Portage County's fair
scheduled next week
The 158th Portage County Randolph Fair gets under way Aug. 23 and runs until Aug. 28 at the grounds on Route 44 between Rootstown and Randolph.
Demolition derbies highlight the grandstand entertainment for the first two nights, with action getting started at 7:30.
Extreme bull riding and barrel racing is a free event Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.
Western-style tractor pulls will be Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and OSTPA sanctioned tractor and truck pulls will be Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. A rough truck contest closes the grandstand fare Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
A few Aurora residents typically participate at the fair, including some 4-H clubs and locals who enter the fine arts category.
Judging of junior fair and adult livestock and other projects take place throughout the week.
Special activities include crowning of the junior and senior fair kings and queens, clog dancing, bands at various venues on the grounds, karaoke, magicians, chainsaw art demonstrations, horse pulls and, of course, lots of food, rides and merchants' boothes.
Adult admission is $5 and children ages 6 to 11 pay $1. Additional fees are charged for rides and some grandstand events.
For a complete listing of events and more information, visit www.randolphfair.com/
UH Portage will build
a new facility in Kent
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center will begin construction in September of a new emergency medicine center in Kent that's scheduled to open next spring.
Steve Jones, president of UH Portage, whose main facility is in Ravenna, spoke at the monthly luncheon of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 11.
According to Jones, the outpatient surgery center that was owned but closed by the former Robinson Memorial Hospital at Devon Place near the Routes 43 and 261 intersection will be rebuilt to accommodate emergency medicine.
Currently, those needing the services of emergency medicine must be transported to Ravenna or Akron. He said the new facility, when it opens in Kent, will save lives by bringing emergency medicine closer for those on the western side of Portage County.
"Time is critical in instance of trauma, heart attacks and strokes," he said.
The $5 million investment in the new center is part of University Hospitals making good on the pledge it made when acquiring Robinson Memorial Hospital last year to infuse in excess of $25 million into its medical facilities in Portage County.
County panel debates
marijuana use policy
A new state law allowing medical marijuana prompted Portage County commissioners last week to discuss updating the county's drug and alcohol policy.
Commissioners turned down a policy recommended by the Risk Sharing Authority, the county's liability insurance provider, that would have set zero tolerance for employees using medical marijuana prescribed by a physician.
CORSA's proposed policy would continue to treat marijuana as an absolutely prohibited, Schedule 1 controlled substance, with employees "subject to discipline including termination for such use."
Ohio's medical marijuana law is set to take effect Sept. 6, although officials have said it will take months before doctors can write prescriptions.
The law prohibits growing marijuana at home. Despite the state legalization, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Portage County's current drug policy already says employees may not come to work impaired from any legal or illegal drugs.
["I suggest we not be absolute, if it's prescribed by a doctor and pre-approved by a supervisor or [department] director," said Commissioner Kathleen Chandler. "Why not use the same policy we use for people who use Percocet and other similar drugs?"
-- Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Bats program at park
A bats program is planned by the Portage Park Distance on Aug. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Shaw Woods Park.
The Davey Tree Resource Group will present information on bats and catch a few for participants to see. All should wear hiking shoes and take a flashlight.
Shaw Woods is the district's newest park and is located at 7075 Beery Road in Ravenna Township. For more info, visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.
in Kent despite rain
The streets of downtown Kent were packed Aug. 11 as the Budweiser Clydesdales made their return to the city for the first time since 2009.
Rain threatened the parade, as the wagon used to parade throughout downtown wasn't equipped to handle wet conditions. The parade was halted for an hour, but did go on as planned.
Sharon Lingo, along with her son and grandson, waited out the rain delay and took pictures of the horses.
The parade began and ended on North Water Street near the Hometown Bank Plaza. It lasted about two hours.
Throughout the parade route, stops were made to drop off cases of Budweiser beer at downtown businesses.
"I think this is a wonderful promotion deal for Budweiser but it's even more of a delightful scene that not a lot of people get to see in their lifetime down here in Kent," said Mayor Jerry Fiala.
The event was made possible by Main Street Kent, and provided just another example of how the city is being revitalized with events and activities.
Mosquito spraying set
Mosquito spraying will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the village of Reminderville and Twinsburg Township, and continue until completed, according to Summit County Public Health.
In the event of bad weather, the spray schedule may be modified. An updated schedule will be available by noon the following day by calling 330-926-5667.
The spray schedule can also be viewed on the Summit County Public Health's website at www.scphoh.org.
For questions or concerns regarding the mosquito control program call 330-926-5668.