ODOT District 4 (Medina County) weekly construction update

Week of July 25, 2022 MEDINA COUNTY (Thursday, July 21, 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 just south of Congress Road, will have single lane closures for a resurfacing project and bridge deck […]

ODOT District 4 (Summit County) weekly construction update

WEEK OF JULY 25 AKRON, Ohio (Thursday, July 21, 2022) – 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 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 […]

Spring college, university graduates

Local students earned the following degrees upon graduating this spring: ATHENS — At Ohio University: from Akron – Kate Boylan, a doctorate in osteopathic medicine; Abigail Croft, a bachelor in field ecology; Gabrielle Carrino, a bachelor in business analytics and management and strategic leadership; Gabriella Charley, a master in business administration, strategic selling and sales leadership; Celissa Christian, a bachelor […]

University/college honors

The following local students earned honors this spring at their respective colleges or universities: ALLIANCE — At the University of Mount Union, to the dean’s list after earning a GPA of 3.55 or better: Eleni Ault, of Norton; Alison Galehouse, Christopher Motter, Daedae Nash and Amy Soulier, all from Akron; and Brandon Poundstone, of Fairlawn. ANGOLA, Ind. — Paige McGonigal, […]

Summit County death notices

Summit County Public Health has issued these death notices for the week of May 22-28, 2022 
(continued from last week): Marilyn Therese McCafferty, Akron, 83, died May 8, 2022 Francis W. McConnell, Walton Hills, 94, died May 19, 2022 James E. McGuire, Kent, 88, died May 19, 2022 Samuel Harrison McKeever III, Stow, 78, died May 21, 2022 Kate Barry […]

Copley reviews Limited Home Rule

COPLEY — Residents filled Copley Township Hall July 11 for a special meeting to discuss the issue of the Board of Trustees’ adoption of Limited Home Rule and voters’ opportunity to decide the issue in the Nov. 8 General Election. “We have the authority to implement home rule, but we would not do that without a vote of the public,” […]

Fairlawn, County join forces for fiber ring project

FAIRLAWN — Fairlawn City Council unanimously voted July 18 to partner with Summit County and form a Council of Governments to use the FairlawnGig to build and operate a countywide fiber ring, as well as a new data center in Fairlawn. According to Council documents, the fiber ring will be funded entirely by federal dollars and will connect the public […]

Copley neighborhood hosting food drive Sunday

COPLEY — Three families in the Copley Heritage Woods neighborhood are hosting a Christmas in July food drive to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank July 24. Jennifer Burke, who is organizing the event with husband Tom, along with event founders Matt and Melissa Cern, as well as Jason and Dara Winchell, stated the fundraiser is run mostly by children in […]

Zoo offering rental scooters, awards

AKRON — The Akron Zoo is now offering ScooterPals Fur-Wheelers for guests to rent during their visit. The full-sized electric scooters are for those ages 18 years or older and children over 36 inches in height with an adult. They are available as a lion, giraffe, rhino, leopard or a black bear. One guest riding on the leopard scooter is […]

Robert Neal Gallery sells antiques, handbags and more

NORTON — The Robert Neal Gallery, located at 3120 Wadsworth Road, carries a wide array of gift ideas, antiques and restored furniture in one location. The two-story, 4,000-square foot shop opened in April in the former location of Diane’s Thrift Shop, which closed in 2021. “What I usually tell people is, you will love shopping here,” said co-owner Robert Neal […]

Flowering freesia a fragrant beauty in the garden

Most people are familiar with freesias as cut flowers, but did you know that you can also enjoy them in your garden? Not only are they beautiful to look at — they’re also delightfully scented. What makes freesias so unique is how the plant produces its flowers. Emerging from the corm are multiple stems that develop into dazzling racemes: each […]

Boston trustees hear JEDD news

BOSTON — The Boston Township Board of Trustees heard news on one of the township’s Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD) July 13. Trustee Bill Clifton announced Cuyahoga Falls City Council approved the extension of the water main on Akron-Cleveland Road from Wyoga Lake Road to 600 feet north of Geoppert Road at its June 27 meeting, with completion of the […]

West Side News & Notes

Summit County Fair offering digital tickets TALLMADGE — The Summit County Fair is now offering convenient digital ticket purchasing in partnership with HomeTown Ticketing at www.summitfair.com. General admission tickets will continue to be available at the gate for $10. HomeTown’s in-house developed, proprietary ticketing platform offers value and easy-to-use purchasing and redemption options, custom box offices, event and fan-specific reporting […]

Highland board hears gala event details

GRANGER — The Highland Local Schools Board of Education heard details July 18 about an upcoming fundraising event for the Highland Foundation. Foundation Executive Director Theresa Wright said the 18th annual Great Gifts Dinner Auction will take place Nov. 12 at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, with a theme of “Emerald City, Paved with Education Excellence.” She added organizers are […]

