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SeaWolves 10, RubberDucks 8: Ducks clinch playoff berth despite loss

SeaWolves 10,
RubberDucks 8

The RubberDucks did not earn a win in the game Saturday night against the Erie SeaWolves, but they did earn what they’ve been fighting toward all season — a playoff spot.

The Altoona Curve defeated the Bowie Baysox 3-1 on Saturday night, clinching the Ducks’ berth in the Eastern League playoffs.

The Ducks will begin a best-of-five playoff series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Wednesday at Canal Park.

Shortstop Erik Gonzalez was the Ducks’ biggest contributor in the losing effort, coming a home run short of the cycle with two singles, a double and a triple. He drove in three runs and scored twice.

Jaime Pedroza and Ryan Raburn each reached base twice with singles. Pedroza scored three runs. Jason Giambi continued his rehab assignment alongside Raburn, doubling and scoring a run in the sixth inning.

Cody Anderson got the start for the Ducks and his struggles continued. He allowed eight earned runs in 6⅓ innings, striking out six and walking three.

The Ducks wrap up their regular season with games against the SeaWolves on Sunday and Monday.

South Main and Broadway property owners and businesses in limbo as state road project looms

Bill and John Hardgrove wait in business limbo.

They know their company, Akron Novelty & Merchandise Co., won’t operate on South Main Street much longer. What they don’t know is where it will be in a few months.

Their building — along with 30 other properties, most commercial, some residential — are slated to be demolished as the Ohio Department of Transportation builds a new $96 million highway interchange at South Broadway and South Main.

The state agency is in the process of appraising, acquiring the needed properties and getting ready to tear down buildings as part of one of the largest eminent domain projects in Summit County in years.

The project is forcing many well-known businesses, including Tasty Pure Food Co., Building 9 and Advanced Computer Systems, to find new homes. It’s also causing major angst for many affected property owners who say they are stressed out as they either negotiate deals with the state or wait for financial offers.

“If you’re involved in this, you don’t sleep well. Your whole life is on the fence. For years now, I haven’t known when they’re going to do it and how much am I going to get,” Bill Hardgrove said.

Hardgrove’s father founded the business 62 years ago a block north. His son, John, now runs it with him.

This will be the second time Akron Novelty, a wholesaler of gifts and items for school fun fairs, will be forced to move, said Hardgrove, 75. After 25 years at the former location, where an Aldi now sits, the business was forced out by eminent domain. It waged a court battle against the city before buying its current building at 833 S. Main St.

Project background

ODOT plans to begin reshaping the Interstate 76/77 interchange at South Main and South Broadway in 2016. The massive project involves:

• Shutting down the nearby Wolf Ledges Parkway/Grant Street interchange.

• Abandoning a portion of South Broadway at the highway.

• Relocating a part of South Main on the south end, and turning it from a one-way street into a two-way road from near GOJO Industries to Miller Avenue.

• Building new exit ramps at South Broadway and South Main from I-76/77.

The goal is to improve safety along what’s considered the most dangerous stretch of highway in Summit County because of tightly bunched on- and off-ramps and more than 100,000 vehicles a day zipping through the area.

To make way for the new interchange, ODOT is taking ownership of 72 parcels, and 31 buildings must be torn down.

The state has set aside $13 million to buy the properties and to help with relocation expenses.

ODOT also is helping businesses move that are only renting.

As of Friday, only nine owners had received offers from the state; other properties are still in the appraisal process. Two have accepted offers: APL Holdings Inc., which owns 1034 S. Broadway; and Rage Gallery at 872 S. Main St.

Cheryl Everett, ODOT’s realty specialty manager, declined to cite the prices until the deeds are transferred.

Once an offer is received, property owners and businesses have a minimum of 90 days to pack up and leave. But ODOT said it’s not interested in pushing people out. The state is working with property owners and businesses on the transition.

ODOT will raze buildings as they are purchased, as opposed to letting them sit.

“We don’t want, and I’m sure the city doesn’t either, a lot of vacant buildings,” Everett said. “They won’t be kept up. They won’t be mowed. It just doesn’t look good for the city.”

Owners have several options. They can accept the initial offer, make a counteroffer, get their own private appraisal done or go to court.

Advanced Computer

Jim Fuller, who owns Advanced Computer Services and the property at 800 S. Broadway, got an initial offer from the state April 29.

It was low, he said, and he has been trying to negotiate a better deal. He has even had an independent appraisal.

He paid $1.1 million for the property in April 2006, according to county records, and he said he doesn’t understand how the state could offer him less than what he paid.

Fuller declined to talk specifically about the state’s offer but said it would be “a significant loss for me” — one that could put him out of business.

“It’s been a frustrating year,” he said. “My thing is not knowing. The longer this goes on, the harder it is to stretch the cash flow. ... If this goes badly, I can just be out of business.”

His dissatisfaction includes the fact he has been paying taxes, utilities and a mortgage on a property he no longer will own. Even if he moves out now, he remains on the hook for those costs until the transaction is finalized.

Akron Novelty

Bill and John Hardgrove at Akron Novelty rebricked the building and laid 6-foot-thick concrete driveways themselves to retrofit the building to suit their needs when they moved there 35 years ago.

Bill Hardgrove’s offer of $450,000 is close to an unsolicited $500,000 offer he had three years ago to sell the building. That fell through once the buyer found out about the ODOT project.

Hardgrove is trying to negotiate a higher price, and said if he needs to he will take the matter to court. He knows that won’t stop the impending move but could help resolve the purchase price.

He’s also hoping to negotiate more than a 90-day minimum window to leave.

His business has evolved over the years to mostly be Internet-based, and the majority of business comes during the last three months of the year. He can’t run his business and move it at the same time, he said.

“If they hold to the 90 days, it will devastate us ... if we can’t negotiate somewhere through January, then we’re in deep doo-doo. It’s depressing,” Hardgrove said.

He said he has been scouring real estate listings, but hasn’t been able to find a suitable building in Akron or the suburbs to replace his 8,000 square feet with a loading dock and warehouse. The family is leaning toward building on a site in the Norton area because Hardgrove said the business in Akron has been broken into three times in the past three years.

Building 9

Brennan Dunn, owner of Building 9, a popular building materials business at 945 S. Main St., said he has not become frustrated with the process yet but feels he and others are playing a waiting game until they get offers.

“If I had my choice, I’d be moving since I know it’s imminent. But I’m still here, and waiting is hard,” said Dunn, who also operates a location in Massillon. “You have to continue running your business.”

Dunn said he hopes to relocate within the Akron area, but won’t make any decisions until he knows more.

“This is not going to be an easy business to move,” he said.

