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Banquet in memory of volunteer

SALEM– Mr. and Mrs. Tim Barnes and Family will sponsor in memory of longtime Banquet volunteer Ellen Garrett the drive-thru Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. or until the food is gone Monday at the Salem Memorial Building. The menu will include meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and cookies. Do not park in the library lot; line up behind the Memorial Building. For information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Salem school board to meet Monday

SALEM– The Salem Board of Education will hold a special board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday live-streamed via Zoom videoconferencing (https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74375569280?pwd=eHdPd1lZNFhiRDZMci95bU1DZXZDZz09; Meeting ID: 743 7556 9280; Passcode: Wjh03m). For public participation contact Terri Roberts at 330-332-0316 Ext. 58250 by 4 p.m. Monday and leave a message.

MVHS scavenger hunt set

YOUNGSTOWN– Mahoning Valley Historical Society is offering its next History To Go summer/fall event, “Amazing History Race: Mahoning Valley” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. With continued precautions for public health, MVHS has carefully planned its scavenger hunt/road race, now in its sixth year, with a combination of vehicle participation and texted clues. Event details can be found on the MVHS web site at https://mahoninghistory.org/history-to-go/.

In past years, this event kicked off the History To Go event series in June. After monitoring public social distancing guidelines for outdoor events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MVHS chose to move it to the later part of summer with hope that more people would feel comfortable with joining in. Participants in this year’s race will stay within the safety of their cars as they start and finish at Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown.

After all the historic sites are correctly submitted to our History To Go Team, participants will return to the Tyler finish line, the winner will be revealed, and all will be invited to tailgate, enjoying their own food and drink. MVHS encourages teams to create a distinctive name for each vehicle entry and share on social media with #amazinghistoryrace2020.

Reservations must be made by calling Linda Kostka at 330-743-2589, ext. 125 or emailing her at lkostka@mahoninghistory.org.

Due to the necessary modifications made to this year’s schedule, MVHS will not be charging any event fees. However, the Historical Society would appreciate any online donations of $5 or more by clicking on the “Support This Event” button for Amazing History Race on its History To Go web page.

Grange to sell ice cream

LISBON– Due to the cancellation of this year’s Johnny Appleseed Festival, the Lisbon Grange will host a drive-by ice cream sale from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out Aug. 29at the grange hall, 36152 U.S. Route 30 (about 2.5 miles west of Lisbon). The sale includes 200 quarts of apple ice cream and 50 quarts of vanilla at $8 per quart. State guidelines will be followed at the event.

MCESC offering education seminar

CANFIELD– The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) have launched a monthly series called Educate & Advocate in an effort to advocate for the area’s unique educational needs. Each month a different state official will be featured, which will provide an opportunity for area superintendents, administrators and board members to collaborate with legislators on various topics. The August session will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 via Zoom and will feature state Sen. Matt Dolan as featured speaker.

“We have committed to building relationships with legislators through increased opportunities to participate in dialogue. At the MCESC, we believe that once relationships are built, we are better able to advocate for the needs of our communities and our schools. We are thrilled to provide regional educators and board members with this amazing, no-cost opportunity each month,” said Traci Hostetler, MCESC superintendent.

This monthly series is free to attend, but participants are asked to register via a Zoom link found online at www.mahoningesc.org. For information contact Nick Santucci, Director of Government Affairs & Workforce Development, by phone at 330-533-8755, ext. 1006 or email at n.santucci@mahoningesc.org.

MCESC receives literacy subgrant

CANFIELD– The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) was awarded the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Subgrant, which is designed to improve language and literacy development. The MCESC will use this grant to provide programming for children from birth to kindergarten entry.

The birth to age 3 component will focus on supporting families as they begin the journey of language/literacy development through the use of Literacy Kits. These kits will be provided to families and focus on talking and reading to infants and toddlers to develop vocabulary and promote reading. Home visitors will facilitate and support the use of materials.

“For preschool students, emphasis will be on programming, with a specific focus on phonological awareness which is the foundational skill of attending to the sound structure of spoken language,” said Debra Debra Filimon-Demyen, Ph.D, MCESC Preschool Supervisor.

Preschool families will be provided books and accompanying materials to continue language and literacy learning at home. The STAR program (Sit Together and Read) will also be included, as will the STAR at Home program.

“In addition to sustained and embedded professional development for teachers, a literacy coach will facilitate the program and organize collaboration with districts and community programs. The literacy coach will also identify and develop peer coaches to ensure that the program is sustainable beyond funding,” continued Demyen.

The goal is for all children enrolled in any MCESC early childhood program to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to become successful readers. The Comprehensive Literacy State Development Subgrant is for $393,750 to be used over a four-year period.

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