Aurora gets a dusting
of snow on Oct. 23-24
Northeast Ohio’s first snow of the season barely brushed Portage County on Oct. 23 and 24. A blast of cold air tearing through the Midwest and Great Lakes area sank temperatures to atypical lows for October.
Some regions around the Cleveland area saw as much as 4 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Central Ohio saw little more than wet flakes with nothing sticking to the roads.
Portage County areas, meanwhile, saw either a light, powdery coating of snow or nothing at all. Kent and Ravenna had some sleet and a few soggy flakes Oct. 24, when temperatures hovered around the mid-to-upper 30s most of the day.
Up north, Aurora, Mantua and Garrettsville all saw dustings, but no recorded accumulations.
Jim Nethken, Brimfield public works director, said he was watching the weather system move south the evening of Oct. 23 that dropped a few inches around northern parts of the state early Oct. 24.
— Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier
Portman pushing for
Camp Ravenna base
Sen. Rob Portman thinks the Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center would make a great location for a defensive missile base. The former ammunition plant, now an Ohio Army National Guard training facility, is one of five sites proposed for a new Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile defense system.
Portman was at the camp Oct. 22 to meet with the Ohio National Guard to hear what the Missile Defense Agency said about the Ravenna location after a recent inspection. “This site has a lot of advantages,” Portman said, including more available space than the other contenders.
A missile base would not interfere with the Ravenna center’s training mission, Portman said. The missile base would take about 1,200 acres out of the former arsenal’s 20,000. “They don’t need all this property. They need some of it,” he said of the national guard.
The other sites being considered include Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Vermont, SERE Training Area at Naval Air Station Portsmouth in Maine, Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan and Fort Drum in New York.
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Drinkers are warned
The Portage County Safe Communities coalition reminds area residents that Halloween has become a deadly night due to a high number of drunk drivers on the roadways.
“Buzzed driving is drunk driving,” says Lynette Blasiman, director of Portage County Safe Communities, “and if you’re not sober, you don’t belong on the road— whether walking, riding, or driving.”
“Driving while impaired [drugs or alcohol] is a serious crime and creates a danger for yourself and everyone else. Enjoy the holiday, but know, Portage County law enforcement will be out in full force doing everything we can to reduce preventable crashes, which includes arresting the buzzed driver,” said Lt. Chris Heverly, commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Ravenna Post.
food for the holidays
Portage County businesses have come together to assist the Center of Hope and Kent Social Services collect food for the holidays. Donations are being sought to fill food boxes for needy families.
Food donations can be dropped off at the following locations: PARTA, Land O Lakes, ACS Industries, Portage Community Bank in Ravenna and Kent, the Kent Fire Department, Portage Industries, Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Happy Day School, Ravenna School District, First Place Bank, A Way of Life, Hometown Bank, United Way, Portage County Adult Probation, Fortis College, Portage County Administration Building, Portage County courthouse.
Maplewood Career Center, Allen Aircraft, Parker Hannifin, Ravenna Elks Club, Portage Community Chapel, Amanda’s Garden, Ravenna Township Fire Department, Dollar General, Haasz Auto Mall and the Portage County Engineer’s Office.
Needed items include cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, gellatin, cake and muffin mix, stuffing, soup, canned fruit, canned sweet potatoes/yams, rice or pasta, potatoes, onions, apple sauce and fresh fruit (apples or oranges).
Boxes will be picked up on Nov. 6 to fill the Thanksgiving food baskets. Donation boxes for Christmas food baskets will be left again at most locations.
As local Democrats gathered for their annual fundraising dinner, they took time to honor one of their own.
The Jefferson Jackson dinner was recently hosted in Kent by the Federated Democratic Women of Portage County. Guest speaker was state Rep. Connie Pillich, who plans to run for state treasurer next year.
Craig Stephens, chairman of the Portage County Democratic Party, presented Clerk of Courts Linda Fankhauser with the Democrat of the Year award.
“We recognized her for 43 years of continuous service to the citizens of Portage County as a nurse at Robinson Memorial Hospital, assignment commissioner in the Portage County Municipal Court, county recorder and now clerk of courts,” Stephens said. “The plaque she received recognized her for her long term commitment to her family, the community and her party.”
Pillich, a military veteran, is serving her third term representing the Cincinnati area in the Ohio House of Representatives.
— Diane Smith, Record-Courier
Although fading fast,
fall colors still around
As the fall color season comes to an end, some pockets of color are still noticeable around Ohio, especially in teh far south, according to Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
“We are still noticing some vibrant color around the state, including central and southern Ohio,” said Burdick. “These areas will continue to provide the best opportunities for those seeking to enjoy the colors of the season.”
Although the leaves are falling, there are still great opportunities to enjoy outdoor fun at Ohio’s state parks, wildlife areas, forests and nature preserves.
Admission to these scenic ven ues is free and available to all Ohioans and visitors who want to spend some free time hiking, paddling, fishing, golfing or horseback riding.
Hunting season for three of Ohio’s popular upland game species — ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail — begins Nov. 1.
Anyone looking for some great fall getaway ideas can get details from TourismOhio at www.discoverohio.com under “Autumn Adventures.” For state parks info, visit www.parks.ohiodnr.gov.