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Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association Invites Public to Awards Ceremony and Free Movie
The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County. On Tuesday, May 12th, the TCHHA will honor six local recipients with Heroes of Preservation Awards, along with one recipient of an Historic Marker. The public is invited to the Quaker Cinema in downtown New Philadelphia for the red carpet awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a free screening of the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," starring Cary Grant.

Among the seven honorees are the RTY and the New Philadelphia Rotary Club for their continued restoration and preservation of the 1928 Herschell-Spillman Antique Carousel.

Carey Gardener shared a bit more about RTY and the project.

What is RTY?

RTY, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation operated by the Rotary Club of New Philadelphia, founded in 1985.  That year the City of New Philadelphia found it impossible to purchase liability insurance in order to operate the Park’s amusement rides.  Without liability insurance, the rides would not be operated.  The Rotary Club establishedRTY to take over operation of the amusement rides under a contract with the City.  As a non-profit entity, RTY was able to acquire affordable liability insurance.  A few years later RTY assumed operation of the Tuscora Park Concession Stand under another contract with the City.  In 1996 RTY spearheaded the major improvements to the Tuscora Park Amphitheater and began the Summer Showcase of Sunday evening concerts in the Park each summer.  In 2000, a private donor, Max and Erma Miller, donated the money to build and operate the Park Place Teen Center.

What lead to this carousel restoration project?

Since 1985, the Carousel and the other amusement rides at Tuscora Park have been operated by RTY, Inc.  The Carousel has been maintained in remarkable, mostly original condition since it was manufactured in 1924.  But after nearly 90 years of operation it had reached a point where major renovation was needed to prevent damage to the Carousel’s wooden structure, to ensure rider safety, and to keep it running for decades into the future.  A full evaluation and renovation plan was completed by the Carousel Works of Massillon, Ohio, a trusted partner of Tuscora Park and RTY for many years.

This renovation project encompassed all aspects of the Carousel, including its mechanical functions, drive system, electrical system, lighting, and the Pavilion structure housing the Carousel for security and weather protection. 

 

RTY, Inc. led the effort to raise the estimated $120,000 to complete this project. Nearly everything that makes the Carousel turn and the horses jump up and down was replaced.  This work was done by The Carousel Works. This job included…

           

Drive Unit - motor, gears, controls, and chain coupler assembly

Crankshafts – 12 shafts, each driving three horses up and down

Jumper Poles – 36 poles, one for each jumping horse

Piston Assembly – 36 pistons, each attaches a horse to the wooden deck   at a floor plate.

Brass – new brass 1“ drop rods and 2” figure pole brass rods

Lighting – enclosed light bars, wiring, sockets for 400+ lights

The wooden Pavilion structure protecting the Carousel was built in 1988.  Weather damage, plus an infestation of carpenter ants, had caused extensive damage to most of the eight sides of the upper facades and soffits.  Dave Zeller at Marr, Knapp and Crawfis donated his time to evaluate the structure and draw up the plans for the renovation.  Ionno Construction was the low-bidder to remove damaged and deteriorated wood and replace with new weatherproof materials.  The project included new exterior lighting and the entire structure was painted.  The quality of the work and materials is exceptional.

How do people react when they see it?

Everybody loves the Tuscora Park Carousel.  Generations of area residents have taken hundreds of rides in their lifetimes.  While most people simply enjoy sharing ride with the kids and grandkids, carousel aficionados recognize the Tuscora Park Carousel for the priceless treasure that it is.  Only a little over 100 original wooden carousels remain in existence in the US and the carousel at Tuscora Park is well-known and appreciated by carousel preservationists.

How long did you work on it?

Fundraising by RTY began in late 2012.  Renovations to the Pavilion and the electrical/lighting updates to the carousel were completed in April of 2013.  The mechanical and electrical work on the carousel itself was completed between the Park’s close and Christmas in the Park late in 2013.

Why is historic restoration in the area important to you?

Whether you appreciate the artistic beauty, and entertainment value, or are amazed by the mechanical ingenuity that makes the carousel horses go up and down, a work of art like the carousel should be preserved.  Once it’s gone, nothing like it will ever be built again.

Anything else you'd like to add?

When the word went out that donations were being sought for the restoration and preservation of the carousel and its pavilion, donations rolled in from all over the country.  Nearly 200 people and businesses made donations ranging from $5 to $20,000.

For their efforts to preserve the Tuscora Park Carousel, RTY and the New Philadelphia Rotary Club will be honored at the May 12th ceremony at the Quaker Cinema. Please join in the celebration, then stay to enjoy the free classic film at the newly renovated theater.

For more information on the TCHHA, visit them onli
ne at www.tuschha.org.








City of New Philadelphia Income Tax Department Wins Subway Tray

The City of New Philadelphia Income Tax Department is this week's winner of the Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway! WJER's Hannah Hubbard and Valerie Slabaugh delivered the goodies to the staff.

Here's what they got: two Subway party trays each with 15 portions of mouthwatering sub sandwiches, a box of Subway cookies, Coca Cola and Diet Coke, balloons from the Balloonatique, WJER T-shirts, Radiograms, and more all delivered just in time for a fabulous lunch!

