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Fred Zumpano, owner of Fred Zumpano Design & Construction and a member of the board of trustees for the Home Builders Association of Portage & Summit Counties, talked about the HBA's seminars on "Planning to Build Your Dream Home." They will take place at four local libraries and will feature experts covering everything from finding a site and financing your project to designing your home and having it built. The seminars, which last one-and-one-half hours, are Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Akron Library; Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Green; Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Kent; and Saturday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. in Hudson. The seminars are free, but attendees are asked to register at the HBA website.

Jarrod Hartzler is executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical, which this season is celebrating its 130th anniversary.This Akron musical gem brings in world-class musicians such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, which is performing this Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Tuesday Musical also has a series of Decompression Chambers, which take place in high-stress workplaces. A recent Decompression Chamber performance was by the New York City-based Escher String Quartet at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. For information about Tuesday Musical performances, visit the website. Students of all ages get in free.

Pierre Lapointe, violist for the Escher String Quartet, gets a kick out of how Jarrod thinks of all kinds of unusual places for his group to play, including a recent gig in an Akron parking lot. The Escher String Quartet plays all over the world, so it's a real treat for area residents to be able to see the quartet play locally. And, like Tuesday Musical, the Escher musicians want to cultivate a new generation of classical music lovers. They'll be back in Akron to do some more musical cultivation by performing at places such as the Stow-Munroe Falls Library on Feb. 13. You can hear their music anytime by going to iTunes or buying one of their CDs. For more information, visit their website.

Cris Prillaman is the marketing and development director for New Destiny Treatment Center, which helps people with addiction problems. The center has a 13-acre campus in Clinton, Ohio, where it provides outpatient services for both men and women and also has an in-patient program for men only. Cris talked about its fundraiser coming up on Thursday, Oct. 19 -- a popular day for great events. As a clever promotion for the event, Cris dressed up as her alter-ego "Money Pearl, Minnie Pearl's lesser-known cousin," and had her daughter shoot a video of "Money" talking up the event. Cris posted it on Facebook, where the video almost immediately got 600 hits. It is a fun promotion for an event that addresses a serious problem. The fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium on the New Destiny campus, 6694 Taylor Rd. in Clinton. For more information and to buy tickets by the Wednesday, Oct. 18, deadline, visit the website or call Cris at 330.825.5202.

 

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Emily Durway is a defense attorney in Akron and a photographer who is in the midst of a cool project in which she takes at least one photo a day for five years. She selected 366 photos that she took in 2016, a leap year, to exhibit at Summit Art Space. They are on display through today at 4 p.m. as part of the High Arts Festival and also can be seen on Facebook and Instagram by searching for ESD Photography, which are her initials, or search for her name. Emily will be at the Akron Art Museum this evening for the concluding event of the festival. Stop by if you can.

We met Emily through her friend, Zane DeLong, an artist, videographer and sound man who also takes still photos. He vouches for Emily's work. Her photos, he says, are beautiful.

Johna Economou is the third-generation owner of Pearl Coffee, which was started by her grandfather and his three brothers on May 22, 1919. The brothers learned the art of coffee roasting when they worked for a coffee company in Egypt after leaving their home country of Greece. In Akron, they passed their skills down to Johna's father, John Economou (known as the Head Bean), who taught them to Johna. Visit the store at 675 S. Broadway in Akron to try a Pearl Coffee sample and buy whole or ground beans to take home. You can visit the company's Facebook page to learn more and to give Johna ideas for ways to celebrate the county's official Pearl Coffee Day, which is Nov. 5.

Jen McGraw is the owner of McGraw's Paws, which is a pet-sitting and dog-walking business on Cleveland's west side. Mostly, though, she was on the show to talk about her Facebook page, which has attracted more than 8,200 members in only two years. It's called Weirdo Cat Ladies  (of all genders and non-genders) of Cleveland. Clearly, you don't have to be a lady to join, but you do have to answer a few questions to prove that you're not a robot. To get to her page, log into Facebook and search for the Weirdo Cat Ladies of Cleveland. You also can find McGraw's Paws on Facebook. Jen was voted the best dog walker in Cleveland this past June.

