CVNP advisory: National Park Service to temporarily close Buckeye Trail section and Blue Hen Falls

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Beginning May 24, the Buckeye Trail between Riverview Road in Boston Township and Snowville Road in Brecksville will be closed for approximately 120 days. The National Park Service will be completing a major trail improvement project. A detour using the Towpath Trail will be in place for hikers passing through the area on the Buckeye Trail. Access […]

Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 weekly advisory

SUMMIT COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update WEEK OF MAY 24 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, May 20, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.      Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway reconstruction, Akron – reconstruction of I-76/I-77 between Princeton Ave. to V. Odom Blvd., I-77 […]

Peninsula Art Academy hosting Women’s Art League of Akron Art Show

PENINSULA — The Women’s Art League of Akron Art Show will be on exhibit through May 30 at the Peninsula Art Academy, located at 1600 W. Mill St. Artwork is available for purchase. In addition, a reception to meet the artists will take place May 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 […]

Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 weekly advisory

Weekly Construction Report Week of May 24, 2021 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, May 20, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. State Route 3 northbound closure – State Route 3, between Fenn Road and Hamilton Road, is closed to northbound traffic for pavement reconstruction. THE ROAD […]

Akron Zoo welcomes red wolf pups

WEST AKRON — For the first time in its history, the Akron Zoo has welcomed critically endangered red wolf pups. Eight pups arrived April 22, born to the zoo’s mother, Juno, and father, Waya, who were paired based on a breeding recommendation from the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. Visitors may begin to see the pups, shown at right, in […]

Akron unveils rubber worker statue

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The bronze rubber worker statue, shown above and at right, has been completed and placed in the center of the roundabout at the intersection of South Main and Mill streets. According to city officials, the 12-foot-tall statue with a tiered granite base was created by Ohio sculptor Alan Cottrill. The city unveiled it during a celebration ceremony […]


Manchester BOE honors retirees

NEW FRANKLIN — During the May 18 Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members recognized the retirement of two district employees, Scott Cantrell and James France. Superintendent James Robinson shared information about Cantrell and France and board members reflected on each of their careers. Cantrell served as a teacher at Manchester High School for 35 years and also […]

Superintendent addresses coming changes

GRANGER — During the Highland Local Schools Board of Education meeting May 17, Superintendent Catherine Aukerman discussed changes for the next school year. Aukerman addressed bus routing and rescheduling, explaining more than 50 percent of Highland students who are scheduled as bus riders every year never actually ride the bus. She said this high percentage of non-bus riders impacts the […]

Norton resident questions community leaders

The residents of Golf Course Drive [in] Norton, a bombed-out airstrip of a road, get to watch a new road, a newer and better allotment being built just feet from their own. Which road will be plowed this winter or have a traffic light installed for residents’ convenience? They could commiserate with residents around the Industrial Park, formerly Actual Park, […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Burglary reports for the previous week were not available. Due to implementation of a new county-wide computer-aided design (CAD) system on May 11, no reports on or after that date are accessible. Fairlawn Police Department and Summit County Sheriff’s Office reports also are affected. “Due to the integration of a new record management system, there is a dramatic […]

Trustees approve no-parking zone

PENINSULA — The Boston Township Board of Trustees approved making a portion of Everett Road a no-parking zone May 12. The zone, which will cover both sides of the road, runs from where Everett and Wheatley roads meet to the Church in the Valley, located at 2241 Everett Road. Trustee Amy Anderson had said at an earlier meeting that parking […]

Cascade Subaru presents Share the Love funds to parks group

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cascade Subaru officials presented a check for $18,405 to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park May 13 during a small ceremony at the dealership, located at 4149 State Road. Shown above, from left, are: (kneeling) Haley Bittaker, Conservancy events manager; Josh Obenreder, Subaru sales; Sheryl Hoffman, Conservancy chief development officer; and Dianne Ketler, Conservancy institutional giving […]

Summit Metro Parks lakes, ponds stocked for fishing

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Metro Parks officials announced its lakes and ponds have been stocked with fish for the season, and anglers are invited to visit the following areas to fish: • Alder Pond at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St. in South Akron, with 9- to 12- inch channel catfish; • Little Turtle Pond in Firestone Metro Park, […]

Copley officer leading by example to attract recruits

Sarah Shendy is director of new Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment COPLEY — A single conversation changed the life of Sarah Shendy, who is starting similar discussions, one at a time, to raise awareness for her profession and inspire careers in law enforcement. The 12-year Copley Township Police Department veteran grew up with a desire to make a difference […]

West Side Pets News & Notes

Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue marks anniversary CUYAHOGA FALLS — Paws and Prayers, incorporated in Akron on April 30, 2001, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by encouraging pet adoption. Organization officials stated that in the first year of operation, 350 animals were saved and food donations were stored in bathrooms and garages. Foster parents were few and a kennel was […]

