The ghost hunters behind S.I.G.H.T. of Ohio aren't really hunters in the traditional sense; they're more like good samaritans who do their good deeds on the astral plane. They believe that unexplained phenomenon such as floating lights or slamming doors are caused by deceased spirits chained to the earth by anger, confusion, or hunger for one last Pringle. No matter the root cause, the ghost hunters provide relief, documenting these energies through photographs and audio recordings and resolving the entities' issues with the help of Laura Lyn, a psychic medium.
When he founded CrossFit Akron North, Jason Elrod already knew that persistence was at the core of any athletic pursuit. He preached that philosophy to the many athletes and fitness newbies who visited his gym, and the idea took firm root between the pull-up bars and the climbing ropes. Today, the gym's staff includes eight coaches who, between them, teach CrossFit, CrossFit swimming, On Ramp classes, and personal training sessions. Rather than focusing on how big your biceps are or how far you can throw a harpoon from the rowing machine, each class focuses on overcoming your personal limitations—a touch that adds a competitive edge to the cooperative, community-focused workout.
Commissioned by local industrialist John Henry Hower and designed by renowned Akron architect Jacob Snyder, the Hower House fills its 28 rooms with mementos from a storied past. The National Historic Landmark?built in 1871?is well preserved, from the 2.5-acre lawn to the mansard roof. Eleven months out of the year, the Victorian mansion hosts tours and programs, wherein visitors can examine treasures from the Howers' world travels.
Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student?s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.
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.
For 23 years, The College Review?s one-on-one and group classes have prepared students for the standardized tests and other challenges that stand between them and their future. Before high schoolers set out for the college quad's lush lawn of shredded diplomas, tutors help them master the ACT and SAT via prep courses held throughout the year, and college-counseling services aid in the rigorous application process. Current and prospective collegians can find assistance as well, whether by figuring out their loans with financial-aid planning or signing up for private tutoring for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or PRAXIS exams.