Boardman briefs

Soccer teams play for cancer

The Boardman High School girls soccer team will play in the fourth annual breast cancer game Sept. 28 at the high school. The game between the junior varsity and varsity will begin at 12:30 p.m. There will be several refreshments to purchase, baskets to raffle off and a short program to honor those who have been affected by this horrible disease.

Belgrad earns academic honors

Benjamin Belgrad of Boardman, has been named to Eckerd College’s dean’s list for the Spring 2013 semester. The dean’s list is compiled following the fall and spring semesters and includes students who completed at least four courses with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. A total of 463 residential and Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) students made the dean’s list for Spring 2013. Benjamin is majoring in Marine Science.

Local church to host senior fair

Emmanual Community Church, located at 6512 Kirk Road in Austintown, will host a senior fair Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free and will include live entertainment, free food and drinks, bingo, dancing, veterans information, information on Medicare, Hospice of the Valley and more. The Mobile Medical Unit will be available to check blood pressure. There will be basket raffles and a flat screen television giveaway.

Library board of trustees to meet

The building and sites committee of the board of trustees, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will meet at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8, in the meeting room of the Main Library. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposals from architects for the Canfield Branch Library building project.

Hospice offers grief program

Grief 101, a program presented by Hospice of the Valley bereavement facilitators, will be offered on Aug. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Austintown Seniors Center, located at 112 Westchester Drive in Austintown.

The program will explain the grieving process and its impact on people and families. Support materials will be distributed. It is open to the public; no charge and no registration.

For more information, call 330-549-5900.

Stash earns scholarship

Michael Stash of Boardman is one of a select group of recipients of a Presidential Scholarship at the University of Mount Union. Stash plans to major in humanities at Mount Union. Michael is the son of Richard and Kathleen Stash.

Only six students are awarded the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship at the University of Mount Union each year. To be eligible for a Presidential Scholarship, students must carry an ACT score of at least 27 or a SAT score of 1220 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 or a high school ranking in the top 15 percent.

In addition, students must demonstrate outstanding performance during the Presidential Scholarship Competition each spring.

Arms Museum plans Christmas program

Plans for this year’s Memories of Christmas Past are underway at the Arms Family Museum. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking to the Valley community for some help with this year’s display. Highlights this year will be on local Valley traditions and will include family heirlooms, nativity collections, handmade cigar box doll houses and a large collection from John Garver, inventor of the locally produced Plakie twirler ornaments.

The society is looking for Christmas items related to downtown department stores. McKelveys, McCrorys, Higbees, Strouss-Hirshberg or any other downtown establishment are desirable. Items will be displayed on a short-term loan basis and will be returned to the owner after the exhibit closes in January.

Please email a description and picture of items to or contact the Historical Society with any questions at 330-743-2589. Memories of Christmas Past opens on November 23 and runs through January 5, 2014. Visit for more details.

Jim Frank Combo to perform at SOV Boardman

The final concert of the Shepherd of the Valley summer lawn concert series at the Boardman community will feature the perennial favorite Jim Frank Trio. Curtain time is 7 p.m. and the concert is free and open to the public.

Babies and books set at library

Babies ages 6 to 23 months can join the Boardman library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader on Aug. 9 and 23 at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Be a shining star

The Boardman library will host Be A Shining Star Talent Show Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Seeking individual or group acts for our talent show. The family program will last one hour and a freeze pop treat will be served. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman library to register.

Family story times set

The Boardman library will host four family story times. Parents are invited to join their children in this 30-minute program. The times will be from 10-10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 and 14 for the Dinosaur Fun program with stories, games and a craft activity, the Aug. 21 program: outdoor chalk drawing and the Aug. 28 program stories and parachute play.

Dig into crafts at the library

Make and take crafts at the Boardman library during library hours through the month of August. For children of all ages.

Library hosts games for tween

The Boardman library will host Minute-To-Win-It Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. The challenges are for tweens in grades 4-6.

Sensory story time set

The Boardman library will host sensory story time Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Join the library for a family story time for children of all ages with a sensory focus.

This program is designed for children with different needs, including those with Autism, speech/language delays, cognitive impairments, AD/HD and other special needs and challenges. The program will include books, music and sensory stations with a schedule board and double visuals. Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for Boardman library.

