Portage's bicentennialroad show ready to rollOne of the first programs for Portage County's bicentennnial next year will hit the road soon.The Bicentennial Road Show, which features a movable display of posters from each city, village and township, will be set up at various events, festivals and parades.The first appearance will be the annual Deerfield Community Chorus Concert on July 8. It also will be displayed at the Portage County Randolph Fair.Each community came up with its own design. Two-thirds of the communities have so far submitted posters, while the remainder will be mounted as they come in.To schedule appearances by the road show, call Bill Westover at Coleman Travel Services in Kent at 330-673-7478 or e-mail Bill.Westover@ColemanTravel.com.Portage airport givena grant for upgradingThe Portage County Regional Airport has been awarded a $279,000 grant to upgrade its weather equipment.U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan announced the award from the Federal Aviation Administration on June 11."This equipment will make it easier for pilots landing at Portage to get real-time weather information, which will make it easier and safer to operate at the airport," Ryan said.The grant will be used for two projects -- about $140,000 will go toward buying and installing the weather system and the rest to buy land on the north side of the airport.The airport is located in Shalersville Township bet-ween Route 44 and Infirmary Road.One priority of the airport authority is to acquire properties adjacent to the airport to end so-called "through the fence" operations that im-pact airport operations.Prosecutor and chiefattend Turkey seminarIt's a long way from Portage County to Istanbul, but Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci and Kent State University Police Chief John Peach made the trip last week.The three were among more than 900 attendees from more than 60 countries attending the second Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security.Vigluicci, Peach and his brother Jim Peach, Kent city police chief, attended the first conference in 2005 and have built a strong working relationship with the Turkish National Police.According to Vigluicci, the goal of the conference is to bring together specialists from academia, law enforcement, decision-making positions, media and other arenas.Those entities are concerned about issues of balancing safety, security, anti-terrorism and peace making with human rights and social justice from a global perspective.Farmers market openThe Haymaker Farmers Market returned to downtown Kent for its 15th season June 16.Area farmers and bakers offer a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce and baked goods to the Portage County community.The market is on the northwest corner of Franklin Avenue and Summit Street, and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the last weekend in October.Anyone interested in being a volunteer or vendor should call Fritz Seefeldt at 330-678-5748 or e-mail kentmarket@neo.rr.com.More poll workers areeyed for area electionsWorking the polls in an election is an up-close look at the American electioin process. It's where everyday Americans meet to participate on both sides of the process -- as voters and as citizen overseers of election integrity.The Portage County Board of Elections is continually recruiting new poll workers as longtime volunteers de-cide it's time to turn over the duties to others.Lois Enlow, director of the elections board, said it has sent letters to businesses and professional offices and local and county governments asking for volunteers.The board also is hoping to recruit younger workers. At the May primary, three high school students worked as judges or presiding judges of elections in the county.Elections can use up to 550 poll workers for the county's 131 precincts.For details or to volunteer for election work, call the elections board at 330-297-3512 or 330-297-3513 and ask for Linda or Tara.Sin tax eyed in SummitSummit Countians may vote on a tax on cigarettes and alcohol, which officials say would help fund construction of a $170 million Major League Soccer stadium in Macedonia.County Council is not expected to vote on whether to submit an issue to voters until after July 23. The plan by the Wolstein Sports and Entertainment Group, also calls for retail, lodging and medical facilities to be built.