ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Shrove Tuesday supper will be served

LEETONIA – The Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 29 Spruce St.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.

Rotary, schools collecting hearing aids

CANFIELD – The Canfield Rotary and Canfield Local Schools have joined forces in a community project to help a small island in Dominica hear better.

The Canfield Schools will be collecting used, broken and no longer needed hearing aids from Feb. 24 through March 28. Rotary member, Carolina Figley is heading up this worthwhile project.

Toy train, model RR flea market is March 9

NILES – The Youngstown Model Railroad Association will present its 57th Toy Train and Model Railroad Flea Market on March 9 at McMenamy’s Banquet Hall, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road (Exit 227-off Interstate 80).

The public is invited from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All gauges of model railroad equipment, memorabilia and railroad related items are available.

Admission is $5 per person. Eight-foot tables are available for rent at $25 each by calling Jim Pope at 330- 547-3614 or Ed Williams at 330-758-0115.

Alchemy Acres hosting benefit dinner

SALEM – Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary will host a spaghetti dinner fund raiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 at the Italian-American Club, 250 Penn Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at 330-332-4897.

Cost is $7 per ticket and free for children under 5. The meal includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad or applesauce, Italian bread, coffee, tea or lemonade and a dessert. The event also features a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a carryout bake sale.

Carryout dinners are available by calling 330-337-8817. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the sanctuary.

‘An Evening of the Arts’ planned March 11

SALEM – The public is invited to “An Evening of the Arts” from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1965 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Admission is free. The ReStore will be unveiling murals for permanent display painted by the Salem High School art students under the direction of Lisa Frederick. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Cullen Davis, student ventriloquist Tristan Hostetter and one acts performed by volunteers from the Salem Community Theatre.

The ReStore will also open its new craft room featuring new items for sale for painting, quilting, scrapbooking, cross stitch and other do-it-yourself projects.

Project Prom accepting donated dresses

SALEM – The eighth annual Project Prom,” supported by students and staff from West Branch and Salem schools, is conducting a prom dress donation drive throughout March. Donated dresses will be provided to girls with limited means to purchase a prom dress.

Dresses may be dropped off at West Branch or Salem High schools. Other types of contributions are also welcome. Individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in supporting Project Prom are encouraged to contact Jill DeRamo at West Branch High School at 330-938-4406.

All girls are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of where they live or what school they attend. The distribution will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Salem Schools Administration Building on Cleveland Street. Other free services/items include shoes, gift certificates for hair, nails, make-up, flowers, etc., provided by Keith Davis from Create-A-Color Shoes and Casal Aveda Institute.

Host families sought for exchange students

SALEM -Mahoning and Columbiana County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H.

Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (ages 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18.

Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance.

All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent,childless, and non-4-H families.

The only requirement is that hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor.

For an application form call Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 (ohio4h.org/youth/international).

Wall of Fame nominations being accepted

EAST LIVERPOOL – Kent State University at East Liverpool’s Wall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Friends of the Kent State East Liverpool Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Kent State graduates for their professional accomplishments and community involvement.

The Friends of Kent State University at East Liverpool Award honors individuals who work tirelessly to improve our community and support the university’s mission to provide quality education to the tri-state area.

The 26th annual Wall of Fame Honors Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the East Liverpool Country Club. A dinner program is slated to honor outstanding students and this year’s Wall of Fame inductees.

Also during the banquet, the Wall of Fame Committee will announce the recipient of its annual scholarship and the Joan Gailey Memorial Scholarship will be given in memory of the late Dr. Joan Gailey, a beloved former professor at the East Liverpool campus.

To nominate someone for the award contact Bethany Zirillo at 330-382-7430 or bgadd@kent.edu to request an application. Nominations are due by Feb. 28.

McVicker scholarship breakfast planned

SEBRING – The Danny McVicker scholarship fund benefit breakfast and 50/50 drawing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Sebring American Legion on California Avenue. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes coffee and juice

Camp Frederick holding dinner dance

ROGERS- Camp Frederick of Rogers will hold its fourth annual dinner dance at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Youngstown Shrine Club, 1735 W. South Range Road, North Lima.

The theme for this year’s event is “Denim and Diamonds.” Funds raised during event support the ministry of Camp Frederick.

The evening offers food provided by Ala Carte Catering, music/dancing by the band “Back Beat,” fun, fellowship and auction items. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased by March 15. For information or tickets contact 330-227-3633, director@campfrederickohio.com. This event is sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

JA Titan competition scheduled March 13

YOUNGSTOWN – Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will host the fifth annual JA Titan Business Challenge Competition for local high school students on March 13.

The competition uses JA’s high school JA Titan Program and increases student understanding of the real world of business. Students experience how success or failure of a business depends on how well they manage key decisions such as pricing, marketing strategies, and R & D investments. To check out the game visit titan.ja.org.

This opportunity is available to any high school junior and senior in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Ashtabula counties, free of charge.

Teams who sign up must have a team of three students and provide their own transportation to and from the competition and be accompanied by a chaperone (does not need to be a teacher). Breakfast and lunch is provided. Each school can bring up to three teams, as space allows (competition allows for a maximum of 24 teams). Each team of students will be assigned a local business professional to mentor them as well.

Teams will be competing for scholarships and prizes as they increase their understanding of running a business in a competitive, high-tech marketplace.

The top three teams will each receive scholarships (first place is $500 per student, second is $200 per student, and third is $100 per student). There will also be other prizes and giveaways throughout the day.

After registering, teams will receive a confirmation letter with practice information. For more information, including volunteering or sponsoring a school, contact Melissa D’Apolito at 330-539-5268 or jamvmelissa@onecom.com.

Elder Ag and Turf holding Ladies Night

EAST PALESTINE – Elder Ag and Turf is hosting its annual Ladies Night on March 21 on site at 49290 state Route 14. This free event, featuring Master Gardener Ellen Speicher, includes a light dinner and entertainment.

Displays open at 5:30 p.m. with seating starting at 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by March 13 at epladiesnight@elderagandturf.com or 330-426-2166.

Salem Saxon Club will host fish fries

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club will host its six annual Lenten public fish fries, starting March 7.

Dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a choice of baked or fried ocean cod, or breaded pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce or coleslaw, homemade cake, coffee/tea, iced tea or punch. Cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Carryouts available by calling 330-222-1770 after 4:30 p.m. A cash bar is open to the public.

Leetonia IAC hosting fish fries

LEETONIA – A fish fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Leetonia Italian American Club. Carryouts are available by calling 330-427-9900.

Women’s Club sponsoring prom gown sale

COLUMBIANA The Columbiana Women’s Club at 121 N. Main St. is sponsoring its fourth annual prom gown sale on two consecutive Saturdays in March.

On March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the club will accept gently worn gowns which owners may price and offer for sale. Unsold gowns will be returned to the owners from 3 to 4 p.m. March 15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15, the club’s collection of gowns will be on sale. Gowns of many sizes, styles and colors are available. This is non-profit event for the benefit of local area teens. For more information call 330-482-2267.

First Presbyterian holding ‘Soup to Go’

SALEM – The First Presbyterian Church of Salem will have “Soup to Go” available from noon to 1 p.m. March 9. Quarts of vegetable soup will be sold for $5 each. Customers are asked to enter the church parking lot from Second Street and watch for signs.

Pork chop dinners will be served Saturday

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

Tickets remain for Fat Tuesday at SCC

SALEM – Tickets are still available for the Salem Community Center, Salem Rotary Club and Salem Kiwanis Club’s “Feed the Salem Community Pantry” fund-raising event.

The “Feed the Salem Community Pantry Fat Tuesday” celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Salem Community Center.

All proceeds will go to the Salem Community Pantry. Tickets may be purchased at the SCC or from a Rotary or Kiwanis member. For more information visit the SCC website at salemcommunitycenter.com.

Fundraiser will benefit Nign children

CALCUTTA – The Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department and East Liverpool Motor Lodge is presenting a benefit concert, “The Show Must Go On,” on March 8 in the upstairs ballroom at the lodge.

All proceeds will be directed to the children of the late Jamie and Meghann Nign. There also will be a 50/50 and Chinese auction. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Pink Floyd Tribute Band and special guest 7% Superstar at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Food is available for purchase in the restaurant downstairs in the motor lodge.

Community Foundation backing Banquet

SALEM Salem Community Foundation will sponsor the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

The menu offers chicken noodle soup, stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and ice cream sundaes. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information contact Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Conferences scheduled at CCC&TC

LISBON – The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center will hold its second semester parent-teacher conferences from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday. To schedule appointments with your child’s teachers call 330-424-9561 and select “0” for the operator.

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Tickets remain for Fat Tuesday at SCC

SALEM – Tickets are still available for the Salem Community Center, Salem Rotary Club and Salem Kiwanis Club’s “Feed the Salem Community Pantry” fund-raising event.

The “Feed the Salem Community Pantry Fat Tuesday” celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Salem Community Center. All proceeds will go to the Salem Community Pantry. Tickets may be purchased at the SCC or from a Rotary or Kiwanis member. For more information visit the SCC website at salemcommunitycenter.com.

Fundraiser will benefit Nign children

CALCUTTA – The Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department and East Liverpool Motor Lodge is presenting a benefit concert, “The Show Must Go On,” on March 8 in the upstairs ballroom at the lodge.

All proceeds will be directed to the children of the late Jamie and Meghann Nign. There also will be a 50/50 and Chinese auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Pink Floyd Tribute Band and special guest 7% Superstar at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Food is available for purchase in the restaurant downstairs in the motor lodge.

Community Foundation backing Banquet

SALEM Salem Community Foundation will sponsor the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St.

The menu offers chicken noodle soup, stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and ice cream sundaes. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information contact Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Local historian will speak Monday

CANFIELD – Richard Scarsella will speak when Canfield Area AARP #3104 meets at 1 p.m. Monday at the Canfield Presbyterian Church. Scarsella, local historian and president of the William McGuffy Historical Society, will give a program on McGuffy and McGuffy Readers.

Blood pressure screenings are available from noon to 12:45 p.m. In case of bad weather and Canfield schools close, the meeting will be canceled.

An overnight bus trip is planned April 9 and 10 to Lancaster, Pa., to see two shows, “Moses,” and a comedy, “Anybody for Murder?”

For reservations call 330-337-7133. Reservations for the mystery trip on May 20 are available by calling 330-533-4413. Guests and non-members are welcome at the meetings and bus trips.

Negley Masonic Lodge serving meals

NEGLEY – Cream chicken over biscuit dinners will be sold from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8 at Negley Masonic Lodge, 50873 Richardson Ave. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Carryout orders are available.

Fundraiser will benefit Nign children

CALCUTTA – The Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department and East Liverpool Motor Lodge is presenting a benefit concert, “The Show Must Go On,” on March 8 in the upstairs ballroom at the lodge. All proceeds will be directed to the children of the late Jamie and Meghann Nign. There also will be a 50/50 and Chinese auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Pink Floyd Tribute Band and special guest 7% Superstar at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each. Food is available for purchase in the restaurant downstairs in the motor lodge.

