Lisbon grads can be honored with tree

LISBON — Lisbon’s Shade Tree Commission is offering friends and families of the 2020 graduating class a chance to honor the high school’s 65 seniors by planting a tree.

Purchased trees can be placed in yards, or along curb lawns (the space between the road and sidewalk) throughout the village. All trees will qualify for preferential prices, ranging from $45 and $80 (trees range from ornamental to large shade).

All trees planted to honor a senior will be designated as “Class of 2020 Graduate Trees” and recognized by village council with a photo and certificate. Those interested can contact Barb Crane at village hall at 330-424-5503, or at info@lisbonvillage.org.

Lisbon is a Tree City USA.

SOD Center offering new scholarship

SALEM– The SOD Center is announcing opening round funding for the Dean Hansell Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund is made possible by the generous donation of Hon. Dean Hansell and in collaboration with the Salem High School Alumni Association.

The Dean Hansell Training Scholarship will provide education funding to expand the employment opportunities for Salem High School graduates of any age who have been accepted into an accredited vocational, technical or credential program. The selected candidate may attend a vocational school, trade school, technical school, certification training program, or credential program. Eligible fields of study include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, computer technology, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, electrical, HVAC, health care, industrial maintenance, machining, plumbing or welding.

“We are honored to partner with Mr. Hansell and the SHSAA to provide these funds to Salem Alumni seeking new or additional education in a trade or vocation,” said executive director Julie Needs. “With the loss of jobs due to the pandemic, many individuals may be exploring opportunities to enter new careers or advance their skills. The goal of this scholarship is to help those individuals.”

All applicants must be a graduate of Salem High School. Award selection will be made by the Sustainable Opportunity Development “SOD” Center Inc. All applicants must provide a completed application by the determined deadlines. Access the application on the SOD Center website at sodcenter.com, request a copy by emailing execdir@sodcenter.com, or contact the SOD Center to request a copy at 330-337-7669.

Funding will be provided for Fall and Spring semesters. The current round of funding is for Fall Semester 2020. Applications must be received by June 30, 2020.

For information contact the SOD Center Inc at 330-337-7669.

MetroParks announces staff reductions

YOUNGSTOWN– Mill Creek MetroParks began issuing notices of hour reductions and layoffs to affected non-union support staff on Friday. In total, 16 positions will be affected.

“As we work diligently to serve the community as a much needed, natural respite during these challenging times, it has become clear that even the MetroParks is not immune to both the operational and financial impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as a result of the negative impacts that this pandemic has had on our critically supporting revenue sources, we can no longer avoid implementing hour reductions and lay-offs of some of our dedicated employees,” said Aaron Young, executive director.

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, all Nature Preserves and Sanctuaries, and permitted lakes/ponds for fishing and boating. A complete, up-to-date list of closures, cancellations and openings can be found at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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.

MC Land Bank office to reopen

YOUNGSTOWN– The Mahoning County Land Bank office will reopen to the public, by appointment only, on Monday. Precautionary steps are being taken to ensure the health and safety of staff, partners and others who walk through the door.


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