SHS Class of 1946

will meet for breakfast

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1946 will meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Adele’s Place. Classmates also plan to meet at the same time and place on Feb. 26.

West Branch musicians

presenting concert

BELOIT – West Branch High School musicians will present a Solo and Ensemble Showcase Concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the middle school cafetorium.

Admission is free. The concert features 25 students performing a variety of solo selections and chamber music from the Ohio Music Education Association contest list in preparation for an upcoming adjudicated event. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Lisbon Board of Ed

will hold special meeting

LISBON – The special meeting of the Lisbon Exempted Village Board of Education begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 in the board room at the BOE office. No action will be taken at this work session.

Public breakfast buffet

planned at Masonic Bldg.

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2.

The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea. The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

East Palestine Lions Club

will meet on Jan. 23

EAST PALESTINE – The East Palestine Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Threshold Services office.

Public invited to spaghetti

dinner at St. Paul School

SALEM – The public is invited to a spaghetti dinner prepared by Frank Zamarelli from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Paul School.

Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Carryouts are available.

Joshua Project collecting

donations until Jan. 30

SALINEVILLE – The Joshua Project will be collecting donations for the Sandy Hook Victims Memorial fund until Jan. 30.

Donations may be dropped off at any Huntington Bank under The Joshua Project: The Sandy Hook Shooting Victims Fund. All donations will be directly deposited into the Sandy Hook School Memorial Fund at the Newtown Savings Bank in Newtown, Conn. This fund has been set up to help victims families with funeral expenses. Any donations left will go directly to a scholarship fund for the siblings of the victims.

Driver ed offered at Beaver Local

LISBON – AAA Driver Education begins Feb. 4 at Beaver Local High School. All area students are eligible to attend, including home schooled students. For more information call 330-532-2878.


Salem Super Cruise meeting scheduled

SALEM – The first Salem Super Cruise meeting for 2013 will be held in city council chambers at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. City hall is located at 231 S. Broadway Ave.

SHS Class of 1958 will meet Saturday

SALEM – Salem High School Class of 1958 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Adele’s Place. The class is also sponsoring the teen group at the ROC.

Elks Ladies Auxiliary will meet Tuesday

SALEM – The Ladies Auxiliary to Salem Elks Lodge #305 plans to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grill Room. Members are reminded to dress warmly.

In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled.

East Palestine Council will meet Monday

EAST PALESTINE – East Palestine Village Council plans to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the park community center. The Utility and Development Committee meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Quilting Group will meet Monday

LISBON – The New Lisbon Fiber Arts Quilting Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Methodist Church on Washington Street.

Those attending will work on pillowcases for a community project. For more information call Cheryl Laughlin at 330-420-0001. All are welcome.

Demings retirees, ex-employees will meet

SALEM – Deming retirees and former employees are invited to breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

Ruritans club co-sponsoring blood drive

DAMASCUS – The Damascus, Beloit and Goshen Center Ruritan clubs are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Damascus United Methodist Church on Valley Road.

Quality assurance clinic is Jan. 17

LISBON – The first of four quality assurance clinics will be held at 7 p.m. Jan.17 at the Columbiana County Career Center on state Route 45.

Any 4-H/FFA member taking a market animal to the Columbiana County Fair in 2013 must attend a quality assurance clinic or pass a quality assurance test.

A fee of $2 per 4-H/FFA member will be charged for the training or test. For more information call the Ohio State University Extension office at 330-424-7291.

Testing dates are Jan. 12 and Feb. 18. Call to check eligibility for taking the test.

Salem Super Cruise meeting scheduled

BOARDMAN – The Potential Development Program’s 2013 Mahoning Valley Pizza Cook-Off, presented by BeautiFloor, a division of Simon Roofing, is slated from 4 to 7 p.m. March 3 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, 7440 South Ave., Boardman.

Tickets to the event are on sale now for $12.50 per person or $150 for a reserved table of 10.

Last year more than 1,000 people attended the event that raised over $38,000 for the Potential Development School of Autism.

More information and sponsorship forms can be found at

All proceeds from this event will be used to support the Potential Development School of Autism and help expand its educational services to high school students.

Businesses and organizations interested in becoming involved with this year’s event through a sponsorship or auction item donation are asked to call Shellie Duchek at 330-746-7641.