Women’s Club sponsoring prom gown sale

COLUMBIANA The Columbiana Women’s Club at 121 N. Main St. is sponsoring its fourth annual prom gown sale on two consecutive Saturdays in March. On March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the club will accept gently worn gowns which owners may price and offer for sale. Unsold gowns will be returned to the owners from 3 to 4 p.m. March 15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15, the club’s collection of gowns will be on sale. Gowns of many sizes, styles and colors are available. This is non-profit event for the benefit of local area teens. For more information call 330-482-2267.

First Presbyterian Church hosting ‘Soup to Go’ March 9

SALEM – The First Presbyterian Church of Salem will have “Soup to Go” available from noon to 1 p.m. March 9. Quarts of vegetable soup will be sold for $5 each. Customers are asked to enter the church parking lot from Second Street and watch for signs.

Dairy Boosters princess applications being accepted

LISBON – Applications are still being accepted until March 22 for the Columbiana County Buckeye Dairy Boosters’ princess. Contestants must be a Columbiana County resident; have a dairy farm background, 14 years of age and not over 25 as of June 1, 2014; and must not be, nor have ever, been married. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Applications are available from Pam Herron at 330-222-1637.

Weights and Measures Week being celebrated

LISBON – Weights and Measures Week is celebrated on March 1-7 each year to commemorate John Adams signing the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. Since then, there have been advances from crude mechanical devices to highly sophisticated, software-based weighing and measuring instruments. Modern day inspectors represent a new generation of highly trained professionals who have earned their place in society, just like their predecessors.

The Columbiana County auditor’s office is planning several events to educate the public about the work of the weights and measures office. Auditor Nancy Milliken and her inspector will be setting-up displays of the equipment they use to test devices for accuracy between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations: March 4, Calcutta Giant Eagle; March 5, East Palestine Sparkle Market; and March 6, Salem Giant Eagle.

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Bezeredi is member of YSU’s ‘Twelfth Night of 2014’ cast

YOUNGSTOWN – Connor Bezeredi of Salem is a member of the cast of Youngstown State University Theater’s production of “Twelfth Night in 2014.” A sophomore majoring in musical theater at YSU, Bezeredi plays the role of Orsino.

The show runs Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, in Spotlight Theater in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 330-941-3105. Tickets are free for YSU students with ID; $10 for adults; and $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff, high school students, college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee.

Howson will perform March 1 at the Tri-County Opry

MINERVA – Jimmy Howson will perform on March 1 at the Tri-County Opry at the Roxy Theatre. Other special guests include Emmalee Carver, Jason Mikes, Tom Freeland, Kenny Mudrick and others. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information call 330-428-3577.

McVicker scholarship fund breakfast, drawing is Sunday

SEBRING – The Danny McVicker scholarship fund benefit breakfast and 50/50 drawing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Sebring American Legion on California Avenue. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes coffee and juice.

Chief Panezott will address Church Women United service

SALEM – Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott is this year’s speaker for Church Women United’s National Day of Prayer service on March 7 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The prayer will be delivered by Pastor Tony Maroni.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Reservations are required before March 4 and may be made by calling Church Women United President Pat Wilde at 330-337-3914.

West Branch Board of Ed will meet Thursday in special session

BELOIT- The West Branch school board will meet in special session at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school media center to review and approve the disposal of school records. A work session will follow at 5:30 p.m. and its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the high school media center.

Roads within Mill Creek will be closed Sunday for marathon

YOUNGSTOWN – The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed from approximately 6:30 a.m. until noon Sunday for the Youngstown Road Runners Club Mill Creek Distance Classic Half Marathon: West Glacier Drive, West Drive, Bears Den Drive, New Cross Drive, Cross Drive, West Cohasset Drive, High Drive, Chestnut Hill Drive, East Park Drive, Valley Drive, East Glacier Drive, Memorial Hill Drive, and Robinson Hill Drive. For more information call 330-740-7107.

Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary hosting spaghetti dinner March 9

SALEM – Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 at the Italian-American Club, 250 Penn Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at 330-332-4897. Cost is $7 per ticket and free for children under 5. The meal includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad or applesauce, Italian bread, coffee, tea or lemonade and a dessert. The event also features a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a carryout bake sale. Carryout dinners are available by calling 330-337-8817. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the sanctuary.

All girls are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of where they live or what school they attend. The distribution will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Salem Schools Administration Building on Cleveland Street. Other free services/items include shoes, gift certificates for hair, nails, make-up, flowers, etc., provided by Keith Davis from Create-A-Color Shoes and Casal Aveda Institute.

Elder Ag and Turf holding Ladies Night on March 21

EAST PALESTINE – Elder Ag and Turf is hosting its annual Ladies Night on March 21 on site at 49290 state Route 14. This free event, featuring Master Gardener Ellen Speicher, includes a light dinner and entertainment.

Displays open at 5:30 p.m. with seating starting at 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by March 13 at epladiesnight@elderagandturf.com or 330-426-2166.

Salem Saxon Club will host fish fries starting March 7

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club will host its six annual Lenten public fish fries, starting March 7.

Dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a choice of baked or fried ocean cod, or breaded pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce or coleslaw, homemade cake, coffee/tea, iced tea or punch. Cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Carryouts available by calling 330-222-1770 after 4:30 p.m. A cash bar is open to the public.

Fish fries scheduled Friday, March 7 at Leetonia IAC

LEETONIA – A fish fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Leetonia Italian American Club. Carryouts are available by calling 330-427-9900.

Pork chop dinner will be served at Winona Friends Church

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

County municipal court will assist with license restoration

LISBON – Judges Carol Robb and Mark Frost have announced that the Columbiana County Municipal Court will again partner with the local district office of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to present a “license restoration workshop” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 12.

This workshop will be a little different than previous BMV workshops because of the implementation of a new law which allows properly insured drivers to be restored to full driving privileges even if they owe large amounts in reinstatement fees. Judge Robb explained that, “A law passed last year has finally been implemented which allows drivers to enter into a $50 per month payment plan and to immediately be restored to full privileges. Of course,” Judge Robb added, “the driver has to be properly insured and there are certain types of suspensions that can’t be lifted, but many drivers will be able to legally drive away from this workshop with full privileges restored.”

Judge Frost added that previously, the judges could only grant limited privileges, and the driver had to pay costs of $96 to open the court case. “This new procedure saves the applicant considerable time and money over our old methods, and results on restoration of full privileges, rather than just limited privileges for work or school. But it still provides safeguards by providing for immediate re-suspension of the license if a payment is missed or if insurance is canceled.”

Judge Robb pointed out that even in cases where the driver doesn’t qualify for a payment plan, such as court ordered suspensions, the BMV representative can give the driver a list of steps that may result in at least a limited restoration of privileges.

Both judges emphasized that persons wanting to set up a payment plan should bring a bank check or money order payable to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for $50 to get the plan started. Although subsequent payments can be made at any Deputy Registrar’s office, or even on line, the BMV representatives at the workshop cannot accept cash or credit cards.

Both judges emphasized that this program is not designed to put bad drivers on the road.

Judge Frost said, “This program is for otherwise good drivers to clear up bureaucratic or insurance problems they have gotten themselves into.”

As in the past, the judges expect the available time slots to fill quickly, and therefore they encourage drivers who want scheduled to call the court during normal business hours at 330-424-5326 for an appointment.

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Boil order issued in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – Due to a water main break, the city of Columbiana water superintendent has issued a boil order for North Pearl, North Cross and Cross Court streets. This order will remain in effect until test results are known.

For up-to-date information, follow the city’s Facebook page at facebook.com/columbianaoh.

Fourth Thursday Banquet features meatloaf

SALEM – The Fourth Thursday Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. Friends of the Banquet will sponsor the meal. The menu offers chicken noodle soup, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas or corn, applesauce, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, ice cream sundaes. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831/2169.

Conferences set at Career Center Thursday

LISBON – The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center will hold its second semester parent-teacher conferences from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday. To schedule appointments with your child’s teachers call 330-424-9561 and select “0” for the operator.

Salem Saxon Club to host fish fries

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club will host its six annual Lenten public fish fries, starting March 7. Dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and include a choice of baked or fried ocean cod, or breaded pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce or coleslaw, homemade cake, coffee/tea, iced tea or punch. Cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Carryouts available by calling 330-222-1770 after 4:30 p.m. A cash bar is open to the public.

Fish fries planned at Leetonia club

LEETONIA – A fish fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Leetonia Italian American Club. Carryouts are available by calling 330-427-9900.

Pork chop dinner set in Winona

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

Country music jams planned in Rogers

ROGERS – The new season of country music jams is kicking off at the Rogers Community Auction dining room. The public is invited from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 and 16. The jams will continue throughout the summer.

SALEM – Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 at the Italian-American Club, 250 Penn Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at 330-332-4897. Cost is $7 per ticket and free for children under 5. The meal includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad or applesauce, Italian bread, coffee, tea or lemonade and a dessert. The event also features a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and a carryout bake sale. Carryout dinners are available by calling 330-337-8817. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the sanctuary.

JA Titan Business Challenge set

YOUNGSTOWN – Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will host the fifth annual JA Titan Business Challenge Competition for local high school students on March 13.

The competition uses JA’s high school JA Titan Program and increases student understanding of the real world of business. Students experience how success or failure of a business depends on how well they manage key decisions such as pricing, marketing strategies, and R & D investments. To check out the game visit titan.ja.org.

This opportunity is available to any high school junior and senior. Teams who sign up must have a team of three students and provide their own transportation to and from the competition and be accompanied by a chaperone (does not need to be a teacher). Breakfast and lunch is provided. Each school can bring up to three teams, as space allows (competition allows for a maximum of 24 teams). Each team of students will be assigned a local business professional to mentor them as well.

Teams will be competing for scholarships and prizes as they increase their understanding of running a business in a competitive, high-tech marketplace. The top three teams will each receive scholarships (first place is $500 per student, second is $200 per student, and third is $100 per student). There will also be other prizes and giveaways throughout the day. After registering, teams will receive a confirmation letter with practice information. For more information, including volunteering or sponsoring a school, contact Melissa D’Apolito at 330-539-5268 or jamvmelissa@onecom.com.

Prom dress donation drive planned

SALEM – The eighth annual Project Prom,” supported by students and staff from West Branch and Salem schools, is conducting a prom dress donation drive throughout March. Donated dresses will be provided to girls with limited means to purchase a prom dress.

Dresses may be dropped off at West Branch or Salem High schools. Other types of contributions are also welcome. Individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in supporting Project Prom are encouraged to contact Jill DeRamo at West Branch High School at 330-938-4406.

All girls are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of where they live or what school they attend. The distribution will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 22 at the Salem Schools Administration Building on Cleveland Street. Other free services/items include shoes, gift certificates for hair, nails, make-up, flowers, etc., provided by Keith Davis from Create-A-Color Shoes and Casal Aveda Institute.

