AKRON

Applicants needed

AKRON: The Highland Square Neighborhood Association is seeking applicants to fill positions on its board.

HSNA is a nonprofit organization serving the Highland Square neighborhood in West Akron.

The term begins Feb. 1.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to: Anita Marron, HSNA, 641 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44303.

For more information, call 330-483-4516.

Trustee named

AKRON: Mechanical engineering student Garrett Dowd was appointed to the University of Akron Board of Trustees by Gov. John Kasich.

The Silver Lake resident is joining another student trustee and nine voting members on the trustee board.

His appointment is through June 2015.

Parade units sought

AKRON: The city of Akron’s Recreation Bureau is seeking parade units for the 27th-annual Welcome Santa Parade on Main Street on Saturday.

The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Parade categories include marching bands, youth groups, animal units, specialty units, floats, costumed characters and novelty units.

There is no cost to participate.

Contact Greg Obringer at 330-375-2835 or gobringer@akronohio.gov to be included in the parade lineup.

Ward 8 meeting

AKRON: Marilyn Keith, the Ward 8 councilwoman, will have a Coffee with the Councilwoman on Wednesday.

Her coffee will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Rate decrease

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Falls residents who pay an extra charge as part of the high pressure water district will see that charge drop off their bills as of Sunday.

The high-pressure district includes homes and businesses in Wards 3, 5 and 8 that were formerly part of Northampton Township.

When the township merged with Cuyahoga Falls, the city bought Summit County waterlines and offered service to residents affected by the merger.

Along with their water usage, those residents and businesses pay a service charge, which, along with the tap-in fees, was used to pay the debt for the waterlines.

The fees were expected to end after 20 years.

But because fewer homes were built than expected and about 100 homes have not tapped in, residents in the former Northampton area are still paying the extra charge.

The Falls City Council on Monday approved legislation to terminate the fees as of Dec. 1.

KENT

Kent food drive

KENT: Downtown Kent businesses are offering special discounts to patrons who donate nonperishable food items for the holiday season to their collection bins.

Participating businesses include 4Cats Art Studio, Balleria, City Bank Antiques, Fashion School Store, Kent Cycle, Kent Natural Foods Co-Op, Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, McKay Bricker Framing and Black Squirrel Gifts, Rise and Shine Cafe, Sue Nelson Design and Yogurt Vi.

Discounts range from a percentage off your meal or purchase, to free pins and stickers.

All items collected will benefit Kent Social Services.

MEDINA COUNTY

Historical series

MEDINA: The Medina County Historical Society will hold a series of Civil War Christmas open houses at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood in Medina.

The series will run from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8.

The series will present character portrayals including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Civil War surgeon with tent and supplies, the Union Green sharpshooters, Emma the Spy, and Robert E. Lee, as well as Medina County’s historical characters.

The 14-room house will be fully decorated with trees and wreaths that will be available for sale by cash or check only.

Admission is $5 and children under 5 are free.

For more information, contact 330-722-1341 or mchs@zoominternet.net.

Restitution hearing

CLEVELAND: A restitution hearing will be held next month for two Medina investment brokers who are serving federal prison terms after pleading guilty to mail fraud in a Ponzi scheme that authorities said defrauded area customers of more than $2.1 million.

Victor Jada, 71, was sentenced in July by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent to 48 months in prison.

Jada and his co-defendant, Hanan Khoury, 45, who was given 37 months in prison, also were ordered to collectively pay restitution in the amount of $1,757,520 to at least 17 investors, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The restitution order was filed July 23, but since then, additional investors have come forward, and government attorneys have filed court records calculating restitution in the amount of $3,689,004.

Attorneys for both sides said a Dec. 3 hearing is set in Nugent’s court for further discussions on the restitution figure.

Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Turkey Burner run

MEDINA: The fourth annual Turkey Burner Family Wellness Run will be held on Thanksgiving morning at the Hinckley Reservation on Bellus Road in Hinckley.

Hosted by Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers, the event will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and include a Family Turkey Hunt at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 5K run at 9 a.m.

Awards will be given for age categories and special groups including mother and child, father and child, groups of two with a combined age of 80 or over and best dressed turkey.

Runners can register in advance at www.active.com for $25 or the day of the event for $30.

The Family Turkey Hunt will be $20 per family and will include a scavenger hunt for prizes as well as a fun hike around the lake.

Pre-registration information can be picked up through today at Second Sole, 122 Public Square, Medina.

Proceeds from the event will be used to provide free transportation and other services to Medina County Seniors.

For more information, contact Faith in Action at 330-952-0342.

STOW

Husted hours

STOW: Secretary of State Jon Husted will hold regional office hours at locations across Ohio this month, including a stop in Stow.

Regional liaisons for Husted’s office will provide voter registration forms and election information and will answer questions.

The local hours will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road in Stow.

WADSWORTH

‘Shop with Cop’

WADSWORTH: The Wadsworth Police Department will host “Shop with a Cop” on Dec. 7, and tickets are on sale to help fund that program.

Last year, the Wadsworth program raised enough to buy for 30 children.

Even though Wadsworth hosts the program, other Medina County departments also participate. Each department is responsible for raising its own funds.

The amount of money collected determines the number of children the department can take shopping.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Seville, Montville, Spencer and Hinckley departments are expected to participate this year.

Children chosen to participate are treated to a pancake breakfast before shopping at Walmart. Each child is allowed to spend up to $100.

Tickets, at $1 each, can be purchased from the Wadsworth Police Department by calling 330-334-1511.