Revere district donates supplies to local hospital

BATH — Revere Local Schools donated boxes of disinfectant wipes, gloves and masks and bottles of sanitizer, some of which are pictured above, to Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Montrose location recently. School officials stated these supplies were in its elementary classrooms and nurse’s station, which are currently closed, as the schools have shut down. District officials added many of these […]

West Side News & Notes

METRO RTA reduces bus service GREATER AKRON — METRO Regional Transit Authority (RTA) services have been reduced and a contingency schedule, which is available for viewing at akronmetro.org, has been adopted. According to METRO RTA officials, reduced bus service will impact the weekday schedule, but Saturday service will remain the same and Sunday service will cease April 12. This change […]

West Side Health & Fitness News & Notes

Health officials stress social distancing slows COVID-19 infection rate OHIO — Gov. Mike DeWine’s declaration of a state of emergency March 9 first closed colleges, universities and schools, and then restaurants and bars, barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and other nonessential businesses. A shut-down order for all nonessential business began March 24 through at least April 6 and […]

Rank and Row cultivating enthusiasm for home gardening

GREATER AKRON — A local nonprofit, Rank and Row, offers mentorship, community and resource sharing in gardening. Started by former veterans Jessica Schneider and her husband, Ted Schneider III, of Bath, in 2016 to help veterans and first responders interested in agricultural pursuits, it has refocused to help anyone interested in farming. The Schneiders have a 4-acre farm growing vegetables, […]

Bath takes action to combat spread of COVID-19

At the virtual meeting held April 6, Bath trustees heard how the township’s departments have taken actions to protect employees and township residents from the spread of COVID-19. The trustees also approved a number of measures to further strengthen the township’s response to the current health crisis. Trustees approved a formal state of emergency declaration for Bath, which authorizes the […]

Boards of elections issue guidelines for absentee voting for Primary Election

SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Absentee voting is available through April 28 for registered voters who have not already cast a ballot for the March 17 Primary Election, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 197, setting April 28 as the final day of Ohio’s Primary Election, meaning voters can submit absentee […]



Bath woman says open parks needed

To the editor: In response to the letter from Henry Goldring [“West Akron man thinks parks should be closed,” in the April 2, 2020, issue], even though I hear the concerns he has with people not respecting the 6-foot rules, walking the trails in the parks is the only thing that has kept me sane through this stay-at-home crisis. Maybe […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of March 22-28, 2020: Thomas Andrew Adams, Akron, 61, died March 24, 2020 Delacey Amos, Akron, 51, died March 9, 2020 Robert Anselm Antalek, Akron, 89, died March 22, 2020 Joann Balogh, Akron, 78, died March 15, 2020 Donna M. Barone, Stow, 65, died March 25, 2020 Edgar […]

Council hears COVID-19 update

Richfield Village Council met for a special meeting March 31 to hear updates on the village’s COVID-19 response under its new structure for conducting meetings. The meeting was held via Zoom, a video conference service. Participants had a choice to watch the meeting as a livestream or dial a phone number to listen in on the meeting. Fire Chief Phil […]

Akron mayor conducts second virtual town hall meeting

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan held a second town hall meeting April 7 using Facebook live to answer questions and provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic. Horrigan encouraged residents to continue to stay home and follow Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, which continues until May 1. City officials recently announced the city is suspending bulk trash pickup, […]

Woodridge boys bowling team accomplished key goals this season

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Head coach Keith Shovestull said the Woodridge High School boys bowling team entered the season with “very high expectations.” “We knew we had a strong team, so we set our goals very high,” he said. “Our first goal was to win another PTC [Portage Trail Conference] league championship. We wanted to win both the preseason and postseason […]

Longtime Manchester head football coach retiring

NEW FRANKLIN — For the first time in 50 years, the Manchester High School football team will have a new head coach this fall as Jim France has announced his retirement from the program. France, who took over as the team’s coach in 1971, said he “just had a gut feeling that the time was right to hang it up.” […]

Akron gives to relief fund for small businesses

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council held a remote meeting April 6 using Zoom video conferencing for the first time. During the meeting, City Council authorized $100,000 for the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Fund. Summit County Council created the fund March 30, which is a partnership between the county and the Greater Akron Chamber of […]

Cleveland-Massillon Road project on pace

Construction set to begin July 1 FAIRLAWN — Construction on Fairlawn’s approximately $12 million South Cleveland-Massillon Road project will soon begin and Ernie Staten, the city’s deputy service director, said the plans involve more than just widening the road. “The project will widen Cleveland-Massillon Road from [Interstate 77] to Elgin [Drive] heading north to four lanes. Then from Elgin to […]