 

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Nate Eppink, chief of community engagement for Summit Metro Parks, talked about the Fall Hiking Spree, which is going on now through Nov. 30. He says that between 11,000 and 12,000 people get their hiking awards each year. That gives you an idea of the popularity of the spree, which was started in 1964. Nate also talked about the Fall Family Outings that will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park and Oct. 14 at Silver Creek Metro Park. For more information about all the activities at the Metro Parks, visit the website.

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium, came to the show dressed as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. Meralie was especially striking today in her black felt hat and green professorial robe. With Halloween coming up, this is Mr. Fun's most exciting time of the year, and the store is kicking things off with its annual sale until 6 p.m. today. But any time of the year, you can find a huge array of costumes and accessories for sale and rent, along with rental tuxes and ball gowns. For more information, visit the store's website or its Facebook page.

Marissa McClellan is the creator and coordinator of the second annual Pug Fest, which takes place next Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m.at One of A Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market St. in Akron. Activities at this one-of-a-kind festival include a pug costume contest, pug caricatures, a live interactive pug mural with local artist Matt Miller, and food and specialty pug-themed cocktails. Proceeds benefit One of A Kind and Ohio Pug Rescue. For more information, visit the website.

 

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Donna Skoda, Health Commissioner of the Summit County Public Health Department, covered several timely subjects this morning, including emergency preparedness. Given the weather disasters in many parts of the U.S. and the world, it's important, she says, for people to have an emergency plan. The health department can help you make a list of what you would need to live on your own for at least 72 hours. Donna also talked about the Recovery Addiction Hotline, 330.940.1133, and the use of dump boxes as a way of discarding opiates and other addictive prescription drugs. And, finally, because we all could use more kindness, there's the Change Direction program that was started here by the late County Executive Russ Pry. The program's subtitle is "Give an Hour," and what that means is to pay attention to others and be able to recognize the signs when they're struggling. For more information on all of these, visit the health department's website or call 330.923.4891.

Emily Durway talked about her photography exhibit, which continues through Oct. 7 at Summit Art Space. She's one of several Northeast Ohio artists who are participating in the 23-day High Arts Festival, which includes visual and musical arts. Emily is both an attorney and a photographer, and she is in the midst of a five-year project in which she takes a photograph every day. The photographs on display at Summit Art Space are ones she took in 2016, a leap year. You can check out her 366 photos by heading to the third floor of the Summit Art Space building, at East Market and Summit St., from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like what you see, you can vote for Emily's exhibit because all of the artists in the festival are vying for prizes. Admission is free. You also can see Emily's photos on Facebook. For more information about Summit Art Space, visit the website.

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There are 210,000 people in Ohio living with Alzheimer's disease, says Andrew DeFratis, Communications and Public Policy Coordinator for the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. And 60,000 of those individuals live in the 17-county area served by the East Ohio Area Chapter. Multiply those numbers by family members, friends and other associates, and you'll get a sense of the number of individuals affected by this devastating neurological disease. That's why it's so important to be aware of the services and information provided by the Alzheimer's Association and how you can support its efforts. One way is to participate in the upcoming Akron Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the University of Akron. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. at the Stile Athletics Field House with opening ceremonies for the two-mile walk beginning at 10. For more information, call the 24-hour hotline, 800.272.3900 or visit the website.

Ron Krueger, owner of A Plus Wildlife Control, says that this is grubbing season, when raccoons and skunks dig into your yard looking for insects. They can do a lot of damage to the grass, and just having these destructive (and potentially smelly) creatures around your house can be disconcerting. Ron also says that while the days are still warm, it's a good time to seal your home against smaller marauders, particularly mice and squirrels, who will be looking for winter accommodations when the weather turns. You can do the work yourself or call the experts at A Plus at 866.606.9188. For more information, including a recipe for making your own skunk odor neutralizer, visit the website.

Don Corbett, a reverse mortgage consultant for Senior Mortgage Advisors, dispelled the biggest misconception about reverse mortgages. You do not give up the deed to your house when you take out a reverse mortgage, he says. As long as you pay your property taxes and insurance and keep the house in reasonably good condition, it's like any other mortgage except that you have to be 62 or older to qualify. The main reason that people want a reverse mortgage is to supplement income, he says. In other words, if you're house rich but cash poor, you could really benefit. There are other reasons as well. To learn more, call Don at 330.807.0725, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website.

 

 

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