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Columbiana County Park Board to meet  Monday

LISBON– Columbiana County Park Board will meet in special session at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the County Development Office, 130 W. Maple St. On the agenda is the hiring of a seasonal worker, Numbers Brewery Bike Run, approval of expenditures and other business.

“Snakes and Turtles” program set at Waterworth Park

SALEM –Salem Parks and Recreation Department and Salem Public Library will host a family-friendly program titled “Snakes and Turtles” at 6:30 p.m. July 25 in pavilion nine at Waterworth Memorial Park. Guest speakers Jenn Rose and Cheryl Mattevi, educators at Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, will bring a selection of snakes and turtles to the program and will tell how to identify the friendly and not-so-friendly ones. They will also discuss the history of area reptiles and separate fact from fiction about these animals.

To locate pavilion nine, enter the park from East Eighth Street, park in the parking lot near the duck pond and follow the signs to the pavilion. Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at salem.lib.oh.us, 330-332-0042 or by calling Shane Franks at 330-332-0052.

Ice cream social planned at EP church July 28

EAST PALESTINE — Grace Lutheran Church at 87 W. Grant St. will host an ice cream social from 4 to 7 p.m. July 28. Sloppy joes, hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, homemade pies and homemade ice cream will be available.

Pizza party set for Lepper Library’s young readers

LISBON — A pizza party for Lepper Library’s summer reading participants in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade begins at 12:30 p.m. July 30 at the library. The pizza will be donated by Italo’s Pizza of Lisbon. “The Bremen Town Musicians” presented by Lindsay Bonilla’s World of Difference follows at 1 p.m. End of summer reading prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Raffle, benefit spaghetti dinner to aid SRMC employee

SALEM — Co-workers at Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are planning two fundraisers in August to help a colleague facing cancer. Amanda Price, a registered nurse at SRMC, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently expecting her second child with husband Cliff, who works in the hospital’s food and nutrition department. Due to the start of her treatments, Amanda will be unable to work for an extended period of time.

Community members have the opportunity to support Amanda and her family by purchasing tickets for basket and 50/50 raffles, which will be held in the hospital’s cafeteria Aug. 1-3. Tickets will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for $1 each, six for $5 or an “arm’s length” of tickets for $10.

The public is also invited to attend a benefit spaghetti dinner for Amanda from 1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Heartland Christian School, 28 Pittsburgh St., Columbiana. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. Tickets for the basket and 50/50 raffles will also be available at the dinner and the winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the event. Winners need not be present.

Proceeds from these fundraisers will go directly to the Price family to help offset Amanda’s medical costs. For more information contact Britney Kurtz at 330-502-2949 or Ronda Richards at 330-844-9960.

“Bug Day” set Aug. 5 at MetroParks Farm

YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks will present “Bug Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road. Children can earn a “master’s of bugology” diploma by playing bug bingo, racing bugs, hunting for bugs, making a bug craft, etc. This free event is sponsored by WFMJ/WBCB and will be held rain or shine. For event details contact the Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 or millcreekmetroparks.org.

Hanoverton Community Dinner offered Aug. 11

HANOVERTON — The annual Hanoverton Community Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Hanover Township Fire Hall on Second Street. The free meal offers ham, potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, doughnuts and beverages. Entertainment will be provided.

Darden Foundation aids Second Harvest Food Bank

YOUNGSTOWN — Second Harvest Food Bank has announced a $3,000 grant from the Darden Foundation to assist in its efforts of providing help to people facing hunger. The grant will allow Second Harvest to provide more food to people in need in the Mahoning Valley.

“One in six people struggle with hunger in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties including one in four children,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Darden Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Their commitment to help is demonstrated through their partnership with Feeding America and their network of 200 food banks across the nation.

Feeding America has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for six years in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to their ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more nutritious meals to families in need.

Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s and employs 180,000 team members in more than 1,700 restaurants. The Darden Foundation works to bring to life our spirit of service through its philanthropic support of charitable organizations across the country. Since 1995, The Darden Foundation has awarded more than $90 million in grants to non-profit organizations such as Feeding America, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and American Red Cross. For more information visit darden.com.

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