Summit County Communities receive $414,549 in recycling grants

By Bob Downing Beacon Journal staff writer

recycleSummit County communities on Tuesday received more than $400,000 in recycling grants from ReWorks.

The money may be used for recycling equipment or educational and promotional materials, said Yolanda Walker, executive director of the agency that is officially known as the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority.

Akron, with the largest population, got the biggest grant: $164,930.

Cuyahoga Falls was second, receiving $40,172, followed by Stow, at $27,352.

Peninsula, the smallest of the 31 communities, got the smallest grant: $532.18.

Other grants and their amounts were: Barberton, $21,760; Bath Township, $8,029; Boston Heights, $948; Boston Township, 1,061; Clinton, $1,117; Copley Township, $10,112; Coventry Township, $8,741; and Fairlawn, $4,933.

Also, Green, $18,635; Hudson, $18,333; Lakemore, $2,015; Macedonia, $8,069; Mogadore, $786; Munroe Falls, $4,236; New Franklin, $11,875; Northfield Center Township, $4,002; Northfield village, $2,949; and Norton, $8,721.

Reminderville, $1,933; Richfield Township, $1,934; Richfield village, $2,815; Sagamore Hills Township, $4,912; Silver Lake, $2,535; Springfield Township, $7,026; Tallmadge, $8,495; Twinsburg city, $13,747; and Twinsburg Township, $1,829.

The grants are determined by a complicated formula that includes population, local recycling programs and levels of recycling.

In other news, the agency’s governing board learned that Texas-based Waste Management has acquired Greenstar Recycling LLC and its recycling facility in South Akron.

The $7 million facility opened last June and handles recyclables from the city of Akron and other communities.

Waste Management is the largest trash-hauling firm in North America.

Steubenville, Ohio: Portrait of a rust belt city

By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson

Steubenville's once thriving downtown is mostly deserted nowSteubenville, Ohio recently gained notoriety because of a tragedy last August that resulted in the conviction of two teenage boys, players on the local high school football team, for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. The trial was held in an inflamed atmosphere, with the town’s population and the football team in particular painted as aiders and abettors of rape.

 Steubenville’s once thriving downtown is mostly deserted now

Various liberal and pseudo-left organizations, along with affluent feminists, have joined the fray, blaming a so-called “rape culture” for the episode and ignoring the desperate social conditions that help give rise to backwardness and violent behavior, especially among young people. In this way, the upper middle class left lets the American corporate elite off the hook.

Steubenville is a small former steel town located on the west bank of the Ohio River, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh. The latter is often cited as an example of a city that has rebuilt itself after industrial collapse. This is hardly the full picture, since most of the new jobs in health care and the service industry are lower paid and offer fewer benefits than previously. Even these, however, are not available in Steubenville and numerous other towns in the region, such as Uniontown and McKeesport, Pennsylvania and Weirton and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Steubenville was once a thriving community, one of many located along a 30-mile stretch of the Ohio River from Weirton in the north to Wheeling in the south. Towns such as Mingo Junction, Yorkville and Martins Ferry, Ohio and Follansbee, Wellsburg and Warwood, West Virginia all had operations that were part of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. Weirton had the Weirton Steel Corporation, which employed 12,000 workers at its peak.

Wheeling-Pittsburgh’s now-closed blast furanceis slated to be torn down for riverfront development

Steelmaking began as early as 1817 in Steubenville (the birthplace in 1814 of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton). According to a history of Wheeling-Pittsburgh, the company’s roots “go back to the middle of the last century when Wheeling, West Virginia, which lies on the banks of the Ohio River, was the center of a flourishing nail manufacturing industry. In 1851, LaBelle Iron Works was established and soon became a leading nail factory. By the end of the Civil War, the nail market had begun a serious decline, and LaBelle began searching for new products to manufacture, eventually entering into the creation of steel sheets, tin plates, and galvanized roofing. This expansion was propelled by LaBelle’s purchase of a three-year-old nail factory in Steubenville, Ohio, and their installation of two blast furnaces at the plant. Eventually, the Steubenville plant became the site for open-hearth steelwork, plate mills, sheet mills, and tube works.”

From 1875 to 1920 the US steel industry experienced explosive growth, making it a world leader, as production expanded from 380,000 to 60 million tons annually. The industry’s average annual growth rate over this period was a remarkable seven percent.

Iron ore was shipped by barge and rail through the Great Lakes region from the iron ranges in the northern Midwest. Steel mills in the Steubenville area employed tens of thousands of workers. Thousands of others went underground in the mines that dotted the hills to the east, south and west to dig out coal that ultimately powered the blast furnaces.

