KNR’s all in for Polar Bear Jump

NEW FRANKLIN — Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) law firm celebrated its 15th anniversary by participating in the 17th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump Feb. 29 at Portage Lakes State Park. This year’s event benefited the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and Ronald McDonald House of Akron. KNR attorneys and staff took their seventh plunge decked out […]


STVM Athletic Hall of Fame class honored

DOWNTOWN AKRON — St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School inducted 12 new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 25. The ceremony took place during halftime of the boys basketball game against Benedictine High School. According to school officials, the inductees include: • Aaron Adkins, Class of 2014, football and wrestling; • Anthony Adkins, Class of 2014, football and […]

Revere boys basketball team aiming for long postseason run

BATH — The Revere High School boys basketball team currently has a 20-3 overall record and an 11-1 mark in the Suburban League, but head coach Dean Rahas said his team has more to offer. “We’ve played alright,” he said. “We have yet to put together four solid quarters in the same game, and yet we’re still winning. We’ve had […]

Residents urged to participate in census

GREATER AKRON — Area officials are asking everyone to be counted in this year’s census. According to U.S. Census Bureau officials, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of America’s population take place each decade since 1790. Those coordinating the local effort include Whitney Spencer, senior administrator for the Summit County Executive’s Office, and Annie McFadden, chief of staff and deputy […]

Bath trustees OK agreements for police department

At the Feb. 24 meeting, the Bath Board of Trustees OK’d two measures to help support the Bath Police Department in its crime-fighting efforts. The trustees first approved the police department’s annual contract with LeadsOnline technology service in the amount of $2,301. Police Chief Vito Sinopoli explained LeadsOnline is an investigative tool that is particularly useful to the detective bureau […]

Silver League Senior Softball beginning 34th year

Games moving to Kent State this season KENT — Silver League Senior Softball will kick off its 34th season playing its games at Allerton Field Complex, located at 1565 Campus Center Drive at Kent State University (KSU). Silver League Senior Softball Vice President Sam Galluch said for the past about 10 years, Silver League Softball played games in Barberton. “The […]

Woodridge boys bowling team finishes fifth at state

COLUMBUS — The Woodridge High School boys bowling team placed fifth in the Division II State Bowling Tournament, which took place Feb. 28-29 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. According to team officials, senior Bryce Oliver led the team with a 739 series (238, 255, 246). Other scorers included Angelo Biondo with a 709 series (258, 237, 214), Connor Jewell with […]

County Council hears about Citizens Academy

During the March 2 Summit County Council meeting, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office attorney Tania Nemer invited county residents to participate in its Citizens Academy. Nemer, a community outreach prosecutor, stated the eight-week-long program will meet for two hours each week. She added the group will focus on topics related to justice and legal issues such as police shootings, body cameras, […]

St. Paul AME marks Founder’s Day

WEST AKRON — On Feb. 8, St. Paul AME Church, located at 1250 S. Hawkins Ave., celebrated the birth of its founder, Richard Allen, with a prayer breakfast. According to church officials, Allen was born a slave in Philadelphia on Feb. 14, 1760, and grew up during the American Revolution — an era characterized by the advocacy of individual rights, […]

Club accepting scholarship applications

The Sharon Board of Trustees and other township officials and residents learned about a scholarship opportunity for local students at the board’s meeting Feb. 25. Eleanor Hammond, of the Sharon Women’s Club, announced her organization is accepting applications for the Betty J. Osborn Scholarship. She explained all applicants must be Sharon residents who are high school seniors transitioning to college […]

Boston trustees hear update on issues

The Boston Township Board of Trustees heard the latest on what is going on with state government from the township’s state representative at the Feb. 26 meeting. State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-District 38), whose district includes Boston, said he had a free day from working in Columbus and decided to attend the meeting. Roemer said he submitted an application for […]

Akron Zoo, Summit DD present Inclusion Day

WEST AKRON — The Akron Zoo, in partnership with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities (DD) Board, presented Inclusion Day March 2 to kick off National Developmental Disabilities Month and celebrate people with all abilities. Before the zoo opened to the public, county officials presented proclamations to the Akron Zoo and Summit DD for their efforts on behalf of those with […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: On Feb. 22, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated reports that a dog left alone at a Pamer Drive residence for long periods of time barks constantly. Deputies advised the dog owner of laws pertaining to dogs and the noise ordinance in the community. A Judy Avenue woman contacted deputies Feb. 24 stating her driving privileges have been suspended […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the following burglary reports: Feb. 26 in the 400 block of Bacon Avenue, Feb. 27 in the 200 block of White Pond Drive and March 2 in the 300 block of Silver Street, the 500 block of Noble Avenue and the 900 block of Packard Drive. On Feb. 26, police investigated a report of theft by […]

