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4/20/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Ohio EPA planning public hearing on East Reservoir Dam improvements

COVENTRY — Potential deep water impacts from planned improvements to the East Reservoir Dam in the Portage Lakes will be the focus of an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public information session and hearing April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive.

Area residents are invited to ask questions and submit comments concerning an application submitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to repair the East Reservoir Dam and implement an improved spillway to safely pass floodwaters that could occur during heavy rains. The application and related material are available for review at epa.ohio.gov/dsw/401/permitting.aspx or by calling 614-644-2001.

According to EPA officials, the East Reservoir Dam was constructed in 1840, has a maximum hydraulic height of 25 feet and has an embankment that is 1,200 feet long. The improvement goals for the existing dam will consist of a new overtopping structure in the reservoir upstream from the existing embankments.

Officials added that if the project is approved, ODNR could place up to 52,500 cubic yards of fill below the ordinary high water mark. The section to be impacted extends along Portage Lakes Drive between North Turkeyfoot and South Turkeyfoot roads. The Ohio EPA also may consider other alternatives that result in less or no impact to area water quality, according to officials.

The proposed project may result in a change from current water-quality conditions but cannot violate Ohio’s water-quality standards that protect human health and the environment, according to officials. The Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny a water-quality certification.

Comments on this proposed project may be offered at the hearing or submitted in writing via email to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.

The public comment period for the application ends May 4.

Collection of unwanted drugs planned

GREATER AKRON — The Drug Enforcement Agency National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held in cooperation with Operation Medicine Cabinet, will take place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations.

According to event officials, this event collects unused or unwanted prescription drugs to help protect children, as well as water and food supplies, and decreases prescription drug abuse. All items will be held by law enforcement officials and disposed of safely.

Participants are invited to remove labels or black them out, and drop off drugs at one of the following locations:

• Akron Children’s Hospital Circular Driveway, 215 Bowery St. in Downtown Akron;

• Akron METRO Regional Transit Center Visitor’s Center Parking lot, 631 S. Broadway St. in Downtown Akron;

• Green Fire Station No. 2, 393 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road;

• Springfield Police Department, 2465 Canfield Road;

• Summit County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit, 393 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Green;

• Summa Health Green Medical Center, 1835 Franks Parkway; and

• the old FirstMerit building, 480 W. Tuscarawas St. in Barberton.

For more information, call 330-374-0947. For a complete list of drop-off sites, visit DEA.gov.

Public meeting to detail South Main Street improvements

DOWNTOWN AKRON — A multimillion dollar plan to improve South Main Street will be the subject of a public meeting April 26 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

Attendees may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for the open-house format meeting.

According to City of Akron officials, the Main Street promenade will be completely renovated in 2018 and 2019, funded by a $5 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. As part of the project, the city will construct roadway improvements along South Main Street between Mill and Exchange streets, as well rehabilitate the State Street bridge between Main and Water streets.

Officials added that the corridor currently contains uneven sidewalks, challenging parking areas, deteriorating pavement and inconsistent drive lanes of varying widths, and the State Street bridge is in declining condition.

“This project is going to modernize and beautify Main Street and transform the downtown experience for pedestrians and motorists,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan in a statement. “Our goals with this innovative project are to improve the traffic flow for motorists, update our traffic signals, leverage technology in an efficient way and make Main Street more welcoming and accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Proposed improvements will include new roadways with one lane in each direction plus turn lanes as needed; updated coordinated traffic signals; a lane on each side of the street for parallel parking, drop offs or buses; a cycle track connecting to the nearby Towpath Trail; new sidewalks with updated lighting; and improved aesthetics and amenities. The plan is based on the design principles defined by Phase I of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan, which includes room for sidewalk cafés, officials said.

Two mid-block crossings for pedestrians will be added and a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Mill and South Main streets. The roundabout will move traffic more efficiently and eliminate the need for a traffic signal there, city officials said. On State Street, a new smaller bridge deck will be constructed along with a separated pedestrian/bike deck on the existing steel beams.

Those who cannot attend the meeting but would like to share their comments may do so by email to CJonke@akronohio.gov by May 29. Comments also may be mailed to the Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 S. High St., Design Division, Room 701, Akron, OH 44308, to the attention of Christine Jonke.

