- __Argus Masonic Lodge No. 545 Honors Longtime Members February 15, 2017
The Argus Masonic Lodge No. 545 in Canfield, Ohio paid tribute to two of its longtime members at its annual awards night February 10.
Those honored were Brother John N. Craig of Canfield and James R. Burnham of Youngstown for 25-years of membership. Each man received a gold pin to mark the occasion.
Guests at the meeting were RWB Robert W. Ridzon, WB Terry Whitford, DEO and the families of the honored guests.
Master of Ceremonies and photographer for the evening was Brother Denny Furman.
Charity is an important tenet of the Masonic fraternity. The 121,000 Masons in Ohio provide approximately $15 million in charitable giving annually. This year they gave $97,000 in college scholarships, contributed more than $125,000 to Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games, and funded $70,000 in free training for hundreds of Ohio school teachers to recognize students at non-academic risk. They also provided $12 million in elderly care, and helped many needy Ohio families and individuals through their Charitable Foundation.
General information is available at www.freemason.com. For local information, please log on at www.arguslodge.info.
- __Marketing Program Alum Lands Position with Pepsi Cola February 15, 2017
Graduates of the Marketing Program at the TCTC are almost unanimous in saying that their experiences at the TCTC prepared them for the world of work. Mike McBriar, a 2011 completer from Mathews High School, is no exception. He stated, “Our program operated the school store where we sell a wide variety of retail merchandise. We learned about presentation, how to rotate product, how to price different items and the importance of meeting an employer’s expectations. I looked forward to coming to school every single day.”
McBriar parlayed the skills acquired in Marketing Education into a position with Pepsi Cola as a merchandiser. He stocks the shelves at stores that carry Pepsi products. He also builds displays when Pepsi products need to be featured.
Second thoughts or regrets are not part of McBriar’s makeup. “I am very happy with my present position. I earn an income that makes me self-supporting with good benefits. I love what I do, because I get to meet new people at our locations and I merchandise a very popular product. From my perspective, it’s all good,” he said.
Program teachers at the TCTC often invite former students to address their classes about what they learned during their time at the school. McBriar said that he would tell current students to make the most of their educational opportunities because they can prepare you for the rest of your life. “It’s okay to have fun, but you have to keep your eye on the future.”
Most successful students point to their interaction with an educator as a positive game changer in their development. McBriar credits his program teacher, Michelle Plakosh, for her support. He stated, “Mrs. P sets high standards for her students, but she works with them to accomplish their goals. She is a very positive, but purposeful teacher. She is high energy and demands that her students be on task and good representatives of our school. The neat thing is that it rubs off on her kids. They identify with the program.”
Marketing Education is a two year Career/Tech program. During their junior year, students operate the school store called the Hot Spot. It is open to the public every day. During their senior year, students spend 1/2 of their day working in a marketing related field. This employment qualifies them for an early release to gain work related experiences.
- __Cardinal Mooney Senior Collects Coloring Supplies for Local Organizations February 15, 2017
While some high school seniors take it easy on the way to graduation, Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Nick Blasko has channeled his energies into making a positive impact on the lives of those around him. This January, Nick independently developed Operation Color as a way to gather donations for local organizations. Inspired by his travels with his CMHS Service Class and the school’s tradition of community improvement, Nick has collected nearly $3000 in coloring supplies for donation to Akron Children’s Hospital and the Purple Cat workshop for adults with special needs. To accomplish this, he set up donation sites at several local businesses and neighborhoods collecting enough art supplies to keep the residents and patients he seeks to serve busy for many, many hours!
Nick developed Operation Color, as he terms it, for 5 reasons: 1. Coloring promotes coordination; 2. It’s a creative outlet; 3. It helps you relax; 4. It boosts self-esteem; 5. It’s all around fun!