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Local news briefs — Aug. 23


Low-interest loan

AKRON: The city of Akron is getting two low-interest loans totaling $3.6 million for improvements at its water-treatment plant.

The loans are coming from the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account that is managed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

Akron qualified for a low-interest rate of 2 percent, which will save the city more than $1 million over the 20-year life of the loans when compared to the market rate of 4.34 percent.

The larger loan of $2.9 million will allow Akron to install variable frequency drives on the existing high-service pumps. The variable drives will use less electricity and reduce stress on the large pump motors.

The second loan of $760,285 will be used to replace the chlorine dioxide generator and delivery system. Four existing chlorine dosing points located throughout the treatment system will be replaced with a single dosing point early in the system.

Work is scheduled to begin this summer and to be complete within one year at the plant north of Kent in Portage County.


Ice cream socials

The campaign to elect Zack Milkovich as clerk of Barberton Municipal Court this November will serve free ice cream to prospective voters at two socials Saturday.

Events are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Norton, behind the community center on Columbia Woods Circle, and at 1 p.m. at the Lake Anna Gazebo in Barberton.


Scrap tires targeted

COPLEY TWP.: A Collier Road site overflowing with old tires has gotten township trustees’ attention.

Trustees approved a resolution Wednesday to apply to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s scrap tire remediation program for grant money to cover the full cost of cleanup.

Township Planning Director Matt Springer estimated that the site, at 1666 Collier Road, contains as many as 3,000 tires.

He said the property owner is deceased, and no family members have come forward to claim the property.

Service Department employees have secured the site.


Federal tax crimes

CLEVELAND: An Akron woman will face federal sentencing in December after being convicted of failing to report more than $200,000 in income on her Internal Revenue Service tax forms, authorities said Thursday.

Kelly Prigmore, 43, was convicted of the crimes in a jury trial in which federal prosecutors showed that she made the false returns for the years 2006 and 2007.

She worked as a self-employed home health care provider for a client who paid her for 24-hour, live-in service. According to case details released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, she failed to report $209,601 in income during that period.

In 2006, prosecutors said, she reported total income of only $8,600, omitting $96,806 of additional income. In 2007, she reported making $8,990, omitting $112,795 in additional income.

Prigmore will be sentenced Dec. 12.


Nature program

HARTVILLE: A program outlining Northeast Ohio’s State Nature Preserve System will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Stewart House at Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville.

The presentation will focus on the 29 state Nature Preserves in Northeast Ohio and how the public can become involved in volunteering to help protect the areas.

To learn more about the event. contact District Preserve Manager Adam Wohlever at 330-527-5118.


Trustee appointed

KENT: Gov. John Kasich named Virginia Albanese of Akron to the 11-member Kent State Board of Trustees through May 16, 2022.

Albanese is president and chief executive officer of FedEx Custom Critical, North America’s largest, critical-shipment carrier. Since joining FedEx Custom Critical in 1986, she has served in roles that include director of safety, recruiting and contractor relations and vice president of customer and strategic operations.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from KSU in 1985 and an executive master’s degree in business administration from KSU in 1995. She is the immediate past chairwoman of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and is on a number of boards that include Akron Children’s Hospital.

She replaces Jacqueline Woods, whose term has expired.


Society to meet

MEDINA: The Medina County Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Medina Library, 210 S Broadway St., in Medina.

The open meeting will present a rare collection of Civil War Ambrotypes of soldiers.

The meeting will also include George Rees and Joann King, who will discuss preservation techniques and plans to raise restoration funds through the Save A Soldier campaign.


Roof, attic burn

NORTH CANTON: A fire Wednesday evening caused extensive damage to a Meadowlane Drive home and injured two firefighters.

North Canton’s fire department reported that the blaze started shortly after 6 p.m. and was under control in about 40 minutes. Crews stayed at the scene for several hours.

Two firefighters were treated at an area hospital for heat exhaustion.

The heaviest damage occurred in the attic and roof areas of the two-story, single-family home. The homeowners were present; a working fire alarm alerted them.

Fire officials estimated damage at $100,000 to the structure and $85,000 to contents.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Pancake breakfast

A charity pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church, 3365 Ridgewood Road in Fairlawn.

The event is free and open to the public. An offering will be collected with all proceeds benefiting the Summit County Stand-Down for Homeless Veterans and the Copley-Fairlawn Share a Christmas Program.

Equipment auction

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a public auction of used park equipment on Aug. 29.

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Sand Run Metro park service center, 1475 Sand Run Parkway.

Items to be auctioned include vehicles, power tools, appliances, office equipment and more.

The items can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the auction.

A complete list of items is available at

For more information, call 330-867-5511.


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