Summit County scrap tire collection set for April 29

STOW — A scrap tire collection event for Summit County residents will be held April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Summit ReWorks’ Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, located at 1201 Graham Road.

Summit County residents may drop off unwanted passenger car and light truck-sized tires for $1 per tire, with a limit of 10 tires per vehicle, said ReWorks officials.

According to ReWorks officials, recycling tires not only diverts them from landfills, but it also provides a new life for them as the basis of eco-friendly products. Recycled tires can find their way into turf, asphalt rubber and synthetic sports field surfaces, said officials. ReWorks contracts with Lightner Tire to provide scrap tire recycling services.

Businesses are not permitted to participate, and no household hazardous waste will be collected at this event.

Scrap tires also will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center during regular office hours, which are 2 to 7 p.m. The center reopens for the season June 1 and is open every Thursday through Sept. 28.

Officials said scrap tires also are accepted at Lightner Tire, located at 780 E. Waterloo Road in South Akron. For more details, call 330-724-7436.

For more information, visit summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383.

Online voting open for inaugural SOAR Awards

GREATER AKRON — Online voting is now open to determine which businesses supporting the aging population in Summit County will receive SOAR Awards.

The inaugural SOAR Awards ceremony will be held May 23 at The Tangier, when winners will be announced. The SOAR Awards are the Summit Oscars for Aging Resources, which were created by local nonprofit Mature Services to recognize businesses, individuals and communities for supporting successful aging in Summit County. Nine SOAR Awards will be given, including three determined by online voting, according to Mature Services officials.

Karen Hrdlicka, president and CEO of Mature Services, said, “The response to the award concept has been very positive. Summit County has been responding to the needs of an aging population, but there is still a lot of work to do to care for all of us as we age. We cannot sweep aging issues under the rug, and the SOAR Awards will place a spotlight on the positive impacts businesses, communities and leaders are having on one of the fastest growing populations in Summit County. Recognition will help to raise awareness about pressing issues facing all of us as we age that need attention and encourage businesses to pursue age-friendly cultures.”

The community can vote online through May 1 at 5 p.m. for the following nominees:

• Age-friendly Business Award, for a Summit County business that strives to be friendly to older adults in the way they conduct business: Heinen’s Grocery Store in Twinsburg; Metro RTA; or Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron;

• Aging Environment Excellence Award, for a housing service in Summit County that provides excellence in their living environments for older adults: GreenView Senior Assisted Living in Green; Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson; or Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls; and

• Aging in Place Award, for a Summit County service provider who has helped older adults stay in their homes: Home Instead Senior Care of Fairlawn; Ohio Living Rockynol in Akron; or Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio.

To cast a vote and for sponsorship and ticket information, visit the SOAR Awards page on the Mature Services’ website at matureservices.org/soar.

Scholarships available to attend Opiate Conference

GREATER AKRON — The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board is offering scholarships for Ohio’s Opiate Conference: Bridges to Recovery for members of the Opiate Task Force not currently employed in organizations with training budgets.

The Opiate Conference, hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, will take place June 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Event officials stated this conference will bring over 1,100 behavioral health professionals together for two full days of education related to the opiate epidemic. The conference will focus on treatment, prevention, recovery supports, medication-assisted treatment, criminal justice and more.

For more information on the conference, visit www.oacbha.org.

According to ADM Board officials, 10 scholarships will be awarded, with priority going to people in recovery and their family members. The scholarships will cover registration for the conference only, with travel and accommodations being the registrant’s responsibility. The maximum scholarship amount will be $250.

Scholarships are available on a first available basis. Those interested in attending should contact Darlene Migas at migasd@admboard.org.

Progress Through Preservation presenting tour of 2016 award winners

GREATER AKRON — Progress Through Preservation and the Summit County Historical Society collaborate to present the Summit County Architectural Heritage Awards, with this effort including a trolley tour of the award winners in odd-numbered years to showcase the previous year’s winners.

