Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Dispatch Media Group Names Westerwood a Winner of the Columbus Top Workplaces Award for the 7th Year in a Row

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Westerwood has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"We are honored and thrilled to be named a winner of the "Top Workplaces 2022" award by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine," said Lisa Burkhart, Executive Director. "This is the 7th year in a row Westerwood has received this recognition and it is so meaningful to us because the list is based solely on employee feedback."

"During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations and a sign of resiliency and strong business performance," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization to make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business."

About Westerwood:

Westerwood, formerly Friendship Village Columbus, is a 23-acre, scenic retirement community just off the beaten path and minutes from downtown Westerville and Otterbein University. The active resident community loves lifelong learning, artistic pursuits, exercising, giving back, and connecting with nature. Westerwood is the only true nonprofit Life Care community near Westerville and offers a top-rated, full continuum of care, including a Life Care Contract to provide predictable monthly living expenses regardless of care levels needed.

Rooted in the northeast side of Columbus since 1978, this wooded oasis offers restaurant-quality dining cooked from scratch, wellness classes with a personal trainer, an art studio, a woodshop, and gardens in a friendly atmosphere where ageless spirits can indulge their curiosity. Westerwood is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit community. It is ranked as a 2020 Choice community by the Holleran Group in recognition of an exemplary culture of resident engagement. Visit:

About Energage:

Making the world a better place to work together.(tm)

Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 14 years of culture research and the results from 23 million employees surveyed across more than 70,000 organizations, Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit or

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Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Software

GPRS Creates a Novel Geospatial Solution: SiteMap

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, LLC (GPRS) is releasing a new software and service named SiteMap. GPRS is a private concrete scanning, utility locating, and leak detection company that provides critical subsurface mapping to construction contractors and facility managers. This new service offering will be the first of its kind in the private subsurface locating industry.

GPRS has been in collaborative efforts with the University of Toledo to test the new software to ensure that it delivers the functionality that its clients will require.

Jamie Althauser, Field Support Director of GPRS, said this about the company's new service offering, "The problem that GPRS is trying to solve is that the university is currently maintaining their records through multiple fragmented, unreliable platforms that are difficult to manage. We're providing an end-to-end solution for utility management and location data through a cloud-based solution that will allow greater efficiency, collaboration, and sharing."

GPRS has completed hundreds of thousands of subsurface scanning projects and keeps detailed documentation of its services. This documentation has been used to compile a comprehensive cloud service for future excavation, renovation, and construction projects.

Brian Skelding, GPRS's Director of Digital Transformation, said, "We believe SiteMap will empower our clients, providing critical information to their teams and project partners, both in the field and in the office. Not only will it help make the industry safer but it will create efficiencies and prevent costly utility hits."

GPRS plans on launching SiteMap by summer 2022. More information will be available soon on their new service offerings and specifications.

About GPRS:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States. To learn more, visit


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Entertainment, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Country Music Artist Announces 2022 Concert Series to Benefit Veterans

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio -- International country chart-topper and member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame, Richard Lynch has announced the 2022 lineup of "Keepin' It Country Farm" concerts to benefit the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans. This year's lineup includes several #1 Billboard charting artists and a couple of stars from RFD TV.

Headliners include multi-#1 artist/writer, Paul Overstreet; Statler Brothers member, Jimmy Fortune; RFD TV's Penny Gilley, #1 Christian Country artist, Jeff Bates; and RFD performers, The Malpass Brothers.

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Fri, June 3rd - Jeff Bates

Sat, July 16th - The Malpass Brothers

Sat, August 20th - Paul Overstreet

Sat, September 24th - Jimmy Fortune

Sat, October 8th - Penny Gilley w/Bonnie Riley

Sat, November 5th - Richard Lynch Band and Friends.

All shows start at 7 p.m., with the Richard Lynch Band hosting. Tickets, including a season pass to all shows, are available at


Over the past 3 decades, Richard Lynch has compiled a long list of country hits and chart-toppers on both domestic and international sales and radio airplay charts, including multiple #1 iTunes chart singles, several #1 New Music Weekly radio songs, #1 IndieWorld and Roots Music Report chart tracks and a Christian Music Weekly Top 20 single. Richard has been in Billboard Magazine, Taste Of Country, The Boot, CCM Magazine, Country Music People, and countless others. He has also appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV and more.