Tasty Pure

The interchange project also means that Akron might lose a 91-year-old company, the Tasty Pure food distributor located in one of the iconic red-brick Akron Brewing Co. buildings on South Broadway. The landmark Sumner Butter sign — shaped like a carton of butter — hangs over the building’s front door; the company owns the Sumner brand.

Greg Heilmeier, one of the third-generation family members who owns Tasty Pure Food Co., said the company has narrowed its search for a new location to an existing building in Akron and a building outside the city but still in Summit County.

He lamented that the city has rejected his idea to build a facility on vacant land in the city-owned Ascot Industrial Park.

“I was told that Ascot is for manufacturing [businesses] only,” Heilmeier said. “I said, ‘Jobs are jobs.’ ”

Tasty Pure employs 31 people, including sales people and drivers, and is proud of its Akron locale. Trucks are labeled: “Akron’s oldest ... 1923.”

Since the state revealed the project, concern has grown among some customers about Tasty Pure’s future, Heil­meier said.

“We’re constantly assuring our customers that our plan is to remain in business, somewhere in the area.”

Tasty Pure, which distributes to grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants and other establishments, has been at the former brewery site since 1963.

Heilmeier and family members say they will be sad to see the old Akron Brewing office building go. “They don’t make them like this anymore,” he said, noting the 30-inch-thick walls and wooden doors, moldings and staircase that dominate the interior.

Tasty Pure does not own the former Akron Brewing Co. next door. That structure, portions of which are seven-stories tall, is owned by investors and houses a textbook recycling enterprise called Paper Cuts.

Tasty Pure also owns a warehouse behind the Broadway building that also is to be torn down to make way for the new interchange. It contains two enormous walk-in freezers for frozen food products. Heilmeier is concerned the state might underestimate the value of that building — and the cost of moving the freezers. He’s not even sure they can be moved at a cost cheaper than replacing them.

“It’s not like moving two chest freezers,” he said.

Rentals

A building owned by Skip Summerville, whose family used to run an office supply store in downtown Akron, now houses several businesses, including another office-supply retailer, a guitar string manufacturer and a general contractor.

Summerville said it’s sad to think of the buildings, with great architecture and history along South Main and Broadway, that will be torn down once the project moves forward. He is in negotiations with ODOT.

Chuck Conway, who has rented space in the building for his general contracting business, said he’s going to have a hard time finding as much space for his equipment for his custom cabinetry and counter work. His original offer from ODOT was $10,000 toward the build-out of a new facility.

“Ten thousand dollars wouldn’t get me very far in my business. I’m sure I could eat that up in the electrical or plumbing and spray booth for my business,” he said, adding that he is hoping to negotiate a higher price.

“When I was first talking to them, they were going to steamroll me over, but it seems like they’re being pretty fair with me. We’ll see when all is said and done,” he said.

Residential property

The highway project includes taking 11 residential properties. It appears from public records that all but one is a rental.

That one is a two-story colonial on West South Street owned by Robert Gonzalez and Annamarie Hess-Gonzalez. Unlike many of the rundown houses in the neighborhood, they have beautified their property with a wooden fence and flowers.

“Devastated,” Hess-Gonzalez said about her reaction. “We have been totally stressed out.”

Their home is directly across the street from the highway, separated only by a metal fence. Vehicles whiz past all day.

They bought the house for $66,000 in 2009 and have invested in new windows and doors, and upgraded a bathroom. Summit County appraised the house at $23,440.

Hess-Gonzalez expects the state to “rip us off.” The neighborhood around her is rough. A next-door property housed a rapist and murderer for a while, and there is rampant drug dealing in the area, she said. Her car was stolen once and she had to chain down her patio furniture so it wouldn’t be taken.

Decorative red, green and purple butterflies are on one side of her front door. On the other side is a sign that reads: “Never Mind the Dog. Beware of Owner,” with a gun pointing out.

Hess-Gonzalez is annoyed that the government is encouraging them to look for a place to rent or to pre-qualify for a mortgage. The stress, she said, has made her contemplate suicide.

“I don’t want to go from a homeowner to a renter,” she said, adding that they don’t have the money for a down payment on a new house.

The only way to have that cash available would be to receive the financial offer from the state that hasn’t been delivered, she said.

Originally, they were told they would have to move out in July, she said. She’s not sure how long they have left at the house.

“I just hope and pray we don’t get screwed,” Hess-Gonzalez said. “I don’t want to go into a worse area.”

Katie Byard contributed to this report. Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/betty.

High school scores, summaries and schedules — Aug. 30

FOOTBALL

Scoreboard

Week One

Saturday’s Results

Cleveland Heights 45, Buchtel 21

Western Reserve Academy, 47 Cleveland Whitney Young 0

Canton Timken 48, East Canton 7

Scoring Summary

WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY 47,
WHITNEY YOUNG 0

WRA 12 14 14 7 — 47

Whitney 0 0 0 0 — 0

WRA: Anderson 39 run (kick failed)

WRA: Cunningham 5 run (kick failed)

WRA: Roe 1 run (Omais kick)

WRA: Roe 19 run (Omais kick)

WRA: Anderson 25 pass from Roe (Scott kick)

WRA: Roe 14 run (Scott kick)

WRA: Spagnuolo 20 pass from Roe (Scott kick)

WRA Whitney

Records 1-0 0-1

Late Friday

BEREA-MIDPARK 47, NORTH ROYALTON 7

North Royalton 7 0 0 0 — 7

Berea-Midpark 7 26 7 7 — 47

Ber.: Epps 13 run (Kahl kick)

NR: Gilligan 1 run (Nemetz kick)

Ber.: Bachie 4 run (Kahl kick)

Ber.: Owens 97 punt return (Kahl kick)

Ber.: Swinnerton 32 pass from Gassman (kick failed)

Ber.: Montanari fumble recovery in end zone (run failed)

Ber.: Epps 6 pass from Gassman (Kahl kick)

Ber.: Montanari 44 pass from Gassman (Kahl kick)

N. Royalton Berea-Midpark

Records 0-1 1-0

BLACK RIVER 72,
COLLINS WESTERN RESRERVE 57

Black River 8 22 8 34 72

Collins Western Reserve 8 23 6 20 — 57

BR: Toth 5 run (Beard run)

WR: Stump 15 run (Stump run)

BR: Bell 49 run (Toth run)

WR: Stump 41 run (Klingshire run)

BR: Toth 20 run (run failed)

WR: Puder 67 pass from Stump (Hreha kick)

BR: Bell 11 run (Bell run)

WR: Martin 26 pass from Stump (Klingshire run)

WR: Stump 45 run (run failed)

BR: Toth 8 run (Filak run)

WR: Stump 66 run (pass failed)

BR: Filak 45 run (run failed), 10:53.

