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6/5/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield trustees purchase property, easements

SPRINGFIELD — During a special meeting May 29, the Springfield Board of Trustees agreed to purchase property, as well as an easement, and reviewed maintenance of the township’s recycle center located near the older adult playground at one end of Canfield Road.

Trustees voted unanimously to purchase about one-third of an acre of property located at 2780 Canfield Road from David and Carolyn Hohlbaugh for $50,000, according to legislation. The property will be used for a proposed walking trail that will run from Springfield High School to Town Hall on Canfield Road.

Also at the meeting, trustees agreed to purchase an easement and right-of-way on a portion of property at 2324 Springfield Lake Road from Killian Investments LLC for $25,000 to create a back entrance from the Pine Lake neighborhood to the 1.5-mile hike and bike trail at Lauer Park.

In related business, trustees approved hiring CT Consultants to map and survey the easement for a cost not to exceed $2,500. Trustee Dean Young said he hopes to have the entrance, accessible by walking or hiking only, in about 30 days.

Other residents wishing to access the trail in the park will be required to use the north entrance on Killian Road, according to Young.

Young added the project is part of a plan to encourage planning for new neighborhoods in Springfield to include greenway access into and among neighborhoods.

According to Fiscal Officer Joy Dies, discussion on the recycle center continued over concerns of the dumping of trash at the center, but no decisions were made.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is scheduled for June 12 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.


Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center opening June 5

STOW — As of yesterday, June 5, and continuing every Thursday through September, the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center (HHWRC) will be open from 2 to 8 p.m.

“Many common household products contain the same chemicals found in hazardous industrial chemicals and can create similar environmental and health problems,” said ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker. “Don’t throw chemicals in the garbage or pour them down the sink or on the ground. You’ll be protecting your family’s health and preserving the environment if you bring them to the HHWRC to be recycled.”

Common household hazardous waste accepted at the HHWRC includes antifreeze, gas, gasoline mixtures, used motor oil, acids, batteries, bleach, fertilizer, fluorescent bulbs, fungicides, household cleaners, lighter fluid and pesticides. Latex paint is not accepted, but other paint products are, including oil-based, solvent-based, stain, thinner, varnish and wood preservatives. For complete instructions on how to properly dispose of latex paint, visit www.summitreworks.com.

The HHWRC, located at 1201 Graham Road, is for Summit County residents only. No business, school or other nonresidential waste is accepted.


Sustainable urban redevelopment discussion June 11

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Sustainable urban redevelopment will be the subject of the GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) meeting June 11 at Musica, 51 E. Market St. 

The discussion for the evening will cover the social, economic and environmental benefits of historic preservation, adaptive reuse of existing buildings and neighborhood scale development.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for networking. The free program will begin at 6:15 p.m., with time for questions and answers at the close of the talks.

Kathleen Crowther, president of the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), a local partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Tony Troppe, developer of Akron’s historic district, will discuss the work of the local historic preservation movement from preserving buildings to preserving historic places and experiences that are tangible on a daily basis to most people. This preservation strategy employs productive partnerships and creative alliances with community leaders that align and further local community, environmental and economic development goals, according to GAINS officials.

GAINS is a local gathering of sustainability practitioners and those interested in learning, applying and sharing community culture from a long-term perspective. The salon-style meetings, held the second Wednesday of the month, are free, interactive and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GAIN4Sustainability.


Expungement/CQE clinic set for June 14

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Up to 50 applicants can get assistance applying for an expungement/record sealing and Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQE) at a free June 14 clinic at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 422 Bell St. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

According to Summit County Executive’s Office officials, representatives of The University of Akron School of Law will assist the first 50 qualified applicants in applying for the CQE, which may remove some barriers to employment for people who have committed felonies or misdemeanors. A CQE may help applicants who are finding it difficult to get a government-issued occupational license or job with an employer, according to the Executive’s Office.

Representatives of the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services will take applications for financial assistance with the $100 CQE filing fee.

To file a CQE petition in Summit County, applicants must live in the county and have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor in Ohio, according to officials. Applicants must have completed all terms of the sentence, including probation and community supervision, and have paid all court costs at least two years prior to the application, according to the Executive’s Office.

