lives with his wife Valerie in a suburb of Toronto. A team from "Life" magazine chronicled the fiftieth reunion as a follow-up to a six-page spread published in 1940 on European refugees in America, including the Hoover "war children". The "Life" follow-up feature is tentatively scheduled for the December 1990 issue. Donald Miller, now a Canadian businessman, gamely climbed into the bathtub in the North' Canton hane of his foster brother Gary Garber to re-enact the picture snapped in 1940 by well known "Life" photographer Eliot Elisofon. Saturday evening, Aug. 11, was weather- perfect as Easton St. took on the nostalgic glow of the 1940s. A USO canteen party sponsored by the Hoover Historical Center drew a sell-out crowd of 400 who actually knew how to dance to the big band sounds of the Bob Hill orchestra. Across the street on the Walsh College campus the former British students and invited guests gathered to reminisce and enjoy a barbecue and ice cream social. It was a red, white and blue evening from walkways lined with the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack, to table linens and floral centerpieces anchored in watermelon halves, to the clothing worn by many of the guests. Under a giant white canopy more than 250 people feasted on a bi-national menu of American hamburgers and baked beans, grilled English bangers (sausages) and Stilton potato salad plus an array of side dishes. "How North Canton this is - friends chatting with old friends, renewing and making memories," said master of ceraronies Mike Sumser as he opened the program. Congressman Ralph Regula presented a letter from President Bush to Ian Colston whose late father, E. L. Colston, then managing director of Hoover Ltd., worked witli H. W. Hoover Sr. to devise the evacuation plan. Each of the "Hoover children" received honorary North Canton citizenship from Mayor William Hines and an enameled lapel pin from State Representative Dave Johnson, a two- term former mayor of North Canton. Representative Johnson said that although North Canton had grown since 1940 from a village with one part-time policeman named Smitty to a thriving small city, the hometown atmosphere remained unchanged. "The friendships and love that exist in this community are like none I have ever seen," Johnson said. A keepsake book entitled "Open Homes, Open Hearts" written by local historian Ruth Harpold Basner was given to each guest. Mrs. H. W. Hoover Jr. extended the congratulations of her husband who could not attend because of business commitments. Mrs. Hoover said she was especially pleased to represent her late father-in-law H. W. Hoover Sr. As a symbol of their gratitude, reunion participants announced the dedication of a dogwood tree and plaque to the people of the city. But the evening's program really belonged to former evacuee Barry Soundy. In a rich baritone voice, he shared what it meant to him, as a nine-year-old son of a working-class British family, to be transplanted to the North Canton home of Bill'and Flora Peters. Soundy arrived with his two brothers: Robert who lived with the Ted Hahn family of Nortli Canton and Peter who stayed witli a family in Louisville. Growing up in the Peters family "enriched my life beyond measure," he said. "I became a young American and the memories of my former home became dim and distorted." Repatriation after his freshman year at North Canton High School where he had. good grades and had just been named to the basketball and football teams, was extremely difficult, Soundy confessed. The intervening years have been punctuated by numerous visits to North Canton, most recently this June just seven days before Bill Peters died. In a voice husky with emotion Soundy said, "I am getting sentimental as I get older and I don't like the word 'foster' any more. I prefer to say dad, mom, brother, sic- ter, cousin because that is what you are." His words hung in the air for a moment before the audience was on its feet in a standing ovation. There were few dry eyes as guests joined hands and master of ceremonies Mike Sumser closed the program with the blessing — "May the Lord watch between us while we are absent one from another until we meet again."
|Title||The Sun, 1990-08-15|
|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton Public Library|