Cox volunteers help freshen up community center: dates and data from Olmsted

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – What do you call seven cable guys who paint several hallways at the Olmsted Community Center?

A thank you!

Cox Cable employees spent a recent morning laying down tarps and opening cans to paint the hallways leading to and around the lower rooms and center kitchen.

Cox has a working relationship with the center. Two years ago, the center received a $10,000 grant for technical upgrades from Cox.

“It started there,” said Cox communications manager Aaron Smith. “Donna said the center needs some work and we are always looking to help and it suited our needs perfectly. We are always on the lookout for opportunities like this.

The center provided the paint, and the seven hit the walls, that is, with paint.

Orion Owens, left, and Michael Alonso, Cox staff and service project volunteers, paint the entrance to an office at the Olmsted Community Center. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for

Donna Winter, the center’s executive director, said that as a nonprofit organization, this service project saves funds since Cox volunteers do the painting instead of the center paying for the labor. ‘work.

“It also allows them (Cox volunteers) to complete hours of service and build a relationship while doing it,” Donna said.

Michael Alonso was one of Cox’s employees who painted the walls. He said Cox is in 10 suburbs and has volunteers helping with various projects.

“Our company, as big as it is, wants to get involved and help out financially when it can,” he said. “We provide support and want to maintain and foster a strong footprint in the community.”

Most of the volunteers didn’t know each other, but you could see the bond building as the morning went on. It’s wonderful to see companies helping our community.

As one said, the center is the “life blood” of the community. Their volunteerism has certainly helped circulate the center’s continued support for so many needed activities and offerings.

Prost! : It’s August and Germans in this community know what this month brings – Sommer Oktoberfest.

Brats, potato pancakes and, yes, beer, singing, dancing and fun – and did I mention German cuisine – will be outdoors at the German-American Cultural Center in Donauschwaben this Friday (August 19) through Sunday (21st of August).

Pre-sale tickets are available online until midnight August 18. There will be 2,000 $10 presale tickets available per day. Go to and click on “events”, which will take you to more details on getting tickets. Children under 15 are free. Regular priced tickets are $12.

Sommer Oktoberfest hours are 6-11 p.m. on August 19; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on August 20 and noon to 6 p.m. on August 21.

The center is located at 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township. Come join the fun, music and food in our very own backyard.

Save this date: The next Fill the Truck will take place on August 27 in the parking lot of Falls-Lenox Elementary School.

This event, which is a partnership between the Olmsted Falls Music Association and Saver’s, allows the donation and recycling of specific equipment. The association receives compensation for the kilos of tissue collected.

Items accepted include clothing and footwear; such as scarves, belts, handbags, hats, book bags, fabric lunch boxes and linens, curtains, drapes, towels, bedding and fabric.

Items that will not be accepted are household items, toys, books, or non-cloth items.

Remember that all donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. You can bring your donations in bags or boxes. The group will provide bags if you need them.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 27. Start collecting your fabric items today.

Citizen of the Year: Yes, the deadline is approaching for people to recommend a candidate for Olmsted Falls Citizen of the Year. Applications must be received by August 22.

This honor is given to a person who has lived in Olmsted Falls for at least 12 months. Applicant must also have demonstrated above average volunteer and/or philanthropic dedication to groups such as civic, recreational, religious, school, community events, or special volunteer services and have received no compensation for his efforts.

Application forms are online at They can be dropped off or mailed to Olmsted Falls City Hall, President, Park and Recreation Board, 26100 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138.

The award will be presented to the winner on Falls Day in the Park in October.

Yoga: Attend Yoga in the Park this Saturday (August 20) at East River Park on Lewis Road, just north of the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks.

The event is at 10 a.m. Bring your own mat and water for an enriching experience.

Final vintage market: August 28 is the last Vintage Marketplace in the Falls this summer. It operates from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Olmsted Falls.

Vendors will bring their wares at bargain prices. You might find that special Christmas gift or items for yourself at this final event which is in its eighth year.

To beat: The first Wiffle Ball tournament begins this Friday (August 19) and will continue until August 20. Games will be played on the grounds of Falls-Lenox Elementary School and north of the Olmsted Falls Library.

The divisions are divided by age and include all ages – up to adulthood. Team rosters include three or five players. A home run derby is scheduled for August 21.

Registration is due August 17. The funds raised will be used to improve the baseball field. Go to and click on programs, then community events for more details.

Music in the park: Well, this month is also planning the final music at East River Park. The band, Hip to That, will play from 6-8 p.m. on August 28. The park is located opposite Chestnut Grove Cemetery, just north of the Norfolk Southern Railway Lewis Road level crossing.

Don’t forget to bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy this outdoor music.

Clementine’s and Grand Pacific Popcorn and Sweets will have food available for purchase.

Why not end the summer and the start of the school year, yes, school, with music.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on has direct links to many news articles.

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