'I’m just following my dream now'

Zoe Greszler • Apr 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM

NEW LONDON — After 20 years of working a job instead of following her dream, it was finally time for New London resident Tammie Cherry to do what she’s always wanted to — cut hair and start her own salon.

Cherry finally was able to do that when she purchased Shears to You II from Marla Helms. Helms “semi-retired,” Cherry said, but will continue to work at the 23 S. Main St., New London, beauty shop on Thursdays by appointment.  

“This is my second career,” Cherry said. “I wanted to do (cosmetology) in high school, but as a teenager you don’t always do what your parents tell you should keep doing. I was still doing hair with the knowledge that I had, since I did a year of the program. I just wasn’t licensed, but I would do like my family’s hair. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m just following my dream now.”

She said the time for a change now that her children are grown and moved out and her primary concern doesn’t have to be supporting them. 

“I don’t have to worry about them as much like that anymore,” Cherry said. “They’re grown now and so now it’s time to do what I want. Now it’s about me. It’s all about being happy now; my husband calls this my happy place.”

The hair dresser said she liked New London for its “relaxed and small-town atmosphere,” something she said carries over into her “cute, little, tiny shop.” She said the space is “very personal,” allowing for just one stylist at a time, but is something she likes about her business.

“When my clients come in, it’s them and me,” she said. “They’re not a number. I block their time out for them. It’s very relaxed. You don’t have all the extra running around going on. It’s just real calm and peaceful and relaxing.”

Shears to You II, which held its open house Sunday, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and by appointment on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cherry, a Wigs for Kids ambassador, will host a “cut-athon” May 18, where all will be invited to make an appointment to go to the salon and have 12 or more inches cut off to be donated to the non-profit organization. 

In other business happenings...


Fisher-Titus adds nurse practitioner

Derik Sidell joined Fisher-Titus Convenient Care-Norwalk as a nurse practitioner.

Sidell has been at Fisher-Titus since 2014. He was a registered nurse at Fisher-Titus Medical Center before joining Fisher-Titus Convenient Care as a nurse practitioner. Prior to joining Fisher-Titus, Sidell was a registered nurse at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk.

Sidell graduated from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. with his master’s of science with a family nurse practitioner specialization. He earned his associate of applied science degree in registered nursing from North Central State College in Mansfield and his bachelor of science in nursing from Ohio University.


Staffer promoted to head librarian

FREMONT – A long-time employee of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums was promoted to head librarian.

John Ransom, who served as interim head librarian for 11 months before being promoted last week, earned the new position. He oversees the library operations and staff and works with patrons on their research questions. He has worked for the library for the past 23 years.

“This is a great place to work,” Ransom said. “It’s a unique job.”

Ransom oversees two librarians and six volunteers. He catalogues new books, which he works with other staff members to order, related to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the Civil War, local history and other relevant topics. He answers in-person and email questions from patrons seeking help with local history, genealogy and other research topics. He also oversees maintenance of Hayes’ more than 10,000 personal books, as well as the library’s periodical and newspaper collections.

“John has become an expert in our book, periodical and newspaper collections as well as a respected genealogy guru,” executive director Christie Weininger said.

“I often receive compliments from library patrons about the library staff. As one patron said: ‘The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums holds a special place in my heart due to the efforts of staff members like John.’”

Ransom enjoys working with the patrons and the books, manuscripts and artifacts at Hayes Presidential.

“Everybody has a different story to tell about their family,” he said, referring to patrons. “I like hearing their stories. I like helping people. You can help them find their long-lost relative they’ve been trying to find for years.”

Ransom replaces Becky Hill, who retired last year and works one day a week in the library.


Firelands earns Parkinsons grant 

SANDUSKY — The speech-language pathology department at Firelands Regional Medical Center was awarded, for a second year, a grant through the Parkinson Voice Project.

The project will bring Speak Out! and Loud Crowd programs to Erie County. Firelands is one of just four facilities in Ohio to receive the grant funding that supplies training, materials, marketing and ongoing education to support ongoing implementation of the programs.

