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Car show, antique festival and fireworks on tap this weekend in Loudonville

A long Fourth of July weekend is coming up, so plan on thousands of visitors coming to Mohican Country. Three major special events will greet them, the two-day Antique Festival in Loudonville’s Central Park on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2; the Loudonville Car Show, one of the most renown in Ohio, Saturday; and the traditional Loudonville Fireworks Show, with fireworks shooting off from Riverside Park at dusk Monday, July 4.

'We do get to be a family' — Area pools share how they are keeping staff for season

As May becomes June and temperatures hit the 80s and 90s, community pools are a popular stop for many who want to cool down and a fun place to go. Despite delayed openings for some locations — like the Loudonville Swimming Pool — the summer season is now in full swing, and some pool managers say they are busier than ever. Busy days lead to a need for more lifeguards and local managers shared how they recruit and keep workers at their pools.

Take a canoe tour of Summit Lake, Ohio & Erie Canal

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is hosting the 2022 Canoe Adventure on Summit Lake and the Ohio & Erie Canal on Saturday, July 16. Participants will receive a guided interpretive tour of Summit Lake and portions of the Ohio & Erie Canal, with guides providing updates on the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Towpath Trail and connector trails.

Where to find the best Italian food in the Akron area

Photo of pasta with sauce on platePhoto by Mahmoud Fawzy (Unsplash) The Akron area has a rich Italian history, so there are many great choices for where to get the best food in town. But I know that can be overwhelming. So I've narrowed it down for you. Here are the three best choices you'll find right in town.

Plant Lovers' Almanac: A bit about bad bugs, blight and blooms

Chaotic weather continued last week, with tornadoes and heavy rain in some locations, blistering heat and pleasing springtime weather on the weekend, the latter not so surprising, since it was technically still springtime. This week we worked our way back into the 90s heat Tuesday as summer officially arrived, though a bit cooler at the official summer solstice at 5:14 a.m.

Classic Cleveland Summer: What's New heads to the Akron Zoo

AKRON, Ohio — "What's New" went on the road on Thursday as we took the show to the Akron Zoo as part of our Classic Cleveland Summer series. You'll find more than 1,000 animals from around the world at the Akron Zoo, including tigers, snow leopards, red pandas, penguins, komodo dragons and many more.
Akron Leader Publications

Scouts BSA butterfly garden project growing

GREEN — A Scouts BSA Troop 7335 project that cleaned up an overgrown butterfly garden at Veterans Memorial Park in the fall of 2020 is continuing to grow. Troop 7335, pictured above, chartered in 2019 by Greensburg United Methodist Church, is one of the area’s first all-female Boy Scout troops and has 17 members ages 11-17. Scoutmaster Jodie Amiot said the butterfly garden, shown below, now includes three varieties of milkweed, host plants for native butterflies as well as dill, aster and black-eyed Susan and more than a dozen species of nectar-rich flowers such as mountain mints, coneflower, bee balm, delphinium, salvia and liatris – all of which are food sources for native butterflies. Some of these are pictured at right.
Morning Journal

Oberlin Heritage Center’s summer camp is July 18-22

Time is running out to enroll in the Oberlin Heritage Center’s Ancient Cultures summer camp which takes place from July 18-22. During the Ancient Cultures Camp, participants will learn about African, Asian, European, American and Oceanic cultures through fun activities such as myths, music, dance and games, according to a news release.

Dinner aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad a suitable celebration

A dinner aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was the setting when four onetime News-Herald colleagues recently reunited. It had been at least 30 years since most of us had worked together and, except for me, all had moved on to other employment as writers. But now our former editor had moved back to Ohio, and we wanted to reconnect.

Three great steakhouses in Ohio

What do you usually order when you go out? If your answer is a steak with some fresh vegetables on the side, then you are in the right place, especially if you live in Ohio or travel to Ohio often. That's because I have put together a list of three great steakhouses in Ohio that you should definitely visit next time you are in the area.