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Local news briefs — Aug. 2


King event Aug. 24

AKRON: The Akron NAACP and the American Friends Service are planning a bus trip to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech.

Chartered buses will leave Akron the evening of Aug. 23 and arrive in Washington early Aug. 24.

There will be a rally marking the anniversary of the speech King delivered Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The buses will leave after the rally to return to Akron.

For more information about the trip, call 330-869-8955.

Flea market set

AKRON: The Greater Westside Council of Block Clubs will hold its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at Hawkins Park.

Vendors can participate for $5.

Proceeds will benefit the Greater Westside Council of Block Clubs.

To register or for more information, call 330-864-5642 or send an email to

Ice cream contest

COVENTRY TWP.: Pav’s Creamery will host an ice-cream-eating contest from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Nicoletti’s Park Place, 530 Portage Lakes Drive.

This event will challenge contestants in three separate age groups to eat as many 4-ounce containers of ice cream within five minutes.

The winner of each contest will win free ice cream for a year at Pav’s Creamery.

Registration of $20 is required. To register, email Stacey Pinter at spinter@march

Tickets can be purchased at Pav’s Creamery for $5 each and will include entry into the event as well as access to appetizers provided by Nicoletti’s Park Place and a Sundae Bar provided by Pav’s Creamery.

The event will also include a Chinese auction for prizes area businesses.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the March of Dimes.


Hearings planned

Two lawmakers from Stark County will serve on two of three summer state legislative study committees that will hold hearings across the state.

The bipartisan committees are: Higher Education Reform, Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform, and Tax Reform.

The committees will hold hearings in August and September throughout the state to gather information from citizens and experts to help in crafting a report and possible legislative recommendations.

Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township, will co-chair the higher education committee. Rep. Stephen Sles­nick, D-Canton, is a member of the tax committee.

Hearing dates and locations have not been determined.


Comments sought

COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on fishing, hunting and trapping rule changes on Aug. 10.

An open house will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Division of Wildlife District 3 Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive.

Among proposed rule changes submitted by the Ohio Wildlife Council would be to decrease the state yellow perch limit to 30, adding or removing boat engine limitations on several lakes and clarifying hunting-trapping rules.

Similar meetings will be held at six other locations around Ohio.

A statewide meeting will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at the District 1 office at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus, 614-644-3925.

Comments can also be submitted at Click on Open House Comments to submit a response.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is expected to vote on the proposed rule changes at its Oct. 16 meeting.

For more information, go to or call 800-WILDLIFE.


Cannon silenced

MEDINA TWP.: Medina Township police had to ask a township man to stop shooting off a replica cannon.

Police located the man shooting off the cannon in the 5000 block of Hamilton Road on Wednesday afternoon.

An officer advised the man that rounds from the cannon had struck a house.

Township authorities said the man agreed to pay for any damage.


Park run planned

NAVARRE: Registration is underway for the 14th annual Canalway Classic 5-Kilometer Run at 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

Forms are available at or They are also available at the Exploration Gateway in Perry Township.

Runners and walkers will be transported by bus to the John Glenn Trailhead in Perry Township and return to Navarre via the Towpath Trail.

The entry fee is $25. It goes to $30 on Aug. 9.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Stark Parks as a fundraiser.


Computer lab open

DEERFIELD TWP.: Portage County District Library has added a computer lab in Deerfield.

The computer lab will open Wednesday in Deerfield Township Hall, 1450 State Route 14. Its hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Patrons can use the 20 laptops in the lab or bring their own to take advantage of the free wireless high-speed Internet connection.

For more information, call 330-557-6032 or go to www.portage­


Report clears jail

CANTON: Stark County Jail officials followed proper protocol in the hours leading up to the suicide of an inmate last spring, an investigation found.

A review of the suicide of Nicholas Christmas, 39, was conducted by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office at the request of Stark Sheriff George T. Maier.

The results were released Thursday and Maier said the investigation showed jail workers and health-care providers “were in compliance with all procedures.”

“Every emergency effort was made in an attempt to save Mr. Christmas’ life and unfortunately they were unsuccessful,” Maier said in a news release.

Christmas, 39, of Canton, hanged himself using a bedsheet while jailed June 19. He was not listed as a suicide risk and was housed in a single cell.

Authorities said Christmas had been at the facility for three days after being arrested on kidnapping and domestic violence charges.


Lecture on Monet

STOW: The Stow-Munroe Falls Public library will host a presentation on the life of artist Claude Monet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library at 3512 Darrow Road in Stow.

The presentation will be given by Felicia Z. Stadelman, a local art historian, who will guide the audience on a tour through a colorful presentation of Claude Monet’s life.

To register online for the free event, visit or call 330-688-3295, ext. 7.


Legislators to talk

AKRON: Area state legislators will report on several statewide issues at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Summit County Progressive Democrats PAC.

Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, will discuss reapportionment and redistricting; Rep. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, will explain the Ohio budget’s effect on early childhood education, the outlook for Medicaid expansion and the constitutional modernization commission; and Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, will talk about the Ohio budget’s effect on women’s health.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. Main St., Akron.

For more information, email

Tea party to meet

The Akron Tea Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls.

The meeting will feature Julia James of the Appleseed Project. She will be the guest speaker and present how their organization promotes and instructs in the use of firearms and marksmanship.

The meeting is open to the public.

Hours for Roegner

HUDSON: State Rep. Kristina Roegner will hold district office hours from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Hudson Library, 96 Library St. in Hudson.

Roegner will answer questions and hear concerns. The meeting is open to the public.

Constituents unable to attend can reach Roegner by phone at 614-466-1177 or by email at


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