NORTHFIELD: The Hard Rock Rocksino will offer 71-cent hamburgers June 14 to help celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Hard Rock brand.

The Original Legendary Burger will be available at the Rocksino Cafe on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to noon for dining in only.

The Original Legendary Burger features a beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce and tomato served on a toasted brioche bun with seasoned fries.

Portage Lakes folks have long lamented the lack of restaurants on the water.

Now, not one, but two new waterfront spots are opening — including the Ramp Restaurant at Sandy Beach Marina in Green.

It has the distinction of being the first new-construction restaurant in the Portage Lakes in years, co-owner Jim Genovese says. He and his wife, Zana, who have owned the marina for 35 years, hope to open sometime in July.

Passersby on South Main Street have been watching the building — concrete block covered in gray brick and with a blue metal roof — go up on the marina land overlooking Cottage Grove Lake.

“This will be all windows” overlooking the water, said Jim Genovese as he stood on the concrete, 190-foot long deck near the water’s edge, sweeping his hand in front of the lake side of the building.

Inside, the ceiling is 35 feet high.

“When you walk in, it gives you that wow factor,” Genovese said.

He hopes patrons also will ogle the six-person booth that will be made out of an old wooden Chris-Craft boat that also has lots of wood in its interior. They’ll keep the black seats, made from alligator skin, turning them into booth seats.

Antique engine motors and other boat-related items will decorate the dining room and adjacent bar area, “to give the place a Portage Lakes feel,” said Genovese, who grew up in the area, and whose first job was as a lifeguard at Sandy Beach.

“That way we can rid of all the junk we’ve got in our attic,” Zana Genovese mused.

Patrons won’t be able to see one big amenity, but they’ll feel it during colder weather: radiant floor heating.

“You can have the best food in town,” Genovese said, “but if people aren’t comfortable in here, they’re not going to come back.”

They will see the large overhead fan system, with palm-leaf blades. Genovese says if these don’t circulate enough air, he’ll fashion blades from paddles.

Booths with red vinyl seats and black-and-gray backs will line the walls of the dining room, with tables filling the rest of the floor on one side of the 6,400-square-foot space.

The other side will house the bar and the kitchen, which includes a walled-off dishwashing area. Granite tops the long bar, with a base covered in textured shiny metal.

Walls in the main-food preparation area are being finished with polished stainless-steel walls. In addition to being easy to clean, they’re sound-absorbent, Jim Genovese said. The building is constructed with fire-proof redwood and drywall.

“We’re just trying to build a facility that’s really nice for our lakes area,” Genovese said, calling the cost of the project “more than we anticipated.”

So what’s a couple with no hospitality experience doing opening an eatery?

“We must have lost our minds,” Zana Genovese deadpans.

Jim Genovese hasn’t operated a restaurant before, but he has some restaurant lineage.

His great uncle Ernie Genovese owned Art’s Place in Akron, one of the city’s most popular restaurants. It was at Waterloo Road and South Main Street, where a Sheetz gas station now stands. Ernie Genovese died in 1999.

As they prepared, they quizzed people they knew in the food business, including a friend who owns the Desert Inn in Canton.

Genovese, who was a machine repairman at Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in the 1960s and early 1970s, hired all union laborers to do the construction work. An illuminated Firestone sign from a tire store will be part of the decor.

The couple hired manager Holly Russell, who was at Prime 93 (now Bricco Prime) in nearby New Franklin, and earlier owned a sports bar in Barberton. She’s been busy hiring cooks and servers.

The Genoveses are reluctant to reveal too much about the menu right now.

Another waterfront eatery, Pick’s at PLX, will beat them to the punch: Pick’s plans to open Wednesday. Donnie Boyer, former owner of Legends Sports Pub and Grille, owns this bar and restaurant in the sprawling property at 530 Portage Lakes Drive on West Reservoir that was Nicoletti’s Park Place and Hook, Line and Drinkers.

But the Genoveses say they want a cozy place offering better-than-average bar food. There won’t be any live music; Jim Genovese says he wants a calm atmosphere.

They do plan to serve Art’s signature bean soup with cornbread, and its salad with bacon, a load of cheese, and sweet and sour dressing.

Ice cream at Waterloo

I was driving down Waterloo Road in Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood the other day and spotted something curious: A temporary sign reading “W Creamery” on the side of Waterloo Restaurant & Catering.

I stopped for a scoop of ice cream and got the scoop.

Owner John Bahas II has turned a room on the east side of the building into an ice-cream stand. It opened about two weeks ago in what was once a drive-up window for the old Waterloo, preceding the sit-down restaurant. Shiny metal now lines the top of the exterior wall, drawing the eye.

Bahas’ parents, John and Kathy Bahas, took over the property in 1957 and began fashioning it into the family restaurant it is today. Pies were an early specialty and it has its own bakery.

W Creamery is being operated this summer by Bahas II’s sons, John, 22, and Alex, 20, and their friend Michael Mayle, 19.

Dyana Winkler, who works in accounts receivable at nearby Myers Industries Inc. in Akron, also discovered the place while driving by. Monday afternoon, she got a strawberry ice cream cone, saying it made a good lunch.

The sweet treats come from Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream of Michigan, which has been making ice cream for restaurants since 1984. The company touts its 14 percent butterfat ice cream.

I can attest to the yumminess of the chocolate flavor. Rich and not too sweet.

New Medina spot

The 17 Public Square Restaurant and Bar, in the former Main Street Cafe, held a grand opening Friday on the Medina Square.

It quietly opened earlier this month, with a small but creative menu including steak frites ($34), a 12-ounce Ohio strip steak with compound butter and fresh cut garlic rosemary fries, and pork schnitzel ($16), panko breaded pork cutlet topped with apple compote and served with house mac and cheese.

There’s one non-meat entree, a Peruvian red quinoa pilaf with gold flaxseed, black beans and mushrooms served with seasonal veggies. Sandwiches include All Ohio Beef Burgers ($13).

Ingredients are being purchased from companies who tout natural foods, including chicken from Bell & Evans of Pennsylvania and pork from Beeler’s of Iowa. Food also is being sourced from Ohio and local purveyors, including Valley City Fungi (love that name) and Berlin Natural Bakery.

17 Public Square (the building’s address), is co-owned by Ryan Rose, CEO and president of Romeo’s Pizza, and his wife, Mia, whose father was the owner of the Main Street Cafe; it closed earlier this year after more than three decades.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Phone is 330-952-2330.

Eat, drink in Kent

Kent’s downtown will be dotted with tents for local artists, and Ohio wineries will set up for Main Street Kent’s Art & Wine Festival from noon to 10 p.m. June 2.

A stage will feature local musicians and trucks will offer street food. Entry is free; it’s $20 for a glass and 10 taste tickets.

Kent will also host its first Restaurant Week June 3-9. Each participating restaurant will have a special “prix fixe” offering — a three-course meal for one set price during the week. Prices will vary by restaurant.

Participating restaurants are: 157 Lounge, Belleria Italian Restaurant, Burnside Barbecue, Erie Street Kitchen, Franklin Hotel Bar, Laziza, Mr. Zub’s, Nineteen 10, Ray’s Place, Tree City Coffee, Treno Ristorante, and Twisted Meltz.

Diners will be randomly selected to receive prizes including $25 restaurant gift cards and items from Great Lakes Brewing Company.

For more information on either event, go to or call 330-677-8000.

WVIZ wine weekend

WVIZ Grand Tastings and Seminars are returning to Ideastream in downtown Cleveland June 1-2.

Jacques Pepin, French chef, author and winner of the James Beard Award, will do a demonstration on June 2 and appear at a VIP dinner that evening.

Proceeds support public television station WVIZ/PBS and public radio stations WCPN (90.3-FM) and WCLV (104.9-FM). The Ideastream facility is at 1375 Euclid Ave.

Tasting sessions from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are $75. For tickets and prices of other activities, go to the Ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminar Facebook page.

Small bites

• CoreLife Eatery opens adjacent to the new City Barbeque in Fairlawn on Thursday at 2858 W. Market St..

• The Akron Child Guidance weekly food truck event begins Wednesday in its parking lot at North Forge and East Market streets. A Twist of Leona, Flamingo Jack’s, Manna and Nom Nom Popcorn Company.

Food Truck Wednesdays will run 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sept. 5. Check the Akron Food Truck Wednesday Facebook page for updates.

Wine and gold

The television will remain — for the time being.

Susan Mozingo, owner of Regency wine bar and shop in Fairlawn, sent an e-mail to customers last week that said, “Well folks … I’ve succumbed. I bought a TV. Not to worry though, it will magically disappear after the playoffs.”

The Cavs will play the Celtics at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Boston and 8:30 p.m. Friday in Cleveland. If the series goes to game seven, it will be at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Boston.

“I’ve been going back and forth for a couple of years on the TV thing,” Mozingo said in an e-mail to me. “It’s just not what Regency is about,” she said. But she knows some customers will stay away if they can’t watch while they sip.

Regency is at 115 Ghent Road, across from Summit Mall. Phone is 330-836-3447.

Wine calendar

• Vaccaro’s Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath, hosts a “Battle Italy” wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Four courses will be paired with wines from Sicily and mainland Italy. $60. 330-666-6158.

• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Wagner Family at 7 p.m. Thursday. $75. 330-899-9200.

• West Point Market, 33 Shiawassee Ave., Fairlawn, will host The Wines of Spring featuring 20 light-bodied reds, white and rosés from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 330-864-2151, Ext. 405.

• Papa Joe’s, 1561 Akron-Peninsula Road, in the Merriman Valley, will feature wines from Mount Eden Vineyards in California for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 30.

Cost is $85. For reservations, call 330-923-7999.

• The Merchant Tavern at 1824 Merriman Road in Akron will feature eight wines from Owen Roe winery at a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31, with finger foods. $35, reservations a must at 330-865-9510.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or [email protected]. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter.

The nickel-plated machines were real beauties, gleaming contraptions that commanded attention. Gallant, daring men hopped up, slid forward and rolled away.

Crashes were plentiful as novice riders learned the nuances of navigating high-wheeled bicycles through the muddy, uneven streets of Akron in the late 19th century. Cyclists struggled to maintain balance while dodging potholes, wagon ruts and horse manure.

The gigantic front wheel, about shoulder high, had a diameter of 42 to 58 inches while the smaller back wheel, about knee high, had an 18-inch diameter. Those who tamed the iron beasts enjoyed great adventures.

“What may properly be called a ‘boom’ in bicycling has at last started in this city, and there are reasons to believe that this healthful mode of exercise will soon become as popular here as in the East,” the Summit County Beacon reported May 10, 1882.

A handful of Akron businessmen had purchased bicycles — mostly Columbia models built by the Pope Manufacturing Co. of Boston. Bicycle owners tended to be wealthy because quality machines cost about $125 (roughly $4,363 today).

Among the first operators were Charles Caskey, bookkeeper at Diehl & Caskey; Harry C. Upson, co-owner of Newell & Upson; Harry B. Houghton, bookkeeper at Citizens Savings; Clarence Howland, manager of Thomas Phillips & Co.; and Pope bicycle agent Clinton D. Miller, owner of the 99 Cent Store.

“Under ordinary motion the average bicycle will move over the ground about four times as fast as a person can walk; so the businessman who now takes 15 or 20 minutes to reach his office or store can, by mounting his nickel-plated steed, traverse the same space in not to exceed five minutes — not to speak of the healthful exercise,” the Beacon explained.

