Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation

Coronavirus concerns cancel Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2020

Online-only component goes on as scheduled

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has cancelled its annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

An online component of the workplace health and safety event will go on as scheduled, however, providing the opportunity to secure continuing education credits for professionals in the health care, human resources, safety, and legal communities. The 8,600 who registered for the in-person event will be enrolled automatically for the online event.

“The health and safety of Ohioans remain our top concern, and we must take every precaution to protect our citizens,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, following the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and local and state health leaders and experts.

Safety congress’s kickoff session at 9:30 Wednesday morning is still scheduled, but for an online audience only. The in-person component will not be rescheduled this year due to the size and scope of the event. Attendees looking to attain continuing education credits are encouraged to review the sessions offered through the online option. For those who have yet to register, as well as details as they become available, visit Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

More than 300 vendors had registered for the Expo Marketplace to showcase their latest workplace safety and health products. BWC will reimburse the vendors the fees for their booth space.

Now in its 90th year, the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo is the largest free work-safety event in the United States. It offers workplace safety and health education, training and resources for Ohio workers, employers and safety professionals.

BWC encourages the public to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information by visiting the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) website coronavirus.ohio.gov and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ODH also has a call center open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Art and Food Join Forces Again!

Once again, the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Carnation City Food Truck Rally in conjunction with the Annual ArtFest hosted by the University of Mount Union. This year’s event will be held on Saturday September 21, 2019.

The Carnation City Food Truck Rally will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Simpson Street west of Union Avenue. We are planning to increase the number of food trucks this year to 15 trucks. Many of last years favorites like The Beach Bum Truck, Fat Freddie’s BBQ, Cheezylicious and Southern Thangs will be returning along with several new truck.

The 55th Annual ArtFest, located at the Mount Union Campus Lakes will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will feature original works by area artists in various media including watercolor, oil, collage, graphics, drawings, photography, jewelry, pen and ink, sculpture, glass mosaics, printmaking and mixed media works. In addition, functional craft vendors will be on hand featuring jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, lights, purses/bags, candles and soaps.

Live demos, musical entertainment and a children’s activity will take place.

Mount Union has a home football game against Baldwin Wallace that same Saturday, so plan to stop by before the game and have lunch!

DANIEL CHERRY lll is Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Community Breakfast

The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Board is pleased to announce Daniel Cherry III as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Carnation Festival Community Breakfast.

Daniel Cherry is the Chief Marketing Officer of Activision Blizzard Esports, overseeing all marketing, communications, brand strategy, and social media for the Overwatch League, Call of Duty World League, and all Activision Blizzard Esports portfolio properties.

Daniel was named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list and is part of a growing group of sports executives who have joined Activision Blizzard to blaze new trails in the rapidly expanding world of esports.

Daniel brings over 20 years of marketing experience to this new role, most recently serving as chief marketing and innovation officer for the three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center arena, where he oversaw all marketing & sales strategy, branding, and innovation.Prior to that role, Daniel served as the senior vice president of marketing and vice president of consumer planning & research at DIAGEO N.A.

Prior to joining DIAGEO, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of the legendary soccer club The New York Cosmos, led by club President and global soccer icon Pelé. Daniel helped establish a $30 million valuation and buyout of the re-launched Cosmos brand.

Previously, Daniel was a Managing Partner & Director of Brand Strategy at AdAge’s 2017 Agency of the Year Anomaly, which was named one of one of FAST COMPANY Magazine’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” (ranked #24 in 2008). Daniel worked with his advertising godfather Dan Wieden at Wieden+Kennedy, where he led brand strategy on Nike, the Jordan Brand, and ESPN. His work on Nike included the 2007 GRAMMY nominated.

Daniel Cherry III was born in Alliance, Ohio and attended boarding school in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the proud husband and father of wife Melanie and daughters Sidney and Sienna.

The Community Breakfast will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:00 a.m. at the University of Mount Union Hoover Price Campus Center. Also, during the breakfast, the “2019 Citizen of the Year”, “Grand Parade Marshal”, and ‘Favazzo-Jeswald Founders Award” winners will be announced.

Tickets for this event are available on the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival website home page and event page at www.carnationfestival.com.

Safety Council Presents Awards

Safety Council Presents Awards


The Eastern Stark County Safety Council, in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, held its annual awards program on April 25, 2019. Awards include:

Group Award to the company with the lowest incident rate in each group: 100% Award to each company that works the entire year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Achievement Award to each company that decreases its incident rate by at least 25% from previous year; Special Award to each company that accumulates at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work.

Group Awards

Alliance Community Medical Foundation

Apex Control Systems, Inc

Consumers National Bank

Robertson Heating Supply Co.

Summitville Tiles


Achievement Award

Alliance Country Club

Bel Air Senior Living Center

BPI Recycling

City of Alliance

Circle Machine Rolls, Inc

Clem Lumber & Distribution

Custom Poly Bag, Inc

East Carroll Nursing Home, Inc

Great Lakees Best One Tire

Hais Fabripart, LLC

Morgan Engineering

Robertson Heating Supply Co

Summitville Tiles

ViIllage of Sebring


100% Award

ACME Industrial Group

A.J. Osterfoils, LLC

Abrasive Supply Company, Inc

All Staff

Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce

Alliance Castings Company, LLC

Alliance Community Medical Foundation

Alliance Country Club

Alliance Medical Associates, Inc.

