Consumer advice

AKRON: Bob Hoch, the Ward 6 councilman, and at-large Councilman Jeff Fusco will co-host a meeting about consumer protection at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ritzman Community Learning Center, 629 Canton Road.

Speakers will be Cynthia Sich, deputy director of the Summit County Consumer Affairs Office, and Christy Page, CEO and president of the Akron Better Business Bureau.


Volunteers wanted

RAVENNA: Family and Community Service, Inc. is accepting applications from volunteers for its free Senior Companion Program.

Volunteers age 55 or older will spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week in the homes of older adults who could use a little friendship and a watchful eye.

Volunteers can earn a stipend and mileage reimbursement to offset the costs of volunteering.

For more information, contact Sherry Ackerman at 330-492-2911 or email sackerman@fcsohio.org.


Fishing derby

STOW: The city will host its annual Trout Fishing Derby May 4 at Heritage Lake in Silver Springs Park, 5238 Young Road.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the derby runs until noon, with prizes awarded in various age groups. Youngsters from ages 3 to 15 are welcome.

Bring your own rod and reel. Bait will be provided.


Marathon training

AKRON: An Akron Marathon Training 101 program informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Green Family YMCA and May 2 at the University Park YMCA.

Attendees will learn about the training program, ask questions, meet the running coaches and also receive a schedule for two weeks of coach-led training runs before committing to the program.

Training for all participants begins May 27.

Registration for the training is available at branch locations, over the phone at 330-376-1335 and online at akronymca.org/5ks.

Registration, which includes the registration fee to the Akron Marathon, is $115 for members and $155 for program members. The option to run the half is available and the fee is $10 less than the full marathon.

For those that register for the training, a pre-training assessment will be given the week of May 20, with dates varying by branch.

A marathon kickoff event will be held at 7 p.m. May 23 in the gymnasium of the Green Family Center YMCA.

Band formation

AKRON: The New Horizons Harmonica band for seniors will begin classes and accept members on Monday.

No musical experience is required, beginners as well as novices and professionals are welcome.

The Ensemble and classes will be conducted by Al and Judy Smith.

For more information or to join, contact Sue Hyatt at 330-928-6000 or Al and Judy Smith at 330-659-6458.

Grief support

AKRON: The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Center for Loss and Hope is offering a memorial service and a grief support series in May.

The series, Growing Through Grief, will begin Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township.

The group will meet every Thursday for eight weeks. Participants can pick which group to attend.

Attendees will learn what to expect during the grieving process.

A memorial service, Interfaith Service of Remembering, will be held at 3 p.m. May 19 at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, in Bath Township.

This free service remembers and honors the deceased members of the community.

Both programs are open to the community at no charge.

Enrollment is limited. For reservations, call 330-665-1455.

Book sale

TALLMADGE: The Friends of the Tallmadge Library will hold a book sale Thursday through Saturday at the Tallmadge Branch Library, 90 Community Road.

A preview sale will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The regular sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A $5 bag sale will be held on the last day.


Boy injured

SALT CREEK TOWNSHIP: A 5-year-old boy was flown to Akron Childrenís Hospital after being seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash at around 11 a.m. on Saturday in Wayne County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

The boy was riding in the back seat of an open-style, two-seated Amish buggy displaying a slow-moving vehicle sign. His father Joseph E. Yoder, 36, of Fredericksburg, and his 9-year-old brother, occupied the front seats.

The buggy, riding eastbound on Harrison Road (CR-2) was approached from behind by an SUV driven by Matthew Miller, 19, of Fredericksburg, who struck the buggy with his car forcing it off of the roadway.

Millerís SUV then crossed the center line and struck a Lincoln driven by Melissa Whitworth, 43, also of Fredericksburg, who was going westbound and forcing her off the road as well.

Yoder was not injured, but his 9-year-old son, along with the drivers of the other two vehicles were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The 5-year-old was first transported to Wooster Community Hospital with serious injuries, but was later flown to Akronís Childrenís Hospital for further treatment.

The Ohio State Patrolís initial investigation said that speed and driver inattention were factors in the crash.


WOOSTER: The Wayne County Childrenís Advocacy Center will hold a Zumbathon fundraiser on Saturday at the Grace Brethren Church Family Life Center Gym, 4599 Burbank Road in Wooster.

Cost for the event is $10 for advance registration or $15 at the door. The Zumbathon will start at 9 a.m.

To register, visit www.waynecac.org or call 330-262-1063.