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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Way Station Christmas

The Way Station is currently signing up families for Christmas assistance who will not be receiving assistance with any other community agency. A Parent/guardian will be required to show a birth certificate or medical card for their children from newborn to age 18. Distribution of toys will begin Dec. 13. Call 330-482-5072 to schedule an appointment. Donations of new toys and games for all ages including hygiene products and clothing can be brought to our retail store cashier Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Dec. 10 at 769 Springfield Road, Columbiana.

Mile Branch soup sale

Mile Branch Grange, 495 Knox School Road, Alliance, will hold its monthly drive-thru soup sale on Dec. 9. Cost is $7 per quart. This month’s soups will be Loaded Potato and Stuffed Pepper. Soup must be preordered by noon Dec. 8. Soup will be available for pick up from 4 to 6 p.m. It will be packaged and delivered directly to cars ready to heat at home. Call 330-821-8023 to reserve soup. Leave name, phone number, type of soup and number of quarts.

Bank One Retirees

Bank One Retirees and Friends luncheon is scheduled for noon Dec. 15 at the Salem Golf Club. RSVP to 330-427-0304 by Dec. 12.

Breakfast with Santa

The East Palestine Rotary Club will be sponsoring its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Center located in the East Palestine Park. Pancakes, sausage, milk, water, and orange juice will be available for all ages. Santa will be at the breakfast.

Eastern Star meeting

East Palestine Chapter #381 Order of the Eastern Star will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Masonic Building on West Grant Street. Members are reminded they are to bring hats, gloves, or socks to the meeting for the East Palestine Social Concern. Members are also reminded to wear a Christmas sweater instead of their usual special attire.

Ozer open house

Ozer Ministries of East Palestine will host an open house as part of the Snowflake Festival Saturday. The open house will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will be able to tour the ministry, which is decorated for Christmas and enjoy refreshments. Gift bags will be given to the first 100 guests. Children’s gift bags are also available. Raffles will include a Dollhouse kit, a decorated tree, a large wreath, and themed baskets with various gift cards. The ministry is located at 407 N. Market St.

Covid, flu program

Dr. Michael Sevilla, MD, of Salem will discuss the topic “COVID-19, Influenza and the Common Cold” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Salem Public Library’s Reading Room. The program will also be available via Zoom. To help keep everyone safe, attendees are asked to wear a mask or other face covering and practice social distancing. The event is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Registration is required at www.salem.lib.oh.us or by calling the library at 330-332-0042 for registration assistance. A personal email address is required at the time of registration in order to provide the Zoom link. Sevilla has been with the Family Practice Center of Salem for more than 20 years. He also sees patients at Salem Regional Medical Center, and was a former member of their Board of Directors.

Historical society party

The Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 14 at the Dutch Haus Restaurant. Social begins at 5 p.m., with family style dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. Members and guests will enjoy “A Joyful Christmas” entertainment by area musical artist Rachell Joy-Tupaj, a graphics art designer at Youngstown State University with an extensive musical background. Joy-Tupaj was one of five tri-state individuals to receive the “Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service” issued by President Barak Obama. She and Brian Palumbo were nominated for “Best Contemporary Group of the year by the American Gospel Music Awards for their CD “UNDERSTOOD.” Cost is $26 per person including tax and gratuity. Reservations and checks made to the Historical Society and mailed to the Society, 10 E. Park Ave., Columbiana Ohio 44408.

St. Pat’s holiday dinner

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Leetonia will host a Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The meal will be dine in or carry out and feature swiss steak, mashed potatoes, string bean almondine, salad, rolls with butter and homemade desserts for $15. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a raffle of a Longaberger basket filled with goodies. All proceeds will go toward the church’s new roof. To reserve a meal call Suzanne Tobuck at 260-458-7147.

Christmas concert

National recording artist Warren D. Finney will bring his The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Concert Tour to the Lisbon Church of the Nazarene, 505 N. Market St., at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. There will be no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be accepted. The concert, sponsored by Open Skies Ministries, will include Christmas comedy, Christmas music and ministry and a candlelight ceremony. For information contact Pastor Dr. Brian Brown at 330-831-1028.

