AKRON: This year’s Architectural Heritage Awards, presented by the Summit County Historical Society and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, will be presented at an awards ceremony today at Akrona Galleries in Akron.
The awards recognize exemplary historic preservation projects and people who have made a significant, positive impact.
The public is invited to mingle with award winners, community leaders, architects, designers, plus past award recipients during the hors d’oeuvres and wine reception beginning at 7 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 7:45 p.m. The gallery is at 1765 W. Market St.
Attendance is by reservation only. To learn more, call 330-535-1120 or visit the website at www.summithistory.org.
CANTON: A fire at a substation for RTI Alloy on Sunday morning caused about $1 million in damage, said Acting Battalion Chief Arvin Eller.
The fire started about 9:45 a.m. in a substation outside the company at 1935 Warner Road SE. Firefighters had to wait for verification from AEP that there was no longer power going to the substation before they could battle the flames. The substation is in a fenced area outside the factory, so there was no immediate danger to the surrounding area, Eller said.
The fire put out a heavy black smoke and caused a few explosions from the burning of a cooling oil in the substation. The smoke reportedly could be seen from as far away as Belden Village. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about an hour and no one was injured.
RTI lost power, but the company’s generators then kicked on. The company will use temporary equipment to keep power flowing until custom equipment can be made to replace what was lost in the fire.
The fire’s cause is under investigation, Eller said.
FAIRLAWN: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Christian Alliance’s Freedom Banquet at 7 tonight at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St.
Rubio, R-Fla., will discuss Mitt Romney’s credentials, family values and faith, according to a Romney campaign spokesperson.
Tickets are $60 a piece and are available at the group’s website, http://ohioca.org/.
BARBERTON: A fundraiser to support the election of Tim Crawford to Summit County Council in District 7 will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The event will be at the Green Diamond, 125 Second St. NW. The suggested donation is $25.
Crash kills man
CANAAN TWP.: A 36-year-old Wooster man was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Saturday evening in Canaan Township in Wayne County.
Melvin C. Romanchik, of Jenna Drive, Wooster, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7 p.m. crash on state Route 3 at County Road 48, according to the State Highway Patrol. Romanchik was wearing a seat belt, according to a news release. The site, north of Wooster, is near Hawk’s Nest Golf Club.
Seven other people, including children, were also reported injured.
The patrol said that Romanchik drove a Pontiac Sunfire west through a stop sign and hit a northbound Chevrolet SUV driven by Thomas R. Lockard Jr., 44, of Wooster.
Passengers in Romanchik’s car included his 5-year-old son, who was in a booster seat in the rear, and car owner Melvin C. Perry Jr., 59, of Wooster. The boy was taken by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital. Perry, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by helicopter to Cleveland Metro Hospital.
Lockard’s vehicle hit a timber fence, overturned and came to rest on its wheels, according to the patrol. Also in the car were Lockard’s wife, Kim, and their three children ages 7, 9 and 12. One child was taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital; the parents and the other two children were taken to Wooster Hospital.
The crash remains under investigation, according to the patrol.