Once the nation’s eighth largest steel producer, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel (the product of a merger in 1968) went through a series of bankruptcies and reorganizations in which its facilities were closed down piece by piece, job by job. Retired workers have seen their pensions devastated. All that remains are about 200 workers at the Follansbee coke works, now run by Mountain State Carbon. The Steubenville mill was finally closed in 2005.

One of Steubenville’s many murals idealizing its steelmaking past

Weirton Steel’s massive works once produced primary cans and other tin products. In 1983, the mill—then owned by National Steel—was purchased as part of the world’s largest Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which turned out to be another trick to fleece the workers.

Weirton workers were granted worthless stock and forced to take pay and benefit cuts of 32 percent one year and 20 percent another—and still the mill was gradually shut down. Today there are fewer than 1,200 people employed at the Weirton operation. Driving to Steubenville from Pittsburgh along Route 22, one sees the portion of the mill that has been torn down and turned into scrap, awaiting rail cars to carry it off to be sold and melted down.

 Sections of the former Weirton Steel Mill have been torn down and scrapped

Almost all the mills and mines in the area have shut down, many in the 1970s and 1980s. Steel company executives and large shareholders walked away with millions of dollars, but the ruthless process destroyed entire communities, created widespread social misery and left little hope for young people in the area.

The industrial collapse led to Steubenville’s sharp decline. Its population peaked in the 1940s at nearly 40,000, but had already fallen to 31,000 by 1970. The fall since then has been truly precipitous. Steubenville lost a higher percentage of its population between 1980 and 2000 than any other urban area in America. The censuses of 1980, 1990 and 2000 showed drops of 14, 16 and 14 percent in population, respectively. Today the population of Steubenville is just over 17,000.

Weirton, West Virginia, where the victimized 16-year-old girl comes from, saw a similar decline, losing 30 percent of its population from 1960 to the present. Weirton now has fewer than 20,000 people. The neighboring towns along the Ohio River have all experienced population loss and social decay.

The blame for the disastrous poverty, high levels of illiteracy, alcoholism and drug use and the existence of social backwardness lies squarely with the American corporate-financial aristocracy. Tragedies such as the sexual assault last August, along with other forms of anti-social behavior, are the almost inevitable product of the bleak and desperate circumstances.

WSWS reporters recently spoke to Steubenville, Ohio residents about conditions in the decaying town.

Jean has lived in Steubenville all her life. She described how the city was once nicknamed “little Chicago” because of its steel industry and how busy the downtown area was when she was young.

“I remember when the mills were working, this was a very lively place. There were two movie theaters downtown, the Paramount and the Grand. Me and my friends were able to go to the shows, nobody was afraid to walk around at any time day or night. Now everything is going downhill. You can’t find any work. I clean churches, but you don’t make enough to live well. Things have changed and everyone is moving out of the city. Now there is so much drugs and crime.”

 Steubenville High School

Chenetta George explained that she had to go out of Ohio and get a job at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a 45-minute drive from Steubenville. “We definitely need more jobs. Both my grandfather and my mother worked at Weirton Steel. My grandfather got a pension. I think my mom just lost everything.

“I graduated in 2009, and moved right away to North Carolina to be with my husband who was in the Marines and stationed there. Things didn’t work out, so I moved back here in 2010. I looked for work. I got hired through a home health care agency in Wheeling, West Virginia. At one point I was working at the Embassy Suites, as a home health care aide and as a telemarketer all at the same time. Now I’m going to school for criminal justice.”

 A street in residential Steubenville

Rhonda, who was also born and raised in Steubenville, explained that she had to join the military because there were no jobs. Now she is out and “the job situation is very bad; there is nothing for people to do. Most families are on government assistance and that is no way to live. They claim that the oil industry is going to create all these jobs. They call people to come get training, but when they show up, they find out that they have to pay for it. It is just another trick to get people to spend their money.

“You should provide training to the young people, if you want them to have jobs and a future, not force them to pay for it.

“There used to be plenty of jobs around here. When the mills were working, even if you didn’t work in the mill, they created jobs in the shops and restaurants. You look at the downtown now and it is just deserted.”

While the downfall of the steel and mining industries played a major role in the growth of poverty and declining living standards, the area was also hard hit by the recession in 2008, from which it has not recovered. The official unemployment rate in the Steubenville area had shot up from 6 percent to 14 percent by January 2010. Today it has fallen to 10.4 percent, but it is still 3.4 percentage points above the rate for the rest of Ohio.

