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3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Plusquellic, Pry declare March ‘Enroll’ Month

AKRON — With the March 31 deadline for enrollment in a Health Care Marketplace plan approaching, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Summit County Executive Russ Pry have designated March as “Enroll Akron” and “Enroll Summit County” month.

“Many of our residents forgo health care to buy necessities, such as shelter, food and clothing,” said Plusquellic. “The Affordable Care Act will help our residents get the medical care they need. Our residents should not have to choose between food and their health and the health of their families.”

“Medical services provided by the Affordable Care Act are important for all ages, especially for our youngest citizens,” said Pry. “We know a healthy child learns faster and grows stronger, giving them a great advantage in life.”

All plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace cover essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions. To find information about the Marketplace, go to www.HealthCare.gov. At this website, residents can learn how the marketplace works, who can apply for insurance, how to get insurance, how to lower your costs, and more.

In addition, Summit County Public Health, Akron General Medical Center and the city of Akron have coordinated to offer several events:

  • today, March 13, and March 27, Akron General Medical Center, Main Lobby;
  • March 16, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Minority Behavioral Health Group Building, 3 to 6 p.m.;
  • March 18, Akron General Medical Center, Ambulatory Care Center;
  • March 19 and 26, Summa, Internal Medicine Department; and
  • March 22, Axess Pointe Enrollment Event, Barberton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For times that are not listed — or for questions, in-person appointments and Medicaid Expansion applications over the phone — call Coordinated Care InfoLine at 330-926-5660.


Part of West Market Street to close for sewer repair

WEST AKRON — City of Akron officials announced a portion of West Market Street will be closed today, March 13, to March 17 for sanitary sewer repairs.

According to city officials, the street will be closed between Portage Path and Twin Oaks Road from 9 a.m. March 13 to 6 a.m. March 17 for the necessary repairs.

City officials state an emergency repair to the sewer is necessary, and the city has hired Kenmore Construction to reconstruct a section of the sewer.

Eastbound West Market Street traffic will be detoured to Twin Oaks Road to Portage Path and back to West Market Street.

Westbound traffic will be detoured to South Rose Boulevard, West Exchange Street, South Hawkins Avenue and back to West Market Street.

For additional information, contact the Akron Engineering Bureau at 330-375-2355.


Grafs announced as lead landscape designer for Dreamscape Raffle

AKRON — Keep Akron Beautiful’s (KAB) 11th annual Dreamscape Raffle, sponsored by SummaCare, has officially begun.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets can be purchased online from www.keepakronbeautiful.org, at the KAB office at 850 E. Market St., or the following locations: Dayton Nurseries Inc., 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Norton; Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive in Copley; Paul’s Greenhouse, 1993 Wright Road in Copley; Suncrest Gardens, 5157 Akron Cleveland Road in Boston; and Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road in South Akron.

The Dreamscape Raffle funds KAB’s Flowerscape Program.

The winning ticket will be drawn June 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander Park on West Market Street. The winner will have until the end of June to meet with this year’s landscape designers and project managers, Lisa Graf and Craig Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscape Design, to create a plan for the landscape transformation the week of Aug. 4-8.

The grand-prize winner may choose to make over the front or backyard of his or her property. In addition to the grand-prize ticket, there are three runner-up prizes, which include 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens and a basket of gardening supplies, courtesy of Graf Growers.

Along with the vendors listed above, the 2014 Dreamscape Raffle also has the following vendor partners offering goods and services for the landscape makeover: Advanced Arboriculture, Belgard® Sales, Cascade Lighting, Circle K, Hitchcock Fleming and Associates Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, R.B. Stout Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design Inc., Gates Landscaping Co., KB Compost Services Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Tim’s Custom Electric, Wilson Plumbing and Heating Inc., W.L. Tucker Supply and YES Press Printing Co.

For details, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org or contact KAB at 330-375-2116.


State helps Ohioans living with HIV/AIDS

OHIO — Three nonprofit organizations, including one in Akron, have received $1.2 million in funding to support housing opportunities for Ohioans living with AIDS or HIV. The grants will be used to provide short-term rental, mortgage and utility assistance, support community housing and case management services. Nearly 4,000 Ohioans will be helped through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program grants, according to state officials.  

