Boardman briefs

Ursuline Sisters make two recent appointments

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown have made two recent appointments. Peggy Eicher has been named director of Motherhouse personnel. Michele Ristich Gatts, media and public relations coordinator, has added the duties and title of development coordinator.

Kennsington Golf Club hosts Toys for Tots

Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield is collecting new toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. The club is offering a free nine holes golf gift certificate for each new toy that is donated. Toys can be dropped off at the club through Wednesday.

Local audiologist elected president of national group

Eric Hagberg, owner of Hearing Innovations with locations in Boardman and Liberty, has been elected to serve as president of The Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

The ADA is a premiere network and resource for audiologists in private practice.

“Dr. Hagberg has been long-recognized as a leader within the profession of audiology,” said ADA Executive Director Stephanie Czuhajewski. “He was elected by his peers because of his proven leadership abilities and his tireless support of student initiatives that encourage autonomous practice.”

Hagberg took office on Nov. 5 during the annual ADA Member Business Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Convention in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Hagberg has been serving hearing impaired members of the Mahoning Valley since 1975. He received his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in Audiology and a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology.

Learn about eBooks at the library

Learn about eReaders during a two-hour program at the Boardman library on Jan. 18 and 24 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

Part one of the program will describe various eReaders and give participants some hands-on experience with the devices. Part two will focus on demonstrating how to download library eBooks.

Registration is required; register online or call 330-744-8636.

Torch Club meeting set

The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. for its dinner meeting. The speaker will be Perc Kelty, former chief photographer for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube steel company. His presentation, “The Road Ahead,” will examine the political and economic challenges our current generation faces.

The meeting will be held in Pete’s Place, in Kilcawley Center, located on the campus of Youngstown State University. The public is most cordially invited.

Dinner for non-members is $18. To make dinner reservations call 330-757-4148 or to learn more about the Youngstown Torch Club call 330-792-7351.

Local podiatrists host shoe drive

Austintown Podiatry Associates, Dr. Karlock, Dr. Flauto and Dr. Arters will be hosting their annual shoe drive through Christmas. New or gently worn shoes can be dropped off at any of the three locations.

• Austintown: 1300 S Canfield-Niles Rd., Suite 1, Austintown, 44515.

• Boardman: 7010 South Ave., Suite 3, Boardman, 44512.

• Warren: 3802 Elm Road N.E., Warren, 44483.

Library presents puzzle swap

The Boardman library will host a jigsaw puzzle swap, sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. Trade already conquered puzzles for ones you haven’t completed with other puzzle enthusiasts in the area.

For more information, call the development office at 330-740-6086.

Horticulture students host Holiday Open House

Students in the Horticulture Program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center host their annual Holiday Open House now through Dec. 19 at the school’s floral shop.

The Holiday Open House features silk wreaths, swags and arrangements, fresh mixed pine and spruce wreaths, fresh table centerpieces, pine roping and poinsettias all prepared by students in the program.

The floral shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 19. Orders can also be placed for any of the holiday items until Dec. 19.

To place an order or for more information, please contact Mary June Emerson, Horticulture instructor, at 330-729-4000, ext. 1672.

Boardman grad earns PhD

Allison Brager, a 2003 graduate of Boardman High School received her PhD in Physiology from the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University this past August. Brager earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Brown University in 2007.

At Kent State University, Dr. Brager was the first university recipient of a competitive, federal research grant given to a graduate student by the National Institutes of Health. Her dissertation, which is published in six major biomedical journals, including the American Journal of Physiology and Alcoholism, was recognized as the best university dissertation of the year.

Dr. Brager is currently doing her postdoctoral fellowship at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and sits on the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society. She is the daughter of Larry and Patrice Brager of Boardman.

Screen your blood pressure

There will be a blood pressure screening by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on Jan. 3 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Boardman library.

Give blood at the library

The Boardman library will have a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross on Jan. 23 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Blood donations will be taken to help our community.

Teen Advisory Board meeting set

The Boardman library will host the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. TAB meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Boardman library. Newcomers are always welcome.

Library hosts science night

The Boardman library will have a night of science on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. School-aged children are invited to have a good time learning science and experimenting.

Enjoy Fun Times at the library

The Boardman library will host “Fun Time for 4s and 5s” on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. The program will include developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children, ages 4-5, become successful readers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

The Boardman library will host “Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s on Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. The program will include developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help children, ages 2-3, become successful readers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bonding with Babies and Books

The Boardman library will host “Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books” for babies 6-23 months on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. The program will include developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader. Children must be accompanies by an adult.

Gresko performed in concert

Rachel Gresko, a sophomore pharmacy major, performed in the University of Findlay’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert, “T’was The Night Before Christmas” on Dec. 4 in the Herminger Auditorium at Findlay High School.

Gresko is a 2010 graduate of Boardman High School. She is the daughter of Diane and Robert Gresko of Boardman.

Barth elected president of student organization

Benjamin Barth, a junior pharmacy major, has been elected president of The University of Findlay’s men’s lacrosse Club. Barth is a 2009 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and is the son of Kathy and Barry Barth of Boardman.

Holiday musical features lyrics by local teacher

Kandace Cleland, a theater teacher at Canfield, wrote the lyrics for the upcoming one act musical “Where’s Rudolph?” at the Trinity Playhouse in Lisbon. The show will feature the Stage Left Youth Players and music by Jodine Pilmer.

There will be a show tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

In addition, there will be noon matinees on Dec. 10 and 17 that will include Lunch with Santa. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors.

To make reservations, e-mail

Boardman Park hosts Senior Fun Day

Seniors are invited to come to Boardman Park on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior Fun Day will include activities such as exercising, crafts, Bingo, lunch and blood pressure screening. The event will take place in the Lariccia Family Community Center. Cost is $1.

To RSVP, call 330-965-0482.

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