Free tax forms preparation being offered

SALEM – AARP tax counselors will prepare tax forms, free of charge, starting Feb. 5 at the Columbiana County Office on Aging in the Memorial Building on East State Street.

Taxpayers with income up to $60,000, disabled, and senior citizens are eligible for this free service.

Participants must have no more than five stocks or bonds and must bring last year’s tax forms and property tax from the previous year.

Appointments will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To schedule an appointment call 330-332-1163. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Fish fry will be held at American?Legion

COLUMBIANA – An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at American Legion Post 290. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.

VFW’s kitchen will be open on Saturday

SALEM – The kitchen will be open to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St.

This week’s special is a stuffed pepper meal with green beans, mashed potatoes with tomato gravy and bread for $5. Additional items on the menu will also be available.


Volunteers needed to assist Beaver Creek Wildlife Ed Ctr.

EAST LIVERPOOL – Volunteers are needed at the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center.

To prepare current and new volunteers for the season opening on May 4, Curator Jim Kerr will conduct volunteer training sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the center.

Additional sessions will be available at later dates. For more information call Kerr at 330-301-0019.

All-you-can-eat fish fry will be held at American Legion

COLUMBIANA – An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at American Legion Post 290. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.

Salem VFW’s kitchen will be open to public on Saturday

SALEM – The kitchen will be open to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St.

This week’s special is a stuffed pepper meal with green beans, mashed potatoes with tomato gravy and bread for $5. Additional items on the menu will also be available.

All-you-can-eat breakfast will be served by Salineville Kiwanis

SALINEVILLE – An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kiwanis Building.

Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Carryouts are available.

Leetonia High Class of 1943 will meet for lunch Monday

LEETONIA The Leetonia High School Class of 1943 plans to meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Das Dutch Haus in Columbiana. All classes are welcome.

Goshen High Class of 1941 will meet for breakfast

SALEM – The Goshen High School Class of 1941 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

United Local Class of 1961 will meet for lunch on Jan. 15

HANOVERTON – Members of the United Local High School Class of 1961 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

Bank One retirees, former employees invited to lunch

SALEM – Bank One retirees and former employees are invited to lunch at noon Jan. 15 at Ricky’s English Pub.

For reservations or questions call Evelyn Babb at 330-332-5307.

County Firefighters Association will meet in Lisbon on Jan. 16

LISBON – The Columbiana County Firefighters Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department.

Columbiana High School will host financial aid night

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana High School will host a financial aid night at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in the high school auditorium.

The event will include a presentation by Youngstown State University financial aid advisor Sandy Torres.

All juniors and seniors from the Columbiana, Crestview and Leetonia school districts, along with their parents, are encouraged to attend.

Torres will discuss and answer questions concerning completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Refreshments will be served in the high school commons following the event.

Help Hotline Crisis Center’s Survivors of Suicide will meet

LISBON – Help Hotline Crisis Center’s support group of the survivors of suicide will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Columbiana County Counseling Center on Route 154.

For more information call 330-424-7767.

First United Methodist Church serving ‘drive by chicken dinner’

LEETONIA – A “drive by chicken dinner” is available from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 17, or until sold out, at the Leetonia First United Methodist Church, 50 Lisbon St.

The meal consists of a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7.

Those interested are asked to drive up, place an order and your dinner/dinners will be brought out to your car. All proceeds are used to update and repair the foyer of the church.

Leetonia Class of 1962 will meet for breakfast on Jan. 18

LEETONIA- The Leetonia High School Class of 1962 plans to meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at Das Dutch Haus.

Columbiana Boosters will sponsor dinner on Jan. 18

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Athletic Boosters will sponsor a pasta dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the High School Commons.

Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students and $5 for children under 5. Carryouts are available.

Outlaws With Attitude 4-H Club will meet on Jan. 20

LISBON – The OutLaws With Attitude 4-H Club plans to meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Community Action Agency at Lincole Place.

AAA Driving School will hold class beginning Jan. 22 at SHS

SALEM – AAA Driving School will hold classes from 3 to 6 p.m., beginning Jan. 22, at Salem High School.

Registration forms are available in the school office or by calling 330-277-0052.

Quota International holding special meeting on Jan. 22

SALEM – Quota International of Salem has scheduled a special meeting for Makeover Mania to begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the clubhouse.

