Stark County’s Uniontown first ‘fracking’ target

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Ohio’s oil and gas energy rush is taking off and one Stark County community with a dark industrial history is listed to be one of the first fracking sites in our area.

Where the well is going and who is drilling it may surprise you.

WKYC Photojournalist Carl Bachtel brings you the story.

Uniontown is a small community nestled between Akron and Canton in Stark County.

It’s also the location of the federally monitored toxic waste site, the Industrial Excess Landfill.

Soon the property across busy Cleveland Avenue from the EPA Superfund site could have drilling.

Hydrofracture drilling is on its way and some residents who know the area’s environmental history are fearful.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources already approved the permit to allow Ohio Valley Energy System to drill right under the homes along Route 619.

Ohio Valley Energy has a history of residential drilling, most notably in Bainbridge Township in Geauga County. In December 2007, the results there were contaminated well water and exploding homes.

Industry videos posted on YouTube tout the safety and environmentally friendly aspects of gas drilling.

But one resident thinks the poor economy is clouding people’s judgement.

Goodyear donates historic blimp gondola to Smithsonian

By Jim Mackinnon| Beacon Journal business writer

Goodyear GondolaAnother piece of Goodyear’s airship history is headed to the Smithsonian.

A six-person gondola first attached to a Goodyear blimp in 1934 and finally retired in 1986 trucked out Tuesday morning on the back of a big flatbed from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Wingfoot airship base in Portage County. Destination: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The donated gondola will be placed near another historic Goodyear airship artifact, a lifeboat that is the sole remaining piece from the ill-fated 1911 Akron airship that the tire maker gave to the museum last year. (The museum is also home to the gondola of the Goodyear blimp Pilgrim.)

This particular gondola, also called a control car and given the designation C-49, played a role in pop culture from 1975 to 1986 when it was part of the Goodyear airship Columbia based in California. Actor Richard Chamberlain, impersonator Rich Little and actress and Laugh-In television comedy show regular Jo Anne Worley flew in the Columbia. The Columbia had a starring role in the 1977 thriller Black Sunday and also was used for — either to film aerial scenes or appeared in — Disney’s Flight of the Navigator and Condorman and Oh, God! Book II, among other movies. The blimp provided aerial coverage for four Super Bowls and two World Series, Rose Bowl games and parades and the 1984 summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

But the C-49 gondola is much more than a pop culture item, said Tom Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics at the museum.

It started out in 1934 on the Goodyear blimp Enterprise, was pressed into Naval service in 1942 for World War II and then sold back to Goodyear in 1946. Goodyear kept the gondola as a spare and rebuilt it in 1969.

“It covers a big chunk of Goodyear airship history,” Crouch said. “I think people are just plain fascinated by airships.”

And most of the American public is familiar with the iconic Goodyear blimps, he said. “They played an important role in aeronautical history,” Crouch said. Blimps have been used for sporting events and for military use, he said.

“Not a single ship was lost in convoys protected by blimps (in World War II),” Crouch said.

“The C-49 has a rich history within the Goodyear blimp fleet and with the U.S. Navy,” Nancy Jandrokovic, Goodyear’s director of global airship operations, said in a statement.

The C-49 gondola has been sitting unrestored at the Wingfoot Lake hangar since being retired. The gondola soon will be put in an area of the museum where it will be visible to the public, Crouch said. It might be at least a couple more years before the Smithsonian fully restores the gondola to how it looked at the end of its service in 1986, he said.

Goodyear recycled and upgraded its gondolas over the decades, spokesman Edward Ogden said.

“They were very easy to repair and to refurbish,” he said.

A blimp envelope — the big cigar-shaped bag that holds the helium — typically lasts 10 to 12 years. Gondolas can last much longer, Ogden said.

While the C-49 closely resembles the gondolas that are now part of Goodyear’s current three-blimp U.S. fleet, the interiors and technology are very different, Ogden said. The gondolas now in use have the latest materials and electronics, he said.

“I hope they all find a good home,” said Tim Hopkins, chief mechanic and one of the Wingfoot hangar crew overseeing the placing of the C-49 on the flatbed truck. He has worked on numerous blimps in his career at Goodyear, including being part of the crew that built Goodyear’s newest blimp, the Florida-based Spirit of Innovation that launched in early 2006.

Meanwhile, Goodyear is preparing to start building the next generation of airships at the Wingfoot Lake hangar, 246-foot-long semi-rigid Zeppelins that are faster and more modern than the current generation of U.S.-based, 192-foot-long Goodyear blimps.

