Cuyahoga Valley National Park Opening New Crowdfunded Visitor’s Center

Photo Courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley National Park broke ground earlier this year when it began construction on its new Boston Mill Visitor Center. What exactly entails a new visitor center? Well, the project as a whole cost around $6.75 million, meaning quite a lot, actually. The original Boston Mill Visitor Center is a historic building, making its foundation and general structure in need of rebuilding. Because the National Park Service can’t do this project alone, The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is managing the project. Patty Stevens is the coordinator. It’s not about taking away from the historic aspect of the park, rather, it’s about

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ALICE Training offers an alternative solution during active shooter situation

Ever since the Columbine mass shooting in 1999, schools have been required to have a lockdown drill in which students lock the door and hide in the classrooms. As this is a more passive approach, programs like ALICE training have become more mainstream as they offer a more proactive approach. ALICE stands for: “Alert,” “Lockdown,” “Inform,” “Counter,” and “Evacuate.”   Flow Light Infogram It was created by a swat officer and teacher named Greg Crane. It’s meant to be a different way of approaching school shooting situations in which students have more flexibility in what they must do. According to ALICE’s website, 4,200 k-12 school districts have implemented this training

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Kent Roosevelt High School teams up with Kent State & Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to students

By Sam Karam and Kellie Nock Image courtesy of Kent Roosevelt High School Kent Roosevelt High School (KRHS) is partnering with Kent State nursing students and Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to its students. “As part of a combination of grants, including a $3,000 pilot grant, ninth graders at Roosevelt will be involved in mental health screening in their Health Education classes,” the KRHS website states. Kent State nursing students will screen the high schoolers in health classes for substance abuse, depression and anxiety. After the screening, students with any of these issues can attend up to eight counseling sessions through Kent State or Akron Children’s to

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Stow City Council addresses police dispatch and taxpayer concerns

By Kellie Nock & Sam Karam In the beige council hall on the first floor of the Stow City Hall, a city council meeting began. There are two each month and this one took place on Feb. 22, 2018. President of Council, and Ward I council chair Matt Riehl lead the meeting.   After the formalities of the meeting, such as reviewing the budget and motioning for funds for various projects, a concerned resident took the podium asking why the city continues to pay its assistant prosecutor, who is accused of fraud and misusing money of multiple veterans while at the Veteran’s Association. Mr. Brian, a resident concerned about Assistant

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Community Partners with School to Assist Lower Income Families

By Samantha Karam and Kellie Nock Windham is a small village in Portage County. There are roughly 1,852 residents and about 742 people work in the village. According to statistics from DataUSA, a data visualization website, the median household income for Windham is 37, 569 dollars. A Business Insider article states the average salary in the United States for 2017 was 49,400. In 2016, the percentage of Windham residents with incomes below the poverty level was 34.5 percent. While the state of Ohio had a percentage of 19 percent. Information from City-Data, another data visualization site, reports Windham has a percentage of children below the poverty line of 42.2 percent.

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Coyotes in Kent aren’t leaving any time soon

Words by Samantha Karam & Kellie nock     Sitting in her room at night, Kent resident Rachel Gundlach hears the howls of a pack of coyotes. Her cocker spaniel, Fuji, sits on her lap, staring out the window, barking at the sound.     Gundlach, who has lived in Kent all her life, has experience with the coyotes. She lives in a rural area, close to a coyote den. With numerous pets (cats, dogs, horses), coyotes have always been present in the back of her mind.   “I hear them howling at night, almost every night,” Gundlach said. “Whereas before, I didn’t really notice it as much.”   While

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