Congratulations Akron Rotary Camp, Our 2013 Dreamscape Winner!

By Ashley Foutty, KAB Intern

Our Dreamscape Makeover Raffle has helped fund our public land beautification program Flowerscape, for over ten years. One lucky winner receives a professionally designed front or back yard makeover, valued at $10,000.

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This year’s lucky winner and runner-ups are as followed:

Grand Prize Winner of a $10,000 front or backyard makeover: Ivette Immormino

First Place Winner of 4 yards of mulch from TerraScape Ltd: Peter Mapp

Second Place Winner of a gardening gift basket from Graf GrowersEd DiCresce

Third Place Winner of a Birdbath from Suncrest Gardens: Toby Gorant

To read more on the winners and the program, click here.

Ivette Immormino of Rocky River, has transferred the prize back to the Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors and ultimately to the Akron Rotary Camp out at Rex Lake. The Akron Rotary Camp is just completing a massive re-development of all their buildings on their small campus and the timing is right for a landscape project this summer! Dan Reynolds is the Akron Rotary Camp Director, who runs the camp for the emotionally and physically challenged kids. We look forward to working with Dan and can’t wait to get started!

Designing the Akron Rotary Camp’s makeover is Nick Roth, of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC. Nick’s Landscaping has been a long-term vendor partner. Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc. did a fantastic job last year as lead landscape designer, transforming the backyard of David Canfield, a Copley resident. Nick has some big shoes to fill but we’re excited to see what he will do this year, in 2013 with one of our most interesting makeovers to date!

Along with Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, the following Vendor Partners are involved in this landscape makeover: Gates Landscape Co., Yes Press Printing Co., R.B. Stout Inc., KB Compost Inc., Belgard Hardscapes, R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design Inc., Naragon Irrigation, W.L. Tucker Supply Co., Paul’s Greenhouse, Main Street Gourmet, Wilson Plumbing & Heating Inc., Advanced Arboriculture, Vision Graphics & Printing, Graf Growers Garden Center, TerraScape Ltd., Circle K, Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Dayton Nurseries, Tim’s Custom Electric Inc., Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Suncrest Gardens, HFA Marketing Communications, Star Printing Co., and Cascade Lighting Inc.



Community Waste Center by ReWorks Open Thursdays Only

by Cindy Pantea

The ReWorks Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center, located at 1201 Graham Road in Stow, is now open only on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 26. This is a change from two days to one.

According to an article in The Beacon Journal by Bob Downing, between the cost to operate the center and the district money problems, the facility has had to make changes, such as this reduction in days, for financial reasons.

No Water-Based Latex Paints

Another change in the Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center’s facility operations is that it will no longer take water-based latex paint which, according to executive director Yolanda Walker, accounted for 40 percent of the waste to be processed, The Beacon Journal article states. Other types of paints, however, are accepted.

To rid of your water-based latex paint, the article adds, air dry or solidify and throw in household trash. To help solidify, use corn cob-based CobZorb, cat litter or shredded newspapers.

No Toxic Wastes

The Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center does not accept pesticides, insecticides and other types of toxic wastes.

No Electronics or Toner

The site also no longers accepts electronics (including computers, televisions and cellphones), and they will not accept toner. This is due to the high cost of recycling such items.

Bring Your Tires

Keep Akron Beautiful often receives many calls about where to scrap tires, the Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center will take tires for $1 each with a limit of 10. These are accepted from passenger cars and light trucks on or off the rim.

The ReWorks Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center was the first permanent center of its kind in Ohio when it opened in 1996. There is no charge for Summit County households to use the facility. However, the Center will not accept wastes from  businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations.

ReWorks also offers alternate methods of disposing of hazardous waste. Click here for to view ReWorks’ How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste flyer shown below or call them at 330.374.0383 for more information or resources.

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