Canfield Christmas

Canfield’s “Lighting of the Green” will be on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with caroling and opening ceremonies. The Trees will be lighted at 6:50 p.m. immediately followed by the parade and Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m. Santa will greet all the children in Canfield Township’s Hall, 21 S. Broad St. upon his arrival and throughout the evening. Student Choirs from C.H. Campbell and Hilltop will perform at the United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St., at 7:30 p.m., while the Canfield High School Choir will sing at the Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St. Carriage Rides will be available throughout the event from Canfield Township Hall and Piccadilly Parlour Victorian Tea Room, 114 S. Broad St. Piccadilly will also be the site of refreshments and entertainment. Additionally, the War Vets Museum at 23 E. Main St. and the Mahoning County Dispatch at 23 S. Broad St. will be open for tours. The Rotary Club of Canfield provides the evening’s festivities along with its many sponsors.

Brock book signing

The Salem Historical Society Gift Shop, 239 S. Lundy Ave., will sponsor a book signing with the two books of Coria Brock — “My Life is His Testimony” and her newest, “Discovering Yout True Identity in Christ” — from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Brock lives her life as a testimony to the love and grace of God and His Son, Jesus Christ and to the power of the Holy Spirit. She proclaims, “God is alive and He is love” through both word and action. She is the wife of Christopher Brock, executive pastor at Church at the Center, and the blessed mother of three kids. She is the founder and leader of the The Fruitful Women ministry, The ALL IN Movement, and the co-founder and co-leader of Life With Christ Ministries, Acts In Action, and 321 Ministries.

In addition to the book signing on Dec. 11, the Society has scheduled an Underground Railroad trolley tour at 2 p.m. There needs to be a minimum of 15 persons to enjoy the tour. Cost is $15 a person. For a reservation call 330-337-8514, leave name, phone number, and number in the party, and the call will be returned.

True crime book talk

The Salem Public Library Adult Book Discussion for December 2021 will feature Karen Abbott’s historical true crime book, “The Ghosts of Eden Park,” examining the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became famous. The discussion will be held at 2 p.m. in the upper level Reading Room. The book looks at German immigrant named George Remus who quit practicing law and began trafficking whiskey. Within two years he became a multimillionaire. The press referred to him as the “King of the Bootleggers.” He was brought down by Mabel Walker Willebrant, an ambitious female prosecutor hired directly out of law school. Registration is not required to participate in the discussion. Check online for book availability at www.salem.lib.oh.us, or call 330-332-0042.

Christmas ham dinner

First United Presbyterian Church, 109 W. Rebecca St., East Palestine, will host a free take-out Christmas ham dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. or the food is gone Dec. 13.

Drive-thru dinner

Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Ave., North Lima, will hold a drive-thru chicken dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. or sold out Dec. 9. Dinner will include a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and a brownie for $9. Reserve dinners by calling 330-549-2588.

Curtain call change

Curtain on Dec. 4 for Stage Left’s “It’s Christmas, Carol” will be at 7:30 p.m., not 7 p.m. as previously stated. The later curtain time is to compensate for the 12 mini-course Wigilia holiday dinner, catered by Babcia’s Lunchbox, at the Lisbon VFW. Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show event are $50. Dinner only is $40.

Gingerbread houses

The Friends of the East Palestine Memorial Public Library will host a Gingerbread House Display and Contest at the library as a part of East Palestine’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. The Gingerbread Houses will be on display at the library from Wednesday to Saturday. Members of the Friends of the Library will judge entries in the family and individual categories. Judging for People’s Choice will take place during display times by the public. Prizes are valued at $25 in each of the following categories: Family, Individual- age 13 and over, Individual- age 12 and under, and People’s Choice. To enter, pick up an entry form or print out the form from the library’s website (www.east-palestine.lib.oh.us) and bring it on Wednesday after 9 a.m. All displays must be in place by noon on Wednesday in the Library Community Room.

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