AKRON

Get wed, renew vows

at mass ceremony

June’s a big time for weddings, and June 28 is the date for a first-of-its-kind big wedding ceremony at Goodyear Heights Metro Park in Akron.

Couples wanting to get hitched or renew vows can do so for free at the group ceremony — set to begin at 11:30 a.m. — that will be officiated by Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.

Those wanting to marry or renew their vows at the event must register by calling Summit Metro Parks at 330-867-5511 or going online to bit.ly/promisesinthepark.

In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in the recently remodeled Goodyear Heights Lodge. The park is at 2077 Newton St.

Those participating in the ceremony are asked to limit their guests as indoor seating is limited to 100.

To commemorate the ceremony, Summit Metro Parks will give a tree to each couple to plant at home.

Couples getting married must obtain a marriage license from Summit County Probate Court prior to the ceremony at the Summit County Court House, 209 S. High St., Akron. Go to summitohioprobate.com for details on obtaining a license. There is no license required to renew vows in Ohio.

Participating couples are asked to arrive at the park at 11 a.m. on June 28 to check in.

 

BARBERTON

Cartoonist to teach

his craft at event

Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will visit the Barberton Public Library on June 10 to teach children and adults about his craft.

Nicholas will walk participants through the drawing and storytelling process.

The program, part of the library's Summer Reading Club program for children, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at 602 W. Park Ave., Barberton.

 

COLUMBUS

Plan would shield contact

info of victims, witnesses

A proposal in the Ohio budget would shield the telephone numbers of crime victims, witnesses to crimes and people involved in vehicle crashes.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the aim of the legislation is to prevent witness harassment as opposed to concerns about lawyers and others soliciting accident victims.

O'Brien told Gongwer News Service he has also contended with private investigators contacting people involved in cases and purporting to work for his office.

John Van Doorn of the attorney group Ohio Association for Justice deemed proposed initial fines of $5,000 and subsequent fines of $25,000 "awfully excessive."

Chiropractors expressed concerns about a similar legislative effort in the previous General Assembly.

The proposal is now before the Senate.

 

STATEWIDE

Ohio hunters bag

19,088 wild turkeys

Ohio hunters bagged 19,088 wild turkeys during the spring wild turkey hunting season this year — down 15% from the previous year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife said.

In Summit County, 80 turkeys were taken compared with 76 the previous year. Other Akron-area counties had:

• Cuyahoga: Eight compared with 11 the previous year.

• Medina: 148 compared with 169.

• Portage: 259 compared with 275.

• Stark: 298 compared with 329.

• Wayne: 124 compared with 123.

The spring wild turkey hunting season began in April and ended May 19 in the south zone and May 26 in the northeast zone.

Ohio’s first modern-day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters took 12 birds. Ohio’s record spring turkey harvest was reported in 2001, when 26,156 wild turkeys were taken.

 

SUMMIT COUNTY


Area schools to offer

weeklong STEM camps

Several Summit County schools will host a summer STEM camp this month.

Camp Invention, a nonprofit day camp through the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is registering students in grades kindergarten through six for the week of June 10-14.

Camps will be held at:

• Revere Middle School

• Lake Elementary School

• Riverview Elementary School

• Nolley Elementary School

• Tallmadge High School

Register children at invent.org/camp.