Homes needed for Japanese students

SALEM -Mahoning and Columbiana County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program offered by the County OSU Extension, 4-H.

Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (ages 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18. Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance.

All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent,childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirement is that hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor. For an application form call Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 (ohio4h.org/youth/international).

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State Route 165 closed due to flooding

SALEM- At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, the Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 announced that state Route 165 is closed between U.S. Route 62 and state Route 46 due to flooding. Motorist are asked to avoid the area.

Buckeye School staff to host Banquet

SALEM – The Buckeye School staff will host the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building. The menu offers tomato soup, sweet and sour chicken over rice, green beans, applesauce, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and cookies. For more information or to host a Banquet call Patty Colian at 30-831-2169.

Columbiana school board to meet

COLUMBIANA – A special meeting of the Columbiana Exempted Village Board of Education begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the high school media center for the purpose of considering roof options for South Side Middle School.

Beaver Local Dugout Club dinner set

LISBON The Beaver Local Baseball Dugout Club is hosting its “Meet the Coach” pasta dinner and Chinese auction from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 at Beaver Local High School cafeteria. The new baseball coach is Beaver Local alumni, Steve Dawson. Dinner includes pasta, homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children under 12. Carryouts are available.

Council committee to meet March 11

SALEM – Members of the Salem City Rules and Ordinance Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 11 to discuss possible changes to ordinance 1147, proposed shale oil ordinance, and proposed indoor shooting ranges.

Business Connection luncheons to resume

SALEM – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will resume its Business Connection luncheon series at 11:45 a.m. March 12 at the Salem Community Center, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave. The featured guest speaker will be Kelly Darney, adult director from the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center. She will present: “Free Training for Your Business’s Employees.” Cost of the luncheon is $20 for Salem chamber members and $25 for potential members and guests.

Reservations are required by calling the chamber office at 330-337-3473 or e-mailing Tammy Peppel, chamber administrative assistant, at tlpeppel@salemohiochamber.org.

Stitches in Time to meet at library

SALEM – The Stitches in Time group will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 19 in the Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room at 821 E. State St. Registration is not required. The group is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a project of their choice to work on, whether it is knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, etc. Light refreshments are available. For more information call 330-332-0042.

Lisbon kindergarten registration set

LISBON – Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 may register their children for kindergarten beginning March 24 at the Lisbon Board of Education Office, 317 N. Market St. Appointments may be made by calling the board office at 330-424-7714.

Screenings for kindergarten will be held May 6 and 7. Appointments will be made at the time of registration. Registration for the Lisbon Preschool will also be available at this time also. There are a limited number of places available therefore, the 4-year-olds will be considered first with 3-year-olds taking the remaining spots. Applications are available at the board office.

Parents enrolling children must bring a photo ID of themselves, the child’s original birth certificate, original Social Security card, immunization records, proof of residency, and custody paper, if applicable.

Harvest for Hunger kickoff is Wednesday

YOUNGSTOWN – The Second Harvest Food Bank’s 23rd annual Harvest for Hunger kickoff begins at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at 2805 Salt Springs Road.

Harvest for Hunger is a food and funds drive that takes place in March and April to help stock the food bank shelves for the spring and summer months when donations taper off.

Last year, Harvest for Hunger raised more than $145,000 and collected nearly 40,000 pounds of food. All funds raised and food collected remains in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties to help feed our friends and neighbors.

If you are interested in participating in the Harvest for Hunger campaign by conducting a food and/or funds drive to benefit the food bank, contact Paige Tomlinson-Miller at 330-792-5522 Ext. 11.

Financial contributions may also be made at supermarket sponsor Giant Eagle by tearing off a $1, $5, or $10 coupon at the register March 2-April 19 and at participating Sparkle Markets and Walgreens locations during the month of March. Donations are added to your bill. For more information call visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org.

Wellness program planned at Salem Library

SALEM A total wellness program begins at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room. The presenter is Kim Hemminger, RN and certified health coach. Register online for this free program at salem.lib.oh.us or 330-332-0042.

Heating aid applications still accepted

LISBON – The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County will continue taking applications for Emergency HEAP through March 31 at the Lisbon office located at 7860 Lincole Place (rear). Appointments can only be made by calling the automated scheduling system at 330-424-1386. Homebound and disabled seniors, 62 years and older, may call 330-424-4013 for appointment assistance.

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households that have had utilities disconnected, face a utility shut-off, or heat with bulk fuel and have a tank that is 25 percent or less of its capacity. Assistance is provided to eligible households once during the 2013-14 season. Household income eligibility is based on the previous 90 days or 12 months gross income (before taxes) at 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Clients in for PIPP Plus, please be aware that the income guidelines are less; 150 percent or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Based on the number of available staff, CAA will be accepting at least five walk-in applicants daily on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8 a.m. Until the program’s end on March 31, every Friday will also be open for walk-ins from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Applications for State HEAP can be completed through May 31 and are available at post offices, libraries, and utility companies throughout the county. For more information about State HEAP call 800-282-0880.

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WB BOE will meet Saturday

BELOIT- The West Branch school board will meet from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the high school conference room to discuss the state Straight A Grant program, Straight A Transportation Funding and district finances.

Breakfast buffet served Saturday

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served 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 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.

Food pantry in EP open Feb. 26

EAST PALESTINE – The Grace Lutheran Church’s food pantry is open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 26 for individuals and families residing in the East Palestine School District.

EMA Director will speak

COLUMBIANA – Luke Newbold, director of the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency, will speak when the Fairfield Township Ruritan Club meets for dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at Heck’s Restaurant.

The public is invited. Cost for dinner is $10 at the door. Reservations may be made by calling Ken Nickalo at 330-482-2561.

SHS Class of 2017 raising funds

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 2017 will hold a fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 1 at Ricky’s English Pub.

Proceeds will go toward costs for the junior/senior prom, senior picnic and senior gift to the school.

Dinner will benefit Salem bands

SALEM – The public is invited to the spaghetti dinner fund raiser and raffle to benefit the bands of Salem City Schools from 4 to 8 p.m. March 15 in the Salem High School cafeteria.

Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for students and children when accompanied by an adult. All of the bands will be performing at the dinner.

Book signing scheduled March 1

LEETONIA – Book signing of “Dreams … A guide to grieving gracefully” by author Kristi Smith is slated from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. March 1 at the farm of Brad and Mary Lou Smith 3889 Lisbon Road, Leetonia.

Kristi, a former resident of the Columbiana County area, now resides in Springboro. She married Michael Smith of Leetonia and has two daughters, Abigail and Faith.

Women’s Night Out is March 19

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

Jim Loboy is scheduled to appear at 6 p.m. Linda Ro, MS, RD/LD, speaks at 7 p.m. All proceeds from this event benefit the SCC Children’s Fitness Center.

To become a sponsor, advertiser and/or vendor or to purchase tickets call 330- 332-5885 or stop by the front desk.

Animal Hospital creates fund

COLUMBIANA – Fairfield Animal Hospital has started a “Laurie Wilms Furry Friends Memorial Fund.” This fund was started to honor the legacy of their late, beloved friend and employee.

Wilms had a passion for animals and was dedicated to nurturing and caring for all types of furry and feathered creatures.

With this fund, clients can apply for funds to help defray costs when their pets are having a veterinary medical emergency. Donations can be made at Fairfield Animal Hospital or at Farmers Bank. For more information contact the hospital at 330-482-9755.

K of C sponsors poster contest

LISBON – The Knights of Columbus “Substance Abuse Awareness” poster contest was offered to all Columbiana County schools through the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, (CCESC) and open to all students ages 8 to 14.

This year’s contest continues to “connect the dots and collaborate” with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) and the County Drug Task Force to more effectively fight, reduce and ultimately eliminate the drugs in the county.

The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the CCESC cafetorium.

The guest speaker is Pastor Fred Goldinalong with two residents from the Ohio Valley Teen Challenge. Lt. Allan Young from the sheriff’s department will introduce Jesy, the newest member of the Drug Task Force K9 Unit.

Awards, trophies and certificates will be presented to the four student winners, and all students will receive certificates of participation.

SCC offering lifeguard training

SALEM – The Salem Community Center is offering lifeguard training courses March 3-14; April 14-25; May 5-16; and June 2-13.

Classes run weeknights from 5 to 8. Cost is $220 for members and $260 for non-members.

Upon completion participants will receive lifeguard training, first aid and professional rescuer certifications. To register call 330-332-5885.

Rescue Mission hosting benefit

BOARDMAN – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is hosting its annual spring benefit on April 4 at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman to support the general fund of the Rescue Mission.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dessert, testimonies from clients who have received life-changing services from the mission.

The show, provided by Beyond Broadway Entertainment, will be produced and performed by Rick Blackson and Mary Jo Maluso.

Reservations are available by calling 330-744-5485.

The dinner consists of roast sirloin of beef, chicken francaise, whipped potatoes, green beans almondine, penne pasta, garden salad, rolls, cake, coffee and soft drinks. Cost is $50 per person.

Corporate sponsorships are available. For more information and to download an order form go to RescueMissionMV.org.

Library offering drop-in sessions

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Public Library is offering e-Book drop-in help sessions from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the Salchow Room.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library and Overdrive and Freading.

Participants are to bring their device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon.

Foundation breakfast is Saturday

HANOVERTON – The annual United Community Scholarship Foundation’s all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at United High School. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12.

Breakfast specials include omelets, crepes and doughnuts. There is also a silent auction. All proceeds go toward scholarships for United seniors.

Library speaker will discuss ag program

SALEM – Lee Lichtenwalner will present a community-supported agriculture program about the many benefits to health and wellness by eating locally grown foods from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room. Register online for the free program at salem.lib.oh.us or 330-332-0042.

Making Kids Count dinner is March 14

BOARDMAN – Invitations have been issued for the second annual benefit dinner for Making Kids Count on March 14 at Avion on the Water. Admission to the event is $40 which includes dinner, dessert and entertainment.

Attendees will also have a chance to win various baskets and items that have been donated by local businesses as well as the grand prize, a 16GB iPad Air with Retina Display.

Diapers and blankets will be collected prior to and at the benefit dinner for the Comfort Kits and Diaper Bank Programs.

Items can be dropped off at 7178 W. Blvd. Suite E. For every blanket or box of diapers you bring in, you will get one ticket to be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.

There is no limit on the number of tickets you can receive and you do not need to be in attendance at the dinner to be chosen. To sponsor or attend the event call 330-758-3434 (mkc@makingkidscount.org).

Heartland Christian School hosting auction

COLUMBIANA – Heartland Christian School at 28 Pittsburgh St. will host its 17th annual auction at 10 a.m. March 15. Gym doors open at 8:30 a.m. for preview and registration. There will be a live auction, silent auction, Chinese auction and bake sale.

Auction items available for bid will include theme park, event and attraction tickets, hotel packages, hot-air balloon rides, a private plane ride, dining certificates, themed- baskets, jewelry, furniture, gift cards, and an array of goods and services from local merchants. Local auctioneer Jim Kellner will conduct the live auction.

