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10/6/2016 - West Side Leader
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Firestone alum Powrie to be remembered at MAPS Air Museum

Stuart Powrie, a member of the Firestone High School Class of 1966, will be remembered at the MAPS Air Museum Nov. 5.
Photo courtesy of MAPS Air Museum
GREEN — Firestone High School graduate Stuart Powrie, a Navy pilot who died in a military plane crash in 1982, will be remembered during a special presentation at the MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society) Air Museum Nov. 5.

According to museum officials, the museum has received an A4 Skyhawk plane, the kind Powrie flew as a member of the Blue Angels. The staff is restoring the plane and will dedicate it to Powrie during the MAPS Veterans Celebration that day from 4 to 8 p.m. Powrie’s family and friends are expected to join area veterans and others for the tribute.

Powrie, an All-American swimmer at Firestone, graduated in 1966 and earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was again a top swimmer. He graduated with a degree in engineering in 1970.

Powrie earned his Naval aviator wings in Texas, and then moved to San Diego, where he completed a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and met his future wife, Linda. They had two children, Scott and Elizabeth.

According to his family, Powrie’s love of flying led him to try out for the Navy’s Blue Angels precision flying squad. He was chosen to be No. 6, the opposing solo plane pilot, and flew with the squad in air shows in 1981. He was to be the lead solo the next year, but he was killed Feb. 22, 1982, when his plane crashed due to an equipment malfunction during practice.

The museum event also includes dinner. Reservations are required and are due by Oct. 22. For ticket cost and information or for reservations, call the museum at 330-896-6332, ext. 108, or contact Valerie Kinney at kinney.valerie@mapsairmuseum.org. The museum is located at 2260 International Parkway, just west of the Akron-Canton Airport.


Humane Society of Summit County is new name for animal agency

TWINSBURG — PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron is changing its name to the Humane Society of Summit County.

Officials with the animal rescue agency announced Sept. 29 that it chose the new name to distinguish itself from other animal adoption agencies and to more accurately reflect the region it serves.

“We love the message ‘PAWSibilities’ conveys, and we do believe that the possibilities are endless with our rescued animals,” said Diane Johnson, the group’s president and CEO. “However, we felt that we were being seen as just another animal adoption agency, and our critical roles of protecting animals from neglect and abuse and fighting for animal rights were being overshadowed.

“We hope that changing our name will help clarify the distinctly different roles that animal adoption agencies, Summit County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Summit County have in our community,” Johnson added. “People understand what the Humane Society is, and that’s why we’ve chosen to put it at the forefront of our new name. Changing ‘Greater Akron’ to ‘Summit County’ clearly conveys that we serve every city and community in Summit County, not just Akron.”

Humane Society officials said it is the only animal rescue and adoption agency with the legal authority in Summit County to enforce animal cruelty laws. The nonprofit agency rescues sick, abused and abandoned animals ranging from dogs and cats to livestock and exotic animals and provides them with veterinary care and shelter until they are adopted.

Though the Humane Society has law enforcement powers, it is not tax funded. It relies on donations from its area communities to cover more than 90 percent of its nearly $2 million in annual operating costs, according to agency officials.

They added that Humane Society of Summit County is an independent, nonprofit organization and is not associated with any national animal welfare groups.

While the phrase “PAWSibility” will no longer be part of the name, officials said it would remain as the identity of the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, The PAWSibility Ball.

For more information, go to summithumane.org or call 888-588-8436.


Summit SWCD supervisor election procedures outlined

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County residents attending the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual breakfast meeting Oct. 25 will be able to participate in the annual supervisor election.

Attendees at the 8:30 a.m. breakfast meeting will be asked to visit the registration table and voters will be asked to sign their name to verify their eligibility before obtaining a ballot and proceeding to a nearby voting booth, where they will mark their ballot and deposit it in the ballot box. Registration and voting will conclude at 9:30 a.m.

According to SWCD officials, three candidates, including two incumbents, are running to fill two positions on the Board of Supervisors.

