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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Backbeat in Salem

Backbeat with John Reese will return to Salem Sunday Concert Series at 6 p.m. Sunday at Waterworth Memorial Park. This popular group of musicians has been entertaining gatherings in northeast Ohio for over 20 years with a variety of dance and pop music. Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for a 50/50 drawing and prizes donated by local businesses. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs. A food vendor will be available to purchase food and soft drinks. Parking is accessible from North Lincoln Avenue off of Sunset Boulevard and by entering Waterworth Memorial Park at Superior Avenue. For information call the Salem Parks and Recreation Department at 330-271-8913.

Lessons in food preservation

The Ohio State University Extension-Mahoning County is offering free virtual Lunch & Learn Food Preservation classes from noon to 1 p.m. June 23 (jam and jellies) and June 30 (freezing). To register visit https://go.osu.edu/foodpreservation62021.

Dads can get in Salem Museum

In recognition of Father’s Day, the Salem Historical Society Museum is offering free admission of fathers on Sunday when accompanied by a family member. The Museum, in air conditioning comfort, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.). This year’s featured exhibit, SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL, celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The Gift/Book Shop will also be open. The Gift Shop is open 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact the museum for information at 330-337-8514.

Humane society fundraiser

Cedar One Realty is hosting Hot Dogs For Cool Paws Charity Fundraiser, an exchange of free lunch for a donation to the Columbiana County Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 at 15700 state Route 170 Ste. B, Calcutta. For information call 330-932-0895.

VFW holding spaghetti dinner

Washingtonville VFW Post 5532, 575 S. County Road, will host a Father’s Day weekend spaghetti and meatball dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, served with salad, garlic bread, butter and cake. Blanket Raffles and 50/50 drawing will also be held. The event benefits the Post Building Improvement Fund and is open to the public.

Host families being sought

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, many foreign exchange students postponed their dream of studying a year in the United States. With the roll out of the vaccine and declining infection rates, many students are hoping that the 2021-2022 school year will be the year their dream comes true. Ashley Byrne, local coordinator with the International Cultural Exchanges Services (ICES), is hoping to find local host families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to a student aged 15-18, who would like to spend the school year in the United States. Students come with their own spending money and insurance. So far students have been accepted in the United, East Liverpool, Columbiana and Salem City School Districts. Byrne is currently seeking host families in the Lisbon, East Palestine, Wellsville, Beaver Local and Southern Local school districts. For information about becoming a host parent, email Byrne at abyrne@icesusa.org or call her at 330-614-0343

Breakfast set at Beaver Creek

The Pioneer Village in Beaver Creek State Park is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the village barn, 12013 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool. The breakfast consists of buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes as well as sausage and a beverage for a donation of $6. The breakfast is sponsored by the Friends of Beaver Creek State Park. All proceeds are used to maintain and repair the historic buildings in Pioneer Village. All the buildings will be open during the breakfast.

Salem FOP to sponsor Banquet

Fraternal Order of Police, Quaker Lodge 88 will sponsor the drive-thru Banquet in Salem from 5 p.m. until the food is gone (no later than 7 p.m.) Monday at the Salem Memorial Building. Meals are limited to one per occupant of a vehicle include penne pasta, meatballs, salad, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and pudding. Line up is behind the Memorial Building; do not block East Pershing and there is no parking in the library lot. For information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Lisbon chamber seeks input

Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with the community visioning and have scheduled a series of focus groups for July 14. There will be three focus groups that will cover education and workforce development, community and social service organizations and local businesses. The focus groups will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mayor Pete Wilson is currently coordinating the groups and individuals may contact him any suggestions for participants.

At 6 p.m. July 14 will be the regular committee meeting.

In addition to the focus groups, surveys have been developed and are available online at Downtown visioning survey: https://forms.gle/97M9SFEHpwAkKqgh6 and Downtown business survey: https://forms.gle/jMJGwHxT8xUMkHeq6

EP radio club to host field day

During Field Day June 26 and 27, the East Palestine Amateur Radio Club W8GMM will be offering technician, general and extra class tests. Pre-registration is requested. Anyone planning to test must provide two forms of ID, including one photo ID; their FCC Registration Number (FRN) obtained from FCC.com, and a calculator with its memory cleared. Testing costs $14. For information contact David Butler at 757-201-0696 or butler.david79@gmail.com.

PLUS appraisal program planned

Professional Appraiser Mike Ivankovich will present a Zoom program, “25 Categories Guaranteed to Disappoint When Selling Your Household Items,” at 6 p.m. June 24. In this session, he will explain why many of the things people own may be worth much less than they thought. He will also reveal those categories that are probably worth more than expected. This free event is presented as a PLUS Libraries Collaboration. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link for the program. To register, visit a PLUS library’s webpage or call a library at the following numbers: Columbiana Public Library (330-482-5509), East Palestine Memorial Public Library (330-426-3778), Lepper Library (330-424-3117), Salem Public Library (330-332-0042), or Wellsville Carnegie Public Library (330-532-1526).

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