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CANTON TWP.-- Saturday afternoon was a day to look back at Canton South Dairy Queen.
A number of former employees returned to their former workplace located in the Southgate Shopping Center. It was part of a celebration to honor the 20th anniversary of opening in 1996.
While customers were being served inside by several current employees, the former employees gathered under tents outside with their former boss, owner Donna Ring.
"There have been many struggles and successes over the years in the DQ business," Ring said. "By far my greatest accomplishment has to be /my kids' who have worked for me over the years. I tried to make it an experience for them-- never just a job.
"For almost all, DQ was their first job. It was their spring board to go on and do different things whether it was College or not they have gone on to become a teacher, artist, social worker, youth pastor, dietician, account manager, customer service representatives, server, FedEx worker, Aultcare worker, manager, stylist and stay-at-home mom just to name a few.
"I've gotten to see them grow up, attend graduations, weddings and now they stop by to visit with their children. Whether it is them or the customers the greatest success I've had cannot be measured at the register, but rather by the people who I've watched grow up and who have touched my heart over the years. In the end, it was them who made it an experience for me.
"Now I've come full circle now since I've hired a daughter from one of my opening crew members."
Racheal Viola was one of the former crew members in attendance as her daughter, Isabelle Bruder was working inside.
Ring also noted the Dairy Queen location has had some specials is has been running for its anniversary celebration.