News from the entire cantonal region

New genealogical resource
at the Rodman Public Library

ALLIANCE – The Rodman Public Library has a new database, Heritage Hub, which will facilitate research by genealogists and historians.

An addition to NewsBank, HeritageHub lets you explore your family history with a collection of American obituaries and obituaries from across the country for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 to the present day. HeritageHub helps you easily identify loved ones, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. The database includes in-depth coverage of all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid-1900s, and original obituary images. It’s free and access is available 24/7 from your home.

Those who use HeritageHub can create a personal folder to save searches, making research easier and more productive.

In total, the Rodman Public Library has over 75 databases on its website ( in several different categories. Using any of the databases is free, but some may require an active library card and PIN to log in. To access RPL’s databases, visit and hover over the Find Info tab in the blue navigation bar below the library logo. Click Search Databases, which is the first category in the drop-down menu. From there, customers can search by category and all databases are listed in alphabetical order.

For help accessing the Rodman Library databases, or for more information, call the Reference Service at 330-821-2665, ext. 217.

One book, one community
selection made in Alliance

ALLIANCE – “A Most Beautiful Thing” has been chosen in the One Book One Community selection for 2022.

Growing up in Chicago’s Westside in the 1990s, Arshay Cooper needed a positive influence in his life. He found it in the sport known as crewing on a team that made history as the first all-black high school rowing team in the United States. Cooper tells the story in “A Most Beautiful Thing”, the 2022 One Book One Community selection. Originally published under the title “Suga Water,” the book has grown into an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Mary Mazzio, narrated by Common and produced by Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade and 9th Wonder.

A Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, Cooper is also a Benjamin Franklin Award-winning author, motivational speaker and activist, particularly around accessibility issues for low-income families.

“A Most Beautiful Thing” is the true and inspiring story of the most unlikely group of brothers who form a family and forever change a sport and their lives for the better. Cooper recounts his teenage life in Chicago where the street corners were full of gangs and the hallways of his apartment complex were haunted by drug addicts. Her mother was a recovering drug addict and her three siblings all slept in a one-room apartment.

Cooper will visit Alliance on March 31. Additional One Book One community programs leading up to the Author Visit will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit One Book, One Community Alliance Ohio on Facebook, @AllianceOBOC on Twitter or

New Year’s Eve at noon
at the Canal Fulton library

CANAL FULTON – The Canal Fulton Public Library will be hosting a Noon New Year’s Eve celebration from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday. Guests will be able to do crafts, eat snacks and play games. Register by calling 330-854-4148 or by visiting the children’s department.

ABCD elects its leaders for 2022-2023

CANTON – ABCD elected the following members as officers for 2022-2023:

  • Lydia Lee, Computer Training Specialist, Stark State College has been elected Chair of ABCD’s Board of Directors.
  • Tomier Davenport, Deputy Director, Career and Tech Education, Canton City Schools, was elected Vice President.
  • LaToya Dickens Jones, Certified Nurse Practitioner, was elected Secretary.
  • John Cihon, retired executive of MPW Industrial Services, has been elected treasurer.

ABCD is a not-for-profit community development corporation that operates community economic development, energy conservation, housing development, and transportation programs.

Harlem Globetrotters in Canton

TOWNSHIP – The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their all-new show back to the Canton Memorial Civic Center on January 2. Early entry for “Magic Pass” holders at 1:30 pm Arrive early. Doors open at 2 p.m. Start of the event at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $ 99, $ 79, $ 69, $ 49, $ 37 and $ 27. Additional charges may apply. Buy tickets at

Planetarium shows at the museum

TOWNSHIP – The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum will be hosting Cosmic Kids Planetarium shows from 11 am to 11:15 am and 11:30 am to 11:45 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. The show will feature constellations, planets, a light show and music. It is intended for children aged 3 and over.

The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum will host shows at the Universe at Large Planetarium from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The show will feature monthly highlights, the latest news and a tour of the night sky. It is intended for ages 7 and up.

Free ticket with admission to the museum. You must have a separate planetarium ticket to attend the presentation. Seating is limited and guests must arrive at the planetarium entrance five minutes before the screening.

Guests and presenter should wear a mask. Guests will be seated 6 feet away from other groups. The surfaces will be cleaned after each program. There will be seat rotation in the morning and afternoon, allowing cleaning of each seat section after the morning and afternoon shows. The planetarium is well ventilated.

Belden Village Wedding Show
search for local exhibitors

JACKSON TWP. – The 25th Annual Belden Village Bridal Show will be held January 15-16 inside the Belden Village Mall. The show will provide couples in the area with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience.

Bride and groom can win prizes, play honeymoon hunt, register for a chance to participate in the Price is Right game and the Nearly Newlywed Game. Fashion shows will take place every day with wedding dresses, tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses. The exhibit will feature local vendors sharing wedding planning information including formal wear, photographers, rental services, bakeries, DJ services, reception venues, salons and spas, caterers, travel agencies, beauty consultants, etc.

Any local business interested in participating, call 330-556-9974 or email [email protected] for more information.

New Year’s Eve at the Massillon library

MASSILLON – The youth service of the Municipal Library of Massillon will host the midday New Years Eve party from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday in the Auditorium of the MPL. Children are invited to come celebrate the New Year without going to bed late. Make a hat for New Years Eve and other crafts. There will be a countdown to noon and a balloon drop in the library rotunda. Also, get a party bag to take home to celebrate at home later. For more information on this free program for children, contact [email protected] or call 330-832-9831, ext. 317.

Share your family history

MASSILLON – The Massillon Public Library, in partnership with the Massillon Local History and Genealogy Society, will hold the “Family History Adventures” program on January 5 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the library auditorium. Participants are encouraged to “show and tell” their greatest family history research stories. Registration is required before January 3. For more information on this free program, contact Christine Bowman at 330-832-9831, ext. 150, or [email protected] A meeting of the Massillon Local History and Genealogy Society and the election of new leaders will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Decorated trees exposed in
Showcases in the hall of the Massillon museum

MASSILLON – The display cases in the lobby of the Musée Massillon are adorned with trees decorated by representatives of local businesses and organizations. The themes of the trees reflect businesses and organizations. This year, the Massillon Public Library; Bailey Platek Group-Cutler Real Estate; the schools of the town of Massillon; Bonnie Engravers Gallery; Becky’s obsessions; shuffling paradigm shift; Tremont Coffee Co.; and The Attic decorated trees with themes reflecting their businesses or organizations.

Poetry writing group to meet

MASSILLON – A group of poetry writers will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 5 in the auditorium of the Massillon public library with local author Cat Russell. All poets are welcome, from beginners to seasoned writers. Bring several copies of your favorite poems and plan to share them with the group. Participants will exchange poems, give their opinions and share tips on creating poetry. For more information on this free program, contact Miranda Greathouse at [email protected] or 330-832-9831, ext. 304.

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