This year’s Trolley Tour, set for April 29, will include six stops in Summit County to showcase the 2016 winners. The program will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the tour at 9 a.m. from the Triangle Building, located at 1200 Firestone Parkway. The tour includes a boxed lunch and will end at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The following stops are scheduled for the Trolley Tour:

• The Triangle Building, formerly home of the Firestone Rubber Co., which now houses offices for seven Summit County services;

• Hower House, Akron’s French Second Empire-style Victorian house museum built in 1871 by industrialist John Hower, which includes the award-winning Carriage House and its educational display on transportation, business and industry in Akron in the 19th century;

• the Hudson Guest House, which was once a wing on a much larger home built in 1836, and which has been restored using period materials and details and now serves as an inn for visitors;

• The Foundry in Cuyahoga Falls, which now serves as the offices of TRIAD Communications, and which is a building that originally housed the Falls Stamping and Welding Co., with a stop for lunch;

• Preservation House, the 1870 schoolhouse that serves as the headquarters for Progress Through Preservation, and which was saved from demolition through a collaboration with the City of Akron and which has been restored to its 1930s appearance when it served as a community library; and

• the Philander D. Hall II House on Diagonal Road, built in 1918 in the Georgian Colonial style, and which has been restored to its former glory and stands as a reminder of the other fine homes that once graced Mutton Hill.

The cost of the tour is $16 per person. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. To make a reservation, contact Alice Christie at 330-864-8364 or email achristie@malone.edu, or visit www.SummitHistory.org.

Registrants should indicate if they prefer a vegetarian option for the boxed lunch. Checks should be made payable to Progress Through Preservation and sent to the organization at 2074 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313.

ACF Mother’s Day campaign underway

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The endowment fund of Akron Community Foundation (ACF) benefiting women and girls in Summit County is giving donors the opportunity to honor special women in their lives with tribute or memorial gifts for Mother’s Day.

Anyone who donates to the fund by April 30 can have a Mother’s Day card sent to someone, letting her know a gift was made in her honor. The amount of the gift will not be disclosed. Donations, which are fully tax-deductible, will support the fund’s grant-making programs.

The Summit County Women’s Endowment Fund has coined the term “SHEro” to refer to a woman who has made a significant impact as mother, sister, friend or mentor. Gifts to the fund in honor of SHEroes support grants to programs that improve the health and wellness, safety and economic empowerment of women and girls in Summit County.

In 2016, the “Who Is Your SHEro?” campaign raised nearly $20,000. This year, campaign organizers aim to raise at least $30,000 using a team of 30 local women leaders, each of whom has committed to raise $1,000 through her personal and professional networks. To read more about these ambassadors and track their fundraising progress, visit akroncf.org/SHEroAmbassadors.

Gifts in honor or memory of SHEroes can be made online at YourShero.org or by calling ACF at 330-376-8522.

Local event part of Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Nancy Gardner will lead a free program April 29 at the Akron Art Museum as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.
Photo courtesy of Nancy Gardner
DOWNTOWN AKRON — People of all ages are invited to participate in a local event as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017.

The free community wellness event will take place April 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The interactive program will be led by NG Energy Founder and certified tai chi and qigong instructor Nancy Gardner, and will be part of a global live-feed streaming video of Tai Chi and Qigong Day demonstrations around the world, according to organizers.

Now in its ninth year, the event will feature demonstrations, audience participation and a special segment for children, Gardner said. She added the core of the community wellness program is to introduce community members to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress.

Tai chi and qigong are exercises for body and mind that are widely recognized for aiding in relaxation; reducing and managing stress; increasing strength, flexibility and balance; and improving overall health, Gardner said. The two-hour program is suitable for adults of all ages and physical abilities, as well as children old enough to follow along, she added. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs for the outdoor event, which will be held in the lobby in the event of inclement weather.

According to Gardner, similar events will be taking place in all 50 states and internationally that day. The mission of the event is to raise awareness of the benefits of tai chi and qigong, recognized by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) as components of complementary and integrative health, and to promote health and healing in individuals, communities and nations.

Akron native Gardner is a certified tai chi and qigong instructor, licensed massage therapist, applied polarity therapy practitioner and international motivational speaker. She has studied and taught numerous healing modalities since 1985.

For more information, go to akronartmuseum.org/calendar/world-tai-chi-and-qigong-day-celebration/11344 or www.ngenergy.us, email nancyg@ngenergy.us or call 330-945-5533.

Kathleen Folkerth, Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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