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4/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit County Historical Society plans 90th annual meeting

WEST AKRON — The Summit County Historical Society (SCHS) will convene its 90th annual meeting April 26 at 11 a.m. at Portage Country Club.

The guest speaker will be David Kyvig, professor emeritus of history at The University of Akron and distinguished research professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. His topic will be “1924,” which is the year of the SCHS’ founding.

Kyvig is the author of “Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1939: Decades of Promise and Pain,” which will be available for sale and can be signed by the author. Previously, his book “Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995” was a History Book Club selection and won the 1997 Bancroft Prize and the Henry Adams Prize.

The meeting is open to members and nonmembers, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the SCHS office at 330-535-1120. The cost is $25.

The SCHS was organized in 1924 by the Cuyahoga-Portage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Past presidents of the SCHS will be recognized at the 90th annual meeting, and new directors and officers also will be elected.


Akron Urban League sets 89th Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon

WEST AKRON — On May 7, the Akron Urban League will host its 89th Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon.

The luncheon will honor Robert Kulinski, president of the United Way of Summit County, and Judi Hill, retired employee of Akron Public Schools, for their commitment to improving the lives of Summit County residents.

The Akron Urban League, with help of donations from various corporations and organizations, also will award more than 35 scholarships to local high school seniors entering post-secondary education.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling Gail Warren at 234-542-4136. Tickets are $50 each, or a table of eight can be purchased for $500. The luncheon will be held at President’s Hall at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


CASA/GAL announces annual Ladies Fundraising Luncheon, seeks sponsors

WEST AKRON — Summit County CASA/GAL has announced its “Imagine a World Without Child Abuse” Ladies Fundraising Luncheon will take place May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Portage Country Club.

The event will include special guest Karen Starr, owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, who will share decorating tips to lighten up the home for the spring. 

CASA is seeking sponsors to help achieve its goal of at least $10,000. One hundred percent of all proceeds from this event will be used for the recruitment, training and support of CASA volunteers to ensure abused and neglected children in the Akron community can receive proper help, according to CASA/GAL officials.

Summit County CASA/GAL’s mission is to provide every child who enters the court system as a result of allegations of abuse, neglect or dependency with a trained community volunteer to advocate for what is the best interest of the child.  

Sterling Jewelers Inc. has pledged to match any gift, up to a total maximum donation of $5,000.

“We are more than appreciative for Sterling’s generous and long-term commitment to Summit County CASA/GAL,” said Beth Cardina, CASA program coordinator. “We’re hopeful for strong community support at this upcoming event.”

For more information on the fundraising luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, call Kim Ray at 330-696-1535.


Arbor Day Foundation names Richfield Tree City USA

RICHFIELD — Richfield was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Richfield achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.


VAP can help with wills

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Victim Assistance Program (VAP) reminds citizens that without a valid will, their property will be distributed according to state laws, regardless of their intent to provide for family and friends.

VAP can help those who are interested create a will May 14 during the Leave a Legacy® Summit/Portage/Medina “Write a Will Day.”

Leave a Legacy does not solicit gifts or promote a particular organization, according to VAP officials. The program encourages individuals, regardless of financial position, to have a valid will and, if interested, leave something to the charities that have made a difference in their lifetime.

During “Write a Will Month,” attorneys will donate their time to write simple wills at no cost for individuals whose total assets are less than $338,333. This includes the value of the home, cars, insurance and retirement assets.

Attorney Diane Johnson is donating her time for “Write a Will Day.” Johnson will meet with those interested in creating a will at the VAP office, 150 Furnace St. Appointments are being scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who are eligible and wish to create a new will or revise a current will are asked to call Shelley Koch at 330-376-0040 or email skoch@victimassistanceprogram.org.


Bald Eagles successfully hatched in CVNP

CVNP — Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) officials report nesting bald eagles within the Pinery Narrows area of the park successfully hatched two eaglets in late March.

Park staff and volunteers recently confirmed reports of two babies peeking over the edge of the huge nest. Young eagles remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks — until mid- to late July, according to CVNP officials. For nearly two months after their first flight, they will frequently return to the nesting site to receive food from their parents.

According to CVNP officials, to protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will remain closed until the eaglets are able to fly on their own. While the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail remains open, the National Park Service (NPS) also has closed the following areas to protect the birds:

  • The railroad tracks and 30-foot right-of-way on either side of the tracks are closed to all pedestrian traffic from the state Route 82 bridge at the Station Road Visitor Use Area, north to the railroad tracks at the Fitzwater Yard.
  • The Cuyahoga River downstream of the Brecksville Dam (at state Route 82) to the Fitzwater Road bridge is closed to all water activities (fishing, wading and boating). Fishing is permitted at the dam.

The CVNP is asking visitors to observe any posted restrictions within the eagle-nesting zone. The protection of the eagles’ nest is a cooperative effort between Cleveland Metroparks (CMP) and the NPS, according to CVNP officials. The nest rests within the boundaries of CMP’s Brecksville Reservation, while the viewing and access of the eagles nest lies within the NPS’ protected boundaries.

According to CVNP officials, although recently removed from the endangered species list, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit taking, killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs. Bald eagles returned to the Cuyahoga Valley in 2006, after an absence of 70 years. Last year, this pair of bald eagles successfully raised two eaglets, according to CVNP officials.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


Metro Parks’ Bike & Hike Trail to close for four days

BOSTON HEIGHTS — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County officials announced its multipurpose Bike & Hike Trail is tentatively scheduled to be closed for four days at Akron-Cleveland Road.

The trail will be closed between state Routes 303 and 8 in Boston Heights as a nearby gas pipe is relocated today, April 24, and tomorrow, April 25, and April 30 and May 1.

There will be no detour during the work, which is weather dependent, according to Metro Parks officials.

For more information, call 330-867-5511 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org.


‘Building Doctors’ making rounds in Peninsula area

PENINSULA — Terry Lumber and Supply Co., the Peninsula Foundation and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society will sponsor a Building Doctor Clinic for old-building owners May 1-2.

The clinic features “Building Doctors” Scott McIntosh and Justin Cook, of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. It will begin with a free seminar May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the GAR Hall, 1785 Main St. Open to all old-building owners in the area, the seminar will feature guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955.

On May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Building Doctors will visit pre-1955 buildings within 5 miles of Peninsula, advising owners on specific technical or design problems by appointment. Some of the things that typically call for an on-site examination include persistent peeling paint or flaking plaster, a wet basement, deteriorating masonry and plans for remodeling, additions or demolitions.

McIntosh, technical preservation services manager for the Preservation Office, has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky. He reviews applications for federal and state rehabilitation tax credits.

Cook, history reviews manager for the Preservation Office, has a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont, with post-baccalaureate studies in history at the University of North Florida and urban and regional planning at the University of Florida. He reviews federally assisted projects for effects on historic properties.

The seminar and on-site consultations are free with advance registration. To register, visit www.building-doctor.org or call 800-499-2470 or 614-298-2000. For more information, contact Rebecca Urban at 330-657-2528 or rurban@peninsulahistory.org.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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