ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Blood drive set at Alliance hospital

ALLIANCE – The American Red Cross and Alliance Community Hospital will host a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in conference room 1-A at the hospital, 200 E. State St.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years with parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds and be able to provide a picture ID at the time of the donation. To schedule an appointment contact redcross blood.org, 330-596-7822 or 330-596-7821.

Ohio Bell retirees to meet for breakfast

COLUMBIANA – Retired plant employees of AT&T/Ohio Bell will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 5 at Das Dutch Haus.

Events set at Mill Creek MetroParks

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks will host supervised ice skating at the Lily Pond from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Skaters are asked to bring skates as no skate rental is available.

The public is invited to start at Wick Recreation Area on Feb. 1 for Cabin Fever Fest, including the chili cook-off, beginning at noon. Take a ride down Sled Hill and participate in winter games and competitions. Warm up inside the Warming House by sampling chili and vote for the spiciest, most colorful, and overall best. Fellows Riverside Gardens’ Jewels of Winter Orchid Show opens Feb. 1 throughout the D. D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center.

Bill Whitehouse will discuss photography slides at the Ford Nature Center from his career at Mill Creek MetroParks. Sunday offers the MetroMutts Resource Guarding program at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Super Sunday hike around the golf course begins at 2 p.m.

For more information contact 330-702-3000 or millcreekmetroparks.org.

Scanner Club to meet in Boardman

BOARDMAN – The Greater Youngstown Monitoring Association Scanner Club will sponsor a Scanner-a-Thon at its WinterScan at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St. Those attending are asked to bring scanners to display and a side dish, salad or dessert to share.

Members will be on the 146.745 W8QLY repeater. Anyone interested in scanner monitoring or amateur radio hobby is welcome. For more information contact Doug Sage at 330-717-8036, gyma.org or info@gyma.org.

Stage Left to present ‘Music Man’

LISBON – Stage Left Players presents “The Music Man.” The dates for the show have been pushed back one week from the original dates due to weather. Harold Hill (Spencer Crosser) poses as a boy’s band organizer, selling uniforms and instruments to a naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to teach members of the new band. But Harold isn’t a musician and plans to skip town without teaching any lesson. The town’s librarian Marian (Elise Szabo) sees through Hill’s ruse, but she soon falls in love when he helps her brother overcome is awkwardness.

“The Music Man” features some of the most widely-known music theater numbers in American theater including “(Ya Got) Trouble” “76 Trombones” and “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little).

Stage Left’s production features more than 30 local junior and senior high school students bringing the classic musical to life. Direction is by Nathan Kuhns, musical direction by Jodine Pilmer and choreography by Matthew Malloy.

A special preview night has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 to benefit the Lisbon Music Club.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors at 330-831-7249 or stageleftplayers.org.

Breakfast set at Salem Hunting Club

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club’s all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The menu includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, potatoes, toast, orange juice, coffee. tea. Club officers will be available to answer questions about membership and club activities. Tickets are available for the annual dinner on March 22 at the Little Quakers hall.

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Free dinner offered at First Brethren Church

NORTH GEORGETOWN – A free dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Brethren Church, 27333 Main St.

This month’s menu features red and white chili, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The dinner is provided free of charge to all who attend. Donations are accepted but not necessary.

Visiting Angels sponsoring Banquet in Salem

SALEM – The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Next week’s sponsor is Visiting Angels.

The menu offers pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, applesauce, cole slaw, fresh fruit and assorted desserts.

Additional sponsors are needed. For information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

First Friends hosting renowned speaker

SALEM – International speaker Pam Stenzel will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Friends Church, 1028 Jennings Ave.

The event is free to the public with material suitable for seventh graders and older. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Stenzel is the founder of Enlighten Communications. She addresses over 500,000 youth yearly worldwide, discussing issues of sexuality and importance of abstinence. She conducts seminars with parents and educators regarding issues of teen sex.

Gamblers Anonymous will meet Friday

BOARDMAN – Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman.

GA will also meet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Cornersburg. For more information call 330-505-5060.

Lisbon VFW hosting steak fry and dance

LISBON A steak fry and dance will be held Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4111, 210 E. Lincoln Way. Food will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $9 for half a roasted chicken, $11 for a 12-ounce strip steak, $14 for a 16-ounce T-bone steak. All dinners include salad, baked potato or fresh cut french fries, roll and coffee.

The dance follows from 8 to 11 p.m. with music provided by Rough Edges. Admission to the dance only is $5.

Reservations are requested by Friday by calling 330-424-7586. Walk-ins are welcome.

Leetonia Library hosting discussion group

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is inviting community members to join a book discussion group in February.

The AM Bookends will talk about Richard Russo’s book “Empire Falls” at 10 a.m. Feb. 5. This humorous look at small town life may just remind you of a town you know.

“Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats” by Kristen Iversen is the choice for the nonfiction group which meets at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. This memoir chronicles a family living near a secret nuclear weapons plant in Colorado.

“Candide” by Voltaire will be discussed by the classics group at 6 p.m. Feb. 27. This slim volume describes the travels in Europe and South America of the youthful Candide with a great amount of wit and satire.

Copies of these books are available at the library and guests are always welcome to participate.

Winona Friends serving dinner Saturday

WINONA – A Swiss steak dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center at the Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road. The meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryouts are available. For more information call 330-222-0200.

Bears to Bee Preschool holding auction

LEETONIA – The Leetonia Bears to Bee Preschool is hosting its vendor quarter auction at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Patrick’s Hall on Main Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $3 for a paddle.

Bring at least one roll of quarters. Food will be available for purchase. For more information call Shelly Moore at 330-831-5578.

Stitches in Time to meet at Salem Library

SALEM – Stitches in Time will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. Bring your own project to work on.

The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be available. For more information call 330-332-0042.

Tables available for Women’s Night Out

SALEM – Sponsorship, advertising, vendor tables are now available for the Salem Community Center’s fifth annual Womens Night Out on March 19.

The event 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. Last year’s event was sold out. Approximately 400 women are expected to attend this year.

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 Childrens Fitness Center. For more information about the event and to find out when you can purchase your tickets call 330-332-5885 or stop by the front desk.

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Swiss steak diner offered at Winona church Saturday

WINONA – A Swiss steak dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center at the Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road. The meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryouts are available. For more information call 330-222-0200.

Leetonia Bears to Bee

Preschool quarter auction set

LEETONIA – The Leetonia Bears to Bee Preschool is hosting its vendor quarter auction at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Patrick’s Hall on Main Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $3 for a paddle. Bring at least one roll of quarters. Food will be available for purchase. For more information call Shelly Moore at 330-831-5578.

All-you-can-eat oyster soup planned at Negley Masons

NEGLEY – All-you-can-eat oyster soup night is slated from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Negley Masonic Lodge, 50873 Richardson Ave. Cost is $7. Other soups are available for $6. Cost is $4 for children 12 and under. Carryout orders are also available.

Stitches in Time to meet

at Salem Library Feb. 19

SALEM – Stitches in Time will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. Bring your own project to work on. The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be available. For more information call 330-332-0042.

‘Music Man’ performance rescheduled to Feb. 13

LISBON – The Lisbon Music Study Club will sponsor a benefit performance of Stage Left Players’ Youth Production of “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. The event was previously scheduled for Feb. 6, but must be rescheduled due to weather-related events.

Club members are selling tickets for the preview showing at the Trinity Playhouse, 234 E. Lincoln Way. Proceeds go toward the club’s music scholarship fund. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from club members, at 330-831-7249 or StageLeftSeats@yahoo.com.

Tables available at Woman’s Night Out March 19

SALEM – Sponsorship, advertising, vendor tables are now available for the Salem Community Center’s fifth annual Womens Night Out on March 19. The event 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. Last year’s event was sold out. Approximately 400 women are expected to attend this year.

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 Childrens Fitness Center. For more information about the event and to find out when you can purchase your tickets call 330-332-5885 or stop by the front desk.

Hollywood Goes Youngstown” raffle planned

YOUNGSTOWN – As part of its 2014 fundraising drive, the Youngstown Playhouse is sponsoring a “Hollywood Goes Youngstown” raffle that also celebrates two of its city’s most famous sons.

A $25 lottery ticket could get you and a companion (airfare, hotel, car service) three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles that includes VIP studio tour, and a private dinner at celebrated Il Forno restaurant with Youngstown natives Ed O’Neill and boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.

While O’Neill is best known for his work on some of the most popular series in television history (Married With Children and Modern Family), and Mancini’s pugilistic feats have earned him a permanent spot in boxing record books, their Youngstown roots and pride run deep.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that Ed O’Neill actually began his acting career at the Youngstown Playhouse back in the late 1970s,” said Dr. John Cox, coordinator of the Playhouse fund-raising campaign. “It was great to know that Youngstown never leaves some people. Both Ed (O’Neill) and Ray (Mancini) were very willing to give back to the community with this event.”

Tickets can be ordered online at www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com or 330-788-8739 and are tax deductible. The drawing is Feb. 2. The trip is tentatively scheduled for early March depending upon O’Neill’s shooting schedule/availability.

