SUMMIT CoUNTY

Jail advisory board to meet

AKRON: The Summit County Jail Operation Advisory Commission will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on March 7.

The meeting will be in the County Council chambers, seventh floor, 175 S. Main St., Akron.

Summit County Councilman David Hamilton, chair of the County Council’s Public Safety Committee, also is chair of the Jail Operation Advisory Commission. Hamilton represents District 5 and sponsored legislation last year that created the commission.

For more information, call the Summit County Council Office at 330-643-2725.

STARK COUNTY

Job center celebration

CANTON: United Way of Greater Stark County will celebrate the first anniversary of its Financial Prosperity Center from noon to 3 p.m. March 14.

The center, located inside the OhioMeansJobs facility at 822 30th St. NW, offers employment counseling and placement, financial education and access to public benefits.

The public is invited to attend the event and tour the center, which was made possible through funding from the Sterling Foundation, Westfield Bank, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank, the Deuble Foundation, Internal Revenue Service and Ohio Association of Food Banks.

For more details, go to: http://www.uwstark.org/financial-prosperity-center or 330-491-2620.

TALLMADGE

Firearms group to hold ball

TALLMADGE: The Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition will hold its fourth annual Preppers Ball at 2 p.m. March 10 at the Summit County Fairgrounds, 229 E. Howe Ave.

Former state Rep. Matt Lynch will serve as emcee. Former professional football player and WNIR (100.1 FM) radio personality Bob Golic also will provide a cooking demonstration.

The event will feature more than a dozen speakers, vendors, demonstrations and guns. Tickets are $30.

For more details or to buy tickets, go to: www.REALIZEfac.com.

AROUND THE STATE

Couple win farming award

COLUMBUS: A Stark County couple have won the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 2018 Stewardship Award.

Larry and Cynthia Ringer, who founded Ohio Earth Food in 1972 in Hartville, were honored for outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community. The award was presented Feb. 17 in Dayton as part of the group’s 39th annual conference.

“We were in the organic business before organic was the buzzword it is today,” Larry Ringer said in a prepared statement. “If we work with nature, nature responds better than we expect it to.”

The Ringers started the company on the Graber farm in Hartville, where they’ve lived for more than 70 years. Ohio Earth Food has expanded to sell custom fertilizer blends, feed supplements, natural pesticides, potting soils, and other products to customers throughout the United States.

The Ringers retired in 2010, but remain involved in the business as consultants.

“In many ways, Larry, Cynthia, and Ohio Earth Food helped support a quickly evolving organic movement in Ohio, at a time that farmers were first beginning to look for alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides,” association Executive Director Carol Goland said in a prepared statement.

Free pancakes aid hospital

BOARDMAN: In celebration of National Pancake Day on Tuesday, IHOP restaurants nationwide are offering each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Guests who order the free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day will be asked to consider making a donation to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

National Pancake Day is the culmination of IHOP’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Campaign where customers are asked to buy a paper balloon to support their local children’s hospital.