The slump has meant a big growth in poverty and hunger. Steubenville’s median household income for 2011 was $33,000, well below the state and national median of $48,000 and $52,700, respectively. The city’s official poverty rate is over 27 percent compared to 14 percent for Ohio. Over the past three years, the real income of households in Ohio has fallen by over 8 percent. While the numbers for Steubenville alone are not available, they presumably match or surpass that figure.

Large numbers of Ohio residents face food insecurity. Nearly 1.7 million people in the state receive food stamps, which average only $138 per person per month. Many parents routinely have to choose between paying utility bills, rent or mortgage, purchasing medicine or buying food for their families.

 Mary Jackson and her 16-year-old nephew. Mary has been unemployed for almost a year and her husband for several months while she struggles to house and feed her family.

Steubenville’s Mary Jackson told us, “I think the whole society sucks. I can’t find a job anywhere. I have five kids that I have to care for. I have been off of work for nearly a year. I worked in a fast food restaurant, but I was told I had to leave when my husband who also worked there was promoted to management. That was a lie because even though he was called management, they treated him horribly. He was laid off about five months later and I went back to reapply for work, but they wouldn’t hire me.

“It has been very hard, but while he had unemployment benefits we were able to get by, but when they ran out, we were homeless for a while, moving from one house to another until we were able to get into the projects, but that has been hard too.”

Mary’s children range in age from six to thirteen. “My husband has been looking for work, but can’t find anything. I don’t think there is much of a future for young people. If my husband and I are unable to find work, what are things going to be like for younger people? We just live from day to day, which is sad, because you shouldn’t have to do that. The politicians don’t care about the poor, they just care for the rich.”

Many residents spoke about the pervasive social problems, such as drugs, prostitution and crime, that afflict every community where poverty is high and opportunities are few.

 Ashley Greathouse with neighbor’s children

Ashley Greathouse, 27, with three children, told the WSWS: “They need to change a lot in this town. They need to clean the streets. I just saw a dozen needles on the ground down the street. There are killings and drugs. It used to be nice. Now there are so many homeless.

“I came here from Cleveland after the tenth grade. I did my share of garbage. Now it’s been four years and nine months that I have been clean from using crack. I haven’t touched drugs since my second child on June 26, 2008.

“There was a double homicide here recently. A 16-year-old killed two people over $30. $30! It was right here on Market Street. We knew the victims—Ryan, who was in his twenties, and had a baby on the way, and Artavius who was 18 or 19, and he’d just had a baby girl.

“I always said that the only things to do in Steubenville are what the girls and the guys do. The girls do sex and the guys do drugs. I’ve been trying to get a job and I cannot get one since I was plastered all over the TV in 2008 after I was arrested as part of a prostitution sting. So, even though I’m clean for four and a half years, and my kids are everything to me, I can’t get a job.”

A number of Steubenville residents also alleged that some of the youths involved in the 2012 sexual assault case may have been shielded by the police and prosecution, pointing out that teenagers with parents who had connections were not prosecuted while a poor black and white kid were.

Several interviewees pointed to the corruption in Steubenville and Jefferson County, and abuses committed by police.

Referring to the sexual assault case, one resident asserted, “If my two kids were involved, I would be thrown under the jail. In Steubenville, we have had the same sheriff and the same mayor for as long as I can remember, and that’s about 18 years. They run and nobody runs against them. I believe this is a very corrupt county. Ohio has 48 counties. The saying goes that there are 47 counties in Ohio … and then there’s Jefferson County.”

The local police department has a long history of targeting minorities and working class residents with arrests and harassment. In 1997 Steubenville became the second city in the country to sign a consent decree with the federal government providing for the reorganization of the police force after a US Justice Department investigation found that it regularly used “excessive force, false arrests, charges and reports.” The Justice Department also found that Steubenville cops used threats and force against people who witnessed police abuse to intimidate them into not speaking out.

CNN noted in 1999, “Over a period of about 20 years, the city lost or settled 48 civil rights suits involving its police. In those cases, which often involved minorities, the city paid out more than $800,000—$400,000 between 1990 and 1996. At one point, the police department’s insurance policy was canceled.”

All in all, Steubenville presents a picture of corporate plundering, official violence and social devastation. Those who ignore this history and these conditions when examining the wider implications of the August 2012 sexual assault case are operating as apologists for the existing social order and facilitating its further oppression and exploitation.

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA.

SONY DSCHARTVILLE SPITZER FORD INVITES YOU TO AN EXCITING FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT LAKE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA.

