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Rich Haldi outlined the early years of cargo shipping, describing the life style and experiences of the people building, working, and traveling on the Ohio and Erie Canal. It was a hard life, but the Canal brought prosperity to the poorest state in the Union by opening up land-locked Ohio.
Al Albacete shared secrets held by those who constructed the State of Liberty. He provided many photos to document the mysteries surrounding the creation and production of France's gift for the centennial celebration of the United States of America.
Members of the Friends of the Library gave a warm welcome to Mary Ellen Icaza,
the new Executive Director of the Stark Liibrary
Did you ever wonder where all of the broadcasters, camera people, and front office people in the broadcasting business get their information? Peggy gave a fascinating explanation, then showed us a large selection of media guidebooks, many of which were collectors' items. She has first-hand knowledge of this field as she had written her Master's thesis on this topic.
Dr. Para M. Jones, President of Stark State College, reported on the dynamic progress being made at Stark State College, an important educational resource in our community. Her presentation was very educational (yes, that could be a pun), and she introduced us to the new satellite campus in Akron.
Lots of hugs and reminiscing.
Good memories from her 20 years of service.
How we will miss her.
Our guests enjoyed the musical artistry of nationally recognized Kevin DiSimone, who has collaborated with famous musical names such as Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Bette Midler, has written and produced hit songs, and has appeared on national television. Performing with him and his trio was the accomplished vocalist, Hilary James DiSimone. In addition, we dined on delicious hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and beverages.