National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq

National Guard soldiersreturning from Iraq
AUSTINTOWN -- Soldiers of National Guard C Co., 216th Engineer Battalion, based at the Christy Armory, will be returning from a yearlong deployment to Iraq on Friday at about 3:30 p.m.
The soldiers were activated Dec. 18, 2003, and began their deployment Jan. 2, 2004.
The soldiers will be returning to Austintown Fitch High School for a private reception with families, followed by a welcome-home ceremony at about 3:45 p.m.
The soldiers will travel through Austintown with safety-services escorts. The community is invited to cheer the soldiers on and welcome them home as the buses pass by at staging areas in the township.
Local businesses are being asked to use their signs to welcome the troops home.
Several area businesses have contributed toward goody bags for the 141 soldiers. Contributions for the goody bags are still being accepted.
For more information, call Shannon Royea at (330) 792-0927 or e-mail
Weathersfield trustee meeting postponed
MINERAL RIDGE -- Weathersfield Township trustees have canceled their regular meeting for today because of a family matter concerning one of the trustees.
The meeting has been rescheduled for Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the township administration building.
Vandals hit businesses on Enterprise Drive
WARREN -- Vandals have twice hit Enterprise Drive businesses.
City police responded Friday morning to an alarm at Northeastern Hardwood Supply, 5141 Enterprise N.W. There, someone had pried open a front door and removed an electric meter from the building. Nothing else was reported missing.
On Saturday, Vendrick Construction Inc. reported a breaking and entering at a construction site at 3159 Enterprise. Someone had forced entry at two buildings and a job trailer. Two windows, two doors and a trailer door were broken, and four tool boxes were damaged.
Bristol schools commission to meet
BRISTOLVILLE -- Bristol Local Schools' financial planning and supervision commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Bristol Middle School media center, 1845 Greenville Road.
A representative of the state Office of Budget and Management will participate by teleconference.
The school district is in fiscal emergency and is asking voters today to approve an additional 5.5-mill levy for five years to generate $400,000 annually.
Church plans trip to D.C. in April
WARREN -- Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, 185 Laird Ave. N.E., is sponsoring a trip to Washington, D.C., on April 10 with an overnight stay.
Trip highlights include viewing the new memorials and new Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Mall.
The cost is $169 per person, and this includes three meals. For information, contact Lillian at (330) 369-4286.
Outreach program schedules open house
WARREN -- The Alliance Community Outreach Program plans an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its ACOP Center, 2051 Niles Road S.E. The purpose is to showcase the center's new Technology Based Learning Center.
ACOP provides Internet-deliverable tools and courses in individualized academic curriculum, self-paced tutoring, career and college exploration, and learning-style assessment.
The tutoring sessions are geared to all pupils, but emphasis is on those who attend Western Reserve Middle School in preparation for March proficiency tests.
ACOP is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a supplemental service provider, and works with Warren City Schools, Trumbull Children Services, Family and Children First Council and Humility of Mary Health Partners.
For more information, call (330) 369-1441.

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