A CQE cannot relieve an applicant from the requirement to register as a sex offender; from driver’s license suspension, revocation or cancellation; restriction on employment as a prosecutor or law enforcement officer; or from denial, ineligibility or suspension of license as a health care professional under certain circumstances.

For a list of documentation required, potential applicants should visit www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/cqe-clinic.dot.


Green’s Farmers’ Market opens June 17

GREEN — Green’s Farmers’ Market will be run Tuesdays, June 17 through Oct. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. next to the Central Administration Building, located at 1755 Town Park Blvd.

According to City of Green officials, new vendors joining the Farmers’ Market include: West Side Bakery, Nauti Vine Winery, BYOB Home Bakery, Double Deuce Kettle Corn, Island Delights, John’s Cookies and Servant’s Basket Produce.

Returning vendors include: Aida’s Bakery; American Serenade Coffee, Tea & Wine; Bittnerbees; D ’n A Maple Syrup; Hawk Meats LLC; Juice Plus; Marvin’s Gardens; May’s Produce; Olde School Donuts; Pheasant View Dairy Goats; Rainbow Gardens; Sharp Farm; The Pierogie Lady; and Walnut Drive Gardens.

“New this year we are adding a children’s activity tent to each market with free crafts … and a ‘free’ item coupon to our ads each week,” said Kim Goodhart, market manager and special events and program coordinator for the City of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division. “Each week, a coupon for one free item can be found in the city’s weekly ad for a select item that week, while supplies last. It will be a great way to try new items and vendors.”

The children’s area will be staffed by volunteers. Businesses or groups interested in hosting the children’s area may contact Goodhart at 330-896-6621.

The number of vendors participating in the Farmers’ Market fluctuates weekly, depending on harvest times, according to city officials. Interested vendors can visit www.cityofgreen.org/farmers-market for an application to participate.


Switching Gears conference taking place June 26

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) officials invite participation in the free Switching Gears Akron-Active Transportation Conference June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Participants can learn how to increase walking, biking and transit in their communities and leverage their knowledge to create vibrant spaces and neighborhoods, according to AMATS officials.

Key Speakers will be Jason Roberts, of The Better Block, and Dave Cieslewicz, executive director of Wisconsin Bike Fed and former mayor of Madison, Wisconsin.

The conference will highlight successful grassroots efforts, as well as advocacy and policy level actions to enhance and transform communities.

For more information and to register, visit www.switching-gears.org


Summit of Sustainability Awards application available online

AKRON — For the third year, a countywide awards program will showcase the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and green purchasing.

The application process for the Summit of Sustainability Awards is now open and available at www.SummitOfSustainability.org/apply-sosa. All applications must be completed by July 25. For more information, call Cindy Pantea at Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116. Winners will be announced Sept. 1.

Last year’s winners are highlighted in videos available at www.SummitOfSustainability.org.

The categories are: small companies under 25 employees, medium companies with 26-249 employees, large companies with over 250 employees, and nonprofit/community organizations and public sector (government/schools). In addition to these categories, the judges have reserved the right to award a Summit of Sustainability Award medal to individuals or projects that are innovative within the submitted applications.


Buehler’s Nobles Pond offering Blazing Wok cuisine

Chef Jeff Yang, former proprietor of Manchu Café, is now affiliatd with the Blazing Wok at Buehler’s Nobles Pond store.
Photo courtesy of Buehler’s Fresh Foods
CANTON — Buehler’s Nobles Pond has opened the Blazing Wok, offering authentic Chinese cuisine, inside its store at 7138 Fulton Road N.W.

“We are excited to welcome chef Jeff Yang, former proprietor of Manchu Café, to our Buehler team,” said Jackie Kerby, store manager of Buehler’s Nobles Pond.

Blazing Wok features Chinese dishes and a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The Blazing Wok signature entrees are unique to this location, according to store officials. The menu is available on Buehler’s website at www.buehlers.com/blazing-wok.

“This is a unique opportunity to extend our prepared food take-out line and to introduce authentic Chinese entrees to the mix,” said Dan Shanahan, president and chief operating officer of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Dine in or carryout orders are available. Orders can be placed by calling 330-834-3414.

Hours for the Blazing Wok are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Stephanie Kist, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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