CANTON: The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will kick off its 2014 Soup at Six series with an Evening with the President.
The evening will begin with soup, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert.
Following dinner, ‘‘President McKinley’’ will talk about his time as a child, his Civil War service, family life in Canton and his experience as our 25th president.
The program begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $15.
Paid reservations are required.
For more details, call 330-455-7043.
The museum is at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton.
CLEVELAND: Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will open its new $7 million pedestrian skywalk at noon today.
The glass-enclosed walkway spans 175 feet diagonally across the intersection of Ontario Street and Prospect Avenue, linking the Horseshoe’s Collection Auto Group Centre parking garage to the second floor of the casino.
“This skywalk is very special because it answers the call of our guests who have requested a direct connection to the casino from our parking garage,” Marcus Glover, senior vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe, said in a prepared statement. “It gives guests the option of avoiding harsh weather and crossing a busy intersection.”
MEDINA: The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities collected nearly 1,000 hats, gloves, scarves and mittens during its annual “Giving Trees” charity drive this month.
The donations were delivered to the Salvation Army offices in Medina and Wadsworth, which distributed them throughout Medina County to benefit individuals and families in need.
“This project allows many people in the community the opportunity to join in the spirit of giving,” interim board Superintendent Annette Davis- Kramp said in a prepared statement. “On a more personal level, many of the families we serve are on limited budgets themselves, but they still feel a special sense of pride when they can help make a difference in the lives of others.”
Over the past seven years, the board has collected more than 4,500 items.
MEDINA COUNTY: Larry Cray, a Medina County GOP activist, has been tapped to fill a vacancy on the Medina County Board of Elections.
Cray, who is first vice chairman of the Medina County Republican Party’s Executive Committee, was chosen Monday by Secretary of State Jon Husted, after being recommended by the county party’s executive committee.
He is filling the unexpired term of Teresa Cotman, who left the board for personal reasons and had served since January 2010, according to Carol Lawler, director of the Medina elections board. The term runs through Feb. 29, 2016.
Cray has worked on various campaigns since his retirement in 2000, supervised the Medina presidential campaign center in 2012, and served as precinct chairman for Harrisville Township, according to the resume he provided to Husted’s office.
NORTON: The latest Norton sewer issue failed by 359 votes, according to official results the Summit County Board of Elections certified Monday.
The final vote in the Dec. 10 special election was 1,272 for the proposal and 1,631 against. Each side picked up a few votes with the addition of provisional ballots.
The proposed change to Norton’s charter would have capped a resident’s cost for sewer assessments, with the city paying the cost of work that exceeded $5,000 per household.
Turnout for the December election was more than 600 voters fewer than when Norton held a special election in August on essentially the same proposal. That measure failed by 117 votes.
CANTON: The Stark County Jail is staffed to handle up to 450 inmates, but had about 416 as of Monday, according to Sheriff George T. Maier.
The sheriff told county commissioners Monday that seasonal considerations may affect behavior of prospective prisoners.
“They want to be out for the holiday,” he said.
His report came in response to questions from Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton. She asked how close the jail is to the 501-inmate capacity promised as part of the successful campaign to pass a 0.5 percent sales tax for justice operations in 2011.
At one point, the jail’s staffing had dropped to the point it could accommodate only 300 prisoners.
Maier said he has 25 new employees in training.
In other action, commissioners approved a $44,825 contract with Hyland Software for a computerized agenda management system. County Administrator Brant Luther said the system will move the commissioners’ office away from the use of paper.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: Immaculate Heart of Mary School will host a Kindergarten Expo from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9.
Student ambassadors will welcome parents and children ages 4 and 5 at the school, 2859 Lillis Drive, Cuyahoga Falls. Hands-on activities and guided school tours will be available.
Appetizers will be served.
For a reservation or more information, call 330-923-1220 or email muscilowski@ihm gradeschool.org.