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(Better Business Bureau) A fundraising site on GoFundMe has surfaced to raise donations for Amber Joy Vinson, the Dallas nurse who recently traveled to our area and is currently being treated in Atlanta for Ebola. The site was created yesterday and is at: http://www.gofundme.com/AmberJoyVinsonFund. It has raised several hundred dollars to date.
Editor's Note: we have disabled the hyperlink listed above due to concerns over the site's credibility.
BBB has spoken to a member of Amber's family and confirmed that the family has not authorized this fundraising effort and has not been contacted by anyone connected with the GoFundMe campaign. BBB has contacted the organizer of the GoFundMe campaign, but has not received a response at this time.
While the GoFundMe site may well be the effort of a well-intentioned individual, BBB warns donors to carefully research any charitable efforts - especially those that surface following an event that gains national media attention.
• Charities can be checked. Crowdfunding websites and projects produced by charitable organizations that have received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status provide more opportunities for verification.
• Give to individuals you know. It is safest to give to those individuals you personally know who are contacting you to support their specific project
• Projects that share updates provide greater transparency. Updates from a project's organizers help to ensure they're being honest about the uses of raised money.
• Don't assume your donation or gift is tax deductible. If you are funding a project run by an individual instead of a charity, the funding you provide may not be deductible as a charitable gift for federal income tax purposes.
• Be especially careful after a disaster or tragedy. Con artists will strike while the emotional iron is hot.
• Read the fine print. There could be credit card fees and administrative costs associated with donating.
• Specialized crowdfunding sites may be more adept. A site that allows any type of crowdfunding may result in more challenging oversight hurdles.
For additional assistance on charitable giving issues, visit the BBB Wise Giving Alliance website at Give.org.
A mail fraud scheme targeting one of the area's most iconic names hauled in more than $4 million dollars over a 16-year period, but now the U.S. Attorney's Office says they're looking for some payback.
Ex-Smucker Company worker Mark Kershey of Akron was the company's top aircraft mechanic and allegedly used false billing for parts to pad his own pay.
Kershey, 54, submitted invoices below the $10,000 authorization required for major purchases, according to charges filed following an FBI investigation.
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(U.S. Attorney's Office) A former employee was charged with mail fraud for a 16-year scheme to defraud J.M. Smucker Company, of Orville, Ohio, of more than $4.1 million, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland Office.
Mark R. Kershey, age 54, of Akron and formerly of Massillon, was employed as Smucker's chief airplane mechanic at the Akron-Canton airport when, from approximately October 1997 through January 2013, he devised a false billing scheme using a fictitious entity he controlled, under the name of Aircraft Parts Services, Co., according to the one-count criminal information filed in federal court.
Kershey submitted false invoices to Smucker in the name of Aircraft Parts Services, which in all or nearly all instances were for nonexistent parts and/or for purported outside services that he actually performed as part of his salaried employment duties. Kershey submitted most invoices in amounts less than $10,000, which he was authorized to approve. A supervisor approved a few larger invoices based on his trust in Kershey, according to the information.
Kershey maintained a P.O. Box under the fake company name in Greentown, Ohio, to receive checks mailed by Smucker in reliance on the fraudulent invoices. Kershey used the proceeds of his scheme for personal uses, including the purchase and maintenance of two airplanes, the purchase of several automobiles, and payments for his personal residence, according to the information.
The information describes Kershey's efforts in late 2012 to deceive Smucker with respect to the final three checks payable to Aircraft Parts Services totaling $44,000, which Kershey had failed to negotiate. Kershey told the employee that Aircraft Parts Services had been sold to another Smucker vendor (referred to in the information as SAI), and submitted a letter to Smucker purportedly from SAI's owner, that Kershey fabricated and forged, falsely confirming the purported sale to SAI. Smucker then issued replacement checks to SAI, that SAI deposited after discussion between Kershey and SAI's owner.
If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
In addition, the information seeks forfeiture from Kershey of his two airplanes, three automobiles, and a truck, which are alleged to be proceeds traceable to his mail fraud scheme.
The case is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney John M. Siegel following investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Canton, Ohio.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Akron police have another homicide to solve after a 23-year old man was found stabbed in the chest after a domestic dispute on Everton Drive.
The Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as David A. Hart, Jr. and ruled the death a homicide.
Hart had been taken to Akron General's emergency room for treatment following the incident around 12:30 this morning; he died a short time later.
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(Summit County ME) The homicide victim that died from a stab wound following a domestic dispute this morning on Everton Drive has been positively identified as David A Hart, Jr., a 23 year-old male from Mohawk Avenue in Akron.
