100% Organic Market Opens in Strongsville
By Mia Dolan

When you walk into Alison's Superfoods Market you are welcomed by friendly staff and the smells of fresh fruit and warm apple pie.

A quick tour of the 2000 square foot store reveals that everything sold is organic, from the produce and pies, to the cleaning supplies and beauty products. There's a great variety of fruits and vegetables, bakery, snacks, pantry staples, and even a young man popping fresh popcorn. A true ‘mom and pop store’ where quality meets convenience, nestled right on the corner of Prospect and Westwood in Strongsville.

The owner, Alison Groleau, is the granddaughter of an organic farmer, who she says inspired her to open the market. “As a young girl, I helped my grandfather at harvest time and learned to respect what I ate and how big of an impact it has on your well being,” told Groleau, a wife and mother of four. “My grandfather lived almost 98 years. He has his mind, no cancers, no ailments, and enjoyed a pain-free life. I want people to know that eating organically makes a significant impact in your quality of life, and that it’s possible for everyone.”

Groleau works with over a dozen local, organic farms to bring fresh produce to the community seven days a week. “We’re a small market that supports small, local farms. We’re able to obtain produce daily in small batches direct from the farm. That means what we have is always the freshest and highest-quality, and we make it available at a fair price,” says Groleau.

Alison’s SuperFoods Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm and is located at 12966 Prospect Rd. in Strongsville. They offer free delivery to Strongsville and the surrounding cities, and accept orders by calling 440-212-2380 or through their website at http://squareup.com/store/alisonssuperfoodsmarket.
Visintainer Middle School’s Ramsey Pursues Her Dream Of Being Onstage
By Dalyn Jaskolka

Many people dream to be a part of the Broadway production of The Lion King. Elisa Ramsey, an eighth-grade student at Visintainer Middle School was able to live this dream. Ramsey played Sarabi in the Brunswick Middle School Drama Club’s spring musical, The Lion King Jr. “Sarabi is the queen of the pride lands. She is Simba’s mom and Mufasa’s wife,” said Ramsey.

Her journey all started in sixth grade when she joined the drama club. This was the second year that the club was available to middle-schoolers throughout all of Brunswick. “I saw people onstage and I wanted to be just like them,” Ramsey explained.

As for her performance in March, she did a lot to prepare. “I have watched so many performances of The Lion King Jr.; I have even seen The Lion King at Playhouse Square. I like to practice my lines for my family and they help me greatly,” told Ramsey.

Her family is also a big part of her onstage life. “My entire family is not afraid of constructive criticism, but that makes my onstage performance better because I know what I am doing wrong and what I need to fix. My family has been with me through a lot and they are always pushing me to be my best,” she said.

She believes that people want to join the all-middle school Drama Club because "They can be their own person and have fun," said Ramsey.

Being in Drama Club is a huge part of her life. “My favorite part of Drama Club is the family that everyone becomes. People of all kinds join together and make lifelong friends,” Ramsey concluded.
MCMP Offers New Job Opportunities
By Joseph Baxter

The Medina County Manufacturing Partnership helps better align employers with job training and education offerings for students. Through their discussions, they plan to help introduce more industry driven solutions and help raise community awareness about jobs in manufacturing. The goal for 2018 is to “create awareness and exploration of the many job opportunities in manufacturing and the second, offering manufacturers the opportunity to join this partnership,” stated by Jackie Schulte, the HR manager of SFS intec.

“The program is a blended approach including mini-workshops, challenging and creative hands-on activities, and interacting with people in manufacturing at their work facilities,” explaining Schulte.

Manufacturing jobs include many fields such as Accounting, Purchasing, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Machining, Supply Chain, Distribution, Warehousing, Engineering, Programming, Fabrication, Human Resources, Quality, Administration, Tool & Die, Safety, and more.

Members of the partnership are Atlantic Tool & Die, Automation Tool & Die, Clampco, Die-mension Corporation, FireDex, IDimages, Northlake Steel Corporation, SFS intec, Shiloh Industries, Superior Roll Forming, Swagelok Company, Technical Tool and Gage, and Three D Metals. MCMP will create awareness and open job opportunities for students in manufacturing, along with offering manufacturers the opportunity to join the partnership.

They are developing a summer program for students and their families to help learn about advanced manufacturing careers. The program is for students between the ages of 15 and 18, and it starts on June 25 through June 29, from 8:10 am to 2:10 pm at the Medina County Career Center. The program is free to join for students, with lunch provided daily. Students who attend will be invited to participate in a ceremonial celebration on July 1 at the Medina Square at Uptown Park from 11 am to 3 pm. Students are encouraged to talk to their guidance counselors or go to MCMP’s website, medinamanufacturers.org for more information if they are interested in joining.

Manufacturing members of this organization will see many benefits, including the ability to identify foundational needs across all partners through sharing services and resources. Working together also allows a forum to sharing ideas, best practices, and networks to help solve common issues.

Schulte shared that the mission of this group is to be “an industry-led partnership creating opportunities for the workforce, business, and community we serve. The mission is advancing people and empowering manufacturing. As a non-profit entity, the group pledges to practice full transparency, respecting each other’s interests and engage in activities that protect the image of manufacturing.”