BOARDMAN -- The township park district announced that hayrides will be available to groups who have reserved one of the district's indoor meeting rooms or open-air pavilions. The tractor-drawn wagon ride will enable the riders to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment. A wagon will seat 30-35 adults, with each hayride taking approximately 20 minutes. Hayrides can be reserved on an hourly basis and require a reservation fee of $25 per hour for nonprofit organizations and $35 per hour for all others. For more information, call (330) 726-8105, or visit www.boardmanpark.com.
Compost site reopens
BOARDMAN -- After nearly two months of being out of commission, the township's compost site for residents' use has reopened. The recycling machine, known as The Beast, was delivered last week and resumed recycling and processing mulch and leaves again. Township trustees approved the purchase of the $262,372 recycling machine last month after the old machine broke down and couldn't be repaired. The township's branch pickup also will resume.
YOUNGSTOWN -- These people became U.S. citizens recently in a naturalization ceremony before Judge Timothy P. Maloney of Mahoning County Probate Court. Their names, hometowns and countries of origin are:
Stefan Michael Fiedler of Beloit; Germany.
Dan Aurel Oltean of Youngstown; Romania.
Vonny Wati Tunru-Dinh of Boardman; Indonesia.
Farouk Louis Bassil Ajini of Boardman; Lebanon.
Julie Elizabeth Thomas of Boardman; India.
Project to aid children
NILES -- Operation Christmas Child, the shoe-box project by Samaritan's Purse, is under way at Eastwood Mall in the community booth. The project supplies needy children throughout the world with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and candy. Prewrapped shoe boxes will be available. People should fill them and return them to the OCC Warren Collection Center drop-off site, 5500 East Market St., Warren. OCC will pass out shoe boxes Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 12.
Occupants escape fire
SHARON -- Occupants of a house at 406 Florence St. escaped safely when a fire broke out in the attic of their home at 5 a.m. Saturday. The roof of the house caved in after the occupants left the house, Sharon firefighters said. The cause of the blaze is being investigated. Firefighters from Farrell and Brookfield assisted Sharon firefighters in extinguishing the fire.
Leaf pickups to begin
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City works crews will begin picking up leaves Wednesday. Collections will continue through November. Leaves must be raked, bagged and placed at the curb. Any type of plastic bag is acceptable. The blue garbage bags city residents typically use are not required. Residents are asked not to mix grass clippings, shrub or hedge cuttings, fallen tree limbs or trash or rubbish with the leaves because the leaves are to be taken to a recycling plant.