He has recorded popular duets with legendary artists like Ronnie McDowell and Leona Williams, as well as Grammy Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard Lynch is a proud member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame and the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Lynch is also the owner of Keepin' It Country Farm in Waynesville, OH and co-founder of Love Tattoo Foundation that assists veterans.






The Love Tattoo Foundation is a non-profit organization that honors and assists the American Veterans who carry mental or physical scars, from serving their country. Its mission is to raise money and awareness to help give these Veterans the opportunities they sacrificed, so others could have theirs.

The Love Tattoo Foundation was born as the positive outcome from a truly devastating event. Law Enforcement Officer, Charles "Chuck" Brisbin, was moved by a story he had heard of a young man who left for Afghanistan as a soldier for his country and came back disfigured. Being involved closely with our country's military, Chuck was compelled to honor this man in any way he could, to show his humble gratitude. So he turned to poetry. Chuck wrote a beautiful poem titled Love Tattoo.

After he finished the poem, he wanted to take it a step further by finding a voice that would be the spirit of his message; not only for this man, but for every man and woman who've sacrificed everything for what others have. Without hesitation, he turned to country music artist, Richard Lynch. Richard has a passion and respect for our military that is not to be taken lightly. He was humbled and honored to be asked to turn this poem into a song. Since then, Richard's adaptation of the poem has literally brought veterans of all ages and walks of life to tears on the spot.

From this, a greater cause was revealed. There are folks ranging from 18 to 81 years old that will carry mental and physical scars with them for the rest of their lives, because they fought for our citizens' freedoms. The most shocking fact of this is that there is no organization designated specifically to these folks and their needs. It came to our attention that these men and women almost feel ostracized; they feel like damaged goods. With very little discussion, it was decided that The Love Tattoo Foundation would take a stand and help these amazing people. They should be lifted up and honored, not put away on a dusty shelf. Learn more at:

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Business, Facilities and Building Maintenance, Free News Articles

System4 – The Perfect Facility Services Management Partner for Franchise Concepts

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- System4 Facility Services Management, an industry leader in facility management solutions that specializes in customized commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance services is the ultimate solution for a company with a franchise model. System4 works with numerous companies with a franchise model across the United States and prides itself on helping franchise owners and business leaders achieve a positive brand image.

Every franchise company wants to save money, add value to their business and create an overall positive impression on customers, employees and investors which is why it's important to spend consciously and save wherever possible.

Why Does a Franchise Company Need a Facility Services Management Company?

Having multiple franchise locations brings never-ending cleaning and repair and maintenance challenges. These challenges prevent franchise owners and business leaders from spending time focused on what matters the most - the business.

In a perfect world, your franchise locations would be efficient machines driving increased brand loyalty, customer and employee happiness, and your owners would have more time in their day. But how do you accomplish this? You need a facility management partner that can manage and resolve franchise locations' commercial cleaning, repair and maintenance needs quickly, efficiently and effectively.

System4 Understands

Franchise locations should not have to spend time making multiple phone calls to various service providers for commercial cleaning, disinfection or repair and maintenance services. Cleaning and building maintenance should be easy to manage and that's why we work with you to create customized solutions to fit the unique needs of your business and its locations. System4 brings together standard operating procedures, expert resources, technology and project management, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your brand image will be positive and the business will continue to grow.

About System4

Founded in 2004, System4 Facility Services Management has become an industry leader in commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance. With more than 65 locations nationally, System4 manages the interior and exterior of any size or type facility. As a business's one point of contact for all facility service needs, System4 simplifies processes for business owners, operators and management by saving time, reducing complexity and overall cost.

Contact System4 Facility Services Management at 216-524-6100 to discuss customized facility service solutions.

