• Akron chief has convoy safety concerns

    Akron Police Chief Tom Zell had some nice things to say about the Make-A-Wish convoy that rolls through Akron every Mother’s Day. There’s the excitement, the spectators, the horns, the dreams-come-true reasons for the event. The chief...

    • Posted May 22, 2019
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  • Hillcrest Swim Club stays afloat for another season

    Half a century ago, a group of civic-minded Akronites banded together to form the Hillcrest Swim Club. They pooled their resources, built a swimming pool, a baby pool and poolhouse on 337 Pool Road, on a two-acre...

    • Posted May 15, 2019
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  • Akron inventor ready for takeoff

    Sometime before the end of this year, Joe Latrell expects to tune his shortwave radio to 450 megahertz, and spend a few minutes each day listening to the signal from a softball-sized satellite as it passes overhead...

    • Posted April 17, 2019
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  • Akron Borough looks to keep clean water out of sanitary sewers

    Heavy rains last fall dumped thousands of gallons of surface water into Akron’s sanitary sewer system. Rainwater and groundwater from saturated soils are considered clean water, which should drain into the Cocalico Creek. Clean water that enters...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Akron’s Hillcrest will remain open in 2019

    Swim club approaches council about its future Hillcrest Swim Club officials say the gates will open for the 2019 swimming season. That’s news because the 88-member club, an Akron institution since 1960, faced a boatload of financial...

    • Posted January 16, 2019
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  • Cookie Lady already expanding business

    A little more than a month after her first sale, Laura Merkel has grown her one-woman cookie business with the hiring of a full-time assistant, Lilly Furlow, and an upcoming move into a second storefront at 30...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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  • Soggy Shoe Drop rings in Akron’s new year

    Umbrellas and raincoats were a big part of the 2018 New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop celebration at Akron’s Broad Street park. Rain throughout the day and into the early evening hours undoubtedly convinced many people to stay...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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  • Akron plans to Shoe-In the new year

    A giant shoe will drop from the sky at Akron’s Broad Street park at midnight on Monday Dec. 31, and you’re invited to watch. The Shoe-In is an annual family fun event scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday...

    • Posted December 26, 2018
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  • Neighborhood Santa’s sleigh pays a visit to Ephrata Applebee’s

    Santa showed up 12 days early at the Ephrata Applebee’s on Saturday morning, loaded with gifts for a special group of 53 kids. The children received gift bags of goodies thanks to the months-long tireless work of...

    • Posted December 19, 2018
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  • Cookies selling like hotcakes for new Main Street entrepreneur

    Laura Merkel has a storefront, 3,000 cookie cutters, and a mission. Her mission is to take over the role of breadwinner for her family–husband Wayne, their son Ryan Merkel, a fourth-grader at Highland Elementary, and their daughter,...

    • Posted December 12, 2018
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