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2008-08-05 03:00:00

By Tracy Wheeler, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 5--Before March 5, Akron Police Officer Michael Vavro had never used an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a real-life situation. And he hasn't used one since. That one time was enough, though. "He saved my life," said Patricia Monstrom. "He really did." "No," Vavro said, sheepishly. "The machine worked." The 70-year-old Akron woman was shopping at the Giant Eagle on Waterloo Road in Akron, when she started feeling dizzy and...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

Discourage bugs from crashing your outdoor party with these tips from Terminix: _ Ants: Immediately clean drink and food spills. Take dirty plates and utensils indoors after eating, and immediately discard disposable cups and plates. Sweep entertainment areas and wipe down tables after eating to remove food particles. _ Yellow jackets: Keep fruits covered. Serve juices in pitchers with sealed lids. Because yellow jackets can crawl into open cans, pour all beverages into cups. Dispose of...

2008-08-04 03:00:32

By Jim Carney, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 4--CUYAHOGA FALLS: The 1,000 Girl Scouts are long grown now, scattered into lives as wives and mothers, educators and businesswomen. The tiny seedlings they tucked into the dark earth at Hampton Hills Metro Park 40 years ago are grown, too -- a woods of pine trees stretching 60 feet skyward. On a recent Sunday afternoon, several of the women who planted the trees so long ago took a walk into the past. They hiked a trail a half-mile...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 3--When pop music legend Neil Diamond takes the stage of Quicken Loans Arena tonight, he will bring with him 42 years of hits, songs that have been woven into the fabric of American pop culture. At this stage in his career, Diamond doesn't really need a reason to tour, but his latest trek comes behind the release of his latest CD, Home Before Dark. It's his second album with producer Rick Rubin, who revitalized Johnny Cash's career...

2008-08-02 21:00:13

By Elaine Guregian, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 2--A big crowd gathered at Akron's Firestone Park Friday night, and not only to see the Ballet Theatre of Ohio in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. The word must be out that the company's artistic director, Christine Meneer, has a talent for working with children. What looked like about 100 kids from the audience gathered onstage for Meneer's free preconcert event. Meneer dressed the kids in red, white or blue T-shirts...

2008-08-02 03:00:31

By Colette M. Jenkins, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 2--Three Akron Dominican Sisters will celebrate their golden and silver jubilees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Sebastian Church, 476 Mull Ave. Sisters Yvonne Horning and Andre Kravec entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron on Aug. 15, 1958. Kravec joined the order from Annunciation parish in Akron and Horning from St. Joseph parish in Randolph. Horning began her teaching career in 1962 at Immaculate Conception School in...

2008-08-01 03:00:32

By Jim Mackinnon, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 1--FirstEnergy Corp. customers will see electricity rates increase more than 15 percent over three years starting in 2009 under a plan the Akron utility gave to state regulators late Thursday. The 2,103-page proposal, which needs approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, calls for: --A 5.3 percent increase in total customer rates in 2009. --A 4 percent increase in total rates in 2010. --A 6 percent increase in...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 1--ZOAR -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is concerned that the underground fires at a landfill in southern Stark County are spreading. The agency wants to keep the fires at Countywide Recycling & Disposal Facility from moving from the dump's original 88 acres to the west and northwest, into one of the newer areas of the 258-acre landfill, EPA staff member Mark Durno said Thursday. The U.S. EPA held two community...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

WHAT'S NEW: ROLLER HANDLE HOLDS PAINT Black & Decker's PaintStick EZ-Twist lets you ditch the paint tray. The EZ-Twist is a long roller handle that's hollow to hold paint. The paint is loaded directly from the can via a fill tube, and a twisting mechanism lets you feed paint to the perforated roller. The device holds enough paint for an 8-foot-square area, and its length allows you to reach higher without a ladder. Black & Decker makes a similar product for deck staining...

2008-07-24 03:00:00

By Cheryl Powell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 24--A new specialty hospital for critically ill patients is bringing life to the city of Akron's efforts to boost medical-related economic development. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic joined leaders of a national specialty hospital chain and Akron General and Summa health systems on Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city's newest hospital: a 60-bed, jointly owned facility for patients who require hospital stays averaging 25...