WR: Klingshire 5 run (Croft from Stump)

BR: Filak 61 run (Beard run), 8:59.

BR: Benson 15 fumble return (run failed)

WR: Fannin 81 kickoff return (run failed)

BR: Filak 6 pass from Beard (Beard run)

BR: Beard 45 run (run failed)

Black River Western Reserve

Records 1-0 0-1

BRUNSWICK 36, MEDINA 0

Medina 0 0 0 0 — 0

Brunswick 0 27 9 7 — 36

Brun.: Yurik 5 pass from Ficyk (Hotz kick)

Brun.: Engelke 2 run (Hotz kick)

Brun.: Manocchio 15 pass from Ficyk (Hotz kick)

Brun.: Clift 46 pass from Ficyk (pass failed)

Brun.: Engelke 1 run (kick failed)

Brun.: Hotz 32 FG

Medina Brunswick

Records 0-1 1-0

CARROLLTON 44, EAST LIVERPOOL 2

Carrollton 13 28 3 0 — 41

East Liverpool 0 0 0 2 — 2

Car.: Deitz 56 run (kick failed)

Car.: Dodd 4 run (Leary kick)

Car.: Deitz 1 run (Leary kick)

Car.: Dodd 29 run (Leary kick)

Car.: Wilson 83 pass from Deitz (Leary kick)

Car.: Deitz 20 run (Leary kick)

Car.: FG Leary 34

EL: Safety, Reynolds

Carrollton East Liverpool

First downs 13 4

Rushing 40-204 14-49

Passing 8-13-191-0 4-14-17-3

Records 1-0 0-1

CRESTWOOD 49, WEST BRANCH 26

Crestwood 6 15 7 21 — 49

West Branch 7 0 7 12 — 26

Cre.: Bailey 2 run (kick blocked)

WB: Stowe 1 run (Manley kick)

Cre.: Thut 22 pass from Surgeon (Surgeon run)

Cre.: Fabry 9 pass from Surgeon (Kollman kick)

Cre.: Fabry 36 pass from Surgeon (Kollman kick)

WB: Lozier 55 run (Manley kick)

Cre.: Thut 50 pass from Surgeon (Reese kick)

WB: Deshields 12 pass from Snyder (kick blocked)

Crestwood West Branch

Records 1-0 0-1

GARAWAY 41, DALTON 18

Dalton 0 12 0 6 — 18

Garaway 0 27 7 7 — 41

Gar.: Troyer 24 pass from Jacobs (Yackey kick)

Dal.: McFadden 29 run (kick blocked)

Gar.: Troyer 69 pass from Jacobs (Yackey kick)

Dal.: Fitzwater 1 run (pass failed)

Gar.: Troyer 88 pass from Jacobs (kick blocked)

Gar.; Troyer 74 pass from Jacobs (Yackey kick)

Gar.: Jacobs 2 run (Yackey kick)

Gar.: Slentz 26 pass from Jacobs (Yackey kick)

Dal.: 30 pass to Mann (run failed)

Dalton Garaway

First downs 17 13

Rushing 43-152 27-81

Passing 15-28-173-1 11-22-433-1

Records 0-1 1-0

INDIAN VALLEY 41, SANDY VALLEY 16

Sandy Valley 6 0 7 3 — 16

Indian Valley 14 6 14 7 — 41

IV: Cotsmire 43 run (Love kick)

IV: Carlisle 50 run (Love kick)

SV: Dieffenbaugher 3 run (kick failed)

IV: Davis 15 run (kick failed)

SV: Dieffenbaugher 3 run (Wagner kick)

IV: Davis 13 run (kick failed)

IV: Davis 14 run (Rossold pass from McGuire)

SV: Wagner 36 FG

Sandy Valley Indian Valley

Records 0-1 1-0

JACKSON 44, EAST 20

East 12 0 0 8 — 20

Jackson 23 14 7 0 — 44

East: Bell 66 pass from Thomas (kick failed)

Jac.: Spradling 3 run (Dear from Ridgeway)

Jac.: Spradling 2 run (Costin kick)

East: Bell 26 run (kick failed)

Jac.: Weaver 6 run (Ridgeway kick)

Jac.: Spradling 16 run (Costin kick)

Jac.: Palotta 15 run (Costin kick)

East: Wells 13 run (Bell from Wells)

East Jackson

First downs 25 12

Rushing 28-143 44-322

Passing 6-14-92-1 7-12-105-0

Records 0-1 1-0

MIDDLEFIELD CARDINAL 34,
GARRETTSVILLE 14

Cardinal 21 0 6 7 — 34

Garrettsville 0 14 0 0 — 14

Car.: Peters 19 run (Whitney run)

Car.: Troyer 56 run (pass failed)

Car.: Troyer 21 run (Gubanyar kick)

Gar.: Duvall 5 run (Dejanovic kick)

Gar.: Borrelli 8 pass from Emens (Dejanovic kick)

Car.: Thurling 19 run (kick failed)

Car.: Zemelka 42 run (Gubanyar kick)

Cardinal Garretsville

First downs 17 12

Rushing 47-344 30-83

Passing 0-1-0-0 10-26-163-1

Records 1-0 0-1

ORRVILLE 42, TOLEDO ROGERS 36

Rogers 7 7 6 16 — 36

Orrville 6 19 9 8 — 42

Orr.: Domer 1 run (kick failed)

Rog.: Jones 50 run (kick good)

Orr.: Shaffer 12 interception return (Duskey kick)

Rog.: Jones 85 kickoff return (kick good)

Orr.: Safety, Shaffer tackled in endzone

Orr.: Shaffer 30 pass from Smith (Duskey kick)

Orr.: FG Duskey 24

Orr. Safety, snap out of endzone

Orr.: Owens 3 run (Duskey kick)

Rog: Warren 48 pass from Price (run failed)

Rog.: Warren 6 run (Warren run)

Rog.: Moore 86 pass from Price (Warren run)

Orr.: Owens 23 pass from Smith (Fitzgerald from Smith)

Rogers Orrville

First downs 14 20

Rushing 34-297 21-111

Passing 10-23-172-2 17-41-287-1

Records 0-1 1-0

SMITHVILLE 36, TUSLAW 33

Tuslaw 7 20 0 6 — 33

Smithville 0 15 6 15 — 36

Tus.: Karn 6 run (Cybak kick)

Tus.: Karn 1 run (Cybak kick)

Smi.: Cristman 59 pass (kick good)

Tus.: —Lau 79 pass from Snyder (Cybak kick)

