Candle starts fire
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A burning candle started a fire in an East Meyer Avenue duplex. Fire Chief James Donston said this morning that the candle was on a wooden side table and the fire spread from the table and a chair to the wall of 206 E. Meyer Ave. at 10:09 a.m. Sunday. Occupant Janice Dolan was home when the fire started, Donston said. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze before it spread to the second-floor apartment, which was not damaged. The house is owned by Mark Stoner. His address was not available from firefighters. No one was hurt, Donston said.
SRU Farmers Market
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.-- The success of last year's Slippery Rock Farmers Market, organized by Slippery Rock University students, has prompted organizers to plan it again this year.
Interested growers, gardeners and craftsmen are invited to a 7 p.m. planning meeting Feb. 10 at the university's Robert A. Macosky Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, 247 Harmony Road.
The meeting will include discussions of market dates. Those needing more information should contact Heather Mikulas, an SRU graduate student in sustainable systems at (724) 738-0606.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Contact Emergency Assistance and Referral Service is seeking caring listeners to train as telephone volunteers. Volunteer training classes will be from 1 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 11 to March 25 at the Jameson Rehabilitation Center, 3410 Wilmington Road. Volunteers are trained to understand callers' feelings of loneliness and depression. Through supportive listening, volunteers help callers express their feelings, find their own solutions and offer nonjudgmental support. Assistance is also offered to find appropriate service referrals. All calls made to Contact are free, anonymous and confidential. For details, call (724) 658-5529.
Black history programs
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Second Baptist Church is offering a series of programs for the public during February observe Black History Month. Programs will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday and will focus on black female freedom fighters. A trivia contest on black women in American history will be held each week. The church is at Bell and McCleary avenues in New Castle.
MONACA, Pa.-- A free class in United States Citizenship is being offered by Penn State Beaver's Adult Literacy Action program.
The class will begin Feb. 20 and will meet for 10 weeks from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in Room 3 General Classroom Building, Penn State Beaver.
The class will include United States history and government, writing skills, an oral interview, and other information about additional skills required to pass the Citizenship Test.
To register for the class, obtain more information, or obtain directions to the Center Township campus, call the Adult Literacy Action office at (724) 773-7810.
Bricks for walkway
NILES -- The Friends of the McKinley Memorial Library are selling commemorative bricks for the walkway at the new McKinley birthplace home on Main Street.
For $40, which is tax deductible, the bricks can be personalized. Bricks can also feature a design such as hearts, shamrocks, musical notes, bells and footballs.
To date, more than 300 people have participated in the program.
Construction on the replica house, which stands on the site of McKinley's original home, is nearly complete.
A dedication ceremony is planned for spring.
Call Katie Bowen at (330) 544-0199.
Magic show planned
CORTLAND -- The Trumbull Memorial Hospital Center for Surgery Relay for Life team will sponsor a magic show for all ages in Lakeview High School on Hillman Drive at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The stage show will feature six magicians from Youngstown Magic Club.
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door, although advance purchase is recommended.
Call Wendy Ambrosio, (330) 638-7417; Nancy Post, (330) 856-7011; or Donna Rising, (330) 399-3407.