AKRON: Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Akron Superintendent David James are in Washington, D.C., for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Mayors in Education Convening.
As part of today’s activities, Plusquellic, James and the other participants will spend an hour with Bill Gates, discussing opportunities to champion education by supporting high academic standards and great teachers.
“This is a great opportunity for mayors to share ideas, discover new resources and learn from each other,” Plusquellic said in a news release. “I am especially honored to be spending part of my day with Bill Gates.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides grants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 100 countries.
The foundation supports numerous causes, with education being a high priority.
The mayors conference began Thursday evening and runs through today.
Ward 1 office hours
AKRON: An Akron council member will have meetings this weekend.
Rich Swirsky, the Ward 1 councilman, will have office hours from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Square library branch, 807 W. Market St.
Trustees meet today
BATH TWP.: Township trustees will convene a special meeting at 11 a.m. today to discuss the purchase agreement for property at 1206 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road.
The 1.07 acres of property, located south of the current Bath Township Center Administrative offices, was approved for purchase by the township in December at a cost of $95,000. It was in foreclosure at the time.
Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli said then that the purchase was contingent upon approval of a short-sale arrangement.
The trustees will meet in their conference room, 3864 W. Bath Road.
Park ranked 11th
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the 11th most-visited national park in the United States, according to data released on Thursday by the National Park Service.
The 33,000-acre federal park between Akron and Cleveland got 2,103,010 visitors, down from 2012’s 2,299,722.
The most-visited national park was Great Smoky Mountain with 9.3 million visitors.
The rest of the top 10 were: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Grand Teton, Acadia and Glacier.
The most-visited park area was the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with 14.2 million visitors.
A total of 273.6 million visitors were recorded at America’s 401 sites in the national park system. That was a drop of 9.1 million from the previous year.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is selling tickets for Thomas the Tank Engine’s Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014.
Thomas the Tank Engine will be in the Cuyahoga Valley on May 17-18 and May 23-25.
There will be 30-minute train rides departing every 60 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from the Boston Mill Station off Riverview Road in Boston Township.
Tickets are $18 or $22 plus tax for ages 2 and up.
For tickets, call 866-468-47630 or www.ticketweb.com/dowt.
LAKE TOWNSHIP: Stark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident Thursday morning in which a man attempted to lure an elementary school student into his SUV.
North Canton Superintendent Michael Hartenstein told parents in a districtwide email that an abduction was attempted near a bus stop serving Greentown school in Lake Township.
“A white male in a black SUV tried to lure a female student into the SUV with an offer of candy. This individual actually exited the vehicle and tried to approach this young person,” Hartenstein wrote. “The young person ran and reported the incident immediately. She was shaken but unharmed.”
Hartenstein said the sheriff’s office was called immediately to investigate.
No additional details about the suspect were immediately available.
Lake dredging set
NEW PHILADELPHIA: The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District plans to begin dredging Tappan Lake in Harrison County later this year.
The plan calls for removing about 200,000 cubic yards per year — at an estimated cost of $10 per cubic yard.
Funds for the dredging will come from the assessment paid by landowners from Akron south to the Ohio River.
It would be the first major dredging project in the district’s 80-year history.
Water storage capacity in the district’s 10 lakes has shrunk by 25 percent over the years and that could reach 40 percent in the next 10 years, if no dredging takes place, officials said.
Massage center raids
NORTH CANTON: Two area massage centers are under investigation for prostitution.
The Massage Center at 1320 W. Maple St. in North Canton and a center of the same name at 1292 E. Waterloo Road in Suffield Township were served search warrants Thursday afternoon.
In North Canton, three pick-up truckloads of evidence were confiscated. Evidence collected included 14 massage tables, a computer, miscellaneous paperwork and records, and some adult videos.
The search was conducted by North Canton Police, FBI, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Drug Task Force, Stark County Metro Narcotics Unit and the Jackson Township Police.
At the same time, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Portage County Drug Task Force executed a similar search in Suffield.
No arrests have been made, but “we anticipate that arrest warrants will be obtained in the near future,” a North Canton Police Department news release stated. “As part of this ongoing investigation, we will continue to monitor any individuals coming and going from the property.”
Truby hired for post
STREETSBORO: Cuyahoga Falls’ former community development director will take a similar position in Streetsboro. Susan Truby will become the city’s economic development director on Monday.
Truby, who served from 1985 to 2013 under former Falls’ Mayor Don Robart, was among several department heads who were not retained by new Falls Mayor Don Walters. She also served on the Cuyahoga Falls Community Improvement Corp., the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce and chaired the fundraising committee for the Cuyahoga Falls Bicentennial.