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Mary Jo Harroff | Books of My Life

Mary Jo Harroff, acting executive director, joined Girls on the Run in 2008 as a coach and fundraiser when she lived in Chicago. Upon returning to Canton, she immediately volunteered as a coach for girls and quickly became involved with the organization’s growth as a member of the board and now as the acting volunteer executive director. Girls on the Run inspires girls in grades 3 through 8 to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.

What’s your funniest pet story? | Contributor Q&A

My mom has an 80-pound collie named Teko who’s basically a small horse. When I was home from college on Christmas break one year, Teko knocked the olive oil my mom had set out on the kitchen counter onto the floor and ate all of it. We were out shopping and didn’t find the mess until a few hours later. When we realized what had happened, my mom tried to scold the dog and ended up scolding my sister and me instead—we couldn’t stop laughing because the dog was just staring at my mom and smacking his lips, totally unfazed by her anger.

The Docket April 2020

April 25, 2020 Canton Film Fest: Cantonfilm.com, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2020 Canton Film Festival at the Canton Palace Theatre at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The documentary screening of “Like Harvey Like Son” will start at 5 p.m. The Q&A with Harvey Lewis will start at 6:40 p.m. The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) winning short films will start at 7:15 p.m. There will be a CIFF Q&A at 8:45 p.m., and the event will end at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a day pass, $10 for “Like Harvey Like Son” only and $5 for the CIFF films only. cantonpalacetheatre.org

Smoke the Burger Joint

Located in Canton, Smoke the Burger Joint is the place to go for burgers. Fresh Angus beef, low-smoked over hickory wood, gives the patties at Smoke a particularly flavorful sense of umami. The menu at Smoke is more than just burgers. Stop in for a smokehouse grilled cheese, all beef hot dogs, wings, seafood, chili, soups, salads and more.

AW Salon

AW Salon owner Abby Warther made her shop a dream come true. It’s a space that women can getaway from their busy schedules and to-do lists to take some time for themselves and leave feeling taken care of with beautiful hair. She really listens to clients to choose the best hair plan for them. Warther even made sure the waiting area is completely comfortable and relaxing.

Dear Monty: 10 facts to help you find the best mortgage loan

How can I find the best mortgage loan? Monty’s Answer: I answered this question several years ago, but it bears repeating. Comparing the cost of mortgage loans is a challenge for most mortgage shoppers. Do this before you look for your home. The most helpful lender may also have the best preapproval letter. Here are 10 facts to help you find the right loan.

Cristina Sicard | Books of My Life

Cristina Sicard recently graduated from the University of Georgia (go dawgs), attaining a Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education preK-5. She considers herself a “Bob-Dawg” because she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University (go bobcats). Going from Athens, Ohio, to Athens, Georgia, resulted in all kinds of crazy, beautiful moments.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass