Contributors

Jeremy CarterJeremy Carter
Jeremy grew up in southern Ashland County and is a 1998 graduate of Loudonville High School. He attended Hocking College where he earned a degree in Recreation and Wildlife Management. Jeremy has served as a State Wildlife Officer with the ODNR/Division of Wildlife since 2002, working in most counties in northeast Ohio. He took his current assignment in Holmes County in 2007. Jeremy is a field training officer for new officers and in his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling. Jeremy and his family are members of the Grace Brethren Church of Millersburg. He has been married to his wife, Stacey, since 2002 and has three sons.
Zedrick ClarkZedrick Clark
Zedrick Clark began a lifelong interest in wellness and holistic health while learning about Native American Herbalism in his teens. His natural curiosity and love to share knowledge with others has led him down a diverse path spanning over two decades. Zedrick has worked as a writer both locally and nationally. His articles have been published in The Daily Record, The Times Reporter and Natural Food Merchandiser to name a few. He is also a professional speaker with more than 150 lectures presented. He has also emceed events for The Tri-County Health Expo, Mid Ohio’s Growers Meeting and the Ohio Right To Know Non-GMO Conference. As an educator, he has presented employee wellness lectures for LUK, Graphic Publications, Wooster Brush Co. and Pomerene Hospital. Contact Zedrick at zedrickclark.com.
Jim CroskeyJim Croskey
A lifelong resident of Holmes County, Jim Croskey grew up on a family-owned Dairy and Grain farm. He graduated from Waynedale High School and then attended Ashland University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mathematics and minor in Economics. Upon graduation from college, Jim worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank for two years before joining the sales department of Finton Equipment LLC in March 2010. Along with his full-time job, he is the current President of the Holmes County Farm Bureau, a member of the Holmes County Fair Board, and a member of the Holmes County Fair Sheep Committee. He currently resides in Holmes County with his wife Lauren.
Denise HazlettDenice Hazlett
Denice Rovira Hazlett spent her younger years fishing and playing in the cornfields in Hartville, Ohio. She and her husband moved to Holmes County in 2000 to give their five kids a place to climb trees and explore. Her husband, Toby, is a musician whose primary musical project is Honeytown, a four-piece group based in Kidron. Denice is a professional writer with more than 50 features, essays and profiles published regionally and nationally. Her pieces, Bradbury (fiction), Gary the Giant (nonfiction) and Glass of Milk (poetry) each won first place in the 2011 Wayne College Regional Writing Awards. She is a member of the Killbuck Valley Writers Guild and attends Millersburg Mennonite Church. Visit www.denicehazlett.com.
Lora HowellLora Howell
Lora Howell is the Executive Director for the Holmes County Farm Service Agency. She has been with the agency for 29 years. Her family operates a diversified livestock farm near Danville. Lora graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in animal science with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She has two children; Linsey (also employed by USDA) and Justin (age 12). Lora enjoys cooking for family and friends and farming.
Sean HoxworthSean Hoxworth
An almost life-long resident of Holmes County Sean grew up in Killbuck and graduated from West Holmes in 1981. He now lives in Millersburg with his wife, Deb Sarchet, and their two dogs. Daughters Dawn Ace and Morgan Hoxworth both live in Columbus. Sean has worked all his adult life in public service as a paramedic, deputy sheriff, and as a intensive supervision probation officer for the Holmes County Adult Probation Department. Sean is a fan and supporter of high school sports, and developed his interest in photography to record Morgan’s high school athletic moments. When not taking pictures at high school sporting events, Sean often works security details at concerts and events throughout Ohio.
Patricia LangPatricia Lang
Patricia, along with husband, Larry, have been synonymous with the American Red Cross. Patricia started as an EMT and Firefighter in 1993 and became a Red Cross Board member along with Larry. The Board put Larry in charge of the office work, while Patricia became the Volunteer Office Manager, appointed by National Headquarters. From there, Patricia became the Executive Director with Larry becoming the Assistant Director. Active in many areas, the couple teaches Hunter Education and Trapper Education for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, serve as the safety committee for Holmes County Farm Bureau, and serve in various other capacities as committee members and educators in areas of health and safety.