Show what you know: machine knitting

The Boardman library will host a machine-knitting class Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Watch a knitting machine make a scarf in minutes. Adults and teens will embellish the scarf by weaving 1/4 in. ribbon or yarn thru the knit scarf. Bring a blunt large-eye yarn needle and three spools of ribbon or four ply yarn. Finish the scarf and wear with pride. Register by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Boardman library. For adults and teens in grades 7-12.

Check out TAB

Check out the monthly TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meeting Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

They meet the first Wednesday of the month at the Boardman library. Newcomers are always welcome. For teens in grades 7-12.

Download books to your eReader

The Boardman library will offer help downloading library books to your eReader. Call 330-744-8638 and ask for Boardman library to make an appointment for an individual session or register at the Librarian’s Desk.

For teens and adults. Sessions will be scheduled during library hours through the month of August.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Boardman library on Aug. 19 from 1:30-7 p.m.

Screen your blood pressure

The Boardman library will host a blood pressure screening on Aug. 5 from 12:30-3 p.m. Sponsored by the Mahoning Chapter of American Red Cross.

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 Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of PLYMC.

Have fun with bubbles

Have some good, clean fun with bubbles Aug. 20 and 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Oh Wow! Learn how to make your own bubble solution, plus another trick or two. Program is free, general admission applies to non-members. This event is for children in grades pre-k through fourth.

Wonderful Water set

Wonderful Water will be Aug. 6 and 8 at Oh Wow! from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The program is free, but general admission applies to non-members. The program includes a series of activities that show what water is and what it can do. This event is for grades pre-k through eighth.

Oh Wow! hosts Make It

Oh Wow! will host Make It - Underwater Viewers - Aug. 3 from noon until 2 p.m. The cost is $3 for members and $11 for non-members. Join Oh Wow! as they explore the wonders of water by making and experimenting with underwater viewers. For children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Ostomy group to meet Aug. 13

The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group, sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Cedar Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman.

The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets monthly at alternating locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It provides support, education and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies. Families and friends of ostomy patients are welcome. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.

Dr. Schmutz selected as medical staff

Dr. Andrew Schmutz of The Chiropractic and Sports Therapy Center, LLC in Struthers has been selected to the five-member medical staff for USA Swimming at the FINA World Championships, to be July 28 - Aug.4 in Barcelona, Spain.

Team USA is made up of the top 51 swimmers (26 women, 25 men) in the United States, as selected at last week’s US National Championships.

Additional information can be found on and the event’s website

Wheat harvest activities set

Take a tractor-wagon ride through the MetroParks Farm. Wheat harvest will take place this month. Children can make a craft to take home. Suggested donations are $2 per person or $5 per family.

Family garden Fridays set

The Metro Parks will host Family Garden Fridays every Friday now through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will be centered on gardening with children. Learn about vegetables with “Eat Your Colors” and see which insect is the “Bug of the Week.” Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

Sculpt with Pilates

Pilates Sculpt will be offered every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. Join trainer Angela Lubonovich in using light hand weights to tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Bring a mat, water (and two number weights if you have them). Cost is $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Practice Yoga at the park

Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday in August from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Classes are outdoors weather permitting. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Take T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Step One will be offered every Wednesday in August from noon to 1 p.m. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. The cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Participate in Pilates

Pilates basics will be taught every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with fitness trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost $10 per sessio; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Free open houses set

Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. running through Aug. 14, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host free Hands-On-History Open Houses at the Arms Family Museum of Local History, located at 648 Wick Ave. in Youngstown. Each week will feature a different historical theme – “Celebrating the Fourth,” “My Town, Your Town, Youngstown,” and “The House that Olive Built,” to name a few. Hands-On activities will include arts and crafts, games, toys, artifacts, dress-up clothing and more.

Participants can spend as much or as little time engaging in the activities and each week will feature something for all ages and interests. The open houses are free and open to the public and all participants can take advantage of half-priced admission for a full Arms Family Museum tour.

Historical society sponsors summer camp

In celebration and remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will have an immersive Civil War Summer Day Camp for students ages 7-14. The Turning Points Camp runs Aug. 5-9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, located at 325 West Federal St. in Youngstown.

The History Center will be transformed into a hybrid 2013/19th century location with the center’s spaces serving as battlefields, Ford’s Theatre, a Council of War room and more while using state-of-the-art media and education technology. Participants will explore all aspects of the war, from the politics and leaders to the civilian struggle and military life. Engaging and interactive lessons will include debates, mock elections, The Manual of Arms, 19th century games, chores and more.

Summer Camp registration information can be found at

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