Adoption and fostercare speaker at Leetonia Library

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library will host Christy Gibas, community support coordinator from Job and Family Services, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 regarding adoption and foster care for many Columbiana County children in urgent need of a home.

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Salem Community Pantry closed today

SALEM – The Salem Community Pantry at 794 E. Third St. is closed today due to the inclement weather.

Beaver Twp. Crime Watch won’t meet

NORTH LIMA – The Beaver Township Police Department’s Crime Watch meeting today has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Warming center to open in Alliance

ALLIANCE – The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio announced a warming center opens today at Alliance Resource Center, 234 S. Arch St. The warming center will be open during business hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers an opportunity for community members to come in out of the cold. No meal services are included.

Pancake breakfast planned in Homeworth

HOMEWORTH – The public is invited to the Homeworth Fire and North Georgetown Fire Department’s annual buffet-style pancake community breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Homeworth Fire Station, 4354 Middle St. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and free for 5 and under and also emergency personnel.

Benefit breakfast set at Sebring Legion

SEBRING – A benefit breakfast and 50/50 drawing for the Sebring V-Twin Cruiser’s Motorcycle Club will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the Sebring American Legion on California Avenue. Cost for the all-you-can-eat meal is $7 and includes coffee and juice.

Salem Relay meeting planned Feb. 6

SALEM – Salem Relay for Life Committee and team meeting starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Salvation Army on North Ellsworth Avenue. New members and teams are welcome. The Salem Relay for Life runs June 13-14.

Seniors invited to Valentine’s Pizza Party

SALEM – The Donald R. Cook family is inviting seniors age 55 and over to a Valentine’s Pizza Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Wedgewood Pizza in Salem. This event includes free pizza, beverage, giveaways, door prizes and “Pass the Love of Valentine’s” game. Reservations are required and limited to the first 30 who call 330-337-7674.

Skin cancer screening clinic planned

LISBON – A skin cancer screening clinic will be held on Feb. 18 at the Columbiana County Health Department, 7360 state Route 45.

Any Columbiana County resident with a suspicious lesion such as a sore that will not heal, a mole or wart that has changed, a change in color pigmentation of the skin, or any skin abnormality may be seen at this clinic, free of charge. Appointments may be made by calling 330-424-0272.

Salem adult book discussion group to meet

SALEM – The debut book by Julie Kibler titled “Calling Me Home” will be discussed when the adult book discussion group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. The story focuses on the lives and relationships of two women interwoven with secrets and choices in their lives that may significantly affect their futures. Attendance is open to the public and free of cost. Registration is not required. Copies of the book are available from the adult services department in advance of the meeting.

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– DEERFIELD -The Deerfield Historical Society’s meeting is slated from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. The public is welcome.

– SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1955 is invited to lunch at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at Adele’s Place.

– SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1973 plans to meet for breakfast at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Skyline Diner.

– COLUMBIANA – Classmates of the Fairfield/Waterford High School Class of 1959 are invited to dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Cafe 422 in Boardman.

– SALEM – Twelve members of Weingart Cousins met recently. The group’s next breakfast meeting begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 11.

– SALEM – Goshen Home Extension will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

– SEBRING – The Sebring High School group “To infinity and beyond” is sponsoring a family board game night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Sebring High School. Admission is $2 per person. Admission price also includes pizza and a beverage. Popcorn will be available for sale. All proceeds will fund the group’s trip to London and Paris.

– SALEM – The Seven and One Club met Jan. 15 at the home of Mrs. John Hively in New Waterford. Her guests included Mrs. Keith Keslar and Mrs. Roger Cooley. Cards were played after the luncheon with prizes being won by the following: Mrs. Larry Dearth, first place; Mrs. Gerald Mincks, second place; Mrs. Jack Bruderly, travel. Mrs. Hively served an apple cake topped with whipped cream for dessert. The next club night begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Dearth home.

– CANFIELD – Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road. Upcoming events include:

Feb. 1: Bowling at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25: Dance classes, Judy Conti’s, Austintown, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7, 14: Movies 8, lobby, Shops of Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 12: Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5-7 p.m.

Feb. 17: Meet-up at Mocha House, Boardman, 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Practice bowling night at Wedgewood Lanes, 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: Bowling extravaganza at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Card night at Denny’s, Boardman, 6-10 p.m.

For more information call 330-793-5856, 330-533-7062 or 330-793-1484.

– NORTH GEORGETOWN – Sid French of Cuyahoga Falls was elected president during election of officers held recently for the Columbiana County Antique Tractor Association. Other new officers include John Cochran of Tallmadge, vice president; John Harris of North Georgetown, treasurer; and Reva Montgomery of Lordstown, secretary. The club thanked outgoing officers, Dennis Flugan and Jim Elder, for all their hard work these past years.

The club is planning the 2014 pulling season. The new season starts in April and ends in September with at least two jackpot pulls this year with the option for more. Monthly meetings begin at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the North Georgetown Fire Hall. Anyone interested in antique tractor pulls is welcome to attend. For more information call 330-310-5413 or 330-814-7245.

– SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1974 is holding its 40th-year reunion this summer and is seeking addresses for classmates.

The information may be forwarded to the SHS Alumni Office at 330-332-1427. The classmates include: Beth Kleinman McDevitt, Bob Krebs, Cathy Booth Brown, Cheryl Denkhaus, Chester Fortune, Cliff Protzman, David Callahan, David Crookston, David Gushert, David Mrugala, David Ray, Debbie Hardwick Cross, Debbie Rummel, Donna Markovich, Doreen Singer Chamberlain, Earl May III, James Votaw, John Coler, John Hughes, Judy Cowie Schneider, Kathleen Leipper Kosch, Kay Adams Lake, Kurt VanFossan, Leeanne Curtis, Mark Janosik, Mark Landwert, Mark Stilwell, Martin Field, Mary Cernuto Constantino, Mary Wright Kelley, Maryanne Snyder Cline, Maurice Smith, Michael Colian, Mike Crouse, Mike Jordan, Mike McBride, Mike McGowan, Mike Miner, Pam Brennan Steens, Patricia Snyder, Patti Preisler Powell, Randy Hrvatin, Randy Roberts, Rose Rance, Roxi Endres, Sam Barth, Steve Adams, Steve Waugh, Sue Horning Hughs, Susan Byrd, Susan Menough Flatinger, Terry Mountz, Thomas Krepps, Timothy Eaton and Timothy Maloy.

– SALEM – Renowned international speaker Pam Stenzel will be speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Salem First Friends Church, 1028 Jennings Ave.

Stenzel tackles the tough issues of sex with candor, insight, humor, and the challenge for young people to get the abstinence advantage. This community wide event contains material suitable for seventh graders and older. Refreshments follow the presentation.

– SALEM – New Horizon grief support sessions are available to all adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one through death. Sessions begin from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and will run for eight weeks in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Education Building at 251 S. Broadway Ave. The facilitator will be Kim Calhoun of Hospice of the Valley. For more information, or to register for this group, call the church office at 330-332-5042.

– CANFIELD – Calla Community Church’s missionary society is sponsoring a soup sale from 4 p.m. Feb. 7, until sold out, at 6482 W. Calla Road. Potato soup and chicken with homemade noodles are available at $6 per quart. Also featured will be fresh baked bread at $2 per loaf. Proceeds benefit local mission projects. To pre-order call 330-507-2255 or 330-501-1597.

– SALEM – The staff at the Family Practice Center of Salem is sponsoring and volunteering their time to host the Banquet in Salem in appreciation for the kindness and generosity the physicians at the Family Practice Center have shown throughout the year, including Dr. Richard Fawcett, Dr. Richard Banning, Dr. James Gardner, Dr. Dean Economous and Dr. Michael Sevilla.

The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Chicken noodle soup, pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, rolls, fresh vegetables and fruit and ice cream sundaes will be served.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

– SALEM – Lion and Lamb Christian Resources in Salem and Niles will host Vacation Bible School (VBS) workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Grace Fellowship Church, 2150 Niles Cortland Road SE, Warren, 330-505-1319; and 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at Lion and Lamb, 145 S. Broadway Ave., 330-332-8501.

Presentations will run two hours, with time afterward to talk with the workshop presenters and view VBS materials. VBS starter kits are in store and available now to review.

– SALEM – Church Women United will cancel its 1 p.m. meeting on Monday, if, there is a snow parking ban or no school.

– HANOVERTON – A spaghetti dinner will be served 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31, before the basketball homecoming game, at United Local High School cafeteria.

Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free for under 5. Carryouts are available. The public is welcome. Proceeds will be used for the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

– BELOIT – West Branch is hosting a charity auction fundraiser to benefit athletics at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in the high school auditorium.