The first Goodyear Zeppelin is scheduled to be built in 2013 and will replace the Spirit of Goodyear that is based at the Suffield Township site and is a familiar sight in Northeast Ohio skies. Goodyear is partnering with Germany-based ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik to build the new airships at a cost of $21 million apiece.

Parts of the first Goodyear Zeppelin are already arriving at the hangar from Germany, a spokesman said.

End of Daylight Savings Time 2011

Daylight Savongs Time EndsDaylight Savings Time 2011 ends in the United States on Sunday, November 6. Before going to bed on Saturday, November 5, people will be advised to turn their clocks back one hour (“spring forward, fall back”) and consequently gain an hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings actually ends on October 30 in the United Kingdom and other countries, but the later date began in the U.S. in 2007. The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the start of DST to the second Sunday of March from the first Sunday of April, and extended the end date by one week.

But why? What is Daylight Savings, and why do we have it?

As featured on I-Am-Bored, this lengthy but surprisingly educational video takes you through the history of DST, first proposed by proposed by George Hudson in 1885 to give people more sunlight in the summer. The narrator covers the confusion the hour gained/lost causes as well as modern debates that suggest technology (air conditioning, TVs, video games, smartphones) has outgrown our need to continue changing our clocks.

Some studies say DST now costs more electricity with the hour change, while others suggest it saves — but both agree that the difference is minimal, costing or saving less than 1 percent (or $4) per household.

Perhaps the most interesting thing you may learn is that most of the world does not make any changes to their clocks all year long and two states in the U.S. also don’t recognize Daylight Saving Time. According to the video, Arizona and Hawaii ignore the clock change due to excessive year-round sunlight. The same is true for the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands.

And lastly, did you know that “Daylight Savings” is technically called Daylight Saving Time, without the plural? Crazy!

Local Books: Haunted Akron and Amish Mystery

Fall From Pride“It’s not all quilts and pies” for Sarah Kauffman, a young Amish woman in Home Valley in fictional Eden County, south of Cleveland. In prolific Columbus author Karen Harper’s Fall from Pride, first in a trilogy, Sarah is somewhat embarrassed at being unmarried at 24, and has never been interested in quilting or baking.

What does interest her is painting, and she has received permission from her bishop to paint large, bright quilt-square patterns on barn sides in Home Valley, hoping to encourage tourists to stop and buy produce and crafts. It seems the bad economy has hit the Amish as well.

When one of the barns with Sarah’s paintings burns down, a state arson investigator comes to see if the fire was deliberately set. Sarah had been the first to see the fire, so he interviews her, and the mutual attraction is so immediate it’s a wonder the pages don’t burst into flame, too.

Sarah is worried that someone burned the barn to denounce the painted quilt patterns for causing her the sin of pride. When another barn with her work is burned, Nate, the inspector, must consider this possibility. Harper sets up the mystery with plenty of suspects.

Fall from Pride (343 pages, softcover) costs $14.95 from Mira, a division of Harlequin. The next book in the series, Return to Grace, will be published in March.

‘Haunted Akron’

There have been many reports that the Civic Theatre is haunted, but what about the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of the Summit County Historical Society? Some people believe Grace Perkins, widow of the son of Akron’s founder, still hangs around there (Grace didn’t like a previous director of the society, but the current one seems to be satisfactory).

Author Jeri Holland should know: She’s created historical websites for Akron, Summit County and Cuyahoga Falls, and her book Haunted Akron is a tour of events, places and creepy legends. Holland recounts several tragic deaths, whether by murder, suicide or horrific accident; as the director of a group called Cuyahoga Valley Paranormal, she visits some sites hoping to find spirits and record their voices.

The history ranges from colonial, with Mary Campbell’s Cave, to the 20th century, recalling the scandalous murder of a matron at the Summit County Juvenile Home.

Haunted Akron (124 pages, softcover) costs $19.99 from the History Press.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club hope car show drives interest

Ventnor Car ShowVENTNOR, NJ – The local Lions Club is inviting the public to set its sights on some classic cars in order to help the visually impaired.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club is holding its first car show noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in front of the Auto Zone at the Ventnor Shopping Plaza where car clubs, collectors and dealers are invited to display their vehicles.

Those showing off their rides are asked to pay a $10 donation with proceeds benefiting projects for the blind and visually impaired.

