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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...

2008-08-02 03:00:31

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 2--You can build a rain barrel at a workshop being presented in Silver Lake by the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District. Rain barrels are regaining popularity as a way to capture rainwater for such uses as watering gardens and washing cars. The barrels help control storm drainage and conserve treated water. The workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at the boathouse in Silver Lake Estates, 2925 Silver Lake Blvd....

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 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...

2008-07-24 03:00:00

By Rich Heldenfels, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 24--If it's Thursday, this must be the mailbag. . . . Q: I used to enjoy watching Warner Bros. cartoons on the television. As far as I can determine, they have completely disappeared from television. Could you tell me why that is the case? A: Some have moved to cable. The Warner empire includes a couple of cartoon channels, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, that draw on the company's cartoon library, with Boomerang emphasizing what...

2008-07-23 03:00:00

By Cheryl Powell, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 23--A new hospital in Akron for critically ill patients who require long stays could jump-start more cooperation between the city's rival health-care systems. In mid-August, national hospital chain Select Medical Corp. will open a long-term acute-care hospital on East Market Street in partnership with cross-town rivals Akron General Health System and Summa Health System. Select is overseeing the hospital's day-to-day operations and...

2008-07-23 03:00:00

By Jim Mackinnon, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 23--The future of an independent health-care trust proposed for tens of thousands of United Steelworkers who retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. remains in a federal courtroom. A hearing is to resume at 9 a.m. today before U.S. District Judge John R. Adams, whose task is to decide whether to approve a $1 billion-plus Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association, or VEBA. The Steelworkers and Goodyear agreed to create the trust...

2008-07-20 03:00:29

By Elaine Guregian, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 20--Speaking from the stage to the lawn audience at Goodyear Heights Metro Park on Friday night, Charles Anderson got a big laugh when he said his Company C Contemporary Ballet was glad to be here this particular weekend to perform at the second annual Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, since it also was Hamburger Festival time in Akron. Coming from a group based in the not-so-carnivorous San Francisco Bay area, that's a compliment....

2008-07-19 03:00:33

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 19--Volunteers are sought to install a rain garden next Saturday at the Lakemore Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. Rain gardens are designed to control storm water by collecting it just long enough to allow it to percolate into the soil, where it is cleaned naturally. The Lakemore rain garden will serve as a demonstration project to educate residents. Participants in the installation will also hear a presentation by the...