METRO DIGEST || Expect gunfire at air base Thursday


Weapons qualification at air base Thursday

VIENNA

Members of the 910th Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron and Department of Defense security officers at Youngstown Air Reserve Station will be conducting weapons qualification for the midnight shift starting at 3 a.m. Thursday.

Residents and passers-by in the vicinity of the air base should not be alarmed should they hear gunfire overnight between today and Thursday. The weapons fire is a scheduled event and is necessary to maintain the mission readiness of the security personnel assigned to the 910th, said Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr., superintendent of public affairs.

Beaver kindergarten

LISBON

The Beaver Local School District will have kindergarten registration for the 2011-12. Registration packets may be picked up through Saturday at the elementary school that your child will attend, based on residence.

All registration packets should be returned no later than March 25.

Completed registration requires an official birth certificate (with original embossed seal) showing the child will be 5 on or before Aug. 1, a copy of the immunization record documenting that the child has had five DPT, four polio, two MMR, three hepatitis B and two chicken-pox vaccinations, Social Security card, legal documents showing custody and/or legal guardianship, if applicable, and proof of residency.

Electrical fire

AUSTINTOWN

A home on Roanoke Avenue had $45,000 in damages after an electrical fire Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Andy Frost Jr. said the fire started around 5:25 a.m. in the attic of a home at 36 N. Roanoke. Frost said evidence suggests it was caused by an electrical short.

He said the home had significant amounts of fire and water damage. Loss to the property is estimated at $30,000 and to contents, $15,000, according to a report.

Frost said the woman who rents the property was home with her daughter at the time. Both escaped without injury.

Donation for farm

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Foundation is giving $24,929 to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to purchase a 26-by-48-inch polycarbonate greenhouse with a ventilation and cooling system for its urban farm.

The location of the farm hasn’t been determined by the YNDC, a neighborhood development organization.

The urban farm will expand the organization’s ability to train city residents in market gardening techniques, encourage business creation on vacant land and train community gardeners, said Presley L. Gillespie, YNDC’s executive director.

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