South Side Business News & Notes

Surgere Inc. expanding GREEN — Surgere Inc., located at 5399 Lauby Road, Suite 200, is expanding its operations. According to company officials, Surgere was founded in 2004 and specializes in using sensor-based science to solve visibility throughout the supply chain. The company’s patented technology and proprietary software provides clients with advanced asset visibility, data analytics and control through each segment […]

Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry growing

FAIRLAWN — Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, located at 2640 W. Market St., Suite 302, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with plans to expand space and services. “We have grown and evolved over the past two decades through continued education, constant improvement and adding the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology to remain the best and most competent in our field,” said […]



Amble opportunity

David Komerofsky is a Texas rabbi who grew up in Akron. He was reading the latest legal thriller from John Grisham, “The Guardians,” when he came across this paragraph in Chapter 22: “We amble through the lobby like a couple of tourists from Akron and take the elevator to the third floor where Tyler has a large suite. I follow […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Dec. 22-28, 2019 (continued from last week’s edition): Alvin K. Shaffer, Akron, 84, died Dec. 23, 2019 Billy Ray Shannon, Akron, 65, died Dec. 16, 2019 Riley Virginia Shipley, Akron, 29, died Dec. 19, 2019 Ola Mae Shoemaker, Akron, 97, died Dec. 17, 2019 Rex Eugene Shover, […]

City officials plan to meet potential Rosemont buyers

Rosemont Country Club site in Fairlawn zoned for residential use FAIRLAWN — During the Jan. 6 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Mayor William Roth said city officials were in fact-finding mode regarding the potential sale of the Rosemont Country Club. “Rosemont apparently has entered into a sales agreement with [OCG Acquisition LLC] and my understanding is that they have a six-month […]

Campbell sworn in as new Bath fire chief

An overflow crowd of area fire chiefs, firefighters and family members and friends of Robert Campbell were in attendance at the Jan. 6 Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting as Campbell was sworn in as Bath’s new fire chief. Campbell, who was appointed interim fire chief on Sept. 9, succeeds former Chief Walt Hower, who retired last August following 32 […]

South Side News & Notes

Springfield trustees adopt temporary appropriations SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees adopted temporary appropriations for 2020 totaling $4,360,800 during a special Dec. 30 meeting. The temporary appropriations include: $1,568,917 for the Springfield Police Department; $1,084,160 for the General Fund; $923,300 for the Fire Department; $543,063 for the Road Department; and $91,125 for the Senior Center. Final appropriations must be […]

Sims chosen for open County Council seat

DOWNTOWN AKRON — After interviewing six applicants for the District 5 seat left vacant when former Summit County Council member David Hamilton, a Democrat, resigned Dec. 2 to become judge on Akron Municipal Court, Council approved the appointment of Veronica Sims to fill the position during it Jan. 6 meeting. District 5 includes parts of Akron Wards 1, 3, 4, […]

Council members debate vote on Council rules changes

Update to rules, procedures is Council’s first in five years Akron City Council approved an update of its Council rules Jan. 6, in time to be in effect for the first regular Council meeting of 2020. The legislation was not without its detractors, however. Prior to the vote, Councilman Russel Neal (D-Ward 4) said Council and Rules Committee members should […]

Commission focused on Recovery Plan

State-mandated group hoping to move Coventry district out of fiscal emergency status COVENTRY — The Coventry Financial Planning and Supervision Commission’s Bob Foss, who previously served in the nonvoting position of secretary beginning when Coventry Local Schools was first placed in fiscal emergency in December 2015 and until last January, returned as chair to replace former chairman Dave Michel at […]

Beth Ann (Lepp) McCaskill

July 31, 1962 – December 15, 2019 Beth McCaskill, 57, of Boise, Idaho, who was originally from Akron and a graduate of Copley High School (class of 1980), and her beloved dog, Porter, were taken from us as a result of a car accident on December 15, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Emma McCaskill, and immediate family members. […]

New Lakemore mayor, Village Council members sworn in

Plus, Strittmatter selected to fill remainder of Cole’s term LAKEMORE — “Many bright days are ahead” for Lakemore, given the “passion and energy” the village’s new mayor, Richard Cole, will bring to the leadership role, said Ohio Secretary of the State Frank LaRose. LaRose, who said Cole is his cousin, was present at the Jan. 6 regular Lakemore Village Council […]

New Franklin Council organizes for 2020

Also, mayor notes public meetings planned for sanitary sewer project NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council held its annual organizational meeting prior to the first Council meeting of 2020 Jan. 2. The organizational meeting began with a swearing-in ceremony for the four ward Council members who were all re-elected to their seats in the Nov. 5 election. Barberton Municipal […]

Hamilton looking to add new viewpoint to bench

DOWNTOWN AKRON — David Hamilton, the newest judge on the bench of Akron Municipal Court, is looking forward to bringing a fresh and unique perspective as he becomes the first black male judge elected to the court in two decades. A Democrat, Hamilton defeated Ann Marie O’Brien, a Republican who was appointed to the Akron Municipal Court bench in December […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Sauer Drive man reported Dec. 25 his neighbor’s dog was running in his yard and he corralled it in his garage. He stated it is an ongoing problem. The dog was returned to the owner, and Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies advised the Kew Drive man that he would face charges if his dog runs loose in the […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated burglary reports Dec. 30 in the 1-100 block of Westgay Drive; Jan. 1 in the 900 block of Hardesty Boulevard; Jan. 2 in the 300 and 500 blocks of West Market Street and the 800 blocks of Copley Road and Storer Avenue; Jan. 3 in the 500 block of Diagonal Road; Jan. 5 in the 2000 […]