All participants who register for a bidding number will be entered in a drawing for a free hot-air balloon ride.

Heartland Guatemala Missions Team will serve breakfast that morning in the school’s home ec room from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 to raise money for its upcoming trip. Donations will be accepted.

SHC hosting one-day concealed carry class

SALEM – On March 2, the Salem Hunting Club is hosting a one-day concealed carry class.

For information and pre-registration call 330-332-9847. Upon successful completion of the class, participants receive certification to begin the application process for concealed carry in Ohio and other states.

South Range offering open enrollment

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range school district will have state wide open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades kindergarten through 12 and must be picked up in person at the South Range Board of Education office or downloaded on the South Range website Feb. 24 through May 2. No applications will be mailed.

In order to be considered for open enrollment completed applications must be returned in person, to the Board of Education Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline for completed applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not mail applications.

Any application that is mailed will not be considered. No information will be given over the telephone. Any student living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through 12 is eligible. One application must be completed for each student. For information call the board office at 330-549-5226.

UL schedules kindergarten registration

HANOVERTON – United Local’s kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year will begin with a parent orientation meeting at 6 p.m. March 11 in the elementary cafeteria.

This will be a brief meeting for parents only. Information will be shared, registration packets distributed and appointments made for screenings which will take place on March 18, 19 and 20.

Children who are residents of United and who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Documents that must be presented at the screening along with completed registration packet are a parent’s driver’s license or photo ID and proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and custody documents if applicable. For more information call 330-223-8001.

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Fairfield Animal Hospital creates fund

COLUMBIANA – Fairfield Animal Hospital has started a “Laurie Wilms Furry Friends Memorial Fund.” This fund was started to honor the legacy of their late, beloved friend and employee.

Wilms had a passion for animals and was dedicated to nurturing and caring for all types of furry and feathered creatures.

With this fund, clients can apply for funds to help defray costs when their pets are having a veterinary medical emergency. Donations can be made at Fairfield Animal Hospital or at Farmers Bank. For more information contact the hospital at 330-482-9755.

K of C sponsoring poster contest

LISBON – The Knights of Columbus “Substance Abuse Awareness” poster contest was offered to all Columbiana County schools through the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, (CCESC) and open to all students ages 8 to 14.

This year’s contest continues to “connect the dots and collaborate” with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) and the County Drug Task Force to more effectively fight, reduce and ultimately eliminate the drugs in the county.

The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the CCESC cafetorium. The guest speaker is Pastor Fred Goldinalong with two residents from the Ohio Valley Teen Challenge. Lt. Allan Young from the sheriff’s department will introduce Jesy, the newest member of the Drug Task Force K9 Unit.

Awards, trophies and certificates will be presented to the four student winners, and all students will receive certificates of participation.

SCC offering lifeguard training courses

SALEM – The Salem Community Center is offering lifeguard training courses March 3-14; April 14-25; May 5-16; and June 2-13.

Classes run weeknights from 5 to 8. Cost is $220 for members and $260 for non-members. Upon completion participants will receive lifeguard training, first aid and professional rescuer certifications. To register call 330-332-5885.

Rescue Mission hosting spring benefit

BOARDMAN – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is hosting its annual spring benefit on April 4 at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman to support the general fund of the Rescue Mission.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dessert, testimonies from clients who have received life-changing services from the mission.

The show, provided by Beyond Broadway Entertainment, will be produced and performed by Rick Blackson and Mary Jo Maluso. “The evening promises to be inspirational and filled with purpose. Rick and Mary Jo are a Broadway caliber duo and will perform a songbook of favorites that will tie in to the theme of ‘A new way to a better tomorrow.’ We are excited about the evening,” said Lynn Wyant, Rescue Mission development director.

Reservations are available by calling 330-744-5485. The dinner consists of roast sirloin of beef, chicken francaise, whipped potatoes, green beans almondine, penne pasta, garden salad, rolls, cake, coffee and soft drinks. Cost is $50 per person. Corporate sponsorships are available. For more information and to download an order form go to RescueMissionMV.org.

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Library offering drop-in help sessions

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Public Library is offering e-Book drop-in help sessions from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the Salchow Room.

The library purchases e-Books from two companies, Ohio Digital Library and Overdrive and Freading.

Participants are to bring their device, power cord, the cord to link it to a computer, their library card and account logins for Adobe and Amazon.

Scholarship Foundation breakfast is Saturday

HANOVERTON – The annual United Community Scholarship Foundation’s all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at United High School. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12.

Breakfast specials include omelets, crepes and doughnuts. There is also a silent auction. All proceeds go toward scholarships for United seniors.

Library speaker will discuss ag program

SALEM – Lee Lichtenwalner will present a community-supported agriculture program about the many benefits to health and wellness by eating locally grown foods from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room. Register online for the free program at salem.lib.oh.us or 330-332-0042.

Making Kids Count dinner is March 14

BOARDMAN – Invitations have been issued for the second annual benefit dinner for Making Kids Count on March 14 at Avion on the Water. Admission to the event is $40 which includes dinner, dessert and entertainment.

Attendees will also have a chance to win various baskets and items that have been donated by local businesses as well as the grand prize, a 16GB iPad Air with Retina Display.

Diapers and blankets will be collected prior to and at the benefit dinner for the Comfort Kits and Diaper Bank Programs. Items can be dropped off at 7178 W. Blvd. Suite E. For every blanket or box of diapers you bring in, you will get one ticket to be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.

There is no limit on the number of tickets you can receive and you do not need to be in attendance at the dinner to be chosen. To sponsor or attend the event call 330-758-3434 (mkc@makingkidscount.org).

Heartland Christian School hosting auction

COLUMBIANA – Heartland Christian School at 28 Pittsburgh St. will host its 17th annual auction at 10 a.m. March 15. Gym doors open at 8:30 a.m. for preview and registration. There will be a live auction, silent auction, Chinese auction and bake sale.

Auction items available for bid will include theme park, event and attraction tickets, hotel packages, hot-air balloon rides, a private plane ride, dining certificates, themed- baskets, jewelry, furniture, gift cards, and an array of goods and services from local merchants. Local auctioneer Jim Kellner will conduct the live auction.

All participants who register for a bidding number will be entered in a drawing for a free hot-air balloon ride. Heartland Guatemala Missions Team will serve breakfast that morning in the school’s home ec room from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 to raise money for its upcoming trip. Donations will be accepted.

SHC hosting one-day concealed carry class

SALEM – On March 2, the Salem Hunting Club is hosting a one-day concealed carry class.

For information and pre-registration call 330-332-9847. Upon successful completion of the class, participants receive certification to begin the application process for concealed carry in Ohio and other states.

South Range offering open enrollment

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range school district will have state wide open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades kindergarten through 12 and must be picked up in person at the South Range Board of Education office or downloaded on the South Range website Feb. 24 through May 2. No applications will be mailed.

In order to be considered for open enrollment completed applications must be returned in person, to the Board of Education Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline for completed applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not mail applications.

Any application that is mailed will not be considered. No information will be given over the telephone. Any student living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through 12 is eligible. One application must be completed for each student. For information call the board office at 330-549-5226.

UL schedules kindergarten registration

HANOVERTON – United Local’s kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year will begin with a parent orientation meeting at 6 p.m. March 11 in the elementary cafeteria.

This will be a brief meeting for parents only. Information will be shared, registration packets distributed and appointments made for screenings which will take place on March 18, 19 and 20.

Children who are residents of United and who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Documents that must be presented at the screening along with completed registration packet are a parent’s driver’s license or photo ID and proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and custody documents if applicable. For more information call 330-223-8001.

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Mullins to hold 103rd commencement

SALEM – Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing will conduct its 103rd commencement graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kent State University City Center.

Lisbon food pantry to open Thursday

LISBON – Lisbon Baptist Food Pantry at 6428 Lisbon Road will be open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Bring identification.

Salem artist wins mention at Butler show

SALEM – Mark Scheuring of Salem has won a Juror’s Special Mention award at the 76th Area Artists annual exhibition held at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. His piece is titled “October Storm.”

The juror for the region’s top art exhibition was Al Bright, retired professor of art history at Youngstown State University. Bright selected 140 works from 102 artists for the show. The exhibition continues through Feb. 23.

Drivers ed class offered in Leetonia

LEETONIA – AAA is offering a driver education class starting Feb. 24. Forms are available in the Leetonia High School office. All students are welcome to attend including home-schooled. For more information call 330-692-0763 before 10 p.m.

Care packages to be sent to troops

COLUMBIANA – American Legion Post 290 Ladies Auxiliary is seeking names of local residents actively serving in the military, either stateside or overseas, to send “Comfort from Home” care packages in early spring. Names and address may be sent to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 143, Columbiana, Ohio 44408. Monetary donations, or items for the boxes, are also being accepted.

The auxiliary plans to sponsor 10 local students to Buckeye Girl’s State at Mount Union University. Individuals, business owners and organizations wishing to sponsor a delegate, or donate a gasoline gift card, are asked to submit the information to the above P.O. box.

Night at Races to aid Wildlife Center

LISBON – The Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center will host a Night at the Races fund raiser on March 8 at the Negley Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. The evening will include racing action, Chinese auction, raffles, and a 50/50 drawing. Admission is $5 per person which includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. People may bring their own beer to consume during the event, but no hard liquor. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Horse owners will be admitted free, and horses can be purchased for $10 each from Cindy Lyon at 330-385-8865 or Eldena Gearhart at 330-227-3485. For more information contact Tom Butch at 330-337-8444.

Band and choir concert set in United

HANOVERTON – Top musicians from county high schools will perform together at the 2014 Columbiana County Honors Band and Choir Concert at 2:30 p.m. April 5 at United Local High School. The guest conductor and clinician for the Honors Choir is Dr. Grant Cook, director of choral activities at the University of Mount Union. Dr. Stephen Gage, director of bands at Youngstown State University, will be the guest conductor and clinician for the Honors Band. Information for students, parents, and the public can be found at: sites.google.com/site/ccohbc.

Beaver Local hall of fame names needed

LISBON – The Beaver Local Alumni Association is excepting nominations for the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame. Nomination applications can be picked up at the board of education offices, or by contacting Marcie Guy, marcieg22@hotmail.com or 330-801-2597. Nominations must be received by March 15. This year’s hall of fame dinner is May 10 at the high school.

Leetonia Library offers tech classes

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is holding the following computer/tech classes: Internet searching, 6 p.m. Feb. 27; Ebay basics, 6 p.m., March 4 (not be setting up an account at this time); Teen Tech Week program for those in grades 5-8, 3 to 6:30 p.m., March 10 (bring a friend and a laptop or tablet and let us help you download a book or two); email basics, 1 p.m., March 13 (setting up an account if you don’t already have one, bring a laptop if you have one); Introduction to Computers, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., March 15; ACT Prep class for high school students, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., March 17 (learn tips to overcome test anxiety, and navigating the test for a better performance). Registration is required for all classes except for the Teen Tech Week program. Call 330-427-6635 to register as space is limited.

