Local Faves | People & Places

The votes are in for your favorite people and places in this year’s Local Faves contest. See if your favorites won.


Price Park
1000 W Maple St., North Canton | northcantonohio.gov

Price Park offers a neighborhood park vibe with much more than your standard picnic table, swing set and picturesque view.

Within its 18.5 acres, the public park features a pond where you can fish (catch and release) and watch dozens of ducks and geese. With three covered picnic shelters and plenty of tables and grills, the park makes a perfect picnic or family cookout spot. For those wanting to work up a sweat, Price Park also features a blacktop basketball court, sand volleyball court, two tennis courts and a softball diamond across the street. A 1-mile rubberized walking path loops through the park.

The park’s playground is perhaps its most popular feature. The play area features places for children to climb, slides at varying heights, monkey bars and rockers. It also has infant and regular swings.



Jackie Rothman
5135 Tuscarawas St. W, Perry Twp. | 330-477-5000 | anytimefitness.com

Self-confidence is key in fitness, trainer Jackie Rothman said.

“The hardest part is getting people to believe in themselves. I’ve got to be patient, and let them see what I see,” said Rothman, owner-operator at Anytime Fitness in Perry Township.

A trainer for 15 years, Rothman “was always crazy about athletics,” she said. “I’ve always loved sports, loved working out. I started playing soccer when I was 5.”

Rothman, who trains people ages 15 to 72, said, “I think the most important factor in working out is having the proper form and proper programming for results.” Asked about people’s misconceptions, she said, “I see people trying to throw heavy weights around. A lot of women think if they work out, they’re going to bulk up and become masculine.”

The hardest part of her job, Rothman said, is “having the time for everybody that I want to train.”


Kelly Winters
7503 Mudbrook St. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-830-8028 | jackson.stark.k12.oh.us

Sauder Elementary teacher Kelly Winters makes it a point to welcome each one of her students every school day.

“I’m chatty, and I love to talk to them,” said Winters, an elementary teacher in the Jackson Local School District since 1998. “Every morning they line up, and I greet each one. (I ask them) ‘What did you do last night? How was your game? You have a cute shirt on.’ … There’s a connection that is important to make, to make sure they are comfortable, because some of them are still missing their moms.”

Winters, a Jackson High School graduate, said what she loves about kindergarten is watching the
academic leaps her students make throughout the school year.

“I see them in the beginning, and some of them know their letters. Some know their sounds. Others can count to 50,” she said. “It’s neat to see by the end of the year where they all end up. I enjoy the whole year. You get to see so many different aspects of learning and growing.”

Winters, who worked as a manicurist before becoming a teacher, said she cannot envision herself not in the classroom.

“I love it,” she said. “I thought about it the other day. Would I want another profession? Do I wish I was doing something else? I don’t.”



From atop the Canton Club
101 Central Plaza S, Canton | 330-454-2582 | cantonclubevents.com

There aren’t many places where you can look down on the Stark County Courthouse angels. Actually, there is only one building where that can happen.

The tallest office building in Stark County is the Chase Tower, and the Canton Club occupies its top three floors, including a rooftop balcony with views of the county that take the eyes beyond the city of Canton limits. Looking north across the balcony one can get an interesting perspective of the courthouse angels.

It is easy to see why readers voted this the best view. The roof is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine on a summer night and watch the sun set. It also is a cool perspective from which to watch a storm roll in. Every Wednesday in the summer, the Canton Club hosts a rooftop party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drink specials are nice. The view is better.



Josh Schory, Lucca
228 Fourth St. NW, Canton | 330-456-2534 | luccadowntown.com


David McDowell


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Zhen (Ziggy) Wells, McKinley Eagles Club
5024 Monticello St. NW, Perry Twp.


Gay Smith, GSV Design Group, Inc.
4346 Avondale St. NW, Plain Twp. | 330-478-8855 | gsvdesigngroup.com


Dr. Constantin Farah
4410 Executive Cir. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-494-7004 | icgums.com



University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave., Alliance | 800-992-6682 | mountunion.edu


Brent Moore
4580 Stephen Cir. NW, Suite 301, Jackson Twp. | 234-209-9169 | dkmiplaw.com


Benjamin Lehman Photography
3416 Westmoreland Ave. NW, Plain Twp. | 330-956-5341 | benjaminlehman.com


Pat DeLuca, WHBC-FM 94.1


Michael Addessi, RE/MAX
4522 Fulton Dr. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-492-9278 | addessiteam.com



Gervasi Vineyard Villas
1700 55th St. NE, Canton | 330-497-1000 | gervasivineyard.com



The Historic Onesto
225 Second St. NW, Canton | 330-875-9417 | historiconesto.com


Sarah Oyler, Samantha’s Restaurant
4954 Portage St. NW, Jackson Twp. | 330-499-9700 | samanthas-restaurant.com


Tom Phillips
Tom is involved with Food Swaps, TimeBanking, StarkFresh, Beekeepers Association, mushroom guys, homesteader, foraging, edible front yard, community garden, urban farm, farmers’ market, mobile farmers’ market, micro-indoor farmers’ market, and he is the leader of the Vassar Park neighborhood association.


Todd Porter, The Repository
500 Market Ave. S, Canton | 330-580-8340 | cantonrep.com
Follow him on Twitter @toddporter