Biking and walking would be made bigger priorities under a plan approved this month by a regional Ohio transportation agency. The new 2019 Active Transportation Plan (ATP) prepared by Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation (AMATS) presents the various strategies and recommendations that the Greater Akron area will pursue to improve the region’s bicycling and pedestrian networks over the next 26 years.
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Tagged Active Transportation Plan (ATP), Akron, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation AMATS, bicycling, Biking, Headwaters Trail, healthy travel, Ohio & Erie Towpath, pedestrian, Portage Bike and Hike Trail, Portage County, recreational, Safety, Summit County, Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, Walking
FCCLA Students Serve Food They Prepared for the Attendees
On November 19th, Project Rise and Kenmore-Garfield High School hosted a special Thanksgiving event for families experiencing homelessness. This is the 12th annual Harvest Dinner event and the 3rd year that the event was held at Kenmore-Garfield High School.
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Tagged 12th annual Harvest Dinner, Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, AMHA, Buckeye Credit Union, Children, Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, Families, Food, fun and friendship, Kenmore-Garfield High School, KGHS FCCLA Group, Ohio Department of Education, Project RISE, Spark Program, Summit County Ohio, Summit County Public Library, University of Akron ZIPS, Volunteers, Youth Homelessness
How to Grow Mushrooms
Story and photos by Scott Myers
Sasha Miller hosted Permaculture Akron’s August meet-up for an active demonstration of her Purplebrown Farm’s foray into growing edible mushrooms.
Shamelessly copying and pasting from Purplebrown’s Facebook page:
“Purplebrown Farmstead joined the Countryside Initiative Program in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2016. Our approach is to apply an intensive permaculture design process to develop a long term vision for these 12 acres. We are growing a resilient and productive food forest, including cider apples, diverse fruits & nuts, herbs, flowers, mushrooms, and livestock. We are host community events throughout the year, focused on community, permaculture, education and recreation.”
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Tagged Community, Countryside Initiative Program, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Education, Farming, food forest, harvest, Healthy worms, Permaculture Akron, Purplebrown Farm, rich compost, Salsbury-Schweyer, shitake mushrooms, vermiculture composting
Families Experiencing Homelessness (Project Rise) in Collaboration with First United Methodist Church and the Magical Theatre Company
On April 17th, several families experiencing homelessness were able to experience a special Dinner Theatre Event hosted by Project Rise and First United Methodist Church in Akron. This special event was part of the Project Rise PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program.
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Tagged Akron Ohio, Akron Public Library, Akron Public Schools, Education, Families, First United Methodist Church in Akron, Homelessness, Local shelters, Magical Theatre Company, Project RISE, Project RISE PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program, Students
Story by Scott Myers
Last week I met with Michael Starks and a good friend of his, late morning at Angel Falls. We met to talk about the Board for Michael’s organization SLAAP (Start Living and Acting Positive), which I describe as a non-residential re-entry program.
Since it was a very nice day we sat outside.
While we were talking I heard someone playing the saxophone just up the street. I was so focused on our conversation about what SLAAP does and how its Board could function that I couldn’t pay much attention to the music.
Our conversation ended when Michael’s friend needed to leave for another engagement. As Michael and I sat enjoying the sunshine, the saxophone player also took a break and wandered over to our table. No surprise, he and Michael are long-time friends. Michael introduced me to Carson. When the topic of our earlier conversation came up Carson said he knows and loves what Michael does, and that he would love to play at a fundraiser for SLAAP.
Later when I left, I passed Carson playing on the bench in front of the apartments. As we talked he told me about all of the community improvement initiatives he has worked on all across town and how many new ideas he has to make Akron – particularly Summit Lake – a better place. I asked if I could take his picture. He said, “Sure,” and started to play his horn. I said no, let’s just keep talking.
Carson Barnes. Musician. Community builder.