If you'd like your office to win this awesome prize package, visit our Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway page under "Contests" for details.

Pictured: WJER's Hannah Hubbard, Vicky Meese, and Joel Day







Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association Invites Public to Awards Ceremony and Free Movie

The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County. On Tuesday, May 12th, the TCHHA will honor six local recipients with Heroes of Preservation Awards, along with one recipient of an Historic Marker. The public is invited to the Quaker Cinema in downtown New Philadelphia for the red carpet awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a free screening of the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," starring Cary Grant.

Among the seven honorees are Brian and Rachel Ice for the restoration of a Dover home built in 1880.

What lead to you restoring or preserving a historic property?
 The home was one block from the historic home that my wife and I live in. When it came up for sale, it was in disrepair, and I thought somebody has to bring this home back to its former glory. It was an auction, and I was the highest bidder who was crazy enough to jump in with my retirement money.

What are people’s reactions when they see it?
 Even when we were working on the house, people would constantly thank us for doing it and give us compliments.  It was fun to see people happy with what was happening.

How long did you work on it?
 It was a two-year project once we got started, and there is still more I want to do.

Why is historic restoration in the area important to you?
 I feel that these old homes give so much to the town. Unfortunately, those who recognize this are the only ones who will ever take on a project like this. Most will say that it is far too much work, and they are probably right. The old homes and buildings, however, give so much priceless character to the community. When the project is completed, everyone loves it. I even hosted an open house last fall, and I'd estimate that over 130 people went through the house that Saturday. That blew me away.

Anything else you’d like to add?
 I thank the association for the award and for the others that have worked to preserve our historic buildings. I also want to encourage those who appreciate old homes to just jump in, and we'll save the old historic buildings one at a time. It’s also fun to see the interest that people have in the old homes. I posted a few pics of the project on the Dover, Ohio Facebook page and was surprised to get more comments on these pictures than any other thing I've ever posted. People love to see history preserved and saved, and that's a fact!

For preserving this historic structure, Brian and Rachel Ice will be honored at the May 12th
 ceremony at the Quaker Cinema. Please join in the celebration, then stay to enjoy the free classic film at the newly renovated theater.

For more information on the TCHHA, visit them onli
ne at www.tuschha.org.







Win Tribe Tickets from OMNI Orthopaedics and WJER


Tune in this week for your chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the Cleveland Indians during their upcoming series against the Minnesota Twins!

We're giving away two family four-packs of tickets to each game in the series (May 8th, 9th, and 10th). Listen for the cue to call, then be ready to dial 330-343-1450, and you could be enjoying a Tribe game with friends and family this weekend!

This ticket giveaway is made possible by OMNI Orthopaedics.







WJER News Brings Home 10 Associated Press Awards

The WJER News team
 returned home with 10 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors awards from the annual banquet in Columbus May 3. The awards include:

General Excellence
1st place

Best Anchor
1st place to Jamie Hambach

Best Use of Sound
1st place to Jamie Hambach for "Dover Steam Show"

Best Breaking News Coverage
1st place for “Tuscarawas River Drowning”
2nd place for “Murder-Suicide”

Best Documentary or Series
1st place for “One Child at a Time”

Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled Event
1st place for “November Election”

Best Reporter
2nd place to Shyanne Carroll

Best Feature Reporting
2nd place to Shyanne Carroll for “Farm Bureau Trip”

Best Continuing Coverage
2nd place for “Meth Eruption”

Everyone at WJER is so proud of our fantastic News team...congratulations Jennifer Clark, Jamie Hambach, Shyanne Carroll and the entire WJER staff!

Pictured: WJER News reporters Shyanne Carroll and Jamie Hambach display the 1st place "General Excellence" award.







Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association Invites Public to Awards Ceremony and Free Movie

The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings, and neighborhoods of Tuscarawas County. On Tuesday, May 12th, the TCHHA will honor six local recipients with Heroes of Preservation Awards, along with one recipient of an Historic Marker. The public is invited to the Quaker Cinema in downtown New Philadelphia for the red carpet awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a free screening of the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," starring Cary Grant.

Among the seven honorees are Dan and Judy Garver, owners of the Baltic Mill Winery. Located at 111 East Main Street in Baltic, the Garvers opened the winery seven months ago in the historic Baltic Mills. Judy Garver says they fell in love with the property.

"When we began looking for property, we saw that the Baltic Mills was for sale. As soon as we looked at the property we fell in love with the old building. The location and the property itself were two of the main reasons we purchased the building."

The Garvers spent about a year turning the old mill into a winery. The Baltic Mills started milling flour in the mid-1800s, and at one time was Ohio's largest flour mill, using the newly-built railroad to bring in grain and ship out flour and meal. In 1908, the current building was erected to replace the original 1850s frame building that was lost to a fire in 1907.

Garver says the building is built to last.

"The craftsmanship on the massive timber posts and beams is amazing. Even more amazing is that this building with three-foot-thick walls, three floors, and a basement was erected within six months."

