Denise Hallett was reading the newspaper when she saw an article that spoke to her heart. The Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem program was seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for children in Stark County who have been neglected, abused or deprived of parental support.
She grew up roughly 90 minutes north of Canton. Yet Tonja Marshall admits she knew very little about Stark County or even the Pro Football Hall of Fame until she enrolled at the University of Mount Union and met her future husband, Marcus, who is a GlenOak High School graduate.
Darcy Friel believes there’s no better place than Stark County to call home. “I’m one of those strange birds who loves it here,” she said with a laugh. “It’s just an inexpensive place to live, and your quality of life is so high. … And, to me, it just keeps getting better.”
The last time About caught up with the owners at Mainstream Boutique in North Canton, they were the new kids on the block. It was January 2014, and sisters Rebecca Paliswat and Elizabeth Hilton had opened the Minneapolis-based franchise at 1977 E Maple Street just four months before. The sisters, both GlenOak High School graduates, hoped the boutique would fill a void they noticed when they went shopping with their mother.
It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight for Jess and Doug Bennett. “He said to me once at the office that I was the female version of him and he hated me,” said the former Jess Andreae who grew up in rural Westfield Township in Medina County and moved to Stark County to attend Walsh University. “But I like to think of that as the 40-year-old man version of pulling my pigtails.”
Last school year was among the most heartbreaking and frightening nine months in Stark County school history. School leaders buried 25 students or recent graduates, including roughly a dozen of them who died by suicide. One student plotted to kill his fellow classmates before deciding to turn the gun on himself. Threats of violence bombarded nearly every local school district, and more than 1,500 Stark County children were taken to nearby hospitals for mental health concerns. School leaders and staff didn’t know what to do.
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