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A-W’s ‘Henry Ford’ performers place third at National History Day finals

Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

Akron-Westfield students have returned from the 2015 National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland.

Amidst sightseeing, trading buttons, and meeting students from all around the country, they also found time to compete.

Five A-W competitors in Junior Group Performance achieved third place medals for their project on Henry Ford and his legacy of the assembly line.

“Henry Ford” performers Megan Swancutt, McKenna Van Eldik, Jack Anderson, Daytona Foley and Logan Smith competed in first round competition on Monday. These students competed with 112 group performances around the nation with no allowances made for size of school or state!

After an excellent first round performance and

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    Westfield Ball Field improvements made

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield T-ball players may not realize the differences made to the Westfield ball diamonds but their coaches and community volunteers do.

    Improvements made include:

    • Leveling ground in outfields;

    • Installation of new removable bases with concrete base placements;

    • A new home plate;

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    Eldest Akron alumnus selected as parade marshal

    By Julie Ann Madden

    She’ll be just a month shy of her 101st birthday when she serves as the Akron and Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Parade Marshal this Saturday.

    Elvera Marple Wilken, who resides in the Alcester Care & Rehab Center, will have the honor of riding in a golf cart at the front of the All-Class Reunion Parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

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    Akron EMS needs volunteers

    Akron Emergency Medical Service parked an ambulance near Reed Street to get the message across about the need for volunteers. The sign on the right, says, “Out of service due to lack of volunteers.” If interested, call Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon at 568-3700 or Akron City Hall at 568-2041.

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    Travel back about 200 years ago right in Akron on June 24

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Ever wonder what pioneer life was like back in the 1700s and 1800s?

    New Horizons United Church of Christ is giving everyone the opportunity to experience being on the “Trails of the Pioneers.”

    It’s their ninth annual Community Fun Night, and the theme is pioneer life. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24 at the Akron City Park.

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    Akron Tractor & Truck Pull is Saturday

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Tractor & Pull will be six weeks earlier than usual this summer — for a good reason.

    Akron Tractor & Truck Pull coordinator Kyle Hoffman, of Westfield, plans to be with family in August when his sister, Kendra Hoffman, has her first child.

    Therefore, this year’s Akron Tractor & Truck Pull begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 20 at the Akron Industrial Park, which is the former

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    New auto repair shop opens in Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Think of Searl’s Repair shop and a vision of the late Ed Searls comes instantly to the minds of many in the Akron area.

    The sign at his shop still says Searl’s Repair but there is a new “Ed” operating a business there.

    Ed Robotham is just as familiar a face to those needing automotive repairs in the Akron

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    Hummers Roadhouse has new owners

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Most won’t notice any changes at Hummers Roadhouse Bar & Grill, said new owners Rod and Brenda Buckholtz of Sioux City, who purchased the bar and grill establishment effective June 1.

    They may make some cosmetic changes to the facility and tweak the menu a little but probably the biggest change at this time is the addition of a hummingbird to the

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    Lady Westerners place fourth at state golf

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team gained its second straight Top Five finish in the Class 1A state tournament with a fourth-place finish on June 2 at Ames Golf and Country Club.

    The Lady Westerners, who were third in 2014, had a final team score of 757 strokes.

    A-W was 19 strokes behind state champion Grundy Center’s 739; and Nashua-Plainfield and New London tied for

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