Hartville Spitzer Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program to the Hartville/Uniontown community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the Lake High School Orchestra. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Lake High School Door on April 6th, Hartville Spitzer Ford will donate $20 to Lake High School Orchestra. “We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Julius Nagy, General Manager at Hartville Spitzer Ford .” “We’re excited to raise money for Lake High School Orchestra.”
The event, which will be held from 9:30 AM to 4 PM will feature many vehicles from Ford’s impressive line-up. “The orchestra participated in the Drive 4 UR School for the first time in 2010 and the support from the community was overwhelming,” said Debbie Lingenhoel, President of Friends of Lake Orchestra. “This is a great opportunity to help. It doesn’t cost you anything, except 10-15 minutes of time and the money raised will provide activities that extend beyond the classroom.”
To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit Lake High School Door #1 between 9:30and 4:00 on April 6th.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes.

Coyotes killing small dogs in the area

By Matthew Rink
CoyoteKillingJACKSON TWP. —It’s not the way Jeanne Oldham wanted to start her first day of vacation in Key West: Tears rushing down her face and an aching heart at the news that her 11-year-old dachshund was killed back home by a coyote.

Ten days later, the loss of Daisy, a Mother’s Day present in 2002, still stings. What’s worse for Oldham is knowing that she’s not the only one.

Several reports have been filed with Jackson Township and North Canton police of both sightings and coyote attacks on small pets in recent weeks.

“We’ve had coyotes a number of times over the years,” Jackson Township Police Chief David Zink said. “I think they’ve been displaced by some construction. We’ve never had them attacking dogs before.”

Before leaving for vacation, Oldham spotted a lost-dog flier for a Yorkshire Terrier. Owner Sharon Deagan said she now believes her dog was killed by a coyote when the family let him out into their yard around 1:30 a.m. March 21. The Deagans live less than a mile from the Oldhams in an area northwest of Lake O’Springs.

Coyotes can be found in all 88 counties in Ohio. Most active at dawn and dusk, they eat small mammals, insects, fruits and berries, grains, nuts and food meant for pets and humans. They typically stay away from humans unless provoked.

DEAD ALREADY

Brad Dupont, 21, was caring for Mark and Jeanne Oldham’s three dogs, one cat and two birds during their vacation in Key West. Dupont, a Walsh University junior, is dating the Oldham’s daughter, Rachel. He’s grown close to the family and their pets.

Dupont let the three dogs out around 10:30 p.m. March 24. The dogs stay in the backyard, even though it is not enclosed. They’re accustomed to doing their business and then heading straight for the back door of the Oldham’s home, which is a development constructed in 1998.

One dachshund, Grace, and a Collie named, Cali, ran to one side of the small yard, which is surrounded by homes on all sides. Daisy went in the opposite direction. Cali and Grace returned to the house. Daisy didn’t.

“I called for Daisy and as soon as I said that I heard something moving around,” he said. “The only thing I saw was the coyote running off with the dog and it looked dead already.”

Dupont called Rachel and then the police, who helped him search the area for the dog. Dupont saw the coyote run toward a wooded area a block away from the home.

SHOCKING END

“I talked to Jeanne and she was crying,” he said. “She was obviously beside herself. I was too. I was so shocked it happened.”

Jeanne Oldham installed motion lights, bought a wind chime and plans to put up a fence. Dupont purchased a BB gun.

“I’m dumbfounded that something could happen in our neighborhood,” where the family has lived for four years, she said. “No one has ever said anything about coyotes. We’re in such a populated area.”

Deagan believes her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Bear, died the same way. She has an electric fence that the dogs never cross. Several neighbors, including some she’d never spoken with before, responded to her flier after the dog went missing. The dog was never found, even after canvassing the neighborhood.

“It’s just shocking,” Deagan said. “… It couldn’t be that he disappeared and no one saw him.”

BEWARE

Veterinarian Dr. Angela Gamber knows of two other dogs that died from coyote attacks in recent weeks. A poodle was killed near the Akron Canton Airport and a 16 1/2-year-old mixed breed was killed off near Everhard Road.

“I have never heard of this until this year,” said Gamber, a veterinarian since 1995. “I suspect it’s because we’re impinging on their territory.”

Jordan Rosedale, who lives on the 40-acre Hollydale Farm at Dressler Road and Fulton Drive NW, has trapped and killed 33 coyotes in the last seven years to protect a pair of swans that occupy a pond there. A dozen of animals have weighed more than 50 pounds and another was a massive 70 pounds, he said. He suspects they are a hybrid of a coyote and a wolf that has migrated to Ohio. Wild wolves do not live in the state.

