Poland briefs

Fireman’s spaghetti dinner set March 3

The Poland Fireman’s Association annual spaghetti dinner will be on March 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. Children under 5 eat free. The price includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Carry out is available and begins at 11 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration set

The Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will host its fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 9 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at St. Nicholas Social Hall. The cost is $27.50 per person and will include traditional Irish fare, a cash bar, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and music from the band “Sound Around Town.”

For tickets, donations, or more information, contact Sperry Rongone at 330-770-3880, Nina Lowery at 330-506-9437 or Denise Statler at 330-540-7966.

Dinner discussion at Pete’s Place

The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs’ dinner-discussion meeting will be Monday at Pete’s Place, Kilcawley Center, on the campus of Youngstown State University. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m. The speakers will be Donald Butler and Dennis Thompson who will debate “Should the Government Pass Rules and Regulations to Prevent You From Harming Yourself?” The public is invited to attend. Dinner for nonmembers is $18. Attending only the lecture is free of charge. For dinner reservations, call 330-757-4148.

Audubon Society program set

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley invites the public to “Plants to Attract Specific Birds,” a program by Eric Barrett from Mahoning County’s Ohio State Extension office. The program will take place on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. For more information, call 888-846-8851.

Herb growers meeting set for Tuesday

The Holborn Herb Growers Guild will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Inn in the Canfield Fairgrounds. The program speaker will be Eric Barrett, Mahoning County extension educator.

The topic will be Hydrangeas. Guests are always welcome.

Poland resident named to dean’s list

Lidia Mowad of Poland, has been named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify for dean’s list recognition, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Neighbors wants your news tips

Teachers, parents, event organizers — we know you are hard at work making fun and interesting events or lessons for the community to enjoy and we want to know about it. If you would like a story to be written about your event in Austintown, Boardman, Canfield or Poland, send an email to nscott@vindy.com or call 330-747-1471 extension 1511 to tell our reporter all about it.

Grant writing workshop offered

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is offering a free grant writing workshop on March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mill Creek Metro-Park Farm in Canfield. The first part of the workshop will give the attendees prospecting tips to help them identify foundations, corporations, and government grant programs, and how to approach different kinds of grant makers. The second part will focus on OEEF grants offered by the state of Ohio. If you would like to increase environmental awareness at your school or organization and help get some funds to do this, send a representative to this workshop.

For more information or a flyer about this workshop, contact the Recycling Division of Mahoning County at 330-740-2060 or Dennis Clement at dennis.clement@epa.state.oh.us.

Meet other local writers

Monday Night Writers will meet on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Cafe, 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. The meeting is led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie. The two-hour sessions will include a mix of writing exercises, information on the creative and business aspects of writing and group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ This month, the guest speaker is Sara Churchill, information services librarian from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, who will share tips on researching for book projects, fiction or articles using library resources.

The cost is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, contact Nancy Christie at 330-793-3675 or at nancy@nancychristie.com.

Church hosts supper

Prince of Peace Lutheran, will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage supper on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with social time. On Ash Wednesday, there will be a spoken service at noon and a full service at 7 p.m. Each service will include Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. Prince of Peace is located at 2985 Center Road, Poland.

Poland grad makes Dean’s list

Ryan Rovank, a 2009 graduate of Poland High School, has been named to the Dean’s list at Ohio Dominican University for the fall semester. Rovank is attending Ohio Dominican University under a baseball scholarship, where he plays third base.

Slovak society to meet tomorrow

Region 7 of the National Slovak Society (NSS Life) will hold its annual business meeting tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Poland Christian Church, 6248 Struthers Road, Poland Township. Officers and members of assemblies in Region 7 (No. P09A in Youngstown, No. 8 in Struthers, and No. 731 in Poland) and their youth circles are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Following the Region Meeting, Assembly 731 will hold its annual organization and planning meeting. Anyone planning to attend should bring ideas, suggestions and plans.

For additional information, contact Laurie Fox, Assembly President, at 330-536-8850.

HBA names Duncan Remodeler of the Year

The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of the Valley recognized Duncan’s Bath and Kitchen Center of Poland as its Remodeler of the Year at its annual awards dinner Jan. 11.

The award is presented to the remodeler who demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, quality and workmanship throughout the previous year. Three of the company’s individual projects won awards as well, including “Outstanding Kitchen Remodel $50,000 plus,” “Outstanding Kitchen Remodel $25,000-$49,000,” and “Outstanding Bath Remodel Under $25,000 - $49,000.”

Rotary hosts annual chili open

Poland Rotary will be hosting its 28th annual Chili Open Golf Classic Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes food, 18 holes of golf, beverages, prizes and more.

There will be a chili eating contest, putting contest, door prizes, a raffle, and closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one prizes. For more information, contact BJ Miner at 330-503-0902 or Andrew Grischow at 330-509-1506.

Wine and beer tasting in Boardman

Team Schein is hosting a wine and beer tasting at Vintage Estates Wine and Beer in Boardman Feb. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes eight tastings. Choose from six wine selections or 12 beers on tap from the Diamond bar, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment by Ryan Ross. You must be 21 years of age to purchase a ticket and attend the event. To purchase tickets, contact Tina Prestas at 330-559-6918 or tprestas@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Boardman Relay for Life on behalf of Team Schein.

Fibromyalgia support group meeting

On Wednesday, the Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman. This meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. and members are urged to bring a friend who is interested in an evening of learning, sharing and fun. Bring any new information or ideas for day to day coping and a smile to share. For more information, call Alice at 330-372-2154 or Nancy at 330-758-8413.

Library hosts Babies and books

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

Tales for toddlers

Join the Canfield library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader every Thursday in February at 10 or 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Holiday tales for toddlers

The Poland library will host developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader on Thursday at 10 or 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fun for 4s and 5s is Tuesdays

Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader every Tuesday in February at 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego my library on Tuesday

Kids, age 6 and up, will meet to enjoy creating Lego designs at the Poland library on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. Legos will be provided.

Library hosts Pajama Jam

There will be sleepy-time fun for the family at the Poland library on Feb. 25 from 6:30-7 p.m. Put on your PJs, take the whole family for stories and more fun.

Trim the all-seasons tree at library

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours at the Poland library throughout the month of February. For children of all ages.

Library hosts Appy hour for teens

Learn about popular teen apps for smart phones and mobile devices at the Poland library Feb. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. See a variety of apps that will make your life easier and more fun. For teens in grades 7-12.

Spend President’s Day at the library

All libraries in the PLYMC system will be open on Monday (President’s Day).

Making Kids Count benefit dinner

On March 15, Making Kids Count will host its first benefit dinner at Avion on the Water in Canfield. Proceeds from the event will go to the various programs Making Kids Count sponsors. This event will include dinner, dessert, a cash bar, chance auction and entertainment. Invitations will be mailed in February. Anyone interested in receiving an invitation for this event or for more information on this event, should send an email with mailing and email addresses to mkc@makingkidscount.org or call the office at 330-758-3434.

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