Turn in tattered, worn flags

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 900, and the Crooked River Veterans Foundation have embarked on a joint project of recovering worn, tattered flags so that they may be retired in a formal, deserving manner. The flag is a symbol of the United States, which the veterans have fought to preserve. Flag retrieval boxes will be located at the Norton Administration Building, Barberton YMCA, Ace Hardware in Ellet, Stow Police Department, Akron Veterans Service Commission, Tallmadge Fire Department, Springfield Administration Building, Falls Quirk Center, Falls City Building, Ace Hardware Norton, Ace Hardware Manchester, Bath Fire Department and Hartville City Hall, for people to deposit flags for proper disposal. The flags will be stored until the annual June 14 (Flag Day) retirement and then transported to the Summit County Sheriff's Training Facility where they will be burned in a formal ceremony performed by military, local organizations and the Sheriff's Department.

For more information, visit the chapter website at www.vva900.org.

Hot dog roast, bake sale for Falls Cancer Club Aug. 1

Discount Drug Mart, 655 Portage Trail, is having its annual Hot Dog Roast on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hot dogs, chips and pop will be provided by Discount Drug Mart. The Falls Cancer Club will be hosting a bake sale at the same time. Baked goods will be provided by members, Discount Drug Mart employees and patients. Proceeds from both the hot dog roast and the bake sale will benefit Falls Cancer Club patients. Stop by and pick up a hot dog lunch and some yummy treats. Attendees will receive a lunch and will be helping 67 of their neighbors who are battling cancer. All the monies will be used to pay hospital, doctor and pharmacy bills of these cancer patients. For more information, call the Falls Cancer Club at 330-929-2796.

Safety Town Stars program for

students with


Safety Town Stars is for students who have a developmental disability and who will benefit from a modified Safety Town curriculum at an age that is older than the traditional Safety Town children. This safety education program teaches students topics such as fire safety, safety belts, pedestrian safety, bus safety, bullying, stranger awareness, water safety, dog bite prevention and playground safety. The program is open to all Summit County students with developmental disabilities.

This year's Safety Town Stars will be Aug. 3-6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stow Safety Building which is located at 3800 Darrow Road, Stow in the Community Room. Registration will be mail-in only and there is a cost per child. Submit all registration forms by July 27. For more information or to download a copy of the registration form, go to http://stowohio.org/youth-services-2/ and scroll to the bottom of the page to the Safety Town Stars section. If you do not have access to a computer, registration may be picked up at the Stow Police Department.

Master Singers Chorale performs Aug. 9

The Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio invites community members to join them for their summer concert.

Now in their 15th year, the Master Singers will be performing at Saint Vincent Church on Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 164 West Market St., Akron. They are requesting a donation at the door and all are welcome to attend. The choral group rehearses out of Stow at The Church of New Hope and is dedicated to preserving the past and premiering the future of classical choral literature. They will be performing "Requiem" by Anton Bruckner. JD Goddard is the artistic director and lives in Akron -- all of the MSC singers are from the surrounding area as well. Their resident composer is Jason Metheney. For more information, call 330-865-9581.

Travel Club offers trips in August

Enjoy meeting new people and visiting new places with a group?

Falls Travel Club is open for all. The club is still taking registration for the following trips: Lunch and Yakov Smirnott(comedian) - Friday, Aug. 7 - call Eunice at 330-850-5434; Wheeling Island Casino -Wednesday, Aug. 19 - call Janet at 330-971-8426; Pure Michigan - Charlevoix and Frankenmuth -Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22 - 24 - call Barb at 330-929-4734.

For more information contact the Quirk Cultural Center at 330-971-8425 or check out the current trips online.

Group forming to help veterans

A new, for-profit organization called Making America Great Again is forming.

The group's purpose is to help military veterans, particularly wounded ones. Money will be raised through prize drawings and membership dues. A website will be set up soon.

For more information, call 330-734-8639.

