National author gives lecture on religion

National author gives lecture on religion


The Shipka Speaker Series of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University will present David E. Campbell in a free lecture titled “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in St. John Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave.

A reception will be in St. John’s Parish Hall immediately after the presentation. For more information, call 330-941-3448.

Campbell is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. An expert on politics, religion and civic engagement, Campbell has been featured in many national media outlets.

Campbell, along with Robert Putnam, co-authored “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” and is the author of “Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life.”

Grant for center


Help Hotline Crisis Center Inc. received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley-Kennedy Family Fund.

The funding will be used to help develop a warm line servicing Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. A warm line is run by people in recovery from mental illness and is a peer-to-peer program. The warm line will address social isolation and, many times, will provide a connection for people with mental illness who are either alone or unable to contact family or friends. The warm line is for noncrisis calls, hot-line officials said in a press release.

Salem Historical takes part in Museum Day


The Salem Historical Society Museum will participate in the Smithsonian magazine’s 7th Annual Museum Day. The Columbiana County museum’s featured exhibit, in addition to the other permanent displays, is “Made in Salem, Ohio, 1840-1956” featuring many of the manufacturers of the city. Museum Day 2011 is Saturday, but the Salem Historical Society-Museum will be participating from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sponsored by the Smithsonian, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museumgoers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers, visiting more than 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at A list of participating museums is available at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people .

YSU students win 2nd in national contest


Youngstown State University accounting students placed second in the Best Practices competition at the Beta Alpha Psi national meeting in Denver.

Karen Cooper of Canfield, Matthew Pollock of Lowellville and Evan Weaks of Liberty Center presented “A Path to the Financial Information Profession” as their Best Practices topic. The students placed first in the regional competition earlier this year and were accompanied by the chapter faculty advisors, Ray Shaffer of Sharpsville, Pa., and Wayne Counts of Boardman.

Senior event


Sunrise of Poland, a Sunrise Senior Living community, will have a “Resources to Remember” event at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The program aims to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, share resources for those with memory loss and provide information about Sunrise. Wednesday also is World Alzheimer’s Day.

Participants will receive a caregiver guide with tips on how to communicate with someone who has memory loss, watch a film about Sunrise’s approach to caring for Alzheimer’s patients and have a question-and-answer session with medical professionals. Sunrise of Poland is at 335W. McKinley Way. More information is available at

Injured in crash

Marion, Pa.

A single-vehicle car crash sent the driver to the hospital.

Michael Gray, 60, of Fombell, Pa., was taken to the hospital early Sunday morning after his car careened off the road into a tree, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Gray was driving on Chapel Drive in Marion Township in Beaver County just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he lost control while going around a bend. His car drove into several trees and overturned, a report said.

According to the report, Gray was speeding when he lost control of the car and cited in the incident.

He was taken to an area hospital and treated for head, back and hand injuries.

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