Salem Community Pantry meeting set

SALEM – The Salem Community Pantry will hold its annual board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

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Mill Creek board to discuss budget

CANFIELD – The board of park commissioners of Mill Creek MetroParks has scheduled a special meeting/workshop to discuss the 2014 budget at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the classroom at the MetroParks Farm on Route 46.

Alliance scholarship applications open

ALLIANCE – The Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the Dr. James J. Thomas Scholarship. This $1,500, non renewable scholarship is awarded annually to three local high school seniors interested in entering the medical field. Applications are currently available in the hospital gift shop or by calling 330-596-7516. Applications must be submitted along with a copy of an official high school transcript. All applications are due by March 31.

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Firefighters Assoc. will meet Wednesday

HOMEWORTH – The Columbiana County Firefighters Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Homeworth Volunteer Fire Department.

Winona Friends holding food distribution

WINONA – A food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at the Winona Friends Church, 4615 Whinnery Road. Families and individuals living in the United Local School District are eligible.

‘Meet the Coach’ dinner, auction scheduled

LISBON – The “Meet the Coach” pasta dinner and Chinese auction, sponsored by the Beaver Local Baseball Dugout Club, will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Beaver Local High School cafeteria. The new baseball coach is Beaver Local alumnus Steve Dawson.

The dinner includes meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children under 12. Carryouts are available. For more information call 330-843-6935.

United Local presenting ‘The Music Man’

HANOVERTON – Tickets are now on sale for the United Local production of “The Music Man” to be presented March 7-9 in the high school auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased in the high school office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.

United Local plans kindergarten registration

HANOVERTON – United Local’s kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year begins with a parent orientation meeting at 6 p.m. March 11 in the elementary cafeteria, for parents only.

Information will be shared, registration packets distributed and appointments made for screenings on March 18, 19 and 20. Children who are residents of United and who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Documents that must be presented at the screening along with completed registration packet are a parent’s driver’s license or photo ID and proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and custody documents if applicable. For more information call 330-223-8001.

County Dairy Boosters offering scholarship

LISBON – The Columbiana County Buckeye Dairy Boosters is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship.

Applicants must be a member of a Columbiana County family whose primary occupation is directly involved in the dairy industry, prove their current enrollment, or submit a letter of admission to a two or four year institution of higher learning or graduate school.

Student must return a completed application, two letters of recommendations, and an official high school or college transcript, postmarked by March 15.

Applications maybe obtained from guidance councilors, FFA advisors, or Columbiana County Buckeye Dairy Boosters, Pam Herron, 3836 Woodsdale Road, Salem, Ohio 44460 (330-222-1637). The winner will be announced at the annual banquet in April.

Benefit rigatoni dinner planned in Beloit

BELOIT – A benefit rigatoni dinner for Christine McCartney will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Beloit Fire Department.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for under 4. There will also be a Chinese auction with the drawing at 6:45 p.m., the winner need not be present.

McCartney is a 1987 graduate of Salem High School and the single mother of Kaylee and Tessa Wilson.

Last year she was diagnosed with a rare form of gastroparesis. McCartney recently found out that treatments called hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help combat the progression of the disease. Insurance will not cover this treatment, and it can be costly. Proceeds from the fund raiser will be used for the treatment. To read more about her story and the treatments go to http:/SarasGarden.org/Chrissy Wilson.

Benefit for Gary Bryan is Feb. 22

SALEM – A benefit for Gary Bryan will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Club, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Bryan passed away Dec. 30 following a lengthy battle with diabetes. He had no life insurance. Proceeds from the benefit will be used by the family to help pay his final expenses.

The menu offers penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and beverages. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Carryouts are available. There also will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, and a bake sale.

Donations are welcome for the bake sale and Chinese auction. For more information or to donate call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169 or Steve Bryan at 330-429-7040.

First United Methodist hosting Banquet

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 the First United Methodist Church of Salem. The menu offers soup, ham and scalloped potatoes, baked corn, salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, and assorted cakes.

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

Library offering notary public service

LEETONIA- Notary public service is available at the Leetonia Community Public Library. Call the library at 330-427-6635 for availability as only one person on staff can notarize documents.

Guilford Lake Ruritans to host fish fry

GUILFORD LAKE – An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Guilford Lake Ruritan Hall on state Route 172 at Hanna Drive.

Tickets remain for ‘A Night on Broadway’

SALEM – A limited number of tickets are still available for the fourth annual Hearts and Stars Ball, “A Night on Broadway,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Charitable Foundation, the event will feature dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson.

A highlight of the event will be the recognition of Rita Joseph O’Leary as the “2014 Shining Star” honoree. A native of Salem, O’Leary is a dedicated community volunteer.

She has served as co-chair of the International Festival, on the Community Relations Board at FCI Elkton, on the St. Paul School Foundation board and as a past board member of the Salem YWCA. She is a member and past president of the SRMC Auxiliary and currently serves as a member of SRMC’s Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and available in advance by calling LuAnn Haddad, SRMC’s vice president for institutional advancement at 330-337-2883. All proceeds from the event benefit SRMC’s Charitable Foundation.

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SAVNA offering blood pressure readings

EAST PALESTINE – The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association (SAVNA) is offering free blood pressure readings from 1 to 3 p.m. today at East Palestine Public Library.

Hair and nail-a-thon is today MCCTC

CANFIELD – Juniors in the cosmetology program at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will host a special fund raiser, a hair and nail-a-thon, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at The Salon at MCCTC.

Salon services available include haircuts, blow drying, styling, waxing and manicures for $8 each. The cost for shellac manicures is $15.

For more information or to make an appointment call cosmetology instructor Lisa Argiro at 330-729-4000 Ext. 1310.

First United Methodist hosting Banquet

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 the First United Methodist Church of Salem. The menu offers soup, ham and scalloped potatoes, baked corn, salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, and assorted cakes.

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

‘Twice Loved’ book sale scheduled

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks will hold its annual “Twice Loved” book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15-23 at the D. D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Maxcine Antonucci Horticulture Library.

Also open is the Seed Library, new to the horticulture library this year. Through this program, aspiring gardeners can “check out” free donated seed for planting in their garden. In the fall after the harvest, gardeners can “return” newly collected seed to restock the Seed Library for next year.

For more information call 330-740-7116.

American Legion will interview candidates

SALEM – American Legion Post #56 is announcing that interviews for Buckeye Boys and Girls State at Salem High School begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 in the Salem High School library.

The interviews are open to any junior in the high school. The Buckeye Boys State is 8 June8-15 at Bowling Green State University.

Buckeye Girls State is June 15-21 at the University of Mount Union. Alliance. Information regarding the programs is available in the principal’s office at the high school.

Benefit for Gary Bryan is Feb. 22

SALEM – A benefit for Gary Bryan will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Club, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Bryan passed away Dec. 30 following a lengthy battle with diabetes. He had no life insurance. Proceeds from the benefit will be used by the family to help pay his final expenses.

The menu offers penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and beverages. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Carryouts are available. There also will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, and a bake sale.

Donations are welcome for the bake sale and Chinese auction. For more information or to donate call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169 or Steve Bryan at 330-429-7040.

Sinus screening assessment offered

BOARDMAN – Otolaryngologist Wayland Wong, M.D. will present an educational program on April 1 at the Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave. At 6:30 p.m., participants can view displays and complete a paper sinus screening assessment.

Dr. Wong’s presentation, “New Trends in Sinus Treatment,” follows at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to register for door prizes that may be helpful in providing sinus symptom relief.

To register for this free program contact Salem Regional Medical Center’s Marketing department at 330-332-7511.

Dr. Wong is affiliated with Salem Regional Medical Center’s Medical Staff, and his office, Salem Ear, Nose and Throat, is located at 2020 E. State St., Suite G in Salem (330-337-4900).

Library offering notary public service

LEETONIA- Notary public service is available at the Leetonia Community Public Library. Call the library at 330-427-6635 for availability as only one person on staff can notarize documents.

Spaghetti fund raiser dinner is Saturday

SALEM – The public is invited to a spaghetti dinner fund raiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. The dinner is sponsored by Faith Court #43.

Tickets remain for ‘A Night on Broadway’

SALEM – A limited number of tickets are still available for the fourth annual Hearts and Stars Ball, “A Night on Broadway,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Charitable Foundation, the event will feature dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson.

A highlight of the event will be the recognition of Rita Joseph O’Leary as the “2014 Shining Star” honoree. A native of Salem, O’Leary is a dedicated community volunteer.

She has served as co-chair of the International Festival, on the Community Relations Board at FCI Elkton, on the St. Paul School Foundation board and as a past board member of the Salem YWCA. She is a member and past president of the SRMC Auxiliary and currently serves as a member of SRMC’s Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person and available in advance by calling LuAnn Haddad, SRMC’s vice president for institutional advancement at 330-337-2883. All proceeds from the event benefit SRMC’s Charitable Foundation.

Fund raiser planned at Alliance Hospital

ALLIANCE – The Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Gifts and Books Are Fun fund raiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb.14 in room 1-A of the hospital.

Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary in providing three scholarships annually, in purchasing special needed items for various areas of the hospital, and in paying the salary of the shuttle vehicle driver.

Guilford Lake Ruritans to host fish fry

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

Benefit rigatoni dinner planned in Beloit

BELOIT – A benefit rigatoni dinner for Christine McCartney will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Beloit Fire Department.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for under 4. There will also be a Chinese auction with the drawing at 6:45 p.m., the winner need not be present.

McCartney is a 1987 graduate of Salem High School and the single mother of Kaylee and Tessa Wilson.

Last year she was diagnosed with a rare form of gastroparesis. McCartney recently found out that treatments called hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help combat the progression of the disease. Insurance will not cover this treatment, and it can be costly.

Proceeds from the fund raiser will be used for the treatment. To read more about her story and the treatments go to http:/SarasGarden.org/Chrissy Wilson

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Spaghetti fund raiser dinner is Saturday

SALEM – The public is invited to a spaghetti dinner fund raiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Building, 788 E. State St. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. The dinner is sponsored by Faith Court #43.

EPSH Sweetheart fund raising continues

EAST PALESTINE – The annual East Palestine High School Sweetheart fund raising runs Thursday through Feb. 22. Students will be selling items throughout the community after school and on weekends to raise money for their particular class. The grade that raises the most money will be the Sweetheart Champs and will have a king and queen crowned at the sweetheart dance on March 1. Money raised by each grade is used to fund the junior prom, a senior boat trip and many more activities for their senior year.

OVHHS hosting certification class

EAST LIVERPOOL – Ohio Valley Home Health Services (OVHHS) Inc. will host an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification class from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Community Education Center at OVHHS, 15679 state Route 170.

The CPR portion of the class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and first aid from 8 to 10 p.m. and may be taken together for the full four hours or separately. The fee for the class is $40 for both CPR and first aid or $20 for a single course.

To register for the course contact Megan Koniski, director of community education, at 330-385-2333 or “mailto:info@ovhhs.com”>info@ovhhs.com.