“We would like to invite anyone who has a classic or custom or just plain cool car to be a part of this show,” said King Lion Mark Hills of Ventnor. “We hope to see a lot of locals and some really great cars at the event.”

He said the cars don’t have to be new or antique to be on display, and he’s looking for owners that are willing to chat about the unique features of their ride.

Hills said the car show gives people a chance to socialize and share stories about cars and history.

“To me, that’s a big part of what goes on in these shows; passing history down, telling history of a car, telling history or having someone remember riding in one,” Hills said.

Among the cars on display will be a 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, which has been in the family of John Campbell of Margate since it was bought new by his uncle.

When he was 16 years old with a Pennsylvania driver’s license, Campbell, now 84, drove a 1929 Ford Model A, which was popular for a while. He said after he got out of high school, that car fell out of fashion in favor of the curves and style that followed World War II.

He said it was tough to get a new car and potential buyers would often have to entice car dealers in order to get their names put on a list. He did just that, in 1948, and put his name on a list for a new car, but after awhile he forgot about it.

At the time, Campbell worked at Haverty’s Service Station, owned by his uncles, on the corner of Franklin and Ventnor avenues.

“One day my uncle came in and said to me, ‘Hey John, you’re car’s out front.’ I said, ‘My car, what car?’ and out front was a Chrysler convertible,” said Campbell Friday, Oct. 7. “The guy said, ‘Here’s the car you ordered.’ But I didn’t have the money for it.”

He said three days later, his uncle came into the shop and asked him to check out his new 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, the same car that was almost Campbell’s.

“He got the car; I got drafted in the Korean War,” Campbell said with a hearty laugh.

Campbell said the car was garage kept for most of the time it was owned by his uncle until 1969 when he inherited the prized automobile.

“I used it when I was married, and on special occasions,” Campbell said of the car’s modern-day use.

Without power steering, he said it’s a bear to drive, but he was happy to take Miss New Jersey Jennifer Farrell for a victory lap around town.

Campbell’s classic is among the many that are expected to be on display in the Auto Zone parking lot of Ventnor Shopping Plaza.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club collects eye glasses and distributes books on CDs to the visually impaired and has also raised funds for cornea transplants. The group meets the first and third Monday of each month at Fedeli’s Restaurant, 9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate.

Lions in Australia Help Chart a New Course for Troubled Young People


Many of our members work on projects to meet the specific needs of youth – whether they’re at risk for vision loss or don’t have enough to eat. In Australia, Lions support a program that helps troubled young people chart a new course for their future.

We sent a film crew to Sydney to find out about a cruise that is unlike any other. The Aboriginal Cultural Cruise provides stunning views of the harbor. A look at aboriginal history and culture. And a journey of transformation and hope for many of the crew, who are part of the Lions’ Tribal Warrior project.

Thanks to a grant from LCIF, Tribal Warrior gives life changing opportunities to “at risk” youth. Rob Roberts, a member of the Redfern Waterloo Lions Club, told our video crew, “Tribal Warrior provides maritime training to a lot of disadvantaged Australians, with the emphasis on indigenous youth. Our kids are our future.  And we’ve got to look after them and nurture them.”

Lions Club working to fight vision problems

Lions Club Working to fight vision problemsThe Lions Clubs/Lions Club International took on a challenge in 1925 to make fighting blindness a defining cause of its clubs. The guest speaker making that challenge to the Lions group is probably history’s most famous blind person.

Standing before the audience of Lions Club members, Helen Keller told the members to become “the knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

The clubs, which are volunteer organizations, already had dedicated to that cause but took the challenge to the next level. The clubs have numerous projects aimed at preventing blindness, restoring eyesight and encouraging proper eye care. Members recycle eye glasses, support Lions Eye Banks that provide tissue for sight-saving surgeries and support screening for vision.

Programs are in place within the organization designed to research and help fight the onset of cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, corneal blindness and more.

In keeping with the challenge made long ago, local Lions Clubs have helped a Lindsey man. The Lindsey Lions Club, in collaboration with the Fremont Lions Club and the Elmore Lions Club, presented Lindsey resident Mark Cole with $1,350 to help defray the cost of his recent eye surgeries and treatments at the Vision Center in Toledo. Cole has complications from glaucoma.

Lindsey resident and Lindsey Lions Club member Trish Weinstein brought Cole’s situation to the attention of the club that works closely with the other two local clubs. In the past, the clubs also have cooperated to assist a resident in Fremont and a Woodmore Elementary School student with vision problems.

The Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years Nov. 5

by Nate Ellis 

pickerington LionsThe Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years of service to the local community with a commemorative banquet next month.

In September 1946, 38 charter members officially formed the Pickerington Lions Club.

Sixty-five years later, the club remains a fixture in Pickerington, and it continues many of the same traditions of its original members, including helping provide eyeglasses and eye exams to those in need in the community.

On Nov. 5, the approximately 45-member club will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a banquet at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. It also will serve as an opportunity to look back on the history of the Lions Club in Pickerington.

“Every five years, we do a little celebration,” club president Brian Fox said. “What’s interesting about it to me is the club has been here for 65 continuous years.

“They’ve been doing the same things we do today — the eyeglasses, paying for eye exams and just anything that needs to be done in the community.”

The Lions currently are taking reservations for the anniversary dinner, which will include salad, roast pork tenderloin, lasagna, mashed potatoes, vegetables and birthday cake. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Fox at (614) 833-4728 or by sending an email to

In addition to dinner and drinks, attendees will receive a limited-edition pin commemorating the Pickerington Lions Club’s 65th anniversary.

“It’s kind of neat to know you’re part of something that stretches way back and continues to do things that need to be done,” Fox said.

In 1946, the Canal Winchester Lions Club was integral in the establishment of the Pickerington Lions because it served as Pickerington’s sponsor.

At next month’s banquet, Jackie Christensen, president of the Canal Winchester Lions Club, will serve as the event’s guest speaker. He will present and comment on Helen Keller’s famous 1925 speech to the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in which she asked Lions to adopt the cause of the blind.

The banquet also will allow the Pickerington Lions Club to roll out its newly published official history. Written by Fox after extensive research of records going back to the beginning of the club, the book looks at the club’s activities and service to the community from the beginning to present times.

It also contains a historical roster of club members. The club is publishing it through and will print only the number of books ordered. The book can be ordered for $38 through the club.

“We have had a footlocker at the senior center filled with old records and papers and this and that,” Fox said. “It was chock-full with stuff, but nobody really knew what we had.

“One day, I decided to take it home. It had minutes from past meetings, correspondences and old newsletters going all the way back to the beginning of the club. I started going back and it really was tremendously interesting to me.”

Fox said the book highlights the formation of the Pickerington Lions Club, as well as its decisions to focus on helping the sight-deprived and upgrading what now is known as Victory Park. It also speaks to the club’s commitment to annually provide Pickerington’s Labor Day parade and fish fry, and its adoption of local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to the keynote address, dinner and the unveiling of the book, the Lions Club will present its annual “Distinguished Service Award” to a member at the banquet, and Fox said Lions Club members from throughout Ohio are expected to attend.

“We are a service organization and our motto is, ‘We Serve,’” he said. “We take that seriously and we serve the communiity in a number of ways.

“Our members are excited about (the 65th anniversary). It’s like a birthday. You’re happy you’re still around, but there’s plenty of work still to be done.”

Historic Connection between a Tobacco and Candy at the Post Office and a Local Glendale Lions Club

By Katherine Yamada

Tobacco and candy at the post officeThe candy and tobacco store that opened in the city’s main post office in the late 1940s was part of a nationwide movement to provide work for persons living with a disability.

In 1947, Postmaster Max L. Green, with assistance from the state and federal governments and the Lions clubs of the area, installed and outfitted a candy and tobacco stand in the post office’s lobby. It was operated by Eldon Littell.

Green turned the keys of the fully-stocked stand over to Littell, a member of the Foothill Service Club for the Blind, in an informal ceremony that included Mayor Albert C. Lane and Ray Barker, chair of the Foothill Council for the Blind. The council represented the six Lions clubs then supporting the club for the blind.

The tobacco and candy stand, which represented an investment of nearly $2,000, was one of several similar stands being installed in other cities throughout the state to provide the handicapped a way of making a living, according to the Glendale News-Press of January 3, 1947.

Littell, born with defective vision, was selected for the position by the club for the blind.

The East Broadway post office opened in 1934 under the supervision of Postmaster Edwin F. Heisser, who had been appointed to the office in 1927 during President Calvin Coolidge’s administration. The imposing building, nearly a block long, was constructed of terra cotta with marble trim on the exterior. The lobby, 230 feet long, was lined with marble and finished with bronzed window grills. Hundreds of windows — along with more than 300 electric lights — were installed to provide light for the employees, according to a pamphlet distributed at the dedication by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph F. Baudino was mayor of Glendale when the new post office was dedicated on March 3, 1934. First class postage was then six cents and mail arrived from Los Angeles several times a day.

