Unfortunately, many events around the Tuscarawas Valley are being cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including:

• Friday, March 27: Big Brothers Big Sisters Sensory Friendly Bowl for Kids’ Sake event
• Friday, March 27: Rehearsal for the Little Theater Variety Show
• Saturday, March 28: Tunnel Hill pancake breakfast and round/square dance
• Saturday, March 28: Little Theater Variety Show
• Saturday, March 28: Zoar Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
• Saturday, March 28: Spring Sing at West Union UMC in Gilmore
• Saturday, March 28: Harrison County Ducks Banquet at Scio Legion
• Saturday, March 28: Hog Roast at Baltic Fire & Rescue
• Saturday, March 28: Queen's Tea at Knights of Columbus in Dennison (rescheduled for May 23)
• Saturday, March 28: Tim Stein Charity Dinner at St. Peter's Church
• Saturday, March 28: American Legion Past Commanders Banquet at Union Hill Methodist Church in Sugarcreek
• Saturday, March 28: The Shepherd's Table at First Presbyterian Church in Uhrichsville (worship services will be streamed live on Facebook)
• Sunday, March 29: Musik Fest XV at Roscoe United Methodist Church in Coshocton
• Monday, March 30: No lunch at Warren Township Community Center
• Friday, April 3: Women's Success Series with Sarah DiFazio at Kent State Tusc (rescheduled for August 21)
• Saturday, April 4: Baltic Conservation Club Spring Trap Shoot
• Saturday, April 4: ACT test at Dover High School
• Saturday, April 4: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center
• Saturday, April 4: Prom at Buckeye Career Center
• Now—end of March: Dover Alliance Church (no services or events)
• Now—end of March: St. James Lutheran Church in Tuscarawas (no services/Heavenly Hot Dogs)
• Now—end of March: Strasburg United Methodist Church in-person worship services and bible studies
• Now—end of March: First Presbyterian Church in New Philadelphia
• Now—end of March: Tuscora Park Oldies Night Concerts
• Now—end of March: Dover First Christian Church
• Now—Wednesday, April 1: All worship services and events at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia
• Now—Friday, April 3: Village Hall in Strasburg (please use the drop box for payments)
• Now—Sunday, April 5: New Philadelphia Church of Christ (no services)
• Now—Friday, April 10: Grace Lutheran Church in Dover (all worship services and church activities, including Palm Sunday and Holy Week services)
• Now—Monday, April 13: Claymont Public Library (includes Uhrichsville & Dennison branches)
• Now—May: All Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital community health and wellness programs
• Now—Monday, May 18: All Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce meetings and activities
• Now—until further notice: All public activities at the Warren Township Community Center
• Now—until further notice: Caregiver Support Group at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center
• Now—until further notice: Tuscarawas County YMCA
• Now—until further notice: Jerusalem Church in New Philadelphia
• Now—until further notice: On-site services at First United Church of Christ in New Philadelphia (services will be livestreamed on their Facebook page)
• Now—until further notice: Fort Laurens Museum & Zoar Village
• Now—until further notice: Singles Together of Tuscarawas County
• Now—until further notice: Tuscarawas Metropolitan Housing Authority office closed (business still being conducted via phone, email, and fax)
• Now—until further notice: Chili Crossroads Bible Church (services, addiction meetings, and devotionals are offered on Facebook/ChiliCrossroads)

No fish dinners at Central Catholic High School, Memorial Hall, Winfield UMC, or Holy Trinity in Zoar

Tuscarawas County Public Library System:
The TCPL has temporarily closed all book returns at each of its five locations. Customers who currently have items checked out are asked to keep them until the library reopens. There will be no fines or fees for the items that are currently checked out to anyone with a Tuscarawas County Public Library card.

All county offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

The Tuscarawas County Courthouse and Office Building will be closed to the public until April 6.

Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas:
Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Court of Common Pleas, General Trial Division, as well as the Probate Juvenile Division will no longer accept court filings via the Treasurer’s Office drive-through window.  The courts prefer the methods below, but if an item must be hand delivered it can be delivered to the Clerk Court’s Title Office utilizing the door off the courtyard from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. 
• The General Division (Judge O’Farrell and Judge Thomakos) will continue to accept court filings via regular mail, via fax to 330-343-4682, and via email to
• The Probate Juvenile Division (Judge Kate) will continue to accept court filings via regular mail, fax to 330-364-3190, and via email to,, 

Tuscarawas Co
unty Senior Centers will be closed now through Friday, April 3 (includes Dover, Garaway, Claymont, West Chester, Mineral City, and Newcomerstown)

The Dover-Phila Food Pantry will remain OPEN. Volunteers please arrive 15 minutes prior to your shift.

Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services is closed to the public.
A mailbox is inside the door for clients to leave documents. The following are numbers and email addresses to contact for services:
• Agency email to send forms/verifications:
• Agency phone for questions: 330-339-7791 (follow prompts)
• Agency email for questions:
• Agency website for information:
• Children Services referral email:
• Agency fraud referral phone number: 330-339-7791 (follow prompts)
• Information is also available in Spanish at and by calling 330-339-7791. For any additional questions, please call the agency at 330-339-7791.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources: 
All ODNR cabins, golf courses, public restrooms, shower houses, playgrounds, state park marinas, All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, and campgrounds (including group camps, horse camps, and family camps) are closed until further notice. Bridle trails and mountain bike trails remain open for their designated uses, hiking is still permitted on all state forest trails (including APV trails), and public outdoor spaces and all other trail systems (including small remote backpack camps) as well as Division of Forestry gun ranges will remain open. When utilizing these areas, visitors must follow social distancing guidelines.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District:
Offices and park/marina buildings are closed to the public until further notice. MWCD staff will be available during normal business hours. Please call if there are questions that can be addressed over the phone. If in-person meetings are required, arrangements can be made as long as they are in compliance with CDC recommendations. 

Ohio State University Extension Tuscarawas County:
• March 29: 4-H Super Sunday 
• RESCHEDULED: The QA portion ONLY has been rescheduled for May 16 at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds (details to be announced
• RESCHEDULED: The 1.50 training for advisors has been rescheduled for April 14 at 6:00pm at the Extension offic
• RESCHEDULED: 4-H Quality Assurance has been rescheduled for April 23 at 6:30pm at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds
• 4-H clubs are encouraged to reschedule any meetings/gatherings scheduled for March

Tuscarawas County Special Olympics:
• All scheduled open gyms
• All athlete-leadership meetings (this includes officer meetings)
• All sporting events (Community and Rockets Game, Responders vs. Rockets game)
• All practices (basketball, bocce, bowling, volleyball, and track)
• All recognition events (Tuscarawas Valley Schools)
• All fundraisers (Basket BINGO, Responders game, etc.)
All organized social events

Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities:
It is with regret that we must cancel all March DD awareness events, all FANS Network events, all Special Olympic events/activities, Tuscarawas County Advocacy Council Meetings, and provider trainings until further notice. Additionally, we will be limiting in-person meetings as much as possible. If you have any questions, please contact TuscBDD.

Stay tuned to 100.9 FM or AM 1450 for the latest updates.

A Message from Cleveland Clinic

In response to the Northeast Ohio community’s generous requests to provide assistance during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland Clinic is launching a COVID-19 Community Response Campaign. 

“During challenging times like these, we see the good in people shine through,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “We are exceedingly grateful that people throughout the community have asked how they can help. The Community Response Campaign is Cleveland Clinic’s effort to direct people’s generosity, time and resources to provide meaningful impact for our patients and caregivers in a variety of ways.”

Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Response Campaign priorities include:
Donate to support Cleveland Clinic caregivers – Support the needs of frontline caregivers with items such as gift cards for meals from local restaurants:  

Contribute needed supplies
- To be prepared for a potential surge of patients in the coming weeks, Cleveland Clinic is asking the community to help source the following supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes:  

Donate to COVID-19 treatment and research
– Cleveland Clinic researchers have various projects related to COVID-19 underway, including the use of predictive analytics to develop individualized risk models for patients.  

Make masks
– Follow instructions on making approved masks to help us support the community: These donated masks will be used to help reinforce cough etiquette in our community. Cough etiquette, which includes covering your cough, is an important way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect those around us. These donated masks will not be used by caregivers as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for clinical care. Masks made at home can be dropped off at Union Hospital at the Information Desk inside the Main Entrance. (You also can call us before dropping off your donation and we can work out arrangements – 330.343.3311 Ext. 2409.) The hospital also is cooperating with the Tuscarawas County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for distribution of personal protective equipment in the community. Masks made at home may also be mailed to Cleveland Clinic, 8937 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44195.

Support Vitalant Ohio and American Red Cross blood drives
– There is an urgent need for blood donations and Vitalant Ohio and the American Red Cross are hosting blood drives throughout the community: and Vitalant Ohio manages the blood donation drives at Union Hospital and supplies blood and blood products to the hospital.

Full details about donations can be found here:  

Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

Remembering Gary Petricola

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our leader, our mentor, our friend…and much more than that. WJER President/CEO Gary Petricola passed away Thursday, March 5th. He had been dealing with several medical issues and had been mostly staying in Florida in recent years as his health started getting worse, but his home was always Dover, Ohio. Gary passed away one day before his son Zach’s wedding.  

We can’t possibly begin to list all the different organizations and activities Gary was involved with outside of the station—all to make our community a better place. We also cannot fully express how appreciative each and every one of us is to have been a part of his WJER family.  

Gary took ownership of WJER in 1977, becoming one of the youngest in the nation. During the station’s 65
th anniversary celebration in 2015, Gary explained how he started working at WJER 10 years earlier. This was at the suggestion of a station employee who used to come into the music shop owned by Gary’s father. Gary then had to apply for an FCC radio license, which was a requirement at the time to be on the air.

Following the passing of station founder Agnes Reeves Greer in 1972, Gary was approached by Greer’s Dover Broadcasting Company about taking ownership.

Gary’s wife Lin passed away in 1991.

Gary Petricola was 69. His services are being planned. We will be hearing memories from some of those who knew Gary best over the coming days as we remember his life.

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