AKRON: The Harrington Road entrance and parking lot for the Tuscarawas Meadows Area of Firestone Metro Park will be closed Oct. 14 and 15.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is renovating the dam on Harrington Road, limiting park access.
The trails and picnic areas at Firestone Metro Park will be accessible via three other entrances: Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave.; Little Turtle Pond, 2400 Harrington Road; Warner Road Area, 200 E. Warner Road.
For more information, go to www.summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.
AKRON: A vigil to show support for immigration reform will be held Saturday night.
The vigil will start at 8 p.m. in Charles Goodyear Park at 174 South High St.
For information, call 330 849-1817.
Hale Farm honored
BATH TWP.: Hale Farm & Village has been named a winner of a Civil War 150 Heritage Award.
The honor comes from the Ohio Historical Society’s Civil War 150 Advisory Committee for efforts to mark the war’s 150th anniversary.
Other winners are Historic Zoar Village, the Army of Ohio Re-enactors and the Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Rabid bat caught
BRUNSWICK: The Medina County Health Department is reporting that a bat captured in Brunswick has tested positive for rabies.
An adult who had been exposed to the bat Sept. 26 was advised to seek immediate medical treatment.
The bat is the seventh that has tested positive for rabies in Medina County this year and the second in the Brunswick area.
Others were captured in Medina (March 7), Brunswick (May 16), Litchfield Township (May 29), Gloria Glens (June 6), the Chippewa Lake area (Aug. 9) and Lafayette Township (Aug. 23), the health department said in a news release.
“Bats are common in Ohio and are good for our ecosystem,” said Health Commissioner, Krista Wasowski “however they can be a nuisance if found in your home. Since we’ve made the community more aware of the health risk associated with rabies, more citizens are capturing and sending the bats to us for testing.
“Consequently we are seeing a slight increase in those testing positive for the disease. While we encourage the capture of bats found inside a home, we strongly discourage people from ‘hunting’ bats to bring in.” Wasowski continued. “Our first concern is testing those that may have had contact with humans or pets.”
The health department advises people to avoid touching a bat found outside or in a residence. If discovered inside a home, the resident is advised to capture the bat if possible and call 330-662-0513.
The Medina County Health Department can provide a list of licensed animal control professionals.
For more information about rabies, visit www.medinahealth.org.
COLUMBUS: Green Energy Ohio, a statewide advocacy group, is showcasing clean energy and green design at 103 tour sites across Ohio through Sunday.
Half of the sites for the do-it-yourself tours are in Northeast Ohio.
For a list of the free tours, hours and open houses, go to www.greenenergyohio.org.
In addition, there will be seven guided tours Saturday: in Akron, Canton, east of Cleveland, Oberlin, Columbus, Urbana and Van Wert.
To make reservations for the Akron bus tour, contact Joan Hummel at 330-375-2550.
For the Stark tour, go to http://2013starkcountytour.evfentbrite.com.
LAWRENCE TWP.: Lawrence Township will sponsor an Electronic Recycling Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the township garage at 13468 Weygandt St.
Residents of Lawrence Township and Canal Fulton can turn in anything that plugs in or takes a battery.
For details, contact township trustee Les Kamph at 330-904-2219.
MEDINA: A three-week Parenting Matters Workshop will be offered at the OSU Extension office, 120 W. Washington St. in Medina.
The sessions will focus on parenting children between the ages of 5 to 12. Participants will learn from a shortened course from Active Parenting Now, which emphasizes the how-to of raising responsible children who are better able to resist negative peer pressure.
Positive discipline techniques will be covered as well as basic skills.
The sessions will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.
Registration is $20 for an individual or a couple and will include all class materials including the textbook.
Preregistration is available until Oct. 22 by calling Marcia Kroft at 330-725-4911, ext. 117 or email email@example.com.
NEW PHILADELPHIA: The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District plans to complete $1.25 million of bank stabilization projects this winter on three reservoirs.
The work will be done when the lakes are lowered at Atwood in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, Charles Mill in Ashland and Richland counties and Seneca in Noble and Guernsey counties.
The work will be funded by assessments paid by landowners within the district.
More than 500 sites at the district’s 13 reservoirs are in need of work, officials said.
The winter draw-down, when 22 billion gallons of water will be released from the reservoirs, is set to begin Nov. 1 and continue into January.
Meet with LaRose
State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley Township, will hold office hours Saturday throughout his district.
Sessions are: 9 to 11 a.m., Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wayne County Public Library, 220 W. Liberty St., Wooster; and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Canal Fulton City Hall, 155 E. Market St.
LaRose represents the 27th District.
CANTON: The first Lance Cpl. Stacy Ann Dryden Memorial Ride — “Annie’s Ride” — will be at noon Saturday.
It will start at Forest Hill Cemetery, 4414 Cleveland Ave. NW in Canton, where the GlenOak High School graduate is buried and travel to the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park on Cleveland-Massillon Road in Clinton.
Dryden, a 2004 GlenOak High School graduate, died in a non-combat incident in Iraq in 2008.