Anyone wishing to donate or advertise is asked to email Nate.Heddleston@WBWarriors.org (subject heading: auction) or call 330-938-4455. There are already several desirable items including a guided pheasant hunting trip and tour offered by Sunrise Farms, group passes to SkyMax, senior picture packages by Street Style Photography, Harley-Davidson articles by Thunder HD, Cleveland Browns and Cavs autographed memorabilia, Pittsburgh Steelers and Mount Union gear, Mountaineer Casino overnight golf and gaming get-aways, spa packages, gift cards, gift baskets, electronics, etc.

Admission is free and all forms of payment, including credit cards, will be accepted. The event is organized by the reigning Northeastern Buckeye Conference Champion West Branch Girls’ Track Team. The auction will be conducted by Kiko Auctions.

– SALEM – Salem Public Library’s Wellness Wednesday series continues from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 with a program by Hospice of the Valley.

Presenter Rosemary Antonucci will discuss what Hospice does, why volunteers are an integral part of the team, how volunteers can support caregivers. Antonucci will also focus on the necessity of wellness for caregivers. There is no cost to attend the program in the library’s Quaker Room at 821 E. State St. Registration is encouraged at www.salem.lib.oh.us or 330-332-0042.

– LISBON – Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken reminds all dog owners who harbor dogs 3 months of age or older that they must license their dogs annually. The deadline for purchasing 2014 dog licenses is Jan. 31.

Licenses can be purchased in the auditor’s office at 105 S. Market St. or at Ace Hardware in Columbiana and Middleton; Damascus General Store in Damascus; Adrian’s Restaurant and Carol’s Corner in East Liverpool; Fuller’s Hardware in East Palestine; Yard Bark in Salem; and Center Pharmacy in Wellsville.

Cost is $10 per dog or $50 for a kennel license. Kennel licenses can only be purchased at the county dog warden’s office at 8455 County Home Road, Lisbon.

If you fail to meet the registration deadline you will be subject to a penalty that is equal to the cost of the license or kennel license. After Jan. 31, licenses can only be purchased at the auditor’s office.

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Church Women United meeting

SALEM – Church Women United will cancel its 1 p.m. meeting on Monday if there is a snow parking ban or no school.

Spaghetti dinner planned at United

HANOVERTON – A spaghetti dinner will be served 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31, before the basketball homecoming game, at United Local High School cafeteria.

Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and free for under 5. Carryouts are available. The public is welcome. Proceeds will be used for the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

‘Huckleberry Finn’ auditions set Feb. 3-4

COLUMBIANA – Crown Theater Productions will hold auditions for “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 and 4 at Main Street Theater. Parts are open for men and women ages 13 and older, script reading required. Show dates are April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

Soup to go in Washingtonville canceled

WASHINGTONVILLE – The “Soup to Go” on Feb. 5 has been canceled, until further notice, at Robbins United Methodist Church, 100 High St.

West Branch charity auction set

ELOIT – West Branch is hosting a charity auction fundraiser to benefit athletics at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in the high school auditorium. Anyone wishing to donate or advertise is asked to email Nate.Heddleston@WBWarriors.org (subject heading: auction) or call 330-938-4455. There are already several desirable items including a guided pheasant hunting trip and tour offered by Sunrise Farms, group passes to SkyMax, senior picture packages by Street Style Photography, Harley-Davidson articles by Thunder HD, Cleveland Browns and Cavs autographed memorabilia, Pittsburgh Steelers and Mount Union gear, Mountaineer Casino overnight golf and gaming get-aways, spa packages, gift cards, gift baskets, electronics, etc.

Admission is free and all forms of payment, including credit cards, will be accepted. The event is organized by the reigning Northeastern Buckeye Conference Champion West Branch Girls’ Track Team. The auction will be conducted by Kiko Auctions.

Wellness Wednesday features Hospice talk

SALEM – Salem Public Library’s Wellness Wednesday series continues from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 with a program by Hospice of the Valley. Presenter Rosemary Antonucci will discuss what Hospice does, why volunteers are an integral part of the team, how volunteers can support caregivers. Antonucci will also focus on the necessity of wellness for caregivers. There is no cost to attend the program in the library’s Quaker Room at 821 E. State St. Registration is encouraged at www.salem.lib.oh.us or 330-332-0042.

Mill Creek MetroParks special events set

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks special events for the first quarter of 2014 include:

Cabin Fever Fest, noon, Feb. 1, Wick Recreation Area; Jewels of Winter Orchid Show, Feb. 1 through March 16, Fellows Riverside Gardens; Yellow Creek Concert Series: Mahoning Valley Button Box Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Yellow Creek Park Lodge; Twice-Loved Book Sale, Feb. 15-22, Fellows Riverside Gardens; Nature Photography Show, Feb. 22 through March 9, Ford Nature Center; Wintertime Tea: For the Love of a Book, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Fellows Riverside Gardens; and Yellow Creek Concert Series: Al-Ray Combo, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 13, Yellow Creek Park Lodge. For more information call 330-740-7107.

Humane Society offers cold warning

SALEM -The Humane Society of Columbiana County is again reminding pet owners of winter weather advisory precautions. Frigid temperatures remain in the forecast and the danger to animals continues. Owners of outside animals are urged to bring them into the house, basement, garage or shed if possible. If unable to make accommodations for your pet to have indoor shelter, you must provide the animal with adequate housing, food and water. What is needed in this weather is boxes stuffed full of dry straw. A thick plastic or waterproof burlap flap over the door opening provides a windbreak. Pets also need double the food. During cold weather, it takes more energy to keep the core of the body warm. Fresh, unfrozen water must be available. Owners must make several trips outside if the animal does not have a heated bowl. Agricultural life also need additional calories to maintain warmth, unfrozen water and at least a windbreak.

If you need assistance with straw call the Animal Resource Complex in Salem at 330-332-8622. To report animal cruelty or neglect call the Humane Hotline at 330-831-2613. When calling in a concern, leave street address, city and reason for calling. Failure to provide this information may result in a delay or inability to respond to the concern.

Buy new dog license by Jan. 31

LISBON – Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken reminds all dog owners who harbor dogs 3 months of age or older that they must license their dogs annually. The deadline for purchasing 2014 dog licenses is Jan. 31.

Licenses can be purchased in the auditor’s office at 105 S. Market St. or at Ace Hardware in Columbiana and Middleton; Damascus General Store in Damascus; Adrian’s Restaurant and Carol’s Corner in East Liverpool; Fuller’s Hardware in East Palestine; Yard Bark in Salem; and Center Pharmacy in Wellsville.

Cost is $10 per dog or $50 for a kennel license. Kennel licenses can only be purchased at the county dog warden’s office at 8455 County Home Road, Lisbon.

If you fail to meet the registration deadline you will be subject to a penalty that is equal to the cost of the license or kennel license. After Jan. 31, licenses can only be purchased at the auditor’s office.

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Crown Theater presenting free movie

COLUMBIANA – Crown Theater Productions is screening a free movie at 7 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Theater. Free bingo starts at 6:15 p.m. To find out what is playing join the family movie club at www.crowntheaterproductions.org.

SRMC hosting open house this weekend

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center will host two open house events this weekend for the public to tour the new private patient room tower. Saturday features family day with children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for the tower dedication and time capsule burial at 2 p.m. Events are free and include self-guided tours, informational displays and refreshments. Guests are invited to have their photo taken for a special mosaic to commemorate the dedication of the tower.

Breakfast buffet is Saturday at Masonic Bldg.

SALEM-The public is invited to a breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the 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 and beverages. The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

County Academic Challenge is Saturday

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana County Educational Service Center’s County Varsity Academic Challenge competition is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Columbiana High School. For the 15th consecutive year, the CCESC will bring together Columbiana County high schools to compete in this day-long tournament, with one team emerging as county champion. That team will represent Columbiana County at the regional academic competition on April 12 at Cloverleaf High School in Lodi. The state tournament is May 3 St. Charles Preparatory School.

County conservationists will meet

LEETONIA – The Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs’ monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Leetonia Sportsman’s Club. Final plans will be made for the annual dinner. All CCFCC meetings are open to the public. For more information contact Tom Butch at 330-337-8444.

Medicaid sign-up assistance offered

LISBON – Help in signing up for Medicaid assistance is available from Family Recovery Center. Appointments are being scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at 966 N. Market St., Lisbon. Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment or for more information contact FRC at 330-424-1468.

Driver education planned at Beaver Local

LISBON – AAA Driver Education classes at Beaver Local High School start Feb. 10. All area students are eligible to attend including home-schooled students. To register or for more information 330-532-2878.

Tree trimming work on SR 170 postponed

CALCUTTA – Due to the frigid forecast for next week, tree trimming work on state Route 170 north of Calcutta in Columbiana County is being postponed again. Weather permitting, officials are hopeful to begin this work on Feb. 3.

ODOT’s Columbiana County crew will be using a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right of way clearing and maintenance between Township Road 1036 and 1032. State Route 170 will be closed during daytime hours between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for this work expected to take about three weeks. No official detour will be posted. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.

