Goodyear gets a lift as work begins on new blimp fleet


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.

Sweetest Day is October 15

Sweetest Day Editorial (1922)Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October.[1] It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember husbands, boyfriends, the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.”[2] Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.[3]


Sweetest Day was a promotion concocted by Cleveland confectioners in 1921.[3] The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s October 8, 1921 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.[3]

There were also several attempts to start a “Sweetest Day” in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922.[4] In 1927, The New York Times reported that “the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October” decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week.[5] On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a “movement throughout the candy industry” to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and St. Valentine’s Day.[6] In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee.[7] The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940.[7] 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.[7]


Sweetest Day commonly involves women giving their husband or boyfriends candy. While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine’s Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistent allegations of being a “Hallmark holiday.”[8]

Retail Confectioners International describes it as “much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit and Cleveland being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)”.[2] The popularity in Detroit was greatly perpetuated by the Sanders Candy Company. Frederick Sanders of Detroit, Mi was a large promoter of the holiday. In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.[9]


Since Sweetest Day was invented by commercial interests which stood to profit from such a holiday, dissenting Cleveland residents refer to it as a “Hallmark holiday[8] (although it was not invented by Hallmark Cards company). Due to its relative historical insignificance, adherence limited to the Great Lakes region and commercial origins, many Clevelanders do not celebrate Sweetest Day


  1. ^ Cridlin, Jay (2006-10-21). “A sweet day for Hallmark”. St Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  2. ^ a b Sweetest Day, Retrieved on 2007-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c d The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 15, 2005.
  4. ^ The New York Times, October 8, 1922.
  5. ^ The New York Times, October 10, 1927.
  6. ^ The New York Times, September 25, 1937.
  7. ^ a b c The New York Times, October 18, 1940.
  8. ^ a b Arnett, Lisa. “Sweet wine o’ mine”. The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-02-21.[dead link]
  9. ^ Orsborn, Kimberly (2006-10-20). “Sweetest Day born in Ohio”. Mount Vernon News. Archived from the original on 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-02-21.

Lake Local makes another ballot bid staff report

Lake elementaryLAKE TWP. — Overcrowding in classrooms and one building that is nearly 90 years old are reasons why Lake Local Schools officials are pursuing a bond issue next month.
The district is asking voters to support a 2.3-mill measure. Plans are to use 1.8 mills toward bonds to pay for new construction, while a 0.5-mill continuing levy will generate money for building maintenance.Local money — just less than $12.8 million — raised will be matched with about $23 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a new high school building and improve existing buildings.

“It’s a need, not a want,” Lake Local Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said of Issue 26.

Lake tried to pass the same measure during the May primary election. The attempt failed by 167 votes.

The district actually has made three bids to secure local matching money to go with OSFC funds. In February 2009 the district sought voter approval of a 4.9-mill issue and overwhelmingly rejected the measure. That defeat convinced school officials to change their plan and reduce the amount of their request.


The proposed changes touch every level of the district, Wendorf said.

A new high school classroom building would be part of the current community center campus, which includes the existing high school and middle school. Most of the campus was developed after Lake Local residents in 1999 approved a 6.9-mill bond issue that generated $26.4 million for construction and building improvements.

More classroom space is needed at the high school to accommodate a larger student population. Right now the district has a leased trailer outside the school to provide additional classroom space.

“Trailers are a horrible investment. Horrible,” Wendorf said. “And not ideal for instruction.”

The new high school would be built on the northwest corner of the campus. The current high school would become the middle school, and grades 3 to 5 would move from elementary buildings into the current middle school.

Early designs are for a high school building with flexible classroom areas where classes geared to collaboration, problem solving and communications can be taught. Wendorf said it’s a chance to build a space to help prepare students for college and the workplace.

The building would be connected to existing facilities, where the district already has an auditorium, competition gymnasium and other amenities.


The Lake and Uniontown elementary buildings would house kindergarten through second grade, along with pre-kindergarten classes. Right now the district leases space for the pre-kindergarten classes. Wendorf said Uniontown Elementary was built to accommodate 350 students, but there are 500 using the building.

The changes would allow Lake Local to stop using Hartville Elementary, which opened in 1922.

The building is polished and cared for, but it’s outdated, Wendorf said. A new high school would be more energy efficient and less expensive to operate than the aged high school, he said.

Passing the issue also gives the district a permanent improvement fund to provide $207,000 for general maintenance of district buildings. Right now the general fund must cover building maintenance, which takes money away from education programs.