The men practiced riding at Grace Park, Union Park and, their favorite, Fountain Park, home of the Summit County fairgrounds, which offered a horse track with a flat surface. In order to master their new hobby, the bicyclists decided to organize a club “for mutual instruction and contests.”

The Akron Bicycle Club debuted with a series of races during the Summit County Agricultural Society’s annual fair Oct. 3-6, 1882, at Fountain Park. Crowds watched as the men climbed aboard their bikes and furiously pedaled around the track for a $25 prize.

When a little girl darted into his path, cyclist Clinton D. Miller swerved to avoid her. He flew over the handlebars, struck his head, got up and dusted himself off. Nine days later, he died of a brain injury, the first bicycling casualty in Akron history.

In May 1883, the club drew up a constitution, adopted bylaws, established $1.50 dues and opened a clubhouse on East Mill Street. It also added members, including Charles Howland, Bert Work, Kenyon Conger, Harold Jacobs, Karl Pardee, Carl Sumner, Harvey Hollinger, Frank Kryder and William Hoye.

The cordial group agreed to wear matching uniforms for rides: dark green coats, light shirts, knee breeches, red stockings and green caps.

Club members sponsored road trips to Stow, Hudson, Medina, Canton and Massillon. Sometimes they rode back to Akron on trains after a long day.

On one excursion to Stark County, four cyclists gave up after suffering broken wheels on the rocky roads. During a rainy trip to State Mill, Doc Carter crashed into the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The club competed for gold medals, silver cups and new bicycles in races across Ohio. William H. Wetmore of Cuyahoga Falls won a 2-mile race in 1883 at the Wheelmen’s League at Columbus.

“At the last lap Wetmore was trailing, but by a most extraordinary burst of speed that brought out the wildest applause, he passed the wheels and won by a clear lead of at least ten yards,” the Beacon reported. “In the evening, he gave an exhibition of fancy riding.”

When Wetmore died of tuberculosis four years later, club members arrived at the funeral with floral wreaths shaped like broken bicycle wheels.

By 1884, the Akron Bicycle Club boasted 20 members — the fifth largest club in the state behind Cleveland (60), Cincinnati (58), Springfield (28) and Columbus (27). Members had new uniforms: blue coats, blue pants, blue stockings and blue caps (with gold cord).

In July 1886, the club sponsored an unusual race at Fountain Park between Chicago bicycle champion John S. Prince and W.W. Richardson’s trotting horse Eva. About 400 people attended.

The 5-mile race was a back-and-forth contest between man and mare.

“The home stretch was reached and the crowd stood up and cheered and cheered again as they witnessed the bicyclist’s desperate efforts to pass the mare,” the Beacon noted.

Eva won by 3 feet. Total elapsed time: 16:09.

A bit of a poor loser, Prince told the crowd that he would have won, but the track was too sandy.

By 1891, Akron had about 250 bicyclists and the club had 40 members in gold-and-purple uniforms with red caps.

The club’s proudest moment was a lantern race that it sponsored Sept. 25, 1891. Hundreds of bicyclists and thousands of spectators arrived for the night parade around downtown Akron.

Riders decorated their bicycles in bright colors and put Chinese lanterns on the handlebars, creating an eerie glow.

“Big wheels and little wheels, safeties and ordinaries, Columbias, Victors and Warwicks, wheels with cushion tires and wheels with no tire at all; wheels of all kinds, classes and conditions of repair, but on each a gentleman, lady or lad proud and happy to form a part of the bicycle carnival of last evening,” the Beacon Journal reported the next day.

“… The immense mass of people upon the streets last evening was the subject of universal comment. A circus or a political meeting can fill Akron’s streets, but it is evident that to bring out the entire city a bicycle parade is required.”

The Akron Bicycle Club continued for a few more years, but the free-wheeling novelty wore off. The group’s last reported excursion was a June 1894 ride to Old Portage for supper. Months later, the group dissolved.

By then, the bumpy streets of Akron had something new to offer. Horseless carriages, gleaming contraptions that commanded attention, roamed Ohio with increasing regularity.

It wouldn’t be too much longer before the Akron Automobile Club was organized.

Mark J. Price can be reached at 330-996-3850 or [email protected].

It was late fall. The campground was empty at Cook’s Forest State Park in west-central Pennsylvania. I was traveling alone. I pitched my tent.

It was 2 a.m. when the roars began.

It was not a screech or a scream. It was multiple roars that continued. It was genuinely frightening. It was clearly a cat, a big cat, sounding like a lion or tiger. It was very close by. And it sounded hungry.

I pictured a mountain lion, an animal at the very top of the food chain, even though Pennsylvania says it has no mountain lions. The smaller bobcat was the most likely candidate, the state says. But, to me, the roars sounded bigger.

I grabbed a plastic flashlight, my only weapon, and stuck my head out of the tent. I shone the light in a 360-degree circle and saw nothing. Not sure what I would have done had a large cat been there.

I ducked back into the tent but the roars continued. Sleep was impossible. I tried to make noises to scare it away. I yelled at it. I even sang to the menacing sound. I was, as always, tone deaf and very flat.

Finally, I got up the courage to grab my sleeping bag and make a mad dash to the car. I felt safe behind steel and glass.

Welcome to the always-interesting world of travel writing.

It’s been fun.

I have written nearly 765 outdoorsy travel columns over 20 years for the Akron Beacon Journal/, and this is the last one.

The travel column has taken me from California and British Columbia to Maine and Florida and the Caribbean to Europe. I’ve been to 37 states in search of interesting and special places to photograph and write about. I have hiked, paddled, pedaled, cruised, toured, sailed, wined, skied, snowshoed, snorkeled, swam, beached, walked and more.

People love travel articles. They want to see what you say about places where they have vacationed, and they are eager to learn more about interesting spots they might want to visit.

Strangers stopped me regularly in the grocery store to talk travel. I regularly got messages from people who saved my columns to plan future trips.

As a travel writer, I try to present a sense of place in my words and photographs. That has been my challenge.

Doing a travel column required lots of travel, research and logistical planning. Over the years, family vacations included visits to parks, nature preserves and historical sites for columns and what my family calls photo ops.

The more stops on a trip, the better for me. A well-planned weeklong trip could produce a dozen or more columns.

Family members and friends have become selective. They joined me on trips to places they liked. On less-attractive locales, I was on my own. I basically went to the places I wanted to visit.

I have heard a wolf howl on a frosty night at Old Faithful. I have pursued moose in Jackson Hole. I have gone swimming with stingrays on Grand Cayman Island.

I flew to Nebraska for a weekend to witness migrating sandhill cranes. I traveled to isolated Newfoundland to visit Gros Morne National Park with its cliffs, caribou and nearby Viking ruins.

I pedaled the Tsali bike trails, hiked rain forests on St. Lucia, visited old coal camps in West Virginia’s New River Gorge and pedaled the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

I have scaled Mount LeConte in Tennessee, hiked to the arches in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, pedaled the Virginia Creeper rail-trail and explored Olympic venues near Lake Placid.

I have searched for ghosts in an old Ohio prison, admired Ithaca’s waterfalls, ridden a cog railroad into the snow on Mount Washington, admired starry nights in Utah and central Pennsylvania, cross-country skied at Lake Tahoe, attended bear classes in the Smoky Mountains and Low Country cooking classes in Charleston.

I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, saw Indian earthworks in Ohio, hiked by mansions in Newport, pedaled Gooseberry Mesa in southern Utah, visited Indian petroglyphs along the Snake River, saw grizzly tracks in Montana and watched an erupting volcano on a Caribbean island.

I hiked with daughter Katie up the Virgin River, which has 2,000-foot-high cliffs on both banks, in Zion National Park in southern Utah. I hiked the Canadian Rockies and explored glaciers with son Andy. I have watched elephant seals on a California beach with daughter Maureen. I have sampled Michigan wines with wife Pat.

I have a special affection for whitewater rivers, old-growth forests, waterfalls, lighthouses, mountain balds, Civil War battlefields, sand dunes and any place with a historical marker or a scenic overlook.

Some favorite places: Lake O’Hara, Zion Narrows, the Upper Gauley, New River Gorge, Westminster Abbey, Dolly Sods, Yosemite, Hocking Hills, the Tetons, Big Sur, Harpers Ferry, Bryce Canyon with its hoodoos, the Irish countryside, Grand Island, Conkle’s Hollow, the City of Light, the Rogue River, Banff-Jasper, Trail Ridge Road, White Grass, the South Rim, Allegheny National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Spruce Knob, the Biltmore Estate and Ohio’s Arc of Appalachia preserves.

I love visiting Asheville, Traverse City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, West Virginia, Vancouver, Charleston, Seattle, London, Lake Placid, Paris, San Francisco and Dublin.

There are places I still want to get to: Alaska, Hawaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), Glacier, Mesa Verde and the Apostle Islands. I want to swim with the manatees in Florida.

There are three places every Ohioan should visit: Hocking Hills State Park near Logan with its rocky features, the Indian mounds at multiple locations in southern Ohio and the Arc of Appalachia preserves west of Chillicothe.

I love Ohio’s little-known state nature preserves.

Highlights include a chance to explore Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming with its geysers, wildlife and scenery. It remains my No. 1 outdoor place.

I had a brief encounter with wolf-moose researcher Rolf Peterson on Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior. He and his team collect moose bones across the island, and the bones were all sitting in the sunlight. It was an impressive display and a special, unexpected moment.

I love Arizona’s Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff where Indians lived. You can hike in and climb into the rooms carved into the cliffs. I love to snorkel and St. Croix, St. John, St. Lucia and Curacao are favorites. I have also enjoyed sea kayaking from Ohio to Maine to California to Michigan to Florida.

There have been mishaps along the way.

I traveled to the San Juan Islands off Washington’s coast to see orcas. None showed up for days.

On that same trip, we planned to hike at Paradise on Mount Rainier in mid-June. But it had been a snowy winter and Paradise was still buried by 24 feet of snow.

I repeatedly climbed Cadillac Mountain at Maine’s Acadia National Park, but it was fogged in for days. High waves canceled a snorkel/scuba trip to coral reefs off Key Largo, Fla., after we were already there.

Someone broke into my tent while I was sleeping in it at a campground in the mountains of western North Carolina. That dissuaded me from camping for a long time.

I tried to cross a bubbling stream on two ropes — one for your feet and one for your hands. It worked getting into the wild area. It didn’t on my return, and I found myself swimming and bouncing off rocks in a cold Pennsylvania stream.

I have found myself lost, a rarity in my travels, twice in the same area in the mountains of western Virginia 10 years apart. That was hard to do.

Getting a really good picture of migrating sandhill cranes proved impossible. I traveled to central Nebraska where up to 550,000 of the cranes rest along the Platte River in a spring spectacle.

I booked spots in blinds near the water at dark and first light the next morning. The blinds were too far from the birds for my camera and lens. The light was dim.

The birds, however, were very impressive. At one point, thousands of cranes flew up the river in a sky-darkening flock, and that caused the roosting birds in the river to erupt in flight. In a few seconds, the roosting birds were gone.

It would have made a breathtaking picture. Unfortunately, the image eluded me. And that’s bugged me for years.

Who knows? I may travel back to Nebraska in the future for a second chance.

“What about potty training?” I asked the doctor.

What I was really asking was, “But what does it mean to have a child with Down syndrome?”

Lyra was less than 36 hours old when we met with the geneticist to determine if, as it appeared, Lyra had Down syndrome.

In the years since Lyra’s birth, I have learned many in the national Down syndrome community view geneticists as “often not our friends.” Nothing could have been further from the truth with the geneticist we met at Akron Children’s Hospital.