Smi.: Viator11 run (run good)

Tus.: Snyder 1 run (kick failed)

Smi.: 8 pass (kick failed)

Tus.: Shade 23 pass from Snyder (kick failed)

Smi.: 41 run (kick good)

Smi.: —1 run (pass good)

Tuslaw Smithville

First downs 24 16

Rushing 38-150 40-213

Passing 16-27-319-0 8-16-146-1

Records 0-1 1-0

ST THOMAS AQUINAS 56, ELYRIA 49

Elyria Catholic 21 7 14 7 — 49

Aquinas 14 21 7 14 — 56

STA: Moeglin 4 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Virgin 84 pass from Kuchta (kick failed)

STA: Pusateri 4 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Smith 7 pass from Kuchta (Jagielski from Kuchta)

EC: Rankin 2 run (Horvath kick)

STA: Pusateri 3 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Rankin 80 kickoff return (Horvath kick)

STA: Moeglin 13 run (Kostiuk kick)

STA: McCauley 4 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Rankin 54 fumble return (Horvath kick)

STA: Moeglin 47 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Virgin 9 pass to Kuchta (Horvath kick)

STA: Moeglin 24 run (Kostiuk kick)

STA: Moeglin 36 run (Kostiuk kick)

EC: Virgin 43 pass from Kuchta (Horvath kick)

Elyria Aquinas

First downs 13 21

Rushing 24-104 50-394

Passing 17-30-389-1 10-17-97-3

Records 0-1 1-0

WARREN HOWLAND 35, KENMORE 12

Kenmore 0 0 12 0 — 12

Howland 14 7 14 0 — 35

How.: Marrs 10 run (Williams kick)

How.: Williams 1 run (Williams kick)

How.: Ellis 2 run (Williams kick)

Ken.: Bowers 35 rin (kick failed)

Ken.: Jenkins 60 pint return (kick failed)

How.: Ellis 20 run (Williams kick)

How.: Marrs 15 run (Williams kick)

Kenmore Howland

First downs 8 15

Rushing 150 200

Passing 10 50

Records 0-1 1-0

WAYNEDALE 27, TUSKY VALLEY 14

Waynedale 6 14 7 0 — 27

Tusky Valley 0 7 0 7 — 14

Way.: Strausbaugh 78 pass from Riebe (kick failed)

Way.: Strausbaugh 37 pass from Riebe (Wonsick kick)

Way.: Strausbaugh 38 pass from Riebe (Wonsick kick)

TV: Lewis 16 pass from Shetler (Ackerman kick)

Way.: Stanley 25 run (Wonsick kick)

TV: Arrandale 13 run (Ackerman kick)

Waynedale Tusky Valley

First downs 12 15

Rushing 33-246 44-151

Passing 8-18-184-1 15-27-197-0

Records 1-0 0-1

WOOSTER 21, HIGHLAND 20

Wooster 7 7 7 0 — 21

Higland 0 14 0 6 — 20

Woo.: Blair 8 pass from Daugherty (Hasapis kick)

Woo.: Blair 49 pass from Daugherty (Hasapis kick)

High.: Phelps 21 run (Allen kick)

High.: Corvo 5 run (Allen kick)

Woo.: Dyson 5 run (Hasapis kick)

High.: Kinsey 39 pass from Zelinski (run failed)

Wooster Highland

Records 1-0 0-1

SOCCER

BOYS

Scoring Summaries

COPLEY 5, MEDINA 0

Halftime: Copley, 4-0. Goals: Brennan (C) 2, Worner (C), Kirui (C), Harter (C). Assists: Harter (C) 2, Brennan (C), Boles (C). Shots on goal: Cop., 7-1. Corner kicks: Cop., 2-1. Saves: White (C) 1; Mubarak (C) 0. JV Score: Medina, 2-0.

Records: Medina 4-1; Copley 4-0.

DOVER 4, ALLIANCE 2

Halftime: Dover, 2-0. Goals: Fails (A) 2, Harris (D), Wherley (D), Randazzo (D), Johnson (D). Assists: Geiger (A), Mohr (A). Shots on goal: Dov., 14-4. Corner kicks: Dov., 5-2. Saves: Ravine (D) 2; Heslep (A) 5.

Records: Alliance 0-4; Dover 2-0-1.

GLENOAK 3, NORDONIA 0

Halftime: Glenoak, 1-0. Goals: Andrews (G) 2, Adelman (G). Assists: Sutherland (G). Shots on goal: Gle., 12-7. Corner kicks: Gle., 5-4. Saves: Yuhas (N) 5; Bodenschatz (G) 7. JV Score: Glenoak, 6-1.

Records: Nordonia 1-2; Glenoak 1-2-1.

HUDSON 10, FIRESTONE 3

Halftime: Hudson, 6-2. Goals: Hendrickson (F) 3, Wallace (H) 3, Martinez (H) 2, Sullivan (H) 2, Saxer (H), Colazzo H), Schraitle (H). Assists: Colazzo (H) 4, Kern (H), Sullivan (H), Wolanske (H), Kern (H), Vuksta (H), Martinez (H). Shots on goal: Hud., 20-3. Corner kicks: Hud., 5-2. Saves: Fitch (H) N/A.

Records: Hudson 3-0.

MINERVA 5, EAST PALESTINE 0

Halftime: Minerva, 3-0. Goals: Stewart (M) 3, Lowmiller (M) 2. Assists: Pachan (M), Henman (M), Monter (M), P. Miller (M). Shots on goal: Min., 39-4. Corner kicks: Min., 8-3. Saves: Hays (EP) 24; Schotts (M) 4.

Records: East Palestine 0-3-1; Minerva 4-0.

NORTON 3, STREETSBORO 2

Halftime: Norton, 1-0. Goals: Knight (N) 2, Rey (N), A. Algheandi (S), N. Algheandi (S) Assists: Rymer (N), Hlas (N), Van Riper (N). Shots on goal: Nor., 31-3. Corner kicks: Nor.,3-0. Saves: Crowder (N) 1, Weisbarth (N) 0.; Wilson (S) 25.

Records: Norton 2-1-1.

NORTH CANTON HOOVER 4, MARLINGTON 1

Halftime: 1-1. Goals: Chaudhari (H) 2, McSeaters (H), Jones (H), Zigler (M). Assists: Schoeppner (H), Wade (M). Shots on goal: Hoo., 19-6. Corner kicks: Hoo., 7-4. Saves: Wilhelm (H) 5; Ackerman (M) 12. JV Score: North Canton Hoover won.

Records: Hoover 1-2-1; Marlington 2-2-1.

