Jane Ann Turzillo started her writing career when most new moms would be resting. When her newborn napped, she would work on her first book about Ohio train disasters. Jane, a true crime and history writer, says that the first civilian train robbery in the U.S. happened in Ohio. Then the train robbers, like most adventurous sorts of the late 19th century, moved out west where they believed train-robbing opportunities would abound. Jane's books, Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, Murder and Mayhem on Ohio's Rails and Ohio Train Disasters, are available at the Learned Owl in Hudson, at national bookstores across the counrty and online.
Mark Mucci, account manager at Servpro Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, says it's important to let anyone responsible for your home know where the main water shutoff valve is located. Even a small leak can turn into a major disaster. Servpro has free water shutoff marker tags available. To get one, call Mark at 330.904.2395. In the event of a mess in your home or business, call Servpro's 24-hour hotline, 1.800.253.5791. For more information visit the website.
Bob Doherty is regional sales manager for Wolff Bros. Supply. The company, a distributor of plumbing and electrical supplies as well as kitchen cabinets, has been in business 50 years. To celebrate the event, Wolff Bros. Supply had an open house Aug. 20 at its Akron branch, 1200 Kelly Ave. For more information about Wolff Bros. Supply, visit the website.
Gailmarie Fort, vice president of outreach and communications at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, describes next Sunday's Community Day as the manor house's gift to Akron residents. The official celebration of Stan Hywet's 100th anniversary, the free event takes place Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes tours, food, family games, vintage baseball and performances by Tuesday Musical Association and Goodyear Concert Band. Michigan artist Craig Mitchell Smith will be on hand to give tours of "Bloom!," his exhibit of poppies, daisies and other colorful, oversized flowers that he fashioned out of glass. Guests must register for Community Day by visiting the Stan Hywet website, where you can learn more about next Sunday's celebration and other upcoming events, including "Twilight & Flashlights," a series of evening tours of the gardens; "Holistic Health in a Home/House," two workshops for health professionals that explore how Stan Hywet was designed to promote the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants; and "Vintage Base Ball," featuring a historically accurate game between the Akron Black Stockings and the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder. Worth attending the game to check out how "frosty sons of thunder" play ball!
Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. It's the place where you shop for yourself and help build homes for others. When you buy furniture, appliances, building supplies and any other items at the 47,000-square-foot store, you're supporting Habitat in remodeling and building homes for people who otherwise couldn't afford them. This effort helps everyone in the surrounding area because it improves neighborhoods. Also, Summit County residents can clear out their own homes when they donate usable goods to ReStore, which will pick up large items. And treasure hunters of all types will find bargains on any given day. ReStore is open three days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It's located at 2301 Romig Rd. in Akron. For more information, call 330.745.9098 or visit the ReStore website.
Don Drumm is the creative inspiration behind Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, which his wife Lisa runs. Don is known throughout the country for his metal art, the latest of which are wall sculptures in the shapes of leaves. An animal lover, Don also has designed cat and dog ornaments for one of his favorite nonprofits, One of a Kind Pets in Akron. He also designed the First Night button for the inaugural New Year's Eve event 20 years ago in Akron, and he just completed the design for this year's event as well. Don turned 80 on April 11 and celebrated the milestone birthday with a big sale and party at the gallery, which has been selling distinctive artisan-made works since 1971. It's located at 437 Crouse St. in Akron.
Don's daughter, Leandra Drumm, is a glass artist who also works in other mediums, including metal. Like her father, she has a degree in graphic design and uses her skills to support good causes. Leandra recently designed a T-shirt for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. For the price of one shirt, you can help the food bank provide up to 80 meals for a family in need. Call the food bank at 330.535.6900 or visit the website. Also, Leandra is having her annual tent sale on Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Crouse and Kern in the Drumm Gallery's complex. Leandra's sale is for one day only. That's also the day that the Don Drumm Studios & Gallery sale begins, but that event willl last until Aug. 28. For more information, visit Leandra's website or the gallery's website. You also can call the gallery at 330.253.6268.
Joanna Wilson knows just about everything there is to know about Christmas entertainment. Her latest book, The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman & Akron's History of Christmas Attractions, is available as of today. Joanna will sign copies at her release party this evening from 6 to 9 at Summit ArtSpace, 140 E. Market. Joanna also will be at Akron's Hamburger Festival on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. You can buy the book online as well, either through the publisher or on Joanna's website.
Teena Angelique, a gifted parapsychologist, gives readings to people all over the world, from Brazil to Washington, D.C. She's also available for in-person readings most Tuesday nights at the Buckeye Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls. But call first to reserve a time. Teena can be reached at 330.928.6739.
Rholanda Rance, the owner of Petite Sweets, makes mini pound cakes that she now ships all over the country. To reach her and to check out her selections of treats, visit her website.