Toxic Waste Center Reopens in Summit County

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center has reopened for the season.  The waste center, located at 1201 Graham Road off of Rout 8 in Stow, will be open on Thursdays now through September 25th from 2-8 p.m.

Many of the common household products we find in our homes contain the same chemicals found in hazardous industrial chemicals and can create similar environmental and health problems. By not throwing chemicals in garbage, down the sink, or on the ground you can protect your family’s health and preserve the environment.

The center takes items like oil-based paints, insecticides, pesticides, and other toxic household wastes found in garages, basements, and under sinks. The toxic waste center accepts old tires from passenger’s car and light trucks at a cost of $1 each. Tires can be on or off the rim and there is a limit of 10 tires per visit.

The facility is no longer accepting latex paints (visit for information about disposing latex paint) or containers larger than 5 gallons. The center is also no longer accepting computers, televisions, electronics, cellphones, and toner cartridge due to the high cost of recycling those items in particular. For more information and a list of acceptable items, call 330-374-0383 or go to

Lock 3 Market Returns to Downtown Akron

By: Genevieve Bohnak. The University of Akron Intern


The market at Lock 3 returned to downtown Akron for the sixth year on Friday June 20th. The market will run on Friday’s from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through September 12th. The Lock 3 market is a producer’s only market where customers will find fresh produce, freshly baked goods, home-crafted gifts and lunch hour entertainment each week. NOTE: The market will be closed Friday July 4th and 11th.

Vendors participating include; Boughton Farm (beginning July 18), Global Village Festival, Richardson Farms, Bowman’s, Highland Baking Co., Homemade Delites, Patt’s Pastries, Ellie B’s Baked Goods, Out of Box Cakes, Nancy Noms, Aurora Springs (honey), The Tea Duder (tea), Harvest Home-Haven of Rest, Hearts Desire Crafts, Brick House Naturals, Mamagravy Clothing and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. The market is managed by the Downtown Akron Partnership and the City of Akron.


2014 Community Appearance Index Results

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) conducted the Community Appearance Index on June 13, 2014, a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, and graffiti. A team of community, business, and government representatives conducted the visual analysis using a scoring system with choices ranging from 1-4, with “1” being minimal or no litter to “4” being extremely littered.

The Litter Index for the city of Akron rated 1.3. Temporary Illegal Signage Index rated a 1.08, reflecting an average of fewer than 5 signs illegally placed on public land in any one ward and the Graffiti Index rated a 1.06. A 2 graffiti rating would mean 1-2 small tags per ward, no larger than 6 feet by 6 feet and could be cleaned up by 1-2 people.

This year’s index numbers for litter, illegal signs, and graffiti have improved since last year’s survey. While all ten wards scored an average number less than 2, Ward 2 had the lowest average number of litter, illegal signs, and graffiti amounts. The City of Akron’s overall Litter Index decreased from last year’s index number from 1.6 to 1.3 and the illegal temporary signage index significantly decreased from 1.5 to a 1.08! The graffiti index had a slight increase from 1 to 1.08 when comparing 2014’s rating to last year’s numbers.

This year the survey team included: Terry Glidden, Gas Operations Manager of Dominion East Ohio and KAB Board Member; Sue Kruder, Emeritus KAB Board Member, Cheryl  Johnson, Motor Equipment Customer Service Request Agent, Ann Hubiak and Jane Delcamp KAB Volunteers, Anthony King, Supervisor from Street Cleaning and Genevieve Bohnak, summer intern from KAB.

Summer Workshop with Graf Growers

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

Graf Growers, located at 1015 White Pond Drive in Copley, will be offering summer workshop classes.

 June 22 at 2:00 p.m.Broken Pot Fairy Garden Workshop: The hands on workshop will discuss and demonstrates the broken pot layering technique1dae992ef0840e1781fec4b12dcc92a2 and fairy garden design, color, texture, etc. Each attendee will personalize their garden. The class fee covers the cost of the pot, instructions, soil, moss and rocks. Pot size options are: 10-inch pot, $25 plus plants and accessories; or 12-inch pot, $35 plus plants and accessories. Reservations are required.

July 25 5:30 p.m.Fairy Garden Workshop: This workshop will have attendees transform tiny plants and trinkets into a miniature fairy garden.  Attendees are allowed to bring their own pot or can purchase one at Graf Growers. Potting soil will be provided at no charge. All other items must be purchased at Graf Growers (items from previous class are allowed). Preregistration is encouraged but participants are welcome if space permits it. Workshop fees must be paid at the beginning of the workshop.

For more information visit Graf Growers website at To sign up, call 330-836-2727 or email Karlie at