Ward 6, 8 meetings
AKRON: Two Akron council members will hold meetings this month.
Bob Hoch, the Ward 6 councilman, will have a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Dr. He plans to discuss the recent ward boundary changes approved by council. This will be his last meeting of the year.
Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, will have a meeting at 7 a.m. Nov. 20 on the mezzanine of Acme No. 1, 1835 W. Market St. She has, however, canceled her meeting that would have been on the evening of Nov. 21 because of Thanksgiving on the following day.
Chiropractor to talk
AKRON: Gary Minorik, a chiropractor, will be the featured speaker at the monthly Community Welfare Forum luncheon Wednesday.
The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St.
Cost is $7.50 payable at the door with cash or check. RSVP to Chris Donatelli at cdonatelli @all4youth.org or 330-864-1359.
Awards for women
AKRON: The Akron Urban League will have its second annual Women of Power luncheon on Nov. 20 in the president’s hall of its building at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
This year’s honorees are Ophelia Averitt, Tracy Carter, Georgette Constantinou, Flora Novella Randall Dees, Mary Ann Jackson, Linda Omobien and Jacqueline Silas-Butler.
The award is given to women who have made a difference in the organization in which they work and to the community at large.
Tickets are $35 per person or $300 for a table of eight with signage.
To sponsor the event or RSVP, contact Tara Regan at 234-542-4142 or tregan@ akronurbanleague.org.
Boater safety grant
BARBERTON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich’s office has announced that the Barberton Parks and Recreation Department will receive a $13,242.80 grant to help fund boating education safety programs.
Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to complete an approved boater safety course if they are operating any powered watercraft greater than 10 horsepower.
Programs also will focus on developing boating skills and on basic water safety, Milkovich, D-Akron, said in a news release.
For more information about the grant effort, call the parks department at 330-848-6739.
The National Park Service is seeking new Trailblazer volunteers in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The volunteers will hike, bike, ski and ride horses to assist park rangers by providing information, basic first aid and bike maintenance to park visitors.
Candidates must be available for 27 hours of initial training, be willing to provide first aid and CPR, and volunteer at least 40 hours per year.
An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights.
Volunteer applications will be accepted until Jan. 7. Training must be completed between February and April.
Apply online at www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark.
For more information, call 330-657-2299 or email email@example.com.
GREEN: Oncologist Nashat Y. Gabrail will share updates about prostate cancer treatment options at the next American Cancer Society Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting in Green at 7 p.m. Nov. 28.
The group meets at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road.
For additional information about the prostate cancer meeting, call Roger Martin at 330-603-0650.
Seats for sky show
KENT: The Kent State Planetarium is accepting reservations for its annual holiday presentation.
The Skies of Winter will explore stars’ connection to religious and cultural observations worldwide at 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.
The show is free and open to all, although not recommended for children under age 6.
Seating capacity is limited, and reservations are required by calling 330-672-2246.
Teen hurt in crash
BATH TWP.: An 18-year-old Bath Township man was in Akron General Medical Center’s intensive care unit Monday after a weekend rollover crash on North Hametown Road, authorities said.
Michael A. Grajzl was alone, driving a 1990 Dodge Ram pickup truck, when the rollover occurred at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, state Highway Patrol Sgt. Jon DeWitt said.
The crash is under investigation by the Stark-Summit County branch of the patrol, and it was not known Monday, DeWitt said, whether Grajzl was wearing a seat belt or if alcohol or drug use was suspected as a factor in the crash.
DeWitt said Grajzl apparently was southbound on North Hametown and drifted off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle came back across the double yellow line, went off the east side of the road and struck a retaining wall, overturning at least once, the sergeant said.
The truck came to rest on all four wheels and Grajzl was trapped inside, DeWitt said.
Bath Township firefighters freed him and took him to Akron General, DeWitt said. He said no witness statements were available.
A hospital spokesperson said Grajzl was in intensive care Monday with serious injuries.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Kent Area Chapter of Links Inc. will host a Diamonds, Pearls and My Girls luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St.
Cost is $35 per person.
For tickets, call Renee Greene at 330-867-4329.
The Links, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching and sustaining the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans, according to the group’s website.
GREEN: A Canton woman died Sunday when the motorcycle she was riding on crashed after a car turned in front of it.
Diana Stoica, 51, of 47th Street, was a passenger on the motorcycle that crashed at Christman and East Caston roads about 4:30 p.m., a spokesman from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.
Stoica was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:48 p.m.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner’s office are investigating the incident. It was not immediately clear if any charges have been filed.
Parks get grant
SHALERSVILLE TWP.: The Portage Park District is getting an $80,000 state grant to develop canoe-kayak access on the Cuyahoga River.
The grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft will cover development of a small parking area, signs, grading and bank stabilization at the Red Fox sewage plant on Price Road just south of state Route 303.
The Portage County commissioners have agreed to lease the site to the park district so paddlers will have a safe place to exit the river.
“This is exciting because it will make another six miles of this beautiful river downstream of Mantua Village available to the public,” said Christine Craycroft, park district executive director.
Currently, there is no other public access points between Mantua village and the city of Kent with the city of Akron’s Lake Rockwell in between and off-limits to the public.
The park district is working with other parties in Summit, Cuyahoga and Geauga counties to create a water trail along the Cuyahoga River.
The grant is funded by boater registration fees.
AKRON: Friends of Portage Lakes State Park will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive.
Paul Knoebel will demonstrate how timber frame buildings are put together.
The meeting is open to the public.