Stull recognized by Ohio Secretary of State

| March 5, 2015
Presentation: James Stull, left, was presented March 3, with a letter of appreciation from Bob Kalish, regional liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Presentation: James Stull, left, was presented March 3, with a letter of appreciation from Bob Kalish, regional liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – James Stull was extremely surprised when he heard Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wanted to thank him for clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways for the elderly, disabled and veterans in Coshocton.

Husted’s regional liaison Bob Kalish stopped in Coshocton Feb. 3, to present Stull with a letter of appreciation that states, “On behalf of the people of Ohio, let me extend to you my gratitude and sincere admiration. You have helped so many with your selfless efforts. Your service is an inspiration to others for what they can achieve with similar attitude dedication and spirit.”

“I never expected this to get to the state level,” Stull said. “It’s all thanks to the community. I couldn’t have done this without them or get this recognition.”

This winter Stull posted his desire to help the elderly, disabled and veterans clear snow on Facebook. People were impressed with his good deeds and before Stull knew it a collection was gathered up by Larry Mounts and he was presented with a brand new snow blower and Ice Melt.

“The snow blower has gotten good use,” Stull said. “We have 22 houses and had to send a couple to other people that advertised on Facebook or kids we ran into on the street.”

He also has picked up a partner in the business.

“Jim (Spizzirri) is great,” Stull said. “He’s a disabled Navy veteran who has taken time out to take me around to places and help shovel. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to help.”

The pair is calling their business J&J Helping Hands and is hoping to do lawn care this summer. They will continue to assist the elderly, disabled and veterans, but also welcome paying customers. Donations are welcome to aid them with purchasing a push mower and riding mower. Stull also would like to see bigger groups connect with them so more people can be assisted. Anyone interested in assisting them or who needs help clearing snow, can call 291-7008.

“I can’t tell you how much the support of the community means,” Stull said. “I didn’t build this by myself. I couldn’t have done this without the people of Coshocton.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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