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4/20/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

New Little Free Library unveiled at Front Porch Café

HARTVILLE — The Lake Township Chamber of Commerce has partnered with GentleBrook Vocational Hub to build an indoor version of the Little Free Library.

According to chamber officials, the Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in Wisconsin that promotes the creation of mini libraries, with visitors invited to take a book and leave one for the next person. For more information, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

To celebrate National Library Week, a Little Free Library was unveiled April 11 at the Front Porch Café, located at 932 W. Maple St.

Chamber President Christa Kozy said the first Little Free Library was built and installed in front of Hartville Village Hall as an Eagle Scout project last year. She added the chamber decided to inspire others to continue the trend, tying into the theme of its Leadership Awards event this past February, and simultaneously connecting local businesses and organizations. The theme, “The Stories that Connect Us,” was inspired by the award winners, who are listed on the new Little Free Library.

Chamber officials have asked the Lake Community Friends of the Library, a local nonprofit organization, to maintain a steady selection of reading materials for patrons of the Front Porch Café.

“We’re so excited to bring this partnership to the community with GentleBrook and the Lake Community Friends of the Library group,” said Kozy. “GentleBrook would like to commission more models of the libraries, and the Friends of the Library are thrilled to support literacy awareness. … It’s a great way to bring a neighborhood and community together.”

Book donations for the library are welcome. For more information, contact Kozy at 330-877-5500.


Sully’s celebrating 70th anniversary

Sully’s Tool and Party Rental is a family-owned business in Green. Shown from left are family members (back row) Brian Molnar, Rick Saunders and Kevin Saunders; and (front row) Mickey Sullivan and Amanda Withee. Molnar and Withee are currently running the business.
Photo courtesy of Sully’s Tool and Party Rental
GREEN — Sully’s Tool and Party Rental is celebrating its 70th anniversary in business this year.

According to company officials, Sully’s was originally opened as a tool rental shop in Downtown Akron in 1947 by Mack Sullivan.

The business began after Sullivan allowed friends and neighbors to borrow his collection of tools, and his wife recognized an opportunity in renting them out, according to company officials. He sold the business to his grandson, Mickey Sullivan, in 1959, and a storefront was opened on Exchange Street in Akron that many refer to as the “original” Sully’s. The tool division grew to three locations and was then sold to a national company in the 1990s, according to company officials.

In 1993, Mickey Sullivan’s daughter and son-in-law, who also worked in the family business, decided to open a party division of Sully’s Rental at 3337 Fortuna Drive in Green, according to company officials. After a few years of running the party division of the company, the owners decided to reintroduce tool rentals to the business. Today, the fifth generation of the original business owner is working in the business, according to company officials.

Sully’s Tool and Party Rental rents power tools and heavy equipment, and many items needed to host large parties. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

For a complete list of rental items and more details on the business, visit sullysrental.com or call 330-645-0555.


New free air permit assistance program available

AKRON — Akron Regional Air Quality Management District (ARAQMD), a program administered by Summit County Public Health (SCPH), has launched an assistance program for businesses in Medina, Summit and Portage counties.

According to SCPH officials, ARAQMD’s new Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) can help businesses comply with difficult to understand federal and state air quality regulations. A dedicated staff member, familiar with the regulatory process, will now serve as a confidential contact for any small business in Medina, Summit or Portage counties that has or may need air permits.

Officials added any non-Title V business is welcome to use CTAP. The service is available to entities that meet one or more of the following criteria: a business startup; switching or adding new products at manufacturing facilities; considering a switch of materials in existing production; needing assistance filling out forms, permit renewals or complying with technical aspects of an air permit; and more.

For more information about the program, visit www.araqmd.org or call Megan Talcott at 330-812-3904.


Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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