Boardman Community Briefs

Vallus to be in Hall of Fame

Eddie Vallus, of Boardman, will be inducted into the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame at the annual awards show on Nov. 24 at Euclid High School. Vallus will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the Hall of Fame’s highest awards, for his 63 years of performing. Vallus is the leader of the Eddie Vallus Band II.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Debbie Cope

On Sept. 19, a blood clot at the opening of East Palestine’s Debbie Cope’s small intestine required a Life Flight to the Cleveland Clinic. Several surgeries followed.

Today, Cope is in an acute rehabilitation hospital, waiting to undergo even more surgeries. Her friends and co-workers at Sheely’s are hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise money for medical expenses on Nov. 11 from 12:30-6 p.m. at the New Springfield Church of God (3649 E. Garfield Road, New Springfield). The event will feature a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction.

Admission is $5 for children 10 and younger and $10 for those 11 and older. For ticket information or donations, contact Barb at 646-305-6942. Tickets are also available at the door and carry-out will be available.

Monday night writers to meet

Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend the next meeting of Monday night writers, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The group is led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie and the two-hour sessions include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing, and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’

The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Christie at 330-793-3675 or at

Friendly’s gives free veteran breakfast

In the spirit of Veteran’s Day celebrations on Nov. 12, the Friendly’s restaurant, located at 3 W. McKinley Way in Poland, will offer active members of the military and military veterans a complimentary Big-Two-Do breakfast and coffee until 11 a.m. in thanks for their service. To enjoy this holiday treat, active members of the military and veterans must show their active military ID or honorable discharge card when they order.

Boardman resident completes management course

Jason Hagerty of Boardman, an employee for Farmers Insurance Group, has completed the Manager’s Leadership Development course at the University of Farmers. The Manager’s Leadership Development course is designed for Farmers’ employees to learn best practice methods surrounding leadership, business management and staffing.

Free haircut for veterans

For the second consecutive year, the Great Clips franchisees in the Valley will honor service persons by offering them a free hair service this Veteran’s Day. Stop into any of the nine area Great Clips locations this Veteran’s Day for a free service. Any active duty or retired service person or reservist is eligible. Great Clips is open in Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Cortland, Hermitage, Howland Corners, Liberty, Niles and Salem.

Dietitian to address ostomy support group

Elaine Pearce, a dietitian at St. Elizabeth Health Center, will be the featured speaker during the November meeting of the Youngstown area Ostomy Support Group. The group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Humility of Mary Home Care office, located at 979 Tibbetts-Wick Road, Girard. The Youngstown-area group provides an opportunity for ostomy patients and their families and friends to network, while receiving ongoing education and information.

Pottery painting store open in Boardman

Canfield’s Eva Popovec opened The Art Caf , a contemporary pottery painting studio located at the Southern Park Mall on Sept. 22. The Art Caf Studio provides instruction on painting and placing designs on unfinished pottery and creating unique, one-of-a-kind Mosaic pieces. The studio has a large inventory of pre-fired pottery, including a large selection of non-toxic glazes and all of the brushes, sponges and supplies needed to finish a guest’s project.

Themed parties for birthdays, anniversaries, bridal and baby showers, scout groups, school field trips or ladies night out are also offered. The semi-private party area can accommodate up to 20 guests.

The Art Caf Studio is introducing a series of “Christmas Camps” during the upcoming holiday season to assist children in creating age-appropriate projects providing parents an opportunity to shop without their children. For more information, contact Popovec at 330-519-5606 or

Parachute play

Parents are encouraged to join their children for parachute stories and games for the 30-minute storytime at the Boardman library on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. This event is for the whole family.

Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s

The Boardman library will be hosting developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Wednesday, as well as Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun Time for 4s and 5s

The Boardman library will be hosting developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader on every Tuesday in November at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

I am thankful for...

Show and tell the Boardman library what you are thankful for by drawing a picture and writing a sentence or two during library hours Nov. 12-23. All entries will be displayed in the library. All who enter will get a bookmark and a sticker. For children of all ages.

Scrabble for Tweens

Play Scrabble at the Boardman library on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and share what you are reading. The one hour program is open to students in grades 4-6 and they will crown a champion.

Friends of the Library meeting

There will be a Boardman Friends of the Library meeting on Monday at 10 a.m. The presentation this meeting will be “New Immigration in America and the Mahoning Valley” with Dr. Rosemary D’Apolito, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at YSU.

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

If you are done with your jigsaw puzzle and want to try another, join other jigsaw enthusiasts and swap puzzles at the Boardman library on Wednesday at 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Holiday closing

All public libraries in Mahoning County will be closed on Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving.

Local doctor offers free health lectures

Dr. Kathleen Padgitt, local kidney specialist, is presenting a series of lectures on healthy living. The program will be held at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center’s Azalea Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3051 or, toll free, 1-877-700-4647. The next lecture will be on Tuesday, featuring the theme “Raw/Living Foods.” Future lectures scheduled for the same time and location are: Juicing/Smoothies/Fasting, Nov. 27. Registration for all the programs are through the Healthline.

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