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Employee’s abilities seen at work daily

Employee's abilities seen at work daily

OAK HARBOR — You may or may not know David Salyers. He’s the service clerk at Community Markets and his face is on posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County with the logo “Ability at Work.”

Salyers, of Ottawa County, has worked for the Oak Harbor Community Markets store for 15 years.

Salyers said he went in for his interview at Community Markets and was hired on the spot. He began his job at the grocery store by learning multiple tasks including cleaning, stocking and bagging groceries. Salyers knows many of his customers by their first name and said serving the community is his favorite part of the job.

In addition to his role as a service clerk, Salyers and Lester Weatherwax, supervisor/store manager of Community Markets, have both competed in the annual baggers contest at the local level every July.

Baggers from the store compete to go to the state competition.

Salyers and Weatherwax also team up together in the community. Each year, the store has a float in the Oak Harbor Apple Festival parade. Last year’s float was a 1950s theme and Salyers dressed as a character from “Grease” complete with sunglasses and slicked back hair. They won third place.

Salyers also has participated in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, delivering food for the holiday bureau and the food pantry.

For information about employing individuals with developmental disabilities, contact the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 419-898-0400.

You can also read the original story at the Port Clinton News Herald.

Ossian Community Market Honored

Ossian Community Market Honored

The Wells County Chamber of Commerce and ambassadors surprised Ossian Community Market Thursday, Feb. 7, as the February Business of the Month…

You can read more about this on The News Banner’s website, or you can download a PDF of the newspaper clipping here.

Great Scot food drive collects 600 items

Great Scot food drive collects 600 items

GREEN SPRINGS — The customers at Great Scot Community Markets in Green Springs were so good this year that Santa paid them an early visit last Thursday.

Santa was on hand to help the store promote its fourth annual food drive that benefited the Clyde/Green Springs food pantry.

As of that day, the store had collected about 600 items for the pantry, in addition to monetary donations.

Green Springs Police Chief Charlie Horne and Clyde police officer Dana Widman were also helping support th

e event by bagging groceries. Other local dignitaries that bagged groceries through the several-day event included retired Green Springs police chief Earlie Lee and Green Springs principal Randy Stockmaster.

Read The Rest of the Article at the News Messenger

Hearth and Care, Community Market give away 50 hams


Hearth and Care and Community Market came together last week to give away a total of 50 hams to people in the community. Pictured in front are Sean Lawwell with Community Market and Ashley Coe with Hearth and Care. Behind them are people with both businesses. Read more here

Sack & Save Opens in Decatur, Indiana

Newest discount grocer now in Decatur

Decatur now has a new choice for grocery shopping at Sack & Save supermarket, formally Community Markets.

Indiana’s first Sack & Save Supermarket is now open in Decatur.
Customers can expect to see savings of 10% – 30% and more on everyday grocery purchases based on competitive price checks in the area.

Sack & Save will also offer Guaranteed Unbeatable Prices on items customers buy the most like bread, sugar, coffee, paper towels, cereal, frozen pizzas and a whole lot more. “We spoke one-on-one to several focus groups in Decatur this past year, and everyone said the same thing, ‘Show me the lowest price possible on the shelf and make my shopping experience simple’, and I think we accomplished just that”, said Michael Needler, Jr. President of Sack & Save’s parent company, Fresh Encounter.

Sack & Save we not only save its customers money, but offer something most discount grocery stores don’t…real butchers. “We custom cut your meat the way you want it. No extra charge, and we serve you with a smile.”, said John Conrad, store manager of the Sack & Save.

Sack & Save, located at 230 East Monroe, Decatur. Formally Community Markets. Store hours are 8am-9pm, seven days a week.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. owns and operates thirty retail grocery stores in Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana. Operating under the banners of Great Scot, Community Markets and Sack & Save, Fresh Encounter, Inc. is Ohio’s largest independently owned retail grocery operator. Fresh Encounter, Inc. employees 1,100 team members dedicated to extraordinary customer service and customer satisfaction.

Applegate Products Now Available at Bluffton Community Markets

Bluffton Community Markets is proud to now carry Applegate products!

Applegate Farms, a New Jersey-based meat company, is one of the largest natural and organic food brands in the U.S. Their goal is to change the way America eats meat and it all began with CEO Stephen McDonnell’s epiphany that he could feel good about eating meat only if it didn’t contain any of the ingredients he knew were bad for him. He was certain that others felt the same and he went into the meat business to do something about it.