Community AIDS Network will receive $220,000 to operate the Community AIDS Housing and Support Project that serves Portage and Summit counties. The funding will support the operation of Micah House and Harmony Place and provide short-term rental assistance and some case management. The grant will help 327 people.

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program is a federal program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.


Youth Summit for grades five-eight set for March 29

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Theta Omega Chapter and Delta Pi Chapter (The University of Akron) will present the Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Youth Summit March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Alpha Center, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

The event is free for students in grades five through eight and includes lunch.

Topics will include “Social Media: A Serious Matter,” “Cyber Bullying,” “Drugs: The New Epidemic!,” “Human Trafficking,” “Money Matters: You Can Plan Now!” and “Self-Defense: An Art Just for You!”

The Summit is free to students. Registration is required by March 22 via mail to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Theta Omega Chapter, ATT: EYL Chairman Joanne C. Ray, P.O. Box 4, Akron, OH 44309-0004 or email to akaeylakron10@yahoo.com.


Bath Business Association initiates scholarship

BATH — For the past two years, the Bath Business Association (BBA) has sponsored the Bath Community Garage Sale, with proceeds from that sale used as monetary awards to Revere High School business class students in the annual Business Plan competition.

This year, members of the BBA approved expanding that outreach to young people through an annual scholarship for a graduating senior from Bath planning to pursue a business-related major in an accredited college, university or technical school.

“The mission statement of the BBA is to promote and encourage business in Bath,” said Don Corbett, chair of the BBA’s Scholarship Committee. “What better way to do this with the next generation of entrepreneurs than to provide a scholarship to help them achieve their business education.”

In addition to living in Bath and planning to study a business-related major, the recipient should have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Also, extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience during high school will be an important part of the selection process, according to BBA officials.

The scholarship amount this year is $500, but the BBA has tied future scholarship awards to the proceeds from the annual Bath Community Garage Sale.

“We are confident, given the past history of the success of this sale, that we can increase this award to at least $1,000 in the years ahead,” said BBA President Ken Baldwin.

The scholarship application is available through the Revere High School Guidance Office for students at Revere High School. Students attending other high schools or who are home schooled can find the application online at www.bathbusinessassociation.com, or copies will be available at The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road, during regular business hours.

The application deadline is April 24, and the winner will be notified no later than June. For details, call 330-666-3347.


ACS urges increased colon cancer screening

GREATER AKRON — While a combination of earlier detection and better treatments have yielded a steady decline in the colorectal cancer death rate in the past 20 years, colorectal cancer will kill an estimated 50,310 people in the U.S. in 2014, including 2,140 in Ohio, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

During March, National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the ACS is highlighting the need to do more to save lives from the nation’s third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women by urging patients and their doctors to talk about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, which is recommended for people at average risk beginning at age 50.

“Although screening guidelines differ for some cancers, this is not the case for colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer for the ACS and chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. “All guidelines recommend screening with either colonoscopy every 10 years or a stool test at home every year, and the benefit of screening is clear. Colon cancer screening accomplishes two things — it prevents colon cancers from developing by removing polyps, and it detects cancers early when it is highly curable.”

More than one in three adults 50 and older are not being screened as recommended for colorectal cancer, according to society officials. The ACS recommends that most people begin regular screening at age 50. People at higher risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, might need to start screening earlier.

“A great number of people do not understand that there are choices for being screened,” Wender added. “If patients are offered a choice among several screening options, then we can increase the chance they will get screened. As we like to say: the best test for you is the one you get.”

The society recommends the following colorectal cancer screening tests:

  • Tests that detect precancerous polyps and cancer:

√ flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years;

√ colonoscopy every 10 years;

√ double contrast barium enema every five years; or

√ CT colonography every five years.

  • Tests that primarily detect cancer include:

√ yearly guaiac-based fecal occult blood test with high test sensitivity for cancer (older versions of the Fecal Occult Blood Test should not be used to test for colorectal cancer);

√ yearly fecal immunochemical test with high test sensitivity for cancer; or

√ Stool DNA test.

Tests that detect precancerous polyps allow doctors to remove the polyps and potentially prevent cancer altogether. And while cancers detected at the earliest stage have a five-year survival rate of 90 percent, only 40 percent of colon cancers are currently detected at this stage, partly because too few people are screened, according to ACS officials.

For details on colorectal cancer, visit www.cancer.org/colon or call 800-227-2345.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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