First Tee of Akron offers free golf

The First Tee of Akron is offering complimentary golf and driving range privileges every Sunday between 4 and 6 p.m. through Aug. 30. Golfers between the ages of 6 to 16 can tee it up or hit the range at Mud Run Golf Course free of charge. The only stipulation is they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

First Tee of Akron is a non-profit organization in its 16th year of operation. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Contact Ed Kalail at 330-929-3403 or email ekalail1@neo.rr.com for more information.

Alzheimer's Association presents Living with Alzheimer's program in Stow

The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will be offering a Living with Alzheimer's program in Stow, which is designed to address the needs of persons in the early stages of memory loss and their care partners. Participants will be informed about what they need to know and how to plan to meet the challenges of this journey in their lives. Living with Alzheimer's meetings are once a month at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road in Stow. A total of five educational sessions will be on the third Tuesday of every month.

The topics that will be presented in these sessions include: understanding Alzheimer's disease and memory loss; effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis; coping with changes and making health and legal decisions; daily strategies and safety issues and resources for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Prior to attending the Living with Alzheimer's program, all interested participants and their caregivers must be registered by contacting Carolyn Lake by email at clake@alz.org, or calling 1-800-272-3900. The Living with Alzheimer's program is offered free of charge to participants.

The Greater East Ohio Area Chapter provides education, guidance, referral information and support to 60,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and 250,000 caregivers in the area that the Chapter services.

Auto museum open during summer

Clifford's Auto Museum, 1930 Front St., will once again be open to the public this summer every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Sept. 20.

On festival weekends, the museum will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. (Oktoberfest -- Sept. 19 and 20). It will also be open on Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m. to coincide with the Riverfront Car Cruise-Ins. To make an appointment to see it any other time or to schedule a group tour, call Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home at 330-928-2147 and ask for Marty or Steve. Admission is always free.

Support group open to family, friends of those with drug addictions

Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group for families and friends of those with drug addictions. There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting.

Attendees will hear others, who are going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery.

Meetings in Summit County take place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Drive, in Tallmadge.

To find meetings in other areas, go to the group's website: www.nar-anon.org.

Call Cindy at 330-703-3024 for further information.

Silver Springs Campground begins 40th year

of operation

Silver Springs Campground in Stow is beginning its 40th year as a municipal public campground.

The campground is located at 5238 Young Road, Stow, as part of the Silver Springs Park.

The Stow Parks & Recreation Department, to mark the "40th year of operation" accomplishment, will offer a couple of 40-related specials for campers during the 2015 camping season, including a savings on a five-night stay and special purchases of firewood.

The specials are only as listed on the website, www.funinstow.com. Click on Silver Springs Campground. A brochure on the website offers information such as rules, map and directions.

The Parks and Recreation Department can be reached at 330-689-5100.

Silver Springs Campground offers 27 campsites, some open and some shaded, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite has access to 20-amp electric, a picnic table, and a fire ring (most with adjustable grills). Water spigots are scattered around the campground, and a trailer dump station is available for registered campers. Portable restrooms are present, with flush restrooms available at the nearby ballfields. Pets are permitted and camping clubs are welcome.

The camping season will continue through Oct. 31.

Hampton Falls AARP group plans bus trips

The Hampton Falls AARP group has a one-day bus trip coming up this year.

On Sept. 22, the group will again be going to the Erie Station Dinner Theater, followed by four hours at the Presque Isle Casino.

The September show is a musical salute to the songs of the silver screen. For information and reservations, call Dick Casto at 330-923-3506 and leave name and phone number. The Senior AARP group still meets the second Tuesday at noon each month at the Quirk Cultural Center for lunch, meeting and entertainment. Reservations are a must and for information and reservations call either Casto at 330-923-3506 or Byrne or Kathy Moy at 330-928-8548.

And many thanks to all who donated their Acme Cash Back Tapes the funds of which will be donated to a veteran group as well as several worthwhile organizations in the Falls area.