AKRON

Highland Square talks

medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is on the agenda at Councilman Rich Swirsky's Ward 1 meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Highland Square branch, 807 W. Market St.

Kate Nelson, who works for a company operating a cannabis dispensary in Canton and another opening soon in Akron, will speak about the industry and what patients can expect at state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries. The Akron facility, in addition to selling oils, plant material and other products, will offer an on-site food bank, free monthly haircuts for veterans and indigent patients and transportation.

BRECKSVILLE

Cuyahoga Valley National

Park reopening facilities

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has started opening facilities that had been closed during the partial federal government shutdown.

Park officials said in a news release that regular operations should resume Wednesday.

Park staff are working to clear snow and ice from walkways and other facilities. Restrooms and trails are open. The Boston Store Visitor Center will open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“I would like to express the National Park Service’s gratitude to the park partners Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Countryside, and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as well as local community members, for helping to care for and support Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” Acting Superintendent Paul Stoehr said in a prepared statement. “In addition, my appreciation goes to the staff who worked while in furlough status. They showed admirable dedication.”

MEDINA COUNTY

United Way ends jobs program,

cites low unemployment

The United Way of Medina County will no longer offer a jobs program because of low unemployment in the county, the Medina Gazette reports.

“The fact is the unemployment rate in Medina County has come way down," United Way CEO Cheryl Parzych told the newspaper. "That’s a good thing for the county.”

The county's latest unemployment rate is 4.2 percent.

The Employing Medina County program began in 2015.

STOW

City seeks residents

for panel vacancies

Stow Mayor John Pribonic is seeking Stow residents to fill vacancies on two city boards and commissions.

The cemetery board has general policymaking, planning and administrative oversight of cemeteries in Stow. The three-member board meets as needed, with three-year terms.

The arts commission initiates, sponsors or conducts special programs in the city. It is responsible for developing the cultural climate in the city, enhancing the community image and supporting economic growth. There are 10 to 16 members on the commission, with staggered terms.

For more information about serving on one of the boards or commissions, call Vicki Huff in the mayor’s office 330-689-2800. Email vhuff@stow.oh.us for an application or download an application at StowOhio.org.

The deadline to receive applications is Feb. 8.

STOW

Mayor to host meeting

with real estate agents

Stow Mayor John Pribonic is hosting a community meeting for local real estate agents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in council chambers at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road.

"This is an informal gathering to provide an opportunity for local Realtors and city leaders to develop connections and to exchange ideas," Pribonic said in a news release.

Attendees will hear updates on city projects, improvements and happenings and on the school system. Topics will include what's next on the proposed downtown Stow project, updates and recent projects from planning and zoning, upcoming programs and events and utility programs and streets.

Lunch will be provided, so reservations are needed. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Jan. 31 to Vicki Huff in the mayor’s office at 330-689-2800 or vhuff@stow.oh.us.