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9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Revere school board candidates off ballot but still able to serve on board

BATH — Revere Local Schools officials said it’s likely that two Board of Education members whose petitions were disqualified by the Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) will still likely get the chance to serve in their seats when the new terms are to begin in January.

No write-in candidates filed for the two board seats by the deadline, according to the BOE, but Revere Treasurer David Forrest said the district has consulted with its legal counsel to see if Claudia Hower and George Seifert can continue to serve through what’s called a holdover provision in the Ohio Revised Code.

“A holdover is a unique set of circumstances where you have a position that is going to appear on the ballot … but no candidate,” Forrest said. “This holdover provision states that what the [board of education] can then do is, assuming that the candidates going out of office are qualified and in good standing, they can be asked to continue and ‘hold over’ and fill those openings.”

Both Seifert and Hower would like to continue to serve, Forrest said. They were the only candidates to submit petitions for the two seats on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

Seifert, who is completing his first term on the board, said he was disqualified because he did not sign one of his petitions in the appropriate place. He said he talked to the BOE director about appealing but was told that he wouldn’t likely be successful.

Hower, also in her first term, did not return a phone call by presstime, but Forrest said her petition also contained a signature error. According to BOE officials, she appealed the decision but was denied in an Aug. 27 hearing.

Forrest said since there were no write-in candidates to apply before the deadline, the two members will likely be able to continue seamlessly in their seats. The question that remains at this time is whether their terms would be for the full four years or if they would have to run in the next election in 2015, he added.

Forrest also said that district officials don’t believe the issue will have any impact on the board’s ability to function.

“We’ll have continuity,” he said. “There will be no disruption in governance of the schools.”


Summit DD, sheriff join forces

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) recently entered into a contract for investigative services from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The contract will ensure timely and thorough investigation for all reported major unusual incidents (MUIs) of criminal nature against any person in Summit County with a developmental disability.

Detective Joseph Storad, the dedicated officer from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, will be working in partnership with Summit DD’s MUI agents and local jurisdictions in Summit County to investigate MUIs that might result in criminal prosecution.

“I see this position as being a voice for people who deserve justice,” Storad said. “The goal isn’t arrests, but to create a sense of closure for individuals and investigators working on these cases.”

Prior to this collaboration, Summit DD MUI agents worked with dozens of community law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal misconduct against people with disabilities. This new partnership will make investigation and tracking of MUIs easier and consistent, according to Summit DD officials.

“Rather than 26 individual law enforcement agencies, this will create one central place of law enforcement contact for our MUI Department — hopefully resulting in an increase in prosecutions,” said Tom Armstrong, Summit DD superintendent.

Within days of coming on board, Storad was able to assist in the arrest of a woman who allegedly stole medications intended for a person with a developmental disability, according to Summit DD officials.


Medina County hosting unclaimed funds tables

MEDINA COUNTY — Medina County Treasurer John Burke’s Office will host unclaimed funds tables Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Medina Wal-Mart, 4141 Pearl Road, and Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wadsworth Wal-Mart, 222 Smokerise Drive.

Unclaimed funds are assets that have existed in accounts or deposits that have been inactive for five or more years. These funds are held by the state until claimed by the rightful owner. Unclaimed fund accounts come from a variety of sources, such as uncashed checks (payroll, tax refunds), inactive checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent or utility deposits, insurance benefits, stock shares and dividend checks, and safe deposit box contents.

The Medina County Treasurer’s Office provides free and confidential searches for unclaimed funds.


Goodwill Attended Donation Center open in West Akron

WEST AKRON — Goodwill Industries serving Summit County has opened a new Attended Donation Center (ADC) in West Akron to provide a convenient location for residents to drop off their gently used items.

The new site became Goodwill’s sixth ADC in the five-county area of Summit, Medina, Portage, Ashland and Richland. 

The new ADC is at St. Sebastian Parish in the Byrider Hall parking lot, 420 S. Hawkins Ave. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We thank St. Sebastian Parish and its parishioners for partnering with us on our new Attended Donation Center for the West Akron community,” said Janet Morrison, vice president, contract and logistic services for Goodwill.

According to organization officials, donations allow Goodwill to provide a wide array of services in the community such as skills assessments, skills training, job coaching, job seeker assistance and work experience programs. In 2012, the agency served more than 9,100 individuals, according to the agency.