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Books and Publishing, Business, Education and Schools, Entertainment, Free News Articles, Product Launches

Exchange Student Felt No Fear as Corrupt Police Demanded Bribe, inspired new book ‘Fearless Foreign Language’

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- "¿Cuánto dinero tiene Usted, señorita?" How much money do you have, Miss? barked la policía in the middle of the night at the then 17-year-old American high school exchange student Margaret Hayes, now author of the newly published book "Fearless Foreign Language" (ISBN 978-0578356853) and founder of Sit Down & Speak Up! Media. She says she found herself on the wrong side of the law one evening cruising the empty streets with local amigos in the northern Mexican city of Torreón.

"We were briefly sitting in a car at the side of the road when suddenly a bright light was shone into the driver's side car window. This was in the mid 80s, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It hadn't occurred to any of us that hanging out in a non-public area late at night was frowned upon! Despite the harsh police demand, I wasn't scared. I thought it was kind of cool, actually, that I'd be able to tell my American friends I had to pay a mordida, a bribe, to escape arrest!"

Quickly, Margaret fished a twenty-dollar bill out of her purse and passed along to the authorities.

"After imagining the 'what if?' scenarios playing in my head, I realized I was fortunate I had it on hand."

"Fearless" and "foreign" didn't always go together for Margaret. She entered her first languages class, French, with a lot of apprehension.

Experts note that up to 30% of language students suffer from Foreign Language Anxiety. The phenomenon causes discomfort in the classroom as beginning learners fear sounding stupid or dread learning new vocabulary.

"Did I suffer from Foreign Language Anxiety? Absolutely. I had no idea how well I would do in my French class. I went in with my stomach in the proverbial knots, sure I would not be able to speak a single word correctly."

"I ended up enjoying French tremendously," Margaret recalls with relief. "It became my favorite class."

Knowing ahead of time what to expect helps to allay any surprises, Margaret says. "Confidence is an attribute parents want more than anything for their children. The pride that young people who can speak another language feel contributes to this goal. There is no need to pay bribes overseas. Just have fun with your budding language talents!"

Margaret's book, written for intrepid teens to get a head start in the world languages classroom, is entitled "Fearless Foreign Language."

It was released on March 17 and is available at major book retailers.

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About Sit Down & Speak Up! Media

Experts say Foreign Language Anxiety is suffered by up to 30% of any given students in their new world languages classes. Sit Down & Speak Up! Media, publisher of "Fearless Foreign Language," aims to address these concerns by giving young people a head start on their fabulous new journey in the Spanish, French, or German classroom.

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Fairport Wealth Announces 2022 Community Beacon Recipient

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fairport Wealth is pleased to announce Beech Brook, a local behavioral health agency that empowers children and their families, as its 2022 Community Beacon. It is especially important to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents this year, and we are proud to assist Beech Brook's mission.

Beech Brook: Helping Families Thrive Since 1852

Beech Brook was founded 170 years ago after a cholera epidemic left many children homeless-and the non-profit continues to help children and their families thrive. Beech Brook's President and CEO, Thomas Royer says, "We're committed to delivering on our founders' mission for today's most vulnerable children and families, and for generations to come." Fairport's Managing Partner, Ken Coleman adds, "Our mission, like Beech Brook's, is to inspire families, and we are happy to be a part of their anniversary celebration." Throughout the year, Beech Brook will empower Fairport and Luma Wealth families by providing educational resources about mental health.

Fairport and Luma Wealth: Joining the Mission

CMO, Kristen Lucas says, "Fairport and Luma Wealth team members are eager to support Beech Brook's events throughout the year, including its spring fundraiser, 5k and Family Fun Run, and other volunteer opportunities. And our clients, who share our commitment to support the community, will be invited to join us!" Tom Seifert, an Advisor at Fairport and Luma Wealth, is an avid Beech Brook supporter and has provided leadership on the Board of Directors for over a decade.

