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12/8/2016 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Probate court collecting items for seniors

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court is seeking donations of gently used clothing for indigent senior citizens living in long-term care facilities.

The court serves as the “superior guardian” for hundreds of indigent seniors, or wards, living in nursing homes  and they are in need of the items, court officials said. The court is collecting gently used, clean clothing such as sweaters, shirts, sweatpants, socks and other items to distribute to indigent senior wards living in facilities throughout Summit County.

“The Court’s Senior Visitor Program trains volunteers to visit and assess the care of our wards,” said Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. “Our Senior Visitors told us that our seniors need clothing; many have only one or two ill-fitting changes.”

Items will be accepted through Dec. 15 and may be brought to the Probate Court Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High St.

For more information, contact the court at 330-643-8771 or communityoutreach@summitohioprobate.com.


Norton Council advances legislation for appropriations, storm sewer project

NORTON — At a special Dec. 5 meeting, Norton City Council heard the first reading of ordinances accepting a bid for the Newpark Drive storm sewer project and for annual appropriations for 2017.

Council Clerk Karla Richards said she expects Council to waive a third reading and pass both ordinances Dec. 12 when Council meets for the last time this year.

HSH Construction & Excavation Inc., submitting a bid of $83,850, was recommended to Council as the lowest and most responsible bidder for the Newpark Drive project to alleviate flooding. The winning bid was more than $15,000 under the engineer’s estimate of $100,000, according to Council documents.

Council also waived second and third readings to pass an ordinance to issue a then-and-now certificate for an expenditure whose invoice date preceded the date of its purchase order.

Council next will meet Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in Council chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.


New Jewish Leadership Initiative in Akron engages young professionals

Members of the first Jewish Leadership Initiative class graduated Nov. 20. The Jewish Community Board of Akron, with support from Leadership Akron and Rubber City Jews, launched the program to engage young adults in the Akron Jewish community.
Photo courtesy of Jewish Community Board of Akron
WEST AKRON — Applications are being accepted for a spring session of the Jewish Leadership Initiative (JLI).

The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) launched JLI this fall to engage and connect Jewish adults under age 45. The program offers professional and leadership development at no cost to participants, according to JLI officials. The first class of 18 people graduated Nov. 20.

“JLI sessions prompted engaging, profound, forward-thinking discussions,” said program graduate Rachel Osherow. “It showed how invested our group is on leading change and building a brighter future for the Akron Jewish community.”

The Community Concierge program, which has welcomed Jewish newcomers to the Akron community for the past two years, provided the spark to create the initiative, said JLI officials.

“Meeting with younger adults, eager to become involved in the community, showed there was an opportunity there — to connect people and develop leaders in a younger generation,” said community concierge Cathy Baer.

Baer and JLI co-coordinator Julie Katz collaborated with Leadership Akron, using its Community Leadership Institutes as a model for JLI. Leadership Akron offered spots in its leadership institute for five JLI participants to further their development, JLI officials said. Rubber City Jews, an organization for young Jewish adults, also assisted in starting JLI.

An informational meeting about the next session of JLI is set for Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Drive in Akron.

Spring session classes will be in the late afternoon on Sundays: March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 2 and June 4. Babysitting is provided at no charge during all of the sessions, JLI officials said.

For more information or to apply, email jli@jewishakron.org or call 330-835-0005.


Fairlawn post office open on Sundays for holidays

FAIRLAWN — The U.S. Postal Service’s Fairlawn Branch will offer Sunday hours to accommodate those mailing packages for the holidays.

The post office, located at 2711 W. Market St., will be open Dec. 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Jackson-Belden Branch, located at 4420 Dressler Road N.W. in Jackson Township, also will be open at that time.

Postal service officials predict that Dec. 19 will be the busiest day for mailing and shipping before the holidays, and Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest delivery day.

To ensure delivery by Christmas, Dec. 25, the postal service recommends mailing First-Class Mail by Dec. 20, Priority Mail by Dec. 21 and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 23.

In addition, post office officials are recommending mailers keep the following in mind when preparing mail and packages during the holiday season:

√ Print addresses clearly and include all address elements, such as apartment numbers and directional information.

√ Remove batteries from toys and wrap and place them next to toys in the mailing box. Customers should include new batteries in the original packaging.

√ Place a card inside the package that contains the delivery and return address. This ensures the package can be delivered or returned should the mailing label become damaged or fall off.

√ Always include a ZIP code. Look up ZIP codes at usps.com under Quick Tools.

√ Include both “to” and “from” information on packages, and only on one side.

√ Do not reuse shipping boxes, as they become weak in the shipping process. Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents. Priority Mail and Priority Express boxes are free at post office locations. Remember to leave space for cushioning inside.

√ Stuff glass and fragile hollow items like vases with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage. When mailing framed photographs, remove glass from frames and wrap separately.


Cuyahoga Valley National Park seeking trailblazers

PENINSULA — The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking volunteers to be part of the hike, bike, ski and horse patrol group called Trailblazers at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

NPS officials stated these Trailblazers will provide information, first aid and bike maintenance to visitors on the multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and over 100 miles of hiking trails in the park.

Officials added candidates must be available for a 27-hour initial training and 40-hour annual time commitment. This training includes orientation, assisting rangers, radio communication and orientation sessions with experienced Trailblazers. The training requirements need to be completed between February and April.

An informational meeting for prospective Trailblazers will be held Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 W. Streetsboro Road. Registration is not required to attend.

Volunteer applications are being accepted until Jan. 6 at volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=12526.

For more information, contact volunteer@forcvnp.org or 330-657-2296.

CVNP’s Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program is co-managed by the NPS and the Conservancy for CVNP. Park officials state together these two groups accomplish park goals through mutually beneficial volunteer experiences and engage people in the park, building a community of park stewards. Last year, more than 6,700 VIPs donated over 220,300 hours to provide quality services to park visitors and to help protect America’s heritage.

The Conservancy for CVNP is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2909.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, and is managed by the NPS. For more information, visit nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


Canalway association awards over $125,000 for six projects

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association will award over $125,000 in 2016 strategic initiative funds to six Summit County organizations for projects and programs within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

According to information from the association, the grants include $20,000 to Summit Metro Parks for design and engineering on the Freedom Trail; $3,000 to Cascade Locks Park Association for the Mustill Store exhibit upgrade; $7,500 to Springfield Township for the Spartan Trail master plan; $40,000 to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition for repair of the floating portion of the Towpath Trail crossing Summit Lake; $40,000 to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the central visitor center planning and design; and $15,000 to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for purchase and conversion of a baggage car to generate electricity for the train’s passenger cars.

The canalway association’s Strategic Initiative Program is a competitive grant program that funds public and private organizations and political subdivisions for physical developments, plans, improvements and programs that enhance the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which extends 110 miles from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, according to association officials.

Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and co-executive director of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association said, “Over the course of 20 years the Strategic Initiative Program has been one of our most valuable tools to work with partners to develop the canalway as both a visitor attraction and something that people use every day.”

The full list of 2016 strategic initiative grant recipients is available at www.ohioanderiecanalway.com/Main/Pages/76.aspx.

Tim Donovan, executive director of Canalway Partners and co-executive director of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, said, the Strategic Initiative Program provides seed funding for a variety of projects and programs that are deemed essential in the development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway. These federal funds act as “the yeast” that raises the “dough,” leveraging more than $3 in local money for every federal dollar awarded, Donovan said.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit designated by the U.S. Congress as the management entity for the National Heritage Area. The association operates as a regional extension of its two founding organizations — Canalway Partners, representing Cuyahoga County, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, representing Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties.


Kathleen Folkerth, Pam Lifke and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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