Boy beaten

AKRON: A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, police said.

The child is being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital for injuries to his head, upper torso and back, police said.

Police and paramedics responding to an emergency call about 7 p.m. Wednesday found the child unresponsive inside a home in the 500 block of Johnston Court.

At the scene, detectives arrested Kurtis Michael Mathes, 23, of Johnston Court, on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.

Mathes was being held in Summit County Jail.

Vans donated

AKRON: Akron’s Valor Home and Valor Home of Lorain County have each been presented with a 2014 Ford Extended E-250 van to be used by the shelters for homeless veterans.

The vans were paid for with a $46,000 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a $20,000 grant from the MobilityWorks Foundation of Akron.

The vans, valued at $33,000 each, will be used to transport residents of the two shelters, said Matthew Slater, director of veterans affairs for Family & Community Services Inc. of Portage County, which operates the two homes.

Valor Home in Akron, at 1121 Exeter Road, opened last year and has a capacity of 30 veterans.

The conversion work on the vans was done by MobilityWorks Commercial division of Akron.

Braun Corp. provided a Braun Century wheelchair lift at a discount and Q’Straint donated retractable wheelchair tie-downs.

The vans will be used to transport the veterans in the programs to appointments, events, employment and meetings.

For more on Valor Home go to www.valorhome.org and for more on MobilityWorks Foundation go to www.themobilityworksfoundation.org.

Women’s meeting

AKRON: The Federated Democratic Women of Summit County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. George’s Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

Sam DeShazior, Akron’s deputy planning director, will discuss black history as Black History Month begins.

Cost is $15.

RSVP by calling 330-867-4329.


Meth arrests

BATH TWP.: The Summit County Drug Unit arrested a Bath Township mother accused of making methamphetamine inside her home.

Crystal Brown, 31, was arrested on felony charges of drug manufacturing Wednesday following a search at 1285 N. Hametown Road.

Task force agents say they found six one-pot meth labs used to make the drug inside the house.

Authorities also said Brown’s two children, ages 6 and 3, were living in the home while the highly toxic drug was being made.

Additional charges could be brought, authorities said.


Dance plans

CANAL FULTON: The Canal Fulton Parks & Recreation is sponsoring its popular Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 22.

It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northwest Middle School, 8614 Erie Ave. NW.

The dance is for girls ages 3 to 12.

Tickets are $8 per person.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Canal Fulton City Hall, starting Monday.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

For additional information, call 330-864-2225.


Grant awarded

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Cuyahoga Falls Electric System was awarded a $50,000 grant by the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program to help purchase advanced technology distribution feeder automation equipment.

The recently developed technology is expected to increase power reliability to all 2,600 customers on those two distribution feeders.

The project will also slightly lower energy consumption and energy bills for customers with certain types of loads.

Running this project through the DEED program will allow other public power communities to learn from the project.


Volunteers needed

BOSTON HEIGHTS: The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to help in its Park Ambassadors program in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Duties include assisting in park visitor centers, handling snowshoe rentals, going out into the community for public outreach and setting up information stations in the park to talk about nature and history.

Orientation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 west of state Route 8.

The program will be repeated at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Preregistration is recommended. Call 330-657-2299.


Chocolate fest

MEDINA: The annual For the Love of Chocolate Festival will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Medina Performing Arts Center at Medina High School, 851 Weymouth Road in Medina.

Attendees will be able to sample chocolate treats from more than 30 chocolatiers. There will also be baking contests, a bake sale and a CandyLand for children. Valentine’s Day gifts will also be available.

Proceeds will help the local Red Cross.

For more information visit redcross.org/medinacounty or call 1-877-441-4565.


Angel-themed event

AKRON: Angels are the theme of an art auction Thursday at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

The event, hosted by the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation, will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include silent, live and roaming bidding options.

Proceeds will benefit the establishment of an interactive art education area at the proposed Akron Children’s Museum.

“We’re excited to see the room come to life with gorgeous heavenly pieces from local and national artists,” said Jill Skapin, event chairperson. “Andrea dedicated her life to caring for others, particularly children. Therefore, we feel the Children’s Museum is the perfect beneficiary of this event.”

Art pieces include a Black Keys poster signed by both the artist and the Black Keys, art by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO, and sculptures by Don Drumm and Mark Soppeland.

General admission tickets to the event are $50 and are available at http://andrearose.org/events.aspx.

Critter watchers

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is seeking volunteers to help monitor amphibian populations in local wetlands this spring.

Volunteers will be trained to identify amphibian vocalizations and to record their observations.

The data will be used to aid park biologists in assessing amphibian population trends in the park district.

Volunteers are required to visit their assigned wetlands around sundown once a month from March through July.

Interested individuals must become registered volunteers before Feb. 1 to participate in required training.

For information, contact Della Day at 330-865-8047 or dday@summitmetroparks.org.

Wayne chili open

AKRON: The 2014 Wayne Homes Chili Open golf classic will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hale Farm & Village in Bath.

Golfers will be challenged to drive shots across the tundra and putt balls covered with ice.

Grounds of the historic location will be transformed into four golf courses with nine holes each.

The registration fee of $50 per golfer is also a pass to the all-you-can-eat Whitey’s Chili at the Wayne Homes Chili Open warm-up party inside the banquet hall of Hale Farm & Village.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

To register for the event or to donate to the Wayne Homes Chili Open visit www.chiliopen.net.