AKRON

Safety talk

AKRON: There will be a community meeting at Macedonia Baptist Church to discuss “How We Protect Our Community” at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The church is at 940 McKinley Ave.

Topics to be discussed include homicides, gun violence, burglaries and other crimes.

Members of the Akron Police Department, City Council and local clergy will be in attendance.

To RSVP contact Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples 330 212-9118 and email Ward5@akronohio.gov.

Actors sought

AKRON: Firestone Park Community Center is seeking young actors, ages 10 to 15, of all ethnicities to perform in Kids for Lunch: The Story of Hansel & Gretel Continued.

This comical continuation of the classic fairy tale will debut at the Akron Civic Theatre Oct. 19. Rehearsals will be held at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St., Monday through Thursday evenings, beginning Sept. 2.

Auditions will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today through Monday at Firestone Park Community Center. To reserve an audition slot, call 330-375-2806 or email Firestone_cc@akronohio.gov.

Ward 9 meeting

AKRON: Mike Freeman, the Ward 9 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kenmore Senior Community Center, 880 Kenmore Blvd.

A representative of Summit County Probate Court will discuss the creation of the Volunteer Guardian Program, which will provide trained volunteer guardians for wards of the court. The executive director of Stewart’s Caring Place will talk about its mission, which is to provide free services to individuals and families coping with cancer.

Valle hours

AKRON: John Valle, Akron’s director of neighborhood assistance, will hold office hours at four community centers this month.

His hours will be: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Northwest Family Recreation Center; 10 a.m. to noon July 10 at Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier St.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Dr.; and 4 to 6 p.m. July 15 at Ed Davis Community Center, 730 Perkins Park Dr.

Free camp

AKRON: Neighborhood Playhouse, a free, two-week arts enrichment summer camp will be offered this summer to low-income students entering grades 1 to 5.

The camp will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from July 21 to Aug. 1 at Portage Path Community Learning Center, 55 S. Portage Path. It will include free breakfast and lunch. Students will participate in four classes each day and a final performance for family and friends will be presented on the last day of camp.

The Weathervane Playhouse Outreach, the city of Akron and Akron Public Schools are hosting the camp, which will be paid for by the city.

The camp is open to the first 100 students to register. Spots are filling up, but some are still available. To register, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/NP2014.

CLEVELAND

Historical leader

CLEVELAND: Kelly Falcone-Hall has been named chief executive officer of Western Reserve Historical Society.

The announcement was made by Don Dailey, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Falcone-Hall had been serving as interim CEO for six months. She previously directed Hale Farm and Village in Bath Township. She has worked for the historical society in various capacities for 19 years.

A native of Westlake, Falcone-Hall developed popular public programs, including the Holiday Lantern Tours and A Fugitive’s Path: Escape on the Underground Railroad at Hale Farm.

“I am humbled by this vote of confidence in my leadership and in the team at Western Reserve Historical Society,” said Falcone-Hall in a statement. “This is a phenomenal institution with a mission that is vital to preserving history. The future is very bright for us.”

CUYAHOGA VALLEY

Rail rides to resume

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is ready to resume rail service to Akron on Wednesday.

The track was badly damaged May 12 by flood waters from Yellow Creek, near the Akron-Cuyahoga Falls border. That had curtailed rail service to Akron until repairs could be completed by the National Park Service, which owns the tracks.

The repairs are being completed by Suburban Maintenance and Construction of North Royalton and have cost about $500,000, said Cuyahoga Valley National Park spokeswoman Mary Pat Doorley.

That project also included rebuilding a washed-out section of the Towpath Trail in that area, she said. Additional work is required, but the track repairs will enable the train to resume service.

Passengers boarding at Akron’s Northside Station from Wednesday through July 6 will receive half-priced coach tickets ($9 for adults and $6.50 for children).

The train runs Wednesdays through Sundays. For reservations and more information, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

KENT SCHOOLS

Special meeting

KENT: The Kent Board of Education has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday.

It will be held in the library of Roosevelt High School, 1400 N. Mantua St.

Discussion of the district superintendent position is on the agenda.

MASSILLON SCHOOLS

School project plan

MASSILLON: School administrators, working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, have approved a $64 million plan to construct a new pre-K to 8 building and renovate Washington High School and Massillon Junior High.

Project costs would be split nearly in half between the state ($33 million) and local taxpayers ($31 million) should residents approve the plan on the November ballot.

District officials were not available Friday to discuss the length and amount of the levy proposal, usually a bond issue collected over a period of roughly 30 years to cover construction and ongoing maintenance.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Beach reopens

NORTON: The beach and swimming area in Silver Creek Metro Park has reopened, Summit Metro Parks reported.

The area had closed Wednesday due to flooding.

Lake swimming is available at the park, off Hametown Road, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 17.

For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

WADSWORTH SCHOOLS

Special meeting

WADSWORTH: The Wadsworth Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Parsons Administrative Building, 524 Broad St.

Items on the agenda include acceptance of a $121,133 anonymous donation, a revenue-sharing agreement with the city and an executive session to discuss personnel negotiations.

The anonymous donation will cover the cost of the Art Wright Stadium project, which will be finished this summer.

STATE NEWS

Tuition hike

ST. CLAIRSVILLE: Ohio University trustees have approved a 1.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students for the upcoming school year, costing students $156 more a year.

Trustees also approved a 3.5 percent increase in campus housing costs and a 1 percent increase in student meal plans.

Friday’s board vote at the school’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville brings yearly tuition to $10,536.

Megan Marzec, president of the OU Student Senate, criticized the increase, saying it shows how out of touch trustees are with Ohioans.

School administrators said at a board discussion Thursday they could have gone even higher, to a 2 percent tuition cap set by state lawmakers. The school is also adding about $4 million in student financial aid.

Geese killed

YOUNGSTOWN: A federal official says 238 geese and goslings were herded into a chamber and euthanized in Northeast Ohio as part of an effort to control the population of the nuisance animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the animals were humanely euthanized with gas Thursday at Mill Creek Park.

The roundup was conducted by the agriculture department under an Ohio Department of Natural Resources permit.

A state wildlife official says it’s the first time for a roundup in this park, but others have been done elsewhere in Ohio to control the geese population.

The birds are typically rounded up in June because they’re easier to catch. Goslings aren’t sufficiently developed to fly, and adult birds also can’t fly because they are molting.

— Associated Press