AKRON

Guide donation

AKRON: The FirstEnergy Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition to assist in reprinting the organization’s Towpath Companion, a guide for hikers and bicyclists on the 101-mile Towpath Trail.

The guidebook is “a vital resource,” said Dee Lowry, president of the foundation. She added, “We’re proud to support the trail.”

Early Bird 5K

AKRON: The Junior League of Akron is hosting its Early Bird Bustle 5K, Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Road, Bath Township.

The cost is $20 per person with preregistration and $25 on the day of the race.

For more information or to register, visit www.runtoyou­racing.com.

Budget award

AKRON: The city has received a 2014 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The city has earned this honor for 30 years in a row.

The award recognizes how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Finance Director Diane Miller-Dawson also received a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation.

“Once again, the GFOA has confirmed that our method of budget reporting utilizes the best practices available,” Miller-Dawson said in a news release.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America.

Meeting canceled

AKRON: Councilman Russel Neal Jr., the Ward 4 councilman, has canceled his monthly ward meeting scheduled for Tuesday because of the election.

Neal encouraged residents to exercise their right to vote.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Candidate visits

State Sen. Nina Turner, the Democratic candidate for Ohio secretary of state, will conclude her “Meet Me at the Box” early voting initiative this weekend with stops in Akron, Canton and Cleveland.

Turner, who is from Cleveland, previously visited Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Warren and Youngstown.

Turner’s events this weekend will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant St. in Akron; 2 p.m. Saturday at the Stark County Board of Elections, 3525 Regent Ave. NE in Canton; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.

At her Akron stop, Turner will be joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, and state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Grant for police

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The police department has been awarded a grant from CVS pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit at the 2310 Second St. police station.

The unit will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances, in the hopes of reducing the amount of unneeded medicine that might fall into the hands of abusers. It will also reduce the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from discarded supplies.

In all, 1,000 drug receptacles are being funded across the country by CVS/pharmacy and the Medicine Abuse Project, a five-year initiative of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The Cuyahoga Falls site is open around the clock, and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

HUDSON

Gluten-free cooking

HUDSON: A Gluten-free cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hudson Library & Historical Society will feature holiday recipes and cooking and baking tips.

Chef Geraldine Koprowski will lead the demonstration. She is founder of Trifles Catering in Chagrin Falls and its gluten-free division Two Flowers Food Co. Copies of her cookbook, Cooking Gluten Free, will be available for purchase. Registration is required. Go to www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658, Ext. 1010 .

MEDINA COUNTY

Councils to meet

The city councils of Wadsworth, Medina and Brunswick will meet in joint session at 6 p.m. Monday at Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood St.

Agenda items include the Central Processing Facility, tipping fees at that facility, 911 service and casino revenue.

Other items include possible efforts to collaborate on high-cost services and a recent housing grant the three cities jointly received.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Extra Mile Day

Saturday is Extra Mile Day in Akron and other cities across the country.

The day recognizes the capacity for people to create positive change when they “go the extra mile.”

In connection with Extra Mile America, the national movement began in 2009 with 23 cities. In 2014, 500 cities are participating. Among them are Canton and Massillon.

For more information, visit http://extramileamerica.org/.

Husted offers hours

Secretary of State Jon Husted will hold regional office hours at locations across Ohio in November, including stops in Akron, Canton, Seville and Streetsboro. Regional liaisons for Husted’s office will provide voter registration forms and answer questions.

The local hours will be: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Greater Stark County Urban League, 1400 Sherrick Road SE in Canton; 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Seville library branch, 45 N. Center St. in Seville; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 High St. in Akron; 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Pierce Streetsboro Library, 8990 Kirby Lane in Streetsboro; and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, 822 30th St. in Canton.

STARK COUNTY

Service grant started

CANTON: The Junior League of Stark County has announced the creation of the Junior Leaders Community Service Grant that will fund projects led by girls in grades K-12. Two grants of $2,500 will be awarded.

Applications can be found at www.jlstarkcounty.org and are due by Jan. 31.

For more information contact meganlpellegrino@gmail.com.