“Yes, she has the adorable facial features common in Down syndrome,” were the doctor’s first words after she’d placed Lyra on the exam table.

When my first child, Claude, was born, I read babies require somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 diaper changes before they are fully potty trained. With the 18-year spread of my five children, I’m a seasoned diaper changer.

For months after Claude’s birth, a diaper-service truck would come to our house once a week, pick up a bag of dirty diapers from our porch and leave a bag of clean ones. All cloth.

Later I bought my own diapers, washed them myself and hung them outside to dry. One of the most satisfying things I’ve observed is the sun bleaching of cloth diapers. No matter how many detergent commercials refer to “sun clean” or “sun fresh,” it means little until you experience the real thing.

I continued this with my second and third sons, though with Jules I gave up on fancy Velcro diaper wraps (they inevitably leaked) and went old-school, pinning his cloth diapers and popping him into a pair of rubber pants (now made of plastic, but still called rubber pants).

I didn’t use cloth 100 percent of the time. Day care providers require disposable diapers, and disposables are easier when traveling. But beyond being better for the environment, I had read that wearing cloth diapers aids potty training.

Like the ads say, babies always feel dry in modern single-use diapers. Newborns void without any recognition of the event. But if they feel the wetness, babies begin to connect the acts of voiding with the physical sensations that occur just prior. Eventually, they know they have to go and make it to the potty.

Sounds so easy.

Different methods

There are at least two methods of potty training. Some parents pick an age, commonly 2, and switch from diapers to underpants. My first day care provider, Edna Young, followed whatever type of potty training the parents of her charges chose, but she despised this first method.

“It’s just the adults who are trained to take the child to the bathroom,” she said. And also, “Parents who start too soon end up potty training much longer. Start when they are ready, and it happens very quickly, with little frustration for both the parents and the child.”

Edna taught me much.

My big boys potty-trained with few accidents by the time they were 3½. In preparation, potty seats appeared several months before needed.

When they were ready to try the potty seats, I had my boys pick out candy rewards. Gummy peach rings for number one and big chocolates for number two.

Each time we ran out, I replaced them with smaller candies until it was jelly beans and M&Ms. And then, I would only give them the reward when they asked for it. Eventually they’d stop asking.

This worked great with the first three children. Success was predictable, albeit with occasional accidents, and not an emotional ordeal that would scar the psyches of my boys. I believed I was a potty-training Supermom.

Then I had Leif. Whip-smart, I figured he’d be even easier to train than his brothers. Once again, I let a son pick out candy rewards not long after his third birthday. I stored them in glass jars on a shelf out of his reach in the bathroom — visual incentives.

Leif would ask for the candy, I’d remind him what he needed to do first and he’d give me the toddler equivalent of “meh.” Good hygiene need not accompany intelligence, or so I learned. Leif decided it was easier to let the rest of us change his diapers than be bothered toileting.

By his fourth birthday, we’d made little progress.

I complained to a much younger friend, who gave me this tip: Stop telling Leif he’ll get the candy rewards for using the potty. In fact, stop potty training altogether. Instead, whenever anyone else goes to the bathroom, make a big deal out of it.

Starting the next day, Max and my teen sons yelled out whenever they went to the bathroom and I showered candy upon them with excessive enthusiasm. In less than a week, Leif wanted in on the action.

Try, try again

That brings us to Lyra, my only baby who never wore cloth diapers. The first months of her life were spent visiting myriad health care professionals and preparing for eye surgeries at 6 and 7 weeks postpartum. We took every easy option available when so many important decisions were required of us.

When things settled down a few months later, we realized Lyra was regularly constipated. And while she’s not my first baby to suffer constipation, this was different.

People with Down syndrome, with few exceptions, have low muscle tone. Low muscle tone will delay when babies sit up, crawl, walk, run, hold a spoon or pencil. Low muscle tone in the mouth, and not poor cognitive functioning, is why many people with DS must work hard to speak crisply.

Human intestines, both small and large, have smooth muscles, and are also affected by low muscle tone.

Shortly before Lyra’s first birthday, we learned about Fruit-Eze. A jam-like blend of prunes, dates, raisins and prune juice, Fruit-Eze is a natural alternative to laxatives. Two tablespoons mixed into her breakfast each morning got Lyra going for about three years.

When she was 3, Lyra stayed dry every night for six months. But then she soaked her diaper every night for another six months. Too big for the Fruit-Eze to do its job without giving her more than she’d eat, Lyra was so constipated, her bowels were compressing her bladder.

A specialist told us to give Lyra Miralax, a product widely used by people with DS. At the same time, we learned it is not a true laxative, but works by pulling more fluid into the intestines. Determining the correct dosage took months.

Today, Lyra congratulates herself every time she uses the toilet. She also gives an enthusiastic, “Good job, Mama!” whenever she’s with me in the bathroom. (Do all young children follow their moms to the bathroom, or is it just mine?)

So, yes, potty training has taken longer with Lyra, but not for any of the reasons I might have imagined in the first days of her life.

Like so many things, people with Down syndrome just need more time to reach the same milestones as their typical peers.

The reward is well worth the wait.

Contact Holly Christensen at [email protected].

Be among the first 50 people in line on Thursday outside the new Moe’s Southwest Grill on West Market Street in Akron and you’ll get free burritos for a year.

The prize entitles each winner to one burrito per week at the area’s newest Moe’s, which opens Thursday and is owned by franchisee Curt Shepherd. The chain, founded in 2000 and based in Atlanta, has nearly 700 locations nationwide.

The new Moe’s will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone is 330-958-9999.

Opening day also will feature $5 burritos and a prize wheel.

Moe’s is the latest business to open in West Market Street Station, home to the Whole Foods grocery that opened last year. Poke Fresh, an entrant in the growing poke trend, opened earlier this year.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or [email protected]. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at and read the Akron Dish blog at

When I started writing this column in May 1998, I took it as a compliment when older readers assumed I was their age and writing about local history from memory. That meant I was getting the details right through research and interviews, matching what people remembered about people, places and events.

So the running joke now is that I’ve been writing the feature for so long that I actually am starting to use some of my own recollections.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of “This Place, This Time,” a title I’ve never really liked, but I suppose we’re stuck with it now. I proposed the history feature (my suggested name was “Flashback”) as we raced toward a new century and it seemed like a good time to reminisce.

I came up with a list of 50 subjects, and Beacon Journal editors Stuart Warner and Debbie Van Tassel were sufficiently impressed to approve a weekly feature.

My first article was about the Flatiron Building, a triangle-shaped, seven-story landmark that stood from 1907 to 1967 at South Main and Howard streets in downtown Akron. It was razed to make way for the Cascade urban renewal project.

I knew we had a hit feature on our hands when readers flooded us with phone calls and letters — this was before email and social media — to share their memories of Akron.

Since then, we’ve published more than 1,000 articles about local history with subjects that vary from week to week: Summit Beach Park. The Akron Armory. The All-American Soap Box Derby. Norka Beverage. O’Neil’s. Polsky’s. The Palace Theater. Iceland. The North Hill Viaduct. Scream in the Dark. Scott’s 5 and 10. Wonderland Acres. Temple Square. The Arlington Loop.

Over the decades, I’ve interviewed many interesting people.

Robert Dolfen, a PPG Industries retiree in Norton, told me in 2000 that he believed he may have been the Lindbergh baby kidnapped in 1932 from his New Jersey mansion.

As a boy in Akron, Dolfen became the subject of a media circus when a great-aunt told police that her nephew was an imposter. Decades later, Dolfen still had doubts.

“If you find out for sure, OK, and if you don’t, hell, I’m about done anyhow so it ain’t gonna make that much difference to me,” Dolfen said.

My article was reprinted in newspapers around the world, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Dolfen died a year later at age 70, still unsure of his lineage.

I met actor Jack Bennett at Dodie’s to discuss his career in the early 1960s as the host of The Professor Jack Show, a children’s program on WAKR-TV. Presiding over a 60-minute live show, the cartoonish character wore gigantic glasses and a big hat.

One day when he fell short of material, he announced that he would teach kids how to create a hat from a newspaper, and he made it up as he went along. He took a copy of the Beacon Journal and he folded it every which way, wadding it up and plopping it on his head.

The next day, he discovered that kids across Akron had destroyed their parents’ newspapers.

“That’s when I realized the power of television,” Bennett told me.

I’ll never forget taking a 1999 tour with Helen Foord, 88, at the former site of the 103-acre Rothrock farm, where she lived as a girl in Copley Township. The Montrose shopping area was encroaching on the formerly rural property and the old farm was doomed.

“It makes me want to cry,” Foord told me. “When I see that good farmland made a mess of like that, it makes me want to fall on the floor and have a 2-year-old tantrum.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve repeated her words over the years while watching local landmarks get demolished for no good reason. I feel like having a tantrum, too.

I wrote a sad story about Colonial School pupil MacNolia Cox, 13, who won the Akron spelling bee in 1936, but finished fifth at the national bee under questionable circumstances. Just when it looked like she was going to win, the judges gave her a spelling word that wasn’t on the approved list and she missed it.

MacNolia was a black girl and the national bee judges were white Southerners. MacNolia received a parade when she came home and got to meet composer Fats Waller and dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Her niece Georgia Gay later told me that MacNolia was never the same after the spelling bee and had a difficult life. She had the brains to be a doctor but ended up working as a domestic employee before dying of cancer in 1976, Gay said.

“She had the potential, but it was never realized,” Gay told me.

Akron-born poet A. Van Jordan read the story and wrote a book of poems based on MacNolia’s life.

Readers liked a column I wrote about mezzo-soprano F. Louise Butler, a reclusive woman who lived at the Portage Hotel in the 1940s. The aging diva was a tightwad, ordering hot water at restaurants and supplying her own tea bags.

After she died of pneumonia at 83 in 1949, authorities unlocked her hotel room and gasped. More than $1 million in cash, jewels, stocks and bonds was hidden in drawers and suitcases.

That’s a lot of tea bags.

One of my favorite stories was about Duke, a beagle who attended second grade for six years at Betty Jane Elementary. The family dog followed a child to school one day in the 1960s and kept going back. Teachers, pupils and a reluctant principal all welcomed the dog.

I remember receiving a voicemail message from a woman who started to tell me how much she liked the column, but then her voice cracked and she started crying into the phone and hung up. She never did tell me her name. If she happens to be reading today, thank you!

Oh, there have been missteps along the way. In an interview about Cuyahoga Falls bard Hart Crane, I quoted Akron poet Elton Glaser as saying: “You go through a passage that seems full of these naughty, extravagant lines and then suddenly you hit a line that’s like coming out of a forest into a clearing and the sunlight is just shining down beautifully there.”

Such wonderful imagery. The only problem was that Glaser had actually said “knotty,” and I heard it as “naughty.” How embarrassing.

My phone rang for days after I accidentally referred to a Corsair, a Goodyear Aircraft airplane built in Akron, as a Corvair, a 1960s Chevrolet. What made it really painful is that I had relatives who built Corsairs!

We’ve had worse errors, though. When news of the Titanic broke in 1912, an early Beacon Journal headline noted that the ship was being safely towed to shore. We also misspelled it as “Titantic.”

I’ve written about landmark buildings, rubber factories, movie theaters, old schools, haunted houses, eccentric inventors, mud wrestlers, rock concerts, atomic golf balls, latex fashions, stuffed parrots, disappearing stairways and devil strips.

I’ve learned so much about my hometown, and still feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Thanks to my hard-working editor Lynne Sherwin, who has guided me for 18 years, offering suggestions and saving me from myself. Thanks to my trusted colleagues on the Beacon Journal copy desk, who proofread my work and write the headlines and captions.