John LorsonJohn Lorson
Area folks know John Lorson through his weekly humor column “Send Help” which, accompanied by his wife Kristin’s comic illustrations, has appeared in local newspapers including The Daily Record and the Holmes Shopper every week for nearly 20 years. Raised in Orrville as the youngest of eight children, John is now the proud father of three. He draws great comic inspiration from the daily blessings of being surrounded by a huge, often hilarious family, as well as his adventures beyond the home. According to John, his daily commute, most often by bicycle, from Orrville to his job in Millersburg with the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District, “Passes through some very fertile ground for comedy.” Lorson, who was honored as “Regional Writer of the Year” for 2015 at the Annual Wayne College Writers’ Workshop, is author of a book, “Send Help: Delights, Dilemmas and Delusions of a Modern Midwestern Man” (1999) and he is thrilled to be developing a weekly comedy show now airing on TheVoiceofHolmesCounty.com. John is a frequent speaker at venues throughout Wayne and Holmes Counties and is currently booking events for fall and winter. You can keep up with him by visiting his Facebook page at JohnLorsonSendHelp or email him at LorsonSendHelp@gmail.com
Bill MartinoBill Martino
Bill was born and raised in Canton but his family would drive to Holmes County at least once each month. He is amazed at how much of the county those weekend jaunts missed. Prior to being hired at the Holmes County District Public Library he was the Executive Director of the NE Ohio Regional Library System. From 2002-2007 he was the Director of the Minerva Public Library. He has also worked at libraries in Upper Arlington, Steubenville and Canton. Bill is also an adjunct faculty member at both Kent Stark and Kent Tuscarawas where he teaches history. Bill has degrees from Hiram College, The University of Akron and Kent State University. When not at the library or teaching, Bill likes to spend time with his children Alex, Emma and Chloe and his wife, Jana.
Gary MastGary W. Mast
When he was named in February, 2007 as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and the environment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns called Mast a “seasoned veteran of agriculture and conservation issues. Gary is well regarded within USDA and by our stakeholders. His background and passion for conservation will be especially valuable.” Mast served in that capacity until January, 2009. Prior to that, Mast was a conservation district official for a quarter-century and held office in the National Association of Conservation Districts He is a sixth generation Ohio family farmer in partnership with his brother, Jon.
Shasta MastShasta Mast
Shasta has served as the director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau since Jan. 1, 2004. Prior to returning to Holmes County in fall 1999, Shasta worked for the State of Ohio where she served in the communications department of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. What began as a college internship in 1994, evolved into a five-and-a-half year career in corporate communications. Shasta worked as a publications editor, public information officer, speech writer, special project coordinator, script writer and more. Shasta holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Otterbein College.
DJ McFaddenDJ McFadden
Educated at Goshen College, Indiana, the University of North Carolina and Duke University, Dr. McFadden found his calling in public health service. He left private practice working at Holmes Family Medicine when he was employed by the Holmes County Board of Health on June 1, 2005. Dr. McFadden served as the chief executive officer for the Health District overseeing the programs and the staff of the health district on behalf of the board of health. He ended his tenure on May 29, 2015 and entered private practice in a new health clinic. His resume includes numerous awards and professional affiliations.
Arlene RaddenArlene Radden
The Director of the Holmes County District Public Library, resides in Hardy Twp., Arlene was raised in Hinckley, Ohio and is a graduate of Highland High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Akron and a Master’s in Library Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. Her career spans over 28 years in public libraries. Arlene has served as Director of Holmes County District Public Library since January 1998. She is currently on the Board of Directors, Ohio Library Council, Steering Committee Member, Leadership Holmes County, Holmes County Prevention Coalition, member – Family and Children First Council and also has various other professional affiliations.
Bob ReiningBob Reining
Bob was born and raised in Millersburg, graduating from West Holmes High School in 1971. He has owned and operated the “Kitchen Magician” — specializing in kitchen and bath remodels since 1981. Bob married his wife and best friend, Brenda, in 1986, and they have three sons. Reining has served as a free-lance photographer for the Holmes Journal, Wooster Weekly News and the Daily Record since 2001. In 2006, he launched his own online sports photography website www.zoomshot.us.
Casey SchlauchCasey Schlauch
Casey Schlauch is a senior at West Holmes High School and the reigning 2011 Holmes County Junior Fair Queen. A life-long resident of Holmes County, Casey lives on a farm and raises sheep. She has been active in Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Junior Fair Board and is a 4-H camp counselor. Casey plans on attening OSU ATI to major in Ag Education before transferring to the Ohio State University Main Campus to complete work on her degree. She hopes to become a camp educator and possibly an Ag teacher. She is competing in the Ohio State Fairs’ Queen competition and hopes to receive her state FFA degree in the spring of 2012. She also intends to seek a state FFA office.
