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Page 7 No C a Hi Class of '41 R School Lunch Page 11 69th YEAR | Serving the People of North Canton and Lake Township BRIGHTON BINDARy BRIGHTON IOWA 52540 ADV teESS^aasffisSXEEiaEiESHis: »*tWW North Ca^ ;14fl>[P^^Mgif^l!WJ8t^^,j^^l^«lwl<s«; One Section 12 Pages Twenty-Five Cents Dick Miller: only his best would do DICK MILLER by Dottle McGrew It's football season and the annual crop of orange helmets is sprouting in the playing fields at North Canton's Memorial Stadium complex. From his front yard on Seventh St. NE Dick Miller can almost see the action. He certainly can feel it in his blood. Frcm 1949 until his retirement in August 1990 Miller was the building and groundskeeper at Memorial Stadium. That was his title. But Miller, 67, has never been a man defined by a job description. Over the years his dedication to making North Canton playing fields the finest in Stark County made Dick Miller an institution. Dick Miller stories abound. Tales about how he adjusted his personal life to the weather and to the sport in season. If it was a dry year, he manned the sprinklers — adjusting the resetting often until midnight. When spring rains made other fields in the area unplayable, baseball teams could count on the North Canton field to be ready for an afternoon game, remembers Don Hertler who coached football and baseball at Hoover High from 1953 to 1981. "I never concerned myself with the grounds. The field was always done fthe Dick Miller way' and I knew it would be proper," Hertler said recently. Miller sculpted athletic fields as finely as any artist. He worked in earth colors — browns and greens measured off by neat white chalk lines. Brother-in-law Jim Maag recalls Dick's relentless search for the stones that could cause a baseball to take an unexpected bounce. "Dick cared for the stadium field better than his front yard," jokes City Council President John Boyajian. "He would let you walk on his yard." Viking head football coach Ed Glass recalls his first days at Memorial Stadium. "Dick had been with Don Hertler for 28 years and wasn't too sure of me. I had heard so many,stories about him it seemed as though he owned the stadium. We became good friends and had great times together for nine years. He was dedicated to the stadium and laid the foundation for what we are doing today," Coach Glass said. "Quite simply Dick's day had no beginning or ending. Dick took his work seriously and had great pride in it," said Mike Sumser, assistant to the superintendent of schools. And the object of all these good words — "Well, I'm not much into talking about myself," Miller said on a recent late summer afternoon. "I made up my mind I would dedicate myself to that field and I tried to do it as best I could." It was a classic understatement by a modest man. Miller came to the job in his hometown after military service in World War II and a stint in the Hoover factory. It was a happy meeting of man and opportunity. Miller loved the season rhythm of the job — nine months outdoors, three winter months as high school custodian. He is certified to fire school boilers. tod, of course, the satisfaction of contributing to the sports and the athletes. When you are born in the cradle of professional football, the sport is your heritage. Dick remembers accompanying his father, the late Russell Miller, to many games played by the semi-pro teams popular in this area in the 1920s and 30s. Dick graduated from the former North Canton High School in 1941. In those days high school football was played on Friday afternoon on a field where the current Hoover High School tennis courts are situated, he remembers. There were no lights, no fence and no facilities for the players or the fans. When the weather got real bad. The Hoover • Company would send over an 18-wheel truck for the players, he says. "Football is probably the biggest single thing in this town. It brings more people together in one place for -one common cause than anything else," Miller says. Although he has given up his season tickets. Miller never missed a Cleveland Browns or Indians game for many years. Miller's job grew in proportion to the school district athletic program. Soccer was added. Track season lengthened. Reserve and freshman teams backed up the varsity and young people, including girls, went out for sports in greater numbers. There were lean years with little money budgeted for supplies and less for an assistant to help the busy groundskeeper. Mostly Miller worked by himself and that suited him just fine. "If you don't like work, you wouldn't want the job. I sure didn't have trouble sleeping at night," Miller says. His work began in earnest after the football game with a field that frequently looked as though it had been plowed and stands littered with debris. As for tiny bits of confetti, anyone who throws anything on the field should have to take a turn at cleaning it up, he says sternly. ■ At times a helping hand came in the person of North Canton Recreation Director Kim Cooksey. Miller still remembers with a hearty chuckle the first time the two marked off a soccer field. The ends of their circle just didn't meet. "We were using a nylon string that could stretch from here to China," Miller laughs. They soon learned a metal tape worked better. Over four decades, the man and his work became indistinguishable. But time is relentless. "I always wondered how I would know when to retire. Last year I knew. It was my time. