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Pag 4 ............ ORRVIEWS ................... March 27, 2009 m ORRVn .T..F. is askin_00 Q. i wish there weren't empty buildings downtown, and in other locations around town. Can someone find businesses to come to Orrville and fill those spaces? A. Empty storefronts! That is one of the first things we hear when people, tell us what they want to see change in Orrville. No matter what the economic climate is, no one likes to see a vacant building. Ever. Recruiting new business is never an easy task, especially so today. I'm sure you understand that. Chain stores come only when Reusser their data specialists advise it. Entrepreneurs are looking for the perfect environment, and they have plenty of commu- nities to choose from. Where would YOU open a store if you had the perfect business plan and all the energy and funding it takes to make that happen? But wait! Think about this, We DO have new stores. Harvest Moon opened a little over a year ago. Cellular Central - a Verizon dealer - opened a few months ago, and Expert T's opened just last week. I think that's great news, don't you? How many of these stores have you visited? Did you give them your business? See, here's the thing. Ask yourself this ques- tion: What would make Orrville irresistible to other businesses looking for the right place to open a retail or commercial store? Part of the answer is this: SEEING OTHER ORRVILLE BUSINESSES THRIVE! Now THAT'S an environment that's going to be ap- pealing. We can all help create that vitality by fre- quenting our local stores and restaurants. Grant- ed, we certainly expect good product selection, fair prices, flesh and interesting merchandise and, of course, great customer service. Orrville merchants will deliver, but it's up to us to create the demand. What are YOU doing to make Orrville a Community of Choice? Jenni Reusser, President Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Q. With news of layoffs in other, larger area hospitals. What is happening with our Dunlap Community Hospital? A. First of all, health care is not recession- proof. Dunlap Community Hospital is like any Steiger other company and we must make money to survive. The cost of doing business has in- creased, including our health care costs just like any other company. Bad debt from peo- ple not paying their bills was $2.2 million last year. While our cash flow is good, and we currently have ample funds in the bank, we lost money in 2008. Like everyone else, we must tighten our belt and become more efficient. Paramount with our Board-of-Directors and administrative staff is to keep everyone working, even if it means reduced hours. We have not yet laid anyone off, and our current intention is to avoid it if we can. We have already begun to reduce costs line-by- line beginning with administration. Some of it hurts, but we have no choice if we are to sur- vive. We plan to steer the organization through these difficult times, and come out the other side stronger than before. Another thing that would really help is for all of us to try to stay healthy and keep health care costs down for our employ- ers, but more importantly, for ourselves. Rod Steiger, President & CEO Dunlap Community Hospital Exchange Club honors students of the month Submitted by LAURIER LIKENS Orrville High School Guidance Counselor Each month, the Orrville Ex- change Club honors a senior at Orrville High School as Student of the Month. At the March Exchange Club luncheon at the Orrville YMCA, the fol-  lowing students were recognized. The Novem- ber/Student of the Month is Kenieka Mosley, daughter of Dar- rell Mosley II. Kenieka is plan- Mosley ning on attending the University of Cincinnati to pursue a major where she will be helping young adults & children. Kenieka has been active in National Honor Society, Year- book, Spanish & French Club, Stu- dent Council, Renaissance Com- mittee, Drama, and a member of the Thespian Society. She says that her major accomplishment is being the 2009 Youth of the Year for the Orrville Area Girls and Boys Club. The December Student of the Month is Jennifer Lisic, daughter of Larry & Mary Lou Lisic. Jen- nifer is planning on attending Wittenberg Uni- versity to major in Biology. Jen- nifer will be part of Wittenberg's golf team. Jen- Lisic nifer has been active in Golf, Drama, Choir and Band. She says that her major accomplishment is becoming Sec- tional Champ for Golf. The January Student of the Month is Charity Begly, daugh- ter of Vemon & Edna Begly. Charity is plan- ning on attend- Begly ing Tennessee Temple University to receive a degree in Christian Counseling. Charity has been active in March- ing & Symphonic Band, French Club, Earth Science Club;National Honor Society, and Tennis. She says that her major accomplishment is being on the Honor Roll; Presi- dent of Earth Science Club; being a member of National Honor Society; and becoming closer to God. The February Student of the Month is Kelley Johnson, daughter of Craig & Sandy Johnson. Kelley is unsure of her college at this time but is planning on majoring in public relations. Kelley has been active in Volleyball, Basketball, Soft- ball, President of National Honor Society, Trea- surer of Student Council, Ohio Cardinal Confer- ence Leadership Johnson Group, Spanish Club and Yearbook. She says that her major accomplishment is never receiving a "B"; winning Districts junior year in Basketball; becoming Orrville girls all-time career assists leader; and being on the 1st Team for the OCC and Districts her Se- nior year in Volleyball and Basket- ball. Safety check Christy Michaels, and her one year old daughter, Ellice, had their child seat safety checked Saturday, March 14 at Maibach Ford. Assisting are Leah Aubrey (left) and Jan : Higgins, technicians of the Helping Center of the Gault Family Learning Center in Wooster. This event was coordinated locally by Beth Renner and Dee Franks. Sixteen parents were assisted with their car seats. Submitted by Darlene Morrison Knode joins Arm, trong Cable Submitted by Armstrong There's a new face behind the camera for Armstrong's Channel 4 Local Programming, Andrew Knode. He grew up outside of Marshallville and went to school in Doylestown. Like most kids in rural areas, he gravitated towards the larger cities, in Andrew's case it was Orrville. He shares fond memories of watching the fire- works from the back of his parent's station wagon with his two older brothers, seeing his first movies at Orr Theater when he was so small his Dad had to hold his seat down for him and making weekly stops to Smith's Grocery Store after church on Wednesday nights. Now Orrville looks a little dif- ferent and Andrew is a little big- ger, but his goal at Armstrong is to capture the community as it is now while re- maining true to the rich history still fresh in ev- eryone's mind. Andrew devel- oped a strong passion for vid- eo production during his high Knode school media class and carried it through the years that followed. He began shooting weddings and eventually moved on to producing television commercials and a show for PBS "The Buckeye Angler." His camera has taken him halfway around the world to Rwanda, Afri- ca to produce a documentary for a group in Canada capturing their ef- forts to build a new orphanage for the children. But he seems to still gravitate towards Orrville. Just last Christmas he shot the "Shop with a Cop" video for the Orrville Police Department. "I couldn't be more excited to be witla Armstrong now," Andrew said "this is a dream position for me, and now I'm here, doing what I love in a community that I care about." For information on how to sub- mit items for viewing on Arm- strong or to contact Andy about an upcoming event call 330- 722-3141 x227 or email Ch4@zoomintemet. net.