Where and How to Recycle A Tree in Summit County

By Jacqui Ricchiuti

The live Christmas tree that you have in your home will soon be ready for recycling! Here is a list of what to do after you take off the beautiful decorations and get ready for 2015!

Summit Metro Parks will recycle Christmas trees through January 31. Trees, cleaned of all decorations and tinsel, may be dropped off at five locations:

  • Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park, 2400 Harrington Road, Akron.
  • Brushwood Area at Furnace Run Metro Park, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield Township.
  • Main Entrance (near the rear parking lot, near sled hill) at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron.
  • Treaty Line Area of Sand Run Metro Park, 995 Treaty Line Road, between Merriman Road and North Portage Path, Akron.
  • Big Oak area of Silver Creek Metro Park, 5199 Medina Line Road, Norton.

Visitors are to look for the signs that identify each drop-off area in the above parking lots. The park district typically gets about 2,000 trees, which it turns into mulch for the parks. For more information, call 330.865.8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org.

Akron- Leave your tree at the curb on regular trash days.

Barberton- Leave at curb on designated days by wards: Wards 5 and 6- January 12; Wards 1 and 4- January 13; and Wards 2 and 3- January 14.

Boston Heights- Leave by the roadside on Mondays through January.

Copley Township- Leave at the curb before 7 a.m. on January 5.

Fairlawn- Drop off at designated site near the Fairlawn compactor at 3294 Fairlawn Service Drive, off South Smith Road, any time.

Green- Place at curb on regular trash days or leave trees out by 6 a.m. January 3 and January 10 for recycling. Residents may also take to the city’s recycling center, 5383 Massillon Road, from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Hudson- Leave at the curbside by 7 a.m. on scheduled pickup days (by quadrants) from January 12- February 6. Residents of private lanes must place trees at the curb of the nearest public street. For schedule go to www.hudson.oh.us and enter “mulch” in the search box for more information on the Merry Mulch Program.

Macedonia- Leave at the curb on regular trash days. City residents may also leave trees on the brush pile at 9000 Valley View Road.

Mogadore- Residents should contact individual trash haulers.

Munroe Falls- Leave at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on January 14.

Hope you had a happy holiday!


Dreamscape 2014

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

KAB-Dreamscape Drawing

Pictured above are KAB Board of Directors, volunteers, and KAB staff members before drawing.

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) held their annual Dreamscape event at the Alexander Park on West Market Street in Akron on Thursday June 5, 2014. The event started at 10:30 a.m. where top ticket seller Kimberly Haws-Falasco of Robert W. Baird & Co. drew the winning ticket. The 2014 grand prized winners were Steve Williams and David Jesse of West Akron who won a professional designed front or backyard makeover valued at $10,000.

The Dreamscape ticket sales supports the 33 year-old public land beautification program, Flowerscape, which plants and maintain 34 Flowerscape sites in the city of Akron. Raffle tickets were sold for $25 a piece or 5 for $100 to Summit County residences and businesses. For the first time in eleven years, KAB sold all 1,500 tickets which raised approximately $36,000. Tickets were sold at our five vendors: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.

Steve Williams and David Jesse will work with our lead landscape makeover designers of eleven year, Lisa and Craig Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center, to create a design for the landscape transformation blitz that will take place August 4-8, 2014.


Runner-up winners received donated prizes by Dreamscapes’ generous Vendor Partners:

1st Runner-up: J. Nelson of Akron will have his choice of mulch blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape Ltd., owned by Mike Clar.

2nd Runner-up: Bradley Bowers of Akron will receive a bird bath donated by Suncrest Gardens.

3rd Runner-up: Chastity Duskey will receive will receive a $100 gift basket of gardening supplies donated by Graf Growers.


Eric Jones, KAB Board of Directors, and KAB Board Chairman Captain Dan Zampelli were also awarded two hanging baskets donated by Graf Growers for selling the most tickets.


The Dreamscape Raffle 2014 was sponsored by SummaCare, Inc. and the following Vendor Partners, not mentioned above, offering goods and services for the August 2014 landscape makeover:

Apex  ElectricBelgard ® SalesCascade LightingCircle KEarth’ n Wood

Gates Landscape Company

Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc.

Main Street Gourmet

Miller’s Party Rental


Naragon IrrigationNick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLCPam’s Perennial Plant FarmPepsi Beverages CompanyR.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc.

