AKRON: The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will kick off its 2012 Healthy Steps program today.
The kickoff event, with the goal to get more people walking, will be at 11:30 a.m. at Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St. in downtown Akron.
Those who register in advance will get a free lunch along with materials to help them get started in health and wellness goals. The first 250 people to register get free pedometers. To register, go to www.ohioeriecanal.org.
Participants are eligible for prizes including gift certificates, depending on the number of steps they walk in a typical day.
Healthy Step walkers also will meet at noon Tuesdays at the Richard Howe House, 47 W. Exchange St., for downtown walks starting next week.
To RSVP, contact Sarah Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-374-5657.
AKRON: John Valle, Akron’s director of neighborhood assistance, will have two more office hour sessions at community centers this month.
His hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ed Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Drive, and April 24 at Mason Park Community Learning Center, 700 E. Exchange St.
Court fee approved
BARBERTON: City Council has approved collecting a $3 fee on criminal, traffic and civil cases filed in the Barberton Municipal Court.
The fee will pay for a legal research fund.
Susan Sweeney, chief deputy of the Barberton Clerk of Courts Office, said the increase will bring in an additional $25,000 to $35,000 annually.
Courts are allowed to collect up to $10 to computerize the clerk’s office and up to $3 for legal research. Barberton had not collected the $3.
Talk about shelter
NEW FRANKLIN: The program manager of the soon to open Valor Home, a homeless shelter for veterans under construction on Exeter Road in Akron, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Ohio Western Reserve Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
David Peacock will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at 93 Prime, the former Prime at Anthe’s Restaurant, at 4315 Manchester Road.
For more information or to RSVP for the event, call LTC Dave Riegler no later than Tuesday at 330-666-2257.
KENT: The St. Pet’s Day Pet Parade, postponed from March because of weather, will be held Saturday.
Participants can meet with their pets at Fred Fuller Park, off Middlebury Road in Kent, at 1 p.m.
The parade, organized by the Celtic Club, will follow the Cuyahoga River to Tannery Park, then return to Fred Fuller Park.
Participants are asked to bring dry dog or cat food or cat litter for donation to local pet rescue groups.
Also, the Tallmadge Fire Department will accept pet food and litter supplies at its station at 85 W. Overdale Drive through the end of April.
AKRON: Registration is open for Autism Awareness Day at Derby Downs, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. April 20.
The Autism Society of Greater Akron and the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby are hosting the family-oriented event. It will include a pizza lunch and trips down Derby Hill for kids of all abilities.
Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required.
For more information, go to www.autismohio.org, then click Greater Akron in the “Help Near You” box, then click the link for Autism Awareness Day.
AKRON: The University of Akron has appointed UA alumna Denise Testa as director of the Medina County University Center, which offers credit and noncredit courses.
Testa joined UA six years ago as associate director for student services at MCUC. Prior to that, she worked at Kent State Tuscarawas and UA’s Office of Admissions.
Since opening in spring 2008, the center has enrolled more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in degree programs and classes. The center also offers noncredit courses in supervisory leadership, insurance and other topics for local business and organizations.
Testa will make $75,000 a year. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UA.
DEERFIELD TWP: The Deerfield Historical Society will hold a Lincoln-inspired program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 State Route 14.
The program will feature a presentation by Civil War historian Bob O’Connor, who will assume the identity of President Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, Ward Hill.
Refreshments will be provided.
Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required.
For more information, call 330-654-2199 or email WmWestover@embarqmail.com.
Akron man dies
MASSILLON: An Akron man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his car struck a truck on Wales Road (state Route 241) in Massillon.
Gary Herring, 62, of Brookside Avenue, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo when he drifted left of center about 12:30 p.m., the State Highway Patrol reported. He collided head-on with a truck driven by a Canton man.
Herring was transported to Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, where he was pronounced dead, the patrol said. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
The patrol said the road was wet, but the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Alcohol use was not involved, the patrol said.
AKRON: The American Red Cross in partnership with Dominion East Ohio will hold a disaster preparedness day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St.
Throughout the day, participants will be given the opportunity to determine their level of safety and preparedness knowledge. Those who take a pre- and post-test will receive a backpack filled with safety supplies.
The five-minute test and follow-up will be completed by trained Red Cross and Dominion volunteers.
For more information on preparedness for disasters, visit www.redcross.org/summit-portage.
GREEN: Summit County Council Vice President Paula Prentice, D-8, will hold public office hours from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Akron-Summit County Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road.
Prentice will be available to give updates on county programs and legislation, answer questions and hear concerns.
For more information, contact the Summit County Council Office at 330-643-2725.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: . The New Horizons Concert Band will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. April 22 at Bolich Middle School, 2630 13th St.
The New Horizons Concert Band is made up of adults who are returning to music after a long absence or are just learning to play.