ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update

AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, July 14, 2022) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Summit County. All outlined work is weather permitting. Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway reconstruction Interstate 76/77 Akron Beltway reconstruction, Akron – reconstruction of I-76/I-77 between Princeton Ave. to V. Odom Blvd., I-77 between Cole Ave. and Waterloo Rd., and at State Route 8/I-76/I-77 Central […]

ODOT District 4 (Medina County) weekly construction update

Week of July 18, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, July 14, 2022) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Medina County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting. U.S. Route 42/224 resurfacing – U.S. 42/224, from SR 421 to Leroy Road, will have single lane closures for a resurfacing project and bridge deck repairs. The 4-lane […]

Soap Box Derby volunteers to be honored

SOUTH AKRON — When the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship returns to Derby Downs July 23, several new and long-time volunteers will be honored as part of the festivities. Vickie Beck, Bill Behan and Michael Rushing will be inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame during the post-race awards ceremony for the 84th FirstEnergy All-American Soap […]

Purposeful Leadership participants graduate

AKRON — The spring Purposeful Leadership Program graduates, shown above, are: Jeannette Andreski, director of guest services, Akron Zoo; Danielle Curry- Bentley, director of outreach and parent education, Early Child Resource Center; Bethany Hudson, director of curriculum, Field Local Schools; April Jefferson, senior communications representative, FirstEnergy; Thomas Kern, eCommerce manager, Contitech; Debbie Kiley, director, Medina County Job & Family Services; […]

Norton adopts development moratorium

NORTON — Norton City Council approved a six-month moratorium on accepting or enacting applications related to Mixed-Use Districts July 11. The ordinance initially was introduced with a moratorium of two years, but it was amended during the Committee of the Whole meeting to reduce the time period. The ordinance also asks the Planning Commission to study and provide recommendations to […]

Fairlawn City Women’s Club awards scholarships

COPLEY — Fairlawn City Women’s Club presented $1,000 scholarships to the following Copley High School graduating seniors, pictured above, from left: Kushi Patel, Sandra Owusu and Amelia Hermes, standing next to Club President Carol Brockenbrough, as well as Luke Conwi and Ava Porterfield. Also receiving a scholarship but not pictured is Jaci Moses. Two of the scholarships awarded were given […]

How to care for fresh cut flowers indoors

(Family Features) The beauty of having a garden is flowers are continually blooming on one plant or another throughout most of the year. While this provides lovely views from your windows, it can also be nice to bring some beauty indoors. Don’t be afraid to snip off a few blossoms each week. Many plants thrive after trimming and may reward […]

UW Day of Action helping community

GREATER AKRON — The United Way (UW) of Summit & Medina’s Day of Action June 17 included 300 volunteers, pictured above, from Summit and Medina counties helping area nonprofits. UW officials stated volunteers took part in activities such as spreading mulch, painting fences, packing reading kits for children and building wooden decking at area nonprofit organizations. In total, volunteers logged […]

Council reflects on death of Jayland Walker

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council members reflected on the June 27 shooting death of Jayland Walker during the July 11 Council meeting. According to Akron Police Department (APD) officials, officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at Thayer and East Tallmadge avenues at approximately 12:30 a.m. Walker refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated onto […]

Wedding style made easy

(NAPSA) — Dream big, even if you are on a budget. Future brides, or anyone helping to plan a wedding, can make the celebration uniquely their own without breaking the bank. The key is to identify your signature color and the resulting palette will provide inspiration for creating a dream wedding on your budget. From classic white to regal, romantic […]

Norton Schools board OKs text books

NORTON — The Norton City Schools Board of Education welcomed new Superintendent Bryan Farson in his first official meeting July 11. Farson was selected as the new superintendent of Norton Schools to replace Dana Addis, who served in the role for five years. He has signed a three-year contract, effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2025. Farson introduced two textbooks […]

Akron Board refuses to share evaluation

AKRON — Akron Public Schools Board of Education President N.J. Akbar announced July 11 the board has completed the superintendent’s evaluation, however, he declined to provide details despite published reports of some negative assessments of Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack. Akbar stated the evaluation “will not be made public.” [District officials did provide a copy of the evaluation several days after the […]

Bath Township regulates transient vendors, expands I-77 patrol

BATH — Transient vendors who solicit door-to-door will now be regulated in Bath following the Board of Trustees passage of legislation July 11. The legislation defines transient vendors as “any person who opens a temporary place of business for the sale of goods, or who, on the streets or while traveling about the township, sells, or offers for sale, goods, […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of May 15-21, 2022 
(continued from last week): Michael James Emerson, Green, 63, died May 16, 2022 Janice Faye English, Akron, 69, died May 15, 2022 Mary Frances Fazenbaker, New Franklin, 89, died May 14, 2022 Seymour Feldman, Twinsburg, 103, died May 7, 2022 Barry L. Fetterhoff, Brimfield, […]

