Metro RTA offering free
bus rides on Saturday
Metro Regional Transit Authority is offering free fares on all services on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Metro said, Akron’s Pride Festival at Hardesty Park in the city’s Wallhaven neighborhood will be accessible off the public bus system's Route 1.
Pride Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday A 1½-mile Equality March will step off at 10 a.m. at West Market Street and North Highland in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood. The parade will proceed to Hardesty Park, at 1615 W. Market St.
For more information on Pride Festival, go to www.akronpridefestival.org.
For bus route information, call Metro at 330-762-0341 or visit akronmetro.org. Passengers also can plan their trips using Google Transit.
Event to raise funds
to beautify city
Keep Akron Beautiful will host a “Green the Scene” fundraiser party Aug. 28 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Trailhead of the Towpath Trail near Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St. Tickets are $55 each and available at keepakronbeautiful.org until Tuesday.
Admission includes an open beer and wine bar, soft drinks, valet parking and catering by the Swenson’s Food Truck and Vaccaro’s Trattoria.
Proceeds will go to Keep Akron Beautiful’s efforts to cleanup illegal dumping, littering and to beautify the community with landscaping and graffiti removal.
Boz Scaggs to perform
at Palace Theatre
Blues guitarist Boz Scaggs, born in Canton, will travel to his birthplace for a concert Oct. 29 at the Canton Palace Theatre.
Tickets, available at LiveNation.com., go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Scaggs was born in Canton in 1944 and was raised in Oklahoma and then Texas.
His albums include 1976’s “Silk Degrees,” which includes the Grammy-winning “Lowdown.”
Last year, Scaggs released his “Out of the Blues” album.
In 2016, Scaggs turned over his vineyards in Napa Valley in California to Newfound Wines.
Several years ago, Scaggs, Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald toured as the Dukes of September.
The Canton Palace Theatre is at 605 Market Ave N.
Group to vote Monday
on downtown project
The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on the majority of the residential portion of the Downtown Phase II project.
After reviewing the plan for three hours on Aug. 12, the commission decided to delay action until Monday's meeting. Commission members discussed concerns about the number of parking spaces and how traffic flow will be handled on Owen Brown Street.
Testa Companies is the developer.
The commission OK’d a preliminary plan with 143 residential units in July 2018. The final plan has 101 units, with single family detached and attached homes, townhomes and condominiums. The commission is now reviewing a plan to build 81 units north of Owen Brown Street.
Testa will later submit a proposal for 20 condominiums north of Owen Brown and then a third application for the office/retail portion south of Owen Brown.
If the commission approves the plan, it would then go to City Council for its approval.
Ohio to put raccoon-rabies
vaccination baits in 14 counties
Ohio's Department of Health is set to begin oral raccoon-rabies vaccination operations in 14 Northeast Ohio counties.
The department says the annual fall baiting operations done in partnership with federal and local agencies will begin on or around Friday, weather permitting. The baiting is intended to immunize raccoons that are at greatest risk of being exposed to raccoon rabies coming into the state by creating an "immune barrier" along the state line that can prevent the disease's spread across the rest of Ohio.
Officials say about 800,000 baits should be distributed by around Sept. 3 over 4,825 square miles along the Northeast Ohio border.
The counties included are Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Monroe, Portage, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects people and other mammals. An animal bite is the most common route of exposure.
Officers to conduct
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office will conduct sobriety checkpoints Thursday in Plain Township.
Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said that officers will conduct a roadside check of drivers for alcohol and drug impairment.
Officers will be “vigilant” in detecting and apprehending impaired drivers, the sheriff said.