CLEVELAND -- A grand jury has returned an indictment charging Warren resident Todd Burke, 27, with violating federal firearms laws. The indictment alleges that Burke was in possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, according to a statement from Gregory A. White, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. The case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a gun-violence reduction program that targets armed felons. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly L. Galvin is prosecuting the case, after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Warren Police Department.
Job training for teens
COLUMBIANA -- The Way Station is offering job skills training for teens 14-18 at the Way Station's Columbiana site and The Community Lighthouse in East Palestine. The program consists of four weekly, two-hour sessions and will address topics such as workplace demeanor, expectations, proper attire, dependability, conflict resolution, communication, and time management. Mock interviews and motivational speakers will also be used. Students completing the program will be guaranteed two interviews with local employers, gift card incentives and a certificate of completion. The program is supported through the State of Ohio's TANF funds and is free for qualifying families. Classes will begin in March. For more information, contact Dena Rozeski at (330) 482-5072.
LEETONIA -- The board of education has adopted the following calendar for the 2005-'06 school year: Teachers will start Aug. 25 and end the year May 26, 2006; students will start Aug. 29. Schools will be closed for Thanksgiving (Nov. 24-25), Christmas break (Dec. 23-Jan. 1, 2006) and Easter break (April 14-17, 2006).
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Dr. Kirk Lunnen, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, will present "Patients Are From Mars, Psychotherapists Are From Venus: Everything You Did or Didn't Want to Know About Psychotherapy" at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Sebastian Mueller Theater, McKelvey Campus Center. He will discuss the history of psychotherapy, contemporary studies of psychotherapy outcome and psychotherapy research conducted by Westminster students. Lunnen, who has been with Westminster since 2002, earned his master's and Ph.D. from Ohio University. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (724) 946-7203 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NILES -- McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., is offering local adults an opportunity to better collect and preserve their memories. A scrapbooking class will take place in the library's auditorium March 12. Participants are encouraged to bring memorable photos as well as any paper or sticker products for a cut-and-paste party at 1:30 p.m. The class will be taught by Carol Wise, events coordinator for Michael's Craft Store. To register, call (330) 652-1704, Ext. 212, or stop by the reference desk.
Top speech students
The following northern Ohio students have earned the right to compete at the 2005 National Speech and Debate Tournament June 12-18 in Philadelphia. Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Kelly Clontz, Niles McKinley; Todd Shuba, Canfield. Original Oratory: Amber Phelps, Chaney; Megan Fedor, Niles McKinley. Humorous Interpretation: Quentin Duda, Ursuline; Meghan Crum, Canfield. Dramatic Interpretation: Jennifer Cumberworth, Howland; Jeremy Mollis, Niles McKinley; Lorraine Baer, Howland. U.S. Extemp: Natalie Hogan, Boardman; David Drogowski, Austintown Fitch. International Extemp: Joseph St. George, Cardinal Mooney; Ron Strasik, Boardman. Duo Interpretation: Pat Burgan/Brittany Dohar, Canfield; Jared Seefried/Lauren Melizia, Poland; Christopher Kavanaugh/Ashley Leonelli, Cardinal Mooney. Public Forum Debate: Michael Detwiler/Ashley Devenport, Austintown Fitch; Nicole Dzenowski/Kara Warren, Austintown Fitch; Sidd Kudav/Ben Kessler, Boardman. In competitions on Feb. 18 and 19 at Ursuline High School, these people competed against 314 competitors. In June, they will compete against more than 2,000 students for college scholarships to be awarded by Lincoln Financial Group.