AKRON

Dollar robber

AKRON: Akron police say a man used a gun to steal $3 to $5 from a cashier at a Dollar General store.

The armed robbery took place about 8:30 p.m. Saturday inside the store at 1537 Brittain Road. No one was injured.

Workers told police the masked man entered the store and approached a checkout counter. He pointed a gun at a cashier and took the couple of dollar bills from a register before fleeing.

Police say the robber is white and in his 30s. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with white letters, black shorts, white socks, white shoes and a black mask.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Information also may be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677). Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

IGA robbed

AKRON: Two gunmen robbed the Firestone Park IGA early Monday, prompting three nearby schools to briefly lock down their buildings, Akron police said.

The masked gunmen got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said, and no shots were fired. The school reopened later in the morning.

The men went inside the Hammel Street store about 8 a.m. and ordered workers to the floor. One of the men then jumped over a counter and entered an office. Both men then fled with the money.

Police say the men are black, each about 5-feet-5 and weighing 150 to 180 pounds. One wore all black clothing; the other wore a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677). Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Video help

AKRON: Akron police hope surveillance video will help them identify a man who robbed a South Main Street discount store last week.

The video can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3qivCcujls.

Police said the man walked into Family Dollar on South Main Street on Sept. 24 and handed the clerk a note that demanded money. He threatened to shoot the worker if she did not comply.

The robber — a bald, white male, about 45 years old and about 6 feet tall — ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. He wore sunglasses, a blue adidas jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, blue jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Information also can be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS (2677). Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Paper shred

AKRON: ReWorks will shred personal financial papers Saturday.

The shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Job Center parking lot, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.

The free event is open to Summit County residents and businesses.

There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags per vehicle.

The papers will be turned into tissue paper and paperboard by Ohio paper mills.

For more information, call 330-374-0383 or go to www.summitreworks.com.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Oldham fundraiser

AKRON: Magistrate Jon Oldham, a candidate for Akron Municipal Court judge, will host a fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Uncorked Wine Bar, 22 N. High St.

Suggested donation is $40.

Light appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.

Wilms event

AKRON: A “Tailgate Fundraiser” for the campaign of Gertrude Wilms will be held Saturday at the Polish American Club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave.

The event will be held before the University of Akron Zips homecoming game from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilms is running for judge on the Akron Municipal Court.

The suggested donation for the fundraiser is $30. There is a $600 maximum contribution per person and a $3,600 maximum contribution per organization. No corporate checks are permitted.

Checks can be made payable to: Gertrude Wilms for Judge and sent to: Phil Montgomery, treasurer, 308 Sand Run Road, Akron, 44113.

COPLEY SCHOOLS

School board forum

COPLEY TWP.: A forum featuring the four candidates for the Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Copley-Fairlawn High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road.

The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the Copley-Fairlawn PTA are co-sponsoring the event, which is open to the public. Janice Jacobs, the league’s Education Fund project director, will moderate.

Current Copley-Fairlawn school board members Sue Emich, Richard Levin and Jessica Vargo are being challenged by Romi Brozeit in the Nov. 5 election.

HUDSON

Library events

HUDSON: The Hudson Library & Historical Society has scheduled the following free events:

• A concert of chamber music by Kent State School of Music will be conducted in the rotunda Sunday at 2 p.m.

• An interactive class on Toning: The Healing Potential of Our Own Voice will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 17 by Pilar Farnsworth and Paul Di Franco. Farnsworth will instruct on how to use voice, the healing tones of Solfeggio tuning forks, Tibetan and crystal bowls as well as movement and breath, and Di Franco is an expert in the ancient practice of chanting.

• Psychologist Theodore Chandler will explain why many common expressions are actually myths in a special talk on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Listen to him debunk popular sayings and rethink assumptions about human behavior.

• Singer/songwriter Angela Easterling will present A Songwriter’s Journey Through American Music in the rotunda at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. She will perform original songs along with some classics while discussing the craft of songwriting.

Registration is not required.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Voting begins

It’s time for the early birds to vote.