Silliness of ‘Spies’ will appeal to little ones

The animated film “Spies in Disguise,” directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, is a strange bird. It’s the story of a secret agent who gets turned into a pigeon, and it tries to appeal to a wide range of audiences. A lot of movies strive for that, and when it works, it’s great. When it doesn’t, however, the result […]

TEES the Season spreads holiday cheer

WEST AKRON — The First Tee of Greater Akron and GPD Employees’ Foundation partnered to host the inaugural TEES the Season Holiday Open House Dec. 7 at Mud Run Golf Course & Driving Range. The event featured a toy drive for Summit County Children Services’ Holiday Toy Room that collected 66 gifts. According to event officials, 113 parents and children […]

Improved focus yielding results for Green girls bowling team

GREEN — First-year Green girls bowling head coach Dustin Hughes said he has been happy with the improvement he has seen from the team, which had a 5-4 record coming out of the Christmas break. “We’ve had a pretty good year so far,” he said. “Last year, we had two wins for the entire season. So, we’re already up on […]

Richfield trustees approve paving program

The Richfield Board of Trustees approved a resolution participating in the 2020 Summit County Regional Pavement Maintenance Program in an amount not to exceed $115,000 at the Jan. 2 meeting. Township Administrator Mindy Remec said the estimated cost for resurfacing Oviatt Road came in at $83,552 and the estimated cost for replacing various guardrails throughout the township came in at […]

Trustees hear Granger Fire Department receives drone

Several Granger Fire Department matters were brought before the Granger Township Board of Trustees at the regular Dec. 30 meeting. Fire Chief Jim Paulett announced a community resident gifted the department with a drone, which he said would be used on certain emergency calls. Paulett said he believes the drone will be an effective tool for the department to use. […]

Malik bringing younger perspective to City Council

DOWNTOWN AKRON — After working as an assistant director of law for two years, Shammas Malik is once again serving the City of Akron — but this time as its Ward 8 Council representative. In the Nov. 5 General Election, Malik, a Democrat, defeated Republication Brian Fortney with 73 percent of the vote for the seat that was held by […]

Hoban girls basketball team looking to defend league title

EAST AKRON — Pamela Davis is in her first year as Archbishop Hoban High School’s girls basketball head coach, but she brings 30 years of coaching experience to the program, including the past 13 seasons at Canton-McKinley High School. “I have always lived in Akron, but have never been able to coach within the city limits,” she said. “When Scott […]

West Side News & Notes

Summa Health to become subsidiary of Beaumont Health AKRON — Southfield, Michigan-based Beaumont Health and Akron-based Summa Health have signed a definitive agreement to make Summa Health a subsidiary of Beaumont Health. According to Summa officials, a letter of intent was signed in July, which was followed by an extensive review of both organizations’ clinical, regulatory and financial systems. The […]

Copley trustees deny request to add development to JEDD

At its first official meeting of the year Jan. 2, the Copley Board of Trustees officially declined a request from the City of Akron to include the Redwood Housing Development in the Copley-Akron Joint Economic Development District (JEDD). The JEDD agreement includes a commercial development income tax sharing component for properties included in the JEDD. The JEDD “targeted service area,” […]

Gladys and Louie Nicolard celebrate 70th anniversary

Louie and Gladys Nicolard were married Jan. 7, 1950. They planned to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a dinner in their honor. The couple resides in Canal Fulton, where they raised their four children — Louie-Sam (Diana), Machelle (Jim), Pam and Louisa-Cricket (Bill). They also have 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. According […]

Medina gymnasts place at meet

MEDINA — The Medina Gymnastics Academy 2019-20 Amateur Athletic Union Silver gymnastics team competed in its first Northeastern Ohio Gymnastics League meet at the Ohio Gymnastics Institute in Youngstown. The gymnasts who competed included Andrea Harden, Farrah Holladay, Delany Miller and Eva Myers. At the meet, Harden placed third on beam, floor and all around and first on bars; and […]

Highland girls swimming coach says team driven, motivated

GRANGER — First-year head coach Tyler Thompson said he has really enjoyed becoming part of the Highland High School girls swimming program. “I’m blessed with really awesome kids who work hard and have great parents,” he said. “There are really no negatives at all about working with Highland. I was expecting a little bit of slack coming in because of […]

Therapy dogs help nurture reading skills

FAIRLAWN — The Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library welcomed some furry friends during a Paws for Reading event Jan. 4. Paws for Reading events invite children to read aloud to canine visitors as a way to practice literacy skills, according to library officials. Shown below, 1-year-old golden retriever Siena, with handler Ellen Kannen, of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc., listens to […]

Appreciating park partners

Exploring CVNP CVNP — I would like to take a moment to appreciate the not-for-profit organizations that support Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). I work for the National Park Service (NPS), which is a federal agency. Our role is to protect park resources and make them available for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. Partners are […]



Retiring deliveryman says goodbye

To the editor: To the merchants, business people and residents of the Montrose area: I have spent the last 36 of my 44-year career as your UPS delivery man. At the end of January I will be retiring and moving on to whatever God has in mind for me. In the past four decades I have seen a lot of […]