So it was a Tuesday. It still felt like Sunday. With our cover story this month highlighting each of the communities of Stark County and what makes them special, I decided to take a mini-tour of the county that I grew up in. I wanted to spend time in areas that I was not as familiar with and find out what makes each unique.
People want to read popular books — ones that other readers have approved. Why else would so many of the best-selling volumes be stacked near the entrance of bookstores? Here are books that are being talked about and browsed through most on the local shelves.
Plain is far from a fitting description of the current Plain Township. The largest township in Stark County based on population, Plain Township has a bustling and diverse population that combines the conveniences of urban life with all of the benefits of a township.
The city of North Canton, nicknamed “The Dogwood City” for its beautiful Dogwood trees, first began as the village of New Berlin in 1831. During World War I, the residents agreed that the community’s name needed to be changed, and in 1918 they adopted its current name.
There’s just something about Lake Township that brings to mind a simpler, quieter, old-fashioned time. This growing area between Canton and Akron draws busloads of tourists to its well-known Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market and Hartville Kitchen.
I love this town because East Canton is a small-town community. I have lived here since I was 6 years old. I have seen this community pull together when times are tough and also when there are great reasons for our community to celebrate.
Perry Township is a lace-’em-up, blue-collar community in western Stark County with a stalwart education system. Nestled between the cities of Canton and Massillon, Perry Township has a population of more than 28,000.
Massillon has a reputation — nationally — for its high school football prowess. The team has won 22 state titles. Artist Eric Grohe depicted the city’s football history in a mural, which can be seen downtown. And, in 2008, ESPN named the city and its football legacy a finalist in its “Titletown USA” search.
Canton is nationally known as the birthplace of the National Football League and the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Another draw for visitors is the National First Ladies’ Library and museum, downtown in the former home of Ida Saxton McKinley, wife of President William McKinley, and in an 1895 bank building.