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City of Marion’s Leaf Collection program 2014

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that leaf collection for city residents will begin Monday, October 20 and continue through Friday, December 12, 2014. The three options for disposal of leaves by city residents are:

1. Place leaves in the tree lawn area to be vacuumed. A vacuum-type collector will collect leaves raked to the tree lawn area, with each street having leaves collected during the leaf pick-up season.
As a note, residents should NOT rake leaves into the street in order to keep from blocking catch basins and drains, so water can drain properly into the city’s storm sewer system.… Read More


Be the ONE to Thrift

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Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind Halloween costume or you’re just looking for a great deal on your next pair of jeans, stop out to Goodwill’s storefront on Marion-Mt. Gilead Road next Wednesday, October 15th and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to United Way of Marion County’s community-wide campaign.

“As an agency partner of the United Way, it is important to us to support the annual campaign and give back to the United Way for their support of our programs and services,” notes Kathy S.… Read More


14th Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest

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The 14th annual United Way Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and hosted at Grant Middle School will take place on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:30pm.

Each team entering the contest must consist of five contestants. At least one of the contestants per team must be a female. Each team entering must raise a minimum of seventy-five dollars in sponsorship. There is only enough room for thirty five teams, so teams should be sure to sign-up as soon as possible.… Read More


Tri-Rivers Partners with United Way to Impact & Strengthen Community

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MARION, OHIO – United Way of Marion County will work with more than 200 Tri-Rivers Career Center students on Monday, September 29th as a part of its LIVE UNITED volunteer activities designed to make an immediate and positive impact in the Marion community. On the 29th, every senior class at Tri-Rivers will blitz the community with a variety of activities, including building raised garden beds for Marion Senior Center, preparing the meals for The Salvation Army’s soup kitchens, and sorting books at Goodwill Industries.… Read More


New Automated Phone System Launch for City of Marion

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The City of Marion has upgraded to a new automated phone system. When a citizen calls the City at 387-2020, they will be greeted with an automated message with menu options helping to direct them to one of several city departments. This new system will automatically connect various departments without using a live person.

The City’s new Mitel phone system utilizes Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which is an automated calling technology that uses the internet instead of traditional phone lines.… Read More


Two New Members Join Marion Community Foundation

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Two new members have been welcomed to the Marion Community Foundation Board of Trustees, announced president and CEO Dean L. Jacob. The new board members include: Judge Deb Alspach and Tom Clark. These new members maintain the board at its full complement of 15 members.

With this election, Alspach returns to Marion Community Foundation, having served as one of the board of trustees’ charter members (1998-2006), as well as creator of the Don Alspach Memorial Fund, established in 2008 in memory of her late husband for the benefit of the Prairie Parks Foundation.… Read More


United Way Campaign Officially Kicks Off

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The United Way of Marion County’s 78th annual campaign officially kicked off on Thursday, September 18th. The event, in conjunction with Marion Area Chamber’s Business After Hours, was hosted by Marion Public Library. The theme for the campaign is “UN1TE: It takes just one person to change one life. Be the ONE.”

United Way 2014 Campaign Chair, Diane Watson, announced that the organization had set a goal of $1,000,000, which will be used to support 18 local agencies who provide 33 different programs in the areas of education, income, health, and safety net.… Read More