Down to the wire: outdated electrical systems pose potential threat to Kent homes

There can be evident risks when purchasing or residing in an older home, such as outdated heating sources, structural issues or lead paint on the walls. Inside the walls, however, could lie another potential threat: worn, exposed or faulty knob-and-tube wiring. The standard electrical system installed from the late 19th century up to the 1950s in the United States, knob-and-tube wiring is now generally considered unsafe for homes by most electricians. Its installation is prohibited in the National Electrical Code. There is no ground wire in the knob-and-tube setup, which newer electrical systems include to neutralize the positive and negative currents. In addition, existing systems are decades old, exposing the

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Heated Streetsboro City Council meeting turns sentimental as 3 members say farewells

A review of the 2018 budget and an extensive discussion on community recycling marked the last Streetsboro City Council meeting for members Tim Claypoole, Jeffrey Allen and Steve Michniak. The three at-large council members said their goodbyes in an emotional night as their terms came to end with Monday’s meeting. On Sunday, Dec. 3, newly elected council members Carmen Laudato, John Hannan and Chuck Kocisko will be sworn-in in the Council Chambers. For Laudato, who said she has attended council meetings for the last nine years, it’s an opportunity to use her knowledge to help the community. “I’m an avid researcher,” Laudato said. “I will ask and ask questions, and

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Long Road Ahead: Kent in early stages of state Route 261 improvement plan

What was once wishful thinking on the parts of local engineers of the 1960s is now the task at hand for James Bowling, Kent’s current superintendent of engineering. Minds behind state Route 261, which connects Kent to Akron and other nearby cities and townships, belonged to an era that anticipated a significant Northeast Ohio growth that never showed up.

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Up in the Air: Kent State travel policy leaves room for interpretation

Moderating a travel policy at a large institution tends to be a lofty task. At Kent State, this means keeping faculty members up to speed on policies before they leave on business trips around the globe, and ensuring rules are followed. A university-wide travel policy, spelled out in 2,300 words on Kent State’s online policy register, sets regulations for transportation, lodging and what qualifies as university-approved trips.

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