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The Suburbanite
  • Four Seasons: Portage Lakes club schedules rowing classes

  • Portage Lakes Rowing Association will hold its spring introduction to rowing programs at noon  May 5 and 9 a.m. May 11 at the boathouse at Craftsmen Park on Rex Lake.

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  • Portage Lakes Rowing Association will hold its spring introduction to rowing programs at noon  May 5 and 9 a.m. May 11 at the boathouse at Craftsmen Park on Rex Lake.
    The three-hour classes will include instruction on rowing safety, along with oar and boat handling.
    A coached rowing practice will be held on Rex and Turkeyfoot lakes. Participants — each session is limited to 12 — will be eligible to join the novice rowing team that practices Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings.
    To sign up, visit www.portagelakesrowing.com and print out an application and waiver.
    Bring those to class and contact Portage Lakes Rowing Association by calling 330-333-2769 to be put on the class list. There is a $50 class fee that can be applied to the novice program fee, which runs through July. A fall novice session is August through October.
    The boathouse in Craftsmen Park is at 4450 Rex Lake Road. The Club’s mailing address is 1351 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Unit 1, Copley OH 44321.
    Portage Lakes Rowing Association, formed in 2005, provides recreational and competitive rowing for adults in the Akron-Canton area. In addition to the novice, recreational and competitive programs, the club is adding an adaptive rowing program for amputees this season.
    That program will run June through August on Sunday mornings.
    GOVERNMENT CUTS
    Visitors still will have rest rooms at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They just may not be as clean.
    Cuyahoga Valley was required by sequestration to lower its budget, effective in March. A five percent reduction — $600,000 — will be absorbed during the six months remaining in the fiscal year.
    That means 35 fewer seasonal staff members, say park officials. That staff cut, in turn, was going to mean that some rest rooms were going to be closed, but the park has adjusted its thinking and will keep the facilities open “at a reduced level of cleaning.”
    ON THE CALENDAR
    Two Stark County Park District events were inspired by “The Big Read,” the literacy project coordinated by Massillon Museum that features “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
    On April 20 at 1 p.m., Stark Parks will offer a free hike of historic Lock Four in the 6600-block of Erie Avenue NW in Canal Fulton. It will relate to the 1930s era of the Works Progress Administration, which is the time period in which “To Kill a Mockinbird” is set.
    Stark Parks will hold a similar free 1930s-era hike of the Molly Stark Park at 7900 Columbus Road in Nimishillen Township at 6 p.m. May 14.
    For information call 330-477-3552 or visit starkparks.com.
    BY THE NUMBERS
    Page 2 of 2 - The Muskingum River Watershed covers more than 8,000 square miles, covering about 20 percent of Ohio. — Source: Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
    Reach Gary at 330-580-8303 or gary.brown@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @gbrownREP