AKRON

Author to speak at library

AKRON: Sam Quinones, the author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, will speak at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. Main St.

The library invites the public to read the book between March 29 and April 11.

The book can be checked out at the library.

The library will also host an online discussion leading up to Quinones’ presentation at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/212889-summit-county-reads-dreamland.

Dreamland, released in 2015, was named best book of the year by The Guardian, L.A. Times, Amazon.com and more.

The library will announce additional community meetings to be held that day.

For more information, contact the business and government division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 330-643-9020.

BARBERTON

State of the City address

BARBERTON: Mayor Bill Judge will give his State of the City address 6 p.m. April 20 at the Active Adult Center in the Lake Anna YMCA building, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.

The mayor will provide a recap of 2016 and discuss upcoming projects and goals for 2017.

WADSWORTH

Coffee with a Cop

WADSWORTH: City police will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hilliard-Rospert Event Center, 133 W. Boyer St.

Chief Randall Reinke and officers will attend to answer questions and talk about safety in the community.

State News

Few firefighters are female

CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Fire Department hasn’t hired a female recruit in more than 25 years, leading many to question why such a gender gap exists in the city.

WKYC-TV reported there are more than 750 firefighters employed by the department. But just four of them are women, and they are all expected to retire within the next few years.

Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo said he’s noticed the gender gap after working with female chiefs across the nation.

The Cleveland Division of Fire said they are not opposed to considering different forms of testing procedures in an attempt to help close the gender gap.

WKYC reported that the Akron Fire Department has 362 firefighters and 12 of them are women.

Prize aims at cutting algae

MARYSVILLE: A lawn and garden company will be the presenting sponsor of a $10 million prize that will be awarded to the team that finds the best way to remove an algae-feeding nutrient from water.

Phosphorus discharge feeds toxic algae.

The Everglades Foundation’s George Barley Water Prize seeks ways to remove phosphorus from fresh water using technology. It must work in warm and cold environments and on large and small scales.

The winner will be named by 2020 and receive $10 million to commercialize the idea.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro will sponsor the prize. The company has also donated more than $1 million through its foundation to the Everglades Foundation.

Scotts has removed phosphorus from its lawn fertilizers.

Ohio’s barns to be honored

COLUMBUS: The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill designating the barn as the official historical architectural structure of Ohio.

Republican Rep. Anne Gonzales of suburban Columbus says a school group brought the idea to her. Students from the Westerville schools’ gifted education program wanted to emphasize the importance of preserving Ohio’s many historic barns.