FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• Several students in the area told what they were thankful for, as Thanksgiving was coming. Charlie Cush, a student at Walker Elementary, said he was thankful for food, clothing and pizza. Kaylee Gifford, a student at East Canton Elementary, was thankful for her dog, Ziggy. Elizabeth Leyda, a Sandy Valley senior, was thankful for her family, friends and community.
•Malone students, including one East Canton graduate, were planning a visit with Santa and movie event at the Canton Palace Theatre. Kirk Greaves was the local graduate helping with the event that was an outreach to the community. The movie was "A Christmas Story."
•East Canton Wizards were preparing for the new season following 30 straight district titles. The senior members of the team were Caitlin Sharp, Darla Ivins, Vanessa Gantz, Kristin Kalsek, Megan Payne and Katie Momirovic. The team was coached by long-time, successful coach Tom Davis.
10 YEARS AGO
• Assistant Osnaburg Fire Chief Paul Toalston, was honored by the State of Ohio Grange for his many years of service to the area, not only as a fire fighter but also as boy scout leader, church member and school custodian.
• Wildcat Ronnie Bourquin is shown signing a letter of intent to play baseball at The Ohio State University. He is shown with his parents, Gail and Rocky Bourquin, basketball coach Henry Cobb, high school principal Rick Knight, school counselor Barb Tscholl and football coach Elmer Schuetz.
• Gary Offenberger was featured in an article about boys basketball coaches in the area. Offenberger was in his fourth year as the head coach at Sandy Valley. He graduated from Sandy Valley High School and Walsh University. His advice to the players was, "Go out and play hard. Good things will happen."
25 YEARS AGO
• Walter Huther, of East Canton, was a man who helped the "least of these." The elderly man was a talented gardener, a volunteer at Massillon State Hospital and a lay minister with the Methodist Church. He was a bowler and a world traveler. "Take life one day at a time," was his advice to others.
• The Canton South Wildcat football team lost is first playoff game to Akron Buchtel by a score of 27-0. The team ended its season at 8-3 overall. Buchtel had a huge advantage in the running game, but South quarterback David Arthur gave the Wildcats the lead in passing yards. Mike Miller, the South coach, was appreciative of the community support and proud of the efforts of his team.
• Students at East Sparta School were presenting a musical called "Sis! Boom! Bah!" A few of those in the play were Joe Severs, Doug Crilley, Mindy Boals, Amy Ionno and Danny Woodlock. Vicki Awig was the director.
50 YEARS AGO
• The East Canton PTA passed a resolution to support the establishment of a local branch o the library. During the meeting, special entertainment was also presented by a boys ensemble that included Dave Edwards, Benny Morrision, Ralph Toalston, Paul Sprankle, Roby Douglas, Dick Anders and John Motts.
• Four Canton South graduates were playing for the Malone College Pioneers. They were Jarold Long, 5-10; Deane Booth , 6-1; Allfred Filliez, 6-1 and Jim Zimmer, 5-11. Filliez, the paper said, had the best chance of regular duty for the Pioneers. He entered Malone after a stint in the US Army. He had a successful career at South and held a record of scoring 40 points in one game.
• Lt. Phyllis J. Elsass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Elsass of Canton, returned home from a two-year tour of Guam and Japan with the US Navy Nurse Corp. Prior to going overseas she served for two years at the US Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md. A dinner was being held in her honor at the Fulton House. Lt. Elsass also had relatives in Waynesburg.
• Harry VanMeter of Magnolia in a will dated a year before his death, gave his adopted son, Glenwood, $1; his brother James, $1 and the remainder of his estate went to his sister, Hannah McClain. The executor of the estate was Harry McClain.
• James A. Welker formerly of Sandy Township, sustained a broken arm Saturday morning when he attempted to crank his atomobile at the Auto Service garage at Canton. The engine was cool an at the time and when Welker turned the crank it backfired, braking his right arm.
• The Waynesburg High School football team lost to Magnolia on a Friday afternoon, 19-7. The Magnolia team was considerably heavier.