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss some parts of it, but I'm glad to relax," Miller said simply. He entrusted his carefully groomed playing fields to another on August 1, 1990. He retired to tlie home his parents built in 1944 when Seventh St. NE was part of the Enos Mathis farm and mail came care of Route 6. Miller never married. His retirement days are spent pleasantly with his 93-year-old mother Goldie. Housekeeper Edna Walker provides tlie meals and wheels for periodic excursions — often to search for an addition to Miller's growing collection of miniature tractors. In retirement Milder is still working the earth. There is a large vegetable garden, fruit trees and barrels of bright summer flowers — marigolds with straight, sturdy stems, raised from seed and good for the long haul — just like the man who tends them. Fire Marshal's OK hazardous waste removal By; JOANNE MALENI "All places that have these underground tanks must have them removed by, .1 believe, 1992," said Elizabeth Burick. "Instead of waiting for the deadline we just went ahead and budgeted the money and had the work done." Burick, President of the Lake Township Trustees, was discussing the removal of several . gasoline storage tanks located at the trustees building. For the past several weeks rumors and anonymous phone calls had been suggesting that the Township was in violation of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency rules and' was facing a $10,000 fine. According to Burick, the Township offices and the Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks (part of the Ohio EPA run by the State Fire Marshal's Office), two gasoline tanks were removed on December 20, 1990. The State Fire Marshal was present for the removal of the tanks. After soil testing, it was found that there was some contamination in the area of one of the tanks. The Township was advised to dig deeper in the contaminated area. In May of this year, with Lake Township Fire Prevention Officer Stephen Moyer looking on, this was done. The contaminated soil was removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor dealing in hazardous waste material. Burick noted that in the wake of the tank removal. Fire Prevention Officer Moyer has drafted a set of guidelines for businesses that need to have tanks or other hazardous items removed from their property Anyone interested in a copy of the guidelines is asked to stop by the Township offices. According to the Ohio EPA, Lake Township has complied with any and all of the state and federal regulations regarding hazardous waste materials and have not been found to be in any violation of the law. PRICE PARK WALKING TRACK - North Canton Rotary volunteers Jerry Mazancc, Dennis Huffman, Dave Kinkema, Chuck Barcus and Dick Longbrake are shown above laying brick for a rest stop. The North Canton Womans Club will furnish benches. Mathie Supply donated the brick for this project. John Abrigg is missing from the picture. STEAK FRY. The North Canton Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Steak Fry last week at Hoover Park. The evening featured great food, entertainment, and door prizes. Nearly 100 people attended the event. Cooks for the evening (shown above, I to r) were Paul Kiel, Ed Custer, and Chuck Kiko. (Photo by: Doug Froelieh). Residents want the House of David out by Betty O'Neill Roderick Uniontown residents want the House of David moved out of their town. This was the message brought to a meeting Friday called by Lake Township Trustees to discuss ongoing problems at the facility with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Stark County Prosecutor's Office. Uniontown Police Chief Steve Wolf recounted the crimes committed by youths, who walk away from the facility, and his department's problems with getting information on tlie youth home residents. Some time ago lie instituted the policy of charging walk-aways with felony escape, rather than just returning the youths to the facility. Recently two youths assaulted a woman as she returned from work at midnight, forced her out of her car and stole her purse and car to make their escape. In addition, there are girls sneaking into the home, as well as boys sneaking out. Wolf said two 14 year old girls spent the night at the home, without attendants knowing they were there. Dan Pollack, assistant general counsel for the Oliio Department of Youth Services defended the heme's record of 67 escapes over the past five years. "We don't consider one youth leaving per month excessive because the home is not a secure facility," he said. "The boys committed there are not confined to the property." Stark County Prosecutor Bob Horowitz asked what criteria are used in granting a license to the group home, Carl Dren- nen, licensing representative for the department replied the standards his department looks at are: sanitary conditions, adequate food, fire safety and programs offered. Lake Township Trustee Elizabeth Burick questioned why no one from the House of David was present at the meeting. "Why are they not concerned, the fact that no one is here says they do not want to address the problem." Pollack admitted his department does not check with the local police department in their licensing investigation School meeting on reading program Parents/Guardians of elementary students in kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to attend a program Thursday, September 12, at Clearmount School Multi-Purpose Room from 7 to 8 p.m. to explain the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program: The Literature Experience which is being implemented in our school district this year. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Mrs. Mary Ignasiak, a consultant with the Houghton Mifflin Company, will conduct the program. This program is designed for adults. No children, please. Please attend this informative evening and demonstrate to your children that school is important — that reading is important! since such a check is discretionary, but since this is a non-secure facility, kids can and do walk away. Trustee Don Cassetty told the group, "The health, safety and welfare of the community are our main concerns, and we feel the home should be moved out." When Pollack asked what could be done to reconcile the residents with the home. De- lores Armstrong of the citizens group, replied, "Nothing. Absolutely nothing, you move them out!" Trustee Norman Martin said over the past 15 years, operators of the home have made promises for more security that have not been kept. "It's been a case of promises made and promises broken, it's time for the citizens of this community to be able to live without being terrorized by youths from this facility," he reiterated. "The home must be shut down, otherwise it just becomes a hide and seek game with authorities." The board gave Pollack a copy of minutes of a 1978 meeting, during which citizens made the same complaints about tlie residents of the home, and called for it's removal from their town, at that time. Horowitz told the gathering his suggestion would be for the Ohio Department of Youth Services to cancel tlie present home's contract, and reevaluate the procedures used to grant a license. Trustees feel with all of the cases documents over tlie years, there is no workable ground for them to work with the House of David, because they have failed to cooperate over the past 15 years, and are firm in calling for the home to be removed frcm Uniontown. Meanwhile, State Senator Scott Oelslager, and Representative David Johnson have scheduled a meeting with tlie Ohio Department of Youth Services in Columbus, on September 4, to discuss licensing procedures for all group homes operated by the department. The North Canton Lions will tart its twice-monthly meetings at the Chicken Manor Restaurant on Tuesday, September [LO, at 6:15 p.m. Mr. Gregory JTuersivich of North Canton's Emergency Medical Service will pe the guest speaker. The officers for the 1991-92 Lions year are: Ray Whitacre, president; Mike Babic, 1st Vice Building permits Thirty-four building permits l/vere issued in the of North banton during the month of Rugust for a total value of pi,932,836. The breakdown was as follows: four addition/alteration, |$51,800; seven roof, $15,887; |four driveway/sidewalk, $7,100; *Wa\*tb ^*****t***m*********M***m BHJ local news in brier North Canton Lions Club President; Jarry Crabb, 2nd Vice President; Denny Rapp, Secretary; Bob Wolf, Treasurer; Bob Ginther, Tail Twister; Tom Salpietra, Lion Tamer; Kevin Geron, Membership Chairman. The directors are Ed Menne, Roger Williams, Tom Allen and Henry Taylor. Jim Puperi, the itTmediate Past President, is also a board member. five siding", $22,679; five signs, $9,595; two single-family, $297,000; one multi-family, $160,000; five miscellaneous, $16,475. In addition, one permit was issued to the North Canton Church of Christ building a new church on E. Maple St. for a value of $1,352,300. Free cholesterol testing A free cholesterol screening will be held at the Lake Senior Center on Friday, September 13. The testing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and will cost $3. Anyone 18 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult. The Adult Health Care Clinic will also be conducted at this time. No appointment is necessary. Tlie Lake Senior Center is located at 1663 Edison NW on Route 619 between Uniontown and Hartville. For more information call the center at 877-1298 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday tlirough Friday. Applications being accepted The Stark County Board of Education will accept letters of interest and a resume frcm residents of the Lake Local School District that want to be considered for the vacant seat on the Lake Local Board of Education. Individuals that are interested in serving out the unexpired term of June Doll should submit a letter of in terest outlining what they consider to be their qualifications for the board position along with a resume to: Mrs. Nancy Gordon, President, Stark County Board of Education, 7800 Columbus Rd. NE, Louisville 44641-9799. In order to be considered for the vacant seat, material submitted must be postmarked no later than September 9, 1991. North Canton Rotary September 5, the Nortli Canton Rotary Family Picnic will be at 6:15 p.m. at Hoover Park. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 16. The menu includes Barbecued Ribs and Chicken, Western Beans, Bread/Butter and your own table Potato Salad, Cake. Bring settings. Joseph Guenther, District Governor, will be the guest speaker at the September 12 meeting.
|Title||The Sun. (North Canton, Stark County, Ohio), 1991-09-04|
|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Description||Beginning June 28, 1995, published as The sun journal.|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton Public Library|
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|Place||North Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)|
|Description||Beginning June 28, 1995, published as The sun journal.|
|Submitting Institution||North Canton public Library|
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