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5/15/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Local veteran donates memorial in Green

A statue titled “Vigilance” will be part of a new veterans memorial being dedicated May 23 at Ohio Prestwick Country Club.
Photo courtesy of the city of Green
GREEN — A new veterans memorial will be dedicated May 23 at 5 p.m. on the 10th green at Ohio Prestwick Country Club, located at 3751 Glen Eagle Blvd.

The memorial, donated by a local World War II veteran who wished to remain anonymous, is dedicated to all veterans who have served, according to city of Green officials. In addition, the donor, who served in the South Pacific in World War II, also is honoring several of his friends who did not return from war.

Former Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander, who also is a veteran, will lead the ceremony. Guest speakers will include Green Mayor Dick Norton, Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Ohio Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor.

According to city officials, the memorial, a statue of an eagle created by artist Mark Hopkins, is titled “Vigilance” and is mounted on a 12-foot stone star on a 20-foot circular base. The memorial is flanked by two benches with a plaque that reads:

“Let Freedom Reign

“A memorial to Americans who died defending freedom

“This memorial is dedicated to honor all Americans who served and gave their lives so that we may continue to live in the LAND OF THE FREE and the HOME OF THE BRAVE. The bald eagle was selected because it is the symbol of freedom for the United States of America.

“In World War II alone, approximately 416,800 Americans did not come home, while more than 300,000 Americans lost their lives in other wars. These Americans did not experience the freedom they fought to protect. Each time our country has been threatened, our freedom-loving citizens unite and our world class military does its job.

“Our nation WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL has endured.

“As you look at this majestic eagle, please be reminded that you live in a great country and enjoy unparalleled freedom. Americans fought and died for this freedom.


The memorial also includes the following quote by former President Thomas Jefferson, “THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE.”

All veterans and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.


New Franklin Fire Department offering smoke, CO detectors

NEW FRANKLIN — The New Franklin Fire Department will offer residents free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main fire station, 5611 Manchester Road.

The detectors are being provided to residents who show proof of residency, thanks to an Assistance to Firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to department officials.

One smoke detector and one CO detector is available to each household. According to department officials, the smoke detector is a Kiddie brand with a 10-year lithium ion battery. The CO detector is also a Kiddie brand and comes with a battery backup.

In addition to the detectors, the grant provided funding to increase and improve the department’s fire prevention program, according to department officials. The program targets school-age children and the elderly, who have the highest percentage of fire-related injuries and deaths, according to department officials.

“Our goal is educate the public on modern fire safety practices that reduce the risk of fires and the injuries and deaths associated with them,” said New Franklin Fire Department Lt. Don Burroughs.

For more information, call 330-882-3130.


Metro Parks commissioners seeking input on expansion of park board

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners is seeking input on the possible expansion of the board from three to five members.

Currently, commissioners, who are appointed by the Summit County Probate Court judge, serve overlapping three-year terms. The idea of adding two additional members was introduced at the March board meeting.

Public comments can be submitted at www.summit metroparks.org/InsideMe troParks/Board.aspx.

To contribute via written letter, mail whether your preference is three or five commissioners, with an explanation why, to Board of Park Commissioners, 975 Treaty Line Road, Akron, OH 44313.

Comments must be received by May 30 at 4:30 p.m. Participants’ contact information may be helpful, but is not required, according to Metro Parks officials.

For more information, call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511.


Doctor on jury duty at Akron Municipal Court assists witness

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Court officials announced that on May 7 during the first hour of a jury trial before Judge Joy Malek Oldfield at the Akron Municipal Court, a witness began to lose consciousness while testifying on the stand. As the witness was being cross-examined, his head tilted back and he began to have seizures. According to court officials, a member of the jury jumped over the jury seating and rushed to assist the witness without hesitation.

The juror, Dr. Jovan Laskovski, of the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, performed safety measures to assist the witness and secure the witness from sustaining bodily injury until paramedics arrived, according to court officials.

Laskovski, an orthopaedic surgeon, is a Canton native who holds degrees from The University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, according to court officials. After residency training at Summa Health System, he completed fellowship training at the University of Chicago. He is also a team physician for Green High School. He specializes in hip arthroscopy and sports medicine.

In a press release, the municipal court stated its gratitude to Laskovski for his quick action in assisting the witness, who sustained no further injuries.


Harvest for Hunger campaign nears goal

DOWNTOWN AKRON — More than 100 community members gathered May 9 at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to celebrate the successes of the 2014 Harvest for Hunger campaign.

With the need for emergency food now greater than ever before, according to Foodbank officials, the Foodbank encouraged the community to continue its participation in the campaign. The Foodbank is 280,000 meals away from its goal of 4 million meals.

“You need to know one thing above all before you leave here this afternoon and start your weekend,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “For the mom who visits a food pantry for fresh vegetables during summer vacation, and for the senior citizen who goes once a week to a soup kitchen to help stretch their money to buy their prescriptions — you have provided more than food, you have given these individuals hope. Thank you for continuing to rally around your Foodbank.”

The local Harvest for Hunger campaign has been led by: Bill Frantz, of Sandridge Food Corp.; Shawn McCall, of U.S. Foods; and C.J. Fraleigh, of Shearer’s Foods.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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