Aid for kid meals
AKRON: The city’s recreation bureau is providing meals to all eligible youth and summer day camp programs that meet income guidelines for reduced-price meals.
Children who are part of households that receive food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are eligible to receive free meals.
A list of the current local sites of the Federally Funded Summer Lunch Program is available on Akron’s website, http://www.ci.akron.oh.us/.
For information, contact Audley McGill at 330-375-2826.
Romney bus to visit
A Mitt Romney for President campaign bus will visit Summit and Stark counties this afternoon to participate in the grand openings of local call centers and campaign headquarters.
The bus is scheduled to arrive at the Stow Victory Center, 4301 Darrow Road, at 12:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will speak to campaign volunteers at the opening.
At 3 p.m., Renacci and Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, are expected to speak at Romney’s local campaign office in Stark County, at 3976 Fulton Drive NW, Plain Township, across from St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
The Stark County GOP and the Renacci for Congress Campaign will provide ice cream and refreshments to volunteers at the Stark event. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-453-6708.
County leader quits
COLUMBUS: An official with President Barack Obama’s Ohio campaign has resigned his chairmanship of the Franklin County Democratic Party.
Greg Schultz said he’s stepping down to focus full time on the Obama campaign. He is its Ohio state director.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the move comes as the county Board of Elections and the Secretary of State’s Office look into payments made to a Democratic fundraiser. The Dispatch has reported that payments totaling $20,500 for undocumented work were made to Melissa Barnhart, who said the money was for previous work done on Columbus City Council races.
A message seeking comment was sent Friday to the Ohio Obama campaign.
Veteran Democratic campaign consultant Greg Haas plans to seek the county chairmanship. He says he doesn’t see any wrongdoing in the payment situation.
— Associated Press
Depot open house
COPLEY TWP.: The Copley Historical Society will have an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. next Saturday at its Train Depot, 3772 Copley Road.
Visitors can see where the station master worked, a telegraph unit, the cargo and freight area, a powered replica of a steam engine, a coal car and a caboose.
The depot is west of Copley Circle near state Route 21 at the railroad tracks.
The next meeting of the Copley Historical Society will be at 7 p.m. July 16 at the Township Town Hall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.
GRANGER TWP.: Trustees have approved a request to designate an additional 50 acres along state Route 18 as a Planned Development District.
The request was made by township residents Gino and Barbara Fasciana, who have developed other commercial properties along the state route.
The change will allow commercial development in a campus-like setting.
GREEN: The Green Board of Education meeting scheduled for later this month has been moved to Tuesday because of conflicts with members’ schedules, including vacations.
Superintendent Michael Nutter said the meeting will be held at the high school’s lecture room, beginning at 6:30 p.m., since City Council will hold its regular meeting the same night, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Central Administration Building.
The council will not meet July 24, the date members chose for summer vacation.
Hunt for Asian carp
Authorities plan another intensive search for Asian carp next week after repeatedly detecting DNA from the invasive fish in Chicago’s Lake Calumet.
Officials said Friday that genetic material from silver carp was found in samples taken in May and June. Policy requires stepped-up efforts to find the fish whenever their DNA turns up during three consecutive rounds of sampling in the same area.
Lake Calumet is on Chicago’s South Side. A live Asian carp was caught there in 2010 — the only one found beyond an electric barrier meant to keep them out of the Great Lakes.
Crews will use nets and electrofishing in their search from Tuesday through Friday. Among the nets will be a new type designed to prevent fish from moving in and out of the lake.
— Associated Press
Inmate plan touted
COLUMBUS: Ohio has approved the first three inmates for a program meant to help former offenders find work after they’re released.
The program, which provides certificates to employers about inmates’ employability, was created last year by a law meant to shrink Ohio’s prison population in part by looking at ways to keep inmates from returning.
Inmates with good behavior who have completed vocational programs, earned high school diplomas and performed at least 120 hours of community service, among other activities, are eligible.
Prison system director Gary Mohr signed the first three certificates Thursday. He says the documentation will help inmates be successful in the outside world.
The three prisoners — from the Cleveland, Cincinnati and Springfield areas — were convicted of crimes ranging from voluntary manslaughter to aggravated murder. They are within a year of a parole hearing for possible release.
— Associated Press