Jonathan SchollesJonathan Scholles
Jonathan Scholles is an award-winning sports writer who has covered Holmes County sports for over five-years, including two of the four Hiland Lady Hawks Division IV state championships. A Walsh University graduate (2005), Scholles is the sports editor for The Budget newspaper in Sugarcreek, as well as a correspondent for Ohio’s largest prep website, JJHuddle.com. Scholles, a Dover native and Tuscarawas Central Catholic alum, currently resides in Akron.
Kate ShumakerKate Shumaker
Kate is employed by OSU Extension in Holmes County, where she is an Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. In this position, Kate acts as a county educator in the areas of health, foods and nutrition, food safety, family resource management and family development. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to be the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University where she earned a master’s degree in public health nutrition and completed a dietetic internship. Kate is a registered and licensed dietitian. She lives in Dover with her husband, Chad, and one-eyed cat, Jack.
Brent SmithBrent Smith
Brent, along with his three daughters, has been a life-long resident of Holmes County. He is a second generation Oil and Gas producer, a business that he has been involved with for the past 28 years. He, along with his family, are the owners of Bands Co. Inc. Brent is also an avid sportsman. He enjoys hunting and is a member of Ducks Unlimited, and is also a committee member for the National Wild Turkey Federation. For the past fourteen years, Brent has been the transportation coordinator for Share-A-Christmas. Brent has been involved with photography since the early 80’s. His portfolio takes him beyond local sports to collegiate and professional level events. His portfolio contains portrait, landscape, and nature photography.
Darla StitzleinDarla Stitzlein
A graduate of Geneva High School and The Ohio State University, Darla worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife (1990-91) as a Private Lands Biologist And Public Wildlife Area Intern. She was then employed as a conservation technician and Program Coordinator for the Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District from 1991 to 1999 before assuming the position of Executive Director for the Holmes County Education Foundation. She has served as a volunteer for many community organizations, held various local leadership positions, and has won the Reverend C. King Wynkoop Award 2002, as well as being named Ohio’s Big Sister of the Year 2003 and Outstanding College Access Volunteer in 2005.
Dan TroyerDan Troyer
Dan Troyer (aka) “Trapper” is a life-long resident of Holmes County. Growing up in Walnut Creek & graduating from Hiland HS in 1974, he now makes his home in Benton with his wife Naomi & their four children Everett, Lincoln, Thomas & daughter Morgan. Commissioner of the ASA softball league in Holmes County, Trapper is also a licensed umpire & a sports fanatic who enjoys capturing sports action with his camera. He also enjoys taking photos of nature, family & horses. Dan is employed by dac of Sugarcreek.
James WaglerJames Wagler
James Wagler was born in Hartville, Ohio and married his wife Ruth Ann from Sugarcreek in 1987. After living in Hamilton, Montana for 11 years they moved to Walnut Creek with their two sons in 2001. James enjoys being a freelance photographer and currently serves as Director at Freedom Hills Ministries in Walnut Creek. He enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his two sons as well as photographing their sporting events. James uploads his images to www.jwaction.com, allowing you to view local sporting events in action.
Michelle WoodMichelle Wood
Michelle Wood has combined a love of natural resources and a background in communications into her current position as program administrator for the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District. She previously worked at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in public relations positions. A graduate of New Philadelphia High School and Mount Union College, she enjoys all things outdoors, especially kayaking and biking. She lives with her husband, Duane, and son, Wyatt, in the Moreland area.
Tim ZimmerlyTim Zimmerly
Sheriff Zimmerly is currently serving his fifth term as Holmes County Sheriff. Elected in 1993, he took office as the youngest Sheriff in Ohio, at that time, at 31 years old. A graduate of Hiland High School, he is a lifelong resident of Holmes County. Tim began his law enforcement career before high school graduation as a dispatcher with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted from dispatch to Road Patrol Officer and later to Detective Bureau, eventually taking charge of the Detective Bureau. He left the sheriff’s department to work as an investigator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, then became Police Chief of Holmesville until being elected Sheriff in November 1992.