Local news briefs — Jan. 25

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Mayor honored

AKRON: Mayor Don Plusquellic was recognized for his support of the arts this week during the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

Plusquellic received the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The award was presented by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that supports advancing arts and arts education.

“Mayor Don Plusquellic is an elected official who understands the critical importance of arts, culture and creativity in creating vibrant communities and places,” Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said in a news release. “For more than 27 years, he has made funding for the arts and culture, along with arts friendly policy initiatives, a priority for his administration.”

Plusquellic said art and cultural programming “has helped bring our city to life.”

Also honored were Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Dubuque, Iowa, Mayor Roy Buol and actress Fran Drescher.


Bridge work

NORTON: The Ohio Department of Transportation will close Summit Road over Interstate 76, beginning Feb. 3 for a bridge replacement project.

The road will remain closed through early July, the state agency said.

The work is the beginning of a $3.7 million project to replace the Summit Road and Clark Mill Road bridges over I-76.

The detour will involve Barber Road, Norton Avenue and Wooster Road.

The project is scheduled to be completed by October.


Peace group meets

NORTON: The Barberton, Norton, Wadsworth Peace Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Church of Christ, 3285 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton.

After refreshments and conversation, Jeff Wilhite, CEO of Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network), will speak on the topic: “The Epidemic of Homeless Families and the Expansion of the Efforts of Family Promise to Solve It.”


Mute swan chat

COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is holding a seminar Tuesday focusing on non-native mute swans throughout Ohio, including the Portage Lakes.

The class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wildlife District 3 offices at 912 Portage Lakes Drive.

Biologists will discuss the status of mute swans and reasons why this exotic species needs to be managed in Ohio.

The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Call 330-644-2293.

Wellness expo

AKRON: The community is invited to a Family Wellness Expo from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Shaw JCC of Akron, 750 White Pond Drive.

The free event will feature animals from the Akron Zoo and offer interactive activities for the whole family.

For a listing of event activities, visit www.shawjcc.org/expo.


Blood drive

GRANGER TWP.: A blood drive to celebrate National Blood Donor Month will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the Medina County Achievement Center, 4961 Windfall Road.

All donors are encouraged to donate blood. Blood is traditionally in short supply in winter months, particularly January, when supplies often run dangerously low and are needed most.

Appointments are available every 15 minutes; walk-ins are also welcome. All donors will receive an insulated tote bag, while supplies last. To schedule an appointment, call Nina Bates at 330-725-7751, ext. 299, or schedule online at www.redcross.org/blood.

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Board to meet

BRIMFIELD TWP.: The Field school board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria, 2900 state Route 43. The board will consider the next step of a possible levy request.

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