AKRON

Panel to discuss arts

during luncheon event

The Akron Press Club will host a panel discussion on the state of Akron’s arts community on Dec. 3 during a luncheon at Tangier on West Market Street.

There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

Panelists will be Kamelia Fisher, executive director of Summit Artspace; Mark Masuoka, John S. Knight director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum; and Nicole Mullet, ArtsNow executive director.

The panel will be moderated by Shane Wynn, a photographer who serves on the Press Club board and the ArtsNow board.

Doors open at noon and the event will begin at 12:15 p.m.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Agency delivers scathing

report of jail conditions

The short-staffed county jail in Cleveland keeps inmates in inhumane conditions, sometimes failing to provide proper food, health care and basics like toilet paper, and locks up juveniles in the same unit as adults, according to a scathing new report released by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Associated Press reports.

The Cuyahoga County jail was reviewed following at least six inmate deaths in a four-month span from early June to early October, including some that were considered suicides. Jail officials didn't investigate or document what led to the deaths, according to the report made public this week.

The former jail director abruptly resigned after the review. Now administrators are vowing to make changes and hold jail leadership accountable.

County Executive Armond Budish said he asked local U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott to have experts review the downtown jail to see how it measures up to the federal agency's high standards, and the report shows it falls far short.

"This must change, and it will change," Budish said in a statement promising development of a comprehensive plan to address problems and keep inmates and staff safe. He said some steps already are being taken.

NORTH CANTON

Celebrate Christmas

at Victorian farmhouse

Horse-drawn wagon rides through Hoover Park will be offered during “Christmas on the Hoover Farm” from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Victorian boyhood home of the Hoover Co. founder, William H. Hoover.

Each room in the farmhouse at 1875 E. Maple St. will be decorated with Christmas trees. In the Tannery, an 1840s structure that was home to the Hoovers before the house was built, women clad in vintage attire will serve Christmas cookies baked in a cast-iron stove and hot chocolate.

Christmas music will be presented by local violinist Mario Traina and Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet families in the dining room, which will be decorated with children’s toys from the past. The event also will include a raffle drawing for gingerbread houses assembled by Girl Scouts from North Canton.

Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras for free photos with Santa.

Admission is free for the event sponsored by Walsh University. Wagon rides are available for $4 per person. For more information, call 330-499-0287.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Councilman to hold

office hours Wednesday

Summit County Council President John Schmidt will host public office hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls.

Schmidt, the District 2 representative, will answer questions and hear concerns from constituents.

District 2 includes most of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, and parts of Akron including East Akron, Goodyear Heights and North Hill.

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