Cabin Fever Fest planned at Mill Creek

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks’ Police and Recreation Departments’ Cabin Fever Fest begins at noon Feb. 1 at Wick Recreation Area, 1861 McCollum Road. Admission is free. Outdoor winter games, activities and sledding on Sled Hill will take place throughout the event. Inside the Warming House, the chili cook-off and children’s crafts begin at noon. The public can taste the chili and vote for spiciest, most colorful and overall best. A snow sculpting competition outside runs from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Judging for the cook-off begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by snow sculpture judging.

Also starting at noon inside the Warming House, the MetroParks Police Department will offer a child identification program. Children can receive a free, individual ChildPrint ID Kit with fingerprinting and other safety features to take home.

Cost to enter the cook-off is $10. For details, rules and registration contact www.millcreekmetroparks.org or 330-740-7107. All outdoor activities are weather dependent. For more information call 330-740-7107.

LISBON The health insurance enrollment deadline is March 31. Area residents who need help obtaining health insurance before the March 31 deadline through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or the state of Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Program can find it at Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Health Centers.

Certified application counselors are available to provide information and free in-person enrollment assistance. They will help residents determine what coverage is available to them and what tax credits they may qualify for.

Counselors are at the East Liverpool Health Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the Lisbon Health Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling the Lisbon Health Center at 330-424-5686 or East Liverpool Health Center at 330-386-7777.

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Crown Theater presenting free movie

COLUMBIANA – Crown Theater Productions is screening a free movie at 7 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Theater. Free bingo starts at 6:15 p.m. To find out what is playing join the family movie club at www.crowntheaterproductions.org.

SRMC hosting open house this weekend

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center will host two open house events this weekend for the public to tour the new private patient room tower. Saturday features family day with children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for the tower dedication and time capsule burial at 2 p.m. Events are free and include self-guided tours, informational displays and refreshments. Guests are invited to have their photo taken for a special mosaic to commemorate the dedication of the tower.

Breakfast buffet is Saturday at Masonic Bldg.

SALEM-The public is invited to a breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the 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 and beverages. The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

County Academic Challenge is Saturday

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana County Educational Service Center’s County Varsity Academic Challenge competition is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Columbiana High School. For the 15th consecutive year, the CCESC will bring together Columbiana County high schools to compete in this day-long tournament, with one team emerging as county champion. That team will represent Columbiana County at the regional academic competition on April 12 at Cloverleaf High School in Lodi. The state tournament is May 3 St. Charles Preparatory School.

County conservationists will meet

LEETONIA – The Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs’ monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Leetonia Sportsman’s Club. Final plans will be made for the annual dinner. All CCFCC meetings are open to the public. For more information contact Tom Butch at 330-337-8444.

Medicaid sign-up assistance offered

LISBON – Help in signing up for Medicaid assistance is available from Family Recovery Center. Appointments are being scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at 966 N. Market St., Lisbon. Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment or for more information contact FRC at 330-424-1468.

Driver education planned at Beaver Local

LISBON – AAA Driver Education classes at Beaver Local High School start Feb. 10. All area students are eligible to attend including home-schooled students. To register or for more information 330-532-2878.

Tree trimming work on SR 170 postponed

CALCUTTA – Due to the frigid forecast for next week, tree trimming work on state Route 170 north of Calcutta in Columbiana County is being postponed again. Weather permitting, officials are hopeful to begin this work on Feb. 3.

ODOT’s Columbiana County crew will be using a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right of way clearing and maintenance between Township Road 1036 and 1032. State Route 170 will be closed during daytime hours between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for this work expected to take about three weeks. No official detour will be posted. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.

Cabin Fever Fest planned at Mill Creek

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks’ Police and Recreation Departments’ Cabin Fever Fest begins at noon Feb. 1 at Wick Recreation Area, 1861 McCollum Road. Admission is free. Outdoor winter games, activities and sledding on Sled Hill will take place throughout the event. Inside the Warming House, the chili cook-off and children’s crafts begin at noon. The public can taste the chili and vote for spiciest, most colorful and overall best. A snow sculpting competition outside runs from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Judging for the cook-off begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by snow sculpture judging.

Also starting at noon inside the Warming House, the MetroParks Police Department will offer a child identification program. Children can receive a free, individual ChildPrint ID Kit with fingerprinting and other safety features to take home.

Cost to enter the cook-off is $10. For details, rules and registration contact www.millcreekmetroparks.org or 330-740-7107. All outdoor activities are weather dependent. For more information call 330-740-7107.

LISBON The health insurance enrollment deadline is March 31. Area residents who need help obtaining health insurance before the March 31 deadline through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or the state of Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Program can find it at Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Health Centers.

Certified application counselors are available to provide information and free in-person enrollment assistance. They will help residents determine what coverage is available to them and what tax credits they may qualify for.

Counselors are at the East Liverpool Health Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the Lisbon Health Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling the Lisbon Health Center at 330-424-5686 or East Liverpool Health Center at 330-386-7777.

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Library hosting antiques appraisal

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library will host an antiques appraisal program at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Dave Dangerfield, certified appraiser, and Donna and Bill Gray, authors of “Harker Pottery: From Rockingham and Yellowware to Modern,” will be looking over the antiques.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register by calling 330-427-6635, but it is not necessary. There is a three item limit.

Gold Wing Road Riders will meet

BOARDMAN – Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter M of the Mahoning Valley will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Yankee Kitchen, 6635 Market St. All motorcycle enthusiasts and their families are welcome.

Budget Commission will meet Feb. 3

LISBON – The Columbiana County Budget Commission meeting begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 in the auditor’s conference room on the main floor of the courthouse.

SAVNA administering flu vaccine

SALEM – The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association (SAVNA) at 718 E. Third St. is offering the flu vaccine. Flu shots are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. Cost is $25. SAVNA will bill Medicare Part B or Anthem Senior Advantage Products (YRA, YRE, YRI and YRS prefixes only). Bring your insurance card with you.

EP schedules parent-teacher conferences

EAST PALESTINE – East Palestine High School and Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 1:15 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Parents are encouraged to call the high school at 330-426-5400 or the middle school at 330-426-9451 to schedule a conference. Students will be released early at 12:55 p.m.

Way Station opening in East Liverpool

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Way Station of Columbiana County, a faith based non-profit ministry, will re-open its East Liverpool site at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at 125 W. Fifth St. The site includes a thrift store with household items and clothing.

If a household meets the qualifications they may purchase clothing for 25 cents per item (limited to 100 items per month). The food distribution will continue from noon to 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month.

Donations will be accepted by appointment and be approved by a staff member. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Questions may be directed to the Columbiana site at 330-482-5072 until Feb. 4.

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MCC&TC offering informational sessions

CANFIELD – Adults interested in enrolling in career certification programs this year offered at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions.

The free, informational sessions will be held at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 20 and March 11 at the Adult Career Center MCC&TC at 7300 N. Palmyra Road. The sessions include career investigation as well as reading, math and language assessments. Visitors will also tour the building, meet instructors and learn about financial aid opportunities.

For more information or to register to attend call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

East Palestine zoning board will meet

EAST PALESTINE – The East Palestine Zoning Board of Appeals meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday for a variance request.

Lisbon BOE will conduct work session

LISBON A work session of the Lisbon Exempted Village School District’s Board of Education begins at 4 p.m. Thursday in the BOE office, 317 N. Market St. for the purpose of discussing the superintendent search. No action will be taken.

Salem Library offering tech assistance

SALEM Technology assistance for devices capable of downloading eBooks, digital magazines and learning how to setup and use your device with the Salem Public Library’s collections is available.

Library technology staff members will provide assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at the library. Registration is not required and the assistance is free of charge. Those attending should bring their electronic device, along with its cables and chargers.

For more information call the library at 330-332-0042.

Cabin Fever Fest and Chili Cook-Off set

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks’ Police and Recreation Departments will hold a Cabin Fever Fest and Chili Cook-Off at noon Feb. 1 at Wick Recreation Area. Outdoor games, sled riding, snow sculpting competition, children’s crafts and more are available.

After enjoying the outdoor festivities, warm up with a chili cook-off inside the Warming House starting at noon. The public can taste the chili to choose their spiciest, most colorful and overall best chili. Judging will take place at approximately 1:30 p.m. Admission to Cabin Fever Fest is free. Aspiring and amateur chefs can enter the chili cook-off for $10. Details, rules and contest registration is available at www.millcreekmetroparks.org or by calling Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

The MetroParks Police Department will be offering a child identification program as a free community service. Children can receive their individual ChildPrint ID Kit with fingerprinting and other safety features to take home. All outdoor activities are weather-dependent. The Wick Recreation Area is located at the corner of Bella Vista and McCollum Road, 1861 McCollum Road, Youngstown.

Talent scout to lecture in Lisbon

LISBON – America’s leading expert on young performers, renowned New York talent scout Peter Sklar, will present “Getting Started in the Arts,” a free lecture for aspiring teen dancers, singers and actors, and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Playhouse, 234 E. Lincoln Way.

There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required. No one under age 7 will be admitted with or without a parent, and no one under 18 will be admitted without their mother or father. A substitute temporary guardian, such as a friend’s parent, is not permissible. For reservations call 330-831-7249 (www.gettingstartedinthearts.com).

