South Side News & Notes
Gas line ruptures in New Franklin
NEW FRANKLIN — Residents in the area of West Nimisila and Dailey roads were roused out of their sleep by an explosion shortly after 6 a.m. July 22.
According to New Franklin Fire Chief Steve Leslie, an old 8-inch transmission line belonging to Dominion East Ohio ruptured in the middle of a field.
“It was a catastrophic failure,” said Leslie. “Our first engine arrived to see a cloud of gas shooting up into the air 150 feet.”
Leslie said there was no fire, but the rupture created a crater in the field. He also said there was no damage and no one reported any illness. The closest home was 300 feet away.
“We monitored the area for explosive limits and did not pick up anything in the combustible range,” said Leslie. “We set a perimeter, and starting at 6:20 a.m. we began evacuating about 175 homes in the area just as a precaution should the cloud come into contact with a source of ignition.”
Dominion East Ohio representatives arrived to turn off the gas line one-and-a-half hours later, according to Leslie. Traffic in the area was diverted for about one hour while officials investigated the explosion. The evacuation order was lifted at 7:25 a.m.
Currently, the line is gated closed and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio officials are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the rupture, said Leslie.
Jane Davis appointed to Common Pleas bench
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Gov. John Kasich has appointed Jane Davis a judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Davis, a Republican and resident of Hudson, was appointed to the seat formerly held by Elinore Marsh Stormer, who won election as Summit County Probate Court judge last November.
According to Davis’ bailiff, Kim Guldeman, Davis was nominated to replace Stormer by the Summit County Republican Executive Committee, along with two others. Kasich made the final selection earlier this month.
According to a biography sent by her office, Davis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in industrial relations. She received a law degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Akron.
The biography also states Davis worked for three years as a law clerk and then a judicial attorney with the Summit County Domestic Relations Court before entering private practice with an Akron law firm and then a Cleveland law firm.
She ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Sandra Kurt, a Democrat, for an unexpired at-large seat on Summit County Council this past November.
She is married with two children, according to her biography.
An investiture ceremony for Davis will take pace Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor atrium of the Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High St.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, formerly of Akron, will administer the oath.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. A public reception will follow.
Vibrant NEO hosting open houses
AKRON/CANTON — Vibrant NEO open houses are taking place July 29 through Aug. 7 throughout Northeast Ohio to look at “Alternative Scenerios” of different potential futures for Northeast Ohio, according to organizers.
Locally, open houses will take place Aug. 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Urban League, in President’s Hall, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. in Akron, and Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Center, 601 Cleveland Ave. N.W. in Canton. No prior attendance is necessary.
Attendees will explore topics such as the economy, land use, transportation and development.
To register and for more information, visit www.vibrant neo.org/openhouses.
In addition, ImagineMyNEO, an interactive engagement activity designed to put the user in the role of regional planner, will be open and taking input until Aug. 14. Preliminary findings will be presented at the open houses. Visit www.vibrantneo.org/imagine to participate.
VSC hosting boot camp, job fair for veterans
SOUTH AKRON — This summer, the Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) will hold its third Job Boot Camp for unemployed veterans seeking training and job search skills.
The event will begin July 31 and conclude Aug. 2. Each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will receive instruction on job search techniques and skills to assist them in their pursuit of employment. Highlights will include résumé building, skill assessment, soft skill training, mock interviews and more. An optional volunteer opportunity also will be available for Job Boot Camp participants Aug. 3.
The week after Boot Camp, the VSC will host its fourth annual Veteran Job and Career Fair Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is open to all veterans and their dependents. Representatives from local employers will be on hand to speak with veterans about job openings. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will assist as veterans will be coached on résumé tips and job search and interview skills, and will be introduced to both education options and various free online career development courses.
Only serious applicants should apply, according to VSC officials.
Registration is required for the Boot Camp by visiting www.VSCsummitOH.us or calling 330-564-1492. Walk-ins will be accepted at the Job Fair, but registrations are encouraged. Veterans may register in the same way they would for the Boot Camp, online or via phone. Both events will take place at the VSC’s headquarters, 1060 E. Waterloo Road.
Flood cleanup, repair information available online
SUMMIT COUNTY — Local residents faced with the task of cleaning up and repairing flooded basements and properties following recent storms can find information on a variety of flood-related topics on the website of the Summit County Public Health Department at www.scphoh.org/Flooding.html.
Through its website, the department offers hints, tips and how-tos that residents can use to carry out safe cleanups and perform lasting repairs, according to the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region.
Also available is a flood recovery guide, “Repairing Your Flooded Home,” published by the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provides step-by-step advice people can use to clean up, rebuild and get help after a flood. The guide can be found online on the health department’s website at www.scphoh.org/PDFS/PDF-Flooding/RepairingFlooded Home.pdf or on the Red Cross online Disaster Safety Library at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library.
Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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