Lowe's sets sale booths
Lowe's Greenhouse in Bainbridge will provide spaces for area residents to sell items of their choice from 11 a.m.. to 3 p.m. every Sunday in January and February.
Anyone can rent a 10-by-10-foot space for $25 to sell whatever they want except for plants and items that Lowe's sells.
Those who wish to participate should call Lowe's at 440-543-5123 or visit its website at www.LowesGreenhouse.com The greenhouse is on Route 306 north of East Washington Street.
Area bank donates meals
Home Savings launched Home-Aid Meals, a month-long, bank-wide initiative to help fight hunger on Nov. 1.
Home Savings partnered with local food pantries to provide 50,000 meals to the hungry in all communities served by the bank.
"We set a goal of 50,000 meals and we are pleased to have gone over that goal by providing 51,255 meals," said Colleen Scott, vice president-marketing for Home Savings. "Each of our branches selected a food pantry in their community that directly benefited from this food and fundraising drive. The donations at each branch went directly to that selected food pantry.
"We would like to thank all of our caring neighbors for supporting us in the fight against hunger. We know how generous our communities can be; and together we can really make a difference."
Huge Rubbermaid facility
plans to open this month
The Newell Rubbermaid distribution center on the western border of Brimfield is up and slated to begin operations this month.
The $25 million warehouse is the largest facility under one roof in Portage County and will employ about 175 people, said Rubbermaid spokeswoman Hannah Van Malssen.
The building is located off of Mogadore Road near Interstate 76 in the Commerce Industrial Park.
At the western border of the plant's property, jurisdiction belongs to Tallmadge, making it part of the Tallmadge/Brimfield Joint Economic Development District. The JEDD was formed in Ohio to allow townships and cities to work together to spur economic development, said Brimfield Zoning Inspector Richard Messner.
"It allows the city to have space to move into the township's areas or to more rural areas where space can be used for economic development," he said.
From Brimfield's standpoint, it allows the township to negotiate with the cities involved -- Tallmadge and Akron -- for a percentage of the tax revenue. By law, townships cannot levy income tax.
Of the income tax returned to municipalities through the JEDD, Brimfield will receive 50 percent because the building is located in the township. Tallmadge and Akron will split the remaining 50 percent.
-- Rachel Hagenbaugh,