And thanks to readers for joining me every week at this place and this time.

As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

Mark J. Price can be reached at 330-996-3850 or [email protected].

“The doctor says your pictures look good. We’ll see you next year.”

I nearly choked on the words “thank you,” and by the time I got out of the office and under a great, big beautiful blue sky, I couldn’t hold it back any longer. I was shocked as full-fledged sobs emanated from somewhere deep inside me.

Oddly, I hadn’t cried at all a year ago when my surgeon said the tumor was cancerous. She cried, though, and I found myself consoling her.

In fact, I only cried once and that was when I had to tell my three children that their mom had breast cancer. Just as a yawn is contagious, so is crying when you see the faces of your children fall right before the tears do.

So where did this reaction come from, I wondered?

I had fully expected the results of my 3-D mammogram to be normal but I didn’t expect this reaction.

“I’m fine. I’m really, really fine,” I thought.

My next thought was to call my kids and then my mom. This would be the best Mother’s Day news ever.


This is the fifth Mother’s Day without my mom. It’s hard to believe that she has been gone that long, since I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and tell her something funny or wonderful or even something sad. Just like she would do with me.

Years have passed and I still have voice mails on my cellphone that I can’t bring myself to erase.

“Robin, this is your mom. I have something funny to tell you so give me a call.”

“Hello, my little sweetheart. It’s your mom. You won’t believe who I ran into. Give me a call.”

I always loved that she said “this is your mom” — because I guess she figured I wouldn’t have known it was her had she not announced it — and the way that when we did talk, it took us three times to say goodbye before we actually hung up.

I also loved how, whatever it was and whenever it was, she was up for a call from me even if it was in the middle of the night.

Like the time I was driving my two children from Kansas City to San Diego. It was 2 a.m. and I was in a motel room in Holbrook, Ariz., having stopped there for the night on the cross country drive.

Hallie was 5 months old and Matthew was 2. I could have driven farther that day but something told me to stop, and when I pulled my toddler from his car seat in the back of the minivan, he was burning up with fever. When I checked in, the front desk manager gave me the name of the only doctor in town, who told me he’d see us first thing the next morning.

“But what am I to do in the meantime?” I asked.

“Give him an ice bath,” he replied. “That will bring his fever down.”

Sick as he was, it was like trying to wrestle an alligator to get him into that bathtub. I also had to wrestle a large group of cat show people who were staying at the motel and weren’t too keen on me taking all the ice.

I couldn’t do what the doctor had ordered and had I not been sick with worry, I would have invited the cat show people to Room 212 and told them to go into the bathroom and fill their red Solo cups and Igloo coolers to their hearts’ content. Maybe they’d even keep me company.

Instead, I just turned the air conditioner down to the lowest possible setting, put the baby in bed with me and left Matthew in his pack-and-play with nothing on but a Pull-Up.

And then I prayed.

I prayed and I tossed and turned and then I prayed some more. The cycle continued, the room got colder and the clock slowly ticked off the minutes as it does in the middle of the night.

It was 1 a.m. in San Diego when I called their father.

“Hello?” he answered from a deep sleep.

I explained how much more worried I was than when I talked to him after checking in, and he mumbled something about how it would all be fine and then said he had to go back to sleep.

The same thing happened when I called his parents. Though my then-mother-in-law sounded more concerned, she didn’t waste any time hanging up but she did promise to pray.

And then I called Tamara Swoboda. It was 3 a.m. her time.

“Hey, Mom. Did I wake you?”

“Oh, no, honey. Not at all.”

It was then that I heard the flick of her lighter, the long drag on her Marlboro Light and she was off to the races. She only put the phone down once and that was to warm up a cup of coffee in the microwave.

She kept me company on the phone in a lonely motel room until I finally couldn’t keep my eyes open any more and the sun was about to come up.

Moms do stuff like that.

They also laugh harder at the funny things and celebrate harder the things that need celebrating. At least my mom did.

She was my biggest cheerleader and my most honest critic. When I was a 24-year-old television news anchor and told her I couldn’t go out with a guy anymore because he shot a pea through a straw at a Perkins Restaurant, she didn’t attack him for his childish behavior. No, she said “Robin Lynn Swoboda. Who do you think you are? Don’t you ever forget that you aren’t better than anyone else just because you’re an anchorwoman now.”

I’ve never forgotten, Mom. Nor will I ever forget you. I just hope that someday my own kids will feel that way, and maybe they will even have a few of my voicemails saved on their phones.

But I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon. The doctor says my pictures look good.

Contact Robin Swoboda at [email protected].

A downtown Akron eatery went all the way to Belgium to make dining and drinking on its rooftop patio more pleasant.

And we also bring you news of an annual foodcentric event that helps usher in the spring/summer festival season: Primavara! on May 19 at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Fairlawn. And we have more morsels.

First up, the snazzy patio at Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar, which has one of the best views of downtown.

With an airy Belgium-made enclosure — a black frame with adjustable louvers that offer shade, covering about half the area — the rooftop perch is much more hospitable on sunny days. With sidewalls that are also adjustable, you can even sit out there when it rains.

The enclosure — with built-in LED lights — was installed in August and makes it an even nicer spot from which to scope out the 28-story art-deco Huntington Tower (formerly the FirstMerit building) and other parts of the skyline.

Nuevo’s patio and deck are open now, and will officially kick off the season from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 22 — weather permitting, because Coup De Grace and Acid Cats are booked to play. Admission will be free, with half off house margaritas.

Nuevo opened more than four years ago in the 1903 Gothic Building, 54 E. Mill St. at the corner of High Street.

All this patio talk leads me to asking for your help: We want to know your favorite patio/deck dining spot. See the accompanying box for details.

Primavara! festival

This year, the annual Primavara! festival May 19 at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Fairlawn — featuring Romanian food, dancing and more — is mixing it up a bit.

Instead of the evening wine tasting, this year the festival will feature a 6:30 p.m. beer tasting, including homemade brews.

Primavara is Romanian for springtime.

Church members have been busy cooking and baking for the 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. festival and the traditional goodies will be available, including cabbage rolls, mamaliga (the Romanian version of polenta, with sour cream and grated cheese), sausages, cucumber salad and an array of pastries.

There also will be one of my favorite Romanian dishes, mititei (pronounced meaty-TAY). I discovered these caseless sausages at the fest a few years ago. They feature seasoned ground beef and pork, and often lamb. I like to think of them as mini grilled meatloaves.

The beer tasting will be held in the church’s pavilion. Tickets will cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets, call 330-334-1616. That’s the number of the Apropos gift store in Wadsworth, owned by Sally Shantz, who oversaw the wine tastings and is organizing the beer tasting.

She is promising an array of tasty food to accompany each brew. The menu includes a charcuterie (meat and cheese) plate, ham and cheese sandwiches topped with a fig stuffed with blue cheese (Shantz is using her own figs), and a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich that Shantz describes as “deconstructed.” Also included: cider-braised pork kabobs, Romanian sausage and a Gamekeeper’s Stew with lamb. Dessert will be a blackberry galette, similar to a freeform tart, and a double chocolate truffle.

Shantz’s friend, homebrewer David Serbin of Wadsworth, is providing some of the beer.

Along with ethnic foods, there will be dancing and music throughout the event, a gift market, kids activities, imported beers and wines and more. New this year is a tea room. (The church member who has made Ethiopian coffee in the past is not available this year.)

The church is at 3365 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. Admission is free. For details, go to

Wine fans: Shantz said the wine tasting is being moved to Sept. 15. It proved to be so popular, church members wanted to separate it from the festival. More on this later.

Royal Wedding Tea

Windsor Castle is some 3,700 miles away, but that’s not stopping Christ Episcopal Church in Kent from doing it up big for the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The church will celebrate that day with a Royal Wedding Tea fundraiser with seatings at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Traditional tea goodies will be served, such as cucumber, salmon and other finger sandwiches; scones with lemon curd, clotted cream and jam; and other baked goods made by parishioners.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 330-322-1236. The church is at 118 S. Mantua St. (state Route 43).

Guests can watch a replay of the wedding — which will be at 7 a.m. Akron time — on a big screen.

Two varieties of cupcakes will be sold, each celebrating a royal wedding cake, made by the Rev. Julie Fisher, the church’s priest. One will be elderberry-lemon, a nod to Harry and Meghan’s cake, and the other will be a chocolate biscuit, which Prince William used as his groom’s cake when he married Kate Middleton.

The event will include croquet on the lawn, a basket raffle and children’s activities. Guests can even get a picture taken with a princess (a parishioner dressed in royal garb).

A portion of the proceeds will go to Freedom House in Portage County and CANAPI Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative in Akron. Tea organizers note that Prince Harry and Meghan have requested donations to charities instead of gifts.

Mother’s Day cake

Children ages 12 and under can decorate a free heart-shaped Mother’s Day cake at all Acme Fresh Market locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Seating will be limited. Pre-register at the customer service counter at the Acme location of your choice.

Cake decorators will be on hand to help. The Akron-based grocery chain says lots of icing colors, sprinkles and other toppings will be available.

Mother’s dinner

The Polish American Club in Akron will serve a Mother’s Day Swiss Steak Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert and coffee.

Tickets, which can be purchased in advance or at the door, are $14 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Call 330-253-0496.

Food truck rally

Reminder: One of the area’s biggest single-day food truck rallies will return to Tallmadge on May 20. More than 25 trucks are on board.

The event, organized by the Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department, will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the Tallmadge Recreation Center parking lot at 46 N. Munroe Road. Parking will be available at Tallmadge High School (140 N. Munroe Road) and Munroe Elementary School (230 N. Munroe Road) with a shuttle provided.

For more information, go to

McDonald’s gets fresh

McDonald’s fresh beef Quarter Pounders have come to our area and to participating locations across the state.

The change to using fresh rather than frozen beef was announced last year. The restaurant rolled out the fresh beef Quarter Pounders and other sandwiches to most of its U.S. locations this month.

The change follows other moves intended to appeal to customers wanting more healthful food. McDonald’s has removed artificial preservatives, colors and flavors from Chicken McNuggets, and it now serves sustainable fish on all Filet o’ Fish sandwiches.

The company has said it is committed to serving only cage-free eggs in the United States by 2025.

Wine calendar

• Ken Stewart’s Grille, 1970 W. Market St., Akron, will host a five-course Stroll Through France wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. May 17.

The menu includes oysters, Hudson Valley foie gras, baby greens with a cherry reduction sauce, peppered bacon lardon (cured meat) with truffled goat cheese risotto and pickled ramps, sliced venison Steak Diane and cinnamon apple creme brulee.

Cost is $75. For reservations, call Terry Kemp at 330-697-6917.

• Vaccaro’s Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath, hosts a “Battle Italy” wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 24. Four courses will be paired with two wines each, one from Sicily and one from mainland Italy. Cost is $60 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-666-6158.

• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Wagner Family, owner of Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, at 7 p.m. May 24. Cost is $75 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-899-9200.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or [email protected]. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter.

Akronym Brewing co-founder Josh Blubaugh could feel the hair stand on up his arms as beer-drinkers started filing into the new downtown Akron brewery.

“I got chills,” he said Sunday during the two-day soft opening for the production brewery and tasting room. “We’re super excited.”

Blubaugh and fellow owners Shawn Adams, Aaron Cruikshank and Kevin Johnson have transformed a 3,000-square-foot spot along East Market Street into an industrial chic space, with exposed ductwork on the ceiling, a long poured-concrete bar top covered in shiny epoxy, a roll-up garage door, concrete patio with ample seating and exposed 10-barrel Craftwerk stainless steel brewing system.