North Canton Police Chief Stephan Wilder warned residents in early March to be on the lookout for coyotes after a resident reported a “wolf-like animal” trying to enter an area of Dogwood Park where geese were located. He hasn’t had any major complaints about coyotes in the last month, but said it’s important residents remember their surroundings.

Call the police if you spot a coyote, he said, and keep small pets on a leash.

“Watch your little ones, watch your surroundings and watch your pets,” he said.

Reach Matthew at 330-580-8527 or matthew.rink@cantonrep.com.
On Twitter: @mrinkREP

SAFETY TIPS: IF YOU SPOT A COYOTE

• Make sure the coyote is truly a coyote and not a stray dog.

• Remove all “attractants” to deter a coyote from coming onto your property, like garbage and pet food, and clean outdoor grills.

• Keep cats and small dogs inside or stay with them at night when coyotes are most active.

• Clap your hands and shout to scare off coyotes. Throw rocks or spray them with water.

• If those steps don’t work, contact a nuisance trapper. To locate a trapper, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543)

• In rural areas, coyotes can be controlled through legal hunting and trapping. See www.wildohio.com for details.

Groups Want Jesus Portrait Removed From High School

school-jesus-portrait-kadaJACKSON, Ohio – Two groups that sued to stop the display of a Jesus portrait in a school district’s middle school now want the portrait removed from the wall of a high school where it was moved last month.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit in February charging that the portrait, which was then displayed in the Jackson City Schools middle school, unconstitutionally promotes religion in a public school. They filed an amended complaint Monday, asking the court to also prohibit the portrait from display in the high school for the same reason.

School officials said last month that the portrait was moved at the preference of a Christian-based student club the southern Ohio district views as its owner. School officials said then that taking the portrait down would censor students’ private speech.

School district offices were closed Monday night, and school officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The 2,500-student district is in Jackson, a city of about 7,000 residents in mostly rural Appalachian Ohio.

The superintendent of the Jackson City Schools, Phil Howard, said last month that the portrait was moved at the request of the Hi-Y club, which put it up in 1947 in a building that is now the middle school.

The complaint about the portrait has left the district in the midst of an ongoing national debate over what displays of religion are constitutional.

“We have to respect the rights of the club,” Howard said after the portrait was moved. “Failure to do so might open the district to even another lawsuit, this time by the Hi-Y club,” or violate the U.S Constitution by “turning the portrait into government speech.”

The school board voted in February to keep the portrait up while allowing other student groups to hang portraits related to their focuses. Howard said that the board policy created a limited public forum at the middle school and the high school for student groups to be able to display portraits.

Howard said then that the club has the right to hang it in either school.

The portrait now is hanging on a wall alongside a trophy case, but the amended lawsuit filed in federal court in Columbus says the moving of the portrait to the high school and creation of the “limited public forum” policy is “nothing more than a contrived pretext to conceal” school officials’ continued involvement with the maintenance and display of the portrait.

ACLU of Ohio spokesman Nick Worner said last month after the portrait was moved that the group’s position hadn’t changed.

“It doesn’t matter which public building the portrait is in,” Worner said then. “It’s an unconstitutional endorsement of religion on the part of a public school.”

Worner did not immediately return calls to the ACLU’s Cleveland headquarters on Monday.

Kill rate drops at Stark County Dog Pound

By Kelli Young
Kill rate drops at Stark County Dog PoundCANTON —Volunteers named the dog Flash after he eluded county dog catchers for three weeks.

The chase ended when a dog pound volunteer found the white pit bull mix rummaging through a garbage can outside her home. Flash arrived at the Stark County Pound at 1801 Mahoning Road NE last week.

Just a few years ago, being taken to the county pound surely would have been a death sentence for pit bull mixed breeds like Flash.

But annual statistics show that dogs of all breeds — and increasingly pit bulls — now have a better chance of leaving the county pound alive.

Last year, dog warden employees euthanized 11 percent of the dogs (201) that came to the pound, including 74 dogs that were brought to the pound by their owners to be destroyed. It’s the lowest kill rate for the county pound since at least 2009, the earliest year that comparable figures were available. No state or national average for euthanasia rates exists, as the data that county dog wardens collect and report vary.

The most dramatic decrease has been for pit bulls. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of stray pit bulls euthanized dropped from 286 to 78, figures show.

Reagan Tetreault, who became Stark County’s dog warden in May 2010, said the improved rates reflect how dog pounds have changed over the years. They no longer are the killing factories that some residents perceive them to be, she said.

“People just automatically assume the worst of us, and it is frustrating because of all the work we have been doing,” Tetreault said. “I think it’s going to take time (before the public sees that) the mentality has been drastically changed, and to get that message out and educate the public.”

