New Children's Play Area to be Unveiled Saturday

The only indoor children’s play area within a one-hour drive of New Philadelphia is undergoing a complete remodel and will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. at New Towne Mall!

During the event, mall retailers will hold special promotions from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and activities for children will include a prize wheel, face painting, a balloon artist, free samples, contests, and more!

The new play area, which will occupy the same space as the mall’s previous play area, will be revealed for the first time during the grand re-opening ceremony on Saturday. The new play area is sponsored by the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union. The centerpiece of the new play area is a climbing unit modeled after the first excavator manufactured at the New Philadelphia location of Gradall. The area will also include all-new power-equipment-themed climbing units and interactive play panels.

Holmes Lumber Wins Subway Tray

Holmes Lumber in Dover is this week's winner of the Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway! WJER's Hannah Hubbard and Mandy Garver 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: Kate Wurtz, Doug Wurtz, Carly Hemsath, David Miller, Ray Hall, and WJER's Mandy Garver

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.

his week’s topic:
Does the color of my interview outfit matter?

Hot Job of the Week:
Employer seeking
: Truck Mechanic

Job Code #
: T-443-5

: At least 18 years old; high school diploma/equivalent/vocational-technical degree with a minimum of 24 months of related fleet maintenance/mechanical experience working with trucks and trailers; certification from a diesel/mechanical school; DOT inspection and air brake certifications preferred; current CDL preferred; valid driver’s license (CDL Class A preferred) with positive driving record; ASE & TIA certifications a plus; able to lift up to 50 pounds consistently; willing to work overtime; pre-employment testing will include a criminal background check, drug testing, a reference check, a driving records check, and a physical examination

Job Desc
: Provide service and maintenance on all makes of trucks and trailers (e.g. Peterbilt, Kenworth, International, Freightliner, Mack, Isuzu, Ford, GMC, etc.); diagnose mechanical problems and perform necessary repairs using tools and equipment on engines such as Cummins, Cat Detriot Diesel, International, and Mack; provide routine preventative maintenance inspections and complete federal inspections; *please note weekly work schedule is Monday-Friday noon to 8:00 p.m. (overtime available) and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Available Benefits: Health and dental insurance, vacation, and retirement plan other than 401k

rksite Location
: New Philadelphia, OH

e of Pay
: Beginning wage of $18.00 to $23.00 per hour (based on experience, skills, and abilities)

How t
o apply
: *Apply direct with résumé to the employer by email at or contact by phone at 330-339-0600. *When applying direct to the employer, be sure you mention OhioMeansJobs Stark/Tuscarawas Counties as the source of how you heard about this position.

For more info
rmation, visit OhioMeansJobs online at

Tim Gilmore Wins a Trip for Two to Disney!

WJER wants to congratulate the grand prize winner in our Great Escape to Disney contest...Tim Gilmore of New Philadelphia! Tim was selected from 22 semi-finalists to win a trip for two to Disney that includes round-trip airfare, round-trip transfers from the airport to the hotel, a six-night/seven-day stay at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Hotel, and Disney seven-day base ticket/theme park admission. We held our grand prize drawing on Thursday, March 19th at the AAA in New Philadelphia where we gathered all of our semi-finalists and held a reverse elimination drawing to select our grand prize winner. Although we had only one grand prize winner, everyone who participated as a semi-finalist received a prize package that included a special edition Great Escape T-shirt courtesy of DTS Screen Printing & Embroidery, a pair of tickets to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park, a WJER screen cloth, and a Cleveland Indians schedule. Our second runner-up was Richard Robertson of New Philadelphia, who received additional prizes that included four tickets to a 2015 Cleveland Indians game and a certificate for a Hot-n-Ready meal deal from Little Caesars Pizza. Our first runner-up was Sharon Beamish of Sherrodsville, who received a one-year family membership to the Tuscarawas County YMCA as well as a Hot-n-Ready meal deal from Little Caesars Pizza. We'd like to thank everybody who participated in this year's contest from our good-spirited semi-finalists to our great sponsors...we had lots of fun, and we'll do it again next year! Congratulations, Tim!

To see more pictures of the fun we had during the grand prize drawing, visit our Facebook page.