The entire front and sides of the tasting room are huge glass windows, letting in natural light.

Meanwhile, the front of the bar is covered in aged wood and there are other wooden features, including the bathrooms. The owners also are setting up an 18-person oak table and six-person oak table as special seating.

Adams, who’s a full-time firefighter/paramedic with the city of Akron, has hung several yellow firefighting helmets up as a nod to that life-saving profession.

A big individually lettered orange “Akronym Brewing” sign greets visitors outside, where the patio is tucked along the tree-lined sidewalk.

Akronym — the name is a play on the community, obviously — sits in the basement of the city-owned High/Market Parking Garage. It’s in a busy section of downtown close to the Akron-Summit County Public Library, John S. Knight Center and John F. Seiberling Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, and across the street from the Akron Art Museum and the popular Crave restaurant.

“We really like the spot,” said Adams, who serves as brewer. “It was hard to tell with all the dust and the build-out, but now we’re ready to have some people in here.”

Akronym is the seventh craft brewery to open within the city limits, with several more coming.

The brewery opened last weekend with seven beers on tap: The Test Batch, a Trappist single; Sundale Pilsner; High Street Wheat; Heart of Gold; Henry IPA; Sunset Wedding Stout; and Letchworth IPA.

“The focus is on making great beer,” Blubaugh said.

Pints go for $5 or $6.50, depending on the beer. Howlers and growlers are available to go, and the brewery will offer Crowlers in the future. He expects there to be nine or so beers available this coming weekend.

Akronym plans to distribute its beers. It doesn’t offer food, but is working with the city to make food trucks available.

The brewery opened Saturday and Sunday without its point-of-sale system up and running, meaning it could accept cash only and no credit cards.

It expects to be open again this Saturday or Sunday — whether the point-of-sale system is available or not. Once the system is set up, regular hours will be 3:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re super happy,” Adams said. “It’s been a journey but we’re here.” Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or [email protected]. Read his beer blog at Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

The University of Akron generally does not name institutes for students who got expelled.

There’s one exception.

Raymond Charles Bliss (1907-1981), namesake of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, became embroiled in an odd scandal in May 1931 during his senior year at UA.

He and his fraternity, Sigma Beta Nu, were accused of stuffing the ballot box for May queen in favor of Bliss’ college sweetheart, Ellen Palmer, a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. Bliss denied the allegation, but he took the blame, and unwittingly embarked on a 50-year career in which he became a nationally respected figure in politics.

Bliss, a graduate of Akron South High School, majored in political science and sociology at UA. He was class vice president and fraternity leader, ran cross country and track, and served on the editorial staff of the Buchtelite newspaper and Tel-Buch yearbook.

He also led the Hilltop Party, a political combine of students whose chief rival was the Buktal Party. The two parties battled for political advantage on campus, competing for everything, including the race for May queen.

Tall, brown-eyed brunette Palmer won the backing of the Hilltop Party, and its members campaigned for her on the campus of 1,050 students.

Secret ballots were to be returned to the office of Professor H.E. Simmons at the chemistry department. The party realized that nearly 70 engineering students were away from campus on co-op projects, so the combine approached them and volunteered to deliver their sealed ballots to campus.

Some ballots apparently made a side trip to the Sigma Beta Nu house before continuing to Simmons’ office. The student council, purportedly led by the Buktal Party, accused the frat of tampering with the ballots so Palmer would win.

“Early in the investigation, Bliss denied handling of the ballots but did admit sponsoring the idea of gathering the engineering votes,” the Buchtelite reported. “Later he admitted looking at the ballots, but still denied his guilt in changing the markings or addressing the envelopes to Professor Simmons.”

Ousted from ballot

The issue exploded when the council voted to remove Palmer’s name from the queen’s ballot and hold a new election. The university expelled her along with sorority sister Agnes McGowan, who had dropped off ballots to the fraternity.

“There isn’t anything to all this; it’s a frame-up,” Bliss insisted. “There was no fraud that I know of. The girls certainly are innocent of any wrongdoing. I want them taken out of this picture. I’ll take it on the chin, if there is anything coming to me, but the girls ought to be exonerated.”

Many students believed Palmer was innocent and circulated a petition with nearly 600 signatures to put her back on the ballot. The student council refused, though, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member Helen McGrath was elected queen.

UA said Bliss was “indefinitely suspended.”

“I haven’t been able to find out yet what indefinitely suspended means,” Bliss told the Akron Times-Press. “Is it expulsion or is it just a name of a state that will be effective until they change their minds?”

He and his father, Emil, retained attorney James Hinton to argue the case.

“The faculty has certainly gone the limit,” Hinton said. “I seriously doubt propriety of their interference with a petty student political feud.”

Bliss went before the UA Supreme Court, which included President George Zook, Professor Simmons, Dean A.I. Spanton, Dean W.J. Bankes, Dean Fred Ayer, Professor O.E. Olin and Registrar Gladys P. Weeks. He took responsibility and asked the tribunal to spare the two girls and his frat.

“We must not permit the good name of the university to be sullied,” Zook said.

Booted off campus

Bliss was expelled with only a month to go before graduation. His fraternity was cleared and the two girls were reinstated.

“There is something deeper in this than has come out,” Bliss said. “It may never come out. My fraternity brothers know what it is; that is why they are standing behind me to a man.”

Bliss gave up the fight. As he moped around his frat house, a friend suggested that he enter city politics to keep busy. Bliss volunteered to be an errand boy for Republican mayoral candidate E.L. Marting, who lost the primary to C. Nelson Sparks.

Summit County Republican Chairman Jim Corey took Bliss under his wing, and he worked for Republican David Ingalls’ unsuccessful 1932 campaign for governor. Race by race, Bliss gathered knowledge, and evolved into an expert strategist and skilled statesman.

He was a rising star in the GOP when UA quietly gave him his bachelor of arts degree in 1935 after Professor Simmons became president. All was forgiven. Bliss even became a trustee of the UA alumni association.

In a 1940 profile, Beacon Journal reporter Keyes Beech noted that Bliss preferred not to discuss the May queen scandal, but was inclined to view it with “considerable amusement.”

“He swears he was not guilty of the charge for which he was expelled, but demurely admits sponsoring other activities along the same line,” Beech reported.

Romantic ending

In 1959, Bliss married Ellen Palmer and made her his queen.

Bliss helped elect mayors, legislators, lawmakers, governors and presidents. He served as Republican chairman at the county and state levels before being named national chairman in 1965, leading to the resurgence of the GOP in 1968.

He also guided the school that expelled him, serving on the UA trustees board for nine years. He was chairman when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1981 at age 73.

“He understood that the strength of our demo­cracy and the responsiveness of our government were dependent of the vitality of the party system,” President Ronald Reagan eulogized. “He respected his party and those in his party respected him.”

Vice President George Bush added: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my longtime friend Ray Bliss.”

In 1986, the University of Akron established the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, a bipartisan institute dedicated to increasing the understanding of the political process “with special emphasis on political parties, grass-roots activity and ethical behavior.”

It’s exactly the kind of institute that could have helped a novice politician avoid making a big blunder in the 1930s.

Mark J. Price can be reached at 330-996-3850 or [email protected].

Some bars are just conducive to relaxing, savoring a tasty, fermented, hopped beverage, and conversing with friends or the equally relaxed person parked on the nearest stool.

Sure, all bars have booze and most have stools, but every regular bar-goer has been to a few places where for various reasons (music and/or patrons too loud, lights too bright, bartenders too jerky, every surface looks and feels infectious), they didn’t feel especially comfortable.

Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing opened its Taphouse in March at 587 Grant St., just a bit down the street from the brewery. Anyone who visited the makeshift taproom at the brewery will be glad to know that you will no longer feel as if you’re hindering the brisk business. You don’t have to look both ways to avoid industrious brew assistants as you head to the restroom. And there’s no more need to frequently check your fresh, tasty beer for the tiny carcasses of suicidal, alcoholic, fruit flies.

The new space doesn’t have an especially fancy, unique, hip or kitschy design. There are two brick-walled rooms, the main room being a big square with some tables and a U-shaped bar at one end. The walls are painted a nice, soothing “dark” and the only things on the walls are old Thirsty Dog plaques. There’s a popcorn machine that’s kept reasonably fresh and full and one — that’s right, just one — TV screen above the bar.

Why does the room and atmosphere feel inviting and relaxed? Well, the taproom feels like a grown-up bar, but not in terms of the patron’s ages. There’s just little chance of walking in and seeing some rowdy folks doing body shots on the bar or excitedly yelling despite being seated right next to each other.

It’s just … chill.

Of course, Thirsty Dog beers are on all of the 20 or so taps and, thankfully, it’s not just another IPA party. There’s a little something for everyone, be they pretentiously serious beer imbibers (“Oh, the mouthfeel of this bourbon barrel-aged, free-range raspberry quad is simply luxurious!”) or folks who just enjoy a fresh, good-tasting beer.

All of Thirsty Dog’s current hits and national craft beer trends are available, some of which are not currently in stores: big, heavy, Russian imperial stouts; light session ales and lagers; sours, gose and quads, oh my! The bartenders are friendly and, vitally important in a tasting room, knowledgeable about the beers they serve.

Beers are available in 5-ounce glasses, full pints and flights of four. Plus, if you aren’t prepared to commit, they’ll let you taste anything.

If you’re not a beer drinker, there’s a decent stock of liquor and the cooler also contains that sweet, sweet, yummy Mexican Coke. (To be clear, that’s Coca-Cola manufactured in Mexico, where they still use real cane sugar as opposed to corn syrup.)

Once you get a few brews in you, you can try something from the small menu of snacks and appetizers, ranging from basic chips and dip or tortilla chips and salsa under $5, to a bit more substantial fare such as the $7 slider trio (bratwurst, Italian sausage and meatball) or a $5 plate of potato, cheddar pierogis from local favorite the Pierogi Lady.

Friends and beer lovers Mike Sharpe of Hartville and Jim Nezbeth of Akron were chilling at the bar talking, tasting and drinking. The fraternity brothers were getting another stamp on their Summit Brew Path 2018 passports.

(Adroitly recognizing low-hanging, beer-infused fruit, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau has concocted a “brew path” that takes beer lovers to 18 craft breweries throughout the county, where you can get a stamp for each visit. Upon completion and verification, you get an “I Completed the Summit Brew Path” growler. It’s definitely not the sexiest or most creative slogan, but, hey, it’s one more vessel to hold your beer!)

Sharpe and Nezbeth are nine breweries into the path and ranked Thirsty Dog among the best of those they’ve visited so far.

“It’s up there, it’s definitely in my top two,” Nezbeth said. “This is definitely an improvement over what they had before. Their hours were a little limited.”

“You actually feel like you’re in someplace you can stay and you’re welcome. You’re not in the way and there’s not a forklift driving by. The environment here is nicer than, probably, anywhere else we’ve been,” Sharpe said. “Good selection of beers, a lot of beers. I would absolutely bring someone here. It’s casual, the atmosphere is great, good service.”

Any visitors of the old Thirsty Dog tasting room will be pleasantly surprised (and gloriously fruit-fly free) at the simple, low-key, chilled-out new spot. And if you’re just someone who wants to try some good beer in a different, clean and friendly place, go get thirsty.

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at [email protected] or 330-996-3758. Follow him on Facebook at or on Twitter @malcolmabramABJ.

FRESNO, Ohio: Ohio has some pretty darned unusual breweries.

