The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio on August 19, 1985 · Page 28
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The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio · Page 28

Akron, Ohio
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Monday, August 19, 1985
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-5 5 V Monday. August 19, 1985 NSWE Akron Beacon Journal B3 REGION AND STATE REGION AND STATE m BKOEF Midnight dumpers make it hard to keep city of Akron beautiful r-s " " P W ' .- fx I . ': By Jim Carney Beacon Journal staff writer Midnight trash dumpers make Judy Isroff angry. "Damn it, I want to put a stop to it," said Ms. Isroff, executive director of Keep Akron Beautiful, an anti-litter and beautification agency. Ms. Isroff's organization runs a cleanup crew for illegal dumps as well as crews for parks, roadsides and expressways. General-relief recipients are put under the supervision of Keep Akron Beautiful employees, who have them remove trash from public property and occasionally from illegal dumping grounds. At an illegal dumping site at the end of Hope Avenue, near Mcintosh Avenue south of Interstate 76 in Akron's Kenmore section, scores of old tires and piles of roofing and building material have accumulated, unseen by the public because no houses are nearby. At the end of Mcintosh Street is an unheeded Keep Akron Beautiful "No Dumping" sign. "The only way the problem will be solved is if we get some criminal convictions," Ms. Isroff said. Littering and dumping violations carry a $500 fine. Don Ellis, a health department sanitarian, said an order would be sent out to Diamond Crystal Salt, the company he identified as the owner of the property, to clean up the mess. A Diamond Crystal Salt spokesman said the company has had the site cleaned up many times in the past, only to have it dumped on again a few weeks later. He said the company has gotten the authority to barricade the entrance to the area to stop trucks and will have the debris cleaned up soon. Ellis also said names of contractors were found on estimate forms and bills underneath the rubble on the Diamond Crystal property. Those contractors will be contacted and could be prosecuted for illegal dumping, he said. The program to stop illegal dumps operates for six months, from spring to fall. But Bill Smith, the project coordinator, said crews ideally should be keeping up with the job all year. The litter programs at Keep Akron Beautiful will spend $15,000 in city funds and $194,000 in state funds this year. Next year, however, only $115,000 will be available from the state. Ms. Isroff said she Beacon Journal photo by Ted Walls Judy Isroff and Bill Smith of Keep Akron Beautiful examine illegal dump site fallen at most parks this summer, she said, there still are problems. Earlier this month, for exam- Eastwood Avenue dumping incidents. But Ms. Isroff said there are hopeful signs because dumping activity seems to have stabilized. A new anti-litter ordinance passed by Akron City Council this year prohibits alcoholic beverages in city parks, she said, adding that previously, only open containers were banned from parks. Though the amount of litter has would ask the city for a $100,000 grant for the program. So far this year, crews have picked up enough litter at sites around Akron to fill nearly 90 pickup trucks. The worst site was along Stoner Road in West Akron, where 12 truckloads of litter were removed. Last year, a site along Eastwood Avenue yielded about 15 truckloads of trash. There were no prosecutions from any of the pie, seven Keep Akron Beautiful workers spent six hours each removing 70 garbage bags full of beer bottles, pop cans and other trash from Lane Field, off Wooster Avenue. "It was a disaster," Ms. Isroff said. "It's a never-ending battle, which I consider extremely Body in Wolf Creek tentatively identified Summit County coroner's investigators have tentatively identified a body that was found Sunday in Wolf Creek in Barberton. A passer-by spotted the body at about 9 a.m. Sunday in the creek in Decker Park, located near Wooster Road West. The identity was being withheld until relatives could be notified. Investigators said they believe the man was one who had been missing since Aug. 14. Police said there was no indication of foul play. Police said the body was that of a white male in his 20s with several tattoos on his upper body. SUMMIT SKY DIVER KILLED: A 23-year-old Summit County man plunged to his death Sunday afternoon in a sky-diving accident at a Stark County airport. Douglas G. Wandel of Bay Path Drive, Coventry Township, fell about 3,500 feet when his main parachute failed to open and his reserve chute then became tangled around his arm, the Stark County sheriff's office said. Wandel and other members of a ski-diving club were making jumps from a plane at Martin Airport on East Center Drive Northeast, Plain Township. Wandel had jumped with another man about 3:30 p.m. The other man landed safely, a sheriff's spokesman said. Wandel was falling with his back to the ground when he tried to open his reserve chute, the spokesman said. His body was found in a back yard in the 3400 block of Columbus Road Northeast. AURORA MEETING CANCELED: The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Aurora City Council has canceled its meeting for 7:30 tonight because of a lack of a quorum. NO S. AFRICAN FISH AT KROGER'S: The Kroger Co. has decided to no longer import fish from South Africa, causing an anti-apartheid group to withdraw its boycott of the Cincinnati-based nationwide grocery chain. Kroger spokesman Paul Bernish said Kroger told the group last week of its plans to stop the fish imports. Art Slater, president of the Cincinnati Coalition Against Apartheid, said his group was satisfied that Kroger will no longer import the fish from South Africa, where apartheid is an official policy. IN OHIO ONE-DAY FAIR ATTENDANCE RECORD: The Ohio State Fair on Saturday saw an all-time high number of visitors. The fair reported 321,119 visitors attended, the highest number ever recorded and a 4.8 percent jump over the 306,330 who attended on the same day last year. However, as the fair moved into its final day Sunday, total attendance lagged behind last year's mark. As of Saturday, 3,353,491 people had attended the fair compared with 1984's 16-day mark of 3,501,960. More than 317,000 people would have had to visit the fair Sunday for 1985 to beat 1984's record total attendance of 3,671,302. WORTH NOTING CONTEST FOR BEAR LOVERS: The Akron Zoological Park will hold Teddy Bear Day III from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bear lovers may enter their pets in a number of categories, including largest or smallest stuffed bear, best dressed, oldest and most loved stuffed bear. