🔦 High winds

There were gusts up to 50 mph yesterday.

Today is Feb. 29, 2024.

  • Happy Leap Day! Those high winds that blew through yesterday and knocked out power to parts of our area (more on that below) brought much colder temperatures with them. It’s going to be sunny to partly cloudy today, but the high will only reach 37 degrees and the low will drop to 26 — quite a difference from the May-like temps we’ve had lately. But the cold air won’t last long: Highs are going to push 70 on Monday as March comes in like a lamb in 2024.

  • The City of Stow is seeking residents for voluntary service on two city commissions: the Stow Arts Commission and the Senior Citizen Commission. Appointments to these vacancies are made by Stow Mayor John Pribonic and confirmed by Stow City Council. For more information on these commissions and an application, go here or contact the Mayor’s Office at (330) 689-2800.

  • Free mulch for Silver Lake residents is now available. Mulch is located adjacent to the village’s service department at 2961 Kent Rd. It is self-serve, and the mulch will be available until it’s gone.

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High winds knock out power to parts of The Spotlight’s coverage area

Parts of Stow and Silver Lake reported power outages Wednesday night as wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour swept across Northeast Ohio.

According to the Village of Silver Lake, FirstEnergy reported that there was “a substation down in Stow,” leaving just under 500 Silver Lake addresses and 450 Stow addresses without power. Later in the evening, the village reported that the outage at the Stow substation had been “isolated” and FirstEnergy had restored power to all but 22 customers, including one in Silver Lake.

According to a Facebook post by Stow Mayor John Pribonic, the winds caused a “large power outage” around the Elm Road/Paradise Drive area of the city. Some traffic lights were also out, with Pribonic reporting that police and FirstEnergy were dispatched and generators were installed at the intersections to run the lights.

Most power appeared to have been restored in the area by 9 p.m. If your power is still out, call FirstEnergy at (888) 544-4877 to report the outage.


Get your ducks in a row: Meadowbrook Lake Park’s reopening April 20 will feature the Bulldog Bags Rubber Ducky Race

The City of Stow will unveil the refurbished Meadowbrook Lake Neighborhood Park at 5069 Hudson Dr. with a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Festivities at the free event will include:

  • Mayor John Pribonic cutting the ribbon at 11 a.m.

  • The new playground equipment all ready to go for the kiddos to play on.

  • Light snacks available for those in attendance.

But that’s not all. As part of the celebration, Bulldog Bags, Inc. will put on its 2024 Rubber Ducky Race in the creek by the park. Here’s how it works:

  • Ducks drop into the water at noon.

  • Ducks are $2 each, and there is no limit to the number of ducks you can purchase.

  • 25% of the overall duck sales will go to the person with the numbered duck that crosses the finish line first. All other proceeds go directly to Bulldog Bags, Inc. to fight food insecurity.

  • Pick your lucky duck here. Ducks will also be available for purchase the day of the event.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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