Trustees hear 2020 financial review

BATH — At the May 17 meeting, the Bath Board of Trustees heard a 2020 township financial review presented by Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike. Troike focused on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected township finances last year. She noted that two major COVID-19-related revenue sources allowed the township to maintain a near-normal level of services. She […]

Council reviews Everett, Oak Hill roads vacation

DOWNTOWN AKRON — County officials decided to take time on legislation seeking to vacate segments of Everett Road in Bath, Richfield and Boston townships and segments of Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. According to the legislation, the Summit County Engineer’s Office is requesting the roads be vacated and the property be given to abutting land owners — Summit Metro […]

Akron Council repeals city’s mask mandate

DOWNTOWN AKRON — During the May 17 Akron City Council meeting, members approved lifting the city’s mask mandate, which was approved July 13, 2020. Council heard from Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, who said positive cases in Summit County are decreasing. She added the Summit County Board of Health voted May 13 to repeal the county’s mask order. […]

Romeo, siblings seeking home

NORTHEAST OHIO — Romeo is a medium-hair, 9-week-old, black tiger-striped kitten rescued along with four siblings and two adults, all of whom are available for adoption. They are fully vetted, have been vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, neutered/spayed and tested negative for FeLv, FIV (feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, respectively). For more information and to schedule an adoption […]

West Side Education News & Notes

WKSU, ideastream hosting virtual events on public education NORTHEAST OHIO — WKSU and ideastream will present the Learning Curve Community Tour as a culmination of the Learning Curve editorial initiative. Since late winter, WKSU and ideastream, along with other media partners in Ohio, have reported on the topic of kindergarten to grade 12 public education in Ohio, according to WKSU […]

Bella needs new family

TWINSBURG — Bella is about 5 years old and equally good at playing and being good. She gets along with other dogs and enjoys lounging around the house, playing hard and sunbathing in the yard, and then falling asleep on the couch. Contact Humane Society of Summit County adoption counselors at 234-212-9843 to learn more about Bella and to schedule […]

Sharon trustees OK town hall, gazebo rentals

SHARON — The Sharon Township Board of Trustees May 11 discussed revising regulations for residents renting Sharon Town Hall and the gazebo at Sharon Circle. Fiscal Officer Christine Lawson announced only residents of Sharon Township could rent Town Hall or the gazebo, and those who rent the gazebo also must be at least age 21. Lawson said the cost to […]

Loyal Copper is family oriented

BRUNSWICK — Looking for a furry addition that is good with kids? Copper is your boy. He is a 4-1/2-year-old mountain cur that is family-oriented and loves his humans. He is a loyal companion and friend for life, but may need a minute to warm up to strangers walking into his home. Once he sniffs you out to make sure […]

Energetic Posie loves walks

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Posie is a petite, 30-pound, 1-year-old cattle dog mixed breed, medium in height and slender. She gets along with other dogs and would love an active home with someone who enjoys hiking or long walks. She has been spending time at doggy daycare and loving it! She can scale a fence rather easily, so her new home […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of April 4-10, 2021 (continued from last week): Helen M. Johnson, Akron, 91, died April 1, 2021 William Logan Jones Jr., Akron, 86, died April 2, 2021 William Michael Jones, Akron, 59, died March 31, 2021 Rebecca Lynn Keagle, Akron, 50, died April 1, 2021 Martin P. Kelly, […]

Copley assistant fire chief to retire

COPLEY — The Copley Township Board of Trustees approved a number of personnel moves in the Copley Fire Department May 11. During that meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Keith Moore, a 30-year fire service veteran, announced his retirement, effective Aug. 6. According to township officials, Moore began his career as a volunteer firefighter with Copley in 1991 and was appointed assistant […]

Children’s Concert Society competition winners honored

GREATER AKRON — Children’s Concert Society recognized first-place winners of its 68th Scholastic Composers Contest during a premiere performance event April 21 at Fairlawn Country Club. Shown above, from left, are: (front row) Gianna Lurtz, fourth grade, Heritage Christian Academy; and Colin Broholm, seventh grade, Old Trail School; and (back row) Serena Guo, ninth grade, Revere High School; Lillian Johnson, […]

Legal Aid prioritizing help during pandemic

SUMMIT COUNTY — As requests for assistance have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Legal Aid officials have developed strategic priorities to respond to those most in need. Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals in Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Wayne counties. Assistance is provided to people […]

New course planned for Akron Marathon

AKRON — As part of its 2021 return to racing plan, the Akron Marathon Charitable Corp. staff and Board of Directors have announced this year’s FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay will feature a return to a Downtown Akron start, a new course and reduced capacity, along with other safety protocols. According to marathon officials, this year’s course […]