Alliance Recycling Center

Allied Commercial Roofing Services, Inc

Anstine Machining Corp.

Apex Control Systems, Inc

Bel Air Senior Living Center

BPI Recycling

Central Coated Products, Inc

Circle Machine Rolls Inc.

Consumers National Bank

Custom Poly Bag Inc

Damon Industries Inc

Don Pancho’s Restaurant

East Carroll Nursing Home Inc

First Choice Electrical Solutions

First Christian Church of Malvern

Great Lakes Best One Tire

Hais Fabripart LLC

JC Masonry Construction Inc

Mike B. Fagan Roofing & S.M.

Minerva Dairy

Pauli Electric, Inc

Premier Bandage #8 Inc.

Quad Ambulance District

Robertson Heating Supply

Sare Plastics

Stark Metal Sales

Stark Metal Sales Trucking

Summitville Tiles

TruCut Inc

Uniontown  Fire Department

Village of East Canton

Village of Sebring

Whitacre Greer Company

Whiteleather Farms

Special Award

Alliance Castings Company

Alliance Community Medical Foundation

Consumers National Bank

Crandall Medical Center

Damon Industries, Inc

Minerva Dairy

Trilogy Plastics, Inc

Whitacre Greer Company

Congratulations to all these companies. A good safety record does not happen by accident. (Excuse the pun). These companies make safety a priority and we like to recognize them for their efforts.


The keynote speaker for the evening was Renee Powell, owner and head golf professional at Clearview Golf Course in East Canton. She spoke about her family’s history in golf and the struggles they faced as blacks in a predominately white sport. They had many barriers along the way but never gave up. Her father founded and built Clearview Golf Course and Renee was only the second black female golfer in the LPGA. She now speaks all over the world and has an honorary membership in the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. What an inspiring story, thank you Renee for sharing it with us.

Also, during the evening, the Women’s Division presented their annual Athena Award. This year’s recipient was Pat Gates. The Athena Award is a national award presented to an outstanding business or professional woman who has attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in her business or profession, has devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assists women in realizing their leadership potential. Pat certainly has far exceeded all these criteria. Pat was a math teacher at Marlington High School and was the first female athletic director in a public school in Ohio. She is very involved in the Alliance community with the University of Mount Union Alumni Council, Alliance Kiwanis Club, Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity, Union Avenue United Methodist Church, Alliance Community Pantry and many others. Congratulations Pat on a well-deserved recognition!!

The past Athena Award and Woman of the Year recipients presented their fifth annual scholarship. The Athena/Woman of the Year Scholarship is presented to a deserving female high school senior who has demonstrated community involvement, academic achievement and leadership. This year’s recipient of the $1000 scholarship was Fatima Meza, a senior at Alliance High School. Congratulations Fatima!!

The evening could not have happened without the financial support of our sponsors: the Platinum Sponsors were Alliance Ventures, Carnation Security, Consumers National Bank, Copeland Oaks, Huntington National Bank and Nationwide Insurance- the Burgess Group. Gold Sponsor was AA Hammersmith Insurance. Silver Sponsors were Clifton Larson Allen LLP and the Eastern Stark County Safety Council. Your generous support is greatly appreciated, THANK YOU!!


With generous support from the Alliance community, the Athena Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Woman of the Year and Athena Leadership award recipients.   In collaboration with the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, a charitable fund agreement was set up with the Greater Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Based on the same criteria as the Athena award, the scholarship is presented to a graduating female high school senior who exemplifies community service, academic achievement and leadership potential.  The honoree must reside within Alliance City, Marlington Local, Sebring or West Branch Local School Districts, and must attend and anticipate graduation from one of those schools, or from St. Thomas Aquinas.

To date, four scholarships have been awarded:

2014     Alexandrea Garrett     West Branch       NEOMed

2015     Alexis Austin                 Alliance             Capital University

2016     Alyssa Powers              Marlington        University of Akron

2017     Kaylen Sanor                West Branch     Ashland University

2018     Olivia Woods                 Sebring             University of Akron

The scholarship is paid directly from the Greater Alliance Foundation to the college, university, or other educational institution in which the recipient is enrolled.  Celebrate with us at the upcoming chamber annual dinner in February 2018, when the next Athena Scholarship recipient will be announced!

It is hoped that this scholarship, awarded annually, will continue in perpetuity.  Please consider this worthwhile initiative in your year-end charitable giving.  Your tax deductible check is payable to the Greater Alliance Foundation.  Write “Athena Scholarship” on the memo line and mail the check to the Foundation office:  960 W State Street, Suite 130, Alliance, OH 44601.  Or simply go to:  www.GreaterAllianceFoundation.org and donate online.  Be sure to designate “Athena Scholarship.”  Your donation can be in honor of, or in memory of a significant woman in your life……….your grandmother, mother, or aunt; a sister or daughter; perhaps a special teacher or mentor.

With sincere gratitude for your ongoing support,

From the Woman of the Year/Athena Scholarship Committee