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6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron providing free meals to eligible youths

WEST AKRON — The city of Akron Recreation Bureau is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to all eligible youths age 18 and younger who meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program, as well as to summer day camp programs.

The program runs through Aug. 8. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are available from the city upon request. Youths who are part of households that receive foods stamps or benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

The sites and meals provided in the West Side Leader coverage area, with posted serving times subject to change, are:

  • Buchtel High School, 1040 Copley Road, lunch at 11:30 a.m.;
  • Edward Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Drive, breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon;
  • Erie Island, 1532 Peckham St., breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.;
  • Greater Temple, 1800 McTaggert Drive, lunch at 11:45 a.m.;
  • Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St., breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.;
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1180 Slosson Ave., breakfast at 9 a.m. and lunch at noon;
  • Mountain of the Lord Church, 1477 Copley Road, lunch at noon;
  • Mount Haven Baptist Church, 545 Noble Ave., lunch at noon;
  • Nela Manor Apartments, 608 W. Market St., lunch at noon;
  • Providence Baptist Church, 458 Madison Ave., lunch at noon; and
  • United Baptist Church, 115 S. Hawkins St., breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Audley McGill, Lunch Program administrator, at 330-375-2826 or via email at sum mit_cc@akroncity.org.


Fairlawn to spray for mosquitoes

FAIRLAWN — The city of Fairlawn’s Department of Public Service will conduct a mosquito control program starting this month and continuing through September, or as conditions warrant, every Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesdays, all residential streets north of West Market Street, Ridgewood Road, Brunsdorph Road, the Ridgewood Lakes allotment and the Villages of Fairlawn will be sprayed.

On Wednesdays, all other residential streets south of West Market Street, Rothrock Road and Rosemont Ridge allotment will be sprayed.

Spraying will begin at dusk and proceed into the next morning (usually no later than 1 a.m.). Typically the program takes two days to complete and is dependent on temperature, wind and precipitation, according to city officials. Rain dates will be on Thursdays.

For more information, call 330-668-9550. 


Bridge replacement on South Cleveland-Massillon Road to cause detours

NORTON — Effective July 1, a bridge replacement on South Cleveland-Massillon Road over Van Hyning Run will cause detours. The bridge, located between Norton Middle School at 3390 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road and Aqua Zone at 3334 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, will close the road until Aug. 22, according to Norton Mayor Mike Zita. The project is expected to be completed before the start of the school year, Zita said.

All businesses will remain open and accessible, according to city officials, and detours will be posted. Businesses north of the middle school will be accessible from Wadsworth Road. To detour around the area, northbound drivers may enter Interstate 76/U.S. Route 224 westbound to state Route 21 northbound (Exit 13A) and exit at Wadsworth Road, heading back east to South Cleveland-Massillon Road. Southbound drivers may head west on Wadsworth Road to state Route 21 southbound to eastbound I-76/U.S. Route 224 (Exit 13B).

The bridge replacement is a Summit County Engineer’s Office project with a contract price of $413,537, with 90 percent being paid for through Ohio Public Works Commission grant funds, according to Norton city officials. For questions, contact David Smith at the Summit County Engineer’s Office at 330-643-8592.


Summit for Kids Award nominations sought

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Summit for Kids Awards, a Summit County program that recognizes the work done by Akron area community groups, youth groups, nonprofit agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the lives of children and families.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon Aug. 16 that precedes the Fourth Annual Summit for Kids Community Expo at the John S. Knight Center Aug. 17.

Organizers said four awards will be presented this year: The Summit for Kids Organization Award, for an organization that has made a significant contribution to children and/or youth in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services; the Summit for Kids Event Award, for an event in Summit County during the past year that has made a significant contribution to helping children learn and grow; the Summit for Kids Youth Award, for an organization with members younger than 21 that has created, managed or supported a sustainable program that has significantly contributed to children’s opportunities to learn and grow; and Summit for Kids Business Award, for a business or government entity that has made a significant contribution to children and youth in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services.

Each winner will receive two tickets to the luncheon, where they will have the opportunity to address attendees to highlight their program.

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended from June 28 for two more weeks, county officials said. Nominations should be emailed to kkneeland@cpcourt.summitoh.net. For more information on the award guidelines and selection process and to receive an application form, go to www.summitforkids.net or call Katherine Kneeland at 330-643-2939.


Instant bacteria forecasts available for CVNP

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, in collaboration with the National Park Service, have developed a system to quickly forecast bacteria levels and estimate water-quality conditions at a site along the Cuyahoga River within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

A computer model uses current weather and environmental conditions to forecast Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria concentrations in the river, and results are automatically posted on the Ohio Nowcast website at www.ohionowcast.info. This information can help recreationalists plan river trips and better inform park managers, according to USGS officials.

While the predictions are available daily for the site along the river, visitors should still use caution when in contact with Cuyahoga River water — especially after heavy rainfall — because storm water discharge and combined sewer overflows from urban areas upstream of the park can result in elevated bacteria levels.

“The park has always been concerned about the water-quality of the river and the safety of our visitors,” said Stan Austin, out-going superintendent of CVNP. “The predictive model will provide us with critical information as we move towards exploring greater recreational use of the river.”

Park managers issue water-quality advisories or closings when concentrations of indicator organisms, such as E. coli, exceed state-designated safety standards. Indicator organisms are present in sewage and waste, and signify the possible presence of pathogens or disease-causing organisms.

Current methods to determine levels or concentrations of E. coli take at least 18 hours to complete. During this period, E. coli concentrations can change dramatically. This means that a site may be closed unnecessarily or an advisory may not be posted when the risk of pathogen exposure is high.

“Instead of waiting for E. coli to grow in the laboratory, we can quickly measure factors that explain changes in E. coli concentrations, enter them into a computer program, and obtain a prediction of recreational water-quality in near real-time,” Brady said.

For the Cuyahoga River site, USGS scientists found the best factors to estimate E. coli levels were turbidity, or cloudiness, of the water and rainfall totals from the National Weather Service within the last 48 hours.

“With information from a water-quality monitor that was installed in 2012, we can make daily water-quality forecasts that are fully automated,” said Amie Brady, a USGS research hydrologist. “We will maintain manual sample collection to ensure that the model continues to work well, but we will no longer have to sample every day.”

For details, visit the USGS Ohio Water Science Center website at oh.water.usgs.gov.


Kathleen Folkerth, Sean Gerski, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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