ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES
Beaver Township Historical Society sets Holiday Open House
NORTH LIMA — The Beaver Township Historical Society will host a Holiday Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Old School Marketplace, 11836 South Ave. Use main entrance and take elevator to second floor. The society requests residents, churches and businesses that now reside or at one time lived or operated in the township to share photos of past Christmas events. Photos will be scanned on site and returned. Call 330-318-0408 for information.
St. Paul LCBA to hold Christmas party
SALEM–Salem LCBA Branch 654 at St. Paul Catholic Church will hold its annual Christmas party at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rectory Meeting Room.
The holiday agenda includes an ornament exchange (for those who bring an ornament). Members are reminded to bring a wrapped gift for the games and donations of $5 gas cards for Sophia Women’s Center.
Presiding officer will be Rose Bedell, president. Serving on the refreshment committee will be Rose Bedell, Sue Bowman, Mary Caye Bixler, Barb Dumovic, Debbie Manis and Laurie Mayhew.
Guests are welcome.
Valley STEM Academy enrollment open
CANFIELD– Enrollment is open for incoming ninth- and 10th-grade students interested in applying to the Valley STEM + ME2 Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. The 7,500-square-foot lab is housed at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Campus in Canfield. The Academy uses a rigorous curriculum, utilizing problem-based learning based on STEM principles.
The Academy’s mission is to prepare students with skills necessary to compete in the global economy while nurturing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application and entrepreneurship. This Academy provides the ideal setting for students to receive problem-based education, based on mastery of skills. The Academy has a STEM-designation from the Ohio Department of Education.
Valley STEM accepts students in ninth and 10th grades from across the county and there are limited spots available. Call or email Jessica Cene, marketing coordinator, at 330-729-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a tour.
All interested applicants should apply at https://valleystem.enrolltrack.com/StudentPortal/#.
OH WOW! collects for food bank
YOUNGSTOWN– OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will accept non-perishable food items this holiday season, starting on Friday during the Youngstown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony. Admission to OH WOW! is free from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help friends and neighbors. Barrels will be located in the lobby. OH WOW! will continue their collection through Dec. 31.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, a member of Feeding America, provides food to those in need in the tri-county area through 160 programs provided by hunger-relief organizations, which include church pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, shelters for battered women, and after-school programs. In 2018, the Food Bank distributed more than 10 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of produce. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.mahoningvalleysecondharvest.org or call 330-792-5522.
Blood drive planned at Community Center
SALEM–Blood donations traditionally decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when many donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Yet the need for blood remains constant, with thousands of patients depending on life-saving blood donations every day.
To help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for those in need, Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and the Salem Community Center (SCC) encourage area residents to consider giving the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the SCC, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.
Individuals who have not given blood since Nov. 1 are eligible to donate. “Power Red” donations will be available at this drive, which means that donors meeting certain criteria may elect to give two units of red blood cells at one time.
All donors will receive a free day pass to the SCC and an exclusive long-sleeved American Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Clothes Pantry open Saturday
SALEM– The First United Methodist Church Clothes Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the new location on the bottom floor. Use the entrance on the north side of building under the portico. The pantry offers free clothes for all.
Hanover Historical Society fundraiser
HANOVER TWP. –The Hanover Township Historical Society is partnering with the Salem Bob Evans Restaurant, 2299 E. State St., from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of checks to the historical society when guests present this information or flyer at check out.
Chess Challenge Club to meet
SALEM– Salem Public Library’s Chess Challenge Club will meet at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 28 in the Adult Reading Room. Beginners and intermediate level players (teens and adults) are welcome to participate. Chess boards and pieces will be provided or bring your own.
Chess aficionado David Fearn has been playing for over 20 years and will serve as instructor for the club.
Registration is not required. The Chess Club is open to the public and free of cost to attend.
Call the library at 330-332-0042 for information.
Holiday eating, fitness topic
SALEM– “Low Glycemic Impact Eating and Fitness for the Holidays and Beyond!” is the topic for the next Salem Public Library Wellness Wednesday program from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Dec. 11 in the Quaker Room
The guest speaker will be Butch “Mr. Wellness” Temnick, MFCS, CHS, CLC, who will provide “A step-by-step plan-of-action for individuals to follow during December to avoid the holiday weight gain.”
This program is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Registration is required and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us or call the library at 330-332-0042 for registration assistance.
Temnick, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is a former Jr. Mr. South Carolina bodybuilder champion, and national qualifier. He has been serving the health and fitness industry for over 30 years. His specialty is fitness conditioning, sports conditioning, fitness coaching and lifestyle coaching. He has a background as a Sports Medicine’s Athletic Trainer and did an internship at Myrtle Beach High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. He has participated in the NFL Strength & Conditioning Clinic with the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the former Wellness Coordinator for the Horry County Government in Conway, S.C., bringing wellness into the workplace. He was a Health & Fitness Instructor at Coastal Carolina University’s Lifelong Learning Society and Webster University in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Since moving back to Ohio, he has been an instructor at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, teaching adults how to change their lifestyle with an Intro to Wellness 101 class. His passion is creating healthy living in his community, the greater Youngstown/Warren area, and to that end, he launched and oversees Project G.O.H.A. [Getting Ohioans Healthy Again] that provides coaching and education for individuals living in Ohio to live a healthier lifestyle following a low-glycemic-impact-eating meal plan! Butch also volunteers at the Warren Family Mission.
Caroling planned in Hanoverton
HANOVERTON–The village of Hanoverton will have a caroling event from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Those interested in joining will meet at the gazebo in Betz Park and from there stroll the streets caroling in groups. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served following the event at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church.
Food distribution set in Columbiana
COLUMBIANA– The Oasis Food Ministry will be holding a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 12 at First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St. Anyone 60 years or older may attend from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Note that the usual schedule of dates has been adjusted to accommodate the Christmas holiday.
Area blood drives planned
YOUNGSTOWN– The American Red Cross will host a series of blood and platelet drives across the area this holiday season. According to the Red Cross more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Donors with Type O blood are especially needed.
Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.)
Blood drives will be held at the following locations:
East Palestine, 2 to 6 p.m. today at First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St.
New Waterford, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Abundant Life Fellowship, 46469 state Route 46
Salem, 2:30 to 7 p.m. today at Elks Lodge 305, 824 E. State St.; 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Salem Community Center, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.
Canfield, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St.; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Drive.