Kent sets resurfacingof portion of Route 43Motorists driving through Kent on South Water Street between Route 261 and Haymaker Parkway could see fewer potholes as early as this summer.Kent City Council last week gave the initial approval for the city administration to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to repave the 2-mile section.City Council authorized $413,136 as its portion of the project's total cost. Service Director Gene Roberts said ODOT could begin the work in May or June.Council also finalized recommended changes to the city's animal cruelty ordinances, including allowing only licensed trappers to catch a game animal in city limits."The changes also would eliminate a loophole that permits hunting in a southern portion of the city," said Safety Director William Lillich.Goodyear seeks saleof lake and rec acresWant to buy a large lake and some recreational land around it? One is for sale in southwest Portage County.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has hung out the "for sale" sign on the 522-acre Wingfoot Lake in Suffield Township and 150 acres of recreational land around it.The Portage Park District, which has struggled to get an operating levy approved by voters, is not in position to buy the land, said Director Chris Craycroft.The recreational land includes sports fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other amenities open only to Goodyear employees and the private Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club.A Goodyear spokesman said the lake is being marketed because the company's workforce has dwindled and use of the lake and park has declined.He said Goodyear purchased the land in 1916. The lake was used to guarantee plenty of water for the firm's Akron plants.City tries to keep upwith many road fixesThere seems to be a growing concern among Streetsboro residents about the numerous potholes found on some the city streets.Among the worst roads are Price Road and parts of Seasons Road, and Councilman Chuck Kocisko said he is aware of the problem and has brought the issue up with City Council."Price Road needs to be taken care of," he said. "It's a disaster." He added in years past there were fewer homes on Price and now it has nearly 20 homes."These residents need to be served better," Kocisko said. "Price Road needs to be dug up and completely redone."In agreement, Councilman Robert Hager said Council has discussed the issue and is working to repair many of the city's roadways."Some of these roads are in pretty bad shape and they're getting worse," he said.Hager said the service department also is aware of the pothole problem and is working on patching the holes when the weather permits.Cause of one Portagedeath isn't determinedThe body of a 39-year-old Nelson township woman who was found in a wooded area in October is the only case in which a cause of death could not be determined by the Portage County coroner's office in 2006.Janet Massey's body was found Oct. 16 in a wooded area near her Chalker Road home. According to County Sheriff Duane Kaley, Massey was reported missing July 16.Wayne Enders, administrator for the coroner's office, said recently that Massey's case was the only one of 103 coroner's cases in 2006 for which a cause and manner of death could not be determined.Of the remaining 102 cases, 44 deaths were determined by Coroner Roger Marcial to have been natural, Enders said.Thirty-four cases were determined to be accidental -- 16 from traffic accidents and 18 from other accidents. The office also handled 17 suicide cases, while four cases are still pending review and the remaining three cases were determined to be homicides.Kent Stage downtownwill host a film festivalThe Kent Stage will host the fourth annual Standing Rock International and Short Film Festival on Saturday at 8 p.m. Kent Stage is on East Main Street downtown.The festival will showcase films from around the globe -- from Australia to Kent -- and include animation, music videos, documentaries and video collages.The event costs $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at www.-kentstage.org, in person at the theater or at participating arts and music stores in downtown Kent.The festival will feature the award-winning filmmaker of the YouTube Underground Film Fest -- Ryan Divine -- and local filmmaker and instructor Cindy Penter.For details about performers or ticket sales, call 330-673-4970. Visit www.standingrock.net for additional updates.Mantua police caninedies; aided in arrestsA very special dog which served the Mantua community in law enforcement for several years has died.Vasco, a retired Mantua police K-9 officer, died Jan. 12 following a stroke. His handler, Patrolman Shawn Gahagan of the Mantua Village Police Department, said he will be missed."We made quite a few arrests,"Gahagan said. "We worked well as a team."Vasco, age 11, specialized in narcotic searches and tracking. He retired from the department in 2005. "I will never replace the bond we had," Gahagan said.Gahagan and Vasco trained together in 1999.Mantua police caninedies; aided in arrestsA very special dog which served the Mantua community in law enforcement for several years has died.Vasco, a retired Mantua police K-9 officer, died Jan. 12 following a stroke. His handler, Patrolman Shawn Gahagan of the Mantua Village Police Department, said he will be missed."We made quite a few arrests,"Gahagan said. "We worked well as a team."Vasco, age 11, specialized in narcotic searches and tracking. He retired from the department in 2005. "I will never replace the bond we had," Gahagan said.Gahagan and Vasco trained together in 1999.