Alison Matas

Alison Matas writes for The Repository, covering Canton City Hall. She grew up in Kent and has worked for newspapers in New York, Missouri, West Virginia and Maryland—and she’s happy to call Stark County her new home. When she’s not writing, she’s usually rehearsing for an upcoming musical or choir concert, going for a run or attempting to cook.

SingStark! | Arts & Culture

SingStark! has been making music in Stark County for 80 years, but now it’s got a new name and a new sound. You know SingStark! as VOCI, which was originally founded as the Canton Civic Opera in 1939. The choral organization for decades was known for its operas and musicals, and then it transitioned into a chorus that performed a handful of times a season.

Test Kitchen: Halloween Whoopie Pies

This month, I learned to never question Martha Stewart when it comes to baking. When I picked this Halloween Whoopie Pie recipe and started making it, I was skeptical. The applesauce in the batter made it look grainy and weird. I didn’t think the recipe called for nearly enough filling. I was positive my cookies were going to come out misshapen.

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