CLEVELAND

Catholic Diocese benefit

raises nearly $1.3 million 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland raised nearly $1.3 million during its one-day #weGiveCatholic fundraiser on Giving Tuesday.

The campaign raised $600,000 more than last year.

“It is inspiring to see our entire Catholic community come together with a unified power and passion to make a difference in the life of Northeast Ohio,” Patrick Grace, executive director of the Catholic Community Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “We cannot thank our donors and faithful stewards enough. This year we set a goal of $850,000. As the day progressed, it was exhilarating to see ... and to know that the money raised also empowers those working and ministering at our schools, parishes and organizations.”

COPLEY

Fire chief takes oath

at Copley department

Fire Capt. Chris Bower, an 18-year veteran of the Copley Fire Department, has been appointed fire chief.

He succeeds Michael Benson, who resigned in July.

Bower, 52, will head a department with 18 full-time and 42 part-time firefighters. Township administrator Janice Marshall said the starting salary for the job is $97,000.

With his wife, Crystal, and daughters Katie, 25, Megan, 17, and Jordan, 15, looking on, along with firefighters and friends, Bower was sworn in Tuesday by trustee Scott Dressler. The family lives in Brookfield Township in Trumbull County.

Before joining the Copley department, Bower worked as a firefighter for the Cuyahoga Falls and Delaware County departments.

Bower's promotion will create a job opening that he said will be filled by moving up firefighters through the ranks.

SMITHVILLE

Christmas in the Village

planned this weekend

Christmas in the Village will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Pioneer Village and Mishler Weaving Mill will open at 6 p.m. with St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus on hand for photo opportunities, at 6:30 p.m. and the Dickens Carolers will be at the village to sing carols. There also will be a tinsmith, blacksmith and wheelwright in their shops at Pioneer Village.

At the Sheller Log Home, Dorothy Hodgdon and her sons Phillip and Allen, will play music of the season and hand out treats.

The Smithville Village Pottery, located in the Carriage Barn, will be creating gifts and the Irvin Log Cabin will have its fireplace lit to warm visitors and roast marshmallows.

A special feature of “A Christmas Story” will be held in the Red Caboose/Children’s Museum.

The 1881 depot will have a model railroad exhibit that will be running and the Congress area school kid wagon will be in operation between the Pioneer Village and the Mishler Weaving Mill.

A gift shop attached to the mill and next to the gift shop is the Greater Akron Model-T Club Museum telling of the history of this iconic automobile.

A Christmas concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Church of God on Milton Street.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Child support enforcement

agency earns state honor

The Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency was recently honored by Ohio’s Office of Child support.

The agency was recognized for paternity establishment, collections on current support, collections on cases with arrears, and best overall performance in 2018.

“I am very proud of my child support enforcement staff,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a news release. “This tremendous honor reinforces the great work they do on behalf of Summit County families.”