Absentee voting for the Nov. 5 election begins today. Voters can cast ballots in person at county elections boards or request a ballot by mail.

Voters will decide numerous local races and issues this fall.

The cutoff to register to vote or update information, such as a change of address, also is fast approaching. That deadline is Monday.

Vigil planned

AKRON: A local vigil to observe National Day of Dignity and Respect is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Charles Goodyear Park, 174 S. High St., Akron.

The event is part of a diverse movement to bring together representatives from the faith, labor and civil rights communities to call for Congress to pass immigration reform in 2013.

Thousands of people are expected to gather in more than 80 cities throughout the nation to demand immigration reform that leads to citizenship, that promotes family unity, that protects worker rights and that halts the expansion of border militarization and immigrant detention prisons.

The local event is being hosted by HOLA, a grass-roots organization that focuses on Latino outreach, advocacy and community organizing in Northeast Ohio.

HOLA meetings are held weekly or biweekly in Painesville, Lorain and Akron.

For more information, call 330-849-1817 or go to www.?holatoday.org.

Roast for Feagler

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS: Retiring media legend Dick Feagler will be roasted Monday at a luncheon at Nighttown, a jazz club and restaurant at 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.

The public is invited.

Roasters will include longtime TV and newspaper colleagues of Feagler, among them Jim Donovan, Dan Coughlin, Michael McIntyre and Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer.

The event is sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland. Tickets are $25 to $40.

For more information and to register, go to http://pcfeagler.eventbrite.com/.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Wild Hikes planned

The Portage Park District is holding its Wild Hikes Trek through Nov. 30.

A hiker must walk eight of nine designated trails to earn locally made hiking staff and brass tag.

Hikers can opt to hike two other park district trails to count for one Wild Hikes Trek outing.

To download a form, go to www.portageparkdistrict.org.

First-timers get a hiking staff. Veterans get a tag. The suggested donation is $10 for a staff and $5 for the tag.

The park district is offering Saturday hikes through Nov. 16. The hikes include designated trails and some park areas not regularly open to the public.

For information, call 330-297-7728.

SPRINGFIELD SCHOOLS

Board to meet

SPRINGFIELD TWP: Springfield Local Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Springfield Administration Building, 2410 Massillon Road in Akron.

The meeting will discuss construction-related matters.

STARK COUNTY

Award winner

STARK COUNTY: The Stark County Park District is the winner of a Pinnacle Award for its videoconferencing programs.

It is the fourth consecutive award to the park district from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

Stark parks is one of 39 program providers in the United States to get the award.

In 2012, the park district presented more than 30 programs to more than 1,000 participants across the United States.

Other winners included the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Ski equipment sale

PENINSULA: Goodyear Ski Club will hold its annual Swap Shop Thursday through Sunday in the barn of Buckeye Sports Center, 4610 State Road, Peninsula.

Participants can by and sell discounted equipment.

For hours and more information, go to Newsletter section at www.GoodyearSkiClub.org.

Family race

AKRON: The Fit for the Future Family Fun 5K and One-mile Fun Run will be held Oct. 5 a LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road in Hudson.

The cost for the 5K $20 for participants ages 13 and older and $5 for the one-mile fun run. Participants under 12 are free.

Proceeds from the event will go to Akron Children’s Hospital and their programs to educate and battle childhood obesity.

Registration information for the 5K and fun run is available at www.lifecenterplus.com.

Donations to the event will be accepted through Oct. 4.

Donators are asked to mail or drop-off their donations with their business card to LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road Hudson, Ohio 44236, with attention to Maria or call 330-655-2377 ext. 115 to arrange for pick up.

Summit sessions

AKRON: Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities has scheduled community information meetings to discuss services the agency provides.

Sessions and their locations are:

•?6 to 8 p.m. today, Barberton Center, 501 W. Hopocan Ave.

•?11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Summit DD Administration Building, 89 E. Howe Road, Tallmadge.

•?6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, American Red Cross, 501 W. Market St., Akron.

For more information, call 330-634-8958.