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Local news briefs — Oct. 20


Open house

Stark State College will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. today in the college’s Student Center, 6200 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township.

The event will offer information about transferring a Stark State College associate degree to a bachelor’s degree program at Ohio State University, the University of Akron, Kent State University and other institutions in Ohio and nationwide.

Representatives from Stark State’s partner four-year institutions will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, visit


Food drive

AKRON: The Stop Senior Hunger campaign will be held Monday through Friday.

Residents are asked to donate nonperishable food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Comfort Keepers, 727 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls, and area Klein’s locations at 2015 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls and 1 Park West Blvd., Suite 140, in Akron.

All food collected will be donated to the Haven of Rest. Items most in demand are coffee, canned fruit, beans and soup.

The campaign is sponsored by Comfort Keepers and Klein’s.

For more information, call 330-922-4721.


War program

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest will be the topic of a presentation and video at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cuyahoga Falls Library at 2015 Third St.

Sharon Myers, president of the William Wetmore chapter of the Daughters of 1812, will host the program.

The video was released in 2012 by WGTE Public Media in Toledo. The video brings to life some of the most important names and places of the war including Oliver Hazard Perry, the Battle of Lake Erie, Tecumseh, Fort Meigs and William Henry Harrison. A discussion will follow the film.

Call Myers at 330-794-5099 for more information.


Police training

NORTH CANTON: Residents of the quiet neighborhoods surrounding Charlotte Street should not be surprised to see multiple police vehicles and what sounds like real gunshots Tuesday and Thursday.

The North Canton Police Department is hosting officers from Jackson and Perry townships, the State Highway Patrol and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office for close-quarters training in the former North Canton High School on Charlotte Street.

The North Canton Board of Education last week approved the use of the 84-year-old building, which is scheduled for demolition later this month.

“We are trying to make the training as authentic as possible — a real incident scenario,” North Canton Police Chief Stephan Wilder said. “It’s only the ammo that is not real. “

The sessions are off-limits to the public, Wilder said.


Smucker donation

ORRVILLE: The daughter and son-in-law of a local family known for making fruit spreads, peanut butter and other food items have donated $500,000 in endowed student scholarships to the University of Akron’s Wayne College in Orrville.

The UA trustees have agreed to name the entrance to the campus the H. Reid and Susan Smucker Wagstaff Way in honor of their gift.

The gift extends the Smucker and Wagstaff family’s ties to UA.

The Orrville-based J.M. Smucker Co. is a longtime partner and friend of the university. Susan Wagstaff’s father, Paul Smucker, led the campaign to create a UA branch campus in Wayne County in the late 1960s.


Outreach program

WOOSTER: Wooster Friends of the Wayne County Library will hold a free program about Central American Medical Outreach at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wayne County Public Library, 220 W. Liberty St.

Kathy Tschiegg, the founder of CAMO, will speak about her organization’s history and mission of improving health and dental services in Honduras.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


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