Max Green had been in charge of the post office since 1935. He was a local man who was raised on a ranch in La Cañada and rode a horse-drawn cart down seven miles of dirt roads to attend high school in Glendale. When he was 16, he quit school to work on his father’s ranch. He later married, worked in Long Beach during World War I and in 1918 moved back to Glendale to open an automobile agency, according to the News-Press of September 11, 1968.

n 1932, Green supported John S. McGroarty’s election to Congress and later McGroarty recommended him for the postmaster job.

Green was appointed temporary postmaster on February 26, 1935, learning of his designation from an article in the Los Angeles Times dated that morning. He took office in August, after signing an oath of office and mailing the document off to Washington D.C., and received his commission from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was given the oath of office by Mrs. A. J. Schoen, who had been his private secretary for 12 years.

The East Broadway post office was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Reenactors storm battlefield in Zoar Ohio

By Denise Sautters
ZOAR —Johnny came marching home Saturday afternoon, following the Battle of Bull Run.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Confederate and Union “soldiers” from as far away as Canada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and New York gathered to muster in this historic village to commemorate the 1st Manassas (Va.) Battle in 1861, the first major land battle of the Civil War that occurred three months following the battle at Fort Sumter.Uniformed reenactors conducted battlefield demonstrations, camp living, and home-front activities Saturday. Activities continue today through 10 p.m. More events are scheduled Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m.


Abby Cole of Akron took advantage of the day’s activities to learn about the Civil War as part of her history class.“I’m home-schooled, so this is a history lesson for me,” she said. “It is pretty interesting.”

Her grandmother, Ginny Cole of Akron, is her teacher, and made sure they took advantage of seeing history taking place.

Another student of history attending the activities Saturday was Jacob McCowan of Chillicothe.

“I just really love history,” he said.


Larry O’Donnell portrayed Confederate Gen. Jeremy Gilmer. He was in charge of topography. His brother, Jim O’Donnell, also participated, but did not take on a different persona. He did serve as Gilmer’s assistant during the weekend activities.

Both are from Michigan, but are part of the 4th Texas Co. E Citizens for Independence in Bold Springs, Texas.

“I am a licensed land surveyor,” said Larry O’Donnell, commenting he lived in Virginia when he first got involved in Civil War reenactments five years ago. “I love this. People do this for a lot of reasons. For me, as a land surveyor, this just seemed to be a natural for me.”

Dena James of Canton, a funeral director at Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home, described herself as a camp follower.

“We help feed the soldiers,” she said. Dressed in Civil War garb, she and her son, Seth, got a fire started to prepare a meal for Confederate soldiers, while her older son, Corey, a corporal, prepared for battle with the 4th Virginia Regiment. “We follow our soldiers wherever they go.”

Using a hatchet to grind coffee beans, Gregory Renault came from Toronto, Canada, to serve in the Confederate Army.

“A lot of Canadians fought in the Civil War,” he said. “Most of them fought for the North, but there was a fair number of them who supported the South during the war.”

Enjoying the fruits of his labor was Freda Baldwin, also from Toronto, a civilian.

“There were a lot of sympathizers in Canada,” she said. “There were 50,000 Canadians who fought in the war. A lot of Canadians also helped with the Underground Railroad.”


Bob Mattocks of Pennsylvania, proudly wore a buck deer tail on the back of his Union hat, a symbol of the 150th Bucktail Infantry marksmanship. The tail had to be from a buck the soldier shot.

“We are supposed to be part of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment, one of the first units in the war,” he said. “We fired the opening volley at the first Bull Run battle.”

In another area of the “northern” camps, John Aaron, Jim Miller and Sue Lener from Meadville, Pa., also were part of the 150th Bucktail Infantry.

“Women who could pass themselves off as men served in the war,” said Lener, dressed as a soldier. For the purpose of Saturday’s event, her name was Samuel. “Some of the women even moved up in rank.”

Participating in his first reenactmentment, Andrew Sheffer of New Bethlehem, Pa. “I am definitely a private in this event,” he said.

“His friend, Dan Landers, of Clarion, Pa., has been a reenactor for eight years and is a sergeant.

“We are part of the 40th Pennsylvania 11th Reserves,” he said as he prepared for the battle.

The North won the war, but the South won the 1st (and second) Battle at Bull Run.


*Photos by Uniontown Lion Bob Kendall