Columbiana Chamber planning Winter Business Showcase

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents and business owners to attend its Winter Business Showcase on Jan. 24 at The Links Banquet Center.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments, networking and brief presentations by five Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce members.

There is no charge to chamber members and a $5 charge to prospective members. For additional information call the chamber office at 330-482-3822. Reservations are not required.

Joint reorganizational meeting will be held in Green Twp.

GREEN TOWNSHIP – Green Township Board and Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a joint reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Green Township Administration Building/Community Center. The public is invited.

Area students will attend presidential inauguration

LISBON – The Gifted Office of the Columbiana County Educational Service Center has announced that 25 students from Columbiana County high schools will be in attendance at the public presidential inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama who will begin his second term as president of the United States on Jan. 20.

Students from Beaver Local, Crestview Local, East Liverpool, Leetonia Exempted Village and Salem will travel to Washington D. C. on Jan. 18.

Over the weekend, they will visit many of the Smithsonian Institutions, the 911 Pentagon Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Memorials on the Mall, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. Students will also spend an afternoon at the Holocaust Museum.

The students will also attend an inaugural ball with other students from across the country.


Guiford Ruritans sponsoring fish fry

GUILFORD LAKE -An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Guilford Lake Ruritan Club on Route 172 at Hanna Drive.

Sebring Legion post serving dinners

SEBRING – Fish dinners and steak dinners are available at the American Legion Post 76 on California Avenue. Fish dinners are served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday. Cost is $8.50. The meal includes french fries, rolls and cole slaw. Also on the menu is shrimp or chicken strip dinners. At noon, fish and french fry platters are $7.

The steak fry follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Porterhouse, ribeye and strip steaks are available complete with salad bar, bread and baked potato. Both dinners are open to the public and carryouts are available by calling 330-938-9082.

Round and square dance is Saturday

ROGERS – The public is invited to a round and square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Rogers Community Auction dining hall. Admission is $5 per person. Music will be provided by The Country Squares and lunch provided by the Farmer’s Pride 4-H Club.

‘Pancake Plus’ breakfast scheduled

NEW WATERFORD – The “Pancakes Plus” breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St.

Toy train, railroad flea market set

NILES – The Youngstown Model Railroad Association will present its 56th toy train and model railroad flea market from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and March 10 at McMenamy’s Banquet Hall, 325 Youngstown-Warren-Road.

Admission is $5 per person. Eight-foot tables are available for $20 each. For reservations call Jim Pope at 330-547-3614 or Ed Williams at 330-647-9881 (

Hendersons sponsoring Banquet

SALEM – The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. Next week’s sponsor is the Bev Henderson family.

The menu offers cream of tomato soup, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn or peas, fresh vegetables and fruit, cake and ice cream sundaes. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Beginner’s quilting class scheduled

HANOVERTON – The United Local Community Education Department is sponsoring a beginning quilting class, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., beginning on Jan. 14.

The six-session class will also meet on Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, and March 4. During the class, participants will learn to make quilted place.mats and matching napkin rings. Cost is $15. Kathy Taucher is the instructor. To register, and to find out what materials to bring to class, call the superintendent’s office at 330-223-1521.

Board of Revision meets Monday

LISBON – Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken has announced that the Columbiana County Board of Revision will hold a reorganizational meeting at 3 p.m. Monday.

At 3:15 p.m., the Automatic Data Processing Board will hold its reorganizational meeting. Both sessions will be held in the auditor’s conference room located on the main floor of the courthouse. For more information call the auditor’s office at 33-424-9515.

Greenford Class of ’58 will meet

GREENFORD – The Greenford High School Class of 1958 will have lunch at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Salem Hill Golf and Country Club. All members and friends are invited.

Library’s ‘Show and Share’ is Jan. 29

COLUMBIANA – “Show and Share” with Karen Ullom is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Columbiana Public Library, 332 N. Middle St.

Ullom will use the Accu-Cut machine along with card stock to show how to make an original Valentine’s Day card with a personal touch. Registration is required at the library or by calling 330-482-5509.

Canfield Concert Band will perform

CANFIELD -The Canfield Community Concert Band will present a winter concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Canfield High School on Cardinal Drive. The concert is a benefit performance for Operation Blessing.