The autopsy has been completed and the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest. The manner of death is homicide.
UPDATED 2:13 p.m. An Akron school is being closed through the weekend for cleaning after notification from the Akron Summit County Public Health Department that the mother of a student is among those who "spent time" with Ebola patient Amber Vinson.
Resnick Community Learning Center, an elementary school, will reopen Monday, October 20th.
Superintendent David James noted in a letter to parents the student did not hae contact but both mother and child have been quarantined as a precaution. James has scheduled a public meeting for 7:30 p.m. at Firestone High School's auditorium this evening to answer specific questions relating to the school district and Resnick CLC. There are no plans to close any other Akron schools at this time, the District reported.
The Summit County Health Department responded there was no "known threat" and the decision was not a public health decision but supported Akron Public Schools. The Health Department also noted a list of items parents needed to know, including children are not at risk for attending school in Summit County and the virus isn't contagious but requires contact with bodily fluids. A list of the points is included below.
In addition, FirstEnergy reported one employee had direct contact with Vinson over the weekend and another "self-identified" as having contact. Neither had interaction with the public, the Akron-based utility says, but both were put on 21-day leave as a precaution.
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(Summit County Health Department) At this time based on the information collected by Summit County Public Health there is no known threat to the public's health. Summit County Public Health is not advocating for the closure of schools and the cancellation of events. However, Summit County Public Health supports Akron Public Schools and their decision based on their assessment of the situation.
Summit County Public Health has released a list of the top things parents need to know about Ebola.
1. Your child is not at risk while attending school in Summit County. A risk for Ebola only comes when you come into close contact with a person suffering from Ebola. The health care worker who passed through Summit County did not visit any county schools.
2. Being near someone who is sick with Ebola doesn't mean you'll get infected. The disease isn't contagious like the flu or common cold. You have to be in contact with a patient's body fluids or blood, and you have to have a break in your skin or have the fluids touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
3. Ebola does not live long on surfaces or outside someone's body. Soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers are effective at killing the virus. Keeping your area clean and washing your hands will help prevent infections.
4. You and your children are really only at risk if you have traveled to West Africa, where Ebola is currently spreading.
5. There are currently no known cases of Ebola in Summit County or Ohio.
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(Akron Public Schools) As an extreme, precautionary measure, and due to the Summit County Health Department notifying us of the quarantining of a parent and child from Resnik CLC, Akron Public Schools has made the decision to close Resnik until Monday, October 20.
The health department informed APS this morning that a parent at the school had spent time with Ebola patient Amber Vinson when she visited the area this past weekend. Her child did NOT have contact with Ms. Vinson but has been quarantined as a precaution, with the mother and is being monitored by the health department.
As an extra precaution, we will perform a thorough cleaning prior to its reopening. The Summit County Public Health Department has given us no indication of anyone else within the APS district having had contact with Ms. Vinson. Therefore, we have no plans to close any other schools at this time.
Please be advised, tonight at 7:30 at Firestone High School auditorium, Superintendent David James will be available to answer questions regarding Resnik CLC.
For more information, you may call the APS Hotline between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 330-761-1661 or the Summit County Health Department Hotline at 330-926-3939. You may also go to the APS website www.akronschools.com and the health department site www.scphoh.org.
We will continue to give this our full attention.
David W. James
Akron Public Schools
(FirstEnergy Corp) FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) learned on Wednesday, October 15, that the second nurse who helped care for the Ebola victim in Dallas – and was later diagnosed with the virus – visited with one Akron-area employee of the company during her stay in Northeast Ohio. The employee was notified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). A second employee has self-identified as possibly having contact.
These two employees do not have direct contact with FirstEnergy's customers. Out of an abundance of caution, the company immediately requested that the employees remain home from work, with pay, through the incubation period for the virus, which is up to 21 days.
The company will provide employees with access to medical information, respond to any employee questions and concerns and implement other measures as appropriate.
UPDATE 11:23 a.m. County health departments are monitoring seven individuals who came into contact with Amber Joy Vinson while she was visiting Tallmadge over the weekend. There are five in Summit County and two in Cuyahoga County and all are in voluntary quarantine. The quarantine also includes a local business, which was closed today said the Summit County Health Department. None of the individuals show symptoms indicated Ebola exposure and there are no cases of Ebola infection in northeast Ohio.
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The State of Ohio is implementing what it calls "stronger" protocols for handling potential or confirmed Ebola cases following Wednesday's report one of the Dallas nurses infected while caring for Thomas Duncan (the "index case") spent the weekend in Tallmadge with family.