IBH Addiction Recovery Center honors REACH participants

COVENTRY — The IBH Addiction Recovery Center held an Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony Jan. 23 to honor 2019 REACH participants for their hours of service to the community and recognize the impact their acts of kindness have on Summit County residents. Also during the event, Paul DeRita was honored as the REACH Volunteer of the Year for having served […]

Horrigan reflects on progress, future at State of the City

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan delivered his State of the City Address to 1,000 people at the John S. Knight Center Feb. 26 and shared achievements of his first term and priorities for his second term. “These first four years have yielded significant change and growth,” said Horrigan, who is the 62nd mayor of Akron. “Some were welcome […]

Copley Fire Department takes part in Alzheimer’s training

COPLEY — Copley Fire Department personnel participated in Dementia Live, a high-impact dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia to help them better understand what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. The 30-minute program, led by a certified Dementia Live trainer, is offered at Greenfield Estates Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, a memory care […]

Ballet Excel’s ‘Snow Queen’ offering magic, fun — THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Civic Theatre stage will become a magical winter wonderland as Ballet Excel Ohio presents “The Snow Queen” March 14-15. Ballet Excel Ohio started out as the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet in 1975 and was renamed in 2013 “to simplify and expand the coverage region,” according to Artistic Director Mia Klinger. “We are one of the […]

Fairlawn mayor says city’s 2020 budget in ‘final stages’

During the March 2 Fairlawn City Council meeting, Mayor William Roth said the 2020 budget is “in the final stages.” “By Dec. 31 of every year, the vast majority of the next year’s budget is passed,” he said. “Usually about 95 to 99 percent is done in what’s called the preliminary budget. Then we take our time between Dec. 31 […]

Firestone player’s varsity debut leaves lasting impression

WEST AKRON — During the Firestone Community Learning Center boys basketball team’s final home game of the season, senior forward Isaiah Corn, who has autism, got the first varsity playing time of his career and made quite an impression. “He got a foul shot and made it, and then he hit two [3-point shots]. So, he scored seven points in […]

Hale Farm opens community room

BATH — Hale Farm & Village (HFV) held an open house Feb. 20 to celebrate the new Mary Jane Davis Hartwell Community Room. According to HFV officials, the Mary Jane Davis Hartwell Community Room is an extension of the Gatehouse Welcome Center and the fourth phase of a capital improvement project that began in 2007. The new 2,500-square-foot space was […]

Granger residents learn about bicentennial events

Granger Township residents attending the Granger Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 26 heard about some of the events that will be held as part of the township’s bicentennial celebration June 26-28. Sexton Roberta Gifford said she is seeking participants for several events that weekend, including a corn hole tournament, a classic car show, a softball game and a theatrical production. […]

Revere board honors departing member

The Revere Local Schools Board of Education honored departing board member George Seifert at the Feb. 25 meeting. Seifert tendered his resignation, effective March 5, concluding 10 years of serving on the school board, and said he will be leaving to become the Assistant Fire Chief for the Richfield Village Fire Department. Seifert, who formerly was a lieutenant fire medic […]

West Akron women urges yes vote on parks levy

To the editor: It seems as though every day we learn of a new threat to our environment. These challenges not only affect the natural world, but also directly impact our health. We are incredibly fortunate that here in Summit County our Summit Metro Parks have been preserving our local natural resources and helping make our community a wonderful place […]

Akron Council hears details of statue project

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council March 2 heard details of the rubber worker statue, which will be placed in the center of the roundabout at South Main and Mill streets. Service Director Chris Ludle presented to City Council an ordinance to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the construction of the South Main Street water feature, […]

Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Saint Joan’ ‘excellent’

DOWNTOWN AKRON — George Bernard Shaw wrote “Saint Joan” in 1923 and now Ohio Shakespeare Festival is staging the play through March 15 at Greystone Hall. Shaw received the Nobel Prize for writing in 1925, and in 1938 received the Academy Award for the screenplay for “Pygmalion.” In “Saint Joan,” he opens the story of Joan of Arc to all […]

Greenfield Estates focused on providing memory care

COPLEY — This July will mark four years Greenfield Estates has been providing memory care services in Copley Township. Administrator Alicia Davies said the facility is focused strictly on memory-care patients. “Memory care is all we do,” Davies said. “We like to think we are the experts at it. Everything we do has memory care behind it.” Davies said Greenfield […]

West Side News & Notes

Summit County judge, husband quarantined after trip to Italy GREATER AKRON — Two Summit County residents have been quarantined after returning from Italy March 1, according to Summit County Public Health (SCPH) officials. SCPH officials stated that one of the residents consulted with the Ohio Department of Health after a family member who the resident visited recently outside the country […]

