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Doreen Lazarus, volunteer extraordinaire for Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary in Chesterland, talked about the no-kill shelter's upcoming benefit that will celebrate 35 years of rescuing cats that have been abandoned, neglected, abused or orphaned. The event takes place Saturday, July 22, at the American-Croatian Lodge, 34900 Lakeshore Blvd. in Eastlake. Tickets are $35 each and cover dinner and nonalcoholic drinks; there also will be a cash bar, a silent auction and raffles. As a nonprofit, Happy Tails depends on volunteers and donations to keep doing good work on behalf of needy felines. For more information on how to support Happy Tails, visit the website. Event reservations are due by July 16; for tickets, call or text Doreen at 440.759.0076 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donna Skoda, Health Commissioner for Summit County Public Health, provided an illuminating overview of the array of services that her department provides. Who knew, for instance, that you can call the department if you're contemplating buying a foreclosed home. Donna has stories about people thinking they got a great deal on a home only to discover after the fact that it has costly septic or well issues. Speaking of septic systems and wells, the department also has a program that can help homeowners offset the cost of fixing or replacing their systems. Essentially, Donna says, her department is in the business of reducing harm to the populace, and that includes saving you money. Another surprising fact about Summit County Public Health is that it runs its own dental clinic where patients pay on a sliding scale. Quickly becoming the "denture capital of the world," according to Donna, the clinic is located at the department's main office, 1867 W. Market St. in Akron. To reach Summit County Public Health, call 330.923.4891; to learn more, visit the website.

Ali Rose started Cocoa Joe's, a company that specializes in handmade chocolate-covered confections, when she was still a student at Kent State University studying entrepreneurship. The venture, which she named in memory of her sweets-loving grandfather, quickly took off. Ali, short for Alexandra, keeps adding new treats to her offerings; her latest, she says, are espresso beans -- covered in chocolate, of course. To learn more or to place an order, call 216.571.7600 or visit the Cocoa Joe's website.




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