The new guidelines come at the same time the Centers for Disease Control agreed to a request from Governor John Kasich to send assistance in the form of a fast response team to help with the work the state and local health departments have underway trying to track the timeline of Amber Vinson's visit October 10-13.
Among the new guidelines: anyone who had direct contact with the original infected patient, including "brief contact" that includes a handshake, be quarantined for 21 days. The new guidelines also call for anyone within a three-foot radius of an individual or individuals exposed to contact with the "index case" to monitor symptoms and body temperatures under observation of a health official for the same time period of 21 days.
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(State of Ohio) Today the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued new, stronger recommended quarantine protocols for local health departments responding to suspected or confirmed Ebola cases in Ohio. The ODH guidelines were developed in consultation with Ohio infectious disease experts and build on guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ODH issued the new guidelines to Ohio's local health departments and health care providers via its Ohio Public Health Communications System.“The ODH guidelines are being recommended out of an abundance of caution to take strong measures to protect Ohio residents,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the ODH Bureau of Prevention and Health Promotion. “It has become clear that we cannot be too careful in efforts to contain the spread of this deadly disease.”Here are the ODH guidelines for local health departments:
· For individuals with any direct physical contact with the index case (including brief contact such as a handshake without personal protective equipment), ODH recommends quarantine for 21 days after the last contact in conjunction with public health officials.
· For individuals without direct contact, but within a three foot radius of the index case (such as adjacent passengers in an airplane or car) for a prolonged period of time, ODH recommends twice-daily temperature-taking and symptom check (one observed by a public health official) for 21 days after the last contact with the index case.
· For individuals without direct contact but in the vicinity of the index case as indicated by a public health official, notification and self-monitoring is recommended.
Individuals in any of the above categories who have an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, or develop symptoms including muscle aches, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea or bruising/bleeding, should seek medical evaluation and testing.Ohio public health officials were alerted by the CDC Wednesday morning that a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola was in Ohio Oct. 10-13.
ODH has activated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer questions about Ebola and Ohio’s response. The telephone number is 1-866-800-1404. Information about Ebola is also available on the ODH website at www.odh.ohio.gov and the CDC website at ww.cdc.gov.
Oct. 16: ODH in consultation with infectious disease experts across the state issues enhanced Ebola quarantine protocols for individuals in proximity of index cases.
Oct. 15: CDC responds to Gov. John R. Kasich’s request by agreeing to send staff to Ohio to help support Ohio’s state and local Ebola response efforts.
ODH deploys state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio and other staff to Summit County to assist with its efforts; participates in Summit County Public Health’s news conference.
Gov. Kasich talks with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, as well as CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. Kasich requests CDC staff to be deployed to Ohio to assist with patient contact work.
ODH notified by CDC that Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola was in Summit County Oct. 10-13.
Voices you trust are pushing what amounts to a marketing campaign that sends a message: your fears over Ebola are unfounded. That's not quite the case.
If you have a tornado in your area, you take cover -- even if the chances of getting hit by lightning are miniscule. If a visitor to your home has an illness, you would be foolish to not take the fact of infection into consideration, and plan the steps to protect you and your family. The odds are higher you'll be in some kind of car accident, or hit a deer on the way home tonight, than the odds you'll contract Ebola. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a healthy respect, including fear, of a virus we've been told is almost biblical in it's nature to kill.
To suggest otherwise instead suggests an arrogance that we don't know any better.
It goes without saying panic should be avoided. What we need isn't marketing slogans and hashtags telling us not to worry. What we need is to arrive at our own conclusions is information like a timeline of where, what, with whom and when Amber Vinson spent her days and nights over the weekend. We are grateful there are no Ebola cases to report in northeast Ohio but we'd like to keep it that way, and a hashtag slogan comes up short.
There used to be a saying during the Cold War: "Trust, but verify." More of that is in order and a good start is the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions regaining the trust of the public after some very obvious missteps. It would also be a welcome change for our media institutions to get back to reporting and leave the spin and marketing to the politicians and ad campaigners.
Ohio is jumping on the "Be Prepared for Ebola" wagon with an exercise and planning in case there's an infection reported here. The Ohio Department of Health is working with local providers, including hospitals and health departments. Part of that process includes designating the state's main lab as capable of testing for the Ebola virus, though confirmations would still be done through the CDC.
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(Ohio Department of Health) Building on preparations which began over the summer, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and state healthcare leaders conducted a tabletop exercise and planning seminar today at the State Emergency Operations Center to identify ways to improve Ohio’s Ebola preparedness at the local and state levels and coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Leaders from the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services participated in the day’s events, along with several other organizations, associations and state agencies.
