Park levy meetings
CANTON: The Canton Park Commission will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the Canton parks levy that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates and Canton locations:
Oct. 7, Glenwood Intermediate School cafeteria, 1015 44th St. NW.
Oct. 10, Crenshaw Middle School, 2525 19th St. NE.
Oct. 14, Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center, 1400 Sherrick Road SE.
Oct. 17, J. “Babe” Stearn Community Center, 2628 13th St. SW.
For more information, go to www.cantonparklevy.com.
AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, and its volunteers will help affix hiking shields to hiking staffs in the Fall Hiking Spree.
The volunteers will be available from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St.
For more information, call 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Child care training
AKRON: Summit County Children Services is offering child care employees free initial and review training in child abuse and neglect recognition, reporting and prevention during the month of October.
The training is specifically designed to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers and Type A homes. The initial training class will be a six-hour course from 5:45 to 9 p.m. that will be held Tuesday and Thursday. Both classes must be attended to receive credit for the training.
All classes will be held at the agency’s headquarters 264 S. Arlington St. in Akron.
Topics covered in the training will include an overview of Summit County Children Services, Indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, prevention of child abuse and community supports that are available for families.
Registration is required at summitkids.org or by calling 330-379-2090 or emailing email@example.com.
Democrats to meet
AKRON: The Summit County Progressive Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will include a discussion on global climate change from Christian Adams of the State Association for Environment Ohio and a presentation on human trafficking from Roger Cram of Coleman Professional Services and Hiram College.
Utica shale grant
COLUMBUS: A federal grant of $199,766 will be used to develop a new 25-county initiative to deal with Utica shale development in eastern Ohio.
The grant is from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
The project will be directed by Ohio State University in a partnership with four planning agencies: the Akron-based Northeast Ohio Four-County Regional Planning and Development Organization, the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association.
The planning agencies will work to implement the plan at the local level.
It is the first time that the planning agencies have collaborated on such a project. The Akron agency works in Summit, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties.
Hang on to ‘Sloopy’
COLUMBUS: An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill to make Hang On Sloopy the state’s official rock song again.
The 1965 hit has been a crowd favorite for decades at Ohio State University games and some pro sports events around Ohio.
Ohio’s legislature recognized “Sloopy” as the state’s official rock song in 1985. But that honor apparently wasn’t permanent.
Rep. Michael Stinziano of Columbus wants to make sure the tune remains Ohio’s state rock song. His father was one of the sponsors for the original “Sloopy” resolution. Stinziano wants to add it to state law so it lasts.