In the biz: Final Gravity brings home the beer brewing business

When it came to choosing a hobby to explore with avid interest, Jason Spurrell picked homebrewing. That avocation—making beer at home—has grown to be a business for the Jackson Township resident and his wife, Amanda. At a store called Final Gravity Home Brew, a shop they opened earlier this year at 4255 Portage Street NW in Portage Square plaza, the Spurrells sell the grain and hops needed to brew beer, as well as all the equipment necessary for home brewing.

Laura Weisgarber gives her local picks

By her own description, 2015 was a “rough year” for Laura Weisgarber. Highlighted two years ago in The Canton Repository’s “Brave & Beautiful” section, the Jackson Township resident saw her job move out of town just days before she lost her mother to Alzheimer’s disease. A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer—for the second time in the years since her battle against Hodgkins disease when she was a freshman at Ohio State University.