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and judging is at 2 p.m. Smokey the Bear and Ronald McDonald will be on hand. For information, contact Laura Letzler at 375-2072. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL: The Summit County Health Department and Barberton Citizens Hospital have teamed up to offer Hyperspace, a free program on controlling high blood pressure. The sessions will be held each Tuesday at 7 p.m. for eight weeks, beginning Sept. 3. The sessions, held at Barberton Citizens, are for hypertensives and their spouses. Though free, registration is required and can be made by calling 923-4891 during business hours. MANAGEMENT TRAINING SCHEDULED: The Minority Economic Developers Council, 10518 Superior Ave., Cleveland, is accepting registrations for its 10-week fall session of management training classes. The evening courses include basic business procedures, marketing, applied accounting and tax planning. Classes begin Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $10. For information, call 229-9494. VOLUNTEERS FOR RETARDED NEEDED: The Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities is looking for volunteers to assist in physical development programs, including swimming. For information, call 484-4814. STARK UNITED WAY CHAIRMEN: The United Way of Western Stark County has named Daniel M. Belden Jr. and Scott D. Longheier as professional division co-chairmen for this year's fund-raising campaign, which will be from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18. Belden, of Canton, is a general manager at the Central States Can Co. Longheier, of Massillon, is a jeweler for C.J. Duncan Jewelers. WADSWORTH ORIENTATION: Orientation for students at Wadsworth High School will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday for ninth graders and at 1 p.m. for sophomores. It will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday for juniors and at 1 p.m. for seniors. Parents' of freshmen are invited to attend a orientation session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school's west gymnasium, 625 Broad St. BIG BAND CONCERT: Contemporary big band music by Bob Gidd and Tuxedo Junction will be presented at the gazebo in downtown Aurora at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Aurora High School. SIERRA CLUB PICNIC: The Sierra Club Portage Trail Group will hold its annual club picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Octogon Shelter House in the Virginia Kendall area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. The area is located off Truxel Road, which can be reached by Ohio 8 or Akron-Peninsula Road. Bring food, drink and table service. Hot coals will be provided. For more information, call 678-2249. RECEPTION FOR SCHOOL CHIEF: The Aurora PTO and board of education will have a reception for new school Superintendent Richard Tirpak from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harmon Middle School Commons. EXCURSION FOR SENIORS: A trip to Virginia will be discussed at a meeting of the Golden Glows at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1890 E. Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls. The five-day, four-night trip includes accommodations at the Holiday Inn on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and tours of Williamsburg and Norfolk. For more information, contact Morna Wise at 688-3691. CLOVERLEAF SCHEDULES READY: Seniors at Cloverleaf High School in Medina County may pick up their class schedules from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, ; juniors at the same times on Thursday and Friday. Sophomore orientation will be Thursday, with students whose last names begin with the letters A-K at 10 a.m. and L-Z at 1 p.m. " Si fjr ' ' Beacon Journal photo bv Ott Gangl Jenny Sabin (left) of Wadsworth and chil- by friends Jeremy Thacker, 6, and his line overnight in hopes of obtaining a low-dren Ashley, 1, and Nicholas, 3, are visited mother, Kathy Thacker, as they wait In interest mortgage at the Kissell Co. Again, an overnight wait for loans Another couple, Gary, 27, and Sue Lark, 23, had driven by the Kissel office several times to see whether others were beginning t.o camp out. The Larks finally joined the group Sunday. "It (the gathering) looked like fun," said Jeff Taquino, 36, who joined the group Sunday afternoon with his girlfriend Patricia Petty, 37. the group would only get larger, so he went home, grabbed his drinking glass, portable TV set and lawn chair and returned. There he could be found Sunday evening, watching Superman. If he was perturbed about the urban campout, his feelings were not really that obvious. ""I would save about $58 a month with the (state-backed) mortgage. You figure $58 (a month) for 30 years. That's a heck of a lot of money," he said Besides, he said, he might have spent the night doing the same thing he was at the Kissell office: "watching television." He quickly added, "but indoors." He was, however, nervous about the possibility of rain Sunday night. Continued from page Bl to make sure that people signed a small notebook, stating what positions they held. By 8 p.m. Sunday, there were 16 names on the list. Tom Andrew, 29, of Cuyahoga Falls drove by several times and waited until he saw 10 people waiting before he claimed his space Sunday evening. He figured

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