Gamblers Anonymous to meet in Boardman

BOARDMAN – Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship for compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive.

GA will also meet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Cornersburg. For more information call 330-505-5060.

Blood screenings offered in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – Comprehensive blood screenings, sponsored by Salem Regional Medical Center’s Outreach Services and Laboratory, will be available on Saturday for $40 by appointment only at the Columbiana Family Care Center, 750 E. Park Ave.

Comprehensive blood screenings can help to identify many health problems in their earliest stages, when they are most treatable, and may detect conditions such as high cholesterol, anemia and other disorders.

Participants may add a prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening to their comprehensive panel for an additional $10; or an HgA1C diabetes screening for an additional $25. A lipid profile only, which measures cholesterol levels and is included in the comprehensive screening, is also available for $10.

For an appointment call 330-482-3871.

Leetonia Library plans party for Elvis

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library will host a belated birthday party for Elvis Presley at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring a “top-notch” Elvis impersonator will serenading with Elvis hit songs.

There will also be a Chinese auction of Elvis memorabilia, a trivia contest and, of course, birthday cake. Participants are encouraged to dress in ’50s, ’60s and ’70s clothing. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Leetonia Community Public Library. Register by calling 330-427-6635.

Pasta fundraiser is Jan. 25 in N. Waterford

NEW WATERFORD – A pasta dinner fundraiser is slated from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 state Route 46. A buffet format is offered with various types of cooked pasta with a choice of three sauces, garlic bread, salad, beverages and desserts. Donations will be accepted.

There will be a silent auction held during the dinner. The evening will conclude with family re-gift bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. Those interested are asked to bring a wrapped re-gift to use as prizes. There is no charge and no cash prizes for bingo. For more information call 330-457-7436.

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Fire truck, overpass topics tonight

SALEM – A new fire truck, an overpass project, the Community Improvement Corporation and the State of the City will be among the topics discussed at city meetings tonight at Salem City Hall.

The Committee of the Whole, which includes all seven Salem city council members, will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers to discuss funding for the CIC.

At 6:30 p.m., the Finance Committee takes the floor to discuss funding for the purchase of a demo ladder truck for the fire department. Also to be discussed is funding for a 2015 Ohio Department of Transportation overpass project. ODOT needs a commitment from the city for the lighting portion of the project by March 3.

The regular city council meeting is set for 7 p.m., with Mayor John Berlin expected to deliver his State of the City address.

Talent scout to lecture in Lisbon

LISBON – America’s leading expert on young performers, renowned New York talent scout Peter Sklar, will present “Getting Started in the Arts,” a free lecture for aspiring teen dancers, singers and actors, and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Playhouse, 234 E. Lincoln Way.

There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required. No one under age 7 will be admitted with or without a parent, and no one under 18 will be admitted without their mother or father. A substitute temporary guardian, such as a friend’s parent, is not permissible. For reservations call 330-831-7249 (www.gettingstartedinthearts.com).

Gamblers Anonymous to meet in Boardman

BOARDMAN – Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship for compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive.

GA will also meet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Cornersburg. For more information call 330-505-5060.

Blood screenings offered in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – Comprehensive blood screenings, sponsored by Salem Regional Medical Center’s Outreach Services and Laboratory, will be available on Saturday for $40 by appointment only at the Columbiana Family Care Center, 750 E. Park Ave.

Comprehensive blood screenings can help to identify many health problems in their earliest stages, when they are most treatable, and may detect conditions such as high cholesterol, anemia and other disorders.

Participants may add a prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening to their comprehensive panel for an additional $10; or an HgA1C diabetes screening for an additional $25. A lipid profile only, which measures cholesterol levels and is included in the comprehensive screening, is also available for $10.

For an appointment call 330-482-3871.

Leetonia Library plans party for Elvis

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library will host a belated birthday party for Elvis Presley at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring a “top-notch” Elvis impersonator will serenading with Elvis hit songs. There will also be a Chinese auction of Elvis memorabilia, a trivia contest and, of course, birthday cake. Participants are encouraged to dress in ’50s, ’60s and ’70s clothing. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Leetonia Community Public Library. Register by calling 330-427-6635.

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Test drive Windows 8 at Community Center

SALEM – The Salem Community Center is offering a three-day test drive of Windows 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 23 and 24. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register or for additional information call 330-332-5885.

Beaver Local construction meeting set

LISBON – The Beaver Local Board of Education will meet with Hammond Construction at 10 a.m. Monday to host a pre-bid meeting for the school district’s building project at the high school, 13187 state Route 7. For additional information contact Hammond Construction or the BOE office.

On Jan. 23, Superintendent Kent Polen will update residents about the current priorities and future goals of the district during the annual state of the schools address at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. This event is open to the public. Upon request to the superintendent, the district shall make reasonable accommodations for a disabled person to be able to participate in this event.

Physicians invited to press conference

CANFIELD – Area physicians are invited to participate in a press conference with Congressman Bill Johnson at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Canfield City Building, council chambers, 104 Lisbon St., following a roundtable discussion of recent cuts to the United Healthcare Medicare Advantage program.

A number of physicians have had their practices directly impacted by the cuts to Medicare Advantage and have been told they can no longer participate in United Healthcare’s Advantage Program and would not be reimbursed for seeing patients enrolled in the program. Senior patients have been forced to switch plans or leave their long-term physician.

After following United Healthcare’s appeal process, most area physicians received unfavorable determinations. Johnson has been working to reverse these decisions and has been successful with four doctors. He is continuing to work with local physicians who are still affected by these cuts.

Grace Lutheran to open food pantry

EAST PALESTINE – The Grace Lutheran Church’s food pantry will be open, to East Palestine School District residents only, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 22.

First responder class offered

DAMASCUS -Canton City Schools is offering an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) first responder class to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23 through March 11 at Damascus Volunteer Fire/Rescue.

The cost of the EMR course is $370 which includes text books. No prior medical background or training is needed to enroll in this course.

For further information or to register.Call Canton City Schools at 330-438-2556 Ext. 101 or 106.

Family board game night set in Sebring

SEBRING – The Sebring High School group “To infinity and beyond” is sponsoring a family board game night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Sebring High School. Admission is $2 per person. Admission price also includes pizza and a beverage. Popcorn will be available for sale. All proceeds will fund the group’s trip to London and Paris.

Valentine’s Day card program offered

COLUMBIANA – Registration is still being accepted at the Columbiana Public Library for the Valentine’s Day cards program to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Karen Ullom will demonstrate the Accu-Cut machine along with card stock. Sign-up at the library or call 330-482-5509.

Auditions set for ‘Fox on the Fairway’

SALEM – Salem Community Theatre has announced audition dates for the comedy, “Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig, at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3. This high-paced farce features a cast of six actors: two men and two women age 40 or older, and one man and one woman age 20 or older.

The show is about two rival golf clubs vying for bragging rights, the trophy, plus an interesting side bet between the two club presidents, for winning the annual inter-club golf tournament, each trying to win in any way they can. The director is Bill Finley.

Show dates are weekends April 4-13, with rehearsals commencing in mid-February. Those auditioning should come prepared to read from the script and interact with other actors. A cursory knowledge of golf and a sense of comedy are helpful, but not necessary.

For more information call 330-332-9688 or visit salemcommunitytheatre.org.

Winona Historical Society to meet

WINONA – The Winona Area Historical Society plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Winona Evangelical Friends Church. A program, “Leaving a Legacy: Estate Planning Strategies,” will be provided by Attorney Doug Toot.

Peddler’s Day committee sets plans

HANOVERTON – The Peddler’s Day Committee met recently to set plans for this year’s event on July 12 and 13. Applications will be mailed within a week to the vendors. The fee is $25. For more information contact Megan Murphy at 330-389-1421.

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Young Conservatives Club to meet

BOARDMAN – The Young Conservatives Club plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Mahoning County GOP, 621 Boardman-Canfield Road. This meeting is open to all interested conservatives of high school and college age. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact club president Tex Fischer at 330-501-0829.

Beaver Local BOE to meet Jan. 23

LISBON – The Beaver Local Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in the high school auditorium, 13187 state Route 7. The purpose of the meeting is to approve the resolution to proceed with the emergency levy.

Benefit pasta dinner set at Slovak Club

SALEM – A benefit pasta dinner for Doug Heath Jr. will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Slovak Club on South Ellsworth Avenue. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10. There will be raffles and a 50/50.

Varsity Academic Challenge planned

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana County Educational Service Center is coordinating the County Varsity Academic Challenge competition to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in The Commons at Columbiana High School.

For the 15th consecutive year, the CCESC will bring together Columbiana County high schools to compete in this day-long tournament, with one team emerging as county champion. That team will represent Columbiana County at the Regional Academic Competition on April 12 at Cloverleaf High School in Lodi. The state tournament is May 3 at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus.