Breweries on islands? We got ’em.

Breweries in former churches? We got ’em.

A brewery in a strip club? Yes, we even have one of those.

And now, the Buckeye State is home to another unconventional beer-maker, and arguably one of its coolest: Wooly Pig Farm Brewery.

As the name implies, it’s a brewery — one that specializes in tasty, traditional German lagers — on a 90-acre working pig farm.

Working pig farm?

The first thing to know about Wooly Pig Farm is that it’s in Fresno. No, not California; Fresno, Ohio. (It’s a little over an hour’s drive from downtown Akron.)

Not familiar? Don’t feel bad. Fresno is sort of in suburban Coshocton — if that even can be a thing.

It’s rural as rural can be. It’s the true definition of a destination brewery thanks to its out-of-the-way location. The farm-brewery is right off U.S. Route 36 up a skinny, winding road that disappears into the woods.

It may seem like an odd pairing — a brewery and a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Ohio — but it’s not. Brewer Kevin Ely’s wife, Jael Malenke, grew up one property away.

“She used to come over and sing Christmas carols to the (former owners) when they were still around,” said Ely, 41, who grew up in several western states.

The couple bought the farm several years ago, determined to be closer to her parents as they raised their two young children. At the time, they were living in Utah where Ely, an accomplished brewer who studied biochemistry and brewing sciences at the University of California at Davis, was serving as the brewmaster at Uinta Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City.

Uinta was the 37th largest craft brewer in the U.S. last year. (Interesting side note: Uinta is owned by the Cleveland-based private equity firm Riverside Co.)

Wooly Pig Farm is a family operation, with Ely and his wife running the brewery, while his brother- and sister-in-law Aaron and Lauren Malenke run the farm. Aaron also serves as assistant brewer.

The pigs

The farm raises Mangalitsa pigs. With apologies to Wilbur, Arnold Ziffel and Babe, these aren’t ordinary pink pigs.

They are hairy. Really hairy, and quite the visual shock if you’ve never laid eyes on one before. They are on full display at the farm and visitors are free to gawk at them.

So why are there rare wooly pigs there?

Ely recalled being in Europe for the European Beer Star awards years ago and taking a trip to Bavaria, where he spotted them. The unusual sight stuck with him and he decided to raise the pigs on his new farm.

These pigs, which hail from Austria and Hungary, are prized for their meat. They’ve been called the Kobe beef of the pork world because of their fatty and marbled meat and the free-range method of raising them.

The brewery hopes to get to the point where there’s pig on the menu in addition to the beer.

The theme can be found throughout the brewery — whether it’s the Wooly Pig logo or the art on the walls or even the metal outline of a pig on the base of the stools inside the brewery.

In addition to about 50 wooly pigs, the farm also has 30 sheep, a llama and a goat.

The brewery

The brewery and tasting room — which opened in December — are located in a converted equipment barn. There’s also an outdoor seating area with a fire pit.

The five-barrel SysTech Stainless brewing system is behind glass. Ely has jacketed the brewing vessels in barn wood.

The tasting room is small. There’s a bar with seating, along with communal wooden tables.

The taproom has the feel of a barn. Just think wood — and then quadruple whatever amount of wood you were thinking about. There are no televisions.

Wooly Pig Farm focuses strictly on German lagers.

“It’s what I enjoy drinking,” Ely said. “I also firmly believe that that’s what other people would enjoy drinking if they could experience it.”

Most U.S. breweries make German styles with “a strong American accent,” he said. “I have my own interpretation too, but we’re trying to present these in a fairly authentic way because that’s how we like them.”

There are plenty of beers on tap — 12 on a recent visit. The standards are Rustic Helles, Hoppy Pils, IPL Eins and Schwarzbier. A flight of four 5-ounce beers goes for a reasonable $7.

Wooly Pig Farm packages several of its most popular beers — including Hoppy Pils and Rustic Helles — in 16.9-ounce brown bottles. You can buy a four-pack to go at the brewery.

If you want to taste Wooly Pig Farm, you really need to visit the brewery. Ely figured that he would distribute his beer right out of the gate, but so many people, including the local population, are visiting the brewery, he doesn’t have to.

“I can really focus on the beer,” he said about not having to feed accounts. “The beer is moving at a nice pace but it’s not moving too fast where I’m falling behind. I can put all my efforts on focusing on the beer and that’s great.”

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or [email protected]. Read his beer blog at Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

A tasty new chain is just about ready to set up shop in Fairlawn.

City Barbeque plans to open its first Northeast Ohio location at 2870 W. Market St. on May 14.

Grand-opening events on May 19 include an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, then a “rib bone” cutting at 10:30 a.m. There will be live music, giveaways and family activities.

The chain plans to donate 10 percent of its sales that day to Weathervane Playhouse. Actors from the theater will be on hand and plan to perform around 5 p.m. Zippy and the University of Akron cheerleaders will be there from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Dublin-based chain, which operates more than 30 restaurants, features smoked meats and handmade sides.

Gourmet fundraiser

The annual Hail to the Chefs fundraiser will be 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson.

This is a preview party for the annual Taste of Hudson over Labor Day weekend. Area chefs will showcase small plates along with cocktails. A silent auction will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.

Restaurants include the Beachcomber Truck by Hudson’s; Don Patron Mexican Grill; Jaipur Junction of Hudson; Kepner’s Tavern; Laurel Lake; Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering; Oak & Embers Tavern and Rosewood Grill.

There will be appetizers by Adams Reserve New York Extra Sharp Cheddar, and chef Scott Tabor of Lake Forest Country Club will be serving up desserts.

Tickets are $100 at, or at the door.

Summer smells

Saturdays in May at Kirbie’s Meats and Catering in Stow will feature a chance to check out and taste the shop’s variety of grilled meats, rubs and marinades along with sauces and sides. The samplings will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kirbie’s is at 4062 Fishcreek Road in the Oregon Trails Plaza at Graham Road in Stow.

Farm market news

Just a quick correction from last week’s column: The Haymaker Farmers Market in Kent, which celebrated 25 years last year, opens its outdoor season this Saturday. The market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at Franklin Avenue between Main and Summit streets, underneath the Haymaker Overpass.

Also, the first North Akron Market featuring fresh produce, crafts and artwork, hot food and music will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Exchange House at 760 Elma St. in Akron.

The market — which will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29 — will move next week to 761 N. Main St., next to the Hibernian club and across from Family Groceries and Piscazzi Autobody.

Vegan alert

The Cleveland VegFest will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. The event typically attracts some 10,000 visitors and is put on by the Cleveland Vegan Society.

It features a food court, samples and activities including yoga. Movies will be shown throughout the day in the Cleveland Cinemas Screening Room and speakers will cover topics from veganism to animal rights to social justice.

The center is at 300 Lakeside Ave. E. The event is free but donations are accepted. For more, visit

Wine calendar

• Vaccaro’s Trattoria, 1000 Ghent Road, Bath, hosts a “Battle Italy” wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 24. Four courses will be paired with two wines each, one from Sicily and one from mainland Italy. Cost is $60 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-666-6158.

• Fishers Foods will have a tasting of wines from store owner Jeff Fisher’s latest Top 16 list from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and May 25.

Friday’s tasting will be at the Fishers at 8100 Cleveland Ave. NW, Plain Township. The May 25 tasting will be at the Fishers at 5215 Fulton Road NW in Jackson Township. Wines will be paired with food samples. Cost is $10.

• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Wagner Family, owner of Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, at 7 p.m. May 24. Cost is $75 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-899-9200.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or [email protected]. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at and read the Akron Dish blog at

FAIRLAWN: City Barbeque will open its new restaurant May 14.

It will be the first location in Northeast Ohio for the Dublin-based chain, which operates more than 30 restaurants.

The restaurant is at 2870 W. Market St.

City Barbeque will hold a grand opening celebration May 19, with a ribbon cutting and “rib bone” cutting at 10:30 a.m.

The day will feature live music by JT Teis from 5 to 8 p.m., face painters, games, a visit from Zippy and the University of Akron cheerleaders from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ten percent of sales May 19 will be donated to the Weathervane Playhouse. Actors from Weathervane will be on hand to interact with guests and sing a scene from their current play about 5 p.m.

City Barbeque also will sell T-shirts for a suggested donation of $5, with 100 percent of the sales going to the Weathervane.

What would you do if you had a dollar?

Teachers posed that question to Akron students for an assignment in May 1897, and the Beacon Journal published the answers all month.

The responses were whimsical, earnest, innocent, poignant and occasionally surprising, and they provided an unusual glimpse into the minds of young pupils from the late 19th century.

Adjusted for inflation, an 1897 dollar would be worth over $36 today.

Here are some of those answers from long ago. Would today’s kids want any of these things?


Theodore Turner, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a lamp for my bicycle so I could go riding nights.”

Fred Manthey, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy the book of Robinson Crusoe or a pair of pants.”

Alice Gohlke, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for flowers for sick people.”

Frederick Seiberling, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for shoes.”

Maudie Hiller, 12: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a dress.”

Carl Pettet, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a ball.”

Charles Piske, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for the poor.”

David Duncan, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a slate sponge.”

Ernest Ault, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a white shirt and a collar.”

Harry Houghton, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a present for papa of mamma.”

Mabel Cummins, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy my aunt a new dress to go to Cleveland to see my uncle Will who is sick in bed.”

Irena Mueller, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy meat, bread, potatoes, salt, sugar, celery, coffee, milk, butter, soap, cake, cookies.”


Albert Dirret, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would keep it.”

Ola Werden, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would make good use of it. I would not spend it for anything foolish.”

Harry Hoffman, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would pit it in the bank till I was a man.”

Herman Bartels, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would give half to my mother and I would have the rest and buy me a pair of skates.”

Fanny Loomis, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some ice cream soda, some dolls and some candy. I would buy some popcorn and some ice cream.”

Kinyon Edgar, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a hat.”

Eddie Wach, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would ride out to Summit Lake and have a nice time.”

Pansey Williamson, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would give my sister half and keep the other half and when my sister’s birthday came, I would buy her a present.”

Grace Anderson, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some cloth for a dress and give it to my mother and she would thank me for it. I would get a picture for her, too, and she would be pleased.”

Millie Edward, 12: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for a suit of clothes.”

Helen Foltz, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would get a nice doll and a pair of slippers and some baby ribbon for it.”

Carl Adams, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a pair of pigeons, a ball and a bat. I’d go downtown and buy me a hat. Then I would buy a bag of candy and a quart of ice cream. I would buy a book with the rest of the money.”


Willie Sadler, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a horse.”

Alma Lutz, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some flowers for the soldiers’ graves to put on Decoration Day.”

George W. Green, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would go to the show and save the rest of it.”

Clara Bendina Benson, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some flowers for my mother.”

Bert E. Davis, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would spend 25 cents and buy some candy and some bananas and save 75 cents.”

Maud Maxam, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would send it across the ocean to the heathen children to help build them a home, for their fathers and mothers sell them for 10 cents because they have no homes for them.”

Kurt Arnold, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would divide it with my brother and sisters.”

James Parker McDonald, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would put it in the bank downtown with my $50.”

Clarence Craig, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would get me a pair of pants.”

Ella Tibbs, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a bat.”

Olga Johnson, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy things that were needed.”

Ida Williams, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would save it till I get lots of money. Then I would buy my mamma a new dress.”


Grace Rice, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would go to Cleveland on the streetcar.”

Arthur Snead, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a dog.”

Agnes Kempel, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a doll.”

Artie Schutz, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would save it to go to the circus.”

