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

Coventry, Springfield neighborhoods invited to take free water test

COVENTRY/SPRINGFIELD — Residents living in the Cottage Grove area of Coventry or the Sawyerwood neighborhood of Springfield can have their well water tested for free as part of a study being conducted by a graduate student from Kent State University.

According to Coventry Township officials, the purpose of the study is to get a general idea of the water quality in the area and to help residents maintain and improve the safety of their drinking water. Each home’s specific results will only be reported to the residents, and general trends of the area will be shared in a report and presentation, according to Coventry officials.

Officials added the free testing takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and identifies any common contaminants that could cause illness. The water will be tested for nitrates, total coliform bacteria and E. coli. If any of these compounds are present, the affected residence will be provided with free instructions to disinfect the well, according to Coventry officials.

According to Coventry officials, the Coventry Board of Trustees decided to support this study after having met with the student who is conducting the study, Corin Bonnett, and Summit County Public Health in order to learn the details of the project. Township officials state they believe the effort will benefit both the residents and the student in her education.

Appointments can be scheduled at the convenience of the residents and are available until March 28.

For more information about the study, contact a trustee by calling 330-644-0785 or Bonnett at 440-781-3630 or cbonnett@kent.edu.


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.

Additional information and online registration is 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.


Ohio EPA announces new grant opportunities for Ohio Environmental Education Fund

OHIO — Potential applicants for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) grants can now view guidelines online and should plan to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to apply by March 4.

Application guidelines are posted for the spring and summer 2014 grant cycles. The LOI and application can be completed in the OEEF grant service in Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) eBusiness Center at ebiz.epa.ohio.gov.

The LOI should include contact information for the project director and a short description of the proposed project. OEEF staff will normally approve LOIs and assign a grant application number within one business day, allowing applicants to begin entering their application information in the OEEF grant service. Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. March 11. The next application cycle will have an LOI deadline of July 8 and an application deadline of July 15.

OEEF application guidelines are written to align education projects with Ohio EPA’s regulatory priorities and environmental issues of current concern. During 2014, the OEEF has four targeted areas of focus:

  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the use of innovative storm water management practices;
  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation;
  • projects that encourage and explain the importance of habitat restoration efforts to increase biodiversity and improve air and water quality; and
  • targeted efforts to encourage nutrient management practices, including, but not limited to, awareness campaigns to reduce nutrient loadings to rivers and streams from urban and rural areas.

Ohio EPA encourages prospective applicants to contact the OEEF staff at 614-644-2873 or oeef@epa.ohio.gov to discuss project ideas and request staff review of draft proposals before the submittal deadline.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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