AKRON

Make dolls for kids

AKRON: As part of Akron schools’ Project RISE program, which supports homeless students, educators are seeking help on Monday at Trinity United Church, where volunteers will be asked to sew dolls for the Love and Learn Doll Project.

More than 3,300 dolls — along with parent-child activity books, baby doll quilts, tote bags and storybooks — have been donated to homeless children through the program since 1999.

Project RISE provides patterns, stuffing, fabric and supplies. It’s not required, but participants are asked to bring sewing machines, if possible.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP to Megan Heavrin at 330-703-5819 or mmh36@zips.uakron.edu, or Debra Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or dmantegh@akron.k12.oh.us.

Dying wish of pierogi

A former Akron man’s dying wish was to have pierogi for his last meal — so a suburban Cleveland bakery famous for the ethnic delicacy made it happen.

Jess Hays, who lived in New Mexico, wanted the last solid food he ate to be the dumplings from Perla Homemade Delights in Parma. The family that owns the business heard about it and shipped them at their own expense.

Hays died Monday in Deming, N.M., at age 62, said his wife. He had battled pancreatic cancer for 18 months.

The couple moved there seven years ago from Akron after both retired from the University of Akron.

— Associated Press

Homeowner sessions

AKRON: Workshops to educate local homeowners about state Save the Dream funds will be held over the next two weeks.

Save the Dream will provide $35,000 to Ohio homeowners who have had an eligible hardship since 2007. The homeowners can receive funds to make mortgage payments current, lower monthly payments or pay off mortgages, and to pay delinquent property taxes or homeowner association fees.

The state program will cease to exist at the end of April.

Counselors from the nonprofit agency Mustard Seed Development Center, who are knowledgeable in the process, will assist residents with applications.

The workshops will be at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St. They will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m. April 8, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11.

The workshops are sponsored by Mustard Seed Development Center and Akron council members Marilyn Keith and Jeff Fusco.

For more information, call the Mustard Seed Development Center at 330-631-0350.

Parole denied convict

AKRON: Members of the Ohio Parole Board reversed themselves Friday and have denied parole to a former Akron man convicted of abducting and killing a woman outside a bowling alley in 1986.

Victor Logan, who has served 28 years of a 30- to 75-year sentence, will not be eligible again for parole until 2017.

Logan, 51, and Marcazuan Lockett, 45, and Albert Young, 44, all remain in prison. Each man was convicted in the slaying of Susan Soldierson, 22, of Stow.

The men forced Soldierson, a University of Akron student, into their car outside Stonehedge bowling alley in an apparent robbery attempt.

After taking her purse, they pushed her out of the car.

She died of head injuries two days later.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh requested a full hearing after Logan’s parole was originally approved in January.

“More than 25 years after Susan’s death, Logan still has a lack of remorse and refuses to take responsibility for his role in her murder,” Walsh said.

Ward 4 meeting

AKRON: Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.

A representative from Graf Growers will share budget-friendly landscaping improvement ideas and a member of the Akron Organization will provide information on an upcoming forum.

CANTON

Extra school work

CANTON: The Board of Education has approved the use of extra assignments to make up for three days of classes missed due to hazardous weather.

Students will also attend school on May 22, which was previously planned as a day off.

Pupils who have access to the Internet at home can make up work with online “blizzard bags” of instructional materials.

Others will be permitted to complete the work at school.

The lessons are to be posted by Tuesday and completed by April 14.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Candidates forum

KENT: Local, state and federal candidates have been invited to meet and talk with voters in small groups at an election forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Theodore Roosevelt High School, 1400 N. Mantua St. in Kent.

The league invited candidates in the May 6 primary for Portage County commissioner, county auditor, county probate and juvenile court, the 75th Ohio House district, and the 13th Congressional district.

Representatives of the Portage Park District and Ravenna school district will provide information on levies on the ballot.

Voters will be seated at round cafeteria tables.

Candidates will start at an assigned table and then move from table-to-table in a set time frame.

By the end of the event, each candidate will have met with each group of voters.

Voters and candidates will have time afterward to talk further.

For additional information, call Terrie Nielsen at 330-274-0864.