WALSH JESUIT 3, 
COLUMBUS ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 0

Halftime: Walsh Jesuit, 1-0. Goals: Renz (WJ), Thompson (WJ), Kaim (WJ). Assists: Parianos (WJ), Ballway (WJ), Stagliano (WJ). Shots on goal: SFDS, 8-7. Corner kicks: SFDS, 3-1. Saves: Keefe (WJ) 7. JV Score: 0-0.

Records: Walsh Jesuit 5-0.

WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY 1,
ST VINCENT-ST.MARY 0

Halftime: Western Reserve Academy, 1-0. Goals: Hassell (WRA). Assists: Waldeck (WRA). Shots on goal: STVM, 8-6. Corner kicks: 4-4. Saves: Walters (STVM) 6; Skora (WRA) 6. JV Score: St. Vincent-St. Mary, 1-0.

Records: Western Reserve Academy 5-0; St. Vincent-St. Mary 1-3.

GIRLS

Scoring Summaries

FIRESTONE 7, WATERLOO 1

Halftime: Firestone, 4-0. Goals: Lingel (F) 3, Simon (F) 2, Doria (F), Niekamp (F), Unknown (W). Assists: Morritz (F) 4, Lingle (F) 2. Shots on goal: Fir., 24-7. Saves: Waterloo 12; Cooke (F) 3, Bietko (F) 3.

Records: Firestone 1-4.

HUDSON 2, JACKSON 0

Halftime: Hudson, 1-0. Goals: Torrence (H), Breeden (H). Assists: Breeden (H). Shots on goal: Jac., 10-6. Corner kicks: 4-4. Saves: Sabina (J) 0, Falconer (J) 4; L’Hommedieu (H) 10.

Records: Jackson 1-1-2; Hudson 5-0.

LINSLY 4, WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY 1

Halftime: Linsly, 2-1. Goals: Memmo (L) 2, Kureishy (L), George (L), Saucier (WRA). Assists: Snyder (L), Kureishy (L), Haseltine (WRA). Shots on goal: Lin., 18-15. Corner kicks: WRA, 4-3. Saves: Paparella (WRA) 7; Vivian (L) 6.

Records: WRA 4-1-0; Linsly 5-1-0.

NORTH ROYALTON 2, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 1

Halftime: 0-0. Goals: Muccio (F), Rechner (NR), Tyma (NR). Assists: Totterdale (F). Shots on goal: NR, 8-4. Corner kicks: NR, 5-2. Saves: Rezapourin (F) 6, Malley (NR) 3. JV Score: North Royalton, 4-1.

Records: Austintown Fitch 3-1-1; North Royalton 2-1-1.

NORTON 5, CHIPPEWA 3

Halftime: Norton, 3-1. Goals: E. Nagy (N) 3, Limer (N), Melendez (N), Smith (C), Brown (C), Nadya Boualany (C). Assists: Limer (N) 2, Daniel (N), Jordan (N), Coffer (N), Jones (C). Shots on goal: Nor., 24-14. Corner kicks: Nor., 6-1. Saves: Cascaldo (N) 5; Koncz (C) 8.

Records: Norton 2-2-1; Chippewa 2-1.

RAVENNA 2, ROOTSTOWN 0

Halftime: Ravenna, 1-0. Goals: Cipriano (Rav.), Rich (Rav.). Shots on goal: Rav., 8. Corner kicks: Rav., 3. Saves: Ricker (Rav.) 4. JV Score: Ravenna, 2-0.

Records: Ravenna 2-1-1.

STOW 1, TALLMADGE 0

Halftime: 0-0. Goals: Koch (S). Assists: Caldwell (S). Shots on goal: Stow, 13-1. Corner kicks: Stow, 3-1. Saves: Kassinger (S) 1; Tucci (T) 10. JV Score: Stow, 1-0.

Records: Tallmadge 2-2; Stow 1-3-1.

ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 2, COVENTRY 0

Halftime: St. Vincent-St. Mary, 2-0. Goals: Bowen (STVM), Bryant (STVM). Assists: Smith (STVM). Shots on goal: Cov., 12-10. Corner kicks: 1-1. Saves: Rauscher (STVM) 12. JV Score: 4-4.

Records: St. Vincent-St. Mary 4-0; Coventry 3-2.

WALSH JESUIT 5, CANFIELD 1

Halftime: Walsh Jesuit, 2-1. Goals: Stelbasky (WJ) 2, Rossi (WJ), Quinn (WJ), Rico (WJ), Mancini (C). Assists: Rossi (WJ) 4, Glascott (WJ), Fisher (C). Shots on goal: WJ, 9-4. Corner kicks: WJ., 4-2. Saves: Abel (C) 4; Demarchi (WJ) 3. JV Score: Walsh Jesuit, 4-0.

Records: Canfield 4-1; Home 3-0-1.

WOOSTER 1, BUCKEYE 1

Halftime: Wooster, 1-0. Goals: Thomas (B), Sleek (W). Shots on goal: Buc., 14-4. Corner kicks: Buc., 4-2. Saves: Stacy (B) 1; Meade (W) 3. JV Score: 0-0.

Records: Wooster 2-2-1; Buckeye 3-0-1.

VOLLEYBALL

BEST OF OHIO TOURNAMENT
HUDSON 25-25, BISHOP WATTERSON 7-17

Kills: Rense (H) 5. Digs: Holland (H) 11. Blocks: Mackay (H) 3. Assists: A. Przyzocki (H) 14. Service Points: M. Przyzocki (H) 8

Records: Hudson 3-1.

BEST OF OHIO TOURNAMENT
CINCINNATI MT. NOTRE DAME 25-25,
HUDSON 14-13

Kills: Mackay (H) 5. Digs: Mackay (H) 8. Blocks: Rense (H) 2. Assists: A. Przyzocki (H) 15. Service Points: Holland (H) 6

Records: Hudson 3-2.

BEST OF OHIO TOURNAMENT
COLUMBUS ST. FRANCIS DE SALES 25-18-25, HUDSON 20-25-22

Kills: Mackay (H) 13. Digs: Young (H) 15. Blocks: Rense (H) 4. Assists: Disandis (H) 27. Service Points: Holland (H) 12

Records: Hudson 3-3.

CHIPPEWA 25-25, MANCHESTER 15-13

Kills: K. Richardson (C) 6. Digs: Shannon (C) 8. Blocks: A. Richardson 6. Assists: Bunch (C) 7. Service Points: Shannon (C) 16.

Records: Chippewa 3-1.

CHIPPEWA 26-25, NORTON 24-15

Kills: A. Richardson (C) 11. Digs: Shannon (C) 7. Blocks: A. Richardson (C) 6. Assists: Bunch (C) 10. Service Points: Bunch (C) 54.

