Seats still open for Underground Railroad tour

SALEM — Seats are still available for the Salem Historical Society’s Underground Railroad tour on the Quakertown Trolley at noon Saturday. Cost is $15 per person. Participants are asked to meet at the Dale Shaffer Library, 239 S. Lundy Ave. Reservations may be made by contacting 330-337-6733 or

The society’s annual summer picnic will be held Aug. 14 in the Dale Shaffer meeting room. Anyone of Romanian heritage in invited. Table service and beverages will be provided. Plan to arrive after 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. meal. Those attending should bring a favorite coverdish. Following dinner a posthumous audio presentation by Rosemarie Sulea Cardoso will be presented titled “Romanian Heritage” which she shared in 2009. There will also be an opportunity to visit this year’s featured Romanian exhibit in the Schell Building. For more information or reservations call 330-337-8514.

Spaghetti dinner benefit for family set Sunday

SALEM — A spaghetti dinner benefit for a family of eight who lost their home due to a devastating house fire on July 4 will be held in Scullion Hall at St. Paul School, 925 E. State St. The public is invited from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

According to a Salem Fire Department report, an electrical failure/malfunction was blamed for an attic fire at the rental home of Jim Hardesty and Mandy Smith at 1466 E. State St.

The menu offers spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, beverages and desserts. Carryouts are available. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There also will be a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction. Monetary and basket donations are welcome. For more information or to donate contact Jeannie Arnoto at 330-853-8850 or Joanne Potts at 330-221-9535.

Public tractor display to be held in Damascus

DAMASCUS — The public tractor display invitational for anyone wishing to show their tractors of all kinds will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 in downtown Damascus. All Damascus Area Historical Society Buildings will also be open. For more information contact Mark Baker at 330-537-3939.

Salem 1968 to meet for dinner

SALEM — The Salem High School Class of 1968 will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at a new location, Cordell’s Steakhouse on West Fourth Street.

Beaver Township Crime Watch to meet

NORTH LIMA – The Beaver Township Crime Watch meeting begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Shepherd of the Valley, main building, 301 W. Western Reserve Road. Beaver Township Police Officer Chris Albert and Argo, his K9 partner, will be the guests for the evening. Albert will discuss the K9 program and provide a demonstration to the group. Local crime statistics will also be discussed.

West Branch schedules set for pick up Aug. 14-15

BELOIT — The schedule pick-up for all fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 and 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at West Branch Middle School. Open house for current and new students in grade five to eight will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the middle school. Students are welcome to bring in their school supplies. Parents are encouraged to attend. Any new students to the district who would like a building tour should contact Stephen Fowler, middle school principal, at or John Young, middle school assistant principal, at

Class lists for Damascus and Knox Elementary students will be posted from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30. Open house for Damascus and Knox Elementary students will be held on from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Students are welcome to bring in their school supplies and parents are encouraged to attend. The first day of classes for the district is Sept. 5.