Portage Park Foundation hosts art show fundraiser

The Portage Park District Foundation held its inaugural Nature’s Store Holiday Art Show & Sale at the Downtown Gallery in Kent Dec. 9, 10 and 11. The Foundation, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established in 2010 with a mission to support the Portage Park District. Sally Kandel, vice president of the Portage Park District Foundation, said this event was aimed at generating funds for certain projects established in the Park District’s Master Plan, which was finalized in November—although she was not able to discuss which projects specifically. “Portage Park District is one of the poorest park districts in Ohio,” Kandel said. “Our goal is always to raise more

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The Fight for the Flight of the Monarch

Prior to 20 years ago, it was common to see the vibrant orange and black adult monarch butterfly flying in New England backyards. School children have been illustrating them in art class for decades. Numerous states adopted the monarch as their official state butterfly. The multigenerational migration of the monarch is iconic. They complete a 2,000-mile journey over several months, and yet weigh less than a single gram. There are no butterflies in the world that migrate like the monarchs of North America. Advocacy group, Monarch Watch, said the butterflies travel over 3,000 miles in mass groups, similar to whales and birds. The eastern monarchs cross the Tropic of Cancer and fly

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Are Americans really doing their part?

Reduce, reuse, recycle: a simple phrase taught across the United States, yet participation rates for recycling programs remain low. A 2007 Harris Poll study found about one-quarter of Americans don’t recycle in their own home. According to Portage Recycles, Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles per year, but Waste Management’s educational website “Recycle Often. Recycle Right” reported “69 percent of plastic bottles don’t get recycled”, illustrating that improved public education has not solved the problem. Kelsey Shackelford, education specialist for Portage County Recycling Center, said community involvement is beginning to improve due to the new single-stream recycling program, which makes recycling easier and user-friendly. “We used to have a

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The Gorge Dam’s long life on the Cuyahoga River may soon end

By Felicia Guadagni, Gabrielle Payne & Lauren Blue The Gorge Dam is a steadfast structure on the Cuyahoga River, standing in the same spot for more than 100 years. But its long life may soon come to an end. The dam, which is situated near the mouth of The Gorge MetroPark, was first built in 1913 as a source of hydroelectric power for a nearby plant and was later used as a cooling water storage pool for a coal-fired plant. According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Feasibility Analysis for the Removal of the Gorge Dam, the dam has not been a source of power since 1992, but it has been

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