Records: Chippewa 4-1

Cloverleaf Tournament
NORTH CANTON HOOVER 25-25,
VALLEY FORGE 17-14

Kills: Topper (H) 8. Digs: Weaver (H) 8. Assists: Brumbaugh (H) 27. Service Points: Weaver (H) 14.

Records: Hoover 4-1.

Cloverleaf Tournament
MANSFIELD MADISON 25-25,
NORTH CANTON HOOVER 13-23

Kills: Topper (H) 9. Digs: Martinides (H) 10. Assists: Brumbaugh (H) 27. Service Points: Brumbaugh (H) 5.

Records: Hoover 4-2.

Cloverleaf Tournament
ELYRIA CATHOLIC 25-14-25,
NORTH CANTON HOOVER 21-25-23

Kills: Brumbaugh (H) 9. Digs: Reisinger (H) 6. Assists: Brumbaugh (H) 24. Service Points: Carey (H) 11.

Records: Hoover 4-3.

CRESTWOOD 25-25, SOUTHEAST 16-16

Kills: Norwuest (SE) 10; Shrenk (C) 15. Digs: Norwuest (SE) 9. Blocks: Norwuest (SE) 2; Zigman (C) 5. Assists: Woodard (SE) 10; Hoffman (C) 27. Service Points: Ondash (C) 6, Hoffman (C) 6.

CRESTWOOD 25-25, WEST BRANCH 16-19

Kills: Townes (WB) 6; Shrenk (C) 9. Digs: Manning (W) 23. Blocks: Heath (WB) 3; Zigman (C) 9. Assists: Heath (WB) 11; Hoffman (C) 23. Service Points: Walsh (WB) 5; Hoffman (C) 6, Ondash (C) 6.

CUYAHOGA FALLS 25-25-25,
BARBERTON 20-15-14

Kills: Krieger (CF) 10; Kaisk (B) 5. Digs: Roy (CF) 10; Davis (B) 14. Blocks: Crawford (CF) 3; Kaisk (B) 1. Assists: Slone (CF) 28; Ullman (B) 9. Service Points: Davis (B) 6.

Records: Barberton 4-3.

KENT ROOSEVELT 25-25-25,
TWINSBURG 15-20-22

Kills: Cudworth (KR) 15. Digs: Slattery (KR) 19. Blocks: Cudworth (KR) 8. Assists: Miller (KR) 28. Service Points: Cudworth (KR) 15.

Records: Kent Roosevelt 4-0.

NORTON 25-25, MANCHESTER 14-23

REVERE 25-25-25, BAY VILLAGE BAY 15-15-23

Kills: Bierman (R) 10. Digs: Land (R) 19. Blocks: Kahoe (R) 4. Assists: Stile (R) 21. Service Points: Eley (R) 7, Bierman (R) 7. JV Score: Revere 2-1.

Records: Revere 4-0.

WADSWORTH 25-24-16-26-15,
STOW 21-26-25-24-13

Kills: Witschey (W) 14, Pressley (W) 14; Guider (S) 12. Digs: Johnson (W) 27; Steiger (S) 8. Blocks: Grice (W) 7; Dipaola (S) 3. Assists: Sansonetti (W) 23; Conrad (S) 20. Service Aces: Chirumbole (W) 3.

Records: Wadsworth 2-5, 1-1; Stow 1-3, 1-0.

WEST BRANCH 25-25, SOUTHEAST 13-18

Kills: Townes (WB) 10, Norwuest (SE) 3, Romosca (SE) 3. Digs: Manning (WB) 14; Norquest (SE) 4. Blocks: Walsh (WB) 3. Assists: Heath (WB) 12; Woodard (SE) 10. Service Points: Walsh (WB) 9.

WATERLOO 24-25-25-25,
LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 26-21-22-19

Kills: Bartley (L) 13. Digs: Smith (L) 38. Assists: B. Fargo (L) 16. Blocks: R. Fargo (L) 3. Service Points: Bartley (L) 11.

Records: Lake Center Christian 0-6.

CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS

ASHLEY WHITE-STUMP INVITATIONAL

(At Marlington High School, Marlboro Twp.)

Division I

Team Results: 1. Lake 24; 2. GlenOak 46; 3. Wooster 52.

Individual Results: 1. Kernell (Lake) 16:16.9; 2. White (Wooster); 3. Wirick (Lake); 4. Fitzgerald (Crestwood); 5. Holland (GlenOak); 6. Tornow (Lake); 7. Beule (GlenOak); 8. Bookman (Field); 9. Delahanty (Lake); 10. Noble (Lake).

Division II

Team Results: 1. Crestwood 53; 2. Field 67; 3. Tuslaw 84; 4. Marlington 91; 5. Archbishop Hoban 105; 6. Carrollton 190; 7. Streetsboro 219; 8. West Branch 227; 9. East Liverpool 229; 10. Canton Central Catholic 256; 11. Alliance 259; 12. Salem 315.

DAVE CLEGG INVITATIONAL

(At North Canton Hoover)

Boys Team Results: 1. Jackson 31; 2. Stow 77; 3.. Brecksville 85; 4. Twinsburg 102; 5. Perry 113; 6. North Canton Hoover 114; 7. Firestone 217; 8. Canton McKinley 241; 9. Canton Timken 281; 10. Norton 290.

Boys Individual Results: 1. Adams (CVCA) 16:21.1; 2. Rossetti (STVM); 3. Caniford (Aquinas) ; 4. Mallue (Jackson); 5. Gogan (Twinsburg); 6. McVey (Stow); 7. Campbell (STVM); 8. Stevenson (Perry); 9. Fehlman (Jackson); 10. Jones (Jackson).

MENTOR CARDINAL CLASSIC INVITATIONAL

(At Mentor High School, Mentor)

Boys Team Results: 1. Hudson 59; 2. Mentor 66; 3. Medina 74; 4. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 81; 5. Chardon 106; 6. Brunswick 194; 7. North 196; 8. Gilmour Academy 201; 9. Geneva 235; 10. Lakeside 317; 11. Normandy 335; 12. Cleveland Heights 345; 13. Shaw 424.

Boys Individual Results: 1. Mau (Hudson) 16:00.41; 2. Stanovsek (NDCL); 3. Sopchak (Cha.); 4. Bollam-Godbott (Bru.); 5. Polakowski (Men.); 6. Elmore (Men.); 7. Zombory (Cha.); 8. Canala (Men.); 9. Gaynor (Hud.); 10. Menyes (Med.).

