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Mayor recognizes special events in June for fun and health

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: June 8, 2017 4:53 PM
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HUDSON -- The city and city Council recognized two events in June at the June 6 Council meeting with proclamations by Mayor David Basil for the Hudson Festival Days and Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, including "The Longest Day."

Basil said everyone looks forward to Festival Days, which showcases the city and brings the community together to support worthy causes.

The Hudson Festival Days signals the start of summer in the city of Hudson, according to the proclamation.

The Hudson Home & Garden Tour, part of Festival Days, celebrates its 70th year with more than 2,000 visitors annually. Tours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16.

The Clothesline Art Show, celebrating its 54th year, features original artwork by members of the Hudson Society of Artists at the Hudson Middle School.

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The Ice Cream Social, celebrated on the Hudson Green annually since 1947, is a Hudson tradition and is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16. Each ice cream sundae sold will be measured and added up to create the Longest Sundae to honor the Longest Day (June 21) for the Alzheimer's Association. Cake will be for sale and children can play games by purchasing a purple wrist band.

The Screen on the Green, which premiered in 2011, provides free family-friendly outdoor movies for the enjoyment of adults and children. The Secret Life of Pets is scheduled for June 16 on the First & Main Green.

The Hudson Fire Museum and the Visitor Center will be open in the historic Town Hall building during the Ice Cream Social.

The mayor presented the proclamation to Hudson League for Service members Lynn Schmidt, Sue Conlin and Rosanne Thomas; Hudson Garden Tour member Carla Maurer, Screen on the Green member Jill Centrello, Visitor Center member Ron Stolle and Fire Museum representative Fire Chief Jerry Varnes.

Alzheimer's Disease

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Another proclamation recognizes Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and "The Longest Day" on June 21.

In the United States, Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death, the most expensive disease and the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed, according to the proclamation.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, including nearly 13,000 in Summit County.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research with local efforts led by the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter from their office in the city of Hudson.

The month of June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month for the purpose of spreading global awareness and building support for the Alzheimer's Association's vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.

June 21 is "the Longest Day" event to honor those facing Alzheimer's disease and their families with strength, heart and endurance through a series of events on and around the summer solstice.

Individuals, organizations and businesses in Hudson have made and continue to make a difference in the awareness, impact and fundraising success of the Alzheimer's Association and "The Longest Day,"according to Andrew DeFratis, communications and public coordinator for Alzheimer's Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter.

Local participating businesses include Salon Hudson, which is selling purple hair clip extensions throughout the month; the Longest Sundae during the Ice Cream Social on the Clocktower Green from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16; Switching Gears is hosting all-day spinning on June 21; SkyZone in Boston Heights is donating a portion of $21 "all you can jump" admission June 21; LifeCenter Plus is holding a yoga class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 21; and the Malted Meeple is organizing a gaming event from 4 to 6 p.m. June 21.

Additional businesses in Hudson collecting donations for the Alzheimer's Association include Ace Hardware, Best Cleaners, Cambridge Jewelers, Chicos, Classic Additions, Comfort Spa, Destination Hudson, Drug Mart, Epiphany, First National Bank, Gracy Lane, Great Clips, The Grey Colt, Gwendolyn Elizabeth, Karen's Hallmark Shop, Kindercare, The Learned Owl, LifeCenter Plus, Luchita's, Matinizing Dry Cleaners, Painting with a Twist, Riley's Clothiers, Salon Hudson, The Veterinary Center of Hudson and Vertical Runner.

The Alzheimer's Association provides help with a 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900 and free family-centered care consultations to guide a family through a dementia diagnosis, a variety of online and community education programs and resources and monthly support groups for caregivers.

The Hudson caregiver support group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. At St. Mary's Catholic Church, 340 N. Main St. The next meeting is June 15.

Anyone interesting in volunteering can visit alz.org/akroncantonyoungstown. Or call 1-800-272-3900.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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