“While Ebola does not pose an immediate risk to Ohio residents, out of an abundance of caution ODH is working with local health departments, healthcare providers and other state agencies to be prepared,” said ODH Director Richard Hodges. “We are also educating people who may travel to the Ebola outbreak areas of West Africa about what they can do to protect themselves and others.”
Since July, ODH has provided Ebola consultation and guidance to those on the frontline of healthcare in Ohio – hospitals, physicians, other healthcare professionals and local health departments. Guidance has covered such topics as recognizing Ebola symptoms, taking patient travel histories to identify travelers to and from West Africa, and how to treat possible Ebola patients while protecting other patients and staff.
“Ohio hospitals are committed to preparing to take care of a potential Ebola patient while protecting other patients and employees, and the Ohio Hospital Association will engage and support our members in these efforts,” said Mike Abrams, president and chief executive officer of the Ohio Hospital Association.
"The chief concern of Ohio physicians is to provide quality patient care and to assure we all live in healthier Ohio communities,” said Ohio State Medical Association executive director D. Brent Mulgrew. “The Ohio State Medical Association stands with healthcare leaders and providers across the state in preparing to keep Ohioans healthy and safe against the Ebola virus by sharing appropriate information and providing proper care, when necessary."
“Ohio’s health commissioners are already deeply involved in Ebola preparedness through the local health departments they lead. We support efforts to increase collaboration and coordination at the local and state levels to strengthen the state’s overall preparedness,” said Shelia Hiddleson, R.N., president of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners board.
“Ohio’s emergency medical services providers are truly at the frontline and often are the first ones to treat an individual. We are committed to working with EMS providers, a vital segment of our healthcare system, as part of Ohio’s Ebola preparedness efforts,” said Carol Cunningham, M.D., state medical director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services.
In a related development, CDC has designated the ODH Lab as a bio-safety level 3 lab that is qualified to conduct initial Ebola testing. Confirmatory testing still is conducted by CDC.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola, or through items contaminated with the person’s blood or body fluids. Ebola is not spread through the air, food or water. For more information about Ebola, visit ODH’s website at www.odh.ohio.gov.
Summit County Deputies have made two arrests in connection with the death of a 23-year old Green man found dead of a heroin overdose. The body of Tyler Bornstein was reported by a resident in a vacant lot off Alfred Road in Coventry Township. The Medical Examiner determined Bornstein did not die at the site but was instead moved from another location. Police arrested an acquaintance who admitted the pair had purchased heroin from an Akron drug dealer and cooperated with police.
The testimony led to the arrest of Anton Pickett, 19, of Akron on charges including Involuntary Manslaughter and drug trafficking counts. Pickett and the other man are booked in the Summit County Jail.
(Summit County Sheriff's Department) On September 28, the body of a white male was discovered in a vacant lot on Alfred Road off of Arlington Road in Coventry Township by a local resident. The Summit County Sheriff's Office responded and the Summit County Sheriff's Crime Scene Unit processed the scene.
Drug paraphernalia was located near the body. The body was identified as Tyler Bornstein, age 23 of Green. The Summit County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the death of Tyler Bornstein did not occur at the location in which the body was discovered. The preliminary results from the autopsy determined the cause of death to be an overdose of heroin.
The investigation into the death of Tyler Bornstein led to the arrest of a 23 year old male who was with Tyler Bornstein at the time of his death. The two had purchased heroin from a dealer in the city of Akron prior to the Bornstein's death. The 23 year old male was charged with Tampering with Evidence (F-3) and Obstructing Justice (F-5). He was subsequently booked into the Summit County Jail. The arrestee cooperated with the investigation which led to the identification of the subject who sold the heroin to Tyler Bornstein moments before his death.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau and the Summit County Drug Unit continued the investigation and identified Anton Pickett (age 19 of Akron) as the individual who supplied the heroin. The investigation revealed that the heroin sold by Anton Pickett contributed and/or caused the death of Tyler Bornstein. On October 9, 2014, arrest warrants were issued for Anton Pickett on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter (F-1), Corrupting Another with Drugs (F-2), and Trafficking in Drugs (F-5). On October 10, 2014, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office Swat Unit at the residence of Anton Pickett in the city of Akron.
Pickett was taken into custody and booked into the Summit County Jail.
The CEO of the United Way of Summit County is stepping down next spring. Bob Kulinski made the announcement today; he told the agency's Board of Director's earlier this year to begin the search process for a successor. Kulinski has been one of the local United Way's longest-serving executives, with 15 years at the helm. Overall, his service spans 40 years at various United Way chapters including Akron as well as in Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina. The United Way fund drive earned more than $12.3 million dollars in pledges last year.