Star Printing Co., Inc.

Tim’s Custom Electric

Vision Graphics & Printing

Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

YES Press Printing Co.

Get Your Dreamscape Tickets Today!

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit Senior Experience Student

Keep Akron Beautiful is ready to draw some winning raffle tickets on June 5, and we want to see your name on the winning ticket!

The season of selling is coming to a close, but you still have time to purchase your tickets. Need a reminder of what’s at stake? The 11th annual Dreamscape Raffle sponsored by SummaCare kicked off on March 3. Summit County residents can purchase a raffle ticket until the first week of June, meaning you have 16 days left to get a ticket! The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, June 5  at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander Park on West Market Street.

The winner will have until the end of June to meet with this year’s landscape designer and project managers, Craig Graf and Lisa Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center & Landscape Design, to create their plan for the landscape transformation that will take place the week of August 4-8. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are three other chances to win prizes like 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens or a basket of gardening supplies, courtesy of Graf Growers.

By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only helping your back yard to get a new look and stay beautiful, you’re giving all of Akron a beautification opportunity too because the Dreamscape Raffle funds Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscapes on 34 public sites citywide!

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Tickets can be purchased online on the website or via a mail-in order form downloaded from www.keepakronbeautiful.org, at the agency office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzells Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.

Along with the vendors listed above, the 2014 Dreamscape Raffle  also has the following Vendor Partners offering goods and services for the landscape makeover: Advanced Arboriculture, Belgard® Sales, Cascade Lighting, Circle K, Earth Fare Fairlawn, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Gates Landscaping Co., KB BioEnergy, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Tim’s Custom Electric, Tucker Supply, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.KAB Dreamscape 2014 Front

Summer Farmers Markets Coming Soon

By: Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Experience Student


It is almost summer time, which means the Farmers Markets are coming to town! A farmers market is a place where farmers can sell their products directly to consumers. Although it may be easiest to run to the local store and quickly get what you need that may not be the best option financially, for your health, or for the environment! Make sure to check out your local farmers market!

Reasons to Support a Farmers Market

To Get Local Products: Grocery stores tend to carry products, including fruits and vegetable from all over the country. Many mass producing farms that supply to grocery stores use pesticides, hormones, and genetic modification to “enhance” the product, in order for the produce to stay fresh while traveling to the many stores across the United States they are sprayed with preservatives. Unlike farmers market products that come straight from the farm to the market. Both of the practices have negative effects on the health of each individual, which is why farmers markets, where food is minimally processed is the right choice when looking to buy produce.

Keep Money in the Community: Instead of selling wholesale, the goods at a farmers market are sold directly from the farmer to the consumer, not only keeping money in the community, but also keeping prices down with only two people being involved in the transaction.

Protect the Environment: The average distance traveled of food in the Unites States in 1,500 miles. The shipping entailed in this process uses a lot of natural resources which contributes to the pollution problem on the earth. Products sold at farmers markets are produced locally and sustainably, cutting down on the distance traveled and the harmful impact on the earth.

Connect with your Community: Instead of grocery shopping being a dreaded task, it can become an enjoyable outing to go to the farmers market where you can meet up with your local friends, catch up with neighbors, and enjoy the outdoors!

Farmers Markets Near You

  • Akron: Countryside Farmers’ Market in Highland Square, Corner of Conger Avenue and West Market Street, Thursdays, May 29 – October 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Akron: The Market at Lock 3, Lock 3 Park, South Main Street downtown, Fridays, June 20 – September 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Barberton: Downtown Barberton Farmers’ Market, Third Street NW, between West park and West Tuscarawas, Wednesdays, June 25 – October 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Copley: Copley Creekside Farmers Market, 1265 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd. Thursdays, May 29 – October 9, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Cuyahoga Falls: Farmers’ Market in the Falls, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave, Fridays, June 20 – October 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Green: City of Green Farmers’ Market, Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd, Tuesdays, June 17 – October 7, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Hudson: Hudson Farmers’ Market, Village Green, corner of Routes 91 and 303, Saturdays, June 7 to October 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Peninsula: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Saturdays, May 10 – October 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tallmadge: City of Tallmadge Farmers Market, Tallmadge Recreation Center Parking lot, 46 N Munroe Rd, Thursdays, June 12 – October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.