GREEN

Annual equipment auction

to be held Thursday

The city’s annual auction of no longer needed equipment will be held Thursday at the Highway Department at 5383 Massillon Road across the street from the entrance to Boettler Park.

Items ranging from dump and plow trucks to office equipment will be auctioned off by Councilman Bob Young, who is a licensed auctioneer and is providing his service free to the city.

Those interested can preview the items up for sale to the highest bidder beginning at 4 p.m. on the auction day. The sale will commence at 5 p.m., Young said.

BARBERTON

Ohio native nominated

as ambassador to Armenia

President Donald Trump on Friday formally nominated an Ohioan to become the ambassador to Armenia, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Lynne M. Tracy, a Barberton native who received her law degree from the University of Akron, was one of eight nominations Trump sent to the Senate. Tracy is a career member of the Foreign Service, and, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Armenia.

She previously served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; deputy assistant secretary for Central Asia in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State; deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; and principal officer at the U.S. Embassy branch office in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Tracy also served at the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, from September 2006 to August 2009. On Aug. 26, 2008, she was attacked by gunmen who riddled her car with bullets, shooting out the front tires while she was being driven to work.

Tracy, with the help of her bodyguard and driver, escaped. She was later awarded the Secretary’s Award for Heroism for her quick thinking and decision to return to the post on the day she was attacked, and her decision to complete her mission even after repeated threats against her life.

AKRON

Genealogists invited

to evening event

Area genealogists are invited to mingle with fellow researchers and uncover the details of their ancestry at “Late Night at the Library,” an evening of genealogy research and activities sponsored by the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Akron Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided and parking is free in the High/Market Street deck after 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Division by phone 330-643-9030 or email: speccollections@akronlibrary.org.

GREEN

Talk to take a bite

out of vampire lore

Get your garlic and crosses ready. Vampire Talk will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 by Mark Dawidziak, Kent State University adjunct professor and former Beacon Journal television writer and columnist.

Dawidziak's session at the Green branch of the Akron Summit County Public Library will touch on Count Dracula, the current vampire boom and the enduring appeal of the undead.

Dawidziak is the author of such vampire-centric books as "The Night Stalker Companion" and the "Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula." He also teaches the "Vampires on Film and Television" course at Kent State.

His presentation will include items from the author's personal collection or crypt.

The library is at 4046 Massillon Road.