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2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Craig Kenkel selected new CVNP superintendent

Craig Kenkel
CVNP — Craig Kenkel has been selected as the superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

Currently serving as superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Kenkel succeeds Stanley Austin, who became the National Park Service (NPS) Southeast regional director in July, and begins this new assignment this spring.

In announcing Kenkel’s selection, NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael Reynolds said, “Craig’s leadership experience and ability to build strong relationships and accomplish major initiatives with partner groups will serve well to meet the needs of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He will continue to elevate the park within the Cleveland-Akron metropolis as a major urban national park, will engage new communities, and will lead an effort to build diversity, relevancy and inclusion.”

“I’m excited to soon be working with Cuyahoga Valley’s dedicated team of park staff, partners and local constituents to enhance what I believe is already a model 21st-century park,” Kenkel said in a press release. “Since first visiting the park in 1992, Cuyahoga Valley has been on my personal ‘top 10 parks list.’ That one can find this incredible river valley park rich with history, nature and opportunities to play and learn in a large urban/suburban area is wonderful and compelling; I look forward to professionally and personally experiencing this park.”

Kenkel began his NPS career in 1983 as an architecture student intern at the Denver Service Center (DSC). He began working full-time at DSC as a historical architect on the Western Team in 1985, and project work took him to Sitka National Historic Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Olympic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore and Petrified Forest National Park. In 1988, Kenkel transferred to the Western Regional Office in San Francisco, where he served first as a project architect and then as regional historical architect for the national parks of Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona and the U.S. territories of the Pacific.

From 1992 to 2005, Kenkel worked at the Midwest Regional Office, transitioning from regional historical architect to regional chief of cultural resources.  

In 2005, Kenkel became chief of cultural resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and served for a year as acting deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park in 2010.

A Harlan, Iowa, native, Kenkel received his bachelor of arts in architecture from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1985.


Internet safety program offered in Copley

COPLEY — A free presentation on Internet safety will be offered for parents of kindergarten through 12th-grade students March 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Copley High School.

The program is sponsored by the Copley-Fairlawn Middle School PTSA and presented by Rocky River Police Department Sgt. George Lichman, of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to organizers, the presentation will cover social networking, online predators, cyberbullying, passwords, “sexting” and more.

Free parking will be available on the east side of the building by the baseball fields.


SCCS offers trainings on recognizing, reporting child abuse, neglect

SOUTH AKRON — State law requires that preschools and day care centers have a person trained in child abuse recognition and prevention on staff at all times. To help area child care providers fulfill this requirement, Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is offering area child care employees free training in child abuse and neglect recognition and prevention during March.

A free three-hour review training on the topic of “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” will take place March 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at SCCS’ main building, 264 S. Arlington St.

A free six-hour initial training on “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” will take place at SCCS’ main building March 11 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening. (SCCS states attendees must be on time and attend both evenings to receive credit for this training).

These trainings, conducted by SCCS Community Educator Lisa Hamilton-Green, LSW, are specifically designed to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers and Type A homes. Topics covered in the training include: an overview of SCCS, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, prevention of child abuse and community supports that are available for families.

Space is limited, so registration for the training is required. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start time. Training will begin promptly on time, and no one will be permitted a late entrance, according to SCCS officials.

More information and online registration are available by visiting www.summitkids.org. Those interested also can contact Hamilton-Green directly at 330-379-2090 or lgreen@summitkids.org.


Ohio Veterans Memorial Park plans May 17 events marking fifth anniversary

A 125-foot black granite wall containing the names of 3,095 lost in the Vietnam War is the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park’s focal point. Shown above is the wall and the POW/MIA Reflecting Pond with an eternal flame.
Photo: Lew Stamp
CLINTON — Plans are being finalized for the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park’s (OVMP) 2014 memorial activities.

The park will celebrate its fifth anniversary May 17 with bikers’ and passengers’ registration at Whitey’s on Brecksville Road in Richfield from 9 a.m. to noon. Breakfast can be purchased for $5. The cost of the 3095 Freedom Run is $35, including an event T-shirt and custom-made flag. Passengers may ride for free; the cost of a second T-shirt is $20. All riders must register and have a wristband. Riders will leave from Whitey’s at 12:30 p.m.

As part of the activities, the Gold Star Father’s Statue will be unveiled at 3 p.m., and more than 3,095 balloons will be released to honor the fallen from Ohio. Balloon ribbons may be purchased for $1. Part of the proceeds of the day will help a veteran in need, selected by the Disabled American Veterans.

After the park ceremony, events will move to the Merriman Valley Bar District for a Poker Walk. One thousand raffle tickets will be sold for a 2014 Harley Davidson Sportster 48. Tickets are $25 each or six for $100. The drawing will be at 7 p.m.

More information is available at www.OVMP.org or by calling 330-606-5963 or 330-773-2385. Tickets are available on the website through PayPal.

Donations for the park may be made to OVMP, 8005 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Clinton, OH 44216.

A 125-foot black granite wall containing the names of 3,095 lost in the Vietnam War is the park’s focal point. The back of the wall honors those lost in recent Mideast Wars. The memorial also features a Gold Star Mothers’ Statue, the POW/MIA Reflecting Pond with an eternal flame, a Purple Heart Memorial and a Vietnam-era Cobra helicopter. All was financed with public funding, according to OVMP officials.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. celebrates local leaders

WEST AKRON — Founded Jan. 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is 106 years old.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest African-American sorority founded by and for college-trained women, according to Society officials. The Zeta Theta Omega Chapter was chartered April 3, 1954, and will be celebrating 60 years of service in Akron.

On March 8, Zeta Theta Omega and Delta Pi Chapters will host a jazz brunch to celebrate these milestones. The theme is “Celebrating Ties That Bind: 106 Years of International Leadership and 60 Years of Local Service.” The celebration will take place at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The afternoon of smooth jazz will allow Zeta Theta Omega Chapter to recognize community leaders in the area of health, global poverty, economic security, education, social justice and human rights and a Rising Young Star. All areas of recognition meet the National Initiatives of Global Leadership Training Through Timeless Service led by the International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., according to chapter officials. A buffet meal will be provided, and entertainment will be by Dan Wilson.

Tickets are $40 per person. The ticket deadline is Feb. 22. For tickets and additional information, contact Dana LaGarde at 330-524-2256 or Mary Gary-Stephens at 330-618-3911.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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