Tickets remain for ‘A Night on Broadway’

SALEM – A limited number of tickets are still available for the fourth annual Hearts and Stars Ball, “A Night on Broadway,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Charitable Foundation, the event will feature dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson.

A highlight of the event will be the recognition of Rita Joseph O’Leary as the “2014 Shining Star” honoree. A native of Salem, O’Leary is a dedicated community volunteer. She has served as co-chair of the International Festival, on the Community Relations Board at FCI Elkton, on the St. Paul School Foundation board and as a past board member of the Salem YWCA. She is a member and past president of the SRMC Auxiliary and currently serves as a member of SRMC’s Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person and available in advance by calling LuAnn Haddad, SRMC’s vice president for institutional advancement at 330-337-2883. All proceeds from the event benefit SRMC’s Charitable Foundation.

New children’s book now available

SALINEVILLE – Connie Randolph’s new children’s book, “Casper Joe and the Eagle Feather,” has been released. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Scholarship dinner dance scheduled

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Pre-Hospital Care Association’s third annual scholarship dinner dance will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 8 at the Links at Firestone. Carved sirloin, roasted chicken, red-skinned potatoes, cavatelli, broccoli and cheese, salad and dessert will be served. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door; $50 per couple in advance, $60 at the door; table of four couples, in advance, $200. The deadline for early discount pricing is Feb. 21.

For more information or tickets call Amy Ziccardi at 330-921-9650 or Kelli Harding at 330-692-1427.

Financial cooperative offering scholarships

ALLIANCE – Farm Credit Mid-America, a $20 billion financial services cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, is committed to the future of agriculture. In 2014 alone, Farm Credit will invest almost $150,000 in scholarship funds.

“The farming population is aging,” said Bill Zuga regional vice president, of the North Eastern Ohio Farm Credit. “Fifty percent of farmers are less than 10 years away from retirement. Providing the financial means for youth interested in furthering their agricultural knowledge is a solid way to protect the future of farming. As agriculture continues to grow and evolve we will do our part to help students continue to grow with the industry.”

“Often, a Farm Credit Mid-America scholarship is not just a scholarship,” said Sarah Ayer, a past Farm Credit scholarship recipient and current employee. “For me, it has led to a career I love. The extra money to put toward my education was fantastic, I also quickly learned of the Farm Credit Internship Program. My time as an intern provided me with exposure to farming operations that were much different than what I was familiar with, as well as the day to day operations of Farm Credit.

The Farm Credit scholarship partnered with my internship cultivated my interest in diverse farming operations. I’m so excited to start a career with a company who gives back to the community I live in, in so many ways.”

In addition to the Farm Credit scholarship, the cooperative also provides scholarships to 4-H, FFA and universities across the association’s four-state territory.

Farm Credit is now taking applications for the Farm Credit scholarship. This scholarship is available to Farm Credit Mid-America customers, children of customers, grandchildren of customers and spouses of customers. More information about the Farm Credit scholarship and other scholarships sponsored by Farm Credit can be found at e-farmcredit.com.

Applications for the Farm Credit Scholarship can be submitted by clicking on “Community” then “Scholarships” then “Farm Credit Scholarship Program.” You can also contact your local Farm Credit Mid-America office to obtain an application at 800-327-2551. Applications must be received by Feb. 28.

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United Alumni Association to meet

HANOVERTON – A reorganizational meeting of the United Alumni Association begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school library. All alumni are invited to attend.

Open House set at Alliance Care Center

ALLIANCE – Alliance Community Hospital’s Community Care Center at 200 E. State St. will host an open house and tours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments and giveaways will be offered.

Fund raiser planned at Alliance Hospital

ALLIANCE – The Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Gifts and Books Are Fun fund raiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb.14 in room 1-A of the hospital. Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary in providing three scholarships annually, in purchasing special needed items for various areas of the hospital, and in paying the salary of the shuttle vehicle driver.

Valentine’s dance set at Columbiana Legion

COLUMBIANA – The public is invited to a Valentine’s dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 290 in Columbiana.

Other upcoming events include breakfast by donation from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the post and a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets for the dinner are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. For more information call 330-482-9657.

Guilford Lake Ruritans to host fish fry

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

Benefit rigatoni dinner planned in Beloit

BELOIT – A benefit rigatoni dinner for Christine McCartney will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Beloit Fire Department.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for under 4. There will also be a Chinese auction with the drawing at 6:45 p.m., the winner need not be present.

McCartney is a 1987 graduate of Salem High School and the single mother of Kaylee and Tessa Wilson. Last year she was diagnosed with a rare form of gastroparesis. McCartney recently found out that treatments called hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help combat the progression of the disease. Insurance will not cover this treatment, and it can be costly. Proceeds from the fund raiser will be used for the treatment. To read more about her story and the treatments go to http:/SarasGarden.org/Chrissy Wilson.

Junior/Senior to Sophomore meeting set

LEETONIA – An informational meeting for parents, and students in the 10th grade, interested in participating in the Junior/Senior to Sophomore program during the 2014-15 school year will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library at Leetonia High School.

The Junior/Senior to Sophomore program, which began with the 2008-09 school year, awards high school credits and college credits to students in college courses. The students must be accepted by the college or university. Leetonia High School currently has students enrolled in this program at Kent State University, Salem campus. Students and parents interested in this program should attend for the following year. Parents and students must notify the counselor at 330-427-2115 Ext. 2466 by March 1 if they intend to participate in the program for the following school year.

Chicken drive-by planned in Leetonia

LEETONIA – The Leetonia United Methodist Church at 50 Lisbon St. will hold its monthly “chicken drive-by” from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 20, or until sold out. The meal consists of a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7. Proceeds will be used for the new roof for the church.

Canfield Band Parents offer pasta dinner

CANFIELD – The annual pasta dinner and Chinese auction sponsored by Canfield Band Parents will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Canfield High School cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Dinners will be available for carryout. Dozens of items will be up for bid in the auction. Students in the Canfield Band programs at both the high school and middle school will perform throughout the day. Proceeds from the event support band programs.

Crime writer to speak in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA – Author Allan R. May will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Columbiana Public Library. May got his start with Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob writers, at Capeci’s “Gangland News” website. He was the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website CrimeLibrary.com in the early 2000s, and was one of the main contributors to both AmericanMafia.com. and CrimeMagazine.com. He has taught several courses on organized crime at Cuyahoga Community College and lectures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. Registration is required at the library or 330-482-5509.

Lifeguard training course offered

SALEM – The Salem Community Center is offering a lifeguard training course from March 3-14. Classes will run weeknights from 5 to 8. Cost is $220 for members and $260 for non-members. Upon completion participants will receive lifeguard training, first aid, professional rescuer CPR and AED essentials certifications. To register call 330-332-5885.

Seminar on stroke prevention offered

DAMASCUS – Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but according to the American Stroke Association, 37 percent of all Americans cannot accurately identify one warning sign for this condition. To help provide some insight, Dr. Jeffrey R. Cohen from Firestone Healthcare Inc. will present a free educational seminar on ways to detect and prevent stroke. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 17 in the Canyon View Room at the Damascus Friends Church, 28857 Walnut St. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Dr. Cohen will address common warning signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with stroke. He will also educate members of the community on preventative measures to take in order to prevent a stroke.

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 at 330-787-1715.

Concealed carry class set Sunday

SALEM – The Salem Hunting Club is hosting a concealed carry class on Sunday. For information and pre-registration call 330-332-9847. Upon successful completion of the class, participants receive certification to begin the application process for concealed carry in Ohio and other states.

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Phantoms Skate/Meet and Greet set

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks will hold a Youngstown Phantoms Skate/Meet and Greet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Lily Pond. Hockey lovers of all ages can come out and meet the Phantoms and try out their skills on the ice.

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

Breakfast planned Feb. 16 at Salem VFW

SALEM – The Salem Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892 Men’s Auxiliary is hosting a public breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at VFW Post 892, 496 Arch St. Haystacks, or a traditional breakfast of eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage patties, toast and beverages, will be served. Cost is $5 per meal.

Beaver Township Ruritans to meet

CANFIELD The Beaver Township Ruritan Club plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Paradise United Church of Christ, 10020 New Buffalo Road. A social time begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost for members, spouses and guests is $10 per person.

A program titled “Surgeries of the knee and hip,” presented by Dr. James Jamesson, an orthopedic specialist, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Reservations are requested by calling Joyce Swope at 330-549-2574 or Don Swope at 330-788-5655.

Spaghetti dinner planned at Salem Masons

SALEM – The public is invited to a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Masonic Building, 788 E. State St. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Masonic Building. 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.

Community agriculture program set

SALEM – Lee Lichtenwalner will present a community-supported agriculture program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. Lichtenwalner will discuss the many benefits to health and wellness eating locally grown foods. Register online at salem.lib.oh.us. There is no cost to attend. For more information or assistance with registration call 330-332-0042.

Water Exercise Together class offered

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center’s Water Exercise Together (WET) class allows residents of all ages to enjoy the benefits of exercise, without excess strain on the joints and muscles. Get a total body workout with resistance, using a simple pool noodle, during WET’s brand new “Shape up for Spring” program Feb. 17 through April 3 at the Salem Community Center. Classes meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Participants can attend any two sessions per week for $55. Pre-registration for the class is required by calling 330-332-7771.

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SRMC hosting ‘$5 Jewelry Fair’

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a “$5 Jewelry Fair” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the private dining room located adjacent to the cafeteria on the ground floor.

A wide variety of jewelry and accessories, including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, are all priced at $5.

Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary which raises funds to support patient services and programs at SRMC. For more information call 330-332-7126.

ODOT closing exit ramp

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the exit ramp from I-80 westbound to U.S. Route 62 in Hubbard Township will remain closed through 5 p.m. Feb. 14 for emergency bridge repairs.

Ensuring the safety the motoring public, ODOT is working with the contractor to make a permanent repair to the bridge. The detour will continue to be I-80 westbound to state Route 193 to I-80 eastbound.

“We appreciate the motoring public’s patience with the detour and always place safety of the of the highway system as our number one priority,” said Tony Urankar, ODOT District 4 deputy director.

Saxon Club hosting breakfast

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club at 1980 Newgarden Road (state Route 9) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Cost for adults and children is $6, and free for under 5 years. The menu includes bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, fried potatoes, sausage, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes, tropical fruit, various baked goods, juice, coffee and tea.

Due to the club’s fish fries that begin on Friday, March 7, there will be no breakfast buffets the months of March and April. The next breakfast buffet will be held on Saturday, May 17.

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SRMC hosting ‘$5 Jewelry Fair’

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a “$5 Jewelry Fair” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the private dining room located adjacent to the cafeteria on the ground floor.

A wide variety of jewelry and accessories, including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, are all priced at $5.

Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary which raises funds to support patient services and programs at SRMC. For more information call 330-332-7126.

ODOT closing exit ramp

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP – The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the exit ramp from I-80 westbound to U.S. Route 62 in Hubbard Township will remain closed through 5 p.m. Feb. 14 for emergency bridge repairs.