About Fairport Wealth

Fairport Wealth provides comprehensive wealth management solutions for high-net-worth individuals and guides them through life's transitions. Clients value our depth of talent and experience, along with our collaborative and approachable style. For more information, visit

About Luma Wealth

Luma Wealth Advisors is a division of Fairport Wealth that provides women and their families personalized wealth planning, experienced investment management, and a supportive, enriching community where they can learn, connect, and celebrate with other women. For more information, visit

Securities offered through Hightower Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC, Hightower Advisors, LLC is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

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Free News Articles, General Editorial

SV Diagnostic Labs Launching Test Sites in Ohio and Kentucky to Access Safer COVID-19 Testing, Quicker Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- WHAT: Long lines are being reported in some cities around the country for those trying to access a COVID-19 PCR test - considered the most accurate COVID-19 test available. However, Ohio's privately owned SV Diagnostic Labs is ready and able to meet the demand in multiple states. SV Diagnostic Labs provides COVID-19 testing at various locations in Ohio, Kentucky and New Jersey with results usually provided within 24 hours.

SV Diagnostic Labs is also the only laboratory in Ohio offering access to the QuikSal™ oral rinse collection device. Developed and manufactured in the United States, QuikSal eliminates the need for an anxiety-inducing nasal swab. Each QuikSal collection device contains 2 ml of liquid which is swished in the mouth for one minute and then returned to the container. Test material is then processed at SV Diagnostic Labs in Dayton and test results emailed to the client.

WHERE: SV Diagnostic Labs operates main sites and now opening new satellite locations all across Central Ohio and Kentucky - drive-up testing locations allowing an individual to remain in their car. The most efficient way to receive a test is to register online the site will geo cache your location and send you to the site closest to your location.

Prior to arriving at the test location. Those who do not register ahead of time will need to access a site specific QR code at each location before receiving the test.

* Columbus - 6400 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

-- Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* Toledo - 5457 Secor Rd, Toledo, Ohio 43623

-- Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Louisville - 12450 Lagrange Rd, 46254 (parking lot of Kroger)

-- Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Lexington - 635 New Circle Rd, Lexington, KY, 40505

-- Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The QuikSal™ oral rinse collection device is covered by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Testing for those without insurance is covered through The Cares Act.

WHY: SV Diagnostic Labs is Ohio's premier privately owned, CLIA certified laboratory capable of a wide range of molecular diagnostic and Toxicology testing.

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Business, Free News Articles, Water and Wastes

Ohio Clean Cans, LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Cincy Bins, LLC

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Ohio Clean Cans, LLC (, a leading provider of residential garbage can cleaning and pressure washing services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Cincy Bins, LLC ( Ohio Clean Cans, LLC brought can cleaning to Ohio in early 2017 and has grown organically until this recent acquisition.

Howard Cooper, owner of Ohio Cleans Cans notes, "We are excited to work with the Cincy Bins team and its customers. While we have formerly competed for market share, the combination of our two companies will create more opportunity to better serve our clients, current and future. With increased staff and equipment, it will increase our service area."

Cincy Bins began in 2019 and was owned and operated masterfully by Danny Pond. Danny will be taking on a significant sales and marketing consulting role for Ohio Clean Cans, LLC. "We are excited to see how we can grow this business together. By combining forces with the Ohio Clean Cans team, we now have the capacity to serve more clients and reach new areas in surrounding Cincinnati markets," said Danny.

Howard Cooper of Ohio Clean Cans, LLC is a successful local Cincinnati business entrepreneur with far reaching experience into industries including Restaurant and Bar mgmt., Executive Recruiting, and B2B Merchant Services. Currently along with Ohio Clean Cans, LLC, Howard is involved in several other local companies including Construction, Financial Services, Staffing and Preschool Enrichment programs. "I enjoy identifying opportunities and turning the ideas into businesses," says Howard.

About Ohio Clean Cans, LLC

Ohio Clean Cans is the leading provider of garbage can cleaning services in the Greater Cincinnati area. Garbage can cleaning services in the United States is a rapidly growing segment of home services. Ohio Clean Cans, LLC currently offers one-time, and subscription based can cleaning services, along with full-service pressure washing service to both the residential and commercial markets. They can be found at

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover Wins New Product Award

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- The inventor of the Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover, Katherine Miles, is excited to announce that this deceptively simple mobility product has earned the New Product Pavilion Providers' Choice Bronze Award at the 2021 Medtrade West national trade show. Sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, the honor highlights the potential of the Ruby Slipper to make a difference in the lives of seniors and others with limited mobility.

The Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover helps people enter and exit a vehicle seat with ease, allowing seniors with limited mobility and persons recovering from injury or surgery to get to the places they want and need to go: visiting friends and family, running errands and going to medical appointments.

"To be selected for this award by our fellow Medtrade attendees means a lot," said Miles. "It's real confirmation that our simple little product can be a life-changer for many people. We are so grateful to Medtrade West and HomeCare Magazine for the opportunity to spread the word about the Ruby Slipper!"

"We're probably one of the lowest-tech products here," said Steve Porcaro, Ruby Slipper's Director of Business Development. "You don't have to change the battery, you don't have to learn to operate it. Just put it on the seat, set it up and you're good to go. People were very excited about the simplicity and the ease, and how comfortable and simple it was. And everyone said the same thing: how come I didn't think of that?"

Miles and the Ruby Slipper team look forward to making more connections at the upcoming Medtrade East event in October 2021 in Atlanta.

About Medtrade West and HomeCare Magazine

Held July 12-14 in Phoenix, Medtrade West marked Ruby Slipper's return to its first in-person national trade show in eighteen months. The nation's largest home medical equipment exhibition and conference, Medtrade has been helping the industry grow since 1979.

HomeCare is the leading business magazine for home medical equipment and home health professionals.

About the Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover

The Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover is a specially designed, heavy-duty double-layered seat cover with a unique sliding action that allows passengers to swivel in and out of the car seat with ease. This simple seat cover allows passengers to quickly and easily enter or exit virtually any vehicle. The Ruby Slipper is comfortable, convenient and helps reduce stress while traveling. It is intended for anyone with limited mobility and strength, or recuperating from a recent surgery.

The Ruby Slipper fits virtually all passenger cars and trucks, is easily installed in minutes, works on both cloth and leather seats, and can be moved from car to car as needed. The nylon fabric is rugged, comfortable and easy to care for.

About Ruby Slipper, LLC

Made entirely in America, the Ruby Slipper Swivel Car Seat Cover can be purchased online at (via PayPal) or by calling 877-855-3065. The cost is $79.95 plus $11.95 shipping. The Ruby Slipper comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Questions can be directed to or 877-855-3065. Ruby Slipper, LLC is located at P.O. Box 508, St. Clairsville, Ohio, 43950.


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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Construction and Building, Education and Schools, Free News Articles

Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, Delivers Facilities Improvements to Marietta High School

DAYTON, Ohio -- Marietta City School District is investing in improving the High School café, kitchen, and concession stand with Energy Optimizers, USA. As a member of the META Solutions Educational Purchasing Co-op, the District will be able to tap into the LED Lighting and Energy Savings Program through the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia. This program enables the district to make these improvements at no additional expense to taxpayers while ensuring the best possible pricing.

The School District is installing LED lighting retrofits in the High School café, server, kitchen, and kitchen offices. Other improvements include new kitchen appliances, electrical upgrades, replacement of ceiling tiles in the café, pine paneling in the serving area, and new counter tops in the bar area. The floors will be waxed and conditioned. The concession stand will be expanded.

The benefits will be immediate, with reduced energy bills and maintenance costs from the LED lighting retrofits. Annual energy savings are anticipated at $2,377. Kitchen staff will have a much more efficient, safe workspace, and students will benefit from the improved facility.

LED lighting retrofits offer up to 75 percent savings over the district's former lighting systems, offering an almost immediate reduction in utility costs. They will also last 3 to 4 times longer, which will further reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.

"At Marietta City School District, we aim to be high achieving in all aspects of our operations, from academic performance to financial management," said Will Hampton, Superintendent. "This investment in our High School building will pay dividends to our bottom line while supporting our mission of empowering our students to excel academically and personally."

"We take great pride in our ability to provide schools with cost-effective solutions that make measurably better improvements to their facilities," said Rusty Bookman with Energy Optimizers, USA. "Marietta City School District will be able to channel the savings it gains right back into its classrooms or into other needed capital improvements. That's a victory for the school, its students and the community."

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial, and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, indoor air quality improvements, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits, solar and energy education programs. In 2018, the company became part of The Habegger Corporation, an industry leading distributor of HVAC equipment, parts, and supplies.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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