This marks the 36th year for this countywide challenge-the longest running academic competition of its kind in the state of Ohio. Friends, families and interested community members are invited to attend.

Music at the Meadows set Jan. 28

EAST PALESTINE – The public is invited to Music at the Meadows featuring entertainment provided by Mitch Lawrence, “A Tribute to Old Time Rock and Roll,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 200 Covington Drive. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information call 330-426-2922.

Trade show planned at Wellsville High

WELLSVILLE – The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual trade show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Wellsville High School. Business networking is slated from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Businesses or organizations interested in participating as a vendor may submit or print an online application at www.wellsvilletradeshow.com. The registration fee is $20. Corporate sponsors are also being sought for this event. The two sponsorship levels are Silver ($50) and Gold ($100). The registration fee is waived for all sponsors. For more information call Brandon Russell at 330-853-0199 or Erin Roberts-Orr at 330-692-2037.

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Public invited to community breakfast

DAMASCUS – The public is invited to the monthly community breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

Chamber ‘s annual meeting is Jan. 24

SALEM – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting on Jan. 24 at the Salem Community Center.

The luncheon buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon. Cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.

The program will include the honoring of the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year: Elaine Rousseau-Kothera; Large Business of the Year: Salem Regional Medical Center; and Small Business of the Year: Stark Memorial.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the chamber at 330-337-3473 or tlpeppel@salemohiochamber.org.

United Class of 2015 selling spirit shirts

HANOVERTON – The United Class of 2015 After Prom committee is selling spirit shirts that honor the memory of Gavin Ward. Proceeds benefit his classmates, the class of 2015.

Shirts are available in red with black and silver ink or blue with white and silver ink. Cost is $11 each in sizes youth medium-adult XL; add $2 for 2XL and 3XL.

For more information call the library at 330-223-2815. Orders will be taken now through Jan. 28.

Unkefer Scholarship applications available

MINERVA – Consumers National Bank announced Tuesday that its 2014 Homer Unkefer Agriculture Scholarship application is now available for students pursuing secondary education in an agricultural related profession. The scholarship is named in recognition of the late Homer Unkefer, a founder and director emeritus of Consumers National Bank and a life-long advocate for agriculture in Ohio.

The purpose of the Homer Unkefer Agriculture Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing higher education which will prepare them for a career in agriculture. Applicants must be a high school senior attending a school in or residing in Carroll, Columbiana or Stark counties. Five awards in the amount of $1,000 each are based on the applicant’s experience in agriculture, and must meet all of the educational eligibility requirements.

Applications for 2014 must be received by Consumers National Bank by April 30. Scholarship applications can be obtained at any of Consumers’ 12 locations and from guidance counselors at local high schools.

Green Twp. zoning board will meet Feb. 4

SALEM The Green Township Board of Zoning will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the zoning office at 12184 Lisbon Road. Members will discuss amendments to the current zoning regulations. The public is invited to attend.

Tax Aide program will begin Feb. 6

SALEM – The annual Tax Aide program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will begin Feb. 6 at the Office on Aging in the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Taxes will be prepared, free of charge, by appointment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointment may be made by calling the Office on Aging at 330-332-1163.

While the emphasis is on helping the elderly, the program is available to all ages. Membership in AARP is not required. AARP tax aides are capable of doing complete tax forms including earned income credit, child tax credit, educational credit and retirement savings credits.

People coming to the site should bring last year’s taxes, all W-2’s and 1099’s, all other related documents for the current year, and also an itemized list of their medical bills and medical insurance premiums if applicable

To avoid identity theft, a drivers license or picture ID and the Social Security cards for the family and all dependents are required.

Alzheimer’s support group will meet

ALLIANCE – The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a monthly caregiver support group meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Rodman Public Library, 215 E. Broadway St. Meetings are free of charge and open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For more information call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.

Fat Tuesday fundraiser is March 4 at SCC

SALEM The Feed the Salem Community Pantry Fat Tuesday celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at the Salem Community Center. All proceeds will go to the Salem Community Pantry.

Celebrity chefs are needed for the fundraising event, sponsored by the Salem Community Center, Salem Rotary Club and Salem Kiwanis Club.

Those interested in becoming a celebrity chef will be asked to prepare food (small portions) for 50 people. Chefs must provide their own warming device (non-electric) and a server for their table. A sign with your name, or name of your business, will be provided and displayed on your table. The deadline to reserve a table is Feb. 14.

For more information visit the SCC website at www.salemcommunitycenter.com or call 330-332-5885. Tickets for the event will go on sale Feb. 1 and may be purchased at the SCC or from a Rotary or Kiwanis member.

St. Paul confirmation class backing?Banquet

SALEM – Members of the St. Paul confirmation class will sponsor and serve the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

The menu includes wedding soup, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, salad, fresh vegetables and fruit, and assorted desserts.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

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Library Board of Trustees will meet

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library Board of Trustees has changed its meeting to 5 p.m. Thursday at the library.

Breakfast will be served at the Saxon Club

SALEM – The public is invited to an all-you-can-eat homemade breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Saxon Club, 1980 Newgarden Road (state Route 9).

Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, Belgian waffles, pastries, and tropical fruit will be served. Cost is $6 for adults and children, which includes a beverage of juice, coffee and tea, and free for under 5 years. Carryouts are available by calling 330-222-1770.

St. Paul confirmation class backing?Banquet

SALEM – Members of the St. Paul confirmation class will sponsor and serve the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

The menu includes wedding soup, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, salad, fresh vegetables and fruit, and assorted desserts. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Portion of state Route 170 will be closed

CALCUTTA – Beginning Jan. 21, state Route 170 will be closed during daytime hours north of Calcutta for tree trimming work.

Ohio Department of Transportation’s Columbiana County crew will use a “SkyTrim” unit for canopy removal and right of way clearing and maintenance between Township Road 1036 and 1032. Crews are expected to work on state Route 170 for the next three weeks between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. No official detour will be posted. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.

Salem Music Study Club will meet Jan. 22

SALEM – The Salem Music Study Club meeting begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Education Building of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Members will work on the district convention plans. Guests are welcome. The theme is “Colorful Winter Music.” A program will be presented by Marsha Wilson. The club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs.

Library hosting preschool sleepover

COLUMBIANA – Children ages 2-5, and their stuffed animal, are invited to a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Preschool Storytime Program from 10 to 10:45 am. Jan. 23 at the Columbiana Public Library.

After the program featuring stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft, the “stuffed friends” are invited to spend the night.

Pre-registration is requested in person at the library or by calling 330-482-5509.

Connecting at Heartland planned Jan. 23

COLUMBIANA – Heartland Christian School at 28 Pittsburgh St. is hosting a Connecting at Heartland meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

This special meeting has been set aside for parents of kindergartener-to-be and first grader-to-be students for the 2014-15 school year. In addition to general information concerning the many opportunities at HCS, the Ohio EdChoice Expansion Scholarship will be addressed. Qualification for the full-tuition, renewable scholarship given each year is based on the family-income level. For scholarship information call Cindy Russo at the Heartland office at 330-482-2331.

There will be complimentary childcare for children ages 3 and above provided in the preschool by the preschool teachers. Reservations may be made by calling 330-482-2331.

Community Supported Ag program set

SALEM – The Community Supported Agriculture program will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library.

Presenter Lee Lichtenwalner, co-owner of locally operated Dandelion Lane Farms, will explain how Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began, the many ways to benefit from local agriculture, and how each individual or family can participate in acquiring healthful, locally produced foods.

Lichtenwalner, whose long work career has included being a member of the United States Air Force, a software systems analyst for the Department of Energy and an employee with the U.S. Treasury Department, now shares ownership of Dandelion Lane Farms with his wife, Dawn. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the food business industry.

Registration for this free program is required online at www.salem.lib.oh.us. For more information call 330-332-0042.

United Wall of Fame seeking nominations

HANOVERTON – The United Wall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for the class of 2014. Candidates, for the 18th class of inductees, must have graduated from United High School at least 10 years ago to be eligible in the categories of academic/career, athletic, cultural/performing arts and outstanding service.

Those who did not graduate from United may be nominated in the special honorary category. The nomination deadline is Feb. 15. Nomination forms are available on the school website or by email to LMA11472@gmail.com with the subject line Wall of Fame. Completed forms should be mailed to United Wall of Fame Committee, 8143 state Route 9, Hanoverton 44423. This year’s induction dinner is May 24.

Fat Tuesday fundraiser is March 4 at SCC

SALEM The Feed the Salem Community Pantry Fat Tuesday celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at the Salem Community Center. All proceeds will go to the Salem Community Pantry.

Celebrity chefs are needed for the fundraising event, sponsored by the Salem Community Center, Salem Rotary Club and Salem Kiwanis Club. Those interested in becoming a celebrity chef will be asked to prepare food (small portions) for 50 people. Chefs must provide their own warming device (non-electric) and a server for their table. A sign with your name, or name of your business, will be provided and displayed on your table. The deadline to reserve a table is Feb. 14.