Ensuring the safety the motoring public, ODOT is working with the contractor to make a permanent repair to the bridge. The detour will continue to be I-80 westbound to state Route 193 to I-80 eastbound.

“We appreciate the motoring public’s patience with the detour and always place safety of the of the highway system as our number one priority,” said Tony Urankar, ODOT District 4 deputy director.

Saxon Club hosting breakfast

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club at 1980 Newgarden Road (state Route 9) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Cost for adults and children is $6, and free for under 5 years. The menu includes bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, fried potatoes, sausage, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, pancakes, tropical fruit, various baked goods, juice, coffee and tea.

Due to the club’s fish fries that begin on Friday, March 7, there will be no breakfast buffets the months of March and April. The next breakfast buffet will be held on Saturday, May 17.

Library financial report available

LEETONIA- The financial report for the Leetonia Community Public Library for the year 2013 is available at the library during regular hours.

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Chicken on the run offered today

SALEM – Chicken on the run drive-thru chicken dinners, will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 244 S. Broadway Ave. The meal includes a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7.

Goshen High Class of 1958 lunch canceled

SALEM – The Goshen High School Class of 1958 lunch on Feb. 10 has been canceled.

Library hosting Victorian Valentine Tea

LEETONIA- Friends of the Leetonia Community Public Library invite you to a Victorian Valentine’s Tea at 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Janet Moy will present a musical program on Victorian songs from the 1850s to 1910 with interesting tidbits of history on the music and composers.

There will be prizes for those dressed up in Victorian attire. There is no charge for the event. To register call 330-427-6635.

Skating resumes at Mill Creek MetroParks

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks re-opened the Lily Pond to ice skaters at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Skating will continue as long as conditions safely allow.

Supervised ice skating at Lily Pond will continue from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 and 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 23, weather permitting. For more information call 330-702-3000 or millcreekmetroparks.org.

WR Amateur Radio Club will meet

CANFIELD – The Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club (wrarc.net) will host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker is Matt Welch, the American Radio Relay League’s section emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services. He will conduct “Ham Jeopardy,” an audience participation game. The WRARC provides interested individuals ongoing amateur radio licensing classes and examinations. In addition, members also provide voluntary communication services at various community events throughout the year.

All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend along with anyone interested in learning more about the hobby. For more information contact Roy Haren, president, at 330-717-3695, or harens@juno.com.

Sebring American Legion hosting steak fry

SEBRING – The Sebring American Legion on California Avenue will host a steak fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Grilled porterhouse, strip or ribeye steaks are the choices which include a baked potato, all-you-can-eat salad bar, bread and coffee. Carryouts are available and the public is welcome.

Pancake plus breakfast planned Saturday

NEW WATERFORD The public is invited to the “pancake plus breakfast” to be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 330-457-7436.

KSU hosting financial aid application event

EAST LIVERPOOL – The financial aid application process will be explained from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 318 of the main building at Kent State University. For more information contact Chris Winland at 330-382-7557.

Johnny Wright benefit scheduled Feb. 22

SALEM – The Johnny Wright benefit will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22 at Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There also will be a Chinese auction and bake sale. Entertainment is planned from 9 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Ruckus.

Lepper Library sponsoring free tax prep

LISBON – The Lepper Public Library will sponsor free income tax return preparation for senior citizens age 65 and over.

Returns will be prepared by the library’s fiscal officer, Carol Tsilimos, who is also a registered tax preparer. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 13. Those interested must reserve a time in advance by calling the library at 330-424-3117.

S. Range kindergarten registration planned

CANFIELD – Kindergarten registration for students in the South Range Local School District will be taken March 3-7.

Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2014, may register over the phone and make an appointment for screening by calling the elementary school office at 330-549-5578 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the designated week. Students to be registered must be residents of the South Range School district.

Library hosting Game Day Program

COLUMBIANA -The Columbiana Public Library is having a Game Day Program for students in grades five to 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

No registration is necessary. It’s not too late to join the Chips and Chatter Book Club for teens in grades six to eight. The next meeting runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Oasis Ministry food distribution planned

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry will hold a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

Parent conferences set in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Leetonia Exempted Village Schools will hold parent/teacher conferences on Feb. 13. Middle and high school appointments from 3 to 9 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2300.

Elementary school appointments from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2100.

McVicker scholarship breakfast planned

SEBRING – The LCpl Daniel McVicker scholarship breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 2 at the American Legion, 395 W. California Ave.

The all-you-can-eat meal includes eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, french toast, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.

Lily Pond closed to ice skaters

YOUNGSTOWN – Due to the warmer temperatures over the past 24 hours, Mill Creek MetroParks officials have decided to close the Lily Pond to skaters until further notice. The safety of visitors is of the utmost importance.

Officials are hoping that below freezing temperatures over the next week will permit them to open the Lily Pond to skaters next weekend.

Mill Creek MetroParks officials would also like to remind visitors that due to the fluctuating temperatures, trails throughout the MetroParks might be slippery. Visitors and hikers should use caution when on these trails.

Clothing sale scheduled at Eagles

SALEM – The public is invited to a clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Auxiliary 316, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave. Cost is $1 each or $2.50 per bag.

Bingo canceled at East Liverpool Lodge

EAST LIVERPOOL – East Liverpool Moose Lodge will not have bingo on Friday due to the winter convention. Bingo will resume on Feb. 14.

Storybook Museum program is Saturday

SALEM – The Salem Storybook Museum will host a celebration titled, “Love and Friendship,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Students from 6 to 12 are invited to ‘bring a friend’ and come to Kent State University City Center.

Although the event is free, reservations are required by calling 330-332-4723. Janis Yereb, museum curator, will be in charge of the creative project that the children will do. “Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? And one of the great loves in our lifetime is the love for our friends,” she said.

Elizabeth Thatcher, museum director, will read one story to the visitors. Refreshments will be served.

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Chicken on the run offered today

SALEM – Chicken on the run drive-thru chicken dinners, will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 244 S. Broadway Ave. The meal includes a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7.

Goshen High Class of 1958 lunch canceled

SALEM – The Goshen High School Class of 1958 lunch on Feb. 10 has been canceled.

Library hosting Victorian Valentine Tea

LEETONIA- Friends of the Leetonia Community Public Library invite you to a Victorian Valentine’s Tea at 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Janet Moy will present a musical program on Victorian songs from the 1850s to 1910 with interesting tidbits of history on the music and composers.

There will be prizes for those dressed up in Victorian attire. There is no charge for the event. To register call 330-427-6635.

Skating resumes at Mill Creek MetroParks

YOUNGSTOWN – Mill Creek MetroParks re-opened the Lily Pond to ice skaters at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Skating will continue as long as conditions safely allow.

Supervised ice skating at Lily Pond will continue from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 and 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 23, weather permitting. For more information call 330-702-3000 or millcreekmetroparks.org.

WR Amateur Radio Club will meet

CANFIELD – The Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club (wrarc.net) will host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Davidson’s Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker is Matt Welch, the American Radio Relay League’s section emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services. He will conduct “Ham Jeopardy,” an audience participation game. The WRARC provides interested individuals ongoing amateur radio licensing classes and examinations. In addition, members also provide voluntary communication services at various community events throughout the year.

All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend along with anyone interested in learning more about the hobby. For more information contact Roy Haren, president, at 330-717-3695, or harens@juno.com.

Sebring American Legion hosting steak fry

SEBRING – The Sebring American Legion on California Avenue will host a steak fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Grilled porterhouse, strip or ribeye steaks are the choices which include a baked potato, all-you-can-eat salad bar, bread and coffee. Carryouts are available and the public is welcome.

Pancake plus breakfast planned Saturday

NEW WATERFORD The public is invited to the “pancake plus breakfast” to be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 330-457-7436.

KSU hosting financial aid application event

EAST LIVERPOOL – The financial aid application process will be explained from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 318 of the main building at Kent State University. For more information contact Chris Winland at 330-382-7557.

Johnny Wright benefit scheduled Feb. 22

SALEM – The Johnny Wright benefit will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22 at Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There also will be a Chinese auction and bake sale. Entertainment is planned from 9 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Ruckus.

Lepper Library sponsoring free tax prep

LISBON – The Lepper Public Library will sponsor free income tax return preparation for senior citizens age 65 and over.

Returns will be prepared by the library’s fiscal officer, Carol Tsilimos, who is also a registered tax preparer. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 13. Those interested must reserve a time in advance by calling the library at 330-424-3117.

S. Range kindergarten registration planned

CANFIELD – Kindergarten registration for students in the South Range Local School District will be taken March 3-7.

Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2014, may register over the phone and make an appointment for screening by calling the elementary school office at 330-549-5578 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the designated week. Students to be registered must be residents of the South Range School district.

Library hosting Game Day Program

COLUMBIANA -The Columbiana Public Library is having a Game Day Program for students in grades five to 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

No registration is necessary. It’s not too late to join the Chips and Chatter Book Club for teens in grades six to eight. The next meeting runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Oasis Ministry food distribution planned

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry will hold a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

Parent conferences set in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Leetonia Exempted Village Schools will hold parent/teacher conferences on Feb. 13. Middle and high school appointments from 3 to 9 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2300.

Elementary school appointments from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2100.

McVicker scholarship breakfast planned

SEBRING – The LCpl Daniel McVicker scholarship breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 2 at the American Legion, 395 W. California Ave.

The all-you-can-eat meal includes eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, french toast, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.

Lily Pond closed to ice skaters

YOUNGSTOWN – Due to the warmer temperatures over the past 24 hours, Mill Creek MetroParks officials have decided to close the Lily Pond to skaters until further notice. The safety of visitors is of the utmost importance.

Officials are hoping that below freezing temperatures over the next week will permit them to open the Lily Pond to skaters next weekend.

Mill Creek MetroParks officials would also like to remind visitors that due to the fluctuating temperatures, trails throughout the MetroParks might be slippery. Visitors and hikers should use caution when on these trails.

Clothing sale scheduled at Eagles

SALEM – The public is invited to a clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Auxiliary 316, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave. Cost is $1 each or $2.50 per bag.

Bingo canceled at East Liverpool Lodge

EAST LIVERPOOL – East Liverpool Moose Lodge will not have bingo on Friday due to the winter convention. Bingo will resume on Feb. 14.

Storybook Museum program is Saturday

SALEM – The Salem Storybook Museum will host a celebration titled, “Love and Friendship,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Students from 6 to 12 are invited to ‘bring a friend’ and come to Kent State University City Center.

Although the event is free, reservations are required by calling 330-332-4723. Janis Yereb, museum curator, will be in charge of the creative project that the children will do. “Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? And one of the great loves in our lifetime is the love for our friends,” she said.

Elizabeth Thatcher, museum director, will read one story to the visitors. Refreshments will be served.

ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Sebring American Legion hosting steak fry

SEBRING – The Sebring American Legion on California Avenue will host a steak fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Grilled porterhouse, strip or ribeye steaks are the choices which include a baked potato, all-you-can-eat salad bar, bread and coffee. Carryouts are available and the public is welcome.