WALSH JESUIT 18, CUYAHOGA FALLS 41

(At Goodyear Metro Park, Akron)

Top runners: 1. A. Reimund (WJ) 17:28; 2. Murphy (WJ); 3. Best (CF); 4. Miller (WJ); 5. N. Reimund (WJ); 6. Tatton (WJ); 7. Neff (WJ); 8. Gronowski (WJ); 9. Barnes (WJ); 10. Markovic (CF).

GIRLS

ASHLEY WHITE-STUMP INVITATIONAL

(At Marlington High School, Marlboro Twp.)

Division I

Team Results: 1. Amherst Steele 33; 2. GlenOak 33; 3. Wooster 72; 4. Austintown Fitch 116; 5. Archbishop Hoban 138; 6. Lake 167.

Division II

Team Results: 1. Crestwood 43; 2. Marlingotn 66; 3. Canton Central Catholic 79; 4. Carrollton 113; 5. Tuslaw 128; 6. Field 186; 7. West Branch 192; 8. Southeast 208; 9. Salem 220; 10. Alliance 279; 11. Streetsboro 295; 12. Beaver Local 315; 13. Archbishop Hoban 362; 14. Southeast 372; 15. Salem 407; 16. Lake 454; 17. East Canton 494; 18 Alliacne 524; 19. Streetsboro 530; 20. Lisbon David Anderson 544; 212. Beaver Local 565 .

Division III

Team Results: 1. Rootstown 24; 2. East Canton 43; 3. Lisbon David Anderson 61.

Individual Results: 1. Szivan (Steele) 19:45.1; 2. Dunlap (Carrollton); 3. Thompson (GlenOak) 4. Reolfi (CCC); 5. Koons (Tuslaw); 6. McKeown (Wooster); 7. Head (Crestwood); 8. Parker (Steele); 9. Judd (Crestwood); 10. Gianuzzi (Steele).

DAVE CLEGG INVITATIONAL

(At North Canton Hoover)

Girls Team Results: 1. St. Vincent-St. Mary 55; 2. Twinsburg 98; 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 113; 4. Jackson 120; 5. Cuyahoga Falls 139; 6. Dover 145; 7. Stow 160; 8. Brecksville 196; 9. North Canton Hoover 206; 10. Berea-Midpark 237; 11. Tusky Valley 383; 12. Norton 401; 13. CVCA 411; 14. Canton McKinley 430l; 15. Chippewa 431; 16. Firestoen 468; 17. Manchester 470.

Girls Individual Results: 1. Welsh (Aquinas) 18:50.1; 2. Iaafano (STVM); 3. Lovett (Twinsburg); 4. Soehnlen (Aquinas); 5. Scarton (Berea-Midpark); 6. Kile (Hoover); 7. Brady (STVM); 8. Warther (Dover); 9. O’Brien (STVM); 10. Zimmerman (Cuyahoga Falls).

MENTOR CARDINAL CLASSIC INVITATIONAL

(At Mentor High School, Mentor)

Girls Team Results: 1. Brunswick 59; 2. Medina 74; 3. Chardon 86; 4. Hudson 107; 5. Gilmour Academy 117; 6. Mentor 129; 7. Perry 143; 8. North 251; 9. Normandy 264; 10. Geneva 273; 11. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; 12. Lakeside 324; 13. Laurel 415; 14. Andrews Osbourne Academy 432; Shaw 474.

Girls Individual Results: 1. Deering (Geneva) 19:27.10; 2. Craddock (Bru.); 3. Banks (Cha.); 4. Pack (Med.); 5. Markel (GA); 6. Cullings (Med.); 7. Pasadyn (Bru.); 8. Stansbury (Cha.); 9. LaPolla (Bru.); 10. Schwenk (Nor.).

TENNIS

WEST HOLMES 5, ZANESVILLE 0

Singles: Molnar (WH) d. Denton 6-52, 6-1; Kick (WH) d, Lee 6-1, 6-4; Stitzlein (WH) d. Carpenter 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Morris-Mohler (WH) d. Tarbert-Clark 6-0, 6-0; Strouse-Macauley (WH) won br forfeit.

Records: West Holmes 10-0.

Texas senator says border crisis tops agenda for 2014 vote

DALLAS: Texas Senator Ted Cruz said the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections will hinge on a debate over President Barack Obama’s leadership in the world and whether more amnesty should be granted to those trying to cross the border from Mexico.

The "humanitarian crisis is a direct result of President Obama’s policy," of giving amnesty to minors trying to cross into the U.S., said Cruz, speaking before an audience of about 3,000 at the Dallas conference of Americans for Prosperity, a political vehicle of Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries.

The Tea Party-backed Republican was greeted with chants of "Run, Ted, Run!"

House Republicans scuttled a planned vote on a bill to address the crisis of undocumented children crossing the border in July after Cruz rallied immigration opponents.

About 57,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived at the border since October, double the total from fiscal 2013. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who spoke yesterday at the conference, last month called up 1,000 National Guard troops to protect the state’s border.

Besides border security, Cruz said November’s congressional elections would be a referendum on the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislation to provide universal health care, constitutional rights and the president’s leadership on the world stage.

Obama is "leading from behind," Cruz said, failing to address the Russian annexation of Crimea or confront Islamic militants in Syria, an issue also raised by Perry.

The militants "are the face of evil," said Cruz. "We ought to bomb them back to the stone age."

Other Republican speakers at the conference include Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The sessions address topics such as spending cuts, regulation and health care.

Ohio Army Guard postpones drills to save money

The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues.

The Ohio National Guard’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, made the announcement Friday evening in videos posted on the guard’s website and on social media. She said drills were being rescheduled to the end of the month for now in hopes of congressional action on funding.

She said guards across the country are facing cutbacks because of a federal budget shortfall. The Army National Guards of Hawaii and Guam also said Friday they are postponing upcoming drills.

There was no immediate response Saturday to messages left seeking comment from the Ohio National Guard and the Pentagon.

Most Guard members are part time, many with full-time civilian jobs. The guards function as reserve armed forces and can be activated by the president for U.S. military action or called out by their governors to help cope with state emergencies such as natural disasters or civil unrest.

“We’re very much aware that this action will be at best an inconvenience for all of you and will have varying degrees of economic impact across the force,” Ashenhurst said in her video message. “We’re taking this action as a last resort.”

She said the guard has already cut back in other areas. The training being rescheduled could be canceled outright if funding doesn’t become available, she said.

“None of us are happy about this interruption of our normal training routine,” she said. “But you have our word that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that you are the best-trained National Guard in the history of the force.”

She supervises the overall Ohio National Guard that includes the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve and Ohio Naval Militia, totaling more than 17,000 people.

