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Blog // Connect Ohio

ECO Participant Wins Laptop Courtesy of Frontier Communications

By COH Staff

Written by Rachel Leishman, Tuscarawas County Public Library

Barbara Richards of Port Washington was the winner of a free laptop computer courtesy of Frontier Communications. Barbara’s name was randomly selected from a pool of all participants who took Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online basic computer training through the Tuscarawas County Public Library System from January to April 2012.

Barbara said she would recommend these classes to anyone. “The classes were very informative and enjoyable. It wasn’t over my head the way the instructor explained everything.”

"Connect Ohio is proud to partner with the entire team at the Tuscarawas County Public Library System to provide our Every Citizen Online digital literacy training program," said Stu Johnson, Executive Director for Connect Ohio.

Richards said she tried attending a computer class at another institution but felt it was too advanced. “This one was just right.” Richards has already been sending emails and said she has “no excuse” not to use computers now.

More than 250 people have already completed the basic computer training through the county library since January 2011. The free training is designed for those with little or no experience with computers and teaches them how to turn a computer on, operate a mouse and keyboard, browse the internet, and set up and use an email account. The training is offered at the county library’s main library in New Philadelphia, as well as its branches in Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas.

"With Frontier Communications’ continued Internet service expansion efforts combined with Connect Ohio’s basic computer training through the library, Ohio is making great strides in bridging the existing digital divide and helping citizens get connected," said Kevin Wallick, General Manager of Frontier Communication’s Eastern Ohio operations.

As part of its broadband commitment to Ohio, Frontier Communications recently extended broadband service to more than 300 households in the Stone Creek community, where residents and businesses can now bundle broadband service with phone and DISH Network television services for substantial savings. 

 “Frontier is thrilled to continue our ongoing partnership with Connect Ohio and foster broadband initiatives with the Tuscarawas County Public Library System through computer donations,” said Wallick. “We’ll continue to invest and build out our network throughout 2012 and beyond to deliver broadband services to even more Ohioans.”

A drawing for a Netbook will be held in August. The August winner of the Netbook will be selected from a pool of entries consisting of those who have taken the training with a friend through the county library from May to August 2012. In addition, anyone who has completed the Connect Ohio program through the county library since January 2011 and has also referred a friend who completed the training by August 2012 will be entered for the Netbook giveaway. 

The Connect Ohio basic computer training, which is offered as two three-hour classes, is free, but registration is required.  Those wishing to register may call 330-364-4474 ext. 101.  Space is limited, but additional classes will be offered based upon waiting lists.  


Representatives from Connect Ohio, Frontier Communications and the Tuscarawas County Public Library present the laptop to the lucky winner at this year’s “El Dia de los Ninos; El Dia de los Libros” celebration held on Saturday April 28 at the Library.  Pictured left to right: Kevin Wallick, General Manager Eastern Ohio Frontier Communications, Tim Coolman, Technical Manager Frontier Communications, Barbara Richards, Stu Johnson, Executive Director for Connect Ohio, Rachel Leishman, Administrative Assistant Tuscarawas County Public Library.


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