After 25 years, McDonnell and Applegate Farms now work with 18 co-packing companies, 12 slaughterhouses, and 1,000 farms that supply humanely raised meat that is free from antibiotics or hormones.

Because Applegate provides a large variety of meat products, customers can trust one brand and know they’re receiving the best quality in all their purchases. They can finally feel good about eating meat, which has been McDonnell’s mission from the beginning.

The following Applegate products are now available at Bluffton Community Markets.



-Gluten Free, Uncured Beef Corndogs

-Gluten Free Chicken Breakfast Sausage




-Gluten Free Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage

-Chicken Nuggets

-Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Nuggets

-Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Tenderloins

-Organic Breaded Chicken Strips



-Pre-sliced Deli Meats

        -Black Forest Ham

        -Organic Black Forest Ham

        -Genoa Salami

        -Organic Genoa Salami

        -Roast Beef

        -Herb Turkey

-Uncured Sunday Turkey Bacon

-Uncured Sunday Bacon (Pork)

-Uncured Natural Beef Hotdogs

-Pre-sliced Deli Cheeses (All rBGH Free)



        -Havarti (Imported From Denmark)

        -Monterey Jack With Jalapeno Peppers

        -Cheddar (Medium)

Produce of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

Produce of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have always had a bad rap. They used to be the miniature cabbages that we pushed around our plates as kids, but they are now making a comeback. With their great health benefits, they are a beneficial addition to any meal. And with their tender, buttery taste, brussels sprouts won’t be pushed around anymore!

What’s in those mini cabbages?


They are:

– low in fat and cholesterol (and even help lower cholesterol levels)
– antioxidant supportive
– high in fiber
– rich in vitamin C (an anti-cancer agent)
– high in protein
– low in fat & calories

The best way to reap all of these health benefits is to steam the brussels sprouts. Raw sprouts still contain these benefits, but steaming them will help bring them out. Your weekly intake should be around 2 cups to really take advantage of their perks.

Select & Store

Brussels sprouts are a cool season vegetable. They are available year round, but are best during the winter/spring months. When they are about an inch in size, firm, dark green, compact and free of spots, your brussels will be best for you. Remove any damaged outer leaves and store your fresh unwashed sprouts in sealed plastic zip bags in the crisper of your refrigerator.  This way, the sprouts will keep for about 3 days.

Smell the Sprouts

Brussels sprouts typically are delicate and buttery in flavor, but if the sprouts are overcooked they can release a very pungent smell similar to sulphur, which ruins their taste. To help clean your brussels before cooking follow these preparation steps:

1. Remove discolored and loosen outer leaves
2. Trim stem
3. Wash in clean water, then soak in salt water for a few minutes

These steps will also help your brussels from releasing that distinct smell.

If you’re still not convinced that you should eat more brussels, try this recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with crispy bacon. It will surely change your mind!



Sack & Save to donate $1,000 to Homes for Hope

Ross County agency to receive much needed funds.

Chillicothe, Ohio, December 10, 2012: Sack & Save supermarket will be donating
$1,000 to Homes for Hope of Ross County in efforts to make the season a bit brighter for
those in need.

The donation was made possible through the generous donations of the Food for All program at the Sack & Save store located at 104 East Main Street. “Customers were asked if they wanted to give a little extra to the Food for All program at checkout”, said Chuck Urick, Store Director. “The response was very generous, and as a result, we were able to contribute $1,000 back to much needed services in Ross County”.

HOMES OF HOPE is a relational Ministry Program of Love INC – Love in the Name
of Christ. Its mission is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities in
the name of Christ through transitional housing and supportive services. The Homes of
Hope program offers individual/families a 3-6 month stay in transitional housing.
Mr. Urick will be making a special check presentation at the Chillicothe Rotary
meeting at the Chillicothe Country Club on Monday, December 17, 2012.

Fresh Encounter, Inc. owns and operates thirty retail grocery stores in Western Ohio
and Eastern Indiana. Operating under the banners of Great Scot, Community Markets
and Sack & Save, Fresh Encounter, Inc. is Ohio’s largest independently owned retail
grocery operator. Fresh Encounter, Inc. employees 1,100 team members dedicated to
extraordinary customer service and customer satisfaction.

Taste of the Season in North Baltimore

Turkey Pot Pie

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