AKRON

New park shelter

to be dedicated

Summit Metro Parks, Akron Civic Commons, city of Akron and community leaders will dedicate a new shelter at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Summit Lake Park.

The shelter was designed and built by Summit Metro Parks, and will be managed by the city. It was constructed because the community wanted a lakeside location to host picnics, parties and family reunions.

The project was funded by Summit Metro Parks, Ohio & Erie Canalway Association and Akron Civic Commons. Akron Civic Commons is part of the national Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative.

The shelter is at 380 W. Crosier St.

AKRON

Area knife-maker to

compete on TV show

Akron knife-maker Mark Campana will compete on the second season of the History Channel series “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death.”

The program returns Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.

The series, produced by Outpost Entertainment, showcases America’s top blade-smiths, martial artists and knife experts as they slice, stab and chop their way through obstacle courses ranging from slicing through flying watermelons to hacking through massive ice blocks.

Campana has been hand crafting knives part time for the past five years. He works full time as a personal trainer and has owned his own facility since 2005. He is a former Cleveland Cavaliers cheerleader and Kent State University cheerleader.

The winner of each episode of "Forged in Fire" earns a cash prize and a spot in the season two finale, when they will compete in the ultimate showdown to be crowned the “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death Champion.”

MEDINA

Nonprofit group to

have new location

The Medina County Habitat for Humanity has bought the former Hawkins Market at 233 Lafayette Road for $800,000 at an auction, the Medina Gazette reports.

The nonprofit says it plans to move its ReStore and its Habitat offices to the site.

“We think it’s the right size building and the right location. We wanted to stay in the downtown area in Medina and this is perfect for us," Habitat board President Bill Hutson told the Gazette.

STARK COUNTY

Sobriety checkpoints

planned for Friday

The Stark County Sheriff's Office and OVI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints Friday in North Canton, Sheriff George Maier said.

Authorities advised people who planned to drink alcohol to use a designated driver or make other arrangements.

GREEN

18 high school students

to serve on city boards

Mayor Gerard Neugebauer recently appointed 18 high school students to serve as non-voting representatives of the city’s boards, commissions and task forces for the 2018-19 school year.

Students named to city positions are:

City Council: Green senior Ayda Qureshi

Planning and Zoning Commission: Green High senior Aaron Hujar and Walsh Jesuit High sophomore Emily Alessia

Design Review Board: Green juniors Darby Hurr and Eric Rohweder

Historic Preservation Commission: Green sophomore Ayesha Qureshi and Biomed Science Academy sophomore Autumn Groen

Parks and Recreation Board: Green sophomores Melyna Sweeney and Angela Salmons

Living Green Task Force: Green senior Kevin Lin and junior Julia Tsarnas

Drug Task Force: Green seniors Prashanth Ragunanthan and Amanda Salmons and sophomores Isabella Hemphill, Shareef Awadallah and Noah Pilgram

Charter Review Commission: Green sophomore Parker Doerrer

Sister City Committee: Green sophomore Sophia Miller

SUMMIT COUNTY

Finance and budget

department honored

The county's Department of Finance and Budget recently was presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association.

The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to the finance group.

"The Department of Finance and Budget continues to demonstrate their commitment to exemplary budgeting principles," Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro said in a news release. "Summit County works diligently to be good stewards of public funds and this award proves we are doing just that."

 

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