AKRON

Kiwanis luncheon Thursday

AKRON: Raland Hatchet, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties, will address the Kiwanis Club of Akron at its luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at the Duck Club at Canal Park, 300 S. Main St.

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves 361 children ages 6 to 18 who are matched with an adult volunteer in the community.

Before joining this agency, Hatchet was executive director of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Minority Business Development Agency.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by emailing Sarah McBryer at smcbryer@twc.com.

Traffic flow to change

AKRON: The city plans to redesign the traffic flow on portions of Wilbeth Road and East Exchange Street as part of an upcoming Safe Routes to Schools project.

The four-lane roads will be re-striped for three vehicle lanes — with one lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The roads also will feature dedicated bicycle lanes and parking lanes where possible.

The project will affect Wilbeth from Interstate 77 to South Arlington Street, and East Exchange from South Arlington to Fountain Street.

“These changes will provide safer, calmer traffic flow for vehicles by creating a ‘right sized’ roadway, which will also allow better options for cyclists and pedestrians,” the city said in a prepared statement.

The estimated $400,000 project is scheduled to begin in the summer.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Sandra Kurt fundraiser

AKRON: Sandra Kurt, Summit County Clerk of Courts, will hold a fundraiser at Mr. Zub’s, 795 W. Market St., in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kurt has been clerk of courts since 2016 and is running to retain her seat.

To RSVP, email sandrakurt@yahoo.com or call 300-869-0065.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP

Fishing derby for kids

JACKSON TWP.: The township parks department will host a free Fishing Derby for children ages 15 or younger from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at North Park Pond.

The event will include casting and big fish contests.

Registration is required by Friday.

Children should bring their own poles and must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to register, go to: www.jacksontwp.com.

REGION

Celiac food pantry dates

A new food pantry has some upcoming distribution dates. The Celiac and Allergy Friendly Food Initiative is a nonprofit with a goal of offering gluten-free and allergy-friendly food and educational materials to qualifying low-income families in need.

A family of four must make $60,625 a year or less, and a family of two must make $39,825. The service is free, and the organization relies on donations, its organizers said.

May distribution dates and locations are:

• May 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Mobile Meals in Akron, 1357 Home Ave. Suite 1

• May 16, 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. — Kent Social Services, 1066 S. Water St., Kent

• May 23 , 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. — Center of Hope, 1081 W. Main St., Ravenna

Appointments are necessary. Contact caffi@allergyfriendlyfood.org or 330-603-7644.

STATE

Last Wrangler rolls off line

TOLEDO: A Toledo assembly plant has made its last Jeep Wrangler JK, bringing an end to its 12-year production run.

Fiat Chrysler’s plant in Toledo has built over 2 million Wrangler JK vehicles since 2006 — the final one Friday.

Ending production will mean temporary layoffs for about 1,700 workers.

The plant will begin preparing to make a new Jeep pickup truck in the first half of 2019.