Pancake plus breakfast planned Saturday

NEW WATERFORD The public is invited to the “pancake plus breakfast” to be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 S. State St. Donations will be accepted. For more information call 330-457-7436.

Mental health support groups will meet

LISBON – The National Alliance on Mental Health Columbiana County support group meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 24 in the multi-purpose room at the counseling center on Route 154.

The NAMI Connection, a recovery support group, meets from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday at the counseling center wing B.

Elkrun Township trustees will meet

ELKTON – Elkrun Township trustees plan to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 20 at the township administration/garage on state Route 154.

Elkrun Tourism Bureau will meet Feb. 17

ELKTON – The Elkrun Township Tourism Bureau will meet at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Elkrun Township administration/garage building.

KSU hosting financial aid application event

EAST LIVERPOOL – The financial aid application process will be explained from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 318 of the main building at Kent State University. For more information contact Chris Winland at 330-382-7557.

Johnny Wright benefit scheduled Feb. 22

SALEM – The Johnny Wright benefit will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22 at Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There also will be a Chinese auction and bake sale. Entertainment is planned from 9 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Ruckus.

Lepper Library sponsoring free tax prep

LISBON – The Lepper Public Library will sponsor free income tax return preparation for senior citizens age 65 and over.

Returns will be prepared by the library’s fiscal officer, Carol Tsilimos, who is also a registered tax preparer. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 13. Those interested must reserve a time in advance by calling the library at 330-424-3117.

Bipolar support group meets weekly

EAST LIVERPOOL – Under new leadership of Eunice Burkey and Jeff Pitzer, the Depression Bipolar Support Association support group meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Carnegie Public Library in East Liverpool. Meetings will continue each week at the same time and place, under a new banner open to all diagnosis. For more information call 330-424-5772.

Scholarship Foundation sponsoring dinner

SALINEVILLE – The Salineville-Southern Alumni Scholarship Foundation (SSACSF) will sponsor a ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Southern Local elementary cafeteria.

The meal includes ham, baked potato or macaroni and cheese, green beans, applesauce, roll, beverage and a dessert. Cost is $7 for ages 12 and up, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children under 3.

Carryout dinners are available for $7. Proceeds will be used for scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors at the alumni banquet on May 24 at the school.

The SSACSF was established in 1987 as a charitable group to recognize and reward graduating seniors for their academic excellence.

To date, it has awarded 268 scholarships totaling $222,350. This money was obtained by fund raisers and donations. All donations are tax deductible.

BL Hall of Fame accepting nominations

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

S. Range kindergarten registration planned

CANFIELD – Kindergarten registration for students in the South Range Local School District will be taken March 3-7.

Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2014, may register over the phone and make an appointment for screening by calling the elementary school office at 330-549-5578 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the designated week. Students to be registered must be residents of the South Range School district.

Children’s book by local author available

NEGLEY – In her new children’s book, “Maggie and Drew Make a Mess,” author Kay Craig Berresford of Negley tells the story of two cousins having their own little adventure at home.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Berresford has three children, four grandchildren, and four pampered dogs and lives on a few acres of land off her parents’ farm. She enjoys writing stories about her grandchildren.

Allegheny Wesleyan College hosting revival

SALEM – Allegheny Wesleyan College will be in revival with the Rev. Jonathan Bell of Greenville, Pa., through Feb. 9. Groups from the college will provide special music. Services will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited.

Library hosting Game Day Program

COLUMBIANA -The Columbiana Public Library is having a Game Day Program for students in grades five to 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

No registration is necessary. It’s not too late to join the Chips and Chatter Book Club for teens in grades six to eight. The next meeting runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Oasis Ministry food distribution planned

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry will hold a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

Parent conferences set in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Leetonia Exempted Village Schools will hold parent/teacher conferences on Feb. 13. Middle and high school appointments from 3 to 9 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2300.

Elementary school appointments from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2100.

McVicker scholarship breakfast planned

SEBRING – The LCpl Daniel McVicker scholarship breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 2 at the American Legion, 395 W. California Ave.

The all-you-can-eat meal includes eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, french toast, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.

Lily Pond closed to ice skaters

YOUNGSTOWN – Due to the warmer temperatures over the past 24 hours, Mill Creek MetroParks officials have decided to close the Lily Pond to skaters until further notice. The safety of visitors is of the utmost importance.

Officials are hoping that below freezing temperatures over the next week will permit them to open the Lily Pond to skaters next weekend.

Mill Creek MetroParks officials would also like to remind visitors that due to the fluctuating temperatures, trails throughout the MetroParks might be slippery. Visitors and hikers should use caution when on these trails.

Soup sale planned at Calla church

CANFIELD – The Calla Community Church Women’s Missionary Society is sponsoring a soup sale to benefit its local mission projects.

Creamy potato with ham and chicken with homemade noodles will be available from 4 p.m. until sold out on Friday at the church, 6482 W. Calla Road. Cost is $6 per quart. Fresh baked bread is $2 per loaf. To pre-order call 330-507-2255 or 330-501-1597.

Clothing sale scheduled at Eagles

SALEM – The public is invited to a clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Auxiliary 316, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave. Cost is $1 each or $2.50 per bag.

Bingo canceled at East Liverpool Lodge

EAST LIVERPOOL – East Liverpool Moose Lodge will not have bingo on Friday due to the winter convention. Bingo will resume on Feb. 14.

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Benefit for Nign family planned

EAST LIVERPOOL – A benefit pasta luncheon for the Nign family will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Ohio Valley College of Technology, 15258 state Route 170. Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds will be given to the surviving members of the Nign family. For more information call Angel Brock-Murphy at 330-385-1070.

Game Day Program set in Columbiana

COLUMBIANA -The Columbiana Public Library is having a Game Day Program for students in grades five to 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. No registration is necessary. It’s not too late to join the Chips and Chatter Book Club for teens in grades six to eight. The next meeting runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Columbiana food distribution planned

COLUMBIANA – The Oasis Food Ministry will hold a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 at the First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St.

Parent conferences set in Leetonia

LEETONIA – Leetonia Exempted Village Schools will hold parent/teacher conferences on Feb. 13. Middle and high school appointments from 3 to 9 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2300. Elementary school appointments from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. may be made by calling 330-427-6594 Ext. 2100.

Johnny Wright benefit planned Feb. 22

SALEM – The Johnny Wright benefit will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave. A spaghetti dinner will be served. Cost is $7 adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There also will be a Chinese auction and bake sale. Entertainment is planned from 9 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Ruckus.

McVicker scholarship breakfast set

SEBRING – The LCpl Daniel McVicker scholarship breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 2 at the American Legion, 395 W. California Ave.

The all-you-can-eat meal includes eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, french toast, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.

Lily Pond closed to ice skaters

YOUNGSTOWN – Due to the warmer temperatures over the past 24 hours, Mill Creek MetroParks officials have decided to close the Lily Pond to skaters until further notice. The safety of visitors is of the utmost importance. Officials are hoping that below freezing temperatures over the next week will permit them to open the Lily Pond to skaters next weekend. Mill Creek MetroParks officials would also like to remind visitors that due to the fluctuating temperatures, trails throughout the MetroParks might be slippery. Visitors and hikers should use caution when on these trails.

Soup sale planned at Calla church

CANFIELD – The Calla Community Church Women’s Missionary Society is sponsoring a soup sale to benefit its local mission projects. Creamy potato with ham and chicken with homemade noodles will be available from 4 p.m. until sold out on Friday at the church, 6482 W. Calla Road. Cost is $6 per quart. Fresh baked bread is $2 per loaf. To pre-order call 330-507-2255 or 330-501-1597.

Clothing sale scheduled at Eagles

SALEM – The public is invited to a clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the back room at the Salem Eagles Auxiliary 316, 1884 N. Ellsworth Ave. Cost is $1 each or $2.50 per bag.

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Salem Historical Society

to launch new program

SALEM – “History in the Round,” the Salem Historical Society’s new community program, will meet the first Wednesday of each month to share information about a local topic of interest. The first session begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 in the meeting room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library, 239 S. Lundy Ave. and centers on two popular candy stores: Scott’s and Hendrick’s. Those with special memories or information about the stores are encouraged to attend. Society President David Shivers will serve as host. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information call 330-337-8514.

Story times scheduled at

Lepper Library through March

LISBON – Lepper Public Library will hold storytimes in February and March. Toddler storytimes begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays for ages 18 months to 3 years. Preschool storytimes follow at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5. A Valentine’s Day party starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 6.

Storybook Museum event

for children planned Feb. 8

SALEM – The Salem Storybook Museum will host a celebration titled, “Love and Friendship,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Students from 6 to 12 are invited to ‘bring a friend’ and come to Kent State University City Center.

Although the event is free, reservations are required by calling 330-332-4723. Janis Yereb, museum curator, will be in charge of the creative project that the children will do. “Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? And one of the great loves in our lifetime is the love for our friends,” she said.

Elizabeth Thatcher, museum director, will read one story to the visitors. Refreshments will be served.

Alliance Hospital, Heart Assoc. to host women’s event

ALLIANCE – In honor of American Heart Month, Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are collaborating to help Alliance go red for women’s heart health.

“Alliance Goes Red: An Evening for Women” is designed to empower the community, especially women, with the knowledge and tools they need to make positive lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk of heart disease. This free event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Alliance High School. Reservations are requested by calling 330-596-7575 no later than Feb. 18.

“We recognize that cardiovascular disease is a tremendous issue in our community,” said Dr. Debra Lehrer, who has been instrumental in planning this event. “ACH, along with the AHA, is proud to have three local physicians volunteer to participate in an evening of education to promote women’s heart health.”

The panel of physicians include Amber Somerville, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; John Prodafikas, M.D., cardiology; and Ashraf Ahmed, M.D., internal medicine. Light refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

Community members can also help raise awareness on Feb. 7 by participating in National Wear Red for Women Day in recognition of family, friends and neighbors who have suffered from heart disease. For more information visit achosp.org or the hospital’s Facebook page.

Crime writer to speak

at Columbiana Library

COLUMBIANA – Local author Allan R. May will speak from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Columbiana Public Library. May got his start with Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob writers, at Capeci’s “Gangland News” website. He was the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website CrimeLibrary.com in the early 2000s, and was one of the main contributors to both AmericanMafia.com. and CrimeMagazine.com. He has taught several courses on organized crime at Cuyahoga Community College and lectures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. Registration is required at the library or by calling 330-482-5509.

Tai Chi thearapy program

to begin in Alliance Feb. 11

ALLIANCE – Alliance Community Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Department’s six-week Tai Chi program starts Feb. 11. Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve mental and physical well-being. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. This program takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the ACH therapy plaza at 1900 S. Union Ave., Suite 101. Lindsey Reynolds MS, ATC was recently certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach this course. Cost is $30. Reservations may be made by calling 330-823-8839.