Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s Heroes Work Together to Improve and Restore Firestone Stadium

By Genevieve Bohnak, The Univesity of Akron Intern 

 

On July 29, 2014, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes came together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron Ohio. The project was being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games. 10537020_10154483504300604_4797822666195579615_n

Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes tackled the last of those projects. Some of the repairs on Joey’s list included scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up planting beds at the entrances to the stadium. 

Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get the day started as were the other eleven of Gary’s employees who volunteered their time on July 29th. Each volunteer was assigned different tasks to match their abilities. The volunteers were happy to help10553343_10154483506285604_4025615207207951981_n make the improvements for not only the Gay Games but for the Akron Racers as well. One employee stated that he enjoyed volunteering as many of the employees live in Akron and are happy to give back to the community. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project. 

Firestone Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1:00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of the games!

 

 

 

Catch both Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s on Fox 8 News: http://fox8.com/2014/07/29/on-your-mark-get-set-city-of-akron-prepares-for-gay-games/

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Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s Heroes Work Together to Beautify Akron

By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

 

Akron Racer's LogoOn Tuesday July 29, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes, will come together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron, Ohio. This project is being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games.

There are 258 participants in four divisions (19 teams total) that will be playing softball at Firestone Stadium, Pony Field and Colonial Salt. All three locations are being prepared and groomed for this event, including the replacement of the backstop, benches, stands and top dressing of the entire field at Colonial Salt. Colonial Salt is located on Wilbeth Road and is in perfect condition to supplement the activities at Firestone Stadium for this event.

Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes are tackling the last of these projects. On July 29th, the volunteers will be scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up two planting beds at the entrances to the stadium.

Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get started and has begun collecting tools and items for the workday. Fifteen of Gary’s employees will be volunteering their time on July 29th and are being assigned different tasks to match their abilities. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project.

To see the Lowe’s heroes in action please join us at Firestone Stadium on July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Firestone Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1:00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of the games.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation Awards Keep Akron Beautiful Grant to Replace Flowerscape Crew Van

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

The Flowerscape crew of Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) is responsible for planting and maintaining the 34 urban flowerbeds over the 6-month growing season. Over the past 23 years, Executive Director Polly Kaczmarek and her 3-person crew have been driving the 23 year-old van to the various landscaped sites that are distributed all across the city of Akron. KAB staff saw the need of a new mode of transportation and began to apply for grants to replace it. Finally, after three years of trying, the Burton D. Morgan Flowerscape Crew VanFoundation came to KAB’s rescue! 

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation Trustee awarded grants totaling more than $1 million in February to support programs for youth, college students, and adults to help them develop skills and gain experience in starting business ventures. However, the foundation addresses community needs that fall outside their primary mission. To KAB’s advantage, the Trustees periodically make one-time community grants on a proactive basis to deserving charitable organizations that serve the local area. In February, KAB was awarded one of these proactive grants from the Trustees!

Deborah D. Hoover, Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is grateful to Keep Akron Beautiful for the organization’s creation of gardens that bring bright colors to Akron’s streetscapes and joy to its residents and visitors.  We are pleased to support the purchase of a new vehicle that will assist with the planting and maintenance of these gardens and are particularly happy to see it making the rounds now that summer has arrived.”  

Look for the flower covered van, with graphics done by Kane Sign, parked at your favorite public lands Flowerscape this summer, thanks to a little help from our friends!

 

About The Burton D. Morgan Foundation

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is a private foundation established in 1967, whose mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit. To advance the mission, the Foundation supports entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education programs and initiatives at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels. A legacy of founder and entrepreneur Burton D. Morgan (1916-2003), the Foundation leverages its grant and staff resources to connect the people, ideas, organizations, and opportunities that comprise the vibrant and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Ohio. For more information, please visit www.bdmorganfdn.org.

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Create Your Own Vitamin Garden

By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

Vitamins are perhaps, a nutritional ingredient that many Americans don’t get the daily recommended value. This often results in many American’s purchasing over-the-counter supplements to reach that daily requirement. However there is an alternative solution that will ensure American’s have diets rich in vitamins without having to pay for the high cost of supplements. The solution is simple – creating your own vitamin garden! 

Vegetables and herbs are packed with vitamins and are easy to grow. Studies have showgrow_bkyd_top01n that gardeners tend to eat more fruit and vegetables than non-gardeners. Creating a vitamin garden in your own backyard will allow you to get all the recommend vitamins from the foods you eat. Not to mention that it will not only taste better but will be more convenient and reduce carbon foot printing. Nothing tastes better than the flavor of fresh home grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Besides meeting the vitamin requirement, gardening also provides health benefits as you engage in gentle exercise and of course receive fresh air and sunshine.

 

Don’t have a garden? No problem! Starting a garden is quite an easy task. With just an hour a day you can start your own backyard garden or if space is limited you can even grow plants in pots. Start with transplants instead of seeds (will save you time, effort, and provide an earlier harvest) then choose a sunny spot with good drainage. Make sure soil is in shape to receive plants by testing the soil using a kit and amending when necessary. Feed your plants and water regularly!

 

Now that your garden is prepared, here are some garden friendly, high powered vegetables and herbs that will ensure your diet is full of favorable, vitamin-rich foods:rosemary-in-container-lo

HERBS:

  • Basil – Low in calories and cholesterol free, basil is a rich source of many essentials nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. It contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin A.
  •  Oregano – High in antioxidants, this herb has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  •  Rosemary – Another antioxidant herb, this herb is used to fight inflammation. It’s a good source of vitamin A, thiamin, and magnesium.

VEGETABLES:

  • Spinach – Spinach contain more than half of the recommended daily value of vitamin A and is high in vitamins C, K, E, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Naturally low in calories, spinach grows well in tomatoesspring, summer, and fall producing high yields of large and nutrient-rich leaves.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes deliver high dose of vitamin C, A, K, and B6, along with minerals such as potassium and lycopene.  With its versatile, these vegetables are a great ingredient in a variety of culinary styles or equally tasteful on their own.
  • Peppers – Another versatile vegetable, peppers deliver fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, copper, and vitamins A, C, K, and B6. Peppers are easy to grown and often deliver high yields and produce early in the season.
  • Squash – Popular and prolific varieties like zucchini and yellow squash require minimal care to produce hefty harvests. Green zucchini deliver vitamins C, K, and B6 as well as folate, manganese, and potassium. Yellow squash is high in vitamin C, are easy to grow and mature early.

 

The most important vitamin that you can gain from every single vegetable and herb from your garden is the one and only vitamin D. The true sunshine vitamin is a nutritional benefit of vegetables, herbs, and gardening. While you’re outside working the garden, your body is turning the sunlight into much needed vitamin D.

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