Without the permanent improvement fund, the district will go through its operating funds faster, which will force it to seek another levy sooner, Wendorf said. The district has eliminated $3 million of spending to absorb state funding reductions, he said.

Wendorf said he hopes district voters agree to pass the bond issue while the state still has OSFC funding in place. He’s concerned the state will decide the money is needed elsewhere and end the program before Lake receives its share of funds.

Lake Township trustees meeting of Oct. 10

By Mary Anne Kannam The Youngstown Vindicator
Lake TYownshipKEY ACTION  Agreed to send letters to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio and U.S. EPAs to express their concerns about plans for an oil well on property near the Industrial Excess Landfill.

DISCUSSION  Trustees approved sending the letters after a crowd of about three dozen people attended the trustees meeting. Eight speakers spent about an hour expressing their concerns about the possibility of the well affecting water supplies and transmitting toxic substances from the landfill. Applause followed the remarks of the speakers multiple times. Some of the speakers said trustee Ellis Erb has a financial conflict of interest in the issue and should recuse himself from decisions involving the drilling of wells. Erb said he has not received any money from wells. He said after the meeting he is in negotiations for a possible lease. Those attending urged the trustees to vote to ban drilling on township-owned property. Trustee President John Arnold said the idea will be reviewed.


• Listened to three residents express their concerns about unused cars sitting on a property on Tippecanoe Avenue. Trustees said the township zoning administrator is examining the issue.

• Established a debit/credit card payment program for residents to pay bills exceeding $30, with a 3 percent processing fee.

• Passed a resolution supporting the proposed Stark County sales tax. Stark County Auditor Alan Harold and Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione gave a presentation supporting the issue.

• Accepted the resignation of two reserve officers and hired two reserve officers for the Uniontown Police Department.

UP NEXT  Meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Township Hall.

Lake Twp. woman shares mission trip by bicycle staff report

Becky Carman, a sophomore at Ohio University and a Green High School alumna, recently completed a 3,846-mile bicycle ride from Portland, Maine, to Santa Barbara, Calif.

The daughter of Phil and Marty Carman of the Uniontown area, Carman will share her experiences and photos of the 71-day mission trip during a coffee hour from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church at 1460 State St. NE.

Carman and 34 others, taking part in a national program called “Bike & Build,” paused en route every four to five days to lend a helping hand in 13 community service projects in cooperation with local organizations such as Habitat For Humanity.

Nationwide, the program raised $162,419 for charities devoted to providing affordable housing.  The trip, which took Carman through 16 states, ended at the Pacific Ocean Aug. 27.

Lake Township trustees’ Monday meeting

By Mary Ann correspondent

Lake TownshipKEY ACTION  Agreed to submit an application for a recycling grant from the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District.

DISCUSSION  The $2,400 grant for 2012 would be used to continue the program of giving $50 to community groups that help unload cars on Saturday mornings at the recycling center.


  •  Announced that a section of Woodland Street is closed through Friday for road work.


  •  Amended the budget to reflect the transfer of $200,000 to be used for the construction of a truck storage building behind the garage of the road department.


  •  Proclaimed Oct. 10 as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in response to a request from Safe Communities of Stark County. The day promotes safe driving, road safety improvements and development of safer vehicles.

UP NEXT  Meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Township Hall.

2 Massachusetts Lions Clubs host 22nd party for the community.

By Ann McEvoy

Lee's Pond FestivalThe rainy weather on Saturday did not stop a team of volunteers from the Lions Clubs to kick off the 22nd Annual Lee’s Pond Festival.

Dozens of people gathered at around Lee’s Pond for fishing, pumpkin painting and more.

Lions Clubs, a service organization which keeps most of its civic efforts behind the scene, are known for providing glasses to the less fortunate but each fall they are known for their outside festival.

South Attleboro has two groups Lions Club’s (mainly the men) and the Village (mainly the ladies). They carry on separately throughout the year and come together for this thank-you event. Saturday with weather threatening another cancelled event, (their car show was cancelled due to Irene) they held out hope and woke in the morning to little rain and eventually the sun even came out.

It took plenty of volunteers to run such the big event and they were able to draw from their youth division, The Leo Club. The coordinator Judy Hebert had no trouble getting 28 Attleboro High School students to volunteer to run the kids activities and assist on the food tables.

This event is not one of their fundraisers, but an opportunity to say thank-you for all the support in the previous year.

Ray Hebert, president of the South Attleboro Lions Club, is always looking for ways to reach out into the community and to get people involved. Membership is open to join all three groups.

