West Side News & Notes
Valley Fire District may make proposal for services to Boston Heights
BOSTON — The Boston Township Board of Trustees heard during the Dec. 27 meeting the Valley Fire District may make a proposal for fire service to Boston Heights.
According to draft meeting minutes, Trustee Chair Amy Anderson told trustees the district is discussing the proposal. Boston Heights also is seeking contract proposals from Hudson and Macedonia, the minutes said.
The Valley Fire District Board has discussed the eventual possibility of including Boston Heights as part of the fire district, according to the minutes.
The board also heard that a new computer for the Road Department is on order at a cost of about $809, including software, the minutes stated.
The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.
Peninsula officials meet to wrap up year
PENINSULA — Peninsula Village Council met for a special meeting Dec. 27 for some end-of-the-year business.
Village officials said Council passed a resolution to transfer appropriations and also approved the payment of submitted bills. Councilwoman Dee Holody was not present.
Council’s next meeting is set for Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council room of Peninsula Village Hall, at the corner of state Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road.
Cuyahoga Falls dam removal, restoration project moves forward
CUYAHOGA FALLS — On Dec. 12, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a nationwide permit that will allow for the removal of the two low-head dams located in the city, city officials announced Dec. 21.
The city and its project team, RiverWorks, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finalizing demolition plans. Demolition will begin early this summer, depending on weather conditions and water levels, according to city officials.
Two public outreach sessions have been scheduled to inform the public about the dam removal and what is in store for the Cuyahoga River in the near and longterm future. These one-hour meetings will take place in the Sutliff Room at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. [For more information, see related Cuyahoga Falls City Council report on Page 4.]
Crown Point Ecology Center launches new Ecology Discovery Program
BATH — Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, is launching a monthly Ecology Discovery Program from January through June for adults and children interested in exploring and learning more about ecology.
Topics and dates include: “Winter Sky: Stars, Planets and Constellations,” Jan. 11; “Plants and Animals in the Winter Woods,” Feb. 23; “Bats in Your Belfry: Construct a Bat House,” March 24; “Plants and Animals in the Spring Woods,” April 27; “Spring Pond Awakening, Tadpoles, Turtles and Tales,” May 4; and “Wings at Crown Point: Birds, Bats and Butterflies,” June 1.
The “Winter Sky” program will begin at 7 p.m. John Shulan, a member of the Astronomy Club of Akron, will share the variety of constellations visible in the winter. Shulan is currently working on establishing an observatory on the Crown Point property. Attendees will view stars and planets from his telescope and are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars.
In the event of overcast skies, Shulan will share a PowerPoint presentation about the winter sky inside the Crown Point Barn. Attendees should dress appropriately for outdoor weather.
The cost of the event is $8 for adults, $6 for Crown Point members and $2 for grade-school-aged children. Scholarships based on financial need are available. An additional material supply fee will be charged for the March 24 program.
Contact Education Coordinator Jonna Johnson at 330-668-8992 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Soup contest benefits children with cancer
|Those who attend the Got Soup? Cookoff can vote for their favorite soup, as participants did at last year’s event.|
|Photo courtesy of Cabinet-S-Top|
The event will be Feb. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the showroom at Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road.
This is the second year the kitchen and bath renovation business is hosting the event, according to Marketing Director Sherry Henry. Like last year, proceeds from a voluntary donation made at the door will benefit Project Ed Bear, which provides toys and supplies for children in the cancer ward at Akron Children’s Hospital.
“We open up our showroom to different organizations and charities that want to use our showroom to host their events,” Henry said. “We have become friends with the woman who started Project Ed Bear. She had seen how we do different things, so she asked if we could host something here. So we came up the idea for the contest.”
Cooks who enter can be professionals or amateurs, Henry said. There is no fee to enter, but participants are responsible for buying their own ingredients and providing tasting cups for attendees, she added. The contest is limited to the first 15 cooks who enter.
Henry added that cooks should prepare enough of their recipe to give samples to between 30 and 50 people.
The winner, determined by those who attend and sample the soups, will receive a cash prize, Henry said.
To enter, contact Henry at 330-239-3630 or at email@example.com.
Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Pam Lifke contributed to these reports.
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