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11/15/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield Fire Department hosting breakfast

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Fire Department will present its annual pancake breakfast Nov. 18 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at its site on 2454 E. Waterloo Road.

The annual event will offer pancakes and accompaniments and support the Springfield Cares food drive. The cost for attendees is the donation of two nonperishable food items for each breakfast.

According to the Springfield Township website, Springfield Cares is a volunteer organization operated through the Springfield Assembly of God church. A committee consisting of clergy, law enforcement, Springfield Local School District employees and members of the community focus on providing assistance to families and individuals in the area. The organization helps those in need by paying for utilities and providing food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection (GASP) will be at the event to fingerprint children for free and offer child safety advice. For details on the organization, visit www.gasp123.org.

Event organizers said donations for the breakfast were received from Giant Eagle, Golden Corral, Pressler Meat, Dollar General and Springfield Spartans All Sports Boosters.


New Franklin Police selling raffle tickets for Shop With a Cop program

NEW FRANKLIN — The New Franklin Police Department will participate in the Shop With a Cop program Dec. 15.

The annual program includes police officers taking children to the Wal-Mart in Stow, where children are able to purchase holiday gifts for their family. For the first time, however, New Franklin police will take select children to the Wal-Mart on South Arlington Road in Springfield instead.

The funds needed for this event are raised through the sale of raffle tickets available for purchase at the New Franklin Police Department, located at 5611 Manchester Road.

The raffle includes an iPad 2, 32-inch LCD TV, $200 cash and $100 cash. According to New Franklin Police Officer Garry Prebynski, every $100 worth of tickets sold sends one child to the Shop With a Cop event. The tickets cost $1 each or six for $5.


Parents attend presentation about teen behavior

Shown above from left at the “Hidden in Plain Sight” event are: Copley Police Det. Paul Webb, Copley Police DARE Officer Dwayne Scott, Ward 3 Green City Councilman Ken Knodel, Copley Police Officer Sarah Shendy and Bath Police Officer Lisa Baker.
Photo courtesy of the city of Green
GREEN — Green City Councilman Ken Knodel (Ward 3) hosted a presentation of the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit Nov. 8 for about 30 residents, according to city officials. The presentation, created and presented by the Copley and Bath townships’ police departments, was designed to educate parents about items hidden in a teen’s bedroom that might indicate they are involved in high-risk behavior.

Accompanying the presentation was a complete exhibit set up as a teen’s bedroom with a variety of items that are in plain sight that might indicate high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.  

Knodel is chair of Green Council’s Public Safety Committee.


Metro Parks offers firewood by permit

SUMMIT COUNTY — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County officials announced last week that the destructive emerald ash borer beetle does have one benefit: firewood.

The invasive insect is forcing Metro Parks crews to cut ash trees, and the park district soon will have more wood than it could ever burn in its pavilions, shelters and winter sports areas, according to district officials.

Mike Johnson, chief of natural resources, said thousands of ash trees will be coming down in the next few years. Some are already dead or dying; others will be removed preemptively in areas near trails, parking lots and buildings.

“People will begin to see a significant change in our wooded areas,” Johnson said. “It’s very unfortunate.”

Summit County residents may submit a special-use permit to remove firewood from some of the Metro Parks under the following conditions:

• Only wood that has been cut, stacked and placed near a Metro Parks parking lot or parkway by park district employees may be removed. No wood may be taken from forests, trails or natural areas.

• People removing firewood must be Summit County residents and at least 18 years old.

• Stacked firewood is intended only for personal use and may not be sold or used for any commercial purposes.

• Only personal vehicles may be used to collect firewood. Vehicles must remain in parking lots or mowed berms adjacent to roads and parkways.

• No firewood may be removed from Summit County. Moving firewood across county lines may spread the emerald ash borer.

• Persons removing stacked firewood are responsible for any damage that may occur to park property.

• The use of personal equipment such as chainsaws or other tools is strictly prohibited.

To download a permit, visit  the website www.summitme troparks.org and click on “Firewood” under the “Inside Metro Parks” drop-down menu.

For more information, call 330-867-5511.


Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts team with Goodwill in annual collection day

GREATER AKRON — Continuing a long-held local tradition, area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected more than 13,000 bags of clothing for Goodwill Industries in its annual Goodwill-Good Turn Day Nov. 3.

Scouts collect the useable clothing all year long, then deliver it to Goodwill locations throughout Summit, Medina, Portage and northern Wayne counties on one day.

“We know that, at this time of year, Goodwill can really use this big influx of items, and we’re glad we can help,” said Mike Jones, Great Trail Council Scout Executive.

Typically, donations of clothing and other items sought after by Goodwill are slow in the fall of the year, according to Scouts officials. The annual November collection, which also involves the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., helps provide saleable items and needed work opportunities for Goodwill clients.

The partnership between Goodwill Industries and the Boy Scouts of America in the Greater Akron area began in the 1970s and has provided employment opportunities and allowed the Scouts to live their Scout Oath and Law.

“It really is a win-win for Goodwill and for the Boy Scouts of America,” Jones said. “Goodwill gets the clothing, which provides jobs and resale items inexpensively, and our kids are able to make a real, noticeable difference in our communities.”

Goodwill-Good Turn Day in 2013 will take place Nov. 2.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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