Akron Marathon winner celebrates with hometown support

By George Thomas Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron MarathonBecki Michael of Akron could feel the love. The winner of the women’s portion of the Akron Marathon crossed the finish line at the 2:45:57 mark and one of the first people she looked for was her mother, Denise Calabretta of Alliance.

Michael, an Alliance native, former runner for the University of Akron and Olympic trial qualifier, came to Akron with specific goals for her first run in this event.

“I wanted to break the course record of 2:39:09, but it was apparent at the halfway mark that wasn’t going to happen,” she said. “Ultimately, the goal was to win. I wanted to win the hometown marathon, and I did.”

On a Saturday morning that featured cool, cloudy weather, the kind tailor-made for this type of race, Michael beat her nearest competitor, Kent’s Shanna Ailes, by 15 minutes.

But her statements betrayed a hint of regret.

“It wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, but I’m going to the Olympic trials, so I’m happy,” she said.

From the cheers that greeted her arrival at Canal Park, it was apparent that she had significant support in the stands.

“I can say that I had a city behind me, that’s for sure,” she said.

The weather may have offered cover for local runners, but for men’s winner Peter Kemboi, who lives in Hebron, Ky., but hails from Eldoret, Kenya, it was akin to running on a frigid December day.

“It’s too cold,” said Kemboi, who finished the run in 2:22:46.

Kemboi, 31, spends three months in the United States competing, then returns to Kenya to train for four months. The conditions in his native country are drier and more arid, and the slight African felt the chill in his frame.

It’s the second consecutive year that the Kenyan has run the race. Last year, he placed third.

“I’m very happy today. I ran good today and improved my time from last year,” he said.

Still, he said he felt as if he could have run the race at a better pace.

“If I had stronger guys to boost me, I would have run faster,” he said.

Kemboi and other competitors said that the course challenged them in areas where hills played a prominent role.

Cuyahoga Falls’ Dave Petrak came closest to giving Kemboi a run for his money with his 2:30:27 finish.

He ran the race with his twin brother, Dan, who placed eighth overall with a time of 2:39:45. Five Petrak brothers ran in some form or fashion.

“It’s probably in our genes,” he said. “We just have that stubborn element.”

That trait served him well, as he hung with Kemboi before his competitor finally broke away during the second half of the run.

“Right at the beginning of the first parking lot at Sand Run is when he first started to put some distance on me,” Petrak said. “He just kept increasing. He ran very well.”

Petrak took four years off from competitive running, primarily because his school schedule would not allow the dedication that it required. The Akron Marathon was his first race back.

“It definitely wasn’t the time I wanted. I went out ridiculously fast and I wasn’t able to maintain that pace, so I’m quite disappointed with my finish,” he said. “But I still ended up second, so it wasn’t that bad.”

Other results: Andrew Musova (2:38:07) of Santa Fe, N.M., won the men’s masters division. … Tracy Wollschlager (3:03:57) of Novi, Mich., won the women’s division in that race. … Akron’s Michael Capriolo won the men’s half marathon in a time of 1:10:56. Canton’s Brandi Howard finished first in the women’s division in a time of 1:28:18. … In the masters division, Brian Mazur of Jackson, Mich., won the half with a time of 1:21:33 and Marlene Bloomfield of North Olmsted placed first in the women’s division with a time of 1:32:32.

Results from the 2011 Akron Marathon can be found at

Wayne Homes rated as one of the area’s best workplaces for top-tier talent.

Uniontown, OH (MMD Newswire) September 23, 2011 – – It was a splendid affair. Among the companies honored at The NorthCoast 99 Awards, Wayne Homes was the only Homebuilder recognized as a destination for top talent.

“We’re proud of this achievement and to be in such good company.” says Mike Leckie-Ewing, Wayne Homes Vice President of Organizational Development.

The event wrapped up with a formal dinner and ceremony Wednesday night, September 14, at the LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. Think of it as the Oscars for HR departments, where 99 of the region’s companies were recognized for their ability to attract and retain the region’s best talent.

Wayne Homes, headquartered in Uniontown, Ohio, has for many years focused on taking good care of its customers, including the ones on the payroll.

“What it comes down to is if you create a great work environment, great culture and build great products, people want to work for you,” Leckie-Ewing adds. “And that’s why Wayne Homes has such a wonderful team. It shows in the satisfaction of our customers and in our bottom line. Wayne really is a special place to work.”

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