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8/7/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield accepts fire grant awards

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees agreed to accept two Federal Emergency Management Agency and Assistance to Firefighters Grant awards totaling $490,775 at a special July 31 meeting.

According to township officials, the awards include a fire vehicle grant of $364,652, with a federal share of $346,419 and a township 5 percent match of $18,233, as well as a fire operations grant of $126,123, with a federal share of $119,817 and a township 5 percent match of $6,306. The funds will be used to purchase P25 compliant mobile and portable radios.

Trustees approved the purchase of a 1,000-gallon pumper, with a capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute, from Sutphen Corp., of Dublin, in an amount not to exceed $360,000, along with a 15-year lease/purchase financing agreement at a fixed rate of 4.36 percent with Leasing 2, of Tampa, Florida, at a March 27 meeting. Fire Department officials had applied for the grant at that time to assist with the purchases.

The new pumper is scheduled to be delivered later this fall, according to Springfield Fire Chief Vic Wincik, and it will replace the department’s aging 1983 and 1985 pumpers, which he said have required numerous and costly repairs over the last few years.

In other business at the July 31 meeting, trustees approved re-enrollment in the Frank Gates Retrospective Program sponsored by the Ohio Township Association, as well as a $10,591 fee for the July 1 through June 30, 2015, period.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place Aug. 14 at a new meeting time of 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.


United Way sets $12.8 million goal

AKRON — United Way of Summit County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this week with its highest ever goal of $12.8 million.

The United Way/Red Cross campaign last year raised $12.2 million, according to agency officials. The goal was announced Tuesday at the United Way’s annual Knight Breakfast. University of Akron President Emeritus Luis Proenza delivered the keynote address.

Ted Walter, 2014 campaign chairman and Fifth Third Bank president for the Akron, Canton and Youngstown markets, thanked past and present United Way volunteers. “Campaign volunteers are the key to our success each year,” Walter said. “A successful campaign in 2014 will be both a testament to the extraordinary generosity of our community and a testament to the perseverance of a core of committed men and women who truly have the best interests of their community at heart and are willing to give part of their time to make it happen.”

The Knight Breakfast was established more than 60 years ago by John S. Knight as a way for local community leaders to gather and preview the upcoming United Way campaign, officials said.


CSEA hosting events for Child Support Awareness Month

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) will sponsor two programs this month in recognition of Child Support Awareness Month.

The agency will have community booths at the Akron-Summit County Main Library and the METRO Regional Transit Authority Transit Center, where agency representatives can answer questions about child support cases and establishment of paternity, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

CSEA representatives will be at the Transit Center, 631 E. Broadway St., Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Main Library, 60 S. High St., Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Case managers also will be available during two Child Support Solutions events — Aug. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. — to assist parents with child support problems. Parents can have one-on-one time with a case manager to find solutions to their child support issues.

“I strongly encourage anyone with a child support case in Summit County to attend Child Support Solutions,” Walsh said. “We will be providing many valuable services, and all of them are free. Even if you can’t pay the full amount you owe, paying something is better than paying nothing. We will work with you to arrange a plan that works for you.”

Case managers will meet with parents to discuss child support payment arrangements and support modification. Attendees can take a quick, painless genetic paternity test to establish legal paternity, and parents who have had their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay child support can have their licenses reinstated during the event, according to Walsh’s office.

Parents with outstanding warrants related to child support can address the warrants without going to jail, and representatives from federal, state and local agencies will be available to discuss how to complete education, get a new job and become a better parent, according to Walsh’s office.

Attendees should bring photo identification, current court orders and their most recent pay stub or proof of unemployment.

For more information, including information about outstanding warrants, contact the CSEA at 330-643-2765 or visit SummitCSEA.org.


GAINS to present discussion on local economy

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The impact and sustainable value of a healthy local economy will be the subject of the Aug. 13 Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS) meeting at Musica, located at 51 E. Market St.

According to event officials, the discussion will cover the multiple benefits and the economic power that resides in a vibrant local food economy. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for networking, followed by the free program at 6:15 p.m. and time for questions and answers at the close of the talks.

Phillip Nabors, co-owner with Margaret Nabors of Mustard Seed Market and Café and Blueberry Hill Family Farms, will speak and moderate. The evening’s discussion, “Growing food, Growing jobs. Growing the future,” will focus on entrepreneurial development and feature entrepreneurs starting and building businesses within the local food supply chain. Speakers for the evening will include: Brent Wesley, owner of the Akron Honey Co.; Yvette McMillan, women’s division director at Haven of Rest Ministries; and Sarah Vradenburg, with Feed My Sheep Garden, a program of First Congregational Church in Akron. Both women will describe their partnership in the social invention of The Future Story Job Training Program, which helps women with barriers to employment develop micro-enterprise businesses, including growing and selling food and making food totes.

Also, Sara Moledor will discuss her award-winning vermiculture startup business development opportunity.

The salon-style meetings, held the second Wednesday of the month, are free, interactive and open to the public.


State officials help Ohioans beat the heat

OHIO — The Ohio Development Services Agency and local community action agencies across the state are accepting applications for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The program helps eligible Ohioans purchase an air conditioner or fan and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, helping them keep cool during the hot summer days.

To be eligible, Ohioans must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have either an elderly member of the household (60 years or older) or provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. This can include lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.

This year, the program also will provide assistance to customers of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Customers of the unregulated utilities are eligible if they have a disconnection notice and have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

For more information, call 800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.


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

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