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MVYP announces nominees for this year’s top young pros

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals is a local non-profit that brings together the Mahoning Valley’s best and brightest young professionals. This year’s honorees include Christopher Anderson, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC; Marcy Angelo, Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce; Rebecca Badawy, Youngstown State University; Julianna Begalla, Cortland Bank; Cassandra Clevanger, Trumbull Neighorhood Partnership; Nic Coggins, Trumbull County Planning Commission; Charles Colvin, City Kids Care; Joel Evans, University of Mount Union Evans Photography LLC; Jonathon Fauvie, Mercy Health; Samuel Fries, Schroedel, Scullin and Bestic; Stephen M. Horne III, Hill, Barth and King LLC; Miles Johnson, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership; Dr. Jeff Johnston, Mercy Health Youngstown; Candace Madden, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley; Germaine McAlpine, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Youngstown; Justin Mondok, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments; Dr. Courtney O’Neill, Austintown Veterinary Clinic; Morgen Reamer, One Hot Cookie; Meghan Reed, Trumbull County Historical Society; Matthew Schaade, Crothall Healthcare Services; Marisa Sergi, RedHead Wine; Samantha Turner, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries; Abbie Twyford Wilson, Eastern Gateway Community College; Brian Wharry, Mercy Health; Sarah Wilschek, Jewish Community Center.

The top 25 honorees will be recognized and the top three most valued players will be named during an awards dinner and ceremony from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

In its 15th year history, the 25 under 35 event has raised over $95,000 for the Young Philanthropist Fund at the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. With the funds raised in 2018, grants were provided to Making Kids Count, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Youngstown and the Butler Institute of American Art. Tickets are available at mvypclub.com.

Buckeye Alpaca Show slated for March 30, 31 at the

Summit County Fairgrounds

TALLMADGE–The Buckeye Alpaca Show will be held in March.

The annual free event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at the Arena Complex at the Summit County Fairgrounds.

Alpacas will be featured in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

Throughout the weekend, artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.

Youth Competition

Youth will take to the ring to compete with their alpacas from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 30. Young participants will also participate with their costumed alpaca in an alpaca costume contest from 12:30 to 1 p.m. March 30. Costumes will be judged on the comfort of the animal with foreign objects on their head, legs and feet, and how imaginative the costume is as well as the story each participant must write telling about the costume.

About Buckeye Alpaca Show

The Buckeye Alpaca Show Inc. is celebrating its 15th year as one of the premier alpaca shows in the country. The show is a non-profit 501c3, public charity. In the past 14 years, the show has donated more than $335,000 to programs at The Ohio State University–including the International Camelid Institute (ICI), the Clinical Services Veterinary Fund and the 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 International Camelid Health Conferences.

Last year the Buckeye Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship Fund at OSU was established which awards scholarships in $5,000 increments to third- and fourth-year large animal veterinary students. The Buckeye Alpaca Show donated $20,000 that was raised at the Live Auction at the 2018 Buckeye Alpaca Fall Fest. In April, four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is the first scholarship fund established strictly for large animal veterinary students. For information visit http://www.buckeyealpacafallfest.com/scholarship.htm.

The Buckeye Alpaca Show is a volunteer-managed, non-profit organization which seeks to minimize operating expenses and maximize financial support that can be provided to support education, medicine and scientific research in the Camelid industry. Members strive to operate the show on a profitable basis and to contribute those profits, as well as donations received through fundraising efforts, to support the International Camelid Conference at The Ohio State University for many years to come.

For information visit http://buckeyealpacashow.com.

Afternoon R-Weigh

recognizes weight loss

SALEM — The Afternoon R-Weigh group met at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 14 at the First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue. Jo Anne Bogdan welcomed a member back after being gone due to illness. Evelyn Pete led members in the song, “Four Leaf Clover.” Sandy McGarr and Sue Carver reported on the Christmas luncheon.

The calorie chart winner for Group One was Rhonda Brown and Josephine Morris. Goal winners were Ann Foust and Bogdan. There was no drawing for the can-do.

Group One had 10 members and recorded a loss of 10 1/2 pounds; seven goalies weighed in, Good loser went to Rhonda Brown and Morris.

Honorable mention was given to Ellene Dole, Gloria Judy and Evelyn Pete. Sylvia Eller read a poem, author unknown, titled “Same Old Me.”

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