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8/21/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit Metro Parks board to vote on board expansion

AKRON — The Summit Metro Parks Board of Park Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting to discuss and vote on the possible expansion of the board from three to five commissioners.

The meeting will take place Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. in the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road.

The current three-person park board is appointed by the Summit County Probate Court judge. Commissioners serve overlapping three-year terms without compensation and are assisted by the park district’s director-secretary, who oversees the work of full-time and part-time employees, seasonal workers and volunteers.

The meeting is expected to take less than two hours.

Requests to communicate with the board must be in writing and must have been received by the park district’s director-secretary at 975 Treaty Line Road at least five business days before the special meeting. Public comments by individuals are limited to five minutes or less.

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


Summit County Stand Down offering veterans services

SOUTH AKRON — Homeless and displaced veterans can get a hand up Sept. 9 at the ninth annual Summit County Stand Down.

The event, at Firestone VFW Post 3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and offer veterans food and access to clothing, medical services, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, companionship and camaraderie, according to event organizers. Veterans must present military identification such as dog tags, military discharge papers or a Veterans Administration ID to receive services.

RTA Metro bus No. 18 will transport veterans to and from the event.

Veterans will be assigned a “shepherd volunteer” at registration. The volunteer will guide veterans through Stand Down services, including a Veterans Health Administration clinic, where they may be seen by a registered nurse, podiatrist, optometrist and mental health professional. The Veterans Service Commission (VSC) will assist veterans with emergency financial assistance, medical claim applications, transportation to medical centers and clinics and wheelchair ramps, among other things, according to event organizers.

Veterans also may speak with representatives of the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services Veterans Services and Legal Aid. Barbers and hair stylists also will give free haircuts.

Gently used winter clothing will be provided by Goodwill Industries Inc., and food, clothing, shoes, boots, hats, scarves and ditty bags also will be available, according to event organizers.

The ninth annual Summit County Stand Down is sponsored by the VSC. In the military, stand down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall well-being. The Summit County Stand Down affords the same opportunity to homeless veterans, according to event organizers.

Event organizers are seeking donations of clean and gently used cold weather clothing, shoes and boots. They also are seeking underwear, socks, sleeping bags, personal hygiene care kits, tarps, ditty bags and kitchen supplies.

For the day of the event, organizers said they are seeking gallons of soup and chili, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, pies, sandwich bags, lunch bags, fruit, drinks, coffee, sugar, cream, coffee cups, soup bowls and plastic tableware. Financial donations may be made to the VSC.

For more information, contact George Baker, executive director of the VSC, at 330-376-5551 or gbakerstanddown2014@gmail.com.


Foodbank’s Operation Orange seeking volunteers

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank still is seeking volunteers for Operation Orange, a 24-hour event to celebrate Hunger Action Month.

The Foodbank hopes to draw 1,200 volunteers from noon Sept. 5 to noon Sept. 6 to work on projects at the agency’s 85,000-square-foot warehouse, located at 350 Opportunity Parkway, said Kat Pestian, communications coordinator.

More than 800 volunteers — including individuals, families and groups — already had signed up by Aug. 18, Pestian said. Most shifts still are available, but volunteers particularly are needed during the early morning hours Sept. 6, she said.

To attract late-night volunteers, the Foodbank will host a dance party at midnight Sept. 5 and a free T-shirt giveaway to the first 50 volunteers at 2 a.m. Sept. 6, Pestian said. Young professionals are encouraged to volunteer from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 5, she added.

“By participating in Operation Orange, community members will help raise awareness for the one in seven who experience food insecurity locally,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank. “We invite you to become involved and make a tangible difference in the fight to end hunger.”

Volunteers may select two- to four-hour shifts working on projects such as sorting fresh produce, labeling cans and sorting meat, Pestian said. As many as 100 volunteers are sought for each hour of the event, Pestian said. Online registration is available at www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/operation-orange.aspx.


MAPS offering Air Academy

GREEN — The Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum will host a 10-week Air Academy on Sundays, beginning Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This program is designed for students ages 10 and older with a parent, grandparent or guardian in attendance. Students may sign up for all 10 sessions or individual sessions, and each session includes two seminars and provides hands-on activities to make learning fun.

Air Academy combines science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts with history, real world applications and access to the aircraft and equipment that made aviation history, according to MAPS officials. Information on government, economics, math, science and geography also will be included.

The deadline to register is Sept. 13.

For details and costs, email kimball.reed@mapsairmuseum.org, visit www.mapsairmuseum.org and click on “Education” and then Air Academy, or call 330-896-6332.

MAPS Air Museum is located at 2260 International Parkway.


Community Health Center celebrating 40 years of service

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Community Health Center’s annual Break the Cycle of Addiction: Celebrating Recovery Luncheon taking place Sept. 25 at Quaker Station will commemorate Community Health Center’s 40th anniversary.

The event will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program and lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., and will include an open recovery meeting at 1:45 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be author, comedienne and recovery advocate Marti MacGibbon. She will share her journey from addiction to recovery in her presentation, “Recovery, Hope and the Power of Gratitude.”

Since 1974, Community Health Center has served more than 140,000 individuals and family members through programming to help people recover and rebuild their lives, according to agency officials.

Reservations are due Sept. 10. To reserve tickets, visit www.commhealthcenter.org/news, call 330-315-3770 or email jackie.hemsworth@commhealthcenter.org.

Continuing education units will be available for licensed professionals.


UDS’ low vision clinic moves to new location

DOWNTOWN AKRON — United Disability Services’ (UDS) Low Vision Services has moved from the Advanced Elastomer Systems building to the agency’s main office located at 701 S. Main St.

Dr. Cheryl Reed and her staff are now seeing patients at the new location. The office phone number also has changed to 330-762-9755.

The Low Vision Services program serves more than 350 adults and children with visual impairments throughout Northeast Ohio each year, according to UDS officials. An individual is considered to have low vision when vision cannot be corrected with ordinary glasses, surgery or medical treatment and it adversely impacts everyday activities.

The clinic provides low vision assessments, orientation and mobility training, instruction by teachers of visually impaired students, a bioptic driving program in collaboration with Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation and the opportunity for patients to try a variety of low vision aids and adaptive equipment, such as special reading or telescopic glasses, hand-held magnifiers, large print or “talking devices,” special lighting and/or closed circuit TV systems.

To be considered eligible for services, candidates must have had an eye exam within the past year. Referrals are required and can be made by eye care professionals, schools or community agencies.

For more information call UDS Low Vision Services, visit www.udsakron.org.


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

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