The Speak Out! program will be provided as part of adult speech-therapy treatment sessions for those with Parkinson’s disease. The primary goals are to strengthen the muscles used for speaking and swallowing and to teach patients how to speak with intent. Once patients complete Speak Out!, they transition to the second part of the program called the Loud Crowd. This programming provides ongoing vocal practice, accountability, support and encouragement after a patient completes therapy.

Lisa Horchler, director of speech-language pathology and pediatric outpatient clinics, said she was pleased with the award.

“The opportunity to be provided this grant for a second year in a row is a testament to the wonderful work our speech-language pathologists do, and the outreach support we have received,” she said. “We are so glad that the surrounding community will be able to continue to benefit from this program.”


Volunteers recognized for service

SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center recognized 245 volunteers for their hours of service, some offering their time and talents for 20 years, during their annual banquet and reception.

The theme of the banquet and reception was “Firelands volunteers are always in style.” In recognition of the volunteers, Anne McGookey, director of volunteer services, presented certificates and gifts to volunteers in acknowledgement of their hours of service in 2018.

“At Firelands Regional Medical Center we have a top-notch team of volunteers,” McGookey said. “In 2018, 245 role models were part of our volunteer family. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing over 80 men, women and teens who found that Firelands was a great place to ‘hang their hat’ and joined our program for the first time.”

In 2018, Firelands volunteers contributed over 27,320 hours of their time which equates to nearly $675,000 in value to the hospital.

“Firelands Auxiliary and Gift Shop volunteers raised $93,500 for patient equipment and amenities, in addition to supporting their annual pledge to the Center for Women and Newborns,” McGookey said. “Dialysis, pharmacy and radiology were just a few of the departments that benefited from the auxiliary’s generosity.”

Special recognition was given to the following anniversary award recipients:

5 years: Lois Dean, Sally Franzen and Jean Puckrin

10 years: Patricia Cassidy, Donna Kieffer, Jim Cremean, Chris Goodman, Mattie Irby, Vera Moore and Thomas Orihel

15 years: Ann Cassidy, Ann Daniel, Elizabeth Growel, Sophie Knauer, Ruth Steele and Ellen Troike

20 years: Judy and Bill Hoskin

For more information about volunteering at Firelands Regional Medical Center, call 419-557-7460 or visit firelands.com/volunteer.


Ohio sets record for new business filings 

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 13,747 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in March. This marks the most new business filings in a single month in state history.

In comparison, there were 873 more new business filings in the state than in the second highest month — April 2018.  

“It’s a significant milestone, and one that wouldn’t happen without a business environment that encourages entrepreneurs to take chances — to innovate and grow,” LaRose said. “We’re going to continue doing everything we can to empower Ohioans to succeed.”

Ohio’s top five new business filing months, with the number filed, to date are

1. March 2019 — 13,747

2. April 2018 — 12,874

3. March 2017 — 12,827

4. January 2019 — 12,129

5. May 2018 — 12,082

New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio secretary of state that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio doesn’t guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.


6.5% decline in small businesses

The number of small businesses were bought and sold in 2019. So far, the numbers this year are slightly lower than those of last year, according to BizBuySell’s Q1 2019 Insight Report.

How does the Cleveland area stack up?

Small business transactions in the first quarter of 2019 experienced a modest year-over-year decline, but remain at historically high levels. A total of 2,504 sold businesses were reported in the first three months of 2019, a 6.5-percent decline from the same period last year. Similarly, Q4 2018 saw a 6-percent decrease from the same quarter in 2017.

It is important to note that both 2017 and 2018 set new records for the most annual small business transactions since BizBuySell started reporting the data in 2007. So while reported deals are down slightly from a year ago, the market continues to be very active compared to the previous decade. In fact, Q1 2019 represents the second highest first quarter on record, trailing only 2018. BizBuySell officials noted it’s too early to tell if the recent plateau marks any kind of market shift or not.

“A number of factors could be tempering the strong transaction growth rates seen in recent years,” officials said in the report. “Most notably, these include the recent government shutdown, low unemployment, record profits, deal financing, and general uncertainty around the impact of administration policies relating to tariffs, immigration and health care.”


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