Harry Ferbstein, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would give it to my mother, and if I would need clothes, she would buy me some with the dollar.”

Carmie Zehnder, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for a tricycle.”

Edna Fleming, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would get a pair of slippers.”

Gladys Brownell, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would give it to the storekeeper for a picture.”

Abraham Squire, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for some candy.”

Earl Groesel, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would keep it for Christmas.”

Marta Habicht, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a pocketbook for my mother.”

Earl Beynon, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would see if there were any poor that needed food or clothes.”


Arthur Burgy, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a pound of sugar and 20 cents worth of tea.”

Jacob Hiefer, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a geography book.”

James Dorrance, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy an air gun.”

May Brown, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy two flags for Memorial Day and some flowers for my mother’s grave.”

Miles McCornnaughy, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a straw hat for me to keep the sun off my face.”

Willie Seidle, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would get me a ring or a pin with it”

Ida Howe, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a new dress.”

Oscar Olsen, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a new slate and a little wagon and a tin horse.”

Martha Kammel, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would save it.”

Logan Wolfsperger, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would give Mother it.”

Herman Endres, 7: “If I had a dollar, I would give it to the poor people.”

Emma Herthneck, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy something for me.”


Jesse Shook, 13: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a drum.”

Bessie Leopard, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some good actions.”

Geoffrey Swain, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would keep it for a long time.”

Bertha Mellinger, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would save it until I got $2 and I would get a nice chair for Papa.”

Ellen Barber, 12: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a new dress.”

Mary Fish, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy some plants for Stella’s grave. She was my baby sister.”

Ina Reifsnyder, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would get a new pair of shoes.”

Ruby E. Gibbs, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a new hat.”

Muriel Heitzer, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would save it.”

Daisy Rex, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it.”

Raymond Waltz, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would put it in my bank.”

Garret Mason, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would save it and wait till I had $10 and then I would buy a bicycle to ride on.”


Marguerite Harris, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a pair of doves and give them to my sister and she would put them in a cage.”

Rolland Patton, 12: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a goat, a wagon, 10 cents worth of candy, a 5 cent ball, a 2-cent kite, and I would put 1 cent in my bank.”

Harry Lamson, 7: “If I had a dollar, I would have somebody give me two half dollars and spend one for candy and save the other half.”

Helen Gertrude Harter, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it all for candy.”

Sidney H. Wright, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would get a gun and some shot.”

Adolph Harwig, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a bunch of bananas and a ball glove and ball. They all cost one dollar.”

Otto Schaefer, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a top and apples and a book and a wagon and cherries and a flag and I would save 30 cents and that is all I would buy.”

Harvey Myers, 12: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a bell, coasters and a brake for my bicycle.”

Bessie Ames, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would give it to my mamma or papa because I would not know what to do with it.”

Hazel Usner, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy my little sister Eva a rocking chair, and a dress.”

Ezra Wright, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would save it and spend a little at a time and when it was gone, I would earn some more and I would save all that money.”

Etta Ruvinsky, 10: “If I had a dollar, I’d spend it on Christmas and buy a doll or dishes and I would play with those things and then I would take a table out and have a party with all my dishes.”

Rosie Roder, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would go downtown and spend it.”


Dennis Holcomb, 11: “If I had a dollar, I would save it till I had enough to buy a house.”

Jacob Shoup, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would buy four hens and I would build them a coop and make a nest for them and give them fresh water every day and get them some green grass, too.”

Cora Lutz, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would get a present for my teacher.”

Richard Hanson, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a pair of rabbits.”

Nellie Harvey, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy me a nice new dress to wear on Sunday.”

George Falor, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a brown hat for 75 cents and a straw hat for a quarter, and give the brown hat to my brother that has a brown suit and give the other hat to my brother that has a light suit.”

Margaret Flickinger, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would give it to my mother.”

Odessa Geary, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for a blackboard to play with at home. At night, I would play school with it when I had no school.”

Victor Montenyohl, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a necktie and give the change to the poor.”

Mary Addler, 10: “If I had a dollar, I would spend it for some shoes.”


Louise Dull, 9: “If I had a dollar, I should buy a statue of the Blessed Virgin.”

Eddie Seiller, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a prayer book and I would give the rest to our new church.”

Adolph Sattler, 9: “If I had a dollar, I could give half of it to the new church and the rest I would give for flowers for the altar.”

Ida Hock, 9, “If I had a dollar, I would buy a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

Louis Pfeil, 8: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a rosary and give the rest to the poor.”

Jeannette Kimphlin, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a nice statue of St. Joseph.”

Frances Fischer, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would buy a statue of St. Anthony.”

Eva Wyble, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would give 50 cents to the church and 50 cents to Sister for teaching us.”

Martin Gressing, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would give half of it to the new church and the other half for the heathen children in Africa.”

Katie Esper, 9: “If I had a dollar, I would put it in my bank.”

Mark J. Price can be reached at 330-996-3850 or [email protected].

Spring has finally sprung. Last week I was scraping ice off of my windshield and next week we may have temperatures in the 80s. I predict a lot of gardening and lawn cleanup this weekend.

There has been an uptick in calls and visits to the Summit Extension office in the last week, and the vast majority of questions have been lawn-related. Most questions were related to hairy bittercress, crabgrass or moss issues.

Hairy bittercress

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) has proved to be a huge problem in landscape beds and lawns this spring. This winter annual usually germinates in August and forms a small rosette that persists over the winter. As soon as the weather warms, the plant sends up stalks with small, white flowers.

A couple of years ago, I would see it in landscape beds, but I am now seeing infestations in well-established lawns. Unfortunately it is currently going to flower in most of the region. According to the University of Florida, one plant can produce up to 5,000 seeds.

Once the seeds are mature, the plant uses a seed dispersal mechanism known as ballochory. When the seed pod is disturbed or reaches maturity the seed pod will split and shoot the seeds in many directions (up to 16 feet). The seeds will lie dormant until late summer, then begin to germinate.

In lawns, the young plants can sometimes be overlooked. It takes only a few ignored plants to produce enough seed to be problematic in the next season.

Removal by hand or mowing is highly recommended before flowering. Don’t place pulled plants in compost piles in case the plants do manage to set seed. Post-emergent, broadleaf herbicides may be effective while the plant is actively growing, before it sets seeds, but it may be too late for this season.


Crabgrass is the bane of many lawn owners. Smooth crabgrass is an annual weed that will begin to germinate in the spring when the soil temperature in the upper inch of the soil reaches 54 degrees for seven days in a row. Large crabgrass germinates a little later. This year has been somewhat odd in the fact the soil temperature has been inconsistent.

Timing of application of pre-emergent crabgrass preventer is important. If used too early or too late it will be ineffective. One environmental indicator for the right time to apply crabgrass preventer is blooming forsythia, which is currently occurring in most of the region.

For more information on crabgrass preventers, see the resources in the accompanying box. Other management strategies for crabgrass control in lawns is proper mowing and maintaining a vigorous turfgrass stand.


Another issue that my colleagues and I have noticed over the last couple of years is the increased presence of moss in lawns, which indicates that the grass is weak and has thinned out. There are many reasons for grass to decline, including soil compaction, pH issues, shade and low fertility.

Modifying soil conditions will encourage healthy grass growth and discourage moss. If the area is shaded, pruning trees and shrubs will allow more light and air circulation.

A common mistake is adding lime, which will raise the pH of soil; if you already have a high pH, adding lime will make the problem worse. A soil test can help you determine if there is a pH issue.

If your soil is compacted, core aerating may help improve drainage. Moss issues can also occur when the grass isn’t receiving enough nitrogen. Adjusting nitrogen application may helpful. Excessive, low mowing may encourage moss growth, so raising mower height is recommended.

Raking the moss and reseeding grass is another strategy, but if the underlying problems that caused the moss to grow in the first place are not solved, it may return quickly.

Jacqueline Kowalski is the Summit County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for the Ohio State University. For questions on local foods, food production or other garden-related questions, contact her at [email protected] or 330-928-4769 ext. 2456. The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Hotline is open. For answers to your gardening questions, call 330-928-4769, select option 3 or extension 2481 or 2482, Tuesday mornings 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

A family is frying up crunchy, salty nostalgia in South Akron.

Ted Robb, who owned the O.K. Potato Chip company for nearly three decades, has teamed up with cousins Anthony and Paul LaGuardia to open a small, old-school, potato chip factory in an old building next to Klein’s Seafood on Grant Street.

They’ve dubbed it Hartville Potato Chips, and with production beginning earlier this month, the product already is showing up on store shelves and creating a buzz.

“It’s been amazing,” Anthony LaGuardia said. “We can’t keep them on the store shelves.”

Robb sold chips under the Hartville name, as well as the O.K. brand, when he owned the business, which he bought in 1972.

This week, a handful of Acme stores will begin selling the chips, including stores in Coventry, Akron’s Ellet neighborhood, Green, Jackson Township and North Canton. Other stores stocking them include Shaffer’s Market at 8 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road (at Main Street) in Green; Beiler’s Penn Dutch Market at 13160 Cleveland Ave. in Lake Township; and Giant Eagle at 2275 Locust St. S. in Canal Fulton.

Robb and the LaGuardias can’t use the O.K. Potato Chip name because Robb sold the business — along with the name — in 1990 to an out-of-state company.

For now, a crew of family members is making chips two to three days a week. “As need grows, we’ll ramp up more,” Anthony LaGuardia said.

Beyond Robb’s connection to a brand that began in the Kenmore area of Akron in 1928, there’s another nostalgic element to the Hartville Potato Chips story.

Next-door neighbor Klein’s Seafood is in the building that housed the poultry business and corner market of Joe LaGuardia, grandfather of Anthony and Paul LaGuardia.

Farmers markets open

It’s hard to believe with the recent snow that farmers market season is getting underway.

I visited the opening day of the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley last Saturday and found a surprising amount of produce — parsnips, carrots, radishes, kale and more.

I was thrilled to see Diamond Marcum of Akron, the owner of Big Fat Greek & Italian Pastries, selling her big spanakopita (spinach pie) and other treats. I first met her a couple of years ago at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron, where she and other members of the congregation were making braided Easter bread for the Spring Bake Sale.

The market will run 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27 at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road. See for information.

• The Haymaker Farmers Market in Kent, which celebrated 25 years last year, opens its outdoor season May 5.

The market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at Franklin Avenue between Main and Summit streets, underneath the Haymaker Overpass. Each week, the market boasts about 40 vendors and features live music.

In winter, November through April, the market is at the United Methodist Church at 1435 E. Main St. in Kent.

• The first North Akron Market featuring fresh produce, crafts and artwork, hot food and music will be from 2 to 7 p.m. May 5 at the Exchange House at 760 Elma St. in Akron.

Exchange House, a refurbished home, is designed to be a cultural and civic hub in the North Hill neighborhood. A onetime hub for Italian immigrants, today it is home to many refugees from southeast Asia.

After May 5, the market — which will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29 — will move to 761 N. Main St., next to the Hibernian club and across from Family Groceries and Piscazzi Autobody.

Vendors can apply for spots by going to the Exchange House or going to The market is being organized by the Shanti Community Farms, St. Brendan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the nonprofit Exchange House and the North Akron Community Development Corp.

• Looking further ahead, the Anna Dean Farm Market in Barberton opens May 29 and runs 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 30. More than 40 vendors have signed up so far.

As I’ve said before, this market is worth checking out for its location alone, the historic O.C. Barber Piggery, 248 Robinson Ave. The former pig barn is one of several distinctive buildings from the onetime Anna Dean Farm, developed by town founder O.C. Barber.