A volunteer group of 40 or more members, Operation Blessing distributes food items to area families in need. Housed at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, Operation Blessing is supported by several Canfield area churches, high school groups, and local businesses as well as individuals. The concert program, Wind Classics from the UK, will highlight music of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Admission is free. To help carry on its mission, support for Operation Blessing is requested in the form of non-perishable food items and monetary donations.

Women’s?Night Out is March 20

SALEM – Sponsorship, advertising, vendor tables are now available for the Salem Community Center’s fourth annual Women’s Night Out on March 20.

Women’s Night Out centers around information, products and services for females of all ages who want to learn ways to take better care of their bodies, minds and improve upon their lifestyles. To ensure a successful night of information and entertainment, area businesses are encouraged to become a sponsor, advertiser and/or vendor. All proceeds from this event will benefit the operation of the newly added SCC Children’s Fitness Center. For more information or to purchase tickets call 330-332-5885 or stop by the front desk.

Library registering sessions

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Public Library is registering for the winter sessions of Babytime, Toddlertime and Storytime.

Babytime is a lapsit program offered once a month on the third Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. for babies 6 to 18 months and their caregiver. Toddlertime is a lapsit program and will be held Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:30 a.m. for toddlers ages 18 months up to 3 years and their caregivers.

Storytime on Wednesdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. or Thursdays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. is for ages 3 to 5. Sessions run Feb. 6 through April 18 and include age appropriate stories, finger plays, crafts and are free to the public. Pre-registration is required at the library or by calling 330-482-5509.

Churches planning BLAST

SALEM – Building Leaders And Sharing Talents (BLAST) is a annual event for teens in northeastern Ohio area Nazarene churches. Events range from sporting events to singing, art, photography, preaching, etc.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 with registration at the First Church of the Nazarene in Salem, followed at 6:30 p.m. with the opening celebration and 7:30 p.m. with athletics and arts and crafts. Events continue from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the swimming pool at the Salem Community Center; and depart to hotels at 12:30 p.m.

Opening worship starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Columbiana Church of the Nazarene, 330 N. Elm St., followed at 9:30 a.m. with break-out sessions and youth leader training; 10:30 a.m., music/creative ministries/academic events (competition time); 2 p.m., president’s report, elections and awards; and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Arbor Day Foundation registering

Residents of Ohio are invited to join the Arbor Day Foundation. By becoming a part of the non-profit foundation, new members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden rain trees. The free trees are part of the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6 to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day, ” and “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to 10 Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave,. Nebraska City, Neb. 68410, before Jan. 31; or join online at


Allegheny Wesleyan registering students

SALEM – New student orientation and registration will be held at Allegheny Wesleyan College at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

Classes will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 22. If you are interested in taking college classes, contact the Office of the Registrar at 330-337-6403 for information.

Damascus Friends offers basketball leagues

DAMASCUS -Damascus Friends Church is offering basketball leagues. Skill evaluations are set from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday to determine teams for boys and girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades who are not playing on their school team.

Skill evaluations are also set from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday to determine teams for high school boys basketball who are not playing on their school team. Registration forms are available at, 330-537-2581 or the church office.

United Local Boosters will meet

HANOVERTON – The United Athletic Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library.

Columbiana bond issue meeting is Monday

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Exempted Village Schools’ bond issue meeting begins at 5 p.m. Monday in the South Side Middle School’s all-purpose room.

Southern Local BOE is Jan. 8

SALINEVILLE – Southern Local Board of Education’s organizational meeting starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in room E136. The regular board meeting follows.

SAVNA offerings readings at local sites

SALEM – Blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation readings will be provided by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association (SAVNA) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

East Palestine Public Library, Jan. 10; Canfield Public Library, Jan. 15; Sebring Public Library, Jan. 22; and Lepper Public Library in Lisbon, Jan. 24.

Goshen Home Ext. members will meet

SALEM Goshen Home Extension members plan to meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

United Local Class of 1967 will meet

HANOVERTON – Classmates (and friends) of the United High School Class of 1967 are invited to breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club on state Route 45 North.

For more information call 330-222-1739, 330-424-1259 or 330-332-8327.

SHS Class of 1948 will meet Jan. 8

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1948 will meet for breakfast at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at Adele’s Place.

