In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO.
Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
Vision Source believes that eye doctors have the most success when they have a relationship with the patient and are free to make decisions about what is best for that patient. That’s why, although it’s a network with more than 2,300 offices across North America, all of its offices are independently owned and operated by family optometrists. Vision Source merely grants these doctors access to its shared expertise and resources.
Its doctors inspect eyes to test for disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, and the effects of diabetes. They also diagnose retinal tears and repair most types of eye injuries, from embedded foreign bodies to general wear and tear from staring contests with headlights. The doctors use low-vision-therapy devices to help people suffering from degenerative eye diseases, teaching them how to maximize the vision they still have.
For basic services, they inspect eyes for overall eye health and visual acuity before fitting them with contacts and frames from the likes of Fendi, Calvin Klein, and Guess. Since Vision Source is a network of individual doctors, each office is different from the next and tailors its services to fit the needs of the community.
Since 1995, Little Feet Childcare’s certified teachers have been fostering new generations of inquisitive children in their daily childcare sessions. Childcare groups are separated by age, with infants and toddlers placed in closely monitored classes that follow the Ohio Department of Education’s official infant and toddler guidelines. Preschoolers aged 3–5, meanwhile, have their own curriculum specifically designed to prepare them for the academic rigors of kindergarten, and an after-school program for kids aged 6–12 provides time for both homework and socializing.
When a Sears Carpet Cleaning team visits a home, they roll up in a service truck armed with cleaning devices specially engineered to clean dirty carpets. Following a heated deep-cleaning fiber rinse that helps loosen dirt particles, blue-shirted techs remove dirt, debris, and allergens in carpets with a high-powered extraction, followed by a pH-balancing fiber rinse that helps rid carpets of the cleaning solution and any leftover dirt. Solutions are pet- and kid-friendly. The techs, who are trained on carpet styles and cleaning equipment, pay special attention to extra-dirty spots and areas of the carpet that see heavy traffic. While they wrap up the procedure, the carpet gurus field any questions customers may have about the service or the likelihood of retaliation from dust-bunny armies.
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Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO), which builds confidence, respect, and self-esteem through the practice of social dance, aims to help youth break down social barriers and learn to communicate with a new set of behavioral skills. Teaching artists lead classes of fifth- and eighth-grade students through 10 weeks of ballroom-dancing lessons that are held twice a week during the normal school day. To make lessons accessible and ease children into a new endeavor, they incorporate pictures and stories and connect dance terms to food, transforming feet into chopsticks and dance frame into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In addition to dance, DCNEO also enriches children’s education with opportunities to create visual artwork, poetry, and original songs. At the end of the course, students showcase their dancing skills and other projects completed during the program at a performance for friends and family.