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5/24/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green hosting recycling events for residents

GREEN — The city of Green will host three special recycling events this summer.

The events are for residents only, and a driver’s license and current utility bill will be accepted as proof of residency, according to city officials.

The events, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, include: a household hazardous waste drop-off June 2; an electronic waste drop-off July 14; and a document-shredding event Aug. 4.

On June 2, the city of Green will accept hazardous household waste at the former city offices, 5383 Massillon Road. Items that will be accepted include: paint/paint products, aerosols, pesticide liquids/solids/aerosols, cleaners, reactives, adhesives/roof, tar/driveway sealers, fuels (gasoline, kerosene), automotive products, mercury, propane, helium, Freon, oxygen, carbon dioxide cylinders and fluorescent lamps.

On July 14, the city will accept electronic waste at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd. Items that will be accepted include: computers, printers, cable boxes, TVs up to 40 inches, telephones, keyboards, fax machines, switches, batteries and more.

On Aug. 4, the city and the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority will present a document-shredding day at the CAB. A maximum of 10 file boxes or bags will be accepted from each person or business.

All events are free of charge. For the complete list of accepted items or for more information, visit www.cityofgreen.org.


‘Flash mob’ celebrates hunger campaign total

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank officials celebrated this year’s Harvest for Hunger fundraising campaign total of $925,549 May 18. The campaign also collected 117,000 pounds of food.
Photo courtesy of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Officials with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and other local officials celebrated the end of the most successful Harvest for Hunger fundraising campaign May 18.

Foodbank officials said this year’s efforts raised $925,549 and 117,000 pounds of food.

To mark the occasion, a “flash mob” of 40 Foodbank supporters, employees and board members spontaneously broke into a dance to Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” while Edward Roth, president and CEO of Aultman Health Foundation and co-chair of this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign, gave remarks on the campaign. William Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, was Roth’s co-chair.

“Today is all about celebrating the extraordinary efforts of the many individuals who played a role in making this campaign such a success,” said Dan Flowers, Foodbank president and CEO. “I continue to be amazed by the generosity and support of this community. We are extremely grateful.”

The funds and food will allow the Foodbank to provide more than 3.7 million meals to people in Northeast Ohio who are facing hunger, Foodbank officials noted.

More than 300 businesses and organizations held food drives to support Harvest for Hunger, they added. The top donor was the FirstEnergy Corp., while other significant contributors were Aultman, Akron Children’s Hospital and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. The largest food drive was conducted by the Medina County District Library, which collected 13,000 pounds of food.

Foodbank officials said the campaign also was aided by six supermarket chains that together raised $370,000 through Check Out Hunger, which allowed customers to contribute at the cash register.  

Foodbank officials said Harvest for Hunger is a collaborative effort of four Northeast Ohio food banks that is one of the largest food and fund drives in the country. For more information on the Foodbank, call 330-777-2309 or go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org.

— By Kathleen Folkerth


Manchester Distinguished Alumni Award winners named

NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Alumni Association will honor its first five Distinguished Alumni Award winners at a dinner open to the public June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Prime 93, 4315 Manchester Road.

According to Alumni Association officials, inaugural recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards are Dr. Robert Schweikert (Class of 1982), Zac Jackson (’98), Ken Tallman (’57), the late Richard Kaderly (’71) and longtime teacher Joanne Eckert.

The winners, with a brief description provided by the Alumni Association, will receive the following awards:

• Schweikert, who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, is currently the chief of cardiology at Akron General Medical Center and is nationally known for his expertise in the field of heart care.

• Jackson, who will receive the Early Career Achievement Award, began his media career in high school and wrote a book about Manchester football called “Bleeding Red and Black.” After spending a decade with the Cleveland Browns as a sportswriter and radio/TV host, he has now expanded his coverage at Fox Sports Ohio.

• Tallman, who will receive the Leadership Excellence Award, has served the Portage Lakes community for decades through the Kiwanis and the Franklin Park Civic Center, and he is a former New Franklin Council member. He was instrumental in New Franklin’s drive to become a city and in acquiring the Tudor House from the state.

• Kaderly, to be given the Posthumous Panther Alumni Award, spent nearly 40 years coaching Manchester youth football and two decades on the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education, with 15 as its president prior to his appointment to New Franklin City Council. He died this past fall.

• Eckert, who will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award, taught at Nolley Elementary for more than 30 years and is respected for her leadership and lifetime of dedication to young students. In retirement, she remains an active member of the PTA and works at the annual Fun Fair, Santa Shop and many other school events.

Tickets for the awards dinner cost $25 for adults, $10.50 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger then 5. To make a reservation, due by June 9, or for more information, call 330-618-5520.

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