Margie Serri, who started volunteering at the pound in 2005, remembers when she would take pictures of a dog that was available for adoption on a Monday and by Friday that dog already had been euthanized. She now marvels at how the pound is treating respiratory infections such as the highly contagious disease known as PARVO, and is on the verge of spaying or neutering every dog that is adopted from the pound.

“It’s not the Ritz,” said Serri, president of Friends of Stark Pound, a nonprofit that began in 2008. “Slowly but surely since we started, it has improved. … I tell people it’s not a death sentence to bring your dog to the pound.”

PARTNERSHIP

Tetreault attributes the pound’s reduced euthanasia rate to changes that began roughly 16 months ago.

At the end of 2011, the pound began swapping some of its adoptable dogs with the Stark County Humane Society’s pit bulls. By transferring the dogs to the Human Society and dog rescue groups, Tetreault said the pound can keep other dogs longer, which increases their chances of being adopted. In 2012, 359 dogs were transferred compared to 138 in 2011.

In May 2012, a new Ohio law took effect that removed “vicious dog” label from the pit bull breed also helped increase the chances of them being adopted because prospective owners no longer had to buy the expensive liability insurance associated with owning a vicious dog.

Last August, commissioners hired Dr. Stacy Bridges of the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital in Canal Fulton as the pound’s part-time veterinarian. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Bridges screens and treats noticeably ill dogs for ear infections, skin issues, respiratory infections and intestinal issues in a newly renovated veterinarian room and surgical suite that have been outfitted with donated medications, utensils and other surgical equipment. The rooms once had been the pound’s euthanasia room.

Last week, Bridges, who is paid $5 per screening, examined Flash after pound volunteers noticed that he was limping. Bridges found that the dog’s knee cap occasionally becomes dislocate when he runs, a condition that she couldn’t treat without long-term rehabilitation therapy.

But she also noticed the dog’s ears were red and contained debris, indicating an ear ache that was confirmed by examining the debris under a microscope.

As her assistant Amber Davis held a muzzled Flash in a bear hug, Bridges swabbed each ear with a long-acting medication that only needs to be applied once.

Flash groaned.

“It’s Ok, it’s OK,” Davis soothed. “Such a good boy.”

Bridges then held the end of her stethoscope up to dog’s chest, listening to his heart beat.

“He must be nervous,” she said.

She rubbed the top of his head and told volunteers that she would like to see him in 14 days.

Tetreault believes the screenings will help increase the chances for some dogs to be adopted because prospective owners would be aware of any possible medical issues. The screenings, as well as the newly installed heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, also will help reduce the spread of disease at the pound, Tetreault said.

SPAY AND NEUTER

Within a month, Bridges hopes to have the surgical equipment she needs to begin spaying or neutering the dogs before they leave the pound, which will help decrease the number of dogs having unwanted litters of puppies. Having an in-pound spay and neuter program has been a goal of the Dog Warden’s Office and its volunteers since at least 2004.

Nanci Miller, president of the Animal Welfare Society of Stark County that donated the medication and supplies for the pound’s vet room and surgical unit, recalled pressing county commissioners, who oversee the dog warden’s office, to lease a county-owned garage that once was used as the county pound to the nonprofit so it could begin a spay and neuter clinic.

But legal hurdles and concerns of costs prevented the clinic from being built.

“In retrospect, it wasn’t a good building anyway (due to potential flooding issues),” Miller said. “It’s one of those things where it’s better that it didn’t work out.”

Miller said since Bridges began at the pound, she’s noticed improvement in the pound’s cleaning and feeding of the dogs and better morale among volunteers and staff.

“I think we all feel good about what’s going on down here,” said Miller, who still wants to see a low-cost spay and neuter program open to the public. “There’s a sense of pride about the changes.”

ODOT spending on snow removal nearly doubles from season ago

Associated Press

ODOT_snow_removalCOLUMBUS: Nobody should be surprised to hear that the state of Ohio spent a lot more money on snow removal this winter than last.

Last year’s warm, mild winter couldn’t have been more different from the winter that won’t go away this year. And state spending shows it.

Spending on salt, maintenance and wages to cope with winter weather is up throughout the state. Last year, unseasonably high temperatures saved transportation departments millions of dollars.

The Ohio Department of Transportation reported that it has spent $79.2 million statewide on snow-and-ice removal this winter. Last year, the agency spent $43.8 million in the state in the same period.

Two years ago, the agency spent about $85 million.

“The bottom line is this: This year’s more in line with historic averages, but it’s double last year’s,” Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Faulkner told the Columbus Dispatch for a story Monday.