Pictured: Grand prize winner Tim Gilmore of New Philadelphia poses with his wife, Danielle, after being selected as the big winner

Review: Tartan Terrors and "Memphis" at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas

The Tartan Terrors are a perfect example of what can happen when five extraordinarily talented people join creative forces to try something new. In short: imagine a very fast Irish fiddle tune being augmented by a wah-wah pedal.
The Tartan Terrors, who bill themselves as North America’s Premier Celtic Event, aren’t just blowing smoke. Mostly hailing from Canada, they delivered a fantastic, fun, brilliant show that had the audience begging for more at the end. I really had no idea what to expect, and was very happily clapping and foot tapping through the entire show. Two guitarists and a standard rock drummer provided the main music, while the band’s Artistic Director, Ian Wilkes Irmisch, played Irish drum, or Bodhran. Topping all was the astonishing Daniel Pentecost (of Nashville, TN), adding fiddle and bagpipes—rock bagpipes. The audience never stopped clapping through traditional Irish music, some Monkees and Johnny Cash. One tune pointed out the group’s commitment to aiding cancer research: “Pink is Just a Color.” The musicians were joined onstage for most numbers by co-director Ellen Wilkes Irmisch, who displayed a wide background in Irish dance, interpretive dance, ballet and tap. There were plenty of funny bits, lots of Irish drinking jokes, and a full appreciation for the nature of performing in Buckeye Country.
I’m not kidding—if ever the Tartan Terrors come our way again, they are not to be missed. The Performing Arts Center at KSU deserves great credit for bringing a wide variety of performances to the area. You never know what you might see! Tartan Terrors was among the best.

Memphis, which played the PAC March 7th, is a multiple Tony award winning musical, including Best Musical, and there is no doubt why. The touring company more than did justice to the show before a packed house.
Memphis, loosely based on the story of Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, follows the tale of Huey Calhoun and his relentless effort to bring black rhythm and blues to a white audience in the early 1950s. Encountering resistance from both races, he falls in love with a brilliant singer who can never be his. His first foray into radio finds him in the #1 spot in Memphis, and a hit TV show follows.

There were so many unbelievable voices among the performers that I’m sure I must have looked foolish with my jaw dropped through much of the show. Zuri Washington, playing the talented Felicia, has a range and voice that floored the audience over and over.
The chorus was perfect in pitch and timbre and were neither too much in the background nor too much in your face—and danced spectacularly throughout. The show had absolutely flawless execution. Set changes went off without anyone noticing they were happening, then were greeted by audible gasps from the audience. I really don’t know how they pulled some of it off.
The end of the show brought the audience genuinely to its feet. To my mind, there are few things as silly as an obligatory standing ovation; they should be reserved for extraordinary performances. This one deserved it. Memphis was an amazing show, start to finish.

-Scott Daniels

Upcoming Shows at the Kent State Performing Arts Center

The Kent State Performing Arts Center still has lots of great performances in store for 2015! See what's coming up at the PAC the rest of this season.

Scheduled performances include:
Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m.: Peter and the Starcatcher
Tuesday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.: The Mikado
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.

Tuscarawas County Community Food Pantries

The food pantries located throughout Tuscarawas County rely on continued support from churches, businesses, and individuals to donate food and/or monetary contributions. Please contact your local food pantry regarding items for which they currently have the greatest need. Clients needing assistance are asked to go to the food pantry located within their ZIP code area.

Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry
Church of the Harvest, 420 W. 3rd Street, Dover

Open to everyone
Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-noon

Bolivar United
Methodist Church

560 Poplar Street, Bolivar

Emergency pantry that serves Bolivar, Mineral City, New Cumberland, Somerdale, Strasburg, Zoar, Zoarville, and the Tusky Valley school district
By appointment only (office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Carpenter's Cupboard
Strasburg United Methodist Church, 206 2nd Street NW, Strasburg

Serves Strasburg, the "878" area code, 44680 ZIP code, and the Strasburg school district
3rd Thursday of the month from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.
*Please bring your photo I.D. and a current bill or bank statement with your name and address for proof of residency

Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church
220 N. Walnut Street, Gnadenhutten

Serves the Gnadenhutten area with non-perishable food items and paper products
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church Soup Kitchen
613 N. Tuscarawas Avenue, Dover
Open to everyone
Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center

The Journey's End Ministries
205 River Street, Newcomerstown
Open to everyone
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Ohio Boys' Division 1 Championship

3/28/15 8:15p Ohio Boys' Division 1 Championship
3/29/15 4:00p Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
3/29/15 6:00p Dick Bartley's Classic Countdown