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10/7/2010 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

METRO RTA celebrates ARRA-funded solar project

DOWNTOWN AKRON — State and Akron METRO authorities flipped the switch Sept. 30 on a 488-kilowatt solar photovoltaic renewable energy project.

Doing the honors were Mark Shanahan, energy adviser to Gov. Ted Strickland; Mark Barbash, assistant ddirector of the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD); and Robert Pfaff, executive director of METRO RTA.

METRO received $1 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) State Energy Program to install the $2.5 million solar energy system on the rooftop of the organization’s bus barn, which is now the state’s single largest rooftop solar panel system, according to ODOD officials.

“I commend the public and private partners that worked on this project, helping to create one of the largest single solar arrays in the state,” said Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the ODOD. “I am proud to say that this project was created in Ohio, by Ohio suppliers and with Ohio workers.”

METRO anticipates an estimated annual savings of $40,000 and is expecting to produce an estimated 15 percent of its annual energy needs at the bus barn, according to ODOD officials.

The rooftop installation is METRO’s second solar project. A 133-kilowatt solar energy system at the authority’s intermodal transit center was installed in 2009 and is now generating 22 percent of that building’s annual energy.

Both projects were installed by Ohio-based Third Sun Solar.

“By design, METRO and all public transportation is green and has been since our wheels hit the road,” Pfaff said. “In Akron, we want to be environmentally responsible outside the bus, as well. We offer a state-of-the-art transit center that is Gold LEED Certified, we recycle, offer services for bicyclists, and we fully embrace solar energy as the next step in being responsible and being a good environmental partner.”

CANAPI announces National Coming Out Day events

GREATER AKRON — The Akron Pride Center and CANAPI have announced the following activities for National Coming Out Day:

• “Fish out of Water,” tomorrow, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. This documentary explores the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible.

• Iron Eagles and The Rangers Inc. joint run, Oct. 8-10. Event details are available at www.secureagent.net/ironeagles/runindex.

• Service and meal commemorating National Coming Out Day, Oct. 10, 11 a.m., Cascade Community Church, 1190 Inman St., Akron.

• “Healing the Legacy of Hatred,” Oct. 11, 8 p.m., First Grace Church, 350 S. Portage Path, Highland Square. A candlelight walk will follow at 8:45 p.m.

• LGBTQ Health Fair, Oct. 13, noon to 4 p.m., CANAPI, 895 N. Main St., North Akron.

• First monthly community dinner, Oct. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., CANAPI, 895 N. Main St., North Akron. The dinner will facilitate communication between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and CANAPI.

• “Out at the Races,” Oct. 15, 6 p.m., St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 W. Exchange St., West Akron. Tickets are available at the door and include a casual buffet. A cash bar also will be offered.

• Fall hike, Oct. 16, 11 a.m., Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Piney Woods Trail. Conversation and food until 5 p.m. will follow the 2-mile hike.

• “Out in Silence,” Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m., Weathervane Community Playhouse. This film captures the chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites controversy in his small hometown. There is no admission charge.

• Estate planning for the LGBTQ community, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., CANAPI, 895 N. Main St., North Akron. This session, presented by the offices of attorney Erica Skerl, will answer questions about wills, trusts, Medicaid planning, estate taxes and gifting.

• “Breaking the Code,” Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Weathervane Community Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Merriman Valley. “Breaking the Code” tells the story of mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, the primary designer of an early computer used to solve the German Enigma code during World War II. Turing’s open admission to his homosexuality at the time violated British law.

For more information about any of these events, call 330-252-1559 or visit www.canapi.org/events.aspx.

Documents can be shredded Oct. 9 at Neoshred

NORTH AKRON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Neoshred will provide free public document shredding at the Fall 2010 Secure your ID Event Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at 895 E. Tallmadge Ave.

This free service promotes proper document destruction, which is one step consumers should take to protect themselves from possible identity theft, according to BBB officials.

Documents will be shredded on the spot. To participate, bring up to seven boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders.

For more information, visit akron.bbb.org/secure-your-id or call 330-253-4565.

To make arrangements to shred documents exceeding the limit, call Neoshred at 330-253-8260.

Community unites for Take Back the Night Oct. 15

Celia Williamson
WEST AKRON — On Oct. 15, students and members of the surrounding community will participate in a rally and march for Take Back the Night 2010.

Human trafficking researcher Celia Williamson is scheduled to speak at the premarch rally.

Take Back the Night 2010 is sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Judith Resnik Community Learning Center, 65 N. Meadowcroft Drive. Activities will include a labyrinth walk, poetry, music by Raw Purr and a 1-mile march before returning to the Resnik gymnasium for refreshments and music. All ages and genders are welcome and encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-374-0740, ext. 122, or Jenniferj@scmcbws.org.

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