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Nate Eppink, chief of community engagement for Summit Metro Parks, talked about the Fall Hiking Spree, which is going on now through Nov. 30. He says that between 11,000 and 12,000 people get their hiking awards each year. That gives you an idea of the popularity of the spree, which was started in 1964. Nate also talked about the Fall Family Outings that will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park and Oct. 14 at Silver Creek Metro Park. For more information about all the activities at the Metro Parks, visit the website.

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium, came to the show dressed as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. Meralie was especially striking today in her black felt hat and green professorial robe. With Halloween coming up, this is Mr. Fun's most exciting time of the year, and the store is kicking things off with its annual sale until 6 p.m. today. But any time of the year, you can find a huge array of costumes and accessories for sale and rent, along with rental tuxes and ball gowns. For more information, visit the store's website or its Facebook page.

Marissa McClellan is the creator and coordinator of the second annual Pug Fest, which takes place next Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m.at One of A Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market St. in Akron. Activities at this one-of-a-kind festival include a pug costume contest, pug caricatures, a live interactive pug mural with local artist Matt Miller, and food and specialty pug-themed cocktails. Proceeds benefit One of A Kind and Ohio Pug Rescue. For more information, visit the website.

 

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Donna Skoda, Health Commissioner of the Summit County Public Health Department, covered several timely subjects this morning, including emergency preparedness. Given the weather disasters in many parts of the U.S. and the world, it's important, she says, for people to have an emergency plan. The health department can help you make a list of what you would need to live on your own for at least 72 hours. Donna also talked about the Recovery Addiction Hotline, 330.940.1133, and the use of dump boxes as a way of discarding opiates and other addictive prescription drugs. And, finally, because we all could use more kindness, there's the Change Direction program that was started here by the late County Executive Russ Pry. The program's subtitle is "Give an Hour," and what that means is to pay attention to others and be able to recognize the signs when they're struggling. For more information on all of these, visit the health department's website or call 330.923.4891.

Emily Durway talked about her photography exhibit, which continues through Oct. 7 at Summit Art Space. She's one of several Northeast Ohio artists who are participating in the 23-day High Arts Festival, which includes visual and musical arts. Emily is both an attorney and a photographer, and she is in the midst of a five-year project in which she takes a photograph every day. The photographs on display at Summit Art Space are ones she took in 2016, a leap year. You can check out her 366 photos by heading to the third floor of the Summit Art Space building, at East Market and Summit St., from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like what you see, you can vote for Emily's exhibit because all of the artists in the festival are vying for prizes. Admission is free. You also can see Emily's photos on Facebook. For more information about Summit Art Space, visit the website.

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There are 210,000 people in Ohio living with Alzheimer's disease, says Andrew DeFratis, Communications and Public Policy Coordinator for the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. And 60,000 of those individuals live in the 17-county area served by the East Ohio Area Chapter. Multiply those numbers by family members, friends and other associates, and you'll get a sense of the number of individuals affected by this devastating neurological disease. That's why it's so important to be aware of the services and information provided by the Alzheimer's Association and how you can support its efforts. One way is to participate in the upcoming Akron Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the University of Akron. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. at the Stile Athletics Field House with opening ceremonies for the two-mile walk beginning at 10. For more information, call the 24-hour hotline, 800.272.3900 or visit the website.

Ron Krueger, owner of A Plus Wildlife Control, says that this is grubbing season, when raccoons and skunks dig into your yard looking for insects. They can do a lot of damage to the grass, and just having these destructive (and potentially smelly) creatures around your house can be disconcerting. Ron also says that while the days are still warm, it's a good time to seal your home against smaller marauders, particularly mice and squirrels, who will be looking for winter accommodations when the weather turns. You can do the work yourself or call the experts at A Plus at 866.606.9188. For more information, including a recipe for making your own skunk odor neutralizer, visit the website.

Don Corbett, a reverse mortgage consultant for Senior Mortgage Advisors, dispelled the biggest misconception about reverse mortgages. You do not give up the deed to your house when you take out a reverse mortgage, he says. As long as you pay your property taxes and insurance and keep the house in reasonably good condition, it's like any other mortgage except that you have to be 62 or older to qualify. The main reason that people want a reverse mortgage is to supplement income, he says. In other words, if you're house rich but cash poor, you could really benefit. There are other reasons as well. To learn more, call Don at 330.807.0725, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website.

 

 

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Peter Martin of Tower Industries talked about the company's annual Granite & Quartz Countertop Sale, which continues today, Sept. 9, until 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everything the company makes, including solid-surface showers, are on sale at the showroom, 2101 9th St. SW in Massillon. For more information, call 330.837.2216 or visit the website.

Jessica Chapman, Joe Malacky and Janice Worley all are involved in the second annual Cardboard Boat Race, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at Turkeyfoot Beach, 5031 Manchester Rd. in Akron. Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck, the event benefits One of A Kind Pets, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Summit County. Last year, according to Janice, the shelter adopted out 2,600 pets. Jessica says that the Cardboard Boat Race is the kickoff event for a nearly two-month-long fundraising effort on behalf of One of A Kind. The event is free for spectators with all proceeds from food vendors and participants going toward benefiting the animals. Feel free to help the shelter by bringing cleaning supplies, old towels, blankets, pet food and even cash donations to the event, and expect to have a lot of fun. For more: Two Men and a Truck or One of A Kind Pets

 

 

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You can hear Tina Boyes, a fifth-generation Kenmore resident and chairperson of the Kenmore Better Block street festival, talking about how this is much more than a one-time event. Instead, it demonstrates what Kenmore Boulevard can be: a vibrant business district once again. For more information, visit the Kenmore Better Block website or listen to the shows from today and last week.

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Chris Stranahan, who owns the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls. Next Saturday, Sept. 9, the store will host a naturalist who will tell you how caterpillars turn into Monarch butterflies. And every day, he and his staff can give you everything you need to know about keeping the birds in your yard happy and well fed. For more information, visit the store's Facebook page, call 330.922.4990 or check out the website.

Dave Kirschbaum of the Cascade Locks Park Association talked about the organization's Life & Death on the Locks, an 1800s Murder Mystery Gala. It takes place Sept. 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the New Trailhead Event Space at Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St. in Akron. For more information, call 330.374.5625 or visit the Cascade Locks website.

 

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