Within the structure many of the original pieces of milling machinery still exist along with the elevators and chutes that transported the grain and flour from floor to floor during the milling process. The Garvers have incorporated many of these original features in the décor of the winery.

The heart of the mill is a massive Russell Steam Engine with a five-foot diameter flywheel. This single engine provided power to all three floors and the basement through the use of one or more overhead shafts running the length of the building. The steam engine can still be seen upon request as well as the milling equipment on the second and third floors.

"Everybody comments on how warm and welcoming the property is," says Garver. "The old mill equipment is still located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the mill. It's like 'stepping back in time' as you tour the historic property. The brick and exposed wooden beams combined with cozy seating areas makes for a memorable experience."

For preserving this historic structure, the Garvers will be honored at the May 12th ceremony at the Quaker Cinema. Please join in the celebration, then stay to enjoy the free classic film at the newly renovated theater.

For more information on the TCHHA, visit them online at http://tuschha.org/.







Hot Job of the Week

Tune in to 1450 WJER every Monday during the afternoon show as we chat with Amy Miller of OhioMeansJobs about the “Hot Job of the Week.” Not only will Amy give details about a specific job each week, but she'll also discuss tips, strategies, and helpful hints for job seekers.

This week’s topic:
Networking!

Hot Job of the Week:
Employer seeking: Project Manager

Job Code #
: T-328-10

Requirements
: High school diploma/GED; college degree in Business, Sales & Marketing, or related field preferred; prior sales experience preferred; martial arts or fitness experience preferred; excellent customer service skills; outgoing, friendly, and motivated; ability to multitask and learn quickly; ability to operate a computer/proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word; good data entry and great phone skills; must be a team player who works well with others; must enjoy working with children and their families; excellent communication skills and professional appearance are critical; applicant must pursue opportunities to build a strong customer base through external prospecting and outreach; pre-employment testing will include a criminal background check and drug testing

Job Description
: Local martial arts and fitness school looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing, energetic individual to serve as Program Director/Sales position; able to communicate the benefits of martial arts training to students and parents; book appointments, follow up and retain members; deliver presentations; new student recruitment, registration, and follow up; look for opportunities to gain new members; prospect for qualified leads through external outreach in local community; develop relations within community and local businesses; build a network of individual and business contacts; develop and maintain relationships with current members; determine prospects’ goals and motivation; be knowledgeable of all products and programs; reach and surpass monthly sales projections; part-time hours (15-35 per week); evenings from 3:00-9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays

Worksite Location
: New Philadelphia, OH

Rate of Pay
: Wage based on experience

How to apply
:
Apply at OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas (1260 Monroe Street, New Philadelphia, OH 44622) or OhioMeansJobs Stark (822 30th Street, Canton, OH 44709).  If you are applying at OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas or Stark, *fill out a referral form, attach it to your résumé, and turn it in to the Customer Service Desk. Out-of-area applicants can fax their résumés to 330-602-2858 or email them to rc4@omjwork.com. Please address it to ATTN: RC4 and include the job code #, your name, and either the job title or the T# for this position.

For more information, visit OhioMea
nsJobs online at ohiomeansjobs.com.







Kids League Reports on WJER

Listen to the Kids League Report for the results of all of the Little League and Minor League baseball games in the area!


Coaches: pick up a Kids League form at WJER or download it here and fill it out after each game. Then, place your results in the mailbox on the side porch of WJER, fax it to 330-364-4538, or email it to wjer@wjer.com. Please do not phone in results! Be sure to include the team coach's name and phone number.


We will announce the Kids League Report on 1450 WJER Monday through Saturday at 7:10 a.m., 4:45 p.m., and following the Cleveland Indians games. We will also have a weekly random drawing from the results we receive for a free Domino's Pizza party for your team, so send them in today!

The Kids League Report is brought to you by
Domino's Pizza, Wood Electric, and Wood's Tall Timber Lake Resort.







Upcoming Shows at the Kent State Performing Arts Center

The Kent State Performing Arts Center is nearing the end of another season of great performances, but there are still a few upcoming shows you'll definitely want to check out!

Scheduled performances include:
Saturday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.: Night Ranger
Saturday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m.: Franc D'Ambrosio with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic






Tune in to 1450 WJER on Wednesday afternoons for ticket giveaways and updates from Mike Morelli, General Manager of the Performing Arts Center, to find out what's happening at the PAC throughout the season.











Grand Slam Contest

It's time once again for the Grand Slam contest! For each Cleveland Indians game, we will choose one contestant. If the Tribe hits a grand slam during the game, our contestant for that day will be entered into a drawing to win $500 courtesy of First Federal Community Bank. Even if the Indians don't hit a grand slam, our contestant will still receive four FREE small Peach & Passion Fruit Iced Fruit Smoothies from any McDonald's in Tuscarawas County. At the end of the season, we will draw one name from all the contestants who had grand slams during "their" games and award the $500!

Be sure to register at any First Federal Community Bank location, any of the Parkway Auto Dealerships on Commercial Parkway in Dover, or right here at WJER Radio for your chance to win. Tune in to 1450 WJER to catch all the Cleveland Indians action this season!


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