West Side News & Notes
Wetmore Chapter works to mark veterans’ graves
SUMMIT COUNTY — The William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 recently recently received a grant from Summit County to purchase 60 headstones for the unmarked graves of veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County.
Ken Noon, of Summit Memorials, a veterans’ advocate, has contracted with the chapter to provide the granite headstones at a competitive price, according to chapter officials.
In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Wetmore Chapter found, photographed and researched the 365 veterans’ graves in the county. The chapter also acquired flag holders from the Summit County Veterans Administration for each grave in 2012.
The chapter also worked with the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) and the cemeteries in 2012 to obtain government headstones for approximately 50 Summit County veterans before the VA insisted that only next of kin could obtain these headstones, according to chapter officials. There were approximately 60 unmarked graves remaining, prompting Phase II of the Cemetery Project.
Photos of all of the graves, along with information on the veterans, are included in the Ohio Society Daughters of 1812 Veterans Grave Index at www.ohiodaughters1812.org (click on the “Online Index to Ohio Grave Records of Veterans of the War of 1812” link).
The Wetmore Chapter is planning memorial ceremonies for veterans buried in Peninsula May 18, veterans buried in Stow July 20 and veterans buried in the entire county Sept. 21 at the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS). The SCHS also is planning a trolley tour of the veterans of 1812 graves in Glendale Cemetery July 9.
For more information on events in the area, visit sharon myers1.tripod.com and click on the Bicentennial Events link or call Sharon Myers at 330-794-5099.
New tornado app brings Red Cross information to mobile devices
WEST AKRON — The American Red Cross has launched its official Tornado App, putting information right into the hands of the residents of Northeast Ohio.
This free app — available in English or Spanish — gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tornado warning has been issued in their area, even if the app is closed. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.
Individuals can download the app from the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.
“Tornadoes often happen in the overnight hours when people are sleeping,” said Mike Taylor, communication specialist for the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. “The audible alerts in this app can save lives — even if users can’t monitor the weather because they are away from radio, TV or in places where weather band radios may not work.”
Other features of the app include:
- location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;
- enhanced weather maps;
- one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm’s way;
- steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members;
- preloaded content that gives users access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
- toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
- locations of open Red Cross shelters.
Launched during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9, the Tornado App is the latest in a series of mobile apps created by the Red Cross.
“The Red Cross has made great strides in putting vital information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies. In fact, our apps are now on more than two million mobile devices across the country,” added Taylor. “In addition to the tornado apps, the Red Cross also recommends that residents of Northeast Ohio also download our First Aid app.”
The First Aid app is available at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/first-aid-app.
CVNP seeks teachers for summer work in CVNP
CVNP — Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is seeking qualified teachers who would like to work this summer in the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program.
This National Park Service (NPS) program links national park units with teachers from predominantly Title 1 school districts.
Under TRT, selected teachers spend eight weeks in the summer working as park rangers. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park or taking on special projects. Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit for the experience.
During the school year, these Teacher Rangers bring the parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer’s experience. In April, during National Park Week, Teacher Rangers wear their uniforms to school, discuss their summer as a park ranger and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America’s national parks.
For more details, call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/learn/trt/index.html. The deadline to apply is March 30.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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