Tips for keeping pets safe outside in the yard

(Family Features) — If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it is important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be. Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the wellbeing of your furry friends. • Poisonous plants: Some common plants can be dangerous for animals, causing anything from mild oral irritations and upset […]

Peninsula Council approves police contract

PENINSULA — Peninsula Village Council July 12 voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract with Boston Township for police protection services, with Councilman Doug Steidl absent. According to township officials, the contract includes no increase in 2023 and 3 percent increases in 2024 and 2025. The township currently pays $289,453 for police protection and will pay $298,128 in 2024 and […]

West Side Neighborhood Watch

WEST AKRON: Police responding to a report of shots fired on Grace Avenue July 9 found a man who fit the description of the reported shooter walking on Noble Avenue. Police ordered the man to show his hands but he went behind a house, reportedly took a pistol from his pants and threw it into the bushes, and then showed […]

Akron considering citizen review board

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council members are exploring creating a citizen review board. According to city officials, the seven-person board would provide an independent voice to the mayor, City Council and the police chief in reviewing citizen complaints of Akron police officers, analyze public safety patterns and trends related to those complaints and engage with the community. The idea […]

West Side Education News & Notes

Second Chance Grants help residents finish degrees COLUMBUS — Ohioans seeking to return to college and finish their degrees are being offered Second Chance Grant scholarships recently signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Senate Bill 135 offers $2,000 scholarships to help more Ohioans restart their college careers in order to obtain a degree or credential. According to Ohio […]

BVS Tour of Homes a ‘success’

The members of Bath Volunteers for Service (BVS) are gratified to announce the record-breaking success of their 44th Tour of Distinctive Homes. This was the organization’s second professionally filmed and narrated virtual home tour, featuring seven unique properties for viewing by ticketholders from the comfort of their own homes. The tour is an opportunity for anyone from anywhere with internet […]

Sharon trustees OK culvert replacement

SHARON — The Sharon Township Board of Trustees July 12 approved an agreement to replace a culvert on Boneta Road. According to township officials, the original cost estimate from the Medina County Engineer’s Office last year was $74,000. With $65,860 in grant money from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC), the township would be responsible for $8,140 in costs as well […]

Local artists win awards

CUYAHOGA FALLS — People’s Choice Award winners for the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center’s Floral and Landscape exhibit includes New Franklin residents Sherry Kazantzis’ acrlylic painting, “Queen Ann’s Lace” shown at near right, and C. Dale Warren’s oil painting, “Moonlight Mooring HMS Bounty,” pictured at far right. The center, located at 2131 Front St., will next present its annual juried exhibit, […]

Dragon Boat Festival

NEW FRANKLIN — The eighth annual Dragons on the Lake Dragon Boat Festival will take place July 23 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road. Breast cancer survivor teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steersperson will race in 46-foot authentic Hong Kong dragon boats, with one shown at right. The event begins with a […]

Springfield trustees approve fire, police matters

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees approved fire and park departments business July 14. For the fire department, trustees accepted the resignation of full-time firefighter/EMT paramedic Dave Straley, effective June 26, as he has accepted a full-time position with the Tallmadge Fire Department. The board agreed to allow him to continue as a part-timer. The board also approved the […]

South Side News & Notes

Green Student Municipal Representatives to host voter registration event GREEN — City of Green student municipal representatives will host a voter registration event Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Park Community Hall, 1795 Steese Road. According to city officials, more than 80 students have participated in the Green Student Municipal Representative Program, which was created to provide […]

Springfield Schools levy returning to ballot

LAKEMORE — Springfield Local Schools Treasurer Chris Adams delivered some encouraging words at the July 19 Board of Education meeting. Adams said they were expecting to end this fiscal year with a deficit, however the year ended with $700,000. “Last year we ended the year in the hole with $2.6 million,” he said. “It is the first time that I […]

Pirates to greet visitors at Kiwanis event

COVENTRY — Pirates will come ashore for the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Pirates Day Festival and pancake breakfast fundraiser July 30. The day begins with a pancake breakfast, which includes a choice of blueberry, chocolate chip or plain pancakes served with sausage, fruit and milk, juice or coffee, available from 8 to 11 a.m. at a cost of $6 or $4 […]

Coventry trustees consider levy increase

COVENTRY — The Coventry Board of Trustees approved a resolution July 14 requesting the Summit County fiscal officer certify yields for the replacement of a 0.5 mill Parks levy to be placed on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot, as well as yields for a 0.5 mill replacement with a .25 mill addition. Both would result in an increase in […]



South Side Neighborhood Watch

COVENTRY: An employee of a Manchester Road store reported July 11 a man argued with her regarding store policy, spit on her face and fled before Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived. Deputies searched for the man but were unable to locate him. A Waterside Drive woman reported July 12 someone used her credit card numbers for purchases totaling $346. […]