This season, ODOT has spread 720,241 tons of salt on Ohio roads. That’s compared with 368,667 tons at this time a year ago.

State transportation-department trucks have hit the roads and highways for 2,620 snow and ice “events” this year, up from about 1,500 a year ago. The agency defines an event as one that requires at least 50 tons of salt in one day, and each county that requires the response is counted separately.

The National Weather Service says it has been a colder and snowier winter than normal in many areas of Ohio. In central Ohio, for instance, March had an average temperature of 37.3 degrees (4.6 degrees below normal) and 12.1 inches of snow, which is 7.7 inches more than normal. The weather service said the month was the fourth-snowiest March on record.

So far this winter, the Akron-Canton Regional Airport has recorded 46.9 inches of snow. While that’s only a few inches above the average of 44.7 inches at this time of year, we’re 30 inches ahead of a year ago.

Nobody is saying that it’s over yet.

“Just keep in mind that this is Ohio, and the chance to get yet another massive snowstorm continues into April,” Faulkner said.

Canton a city that made things

By Gary Brown
Canton a city that made thingsCANTON —Automobile axles. Beer. Cooking utensils. Bath robes. Mattresses. Saddles. Saw mills. Pillows. Door screens. Eaves troughs. Elevator cars. Scissors. Jewelry. Monuments. Mouse traps.

These are a few of the hundreds of products that Canton’s schoolchildren found to be made in the Canton area’s factories a century ago.

“The 450 manufacturing establishments in Canton made 1,058 different articles, according to a list prepared by pupils in the grade schools under the direction of John K. Baxter, superintendent of schools,” The Repository reported in March 1913.

“The list includes a wide variety of things from machinery down to the smallest parts of a watch,” the newspaper noted.

Students spent several months compiling the list of Canton-made products. Much of the information was gained by visits to factories, The Repository’s article said.

A FEW EXAMPLES

Included on the list were many items that the casual observer might never have guessed came from their hometown. Barn door hinges, window shutters, horse-riding reins, roll-top desks, hangman’s traps, bulldozers, library tables, picture frames, water bottles and yardsticks.

When the products were published in a list in the newspaper, they were gathered in alphabetical order. The only product that began with the letter “k” had a paragraph of its own, setting apart what was perhaps the most unlikely of articles to come from a Midwest city.

“Kimonos.”

Other items seemed far more appropriate to people of an industrial city that sat in the middle of an agricultural area of Ohio — milk vats, ice cream, butter churns, grinders, hunting knives, galvanized roofing, hoists, rolling mill machinery, paints, pneumatic tools, fencing, pulleys and punches.

Many of the products give a glimpse into the period of history in which the students lived — butter churns, carriages, coal chutes, gas arc lamps, horse boots, pocket knives, rug racks, wagon covers and water bottles.

Still more products will seem familiar to area residents who have even a cursory knowledge of the manufacturing history of their community — agricultural implements, bricks, pretzels, embroidery hoops, lamp standards, dental furniture, bread products, safes, suction sweepers, sanitary milk, tonics, watch cases, revolving book shelves and roller bearings.

THE LIST PUBLISHED

In addition to publication of the list in The Repository, the products were to be identified in a brochure that would be used by both school officials and community leaders.

“The names of the various articles will be printed in pamphlet form to advertise Canton,” Baxter told the newspaper. “It was good experience for the boys who aided in securing the list of products. It is possible that a few articles were overlooked and the list will be revised before it is published in the pamphlets.”

The list of products made it possible to compare the Canton community with other cities, to determine the depth of its manufacturing base.

“Since we started the work, I received from the Minneapolis schools a partial list of things made in that city which was also prepared by schoolchildren,” said Baxter. “The number of manufacturing plants was given as 1,102 with 40,000 employees, but the city has a population of nearly 300,000, so that Canton has more plants with more employees in proportion to its size than Minneapolis.”

Goodyear gets a lift as work begins on new blimp fleet

BY KATIE BYARD
AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

goodyear blimpAKRON — It resembled a giant erector set, and the men working on it looked as happy as children with a new toy at Christmas. But this was serious business, as the men at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Wingfoot Lake hangar were literally building Goodyear’s airship future: the first of three larger, faster airships that will replace the company’s iconic blimp fleet.“We are just at the dawn,” of a new airship era, Nancy Ray, Goodyear’s director of global airship operations, said on a recent morning at the hangar.

Behind her, a crew of German and American workers assembled a portion of the towering aluminum and carbon-fiber internal frame of the airship that will be 246 feet long — 50 feet longer than a Goodyear blimp.