September marked as Hunger Action Month

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is joining more than 200 Feeding America food banks across the nation to celebrate Hunger Action Month in September with special events and activities to help end hunger.

By participating in Hunger Action Month, community members will help raise awareness for the more than 49 million Americans who experience food insecurity, and be invited to become involved to make a difference in the fight to end hunger, according to Foodbank officials.

In honor of the effort, the Dominion Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Foodbank to help feed people in its service region, where one in seven individuals struggles with hunger. In addition, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic declared this month Hunger Action Month in Akron.

“Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed hungry families,” said Foodbank President and CEO Dan Flowers. “We are deeply grateful for this generous donation from the Dominion Foundation that will enable the Foodbank to provide hunger relief locally.”

Foodbank officials said there are many ways local residents can help mark the month, such as:

  • Wear orange, the color of hunger relief, today, Sept. 5, to show support;
  • Watch “A Place at the Table,” a documentary that explores the implications of hunger in the community. The Foodbank and Akron Area League of Women Voters will host a showing of the film and panel discussion about ending hunger Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Tallmadge High School;
  • Download and print the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar, which includes 30 quick and easy ways to fight hunger, from the Foodbank’s website, www.akroncantonfoodbank.org; and
  • Sign up for the Foodbank’s first 24-hour volunteer event, Operation Orange, Sept. 29-30. The event will feature music, a DJ and activities around the clock. More information is on the website.

For more details, call 330-535-6900.


War of 1812 memorial ceremony honoring all veterans buried in Summit County

WEST AKRON — In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Summit County Historical Society and the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 are teaming up to present a memorial ceremony for the 365 veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County cemeteries Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. on the porch of Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road. The event will take place rain or shine.

Perkins Mansion will be open for free tours from 1 to 4 that day. A living history demonstration will be done by the John Campbell Ohio Militia Group. The group also will present musket demonstrations. Authentic fife music will be presented by Jim Miller & Friends. The Akron Sea Cadets and Western Reserve Sons of the American Revolution will post colors. The Copley American Legion Post No. 473 and Copley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7971 honor guard, under Commander Charlie Umbaugh, will do a musket salute.

Immediately following the ceremony, Larry Nelson, a history professor at Bowling Green State University, will present a program on the War of 1812 in the parlor of the Mansion. Nelson is also past director of Fort Meigs in Perrysburg.

The Wetmore Chapter would like to encourage any descendants of these veterans to attend the ceremony. For a complete list of the veterans, visit the Ohio Society Daughters of 1812 Grave Index website at www.ohiodaughters1812.org/ohio1812/graveindex/ and click on the “List Veterans by County” link to be connected to Summit County’s list of veterans.

Contact Sharon Myers, president of the Wetmore Chapter, at 330-794-5099 if you are a descendant of one these veterans. Veterans are buried in numerous cemeteries throughout Summit County.


Forgotten Animal Shelter  closing sanctuary

SEVILLE — One of the area’s no-kill pet shelters is winding down after 14 years.

Forgotten Animal Shelter was founded in 1999 with the goal of building a no-kill shelter in Medina County for Northeast Ohio, according to its president, Caryl Zimmer. The organization conducted fundraising campaigns and eventually raised enough money to put toward the purchase of 12 acres of land in Litchfield.

“We decided not to build a couple of years ago because it was just too big of an idea,” Zimmer said.

She added that she had been using a building on her Seville property as a sanctuary for cats and helped facilitate about 550 adoptions over the years.

Zimmer said she made the decision this year to close the sanctuary.

“It’s just time,” she said.

The organization has four cats left that are in need of homes. In addition, the organization has listed the property on Norwalk Road in Litchfield with a real estate agent in hopes of finding a buyer.

On Sept. 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Forgotten Animal Shelter will hold a tent and yard sale with pet merchandise, office supplies and retail fixtures. It will take place at Zimmer’s property, 7901 Wooster Pike Road.

Zimmer said she appreciates the volunteers who helped the organization with its work.

“I can’t thank them enough,” she said. “Many came out once a day or twice a day. They always made sure it was clean, or spent time bonding with the cats. Some people helped with fundraising. I can’t thank them all enough for what they have done in the 13 years I’ve been part of this organization.”

She also thanked the public for their support, as well.

Zimmer said she and other volunteers, such as Dianne Christen, plan to stay involved and help other pet rescue organizations with fundraising.

For more information, email fascczimmer@aol.com.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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