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Lisbon will still honor the vets

LISBON — Lisbon will not hold a Memorial Day parade and service this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, American Legion Post 275 Commander Jeff Dorrance said. Instead, the post will hold a small private ceremony on Memorial Day to honor our fallen veterans. “There will be no parade, but vets will come and decorate various tombstones in the morning,” Dorrance said.

This year’s speaker, Lt. Col. John Tucker from Hanoverton, and the son-in-law of Lisbon’s Bill Gruszecki, has already signaled his readiness to speak next year, Dorrance said. The post is also asking all veterans and their supporters to meet at the Lisbon Cemetery at 6:30 p.m. Monday night (May 18) to help decorate all veterans’ graves with flags. “We have 600 flags to put on the graves,” Dorrance said. “Everyone is welcome to help.”

Clipper grads to be feted with parade

COLUMBIANA – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbiana High School seniors will miss out on the typical events that surround graduation. However, high school principal Dave Buzzard and his staff have arranged a parade for seniors to be led by the police department through town to recognize their accomplishments. At 5 p.m. May 15, students will begin lining up in the high school parking lot near the main gym, where a staff member and police officer will be there to place vehicles in lines. Students may appropriately decorate their cars to be included in the parade. With only one student to a car, students must remain in their cars throughout the process.

At 6 p.m., the parade route will begin, as the students will follow the police past the middle school and high schools to Elm Street. Then, the students will turn right on Elm Street and travel to Park Street. They will then turn right on Park Street and enter Firestone Park. Students will drive past the pool, stadium and baseball fields before exiting the park at Mirror Lake. The police will then take students to Main Street, where they will exit the parade to return home. The school and police department ask that anyone who watches the students remain a safe distance from one another or watch the parade route from their vehicles.

Food distribution is drive-thru

COLUMBIANA — The Oasis Food Ministry has scheduled a drive-thru only distribution from 3-6 p.m. May 28 at First Christian Church, 39 Cherry St. Limit of one household per car. All people must remain in the car and the trunk must be empty to receive groceries. Cars must line up in order of arrival.

Southern Alumni banquet canceled

The annual Salineville Southern Local Alumni Banquet scheduled for May 23 is being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. If possible, the group may hold a meeting in conjunction with the scholarship committee. All monies that have been sent in for reservations will be refunded.

Leetonia ITAM planning fish fry

LEETONIA – The Leetonia ITAM club is offering a carryout fish fry on Friday, May 15. There will be a full menu. People are asked to call ahead of time, beginning at noon, at 427-9900 or 330/277-0046.

Creamed chicken at the Moose

The East Palestine Women of the Moose will be offering creamed chicken over biscuits with mashed potatoes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Moose, 43 W. Rebecca St. The event is carryout only. The cost is $7; free to first responders. On Friday, the Moose will have a carryout fish fry from 4-7 p.m.

Negley Masons to serve fish

NEEGLEY — The Negley Masonic Lodge, 50873 Richardson Ave., will be having a carryout fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday. The cost is $10 and the menu consists of fried or baked fish, french fries or mac and cheese, cole slaw, roll, drink and dessert. It is best to call ahead at 330/426-4293.

Free spaghetti dinner planned

NEW ALEXANDER — A free drive-thru spaghetti dinner will be held at the New Alexander Christian Church, 7665 Rochester Road, from 3:30 p.m. to sold out on Saturday, May 16. The menu also includes salad, bread and dessert.

Summer Mill Creek events canceled

YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks is extending the cancellations of all previously scheduled programs, tours, events, lectures and indoor facility rentals through Aug. 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event a registration fee or rental fee was paid, a full refund will be processed.

The following Mill Creek MetroParks locations will be closed to the public through Aug. 31: MetroParks Farm Education Building and Animal Barns, D.D. & Velma Davis Education and Visitors Center, all reservable pavilions, cabins and shelters, Yellow Creek Lodge, Lanterman’s Mill, administration office, all basketball courts, all playgrounds, all tennis courts, all ball fields, wet playground at Wick Recreation Area and spray basin at Scholl Recreation Area, Dek Hockey Rink located at Wick Recreation Area, and boathouses at Lake Newport Lake Glacier.

Various Mill Creek MetroParks outdoor locations will be remain open and available for use including Mill Creek Park, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Sebring Woods, The MetroParks Bikeway, Mill Creek Golf Course, Wick Par-3, MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course, and all nature preserves and sanctuaries.

The MetroParks urges all visitors to continue following all guidelines from state and local health officials, such as staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms, maintaining at least 6 feet apart from other visitors, avoiding congregating in large groups and bypass busy areas, practicing good hygiene by washing hands often and carrying hand sanitizer, as well as suggesting non-use of items such as handrails, park benches, and other areas frequently touched to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

OH WOW! Children’s Center marks 9th year

YOUNGSTOWN — OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will host a virtual party to celebrate its ninth birthday on Saturday. Visit ohwowkids.org for a complete schedule of the variety of ways the community can participate. Be sure to wear OH WOW! gear, and stay tuned in to the center’s social media accounts all week for more information and fun activities leading up to the big event.

Consumers a top community bank

MINERVA – American Banker magazine has listed Consumers Bancorp Inc., the Minerva based single-bank holding company of Consumers National Bank, among the Top 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the U.S. for the sixth time. Consumers ranked 167th nationally and 13th among the banks in Ohio that made the annual Top 200 list published in the magazine’s May 2020 issue.

The national ranking is based on each bank’s return on average equity (ROAE) over the past three years (calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019). ROAE is annualized net income divided by average equity. The list ranked performance of publically traded banks with less than $2 billion in assets. At Dec. 31, 2019 Consumers Bankcorp reported assets of $553 million.

The median three-year average ROAE for all 511 institutions that fit the ranking criteria was 8.6 percent. Consumers posted an average ROAE of 9.7 percent over the three-year period.

“Being included in the annual ranking requires a consistent focus on our customers and communities from everyone in the organization,” said Ralph J. Lober II, president and CEO of Consumers National Bank.

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