For more information visit the SCC website at www.salemcommunitycenter.com or call 330-332-5885. Tickets for the event will go on sale Feb. 1 and may be purchased at the SCC or from a Rotary or Kiwanis member.

SCC’s Womens Night Out is March 19

SALEM – Sponsorship, advertising and vendor tables are now available for the Salem Community Center’s fifth annual Womens Night Out on March 19. Womens Night Out centers around information, products and services for females of all ages. Last year’s event was sold out. Approximately 400 women are expected to attend this year. 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 SCC Childrens Fitness Center.

For more information call 330-332-5885 or stop by the SCC front desk.

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Lisbon food pantry open Thursday

LISBON – Lisbon Baptist Food Pantry at 6428 Lisbon Road will be open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Those attending are reminded to bring identification.

Benefit Bank Tax Clinic sessions set

EAST LIVERPOOL – The Family and Community Resource Center has scheduled six Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Clinic sessions beginning Feb. 7 for this year’s tax season throughout the Columbiana County area.

— East Liverpool-KSU on Feb. 7 from 10:30 a.m. with the last appointment at 2 p.m.;

— Leetonia Library on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. with the last appointment at 2 p.m.;

— Wellsville Public Library on Feb. 21 from 10:30 a.m. with the last appointment at 3 p.m.; and March 8 from 10:30 a.m. with last appointment at 3 p.m.;

— KSU-Salem’s City Centre on Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. with last appointment at 2 p.m.;

— East Liverpool Library on March 27 from 11 a.m. with last appointment at 3 p.m.

Appointments may be made by calling 330-420-0044 and leave your name and number for a return call.

Relay meeting planned in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – A Relay for Life of Columbiana informational meeting begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Columbiana Public Library. For more information contact Renee Walker at 888-227-6446 Ext. 2204.

Relay for Life of Columbiana is seeking passionate and committed participants to be a part of this year’s leadership team as well as volunteers to assist during the Relay on July 11 and 12.

Pasta dinner set at Heartland Christian

COLUMBIANA The Heartland Christian School Missions Team is serving a pasta dinner from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the dining commons at the school before the homecoming game. Eat-in or carryouts are available. Donations will be accepted. The menu offers bowtie, angel hair and fettucine pasta, marinara, meat and Alfredo sauces, salad, rolls, beverages and dessert.

Hanover trustees establish meeting times

HANOVERTON – Hanover Township trustees have set the days and times for trustee meetings. The regular meetings will be on the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting at 8 p.m. until further notice, at the Hanover Township administration building.

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United school board to meet Tuesday

HANOVERTON The organizational meeting of the board of education of the United Local School District begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United High School library. The regular monthly meeting follows.

Salem VFW auxiliary plans breakfast

SALEM – A public breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892 Mens Auxiliary at the post home, 496 Arch St. Haystacks, or a traditional breakfast consisting of eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage patties, toast, orange juice and coffee, are available. Cost is $5 per meal.

Beaver Local Hall accepts nominations

LISBON – Beaver Local High School Athletic Hall of Fame is still accepting nominations. Nomination forms are available at www.beaver.k12.oh.us/content-page2.aspx?cid=46 or in the high school office.

Arbor Day Assoc. offers flowering trees

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – Residents of Ohio can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapple, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns and three white flowering dogwoods.

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, before Jan. 31, to: 10 Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb. 68410. Ohio residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.

Leeetonia schools offer walking program

LEETONIA – Leetonia Schools will open its building for a community walking program, in specified areas, from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Participants must first fill out a form which is available in the lobby. For more information call the board office at 330-427-6594.

Flu vaccinations set at Mahoning health board

YOUNGSTOWN – Flu vaccine will be administered from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Mahoning County District Board of Health, 50 Westchester Drive.

Most private insurances will be accepted. Remember to bring insurance cards, Medicare and Medicaid cards so the cost of the vaccine can be billed. The quadrivalent flu shot, the nasal spray or the trivalent intradermal flu vaccine cost is $30. High dose trivalent flu vaccine is available for those 65 years of age and older for $50. Vaccines offered through the Vaccine for Children program are $21.25. No appointment is necessary.

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Leetonia Library showing ‘The Big Sleep’

LEETONIA- The movie “The Big Sleep” will be shown at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Leetonia Community Public Library after it was original showing was canceled due to severe weather. “Dark Passage,” also starring Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, will be shown at 2 p.m. the following Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The family movie “Despicable Me 2” will be shown at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Salem Eagles serving haystack breakfast

SALEM -The public is invited to a haystack breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Eagles Club, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave. Cost is $5 per meal.

Blood pressure screenings offered at library

COLUMBIANA – Free blood pressure screenings will be available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the Mowen Room at the Columbiana Public Library, 332 N. Middle St. No registration is required for the screenings to be conducted by Cindy Mitchell of the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association (SAVNA).

Karen Ullom will use the Accu-Cut machine along with card stock to show patrons how to make an original Valentine’s Day card with a personal touch from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Registration is required in person or by calling 330-482-5509.

United Local will host financial aid meeting

HANOVERTON – United Local High School will hold a financial aid meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the high school library. A representative from the financial aid office at the University of Mount Union will review sources of financial aid and give instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Stitches in Time Group will meet Jan. 15

SALEM – The first get-together of the Stitches in Time Group will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St.

Informal meetings are open to adults, and also children 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be available. There is no cost or registration. For more information call the library at 330-332-0042.

‘Fly-by’ carryout dinner will be sold Jan. 16

SALEM – A “fly-by” carryout dinner will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue.

The meal includes glazed ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, roll and homemade cake. Cost is $8 each. Reservations in advance may be made by calling the church office at 330-332-0001.

‘Benefit for Destiney’ scheduled Jan. 19

SALEM – The “Benefit for Destiney” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Hunt Club Lanes. Destiney is the daughter of Duston and Sara Smith-Houchins and a student at Buckeye Elementary.

She was diagnosed with Vesicoureteral Reflux and Bowel and Bladder Disorder, and was receiving weekly treatments at Akron Childrens Hospital until October when she started having a form of seizures.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-10 and includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental and food. There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are available by calling 330-423-8875 or 330-423-7192, at the door or in advance at Hunt Club Lanes. Donations will be accepted at the “Benefit for Destiney” account at Huntington Bank.

WW II, Korean War vet will speak

CANFIELD – Ernest Stadvec, a World War II and Korean veteran, will speak on his experiences in both wars when the Mahoning Valley World War II Heritage Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Ala Carte Catering on Lisbon St.

A buffet dinner follows. Reservations may be made by contacting Dave Frank at 330-757-0515, 330-533-6737, or at frank.1953@hotmail.com.

Stadvec is a native of Akron, and, after lying about his age at both 16 and 17 for short training programs, he was able to enlist in 1943 as a pilot in the 20th Air Force.

He completed 31 missions over Iwo Jima and Manchuria before the end of World War II and was called back again in the Korean War. He has held various aviation jobs since the end of his military service.

Breakfast planned at Salem Masonic Lodge

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 25 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.

Crime Watch meeting scheduled Jan. 28

NORTH LIMA – The Beaver Township Police Crime Watch meeting begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the activity center at Shepherd of the Valley, 9111 Sharrott Road. The guest speaker is Trish Ahlswede, residential care coordinator RN at Shepherd of the Valley.

Columbiana Chamber hosting biz breakfast

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce will host a business breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at Das Dutch Haus.

The event topic is “Social Media for Your Business” featuring Dr. Bruce Keilor, Youngstown State University professor of marketing and international business.

Dr. Keilor also serves as the YSU department of marketing chairperson and is the director for the Williamson Center for International Business.

He will speak on the different types of social media and the benefits of each for business.

Cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required at 330-482-3822.

Friends of the Banquet sponsoring meal

SALEM The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

Next week’s sponsor is Friends of the Banquet.

The menu offers chicken noodle soup, sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, fresh vegetables and fruit, and ice cream sundaes.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Steak fry is Saturday at American Legion

SEBRING – A choice of Porterhouse, strip and rib eye steaks are offered at the monthly steak fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sebring American Legion.

Meals also include a baked potato, all-you-can-eat salad bar and coffee. Carryouts are available by calling 330-938-9082.

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United Quilt Guild meeting canceled

SALEM – The United Quilt Guild meeting today has been canceled due to the weather.

Guilford Ruritans plan fish fry Friday

GUILFORD LAKE – The public is invited to an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Guilford Lake Ruritan Hall on Route 172 at Hanna Drive.

Christmas dinner set for A&P?Retirees

SALEM – A&P retirees and former employees are invited to a Christmas dinner at 3 p.m. Sunday at BB Rooners. For more information call 330-427-6230.

Help Hotline offers recovery course

YOUNGSTOWN – The Help Hotline Crisis Center Inc. Recovery Program is offering a 10-week mental health educational course, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, starting on Jan. 27. Classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday at the Help Hotline Community Center. To register call 330-747-5111.

