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Today is March 14, 2024.

  • Good morning! It’s going to be warm again today, with a high of 69 degrees and some sun before clouds and showers move in as things get breezy in the afternoon. The low tonight will be 47. Winter then gives us a kiss goodbye on its last full day next Monday, when the low will drop to 25 degrees with snow showers.

  • The Spotlight will publish a day earlier than usual next week to accommodate the March Primary Election. So instead of receiving the newsletter next Thursday, you will get it the morning of Wednesday, March 20 with hot-off-the-press primary results.

  • Polls will be open on Primary Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. You can view sample ballots for your area at the Summit County Board of Elections website.

  • Another mild winter is just about over. Spring will officially arrive at 11:06 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.

  • Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools will hold a Facility Planning Q&A Event for the public from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Lakeview Intermediate School at 1819 Graham Rd. in Stow. Members of the community are invited to review plan options and provide input for the district’s Facilities Master Plan, a project proposal that features the demolition of eight of the district’s nine schools and construction of as many as five new facilities. Even if you attended one of the district’s community nights in January, attendance at this forum is encouraged for further discussion and information. Go here for more details about the SMF Schools Facilities Master Plan.

    The burned-out second floor of the Heritage House. Photo courtesy of the Stow Historical Society

  • In case you missed it in last week’s edition, the Stow Historical Society is raising funds for the Heritage House restoration project. The 1838 historical building, part of Heritage Reserve Park inside Silver Springs Park, was badly damaged by fire Oct. 15, with the historical society’s board of directors recently deciding to save the structure. The Stow Historical Society is accepting donations at its GoFundMe account to help raise money for the reconstruction efforts.

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Invasion of the giant ducks: Your opportunity to help Bulldog Bags, Inc. fight food insecurity

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Have you noticed giant ducks at random places as you’ve traveled through Stow lately? If so, don’t be alarmed: They’re promoting Bulldog Bags, Inc.’s Rubber Duck Race fundraiser at the Meadowbrook Lake Neighborhood Park Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The park is located at 5069 Hudson Dr. The event will introduce the refurbished Meadowbrook Lake Park to the community, part of the city’s initiative to renovate Stow’s parks and playgrounds.

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Those giant ducks you see around town are courtesy of businesses that have sponsored the duck race to help raise funds for Bulldog Bags, Inc.’s fight against food insecurity. Here’s how you can help:

  • If you see a duck, you can join the cause as well by scanning the QR code.

  • Race ducks for the park’s grand opening can be purchased for $2 each by going here. There is no limit to the number of ducks you can purchase.

  • The duck race will begin at noon in the creek adjacent to the park.

See the Feb. 29 edition of The Spotlight for more event and duck race information.

Bulldog Bags, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization in Stow that helps fight food insecurity within the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District by packing around 700 bags of food twice a month throughout the school year and offers a monthly box to families in need within the school district boundaries. Go here for more information about Bulldog Bags, Inc.

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