Ohio Guard members last month delivered bottled water and operated purification systems in northwest Ohio after Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency in three counties because of unsafe water supplies. The Missouri National Guard was called last month to Ferguson, Missouri, amid violent protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Some 500,000 guard members have been mobilized for federal missions including overseas combat duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National Guard Bureau says.

Obama attends wedding of longtime personal chef

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y.: President Barack Obama set aside the pressures of the world’s trouble spots on Saturday to assume the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family’s longtime chef and friend.

Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the knot in an evening ceremony at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City.

Obama and Kass have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month by spending hours at dinner at Kass’ apartment amid the turmoil in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Missouri.

It’s long been said that time is a president’s most precious commodity. That Obama would spend five hours at Kass’ home on one of the aide’s final evenings as a bachelor was a testament to their bond.

Obama’s rounds of golf are often his only other outings that last as long — and those games sometimes include Kass.

Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, were attending the ceremony at the restaurant, which is a favorite of both Kass and Mrs. Obama. The first lady hosted the spouses of world leaders there in 2010.

Obama wore a dark suit, and Mrs. Obama and their daughters each wore sleeveless black cocktail dresses.

The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list is expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.

Kass began preparing meals for the Obamas when the family lived in Chicago. The Obamas persuaded Kass to join them at the White House and he is now among the Obamas’ longest-serving aides.

Besides preparing the family’s meals most weeknights, Kass is also a senior nutrition policy adviser and executive director of the first lady’s anti-childhood obesity initiative.

It’s not unusual for presidents, including Obama, to attend or participate in weddings.

Obama hosted a Rose Garden wedding last October for Pete Souza, the president’s chief official photographer.

In June 2012, Obama, his wife, daughters and mother-in-law attended the backyard wedding of the daughter of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in Chicago.

In May 2008, George W. Bush was in office when his daughter, Jenna, married at the family ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Bill Clinton was best man for his brother, Roger, in March 1994.

Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, participated in the August 1984 wedding of their daughter Patti Davis. Reagan spoke one line in the ceremony. He responded “Her mother and I do” when asked who would give away the bride.

Deficit dips, but long-term federal budget outlook remains dim

WASHINGTON: The federal deficit continues to decline thanks to budget cuts, slower growth in Medicare costs and increased tax revenue, but the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook remains troubled, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

At $506 billion for fiscal 2014, the federal deficit is much smaller than those of recent years and is now 2.9 percent of gross domestic product — down from a high of 10 percent of GDP in 2009 during the period called the “Great Recession.”

Though economic growth has lagged at an average annualized rate of less than 1 percent for the first half of the calendar year, the CBO said it expects stronger economic activity in the second half will push growth to 1.5 percent for the year. The unemployment rate is expected to continue to decline, it said.

Despite improvements in the economic outlook after years of fiscal battles between Congress and the White House, the nonpartisan budget office warned that long-term projections remain dim.

The forecast shows a slightly higher budget deficit for the year than was projected in April.

Vance Comes up Big
Cass Tech junior wide receiver Demetric Vance made big plays down the stretch for Cass Tech in their win over Oak Park on Friday.
Vance Comes up Big
Cass Tech junior wide receiver Demetric Vance made big plays down the stretch for Cass Tech in their win over Oak Park on Friday.
Sound walls to be installed in Akron as part of interchange project; city holding contest for featured icons

Akron soon will get its first new sound walls in seven years.

For some, this won’t be a welcome sight.

The city, however, is hoping the public will help make the walls more aesthetically pleasing.

Akron is holding a contest to find iconic images that will be featured on the walls. The icons will be like those on the sound walls on Interstate 77 in West Akron — a blimp and a canal boat, for example — that city officials chose without public input.

“We want to give people a chance,” said Stephanie York, Akron’s spokeswoman. “You’re kind of in a box with the same ideas.”

Akron will accept icon ideas until 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15. At that point, a panel of judges will narrow the ideas to six, which the Beacon Journal will publish. The public then will be able to vote on the best of the ideas, cutting the field to three that will appear on the sound walls. The creators of the winning icons will receive cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 for first, second and third place.

Sound walls are part of an upcoming estimated $96 million project that will reconfigure the South Main Street/South Broadway interchange with Interstate 76/77 just south of downtown. About $1.4 million will go toward 4,000 feet of sound walls, which will be the same red brick design as those along I-77.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, which is overseeing and paying for the project, did an analysis that found that noise levels would rise in several areas after the roadway construction. The state agency reached out to business and residential property owners to ask if they wanted sound walls. The property owners were able to vote, and, if 50 percent wanted a sound wall, that faction won.

Some property owners wanted sound walls, while others did not. At the request of property owners, the state will install a landscaping barrier, rather than a sound wall, from around Grant Street to Sumner Street on the northern side of the highway.

Sound walls will be erected on I-76/77 from Princeton Street to Coburn Street on the north side of the highway; from Princeton to May Court on the south side; and from Grant to Sumner on the south side.

A sound wall also will be installed along the west side of South Main Street near St. Mary Parish, which owns the property from the corner of South Main and Thornton streets to the neighboring Baptist church.

Terrence Kowalski, the principal of St. Mary school, said the sound wall will border a field that houses the school’s playground. He said Main Street will be expanded into the tree lawn, bringing the traffic closer to school property.

“We spoke with ODOT because of the expansion of ... the road,” he said. “Since it’s going to be closer inward, we want to be sure it looks nice and provides safety for the boys and girls when they go outside.”

Kowalski said he also expects that the increased traffic will be louder.

Sound walls, which range in height from 8.5 feet to 17.9 feet, aren’t expected to be installed until 2017 or 2018. Akron’s deadline, though, to submit icons to ODOT is this November.

The state’s guidelines specify the icons should focus on objects that are important to the Akron area and be understandable and identifiable to the public. Icons may not represent private interests, businesses or schools or be images that are copyrighted or logos.

Mike Teodecki, a city engineer, said Akron would like a sketch or photograph of each suggestion.

“We want more than just words,” he said. “We are hoping to attract an artist. Give us your ideas.”

The city also is seeking input from the public on the wording that will appear on the parapet walls of three bridges that will be built as part of the interchange project on Wolf Ledges Parkway over the expressway, Grant Street over the expressway and Main Street under the expressway. The bridges will be visible to thousands of cars each day.

“Help us see what you want to see,” York said. “The Akron seal? ‘City of Akron’?”

The submitter of the chosen bridge wording won’t receive a cash prize.

Ideas for the icons and bridge wording may be submitted by email to cjonke@akronohio.gov or by mail to: Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 S. High St., Room 701, Akron, OH 44308.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com.

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