ETC choirs place in competition

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Members of ETC Heid’s School of Musical Arts choirs competed in the Homestead High School Classic Feb. 14-15 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to ETC officials, more than 40 schools competed. ETC’s middle school group, The Main Street Singers, took third runner-up in the middle school division. The all girls high school group, Rouge, took first […]

West Side Senior News & Notes

Older adults should adopt safe habits to thwart scams COLUMBUS — As National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 1-7, officials from the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Commerce (ODC) offer tips to older Ohioans and their families to help recognize the signs of scams and how to avoid them. “When older adults are […]

Richfield man questions levy increases

To the editor: Property tax is the tax liability IMPOSED on homeowners for owning real estate. All Summit County registered voters, home owners, renters are eligible to vote on these levies. As with most home owners, they pay a mortgage so they do not have the convenience to see what is on their taxes in the form of levies. According […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of Feb. 16-22, 2020 (continued from last week): Joseph Charles Henn, Macedonia, 78, died Feb. 12, 2020 James O. Holland, Akron, 99, died Feb. 13, 2020 Charles Edwin Howard, Akron, 82, died Feb. 10, 2020 Jeanette Carolyn Howdyshell, Munroe Falls, 97, died Feb. 19, 2020 Roland Hunt, Tallmadge, […]

New Village of St. Edward at Green celebrates opening

GREEN — After months of construction, The Village of St. Edward at Green celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 14. The nonprofit and faith-based facility is located at 3813 Fortuna Drive and offers independent living, assisted living and assisted living memory care. Guests were welcomed by St. Edward President and CEO John Stoner and board Chair Kim Cole. […]

Lakemore Council approves real estate purchase

Also, fiscal officer serving as interim village administrator LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village officially is purchasing four parcels in the Fourth Street area to bring revitalization to that portion of the community. At the March 2 meeting, Council approved moving ahead with a proposed real estate acquisition, after recently receiving and reviewing property appraisals and structural engineering reports. Mayor Richard Cole […]

Financial Commission hears proposed cuts plan

Officials seeking state auditor’s input on deficit spending COVENTRY — The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission overseeing Coventry Local Schools as it works to be released from the state’s fiscal emergency status is looking for clarification from the State Auditor’s Office regarding proposed cuts needed to reduce deficit spending and a positive five-year forecast. Both district and commission officials have […]

Springfield teams win first, third in bridge competition

SPRINGFIELD — On Feb. 14, the Springfield High School Bridge Building Club participated in the 20th annual Miniature Bridge Building Competition sponsored by the Summit County Engineer’s Office. The event included 29 teams from 12 schools who were challenged with designing and building a bridge using a limited amount of materials that was judged for aesthetics, compliance to specifications and […]

South Side Business News & Notes

BBB Akron celebrating 100th anniversary DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Akron’s 100-year anniversary celebration, “From a Spark to a Flame,” will take place April 29 at 5 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., in collaboration with the Kent State College of Business Administration’s Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Daymond John, […]

South Side News & Notes

Summit County judge, husband quarantined after trip to Italy GREATER AKRON — Two Summit County residents have been quarantined after returning from Italy March 1, according to Summit County Public Health (SCPH) officials. SCPH officials stated that one of the residents consulted with the Ohio Department of Health after a family member who the resident visited recently outside the country […]

Springfield trustees name new fiscal officer

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield residents are going to see a number of staff changes at Town Hall. During the Feb. 27 meeting, the Springfield Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Township Administrator Warren Price and approved fiscal officer transition services from Michael Spickard. Price, an attorney hired in February 2018 to provide administrative services and legal counsel to the township, […]

Princess Night Project offering free prom dresses

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron area high schools girls are invited to choose a free prom dress during Altrusa International of Akron’s annual Princess Night Project, set for March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Family of Faith United Methodist Church, located at 800 E. Market St. The event will offer over 1,000 gowns, some of which are pictured […]

Manchester girls basketball coach proud of players’ effort this season

NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester High School girls basketball head coach Shawn Zavodney said this year’s team faced a lot of adversity, but he was “very proud” of the way his players were able to step up. “We had a really tough season,” he said. “I lost two key varsity players to injuries and six players in total — all to […]

Manchester alumni fund scholarships

NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Alumni Association’s recent 13th annual Reverse Raffle & Silent Auction fundraiser helped to support three alumni scholarships given to Manchester graduates each year, according to association officials. The sold-out event, pictured above, featured a grand prize of $1,500, as well as auction items such as The Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns football tickets, a […]