Mill Creek board members reappointed

YOUNGSTOWN – Dennis Miller, executive director of Mill Creek MetroParks, announced that two board of park commissioners, Dr. Robert J. Durick and Valencia Marrow, were reappointed by Judge Mark A. Belinky, Mahoning County Probate Court Judge. Durick and Marrow were sworn in during a ceremony on Jan. 3 for a term of three years. Durick has served on the board of park commissioners since January 2010 and Marrow has served since January 2011.

“I am excited that both Dr. Durick and Mrs. Marrow have been reappointed to their positions on the Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners,” said Miller. “We are appreciative for all of the support that the park commissioners provide us and look forward to another year of success and growth at Mill Creek MetroParks.”

Ghosts discussion set at Leetonia Library

LEETONIA- A discussion of the “Ghosts and Legends of Columbiana County” will be presented by Kim Mitchell at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Leetonia Community Public Library. Check out her website at www.ghosting12.com.

Leetonia Library closed due to weather

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library will be closed today due to the severe weather. Any scheduled events will be re-scheduled for another day.

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Blood drive set at Salem Regional

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center (former Salem Community Hospital) is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 in the medical center’s second-floor classrooms.

Donors will be entered into a drawing for a Das Dutch Haus gift certificate. For an appointment call 330-332-7227.

Columbiana Meals on Wheels hosts concert

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Area Meals on Wheels is hosting a concert at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church on South Main Street. Music will be provided by God’s Quad. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Meals on Wheels.

United Athletic Booster Club to meet

HANOVERTON – The United Athletic Booster Club will hold its January meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school library. If school is canceled that day, the meeting will be postponed until the next Monday, Jan. 13.

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Pork chop dinner planned Saturday

WINONA – A baked pork chop dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life Center at the Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road. The meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryouts are available. For information call the church at 330-222-0200.

Banquet to feature fried chicken

SALEM – The Banquet in Salem, sponsored next week by the Ruth Ozimek family in her memory, will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. The menu offers fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas or corn, applesauce, fresh vegetables and fruit, and ice cream sundaes.

For more information on volunteering or sponsoring a Banquet, call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Driver ed classes start Monday at United

HANOVERTON – Driver education classes at United High School are scheduled to start Monday. To register, call 330-692-0763.

Canfield AARP to meet Monday

CANFIELD – Canfield Area AARP #3104 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Canfield Presbyterian Church. Blood pressure screenings will be available from noon to 12:45 p.m. Induction of officers will be held for 2014. Dave McClymonds of Classic Heritage Tours will be present to discuss upcoming bus trips and provide refreshments. There will be a bus trip to Benedum Theater to see the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” on March 1. Reservations must be made by Jan. 6 due to advance payment of tickets. Any late reservations will be subject to availability of tickets and seat selection. For information call 330-332-4791. The April 9-10 bus trip to Lancaster, Pa., offers two shows, “Moses” and “Anybody for Murder.” For information call 330-337-7133.

Financial aid meeting set at EP High School

EAST PALESTINE -An informational meeting regarding financial aid for higher education will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in the East Palestine High School Media Center. Parents of students planning higher education are urged to attend. Information, forms and other materials regarding financial aid will be available.

Columbiana food distributions planned

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry is holding a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

Breakfast set at North Benton church

NORTH BENTON The public is invited to an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for ages 6 to 12.

Financial Aid Night planned in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Columbiana, Crestview and Leetonia seniors and parents are invited to the 2014 Financial Aid Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the band room at Leetonia High School. A financial aid representative will be present. Light refreshments will be served. For further information call your district’s school counselor: Columbiana, Amber Waller; Crestview, Darren Miller; and Leetonia, Mary Rice.

Sock hop set at Negley Masonic Lodge

NEGLEY – An old-time sock hop is slated from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall at Negley Masonic Lodge, 50873 Richardson Ave. Advance tickets are available for $10 by calling 330-549-2515. Tickets at the door are $12.

Lisbon radio group to meet Jan. 16

LISBON – The Lisbon Area Amateur Radio Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency, 215 S. Market St. Guests and new members are welcome.

Amateur radio testing begins at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the EMA. Registration starts at 1 p.m.

Driver ed forms available at EP?High

EAST PALESTINE – Driver education registration forms are available at East Palestine High School. Classes start Jan. 21. For more information call 330-692-0763.

Fairfield Township Ruritans to meet

COLUMBIANA – The Fairfield Township Ruritan Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Heck’s Restaurant. Columbiana Mayor Brian Blakeman will speak.

Members of the public interested in hearing and meeting the new mayor are welcome. Cost of the dinner is $10. Reservations are requested by calling Ken Nickalo at 330-482-2561 and leaving a message.

Dale Shaffer Library gift shop hours set

SALEM – The gift shop in the Dale Shaffer Library will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this month.

Concealed carry class starts Jan. 18

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club’s concealed carry class begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 18. Pre-registration is required at 330-332-9847; www.salemhuntingclub.

Bogart-Bacall films featured at library

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is celebrating Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movies in January, showing the Phillip Marlowe classic, “The Big Sleep,” at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and “Dark Passage,” a film noir about a prison escapee who is framed for murder, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21.

“Despicable Me 2” is the featured family movie for the month to be shown at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25.

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Trustees hold reorganizational meeting

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Salem Township trustees held a reorganizational meeting Tuesday morning and appointed Bill Heston as chairman for 2014.

He replaces Trustee Ray Heddleson who served as chairman for 2013.

Trustee John Wilms was appointed vice chairman.

Trustees also changed the regular meeting time from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meetings are held the second and last Wednesday of the month.

County 40/8 meeting canceled

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana County 40/8 meeting today has been canceled. The 40/8 haystack breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at the Chateau on state Route 14. Cost is $5.

Library holding preschool craft program

COLUMBIANA – Children ages 2-5 and their parents are invited to the Columbiana Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 9 for a preschool craft program, free of charge. Pre-registration is requested, in person, or by calling 330-482-5509.

Free tax filing assistance available

LISBON – Free tax filing assistance through the Ohio Benefit Bank will once again be available at the Family and Community Resource Center, due to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of the Ohio Benefit Bank, for the 2013-2014 tax season.

The Ohio Benefit Bank is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits. Clients can meet with OBB Counselors to file their federal and state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at www.ohiobenefits.org.

In 2013, FCRC served 153 residents of Columbiana and Mahoning. This year, they hope to expand services to offer the free tax services to 175 residents. FCRC was one of 49 grantees serving 62 counties to receive this grant.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed or complete other benefit applications through the OBB can call 330-420-0044, leaving name and number. Someone will get back to you with an appointment based on your location. Tax clinic dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

Hanover Township trustees to meet

HANOVERTON – The Hanover Township trustees’ meeting begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 in the township hall.

Food distribution scheduled Jan. 10

SALEM The Second Harvest food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church. Participants are reminded to bring baskets.

Pricing, schedule offered for swim lessons

SALEM – New pricing and a schedule for Youth Learning to Accelerate your Potential for Swimming (LAPS) has been announced at the Salem Community Center. LAPS will now run multiple eight week sessions in 2014. The first session will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday, Jan. 11 through March 1.

Pricing is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. A swim cap is provided for new participants. Multiple child discounts are available. For information call 330-332-5885.

Dementia seminar planned in Damascus

DAMASCUS – Five to eight percent of all people over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia, or someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia. You may be feeling anxious or confused about what it means to live with dementia.

To learn more about this important topic, family practice physician, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, will present a free educational seminar, “Inside Dementia,” from 6:30 to 8p.m. Jan. 13 in the Canyon View Room, at the Damascus Friends Church, 28857 Walnut Street in Damascus.

Dr. Cohen will educate members of the community on symptoms, causes, types, treatment, and prevention methods of Dementia. Light refreshments will be served.

This series of free seminars is sponsored by Firestone Healthcare Inc., Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Senior Independence Home Healthcare and Hospice, Alliance Community Hospital and Salem Regional Medical Center. For more information contact Vicky Grella at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 330-787-1715. This program is one of a series of monthly healthcare seminars offered through the Damascus Friends Church’s health ministries, which is currently in its second year of providing health education to the community.

Blended family video seminar offered

SALEM – Faith Chapel Fellowship will host the video seminar series “Bringing Peace and Harmony to the Blended Family at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays from Jan. 3 through Feb. 7. The seminar was written by Dr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known Christian psychologist. Pastor Larry Paxson will facilitate the seminar.

The six inspiring and entertaining video lessons are titled: “Before all of us say “I do,” “With these kids, I thee wed,” “Blending without colliding,” “Surviving the birth order blender,” “Same language: Different dialect” and “Looking at life through your mate’s eyes.”

Chicken dinner planned in North Lima

NORTH LIMA – Calvary United Methodist Church of North Lima will hold its monthly drive-thru chicken dinner from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9, or until sold out. The dinner consists of a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $6 per dinner. The church is located at 12062 South Ave. To reserve dinners call 330-549-2588.

Winona historial meeting canceled

WINOANA- The Winona Area Historical Society meeting, scheduled for Jan. 2, has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Winona Evangelical Friends Family Life Center.