SHS Class of 1969 will meet Jan. 13

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1969 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at BB Rooners.

SHS Class of 1947 will meet for breakfast

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1947 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. All members and guests are welcome.

Enrollment in search and recovery open

BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. – Enrollment in U.S. Search and Rescue Recovery Academy training for 2013 is now open for candidates. An information and orientation meeting begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Wildflower Reserve Nature Center at Raccoon Creek State Park on Route 30, Beaver County, Pa.

Professional volunteers for search, rescue and recovery are always ready to respond 24/7 to provide aid when needed. Achieving the title of SARR tech is no easy task and it takes a very special person to reach the heights of a professional search, rescue, recovery technician.

For more information contact Nancy Vickroy at 330-524-4409 or visit

GED-based classes offered at CCCTC

LISBON – This is the last year to take the current GED exam. Changes start in January 2014 when the exam will be three times the current cost, computer-based, and a generally more difficult exam.

The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center ABLE will accept new students for free GED/Academic Skills Brush-Up classes the week of Jan. 14. Classes are offered in Salem, Columbiana, Lisbon and East Liverpool. For class or registration information call 330-424-9561 Ext. 190.

Salem VFW serving dinner Saturday

SALEM – The public is invited to dinner on Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892, 496 Arch St. The kitchen will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring sandwich specials. For information call 330-337-8015.

Pork chop dinner set at Winona Friends

WINONA – The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will hold its monthly dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Baked pork chops, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and beverages will be served. Cost is $8. Carryouts will be available; call 330-222-1551.

SCT holding auditions on Jan. 15-16

SALEM – Salem Community Theatre will hold auditions for the Youth Theatre production of “Willie Wonka Jr.” at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16. Director Patricia Fagan and Musical Director Allie Oyster are looking for actors ages 8 to 18 who will sing a prepared song (bring sheet music or background track, accompanist and CD player will be provided), read from the script, interact with other auditioners, and demonstrate basic creative movement ability. Call-backs will be held on Jan. 17, and the first read-through of the script with the selected cast will most likely commence on Jan. 18 with rehearsals starting the next week.

Show dates are Fridays Saturdays and Sunday from March 15-24. Student Outreach performances are tentatively set March 20 and 21. For more information visit or call the box office at 330-332-9688.

SCH offering free sibling class

SALEM – Salem Community Hospital’s family education program is offering a free sibling class from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the hospital.

The sibling class helps prepare children for the arrival of a new infant through discussions on the physical characteristics, behavior and care of newborns. A tour of the hospital’s maternity unit is also provided. The class is open to children ages 3 10 who must be accompanied by a parent. To register call 330-337-4989.

Flu season arriving in full force

SALEM – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season has arrived early in Ohio. “Seasonal influenza is an illness that causes fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches,” said Lyn Pethtel, BS, SM, RN, CIC, director of quality improvement and infection control at Salem Community Hospital (SCH). “The virus that causes the flu is spread from person to person by droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air, or by handling items contaminated by an infected person.”

With the flu season descending in full force, the SCH staff is asking potential visitors to help protect patients from influenza and other highly contagious illnesses by not visiting the hospital if they are sick.

“Across the nation, the rate of influenza-like illnesses has increased dramatically, judging from the high volumes of patients seeking care at doctors’ offices and the increased number of related hospitalizations,” said Pethtel. “For example, outpatient clinic visits for influenza-like illnesses rose to 4.2 percent of all visits, which is well above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.”

The Ohio Department of Health recently reported that 863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza and influenza-like illnesses this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.

“Locally, our area is reporting a significant increase in flu and flu-like cases, which are causing fever, respiratory symptoms and diarrhea,” said Pethtel. “While most people recover from these symptoms in a few days, hospitalized patients who become infected with these illnesses may develop significant complications.”

To help prevent the spread of these conditions to patients, hospital officials are asking anyone who may be infected or feeling sick to avoid visiting hospitalized patients while they are ill. Instead, they are requested to telephone the patient or send an e-card via the hospital’s website at Individuals who feel they must visit a patient can also request a mask as they enter the hospital.

Since the flu is spread by contact, Pethtel urges people to be vigilant about covering their mouths with tissues when they cough and washing their hands frequently or using hand sanitizer.