The current board members include Robert Bobel, who has served as a supervisor for Summit SWCD since 2004; and Dennis Stoiber, who has served on the Summit SWCD Supervisory Board since 2011. The new candidate is Robert Warner.

County residents and landowners who cannot attend the annual meeting have two other options for voting for SWCD board members. They may call the district office to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them or they can come in and cast their vote at the office, located at 1180 S. Main St., Suite 241, in Downtown Akron, through Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Absentee voting ends at noon Oct. 24. For more information regarding the voting, contact the SWCD office at 330-929-2871 or visit summitswcd.org. The website also contains information on the candidates.


Participants sought for 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Institute

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, presented by the Akron Area YMCA, United Way of Summit County and the GAR Foundation, is seeking participants for a session beginning in February.

According to YMCA officials, the Institute, currently in its eighth year, is a community collaborative designed to increase grassroots leadership. The goal is to identify, train and empower Summit County residents, allowing them to promote positive changes in their own community.

The cost for the program is $600 per participant, and scholarships may be available for individuals who can show need, according to YMCA officials. Applications are available at uwsummit.org.

Participants in this program will begin Feb. 27, followed with a two-day retreat March 3-4. These gatherings and the remaining 12 classes will take place Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at various locations in Summit County, said officials.

According to YMCA officials, participants will learn how to serve as advocates for their families and communities, how to find and utilize resources and how to work with government agencies and social service providers. Participants also will gain insight on community development, coalition building and how to assess their neighborhoods and their own potential as leaders.

YMCA officials said other organizations involved in the sessions include: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron-Summit Community Action Inc., Akron Urban League, City of Akron, East Akron Community House, Leadership Akron, Perkins Street Area Action Group, Summit 2020: Quality of Life Project, Summit County Executive’s Office, Summit County Department of Job & Family Services, The University of Akron, University Park Alliance and University Park Development Corp.


Ohio working on plan to protect pollinators

STOW — The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is working with partner organizations to gather input from farmers, beekeepers, gardeners, food consumers, food retailers, pesticide applicators, pesticide companies, mosquito control districts, public and private land managers and others interested in developing a plan to improve the health of Ohio pollinators.

This process will consist of five stakeholder meetings presented across the state, including Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Summit County Ohio State University Extension, 1100 Graham Road Circle in Stow. An online survey to gather input is also available at go.osu.edu/OP3input.

The meeting, which has limited seating, will include facilitated discussions focusing on threats to Ohio pollinators, strengths in the state to impact the threats and actions that can help pollinators. To attend, make a reservation at go.osu.edu/OP3rsvp.

Meeting organizers stated community input is vital to develop a plan, and the gathered input will be used to create the Ohio Pollinator Protection Plan (OP3), which will serve as a communication tool and guide for action to improve the health and survival of pollinators across Ohio.

According to Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative officials, Ohio agriculture, parklands, backyard gardens and one third of the food supply relies upon Ohio honeybees and native pollinators.


Autism Summit events planned

DOWNTOWN AKRON/FAIRLAWN — The 2016 Autism Summit will include two days of events Nov. 3-4.

Activities will kick off Nov. 3 with The Art of Autism program at Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a VIP reception honoring Anthony Coelho, senior policy adviser on disability issues for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. According to organizers, Coelho was the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The program will follow at 6:30 p.m. with an autism dance choreographed by Green resident Rosemary Steinbrook, whose son, Felix, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Steinbrook choreographed the dance to tell a story about motherhood, autism and her relationship with her son. Dancers Katie Borne and Caitlyn Higley, who are Steinbrook’s students at 8 Count Dance in Green, will perform.

The evening also will include a screening of “Life, Animated,” a documentary about Owen Suskind and how his parents built on his fascination with Disney movies to support language, love and expression.

The Autism Summit will continue Nov. 4 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. in Fairlawn, with a day of workshops and speakers.

John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, will be the keynote speaker, and Coelho will speak at lunch on “The Politics of Autism.” The day also will include a free training for first responders.

For details on the summit or to register, go to autismakron.org/what-we-do/conference or call 330-940-1441.


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

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