Farm bureau meeting
CORTLAND -- Terry McClure, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, will speak at the Trumbull County Farm Bureau annual meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in Gardenbrook Banquet Hall.
The program will include awards, votes on proposed policy changes and the election of trustees and delegates to the state annual meeting. Cost is $8. Reservations are due by Aug. 1 to the farm bureau office.
Hermitage woman dies from heatstroke
SHARON, Pa. -- A Hermitage woman who suffered from Alzheimer's disease was found dead after wandering away from her car.
Dr. Charles Zeigler, Mercer County deputy coroner, said Amelia "Mildred" Kapusta, 84, died of heatstroke. No autopsy was performed, he said.
Her body was discovered at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday in a disabled vehicle on Budd Street and South Irvine Avenue, police said.
Police said the woman's husband left her in their car at 11:20 a.m. in the Sharon City Centre as he went to fill a prescription in a nearby pharmacy. When he returned about five minutes later, she had disappeared, police said.
Relatives told police Kapusta suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had wandered off before.
Firefighters and police from several departments were searching for Kapusta when Sharon Mayor David O. Ryan, a former police officer who was helping in the search, discovered her body in the vehicle, which was in an auto repair lot.
CHAMPION -- A free storytelling workshop for children entering kindergarten and first grade will be at Kent State University-Trumbull from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-8. Themes are Under the Sea, African Adventure, In My Backyard and One Starry Night.
Seating is limited. Call (330) 675-8809 to reserve space.
3 fail to pay dinner bill
NILES -- Three men skipped out on a bill at Red Lobster on Youngstown-Warren Road Saturday night.
Police said the men ordered $106 worth of food and alcohol. After eating, two left the restaurant and the waitress became suspicious. The third man tried to leave after his credit card was declined. The waitress caught him outside and told him he would need to go back in to speak with the manager. He then grabbed the waitress, pushed her against a wall and ran off.
COITSVILLE -- Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society will host a "Dance for Mother Earth" Powwow on Aug. 17-18 at Willow Ranch, South Hubbard Road.
The event will feature dancing, drumming, singing and storytelling from several Indian nations. There also will be native arts and crafts, food, raffles, pony rides and other entertainment.
Among the artists featured will be Wanda Kover of West Farmington and JoAnn Turner of Warren, both of whom are recipients of an Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant. Kover and Turner practice the art of American Indian beadwork.
Gates to the powwow open both days at 10 a.m. Festivities will continue until dusk Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens; children 5 and younger are admitted free.
Prepaying tollson Ohio Turnpike
BEREA -- The Ohio Turnpike Commission launched today a pre-paid toll program called Ready Toll for frequent turnpike users as an alternative to cash toll payments.
Participants will prepay tolls using a VISA or Mastercard account and carry a Ready Toll card, which looks like a credit card.
Participants will take a ticket as usual upon entering the turnpike and hand their tickets and Ready Toll cards to the toll collector as they exit, and their tolls will automatically be deducted from their accounts.
A statement of tolls will be issued to Ready Toll card holders about every 90 days, the turnpike commission said. More information and an application can be found at www.ohioturnpike.org.
County receives grant
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Mahoning County a $29,621 grant to fund a plan to reduce damage from floods or tornadoes before they occur.
Walter M. Duzzny, director of the county's disaster services and emergency management agency, said FEMA is shifting its focus from paying off on claims after disasters to prevention. Locally, officials will consider plans such as reducing flooding in developed areas or better building codes.
After the report is complete by Nov. 1, 2003, the county can obtain grants for drainage and other preventative projects, Duzzny said.