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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 90 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting their businesses.

With a membership totaling over 400, the Chamber's tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.

GREATER ALLIANCE CARNATION FESTIVAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

The 57th celebration of the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival will take place August 5-21, as the Alliance area celebrates its designation as the home of Ohio's State Flower. The festival will continue with most of its traditional activities.

A few highlights of the festival are:

Princess Tea Party - Alliance Country Club - August 7, 3:00 p.m.

Rib Fest - Carnation Mall Parking Lot - August 11-13, Noon to 11 p.m.

Community Breakfast - University of Mount Union Hoover Price Campus Center - August 13, 8:00 a.m.

Carnation Festival Trail Run - Iron Horse Trail - August 13, 6:30 p.m.

Fire Truck Pump-In & Muster - Glamorgan Castle Grounds - August 14, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Carnation Queen Pageant - AHS Auditorium - August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Days in the Park - Silver Park - August 17-20, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Grand Parade - East on State St. then North on Union Ave. - August 20, 11:00 a.m.

Style Show - Alliance Country Club - August 21, 2:00 p.m.

**For a complete list of events visit www.carnationfestival.com

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

2016 CARNATION FESTIVAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST KEYNOTE SPEAKER DON COCKROFT, CLEVELAND BROWNS KICKER (1968-1980) AND AUTHOR OF "THE 1980 KARDIAC KIDS - OUR UNTOLD STORIES"

The 2016 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Community Breakfast, sponsored by MAC Trailer Manufacturing Inc., will welcome Don Cockroft, Cleveland Browns kicker 1968-1980 and author of "The 1980 Kardiac Kids - Our Untold Stories" as its guest speaker.

Don Cockroft was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in Colorado. He was a three sport letterman while at Fountain-Ft. Carson High School and became a walk-on at Adams State College (ASC) in Alamosa, Colorado. While at ASC he became one of the top punters in college football history averaging 45 yards per punt throughout his four-year college career. In his senior year a 48.1-yard average was the best in all of college football and earned him All-American honors.

A third round selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, Cockroft replaced legendary kicker Lou Groza in 1968. Spending his entire 13 year NFL career as a Cleveland Brown, Cockroft retired in 1981 have scored 1,080 NFL points. At the time of his retirement Cockroft was the Browns 2nd All-Time Scorer and was the 8th leading scorer in NFL history. In September 2011 former Cleveland Brown kicker Phil Dawson surpassed Cockroft to become the Browns 2nd All-Time leading scorer, an honor he held for 34 years. The Browns punter for nine seasons (1968-1976), Cockroft remains the Browns All-time Leader in total punts (651) and total punting yards (26,262). His punting average as the Browns punter was 40.3 yards. His longest punt: 71 yards twice. Cockroft was the next to last straight-on kicker in the NFL and the last true punter/kicker in the NFL.

Cockroft was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame (HOF) in 2002 and named to the Cleveland Browns Legends Class of 2007. He was inducted into the Adams State College Athletic HOF in 2000; the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) HOF in 2008 and was named to the RMAC Football All-time Team in 2009. Most recently, in 2013 Cockroft was inducted into the Colorado Sports HOF and the Colorado Springs Sports HOF in 2014.

It was Cockcroft's final year, the year of the 1980 Kardiac Kids that inspired and gave him the motivations for his book. The book he titled "The 1980 Kardiac Kids - Our Untold Stories" includes the story of the haunting 14-12 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders which ended the chaotic 1980 season for the Cleveland Browns, who at that time were viewed by many as a Super Bowl contender. His book is a complete and comprehensive account of the amazing season in which the Cleveland Browns battled to win the AFC Central Division Championship of the National Football League.

Cockroft and his wife Barb make their home in Canton, Ohio. He is the father of three children, grandfather of five and a stepfather to Barb's three children. Following football Cockroft worked 30 years in the business world, primarily in the area of marketing and sales. A man of faith, he is a gifted speaker who enjoys challenging his audiences to become all that God created them to be.

The Community Breakfast will be held Saturday, August 13, 2016, 8:00 a.m. at the University of Mount Union Hoover Price Campus. Also during the breakfast, the "2016 Citizen of the Year", "Grand Parade Marshal", and "Favazzo-Jeswald Founders Award" winners will be announced. Tickets for this event and other festival activities are available at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Safety Council Presents Awards

The Eastern Stark County Safety Council, in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, held its annual awards program on April 28, 2016. Awards include:

Group Award to the company with the lowest incident rate in each group: 100% Award to each company that works the entire year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Achievement Award to each company that decreases its incident rate by at least 25% from previous year; Special Award to each company that accumulates at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work.

Group Awards

Achievement Award

100% Award

Special Award

Congratulations to all of these companies. A good safety record does not happen by accident. (Excuse the pun). These companies make safety a priority and we like to recognize them for their efforts.

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