An in-depth look at the stories and events that shape our community
Putting fresh, local, sustainably grown vegetables on the table of everyone in our community is the aim of an organization called City Fresh.
City Fresh is a Cuyahoga County nonprofit program of the New Agrarian Center that supports the creation of a sustainable local food system in Northeast Ohio. Founded by Brad Masi, the program was meant to address the needs of those who are most at-risk within our community.
The New Agrarian Center is committed to building a stronger and more sustainable regional food system in Northeast Ohio: a food system that promotes health in the broadest sense of the word -- healthy land, healthy communities, healthy individuals and a healthy economy.
Could ex-offenders be the key to stimulating growth and stability in our economy? According to the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN), ex-offenders may just have what it takes.
Through collaboration, the SCRN is working to reduce the percentage of ex-offenders who return to crime (recidivate). At the same time, they are enhancing community safety and promoting family reunification.
Having ex-offenders re-enter society and become productive citizens could create major changes in our city, and world, as we know it. These people need jobs and a second chance. Once ex-offenders become employed, they will contribute to the economy through taxes and the purchase of goods and services, along with paying off their child support, court fees and fines.
Hundreds of songbirds have altered their course on the way to Canada because of Pam Wilson. They stop in her neighborhood to rest, eat and have a bath before continuing on their migration. Some stop at her street and stay the entire season. There are nests everywhere, and those who pay attention can watch babies grow and fledge.
The birds are attracted by 25 feeding stations and seven spotless bird-baths (which are heated in the winter), with plenty of safe spots for perching and raising young. Wilson began her extraordinary care of birds during a bad drought.
She saw tiny birds drinking from a puddle glazed over with the sheen of motor oil and realized she had to do something. “It’s easy to take things for granted and not really look around.” Wilson said. “We hear birds sing, but do we see them, realize how they struggle to survive in all conditions?”
A strange phenomenon. A cross appears at sunset on Easter Sunday in 2009 and again in 2010.
My son was looking out the kitchen window on Easter Sunday 2009, and to his surprise he saw an image of a cross in our back yard. He called me to come and look out the window. Certain that he didn’t realize what he was viewing, in utter disbelief, shock and awe, my first reaction was to grab my camera as I rushed out the patio door and began snapping shots hoping the cross wouldn’t disappear before I finished taking its picture. I’ve never seen anything so remarkable and neither had my family. Not knowing what else to do I just kept shooting pictures.
Finding local, healthy and affordable food is but one of many problems facing the inner city. So to address this challenge, community gardens have sprung up so residents can use a dedicated plot of land to grow their own food.
But are urban gardens always the answer? In order for community gardens to be a success, the “community element” must be firmly in place, said Denise Ellsworth, educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Summit County.
“I just want people to think about food a little differently.”
That’s the dream of local cheese guru Abbe Turner, who last year turned her passion for raising goats into a full-blown community project for farm-fresh food. The self-proclaimed “entrepreneur and optimist” spent five months renovating a former labor temple in Kent into a goat cheese creamery that produces unbelievably fresh, delicious cheese.
Ice formations ‘something to behold’ in Gorge Metro Park
Winter visitors who venture to Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, are treated to breathtaking views like no other in Summit County.
Huge, colorful icicles drip from the rock cliffs – some of which drop 60 feet or more into the Cuyahoga River Gorge – to the delight of hardy folks who hike to see what naturalists have dubbed the Crystal Palace.
Naturalist Mike Greene has been leading winter hikes here for 15 years. In 2011, he led two hikes to the ‘palace’ in early February.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL COVERAGE:
Program documents African Americans who have made a significant impact to local history
Have you ever wondered why certain streets or buildings carry certain names or why Helen Arnold had a community learning center named after her? Have you ever thought about how events like the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Awards dinner or the annual “Gospel Meets Symphony” concert got their start?
Because He Cares Ministry is providing answers to questions like these through its Living Legacy project. The project worked with high school student Stephen Gough Jr. to research local individuals and University of Akron student, Ryan Keeper to digitally document the lives of African Americans who have made significant contributions to local history. “These recordings enable people to tell their own stories in their own words," said Darryl Brake, project director. “We are completing final production on the first round of interviews, which took longer than expected. The second round of interviews will begin shortly.”
The Firestone Park Home & Garden Club isn’t just another casual group of gardeners with dirty fingernails. The club, established in 2001, is a social group that places importance on camaraderie as well as chrysanthemums. Club President Linda Benson emphasized that "home" is an important part of both the name of the club and the underlying focus of activities. Under the direction of Hospitality Coordinator Teresa Alexoff, the refreshment table became a smorgasbord of home cooking. Hot shredded beef with noodles and homemade strawberry fudge were just two of the tasty choices generous members made available this month.
Akron donors join together to support the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
(Editor's note: written by Bonnie Lass Wojno, Dreamweaver, Akron Rotary Camp)
On the shores of Rex Lake in Akron, Ohio, there is a shining star where abilities are allowed to shine.
That star is the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Imagine a place where you can be accepted for who you are, a place where you are encouraged to develop your unique talents and abilities. This year, almost 2,000 campers participated in activities, including one camper with autism, who left camp speaking his first independent sentences. Another camper overcame his aversion to water. These are just two examples of the impact that camp has on the children who attend. This year, the camp is transforming its facilities to better meet the needs of today’s children with special needs.
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