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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

West Branch BOE to meet Thursday

BELOIT– The West Branch school board will still hold its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school media center. In compliance with Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, the meeting remains open to the public, however, the District will livestream the meeting via Facebook utilizing the districts page (https://www.facebook.com/WBLSD/) and physical attendance by non-invited personnel will not be permitted.

Anyone wishing to make public comments can email a statement within the same limitations as a regular board meeting to any board member or the superintendent and the statement will be read aloud at the board meeting.

SRMC closes Damascus practice

SALEM – Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has temporarily closed its SRMC Primary Care – Damascus practice. This will enable SRMC to more efficiently utilize its primary care staff to care for future patients during the nation’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

During this temporary closure, the physicians based in Damascus will be relocated to SRMC’s other primary care office locations listed below:

— SRMC Primary Care-Lisbon: 38506 Saltwell Road in Lisbon, 330-424-1404

— SRMC Internal Medicine Center: 2020 East State Street, Suite C, in Salem, 330-332-7807

— Columbiana Family Care Center: 116 Carriage Drive at Firestone Farms TownCenter in Columbiana, 330-482-3871

Patients with appointments scheduled in Damascus will be contacted by the Damascus office staff to reschedule their appointments on an as needed basis. Those wishing to continue their care during this temporary closure, including patients seeking care for minor illnesses or injuries, are encouraged to schedule appointments at one of SRMC’s other primary care practice locations listed above.

YSU postpones Spring Commencement

YOUNGSTOWN– Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel announced Tuesday the postponement of Spring Commencement scheduled for May 9. He said he hopes to hold the ceremony later in the summer, but that graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 9, and diplomas will be mailed a short time after.

Way Station seeks food donations

COLUMBIANA– The Way Station in Columbiana and East Liverpool are seeking emergency food donations to create weekly meal boxes to help supplement for families with children while Ohio schools are in mandatory shut down. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 769 Springfield Road in Columbiana or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 125 W. 5th St. in East Liverpool. Families in need can pick up the kid-friendly food during the same times each week. Suggested items to donate are peanut butter, jelly, bread, milk, cereal, fruit cups, cheese, soup, macaroni and cheese, crackers or monetary donations.

The thrift shops will remain open and staff will follow a more rigorous cleaning and sanitation schedule– including high-touch, high-traffic areas. The Way Station will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow all protocols set by the Center for Disease Control and the state of Ohio in regards to retail establishments.

At this time, the monthly food distribution will still be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 26, however there will be a limit on the number of people in the buildings at one time.

For information call 330-482-5072.

Jobs centers provide online services

YOUNGSTOWN– OhioMeansJobs Centers in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties and Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association (MCTA) will continue to provide many services via phone and Internet while the facilities are closed to the public.

Those filing for unemployment benefits should visit https://unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. Instruction and related materials are available at that site.

Instruction on the application process, along with other employment and training services are available by calling the OhioMeansJobs centers from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

— OhioMeansJobs Mahoning County 330-965-1787 ext. 0

— OhioMeansJobs Columbiana County 330-420-9675 ext. 0

Additional information can be accessed at the local area’s website through ohiomeansjobs.com/mahoning and ohiomeansjobs.com/columbiana.

Job postings and other resources for job seekers and businesses can be found at the state’s website www.OhioMeansJobs.com.

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