West Side Business News & Notes

Dealer offers use of RVs to local first responders SHARON — A local recreational vehicle (RV) dealership is offering some of its vehicles for free to first responders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Miller, president of Avalon RV Center on Medina Road, is reaching out to local fire departments and departments offering the vehicles to those serving […]

Parks provide refuge during challenging time

SUMMIT COUNTY — With so many necessary closures and cancellations in place across our region to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak, many residents are wondering what they can still do to get out of the house for a mental break. Recognizing that public parks provide a safe outlet for residents, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. […]

West Side Education News & Notes

APS meal distribution on hiatus during spring break AKRON — Akron Public Schools announced its program to maintain the daily nutritional needs of its children since school buildings were closed three weeks ago will take a break during the district’s spring break, April 13-17. “That does not mean, however, children will have nowhere to go to receive meals,” said Superintendent […]

Woodridge board updated on remote learning

At the March 31 Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Walter Davis gave an update on how remote learning is going so far in the district. Davis said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine extended the closure of school buildings through at least May 1, so the earliest schools could reopen would be May 4. He said teachers are working […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated the following burglary reports: March 31 in the 600 block of Storer Avenue; April 3 in the 1100 block of Yukon Avenue; and April 5 in the 800 block of Valdes Avenue and the 1000 block of Yukon Avenue. On March 30, police issued warrants for the arrest of an Akron man for disorderly conduct, public […]

APS District assigns ‘connectors’ to students

DOWNTOWN AKRON — According to officials with the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, 95 percent of the district’s 21,000 students have logged into their learning portal or joined Google Classroom on their district-provided Google Chromebooks during the past three weeks. But, during the board’s virtual meeting April 6, Ellen McWilliams-Woods, Ph.D., APS chief academic officer and assistant superintendent, […]

Interest in home gardens growing

SUMMIT COUNTY — Many of those interested in creating home gardens are now beginning their seasonal preparations to create plots that will yield harvests of vegetables and fruit throughout the coming months. The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Jacqueline Kowalski, an agriculture and natural resources educator, suggested people who are now at home […]

Trustees react to trash collection changes

COPLEY — Beginning this week, Copley joined a number of neighboring communities in adjusting to trash collection and recycling pickup changes at Republic Services. Republic announced that effective the first week of April, it would no longer collect large items or yard debris and would be combining recyclable materials with trash. While there are no expected changes to collection schedules, […]


• DOWNTOWN AKRON — The remaining performances in the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) 2019-20 season have been canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The cancellations include four concerts in May. ASO’s Spring Gala, scheduled for April 17, will still take place in a new, virtual format. More information about the Spring Gala will be available in the future. For […]

Family doctors and practice teams courageous heroes

To the editor: Family physicians and their practice teams are on the front lines of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are playing a crucial role in caring for those impacted and in controlling virus spread. Faced with a deluge of respiratory triage and chronic care management via Telehealth, family physicians are answering the call on top of […]

Craig Douglas Wiggins

Craig Douglas Wiggins “Wiggs” of Akron, OH passed away on March 31, 2020 at the age of 63. Craig’s life may have been cut short, but he left a mark on those he left behind. He will be remembered for his quick wit (some of his hallmark sayings include “running a 100-yard dash in a 90-yard gym” and “Did you […]

City to reward ‘front line’ workers

Council approved two-week proposal for now as thank you NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin City Council approved a modified proposal from Mayor Paul Adamson to present city employees with $30 gift cards to restaurants in the city for two weeks as a thank you for working through the COVID-19 outbreak. Adamson originally proposed giving the employees a gift card each […]

Village Council OKs quotes for upcoming work

Also, Lakemore officials provide community information amid public health crisis LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council is going forward with several planned projects, after meeting remotely to keep the community progressing despite the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic. At the April 6 meeting — an open public session held through LoopUp, which provides for virtual gatherings — Council approved legislation regarding proposed […]

South Side News & Notes

Green Recycle Center reopens GREEN — City of Green officials have reopened the city’s Recycle Center, located 5383 Massillon Road, for yard waste only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. The center is closed on federal holidays. The Recycle Center will accept brush, limbs less than 4 inches in diameter and leaves only from residents, with […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A customer of a Manchester Road store reported she was loading groceries into her vehicle March 30 when a man asked for her shopping cart and she gave it to him. After he went away, she realized her wallet had been in it. Employees and Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies were unable to locate the man or the wallet. […]

Coventry fire lieutenant reflects on long career

COVENTRY — When Lt. Robert Stokes hears a fire truck or ambulance siren in the distance, he wonders where his former coworkers are headed. Stokes completed his final shift March 10 with the Coventry Fire Department, retiring after 36 years of service. “It was a great ride,” said the 59-year-old. “I enjoyed it. Once a fireman, always a fireman.” The […]