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Local news briefs — Nov. 12


Talk at Press Club

AKRON: Suzie Graham, president of Downtown Akron Partnership, will speak at an Akron Press Club luncheon Thursday.

Graham, an Akron native, has served as president and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership since April 2011.

The partnership was founded in 1995 to promote a vibrant downtown. It supports existing community programs and develops new ways to attract people to the city center.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m., followed by the program. It will be at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, with free parking available behind the building.

Cost is $15 for Press Club members and $20 for nonmembers.

For reservations, call 330-564-4211, email or visit

Welfare discussion

AKRON: Ruth Llewellyn, director of Employee Assistance for Greenleaf Family Center, will discuss the positive impact employee assistance programs can have on the workplace at a luncheon Wednesday.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St.

Cost is $10, payable at the door in cash or a check to: Community Welfare Forum.

Reservations should be made by 2:30 p.m. Thursday to Chris Donatelli at or 330-864-1359.

Honor for Don Drumm

AKRON: Akron artist Don Drumm designed a flag for the West Hill Neighborhood Organization that he calls home.

Now the neighborhood group plans to honor Drumm for his efforts.

WHNO will present Drumm with its Best of the Best award at its annual meeting Thursday at Balch Street Community Center, 220 S. Balch St.

The event will begin with a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The group also will present several other awards and will discuss a new program that compensates community leaders.

To learn more, visit


Route 8 ramp closing

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The entrance ramp to state Route 8 southbound at Portage Trail will close Monday for repairs.

Work is expected to take about five days to complete.

The posted detour will direct motorists to the Broad Boulevard entrance ramp.


Cancer support group

FAIRLAWN: The Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group will meet at 7 tonight at Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market St., Fairlawn.

Dr. Brian Canterbury, a partner in Physicians Urology, will discuss new therapy and surgical choices.

The meeting is free to the public.


Soup dinner is benefit

DEERFIELD TWP.: Palmy Chapter No. 114 Order of the Eastern Star will host its monthly “Souper Thursday” dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Deerfield Masonic Hall, 2380 State Route 225, Deerfield Township.

A donation of $6 entitles patrons to a choice of homemade soups, tossed salad, dessert and beverages. Takeout orders are available.

Proceeds benefit the chapter’s many philanthropic efforts, including the Back Door Pantry at Palmyra United Methodist Church and a scholarship fund.


Forum on fraud

AKRON: Staff members from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office will present a Community Fraud Forum from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.

The free event will address issues related to consumer fraud, health-care fraud and charity fraud.

Continuing education credit is available for social workers and crime prevention specialists.

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