Falls to become a ‘Power a Clean Future Ohio’ city

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Cuyahoga Falls City Council voted July 11 to make the city a “Power a Clean Future Ohio (PCFO)” community. PCFO Deputy Director Cassandra Clevenger spoke to Council members during the July 5 committees meetings to explain PCFO is a diverse coalition that works with cities and local governments across Ohio to build a clean future for participating […]

Heinz Poll Dance Festival returns

GREATER AKRON — The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, set for July 29-30, Aug. 5-6 and Aug. 12-13, will present free dance performances and learning opportunities in area parks. The Festival will include performances by internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus and Northeast Ohio dance companies Verb Ballets and GroundWorks DanceTheater. Festival Director Jane Startzman said this year’s presentations continue to […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police investigated a break-in at a White Pond Drive storage facility July 1 after a man reported numerous items were stolen from his unit the previous night. The owner of a Mineola Avenue property reported July 1 a tenant stole an air-conditioner from a rental unit. A Beck Avenue resident reported July 1 two vehicles outside the residence […]

Fairlawn City Women’s Club elects officers

FAIRLAWN — During a June luncheon event, the Fairlawn City Women’s Club elected the following officers: Debbie Cowart, as president; Susie Welker, first vice president; Emily Beck, second vice president; Sieglinde Hays, third vice president; Linda Stalder, secretary; and Mono Reuscher, treasurer. The club is in summer recess and will next meet Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fairlawn […]

West Side News & Notes

Ohio 988 Suicide & Crisis  Lifeline starting July 16 OHIO — Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) officials announced that beginning July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 will transition to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Officials stated this line offers Ohioans who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis and their family members, […]

Granger trustees approve snow removal contract

GRANGER — The Granger Board of Trustees July 11 approved a two-year snow removal contract, including plowing and salting, with Advantage Facility Source. Fiscal Officer Donald Baker explained the contract is for Oct. 1 through May 1, 2023, and Oct. 1, 2023 through May 1, 2024. The proposal from Advantage had been tabled at the June 27 meeting, and since […]

South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: A Lockwood Street man was charged with assault July 6 after a landscaper reported the man spit on him following an argument in a Manchester Road parking lot, where the victim was trimming weeds around the man’s vehicle. A woman reported July 7 she went to a Manchester Road cemetery and discovered items had been removed from a gravesite […]

Trash bills increasing in New Franklin

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin residents will likely see an increase in their trash and recycling bills later this year due to rising diesel fuel costs. At the July 6 New Franklin City Council meeting, Mayor Paul Adamson said the fuel surcharge clause in the city’s contract with Republic Services kicks in when diesel fuel exceeds $4 per gallon for […]


Teacher using grants to enhance student learning

LAKEMORE — Springfield Junior High and High School technology teacher Andrea Novicky’s interest in helping students began her first year of teaching in another district. “Back then, my students only had books that were missing pages and falling apart,” she said. “There were serious inequities that rocked me to my core as a new English teacher, and I started writing […]

Planning your wedding for less using creativity

(NAPSA) — Tying the knot does not have to mean saying “I do” to an expensive wedding. The key is to stay creative and flexible. So how can you cut costs and still have a beautiful wedding? Experts say simple things, such as swapping flowers for balloons, can quickly add up. Creatively displaying colorful balloons can transform a space for […]

Leadership Akron selects new Signature Program members

AKRON — Leadership Akron has announced the 40 new members of the its 2022-23 Signature Program. The Signature Program is a 10-month immersive program in which participants develop a working knowledge of Greater Akron across sectors and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates. New class members are: Dawn Ahner, Summa Health; Gia Bell, Minority Behavioral Health Group; […]

Burton D. Morgan Foundation awards entrepreneurial grants

NORTHEAST OHIO — The Burton D. Morgan Foundation approved support for area projects of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge that aims to develop and strengthen regional industry clusters across the country, while embracing economic equity, creating good-paying jobs and enhancing U.S. competitiveness globally. They also awarded grants to support entrepreneurship programming and opportunities for youth, […]

Charity Golf Outings

A number of area golf outings are planned to support local organizations. These include: CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Fuzzy Poole Memorial Charity Golf Outing will take place Aug. 27 at noon at Brookledge Golf Club, located at 1621 Bailey Road. Registration is $380 per foursome and includes golf, lunch, dinner, drinks, auction items and prizes. Ron “Fuzzy” Poole, former owner […]