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(United Way of Summit County) United Way of Summit County announced that effective March 31, 2015 its president and CEO, Bob Kulinski, will retire. Kulinski’s retirement will come after 15 years of service to the organization.
Kulinski notified the United Way of Summit County board of directors of his decision earlier this year to ensure ample time to identify a successor. Citing organizational stability and the strength of the United Way staff and board leadership, Kulinski felt the timing was right to make this transition.
Under Kulinski’s direction, United Way of Summit County’s revenues have not only held steady through the past recession but have grown -- from $10.4 million in 2000 to $12.3 million in 2014.
The United Way of today is much different than the one Kulinski took over a decade and a half ago. During his tenure, Kulinski has been responsible for leading the evolution of United Way from exclusively a fundraising organization to become a powerful community catalyst, advancing a Collective Impact model of change. Collective Impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda. United Way has become a leader of the Collective Impact approach in Summit County.
Under Kulinski’s guidance, United Way has acted on opportunities to move the Summit County community forward through powerful collective effort. Collective Impact initiatives instituted and advanced during Kulinski’s leadership include:
· Bridges Summit County – Bridges Out of Poverty – With the goal of breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Summit County, United Way acts as community-connector, fiscal sponsor and grant-writer; provides a framework for advancing Bridges work throughout the community; ensures solid evaluation; and makes available facilities for the initiative.
· Summit County Reentry Network – Working collectively with more than 70 partner organizations to deliver counseling, housing assistance and employment services for felony ex-offenders, United Way in conjunction with Oriana House provides backbone support; offers strategic planning assistance, grant-writing and community connections; as well as funding support of programs that align with reentry objectives.
· Summit County Cradle to Career Initiative – Working in partnership with Summit Education Initiative, GAR Foundation, local schools and others to improve student success, United Way raises awareness; co-sponsors training seminars; and provides funding for educational programs that align with the collaboration’s six critical transition points along the education pipeline of student achievement.
“Under Bob’s leadership, United Way of Summit County has earned a tremendous reputation in our community,” said Bill Feth, president and CEO of AESCO Holdings, LLC and chairman of the Board for United Way of Summit County. “Collective Impact is a complex business. Bob has provided the direction to put all the pieces together to drive real change.”
“I am very proud of the exemplary work of our United Way and grateful for the opportunity to learn from so many community leaders, board members, partners, donors, and volunteers over the years. I have been inspired daily as I work with people who are passionate about helping others succeed,” said Kulinski.
Kulinski’s nearly 40-year career as a president and CEO within the United Way system includes heading United Way of Northwest Connecticut, Cape Fear Area United Way and United Way of Roanoke Valley prior to his current role with United Way of Summit County.
His past and current community and professional service includes the Social Services Advisory Board; Heart to Heart board chair; Project Grad board chair; Leadership Akron Class XVIII; Ohio United Way board vice chair; National President's Roundtable president; Literacy Volunteer tutor; volunteer Big Brother and numerous other civic and professional organizations. A search is underway for Kulinski’s successor. Nation-wide executive search firm Waverly Partners, LLC has been retained to oversee the process through the company’s Cleveland office.
“Bob has done a phenomenal job in leading this organization for the past 15 years. We are looking for the right person to take the organization to the next level of achievement,” said Christine Amer Mayer, president of the GAR Foundation and co-chair of the search committee. “We expect that a thoughtful leadership transition process will enable this community to build upon the organizational strengths Bob has delivered over time.”
Goodyear is providing plenty of advance warning: there will be nothing wrong with the new Wingfoot One airship enjoying an overnight stay tonight. The ground and air crew will be staging exercises Friday at the Akron Fulton Airport following it's regular schedule of flights and then tie down for the night at the airport rather than it's Wingfoot Lake airship hangar base. Wingfoot One will be making it's debut with long-range cross country trips later this year but the overnight stay will serve to shake out any issues before the airship goes on the road.
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(Goodyear Airship Operations) Goodyear's newest airship, Wingfoot One, will be making a short overnight stay at Akron Fulton Airport Friday evening Oct. 10, returning to its base at Wingfoot Lake on Saturday morning. Goodyear says It's a training exercise of sorts for their crew and pilots, an opportunity to break in the new ground support vehicles and equipment before any first long range cross country trips, likely to happen later this year.
While the public will not have access to the airship's mooring area on Akron Fulton Airport property, they are always invited to visit Wingfoot Lake where they can park in the guest lot to view the airship when in operation. The hangar itself is not generally open to the public.