Columbus Day discussion
AKRON: Councilman Russ Neal will host a community discussion, including a conversation on changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, at the monthly Ward 4 meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.
Neal is expected to explain how the proposal came to be, as well as national and a local work regarding race and institutional racism. For more information please call 330-212-3034.
Also, the Senior Citizen’s Commission will meet 1-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Main Library on South High Street in downtown Akron. Parking in the library deck will be validated. The topic for the free meeting will be “safety.”.
Holiday pancake breakfast
BARBERTON: The Barberton Kiwanis will host its annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW.
Breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Advance tickets are $6, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 years. Children 5 and younger are free.
Tickets are available at Snowball Bookshop and from any Barberton Kiwanis member. Walk-ins are welcome at ticket prices of $7 and $4. All proceeds benefit service projects.
Road to close for two days
BOSTON TWP.: Truxell Road, about a half-mile east of Akron-Peninsula Road, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday for a culvert replacement project, Summit County Engineer Al Brubaker said.
Electricity scam warning
HUDSON: The city is warning residents that individuals have been going around to Hudson businesses and homes claiming they are with the electric department, threatening to shut off electricity to the home or business, and demanding bill payment.
These individuals are not with the city, nor does the city shut off electricity or demand payments in this way. Shut-off notices would be delivered by mail.
Call the utility billing office at 330-342-1710 to verify the status of your account or if you have questions.
If you experience one of these visits, call police to report it at 330-342-1800.
Turnpike bridge work
SPRINGFIELD TWP.: The Ohio Turnpike is warning motorists to expect slow conditions on the highway in Springfield Township in southeastern Mahoning County starting Tuesday and continuing until Nov. 15.
The state agency is replacing the westbound bridge deck and making repairs at the bridge over Garfield Road in the township which is south of Youngstown.
Westbound traffic will cross over to the eastbound side of the highway and both directions will be reduced to one lane at the bridge over Garfield Road.
The speed limit will be 50 mph. The bridge work is part of a $4.6 million project to rebuild nine bridges in the area. Workers are expected to begin replacing the eastbound bridge in late February.
Help needed to solve mystery
RITTMAN: Police are still trying to solve the mystery surrounding a body found in a wooded area last month.
“The case has stalled due to a lack of reliable tips,” Police Chief Ray Arcuri told the Wooster Daily Record. “It’s what we need.”
The body of John P. Graham, 49, of Rittman was discovered in a wooded area near the intersection of Gish and Eastern roads. He was identified through fingerprints and dental records.
Authorities are still trying to determine how he died and whether his body was dumped there, the newspaper said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rittman police at 330-925-8040.
Region briefs, Aug. 31: Columbus Day, racial issues to be discussed at Akron Ward 4 meeting