Hale Farm’s Sow & Grow focusing on farming, pollinators

Festival also will include plant sale, gardening workshops BATH — Hale Farm & Village’s Sow & Grow Pollinator Festival & Plant Sale is scheduled for June 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The weekend will include the fifth annual Citizens of Hale Plant Sale, offering heirloom plants and herbs and unique perennials, all grown at Hale Farm. […]

Stan Hywet Plant Sale begins May 22

WEST AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, located at 714 N. Portage Path, will present its annual plant sale May 22 through June 6 on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Plants for sale, some of which are shown above, include perennials grown from divisions from plants in the historic Great Garden, as well […]

West Side News & Notes

Ohio Vax-a-Million details announced OHIO — More details on Ohio Vax-a-Million, a series of five weekly statewide drawings designed to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination, have been released. According to state officials, residents age 18 and older who have received at least one dose of […]

Copley family grateful for police support

I would like to give a special thank you to the Copley Police Department for all their help and support. We had a tragic event happen to our family at our home, and the Copley Police Department officers on site did more than just their job. They were so supportive and caring, even in the days following the tragedy. What […]

Springfield resident offers thoughts on district, ballot issues

Come on Springfield speak up! Tell your school board what is acceptable to you. Waiting to go into the voting booth and saying “no” to their ideas is getting us nowhere. All we are doing is spawning hate letters about us voters and our community. Historically, voters do not show up at the polls for a May Special Election. That […]

Coventry changes rules of short-term rental properties

COVENTRY — Authority to issue permits for short-term rentals in the township has officially shifted from the Board of Zoning Appeals to the township’s Zoning Department. The Coventry Board of Trustees approved the zoning text change May 13, changing short-term rentals — defined as rental agreements for fewer than 30 days — from a conditional use to a permitted use, […]

Township selling Pressler Road land

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Township officials are selling property, but the decision to let go of the land was not unanimous. At the May 13 regular meeting, the Board of Trustees voted 2-1, with Trustee Dean Young voting “no,” to approve the sale of the property at 2342 Pressler Road. Young stated he wanted the township to use the property, consisting […]

South Side News & Notes

Ohio Vax-a-Million details announced OHIO — More details on Ohio Vax-a-Million, a series of five weekly statewide drawings designed to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination, have been released. According to state officials, residents age 18 and older who have received at least one dose of […]

Masonic lodges merge to form New Franklin Lodge 803

NEW FRANKLIN — The merging of two area Masonic lodges last year was officially consecrated May 14 with a public flag raising ceremony in front of the New Franklin Masonic Lodge 803, located on Rex Lake Drive. Members of Boy Scout Troops 118 of Manchester United Methodist Church, Troop 335 of from Greensburg United Methodist Church, and Troop 336 of […]

New Lakemore police chief selected

Plus, Council considering sanitary sewer rate increases LAKEMORE — Village of Lakemore officials did not look far or long for a new police chief. Earlier this month, longtime former Police Chief Ken Ray announced his retirement, with May 14 being his last day on duty. At the May 17 meeting, Lakemore Village Council unanimously approved promoting Police Capt. Roy Smith […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

Editor’s note: Regarding area residents’ reporting of fraudulent activity related to receiving unemployment benefits that weren’t sought, police advise victims of this type of fraud to file a police report, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ fraud hotline, notify their financial institutions and credit reporting agencies, monitor their credit and bank accounts […]

Springfield BOE OKs staff cuts

Also, treasurer presents forecast to keep district out of fiscal emergency LAKEMORE — Staffing reductions are taking place in the Springfield Local Schools District, which is facing a $2.2 million deficit at the close of 2021. At the May 18 regular Springfield Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members approved reduction-in-force measures for the 2021-22 school year. The decision follows the […]


City of Cuyahoga Falls advisory: Mayor Don Walters 2020 State of the City address

CUYAHOGA FALLS (May 19, 2021) — Hello – I am Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, and I am coming to you via this video (www.cityofcf.com/news/mayor-walters-delivers-2020-state-city) amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic to deliver the 2020 State of the City. Though this is certainly not what we are used to and we all miss being together in person, we will make the […]

Summit County Public Health Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance: Recommendations for Individuals Who Are Fully Vaccinated

SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO—Last week, Governor DeWine announced most of Ohio’s existing health orders, including the statewide mask mandate, will be rescinded on June 2. Following this announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance stating anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing. […]

Summit County Engineer’s Office advisory:

Boston Mills Road Closure Road closes May 24, 2021 May 11, 2021 – Boston Township, OH Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker, PE, PS would like to alert residents and motorists of the upcoming closure of Boston Mills Road between Riverview Road and Black Road from May 24, 2021 until August 15, 2021. The closure is due to a road improvement […]