Today is Election day: Uniontown/Lake Township candidates and issues

election-day 2011



Candidates and issues that met Wednesday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline for inclusion on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The validity of candidate nominating petitions must be approved before a candidate officially makes the ballot. The Stark County Board of Elections has until Aug. 22 to complete that process.






* denotes incumbent

Lake Township
Fiscal Officer (elect 1)
Ben V. Sommers *
Trustee (elect 1)
John L. Arnold *

Lake Local School District
Board of Education (elect 2)
Kenneth D. Brott *
Jon Troyer
David A. VanderKaay *


1. Proposed by joint resolution of General Assembly; amend Section 6 of Article IV and repeal sections 19 and 22 of Article IV of the Ohio constitution:
1. Increase the maximum age for elected or appointed judicial office from 70 to 75. 2. Eliminate the General Assembly’s authority to establish court of conciliation. 3. Eliminate the Governor’s authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission.

2. Referendum of Senate Bill 5
Amended substitute Senate Bill 5 is a new law relative to government union contracts and other government employment contracts and policies.

3. Proposed constitutional amendment to adopt Section 21 of Article  I of the Ohio Constitution:
1. In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.
2. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.
3. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.


• Lake, expansion of the Uniontown Police District to the entire unincorporated territory of Lake Township, replacing the tax in the existing township police district, 4.5 mills, continuing period of time, commencing in 2011.
• Lake, precinct A local option, weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages, Circle K #5390, 260 S. Prospect Ave.
• Lake, precinct A local option, Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages, Circle K #5390, 260 S. Prospect Ave.
• Lake, precinct 9 local option, Sunday sales of beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor, VFW Greentown Post 9904, 8695 Cleveland Ave., NW.




• Lake Local Schools, (1) Bond issue, improvement of school district buildings and facilities, acquiring, improving and equipping real estate for school purposes, $12,781,563, 1.8 mills, 28 years. (2) Additional levy, acquisition, construction, and financing of general permanent improvements, 0.5 mill, continuing period of time. Will be presented to the voters as one question in two parts.
• Stark County,  sales and use tax, one-half of one percent (0.5 percent), for the purpose of supporting criminal and administrative justice services for the county and to pay the expenses of administering such levy, 8 years.

Uniontown Dentist hosts Candy Buy Back event to support troops

By Lindsey Bailey | The Suburbanite

Dr. MeadUniontown general dentist, Dr. Michael Mead and his staff are celebrating Halloween this year by working to prevent cavities before they begin. As part of a national initiative by, Mead’s office will collect Halloween candy from kids and parents alike during a candy buy back event on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters who bring in a pound of candy during the event will receive $1 for each pound. The candy donations will be sent to a local Ohio troop as well as several troops overseas through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit volunteer-based corporation that strives to encourage troops with care packages. Each package is addressed to an individual soldier, sailor, airmen or marine.

Additionally, each participant is encouraged to write letters or cards to the troops to be included in the care packages. Donations of dental hygiene products are also welcome.

Last year, Mead’s office collected 125 pounds of candy which was then added to the 125 tons of candy received last year by Operation Gratitude. This year, Dr. Mead hopes for a much bigger turnout to support the goal of sending 60,000 care packages.

Dr. Bryan Terhune, a dentist in Canton will also be collecting candy for this year’s event. Mead’s office is located at 12981 Cleveland Ave. NW near the corner of 619 and Cleveland Ave.