AKRON

Saleswoman robbed

AKRON: Akron police are looking for a knife-wielding man who robbed a woman selling magazines door to door.

The 19-year-old woman called police about 7 p.m. Tuesday to report that she was robbed in the area of Seminola Avenue and Hillside Terrace.

According to police, the man approached her and asked to use her cellphone, then asked for the time.

When the victim told the man she did not have a cellphone he showed her the blade of a knife and demanded her wallet. The robber grabbed the woman’s work folder and fled with $27, a check for $32, receipts and her work identification.

The robber is described as a white man, about 20 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with blond or strawberry blond hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He wore a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with white letters and blue jeans.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Rides to polls

SUMMIT COUNTY: Need a ride to the polls on Election Day? If so, you’re in luck.

The Summit County Democratic and Republican parties are offering rides to voters who need transportation Tuesday.

The county Democratic Party will offer the service from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may call the party’s headquarters at 330-434-1311 to request a ride.

Voters also may call the county GOP’s headquarters at 330-434-9151 to arrange a ride.

Candidates forum

AKRON: A local civil discourse group will hold its first official event with a “candidates conversation” focusing on the 27th Ohio Senate District on Thursday evening.

The event is sponsored by Better Outcomes, a nonprofit organization started last fall by Louis Kraus of Bath, a mediator who wants to bring order to the political process.

The event, which will feature state Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, and George Rusiska, his Democratic opponent, will be at 6 p.m. at Temple Israel, 91 Springside Drive in Bath Township.

Those who would like to attend may register at the group’s website, www.getbetteroutcomes.org.

The event will start with candidate introductions, followed by big-picture and issue questions that a mediator will ask candidates. Candidates will have the chance to make closing comments. They will be asked to sign a set of guidelines before the event that suggests they answer clearly and simply — and focus on themselves and not their opponent.

“It’s not going to be a battle like people are used to,” Kraus said.

A video of the event will be made available on the group’s website.

COLUMBUS

Acorn count

COLUMBUS: The 2014 Ohio acorn survey conducted at 38 wildlife areas showed an increase in production from 2013, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports.

It says Ohio had an above-average year for acorn production. Ohio’s fall crop of acorns is an important food source for more than 90 forest wildlife species, and acorn abundance can influence hunting plans.

Division of Wildlife employees scanned the canopies of selected oak trees on wildlife areas to determine the percentage of trees that produced acorns and the relative size of the acorn crop.

Results showed that an average of 52 percent white oaks and 68 percent red oaks bore fruit in 2014. This exceeds the production in 2013, matches the production in 2012 and nearly matches the banner year of 2010.

Acorn production in white oaks and red oaks increased from 2013 to 2014, the survey shows. Acorn production is cyclical and wildlife prefer white oak acorns because red oak acorns taste bitter.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Special meeting

COVENTRY TWP.: Township trustees have called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday in the ADA Room, 68 Portage Lakes Drive. The board will discuss personnel matters and possible litigation.

For more information, call 330-644-0785.

STARK COUNTY

‘Time banking’ talk

CANTON: The Stark County District Library is hosting a discussion on time banks at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Branch, 189 25th St.

Time banking is a community program in which participants exchange skills, talents and passions for a time credit that can then be exchanged for needed services offered by others in the time bank.

For more information or to register, contact 330-456-4356 or visit www.thesmartstore.org/events/show.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Libraries close for day

AKRON: All locations of the Akron-Summit County Public Library will be closed Nov. 11 for a staff development day.

There will be no bookmobile or library delivery services. Fines will not be assessed and no library items will be due that day. The mobile website and library catalog will be available for use. Full services will resume and all locations will reopen Nov. 12.

Trail resurfacing

Weather permitting, a portion of the Towpath Trail in southern Summit County will be closed for one week for resurfacing.

The closure would affect the trail from the Vanderhoof Road Trailhead off Vanderhoof Road in New Franklin south to the Clinton Trailhead off North Street in Clinton.

The trail will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Nov. 7.

For more information, call 330-867-5511 or go to www.?summitmetroparks.org.

WADSWORTH

Additions approved

WADSWORTH: The Planning Commission on Monday approved building additions and parking improvements for ATB Enterprises Inc. at 1030 Seville Road.

The commission also approved four more units on Mahogany Row at the Reserves of Briarthorn condominium development on Akron Road.

WOOSTER

$2 million donation

WOOSTER: The College of Wooster has received a $2 million donation to help construct an integrated science facility.

Doon Allen Foster, a member of the college’s board of trustees, and her husband, John, announced the donation last week.

Doon Foster of Connecticut earned her bachelor’s degree in speech from Wooster in 1980. John Foster, a managing director of NGP Energy Capital Management, attended Wooster in 1979.

“John and I are excited about the faculty’s vision for this facility and we’re happy to be able to play a part in helping to achieve that vision,” Doon Foster said.

The college expects to start the formal design process in January, and hopes to break ground in June 2016. So far, $14.3 million has been raised for the new facility.