Posted on Apr 05, 2020

Springtime Fun In Downtown Canton

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COVID-19 has you cooped up? Spend time with family, get outside, eat yummy food!  STOP #1: DeliOhio: View the menu online, call ahead, then pick up your delicious lunch items. Options include a great lineup of sandwiches, salads, and select desserts. Fresh and tasty. #2: Stadium Park and Stark Parks Walking Path: Head west on Tuscarawas Street and turn right on Elgin Street.  You may catch the weeping cherry trees along the river in full bloom. If you see pink, pull over into the small lot on the right and let the kids run underneath the big hanging blossoms. Unpack the food.  It’s like having lunch in a pink teepee.   Let the kids run, climb the trees, then get them back in the car and head north. Stop at the McKinley Monument to walk the steps and view the amazing architecture. Or follow the road and park at any one of the numerous lots. Take a stroll along the walking paths. STOP #3: Taggart’s Ice Cream Parlor is just a few blocks up the road. Handmade in small batches, this delicious ice cream, served in a quaint, fun setting (booths and tables on one side or parlor tables...

Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Stumped. And By A Simple Out-Of-The-Blue Question

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At step 93 I saw them. A family of three, dressed in casual attire, taking photos, looking around. Clearly not here for a workout. The steps I was climbing, known locally as The World’s Largest Outdoor Stair Master, the McKinley Monument steps, 4 tiers of 24, can put an amazing amount of hurt on your buns, thighs and calves. Peering over that last set to flat ground (yay), my gaze caught white tennis shoes, plaid shirt, and slow casual gate. Visitors. At first I ignored them. Completely out of breath and sweating profusely is no way to begin a conversation.  Maybe they’ll be gone, I thought, when I round the Monument.  But there they were, still in sight, the younger boy and older man had walked halfway down the steps to read the statue’s text.  Actually interested in the history of the place? I couldn’t resist. I approached the woman slowly, acting like I was adjusting my headphones, and asked, “Is this your first time here?” She smiled and said, “No, not for us, but for him”, and she pointed to the younger boy (20-something). “He’s a McKinley, he lives in Wheeling.  This is his first time here and...

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