“I’ve been in aviation my whole life and to have an opportunity to be a part of this has been amazing,” said Tom Bradley, Goodyear airship mechanic.

“We high-fived each other” when work began March 10, Mr. Bradley said, motioning toward mechanic Markus Draeger of German airship company ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmBH & Co.

Nearly two years ago, Goodyear said it planned to replace its three-blimp U.S. fleet with the bigger semi-rigid airships — with an internal frame — to be jointly built by Goodyear and the German ZLT Zeppelin company.

Last September, the German-made parts began arriving at the Wingfoot Lake hangar in the Akron suburb of Suffield Township.

The internal frame is one of the significant features that will separate the new aircraft from Goodyear’s current fleet.

While purists will point out that blimps do not have internal frames, Goodyear officials plan to still call the semirigid airships “Goodyear blimps.”

Ms. Ray said the new airship will be flying in 2014, carrying Goodyear’s blue-and-gold logo over sports and other events. It will replace the Spirit of Goodyear.

The plan is to have the second new-generation airship flying in 2016 and the third in 2018. Each of the modern Zeppelin craft will be built at Wingfoot Lake. Each will cost about $21 million, Goodyear has said.

The new airships, in addition to being longer, will be slightly shorter in height.

“It’s going to look long and skinny as compared to the kind of chubby one we have today,” Ms. Ray said.

The new crafts will be powered by three 200-horsepower prop-engines.

Two of the propellers pull the airship and one pushes at the tail; the current blimps are pushed by two engines mounted off the cabin, or gondola.

The propellers can be tilted up and down, or vectored, which allows the airship to take off and land in smaller spaces.

“We’re going to get a lot more speed, we’re going to be a lot more efficient,” Ms. Ray said, noting the lightweight materials that are used to construct the frame.

Ms. Ray said the cruising speed of current blimps is about 30 miles per hour, and the cruising speed of the new airship will be about 50 to 55 miles per hour.

The blimp also will be quieter, and its gondola will hold 12 people as compared with the current seven.

Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships, the USS Macon and the USS Akron, built for the Navy in the 1930s.

Naomi Harter Moore, 101

MooreNaomi Harter Moore, a life resident in this area, will celebrate her 101st birthday on March 25, 2013.  She was born in Cairo, Ohio in 1912 to John and Mary Harter.

Naomi went to school for the first eight years in a one-room schoolhouse. She played on a softball team made up of boys and girls and walked to schools in the area to compete with other teams. Naomi relates that the girls’ “uniforms” were the dresses they wore to school. In 1927, when Hartville High School was built, Naomi walked four miles to attend there until she was sixteen when she had to stop her formal education to go to work with her father, a local wallpaper hanger. When she married George Moore in 1932, the couple lived in Uniontown, Ohio on a small truck farm where they raised their two sons. In 1955, George and Naomi, working together, built a home in Uniontown doing most of the labor. In fact, Naomi helped shingle the roof, laid the bricks on the garage and installed the flooring in the kitchen.

The couple traveled extensively throughout the United States in campers they built and furnished themselves. After George died in 1983, Naomi continued to reside in her home until she was 98 years old. She did her own housework, laundry, cooking, and sewing until she moved to St. Luke Lutheran Community due to health issues.  Now, Naomi moves at a slower pace physically but still enjoys doing word puzzles, reading newspapers, novels, and her devotionals. She also likes playing board games and dining out. Her visits with friends and family are pleasurable to all because of her remarkable memory and knowledge of current events as well as reminiscing about her childhood and family genealogy.

Naomi’s two sons, Dean and Glenn, are deceased, as is Dean’s wife, Marlene. Her daughter-in-law, Janice Moore Dwenger, and husband Tom Dwenger are her present caregivers.  She also has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She is the oldest member at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in North Canton, Ohio where she was baptized 100 years ago.  She has many friends at this church, old and young alike, who lovingly support her with welcomed cards and visits.

In February 2012, she went to Hartville Elementary School and helped the students including her two great-granddaughters celebrate the 100th Day of School. She told them stories of what it was like when she attended school some eighty-five years prior when the same building was then Hartville High School. In October 2012, Naomi enjoyed going to her Hartville High School Reunion when they honored the Class of 1930.

Naomi’s formula for her longevity is hard work, her faith in God and the love of life and other people. She celebrated her 101st birthday with a party attended by her many friends including some staff members from the St. Luke Lutheran Community, former neighbors, her St. Jacob’s Family, and her immediate and extended family. Birthday wishes can be sent to Naomi Moore at St. Luke Lutheran Community, 220  Applegrove St. NE, North Canton, OH 44720.