KSU-Salem professor to hold book signing

SALEM–Dr. Craig Paulenich, professor of English at the Kent State Salem Campus, is holding a book signing and reading at 6 p.m. April 25 in the Academic Learning Commons on campus.

Books will be sold, cash only, for $16 each.

Paulenich will share selections from his recently published book, “Old Brown,” a collection of poems and essays about Captain John Brown, a radical abolitionist who believed in the violent overthrow of slavery. It was Brown, a self-appointed “captain,” who led a group of his followers on an attack of the occupied federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Va., (now West Virginia). During the incident, Brown was wounded, captured and later hanged, but became known as an “anti-slavery icon.”

In his book, Paulenich uses his skills as an accomplished poet and writer to expose this chapter of American history, featuring Captain John Brown’s fights against slavery.

“…Paulenich digs deep into nineteenth century history, using Captain John Brown as a touchstone to illuminate America’s uneasy relationship with race and its obsession with violence,” wrote Peter Grandbois, author of Killing the Lobster. “Part poetry, part history, Paulenich’s portrait is an indictment of our contemporary times, his John Brown both prophet and terrorist, hero and cold-blooded killer, an everyman to our schizophrenic America. In stunningly imaginative poems that range from catalogs of the dad to lyric meditations on religion’s role in our complicity, Paulenich masterfully connects the dots from Harper’s Ferry to our modern terrorist state…”

Paulenich holds a master’s of fine arts in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate degree in English from Bowling Green State University. He and his wife live on a farm in Lisbon.

He is the author of two books of poetry, “Drift of the Hunt” and “Blood Will Tell,” and co-editor of “Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry,” an anthology of poems and essays from 45 contemporary American Buddhist poets. Paulenich is the co-founder and faculty with the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program and was nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

His poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, the South Carolina Review, Kansas Quarterly and the Southern Poetry Review.

April Democratic Party meeting canceled

LISBON– The monthly meeting of the Columbiana County Democratic Party scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

Kindergarten sessions to focus on learning approach

SEBRING– The Public Library of Mahoning County and Youngstown’s kindergarten readiness stations are available during library hours in every library branch and feature activities for parents and their preschool child to complete together. In May the stations focus on Approaches Toward Learning–the attitude that children bring to social interactions and learning experiences. Stations will encourage initiative and curiosity. They will also develop the children’s level of attention, engagement and persistence as they complete fun activities. These factors are consistent predictors of academic success.

North Lima Mennonite Church to host breakfast

NORTH LIMA–North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, will hold a breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. April 27. Persons will be able to an all-you-can-eat breakfast of brunch for a donation. The buffet will include eggs, pancackes, French toast, sausage, potatoes, homemade pastries, sausage gravy and biscuits, peppers and mushrooms, coffee, orange juice and other beverages. For information contact the church at 330-549-2333.

Concord Presbyterian Church sets Swiss steak dinner

SALEM– Concord Presbyterian Church, 10013 S. Salem-Warren Road, will host an all-you-can-eat Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 27. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 years and under. Proceeds will benefit the church’s improvement fund.

‘Go Wild in the Park’ program to feature trains

SALEM–John Barnett will present the program “Trains and Railroads: Riding the Rails from the Past to the Future” at 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the Salem Public Library Quaker Room as part of the “Go Wild in the Park” series provided through the partnership of Salem Public Library and Salem Parks and Recreation Department.

Barnett is an amateur historian with great interest in local history. His interest in the history of trains and railroads comes naturally as his entire family was involved in the railroading experience. Beginning in railroad work at age 18 in 1968 Barnett built a career working for railroad companies, retiring in June of 2010. He continues to be interested in railroading and his other passion Civil War history.

Registration is required for this program that is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Register online at, call the library at 330-332-0042 or Salem Parks and Recreation Department at 330-271-8913 for registration assistance.

Salem Public Library to host paper shred day

SALEM–The Salem Public Library Community Paper Shred will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library’s parking lot, 821 E. State St. Salem Public Library is providing this opportunity for people of the Salem area to dispose of sensitive paperwork such as bank statements, old tax returns, receipts, canceled checks, etc. by having them shredded safely and conveniently by Protect n Shred Inc. of Cortland, Ohio. There is no cost to the public to participate.

Do not bring plastic, cardboard or newspapers to be shredded. Contact the library at 330-332-0042 for information.

WB car show to benefit kidney foundation

BELOIT–The inaugural Kidney CARnival will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 5 at the West Branch High School. The rain date if May 11.

The event is a class charity project to support the National Kidney Foundation.

Participants may register cars, trucks, tractors –or even Hot Wheels–for a $5 donation. A custom dash plaque will be presented to the first 30 vehicles. Register by phone or text at 330-206-4026, email at or at event.

Spectator donations will be welcome.

For details about the event visit