Ward 7 meeting
AKRON: Donnie Kammer will host his monthly “coffee with the councilman” meeting from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St.
All in Ward 7 are welcome.
Reversing drug overdoses
BARBERTON: The Barberton Municipal Drug Court will host free naloxone training for residents of the 44203 ZIP code at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The training will take place in Judge Todd McKenney’s courtroom on the second floor of the Barberton Municipal Building.
Naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.
Seating is limited to 30. Register with Kayla Atchison at 330-861-7285 to be guaranteed a seat.
McKenney will also share information about Barberton’s drug court and the work being done to get nonviolent offenders into treatment.
Couple get life for child sex
CLEVELAND: A woman and man serving time for child rape have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of charges related to the sex trafficking of young boys and a developmentally disabled girl.
Andre Boynton, 42, and Anika George, 39, of North Royalton, were sentenced Friday by a judge in Cleveland after being convicted by a jury earlier this month of charges that included human trafficking, conspiracy and multiple counts of child rape and child pornography.
George’s attorney declined to comment Saturday. Boynton’s attorney couldn’t be reached.
Endangered, rare bat found
TWINSBURG: Summit Metro Parks biologists captured a rare northern long-eared bat in Twinsburg this month and found it was living with an entirely different species of winged mammal.
Biologist Marlo Perdicas said the federally endangered bat — 90 percent of which has been wiped out locally — was found near Liberty Park. Summit Metro Parks manages 3,000 acres of the park that spans northeast Summit and northwest Portage counties.
“We have not seen a northern long-eared bat since 2012 due to the effects of white-nose syndrome,” Perdicas said, referring to a disease that wakes up bats in winter when there are no insects to consume.
After the female bat was captured and fitted with a transmitter, biologists were able to track her back to her roost.
“To our surprise, she is roosting with a colony of little brown bats,” said Perdicas, who said that’s unusual during summer months, though more common during winter hibernation.
STEM program mapping
CLEVELAND: NeoStem Ecosystem, a Cleveland-based partnership of 48 Northeast Ohio universities, businesses and philanthropic organizations, is seeking input for a map of all the science, technology, engineering and math programs for students offered outside of school.
To submit details on a local program, sign up at www.neostem.org. With funding from the Cleveland Foundation, the group will identify programming gaps and make an asset map available for students, parents and educators seeking out-of-the-box learning opportunities.
Hiking spree starts Sept. 1
The 54th annual Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree begins Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
First-year hikers earn a hiking staff and shield. Veteran hikers earn the shield.
Spree rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers.
Forms can be downloaded online or picked up at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in Akron, Liberty Park in Twinsburg, and all Acme Fresh Market locations.
Call 330-865-8065 for information.
Regional briefs, Aug. 27