AKRON: A Highland Square store clerk was robbed at gunpoint Monday, the second time a robber has struck the business in a week.
The latest robbery at Pandora Novelties & Gifts, 16 S. Highland Ave., took place about 11 a.m. when an armed man demanded money from a 71-year-old male clerk and took cash and a gas-mask style tobacco pipe before leaving.
On Sept. 26, a gunman went inside the store and pointed a pistol at the same store clerk. A neighbor heard the clerk scream and a commotion and called police, according to a report.
The gunman fled with about $100.
No shots were fired.
It is unclear if the two robberies are related.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police at 330-375-2490.
AKRON: The University Park YMCA will hold its annual Jack-O’ Lantern Jog on Saturday at the Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave.
The event will offer a 5K and Kiwanis 1-mile family fun run.
It is open to all ages, and all are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume.
Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of State and Bowery streets in downtown followed by the race at 9 a.m.
Awards and trophies will be given to runners; prizes will be given to those in costume.
Refreshments will be provided.
The cost of the 5K is $20 if registered before Thursday and $25 on race day.
The cost is $10 per family for the fun run.
Register at www.ohiochallengeseries.com or by calling 330-434-9622.
AKRON: The Ohio & Erie Canalway is conducting a monthlong online contest, “Around the Ohio & Erie Canalway in 31 Days.”
A question will be posted daily in October on the canalway’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OhioandErieCanalway. Participants can then go to the website www.ohioanderiecanalway.com to submit their answers and be eligible for prizes.
For more information, call Katie Montgomery at 330-860-0825.
GREEN: The Committee to Elect Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty to Probate Court will host a cocktail party fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Prestwick Country Club, 3751 Glen Eagles Blvd., Green.
The cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple. Participants may pay at the door or in advance at www.judgemccarty.com.
NORTON: The Committee to Elect Ashbaugh will host a campaign mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Tavern at Loyal Oak, 3044 Wadsworth Road, Norton.
Larry Ashbaugh, a Republican, is running for the District 7 seat on Summit County Council. Suggested donation is $20.
AKRON: A group opposing an Akron charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot will meet at 6 p.m. today at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1180 Slosson St.
Issue 3 would change the terms of Akron’s ward council members from two to four years, eventually making it so that all the city’s elected leaders are on the ballot at the same time, and would limit the raises of council members and the mayor.
Citizens Action PAC robo-called voters in Wards 3 and 4 to invite them to the event.
Andrae Long, who is heading up the group, has been attending Akron council meetings and speaking out against the charter issue.
The group is providing signs opposing the charter issue. Long said he thinks the issue is politically motivated and not about saving money.
CANTON: A rising cost estimate has stalled an upgrade at the city’s sewage plant.
Service Director Warren Price said the initial $72 million cost is now projected at $89 million for a project to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen discharges.
The Water Reclamation Facility is next to Nimishillen Creek in Canton Township.
City Council on Monday postponed enabling legislation indefinitely. C.T. Consultants, which is designing the improvement, will be asked to explain the reason for the cost change, Price said.
In other action, the council authorized the administration to seek bids and sell a former fire station at 19th Street and Market Avenue North.
CUYAHOGA FALLS: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is still accepting students for its annual fall Boating Safety and Seamanship course, which began Sept. 25 at Cuyahoga Falls High.
The 10-week course runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 27.
The course is required for operators of powerboats over 10 HP who were born after 1981.
Cost is $35, which covers instructional materials and room rental.
For details, contact Veronica Winchester at 330- 947-2652.
Town hall meeting
BARBERTON: State Rep. Zack Milkovich, D-Akron, will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Anna Y, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.
He will address issues and concerns of the citizens of the district.
AKRON: Free skating will be held today, Thursday and Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. at the G.S.F.E. CADE rink, 1615 E. Market St.
The event, sponsored by Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, St. Luke Baptist Church, Stop the Violence Akron Movement, concerned clergy and Avima will offer free admission and $3 skate rental to registered voters.
On Wednesday and Friday, registered voters are invited to bring up to five unregistered or non-updated voters to receive the free rate, if they register or update their voter information.
Assistance will be available to assist those who want to register to vote.
On Thursday, children 17 and under will be given free admission and $3 skate rental with registered parents or those parents who will register to vote.
AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering free photographs of hikers in the Fall Hiking Spree on Sunday.
Hours are noon to 4 p.m at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road.
The photos in front of a Fall Hiking Spree backdrop will be shot in the auditorium. The images will be used on the park district’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/summit metroparks) and shared via Twitter (@metro_parks).
Volunteers also will be on hand to affix hiking shields to hiking staffs for people completing the spree.
The photographs and help also will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.
For more information, call 330-865-8065.
AKRON: The visitor center at the Seiberling Nature Realm will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Columbus Day.
The facility operated by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, normally is closed on Mondays.
For more information, call 330-865-8065.
WADSWORTH: The Ohio Department of Transportation is extending the ramp closure from state Route 94 onto Interstate 76 eastbound until mid-November to ensure that highway improvements are completed this year.
The project includes removing and replacing a 7-inch asphalt layer and drainage improvements to the driving lanes and shoulders of the roadway.
Next year, work will begin on the westbound lanes from the Summit County line to state Route 57.
The $17.7 million project is designed to improve I-76 from Route 57 to the Summit County line.
The entire project is scheduled to be complete in late September 2013.
Route 83 closure
CANAAN TWP.: State Route 83 will close Tuesday just south of Britton Road for a culvert replacement, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.
The road is expected to reopen Oct. 11.
The posted detour involves state Routes 604 and 539 and Interstate 71.