The Barberton Historical Society, which owns the Piggery, oversees the market.

Grapes on the Lake

Here’s what looks to be a fun winecentric fundraiser. Six Northeast Ohio wineries are signed up — and organizers are hoping for more — for the third annual Grapes on the Lake from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

This may be a little confusing. The event will not be on a lake. It will be at Tadmor Shrine Center, 3000 Krebs Drive, Coventry Township.

A portion of the proceeds goes to Lake Anna Park in Barberton, Special Olympics and Barberton Masonic Temple.

Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door, including 10 tasting tickets a commemorative glass and a red rose (for women attendees). The evening will include a silent auction.

Wine by the glass and wine to go will be sold, along with food, including the Funky Truckeria food truck.

Wineries who have signed up so far are Sarah’s Vineyard of Cuyahoga Falls, Nauti Vine in Green, Filia Cellars outside Wadsworth, Barrel Run in Rootstown Township, Blue Barn outside Wooster and Lina Wines in Maple Heights.

Tickets are available at locations listed on the Barberton Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page, by phone at 330-620-9034, or at the door.

Ramp Up Peninsula

The sixth annual celebration of the wild leek, the Ramp Up Peninsula festival, runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the village’s downtown, where vendors will set up off state Route 303, and at Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road.

It will feature ramps in all kinds of preparations, including candies (really), other foods, artists, crafters, live music, yoga, a scavenger hunt and a walk led by Don King, the Mushroom Hunter. For information, go to Information also is available at the Ramp Up Peninsula Facebook page.

The ramp is one of the first edible plants to pop up in spring. Some call them “little stinkers” because of their garlicky aroma. Fans of ramp fests in West Virginia started the Peninsula event in 2013.

Puzzling cookies

West Side Bakery is selling puzzle-shaped cookies designed to promote autism awareness and raise money for the Autism Society of Greater Akron. The cookies will be available through this month at West Side Bakery’s two locations, 2303 W. Market St. in Akron and 1840 Town Park Blvd. in Green.

The puzzle piece logo — used by autism groups nationwide — is intended to reflect the complexity of autism spectrum disorder.


• The Food with Flair fundraiser for the Barberton Area Community Ministries Food Pantry is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Run Winery, 376 Eastern Road, Doylestown. Tickets are $30 for wine and food pairings. Call 330-745-3693.

• Wayside Café will donate all proceeds from food sales to the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday.

The café, featuring made-from-scratch daily specials, is inside the Red Brick Amish Shop in the Wayside Furniture complex at 1367 Canton Road, south of Waterloo Road, in Springfield Township. Other benefit dates are May 23 and June 21. The café will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wine calendar

• Fishers Foods will have a tasting of wines from store owner Jeff Fisher’s latest Top 16 list from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 4 and May 25.

The May 4 tasting will be at the Fishers at 8100 Cleveland Ave. NW, Plain Township. The May 25 tasting will be at the Fishers at 5215 Fulton Road NW in Jackson Township. Wines will be paired with food samples. Cost is $10.

• Wise Guys Lounge & Grill, 1008 N. Main St., Akron, will host a Napa Valley Wine Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $60. For reservations, call 330-922-3006.

• Ken Stewart’s Grille, 1970 W. Market St., Akron, will host a five-course dinner featuring wines from Somerston Wine Co. of Napa Valley, Calif., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $95. For reservations, call Terry Kemp at 330-697-6917.

• Blue Canyon, 8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, will host a five-course Highway 12 Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $60. For reservations, call 330-486-2583.

• Wines of Spain and Portugal will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at West Point Market, 33 Shiawassee Ave., Fairlawn. Cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For reservations, go to or call 330-864-2151, ext. 129.

• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Wagner Family, owner of Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, at 7 p.m. May 24. Cost is $75 plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 330-899-9200.

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or [email protected]. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at and read the Akron Dish blog at

The brewery logo is bizarre.

It’s an octopus breaking through a green map of Ohio, with its tentacles covered in bloodshot eyeballs and a Mister Magoo-looking cyborg thrown in for good measure.

One of the tentacles has snapped off the northeast corner of the state, and another is holding a beer can.

Welcome to Wrecking Crew Brew Works, a nanobrewery that plans to open this summer in Medina.

The crazy-looking logo befits founders Ryan Primiano and Bob Vokac, both of Medina, and Greg Supik of Independence — three beer-loving, party-loving and music-loving friends, all 31.

“We’re about having fun,” said Primiano, an engineer who has been homebrewing for more than a decade. “Being happy and drinking beer. That’s what we want to do. … We’re hoping that something that sets us apart is that we have a ton of fun.”

Or as Vokac, who cracked open 32-ounce cans of Milwaukee’s Best Ice and Honey Brown Lager during an interview this week at the brewery, put it: “The common bond is we are all idiots.”

The name stems from a nickname that the guys and their friends picked up in high school. They were known as the “Wrecking Crew” because of their fun-loving ways.

“We wanted a lot of us in the name,” said Supik, a project controller for a consulting company.

The Wrecking Crew brewery is situated in a tiny portion of a blue garage on West Friendship Street.

It’s an odd location for a brewery because it’s behind a two-story blue house and it’s smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Vokac, who has played in bands, lives there.

Wrecking Crew plans to distribute its beer on draft, and possibly some in cans, to the Medina area. There won’t be any taproom or sales from the brewery because of its location.

The friends built their one-barrel brewing system. For now, the do-it-yourself setup fits their punk attitude. But …

“This is not the end game. This is the beginning,” Primiano said.

The end game is a brewpub somewhere in Medina in one to three years, as they want to see a larger craft brewery scene in the community, which is now home to Lager Heads Brewing Co. and the upcoming Blue Heron Brewery.

Wrecking Crew is far from the only Ohio brewery to launch in a garage. Others include MadCap in Kent, Black Frog in Sylvania and Lucky Owl in Chagrin Falls.

As for the Wrecking Crew beers, Primiano, Vokac and Supik are honing their recipes now, saying they want a few perfect styles as opposed to offering a large number of beers. They anticipate launching with two to three, a West Coast IPA among them.

“We want to make sure the beer we are putting out is worth it,” Primiano said.

You can follow Wrecking Crew on Facebook at crewbrewworks.

Don’t forget

The inaugural sports-themed Believeland Beer Fest is Saturday at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 W. Lakeside Ave., Cleveland.

There are two tasting sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m. featuring at least 60 breweries and more than 150 beers. There also will be costume contests and a best pretzel necklace contest.

For more details, including a rundown of the participating breweries and activities, go to:

Collectibles show

The Lake Erie Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America will host its annual Spring Breweriana Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at Forest City Brewery, 2135 Columbus Road, Cleveland.

The show will feature breweriana on display and for sale, including cans, steins, trays, bottles, beer postcards, mirrors, signs and lithographs.

Admission is free.

New book

Market Garden Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Rocky River Brewing Co. are featured in a new homebrewing book.

The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes (Voyageur Press, $24.99) will be released in May. It features 300 commercial beer recipes compiled over two decades by Brew Your Own magazine.

Market Garden Progress Pilsner, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Rocky River Chocolate Jitters — a beer that is no longer made — are showcased.

There’s also a blast from the past — a recipe for Crooked River Settler’s Ale ESB. The former Cleveland brewery has been long defunct.

The book offers recipes organized by style. It showcases beers ranging from Old Style to Rolling Rock to Tree House Julius to Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin to Dogfish Head 90 Minute to New Belgium Fat Tire to Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or [email protected]. Read his beer blog at Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

Dale Carnegie won friends and influenced people during a gracious visit to Akron.

The noted author, lecturer and self-help expert came to town in April 1937 for a series of public appearances to promote his new book.

The 291-page How to Win Friends and Influence People, published six months earlier by Simon and Schuster, was already a phenomenal success, flying off the shelves during the Great Depression.

No one was more surprised than Carnegie.

“Surprised? It has knocked me breathless,” the Missouri native told the Beacon Journal during an interview in his room at the Mayflower Hotel. “Why, I had no idea — I expected it to sell maybe 10,000 to 15,000 and already it’s gone to a third of a million.

“It sort of puts me on the spot, though, to be author of a best-seller. It’s very hard to ever relax. So much is expected of me.”

Carnegie, 48, a former actor, salesman, speech instructor and PR man who lived in New York, taught readers “the fine art of getting along with people” by presenting common-sense ideas for everyday life.

“I made so many asinine mistakes myself, so many blundering missteps, that I decided to find out what was wrong,” he said.

After conducting years of research on psychology and philo­sophy, Carnegie crafted these easy-to-follow principles to make people like you:

1. Become genuinely interested in other people.

2. Smile.

3. Remember that a man’s name to him is the sweetest and most important sound in the English language.

4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.

6. Make the other person feel important — and do it sincerely.

“I don’t call myself a philosopher,” Carnegie said in Akron. “Everything I wrote in that book was really old, familiar stuff — truths which everyone knows. Why, many of them are right in the Bible. I gave the book to a rabbi the other day and after reading it, he said rather disgustedly, ‘Why, there’s nothing new in this, Carnegie.’ ”

Carnegie signed copies of his book at O’Neil’s, Polsky’s and Yeager’s department stores. Shoppers paid $1.96 (about $34 in today’s dollars) to meet the silver-haired, bespectacled author.

He gave a public talk at 8:15 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the auditorium of West High School with the admission cost $1. He also delivered a private lecture at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Mayflower Hotel before the Akron Life Underwriters’ Association.

According to the Akron Times-Press, Carnegie offered these pearls of wisdom to Akron audiences:

• “Never criticize a person, for in the first place, he many not believe you and, second, you may be wrong yourself.”

• “If you are wrong, admit it readily and say everything about yourself that the other person is thinking.”

• “Be lavish in your praise. Give people encouragement, sincere, honest appreciation.”

• “Try honestly to see the other fellow’s point of view.”

And when in doubt, follow the example of an affectionate household pet, Carnegie advised.

“The first puppy you meet is the greatest psychologist in the world when it comes to getting along with people,” Carnegie said. “First, he wags his tail and acts as if he is going to jump all over you with his affection. He doesn’t want to sell you real estate or try to marry you.

“The dog is the only animal I know except a woman who makes a living out of love.

“Get interested in other people rather than yourself. Do things for others. Smile — this does the same thing as the puppy’s tail.”

Before returning to New York, Carnegie acknowledged to an Akron reporter that, try as he might, he didn’t always live up to the standards that he suggested.

“As to whether I live up to the teachings in my book, I’ll just answer that by telling you that the men who write books on correct diets are usually the biggest dyspeptics and that the man who runs a famous reducing school in New York weighs 250 pounds,” Carnegie smiled.

Carnegie never returned to Akron, but in a way, he never left. In the years to come, Summit County residents took classes from the Dale Carnegie Institute of Effective Speaking, joined the Dale Carnegie Alumni Association, formed Dale Carnegie speaking groups and read Dale Carnegie columns in the Beacon Journal.

When Carnegie died in 1955 at age 66, his legend only grew.

How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies in 80 years, spawning sequels, revised editions and even parodies.

There’s a waiting list to borrow it from Akron-Summit County Public Library.

In closing, we present Carnegie’s fundamental techniques for handling people:

Principle 1: Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.

Principle 2: Give honest and sincere appreciation.

Principle 3: Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Although the book has sold more than 15 million copies, it still seems like a lot of people could use the advice in today’s world.

To learn more about the movement, visit Mark J. Price is the author of Mafia Cop Killers in Akron: The Gang War Before Prohibition from The History Press. He can be reached at 330-996-3850 or [email protected].