🔦 Big sycamore

Is yours the biggest? You could win.

Today is April 11, 2024.

  • Well, the weather cooperated for Eclipse Day and created an afternoon — and a few minutes of “night” — we’ll never forget. Today, though, is going to be another matter. We’ll have a high of 68 and a low of 45, with rain and a thunderstorm in the morning, then showers and a heavier t-storm later in the day that could produce gusty winds, small hail and even an isolated tornado. Time to batten down the hatches.

  • If you got a great photo of Monday’s spectacular total solar eclipse and want to share it with the community, feel free to email it to us with your name, town and where it was taken and we will publish it in The Spotlight with your full photo credit.

  • A Stow resident from Ward 2 of the city is needed to fill a volunteer position on the City of Stow Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The current vacancy is for an unexpired term that runs until Jan. 2, 2027. An appointment to this vacancy is made by Mayor John Pribonic and confirmed by Stow City Council. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 24. For more information or an application, visit www.stowohio.org or contact the mayor’s office at (330) 689-2800.

  • If your used eclipse glasses are in good condition, you can drop them off at Stow City Hall at 3760 Darrow Rd. through Tuesday, April 30. The collected glasses will be sent to a donation center and distributed to other areas that will see an eclipse in the future.

  • The new fieldhouse that is under construction on the Stow-Munroe Falls High School campus needs a name. If you’ve got any ideas, submit them to https://buff.ly/43VaUwM by Sunday, April 21.

  • The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library has a job opening for Part-Time Custodian (20 hours/week). Starting pay for the position is $13 an hour. Employment applications are available at the Circulation Desk or online at https://smfpl.org/about/employment. Send cover letter, resume and completed employment application (email preferred) to: Katie Allen – Human Resource Specialist, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Rd., Stow, OH 44224; or email to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Go here for more information.

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Silver Lake

‘Good financial health’: Mayor Dunphy delivers her first State of the Village address

New Silver Lake Mayor Therese Dunphy recently gave her 2024 State of the Village address, detailing achievements in the village over the past year and highlighting what’s coming up in the near term. The bottom line: “Simply put, we are in good financial health,” she said.

Some of the items Mayor Dunphy touched on included:

  • Infrastructure projects, with the village already replacing approximately 100 lead lines as part of an ongoing lead service line inventory as required by the Environmental Protection Agency; a $904,000 federal grant that will enable the village to separate its last remaining combined sewer and stormwater line, allowing for cleaner outflows to Silver Lake and the Cuyahoga River; and smoke testing conducted by the service department along Athens Road and Silver Lake Boulevard, with 43 smoke sources identified where groundwater and stormwater could enter the sanitary sewer system.

  • Equipment acquisitions over the last year included a Ford F-350 pickup truck for the service department, two Ford Interceptor police cruisers, a CASE wheel loader, and a Tiger Cat mower.

  • Community enhancements like the Veterans Tribute Garden that was dedicated last Memorial Day; and construction of a new playground and pavilion at Willow Park.

“Here, everyone comes together with the common goal of making life better for the residents of Silver Lake,” Dunphy said. “That is our greatest strength and the reason why the Village is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

Go here to read the full text of Dunphy’s 2024 State of the Village address.

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