Santa to travel to Liberty in firetruck

Santa to travelto Liberty in firetruck
LIBERTY -- Santa Claus will arrive by firetruck at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the township administration building.
Pictures with Santa are $3 and carriage rides are $1 per person and $3 per family.
There will be a police department open house, music by Liberty High School Band members and refreshments.
Extra Hubbard patrols
HUBBARD -- Hubbard Township police have additional patrols through Saturday.
Officers will target speed, safety belt and child restrain violations.
A $12,376 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety is paying for the patrols.
Poinsettia sale
GIRARD--St. Rose Home and School Association is selling Christmas poinsettias.
Orders must be received before Monday at the school or church rectory.
All orders must be pre-paid. Pick-up date is Dec. 14 between 2:30 and 4 p.m. in the school gym, 60 E. Main St.
The plants cost from $5 to $17, depending on size and arrangement.
Dispatcher honoredat Warren patrol post
WARREN -- Dispatcher Darlene Jones has received the telecommunication award of the year at the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Jones, 40, was cited for her outstanding service, technical knowledge, ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork and prompt and courteous response to the public's needs.
She was selected by post troopers and fellow dispatchers.
Jones has been with the Warren post since joining the patrol in 1998.
She is a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and is attending ITT Technical Institute in Youngstown.
'Winterfest Dance'
GIRARD -- The first special needs "Winterfest Dance," sponsored by The Rayen School's Multiply Handicapped/Developmentally Handicapped special education units, will be 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Mahoning Country Club, 710 Liberty St.
Cost is $5 per ticket and includes dinner.
Call Jeanne Constantino at The Rayen School, (330) 744-8550.
Meeting changed
HUBBARD -- Hubbard Township trustees have moved up their regular monthly meeting from Dec. 10 to Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the township administration building, 2600 Elmwood Drive Ext.
A public hearing on a zoning case will be conducted as scheduled Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Commissioners OKCSEA workers pact
WARREN -- As expected, Trumbull County commissioners approved a labor agreement Tuesday, ending a four-week strike by workers at the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
The 55 workers, members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local 3808, returned to work Tuesday morning after union ratification of the pact Monday.
School bus accident
LEETONIA -- Several Leetonia elementary school children were injured when their school bus went into a ditch.
The accident occurred about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The bus was being driven west on Longs Crossing Road in Salem Township by Matthias Hoefler, 60, of Salem, when he lost control of the vehicle and it struck a culvert, the patrol said.
Six children ages 7 to 11 were on the bus.
A girl was treated at Salem Community Hospital. Other youngsters reported bruises and scrapes.
Hoefler was cited for failure to control, a patrol spokeswoman said.
Safety concerns
SALEM -- City administration officials will see what can be done to improve pedestrian safety at the busy downtown intersection of East State Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Concerned residents came to city council's Tuesday meeting and asked officials to look into the matter.
Their concern was sparked by a Nov. 5 accident in which George W.S. Hays, the public library director, was struck by a vehicle while Hays was crossing the intersection.
He was hospitalized for several days.
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents at the intersection are rare, service Director Joe Julian said today.

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