Poland briefs

Poland residents earn degrees

Walsh University honored its 2013 spring graduates during the Commencement Ceremony on April 28 in the Cecchini Center. The following local residents were among the more than 630 graduates from Walsh University who were honored:

Jessica Farragher, a resident of Poland, graduated with a BSN degree.

Maggie Finnerty, a resident of Poland, graduated with a BA degree.

Torch club hosts dinner meeting

The Youngstown Chapter of International Torch Clubs’ dinner-discussion meeting will be June 17, at Pete’s Place, Kilcawley Center, on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The speaker will be Dr. Thomas Copeland. The title of his speech is “John McCormack: The Tenor Whom Caruso Acknowledged as His Equal.”

The public is invited to attend. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m. Dinner for non-members is $19. Attending only the lecture is free of charge. Call 330-757-4148 for dinner reservations.

Dr. Suzelis to host seminar

Dr. Ted Suzelis, N.D. will be presenting a free seminar entitled, “Blood Type Diet Meal Prep” on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center located in South Bridge West (behind Second Sole) at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D-3.

Join Suzelis for an informative seminar that will provide information on how to incorporate the blood type diet into your life. He will discuss meal planning, share recipes, teach you how to substitute ingredients in your current recipes to make them blood type friendly, and more.

To register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at OhioND.com. Free admission, RSVP required.

Book store to host signing

Randy Ryan, author of “My First Baseball Game,” will be signing books at Bradley’s Book Outlet in the Southern Park Mall June 29 from 3-6 p.m.

Kollar named to honor’s list

Lindsay Kollar of Canfield has been named to the honor’s list at Mercy College of Ohio. She is a freshman associate of science nursing major. To be named on the honor’s list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and be enrolled for six to 11 credit hours.

Writers group to meet in Canfield

Area writers are invited to attend Monday Night Writers June 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Peaberry’s Caf , located at 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road in Canfield. The meeting will be led by author and professional writer Nancy Christie. The two-hour sessions will include both writing exercises and discussions on the creative and business aspects of writing. Those with ‘works-in-progress’ are welcome to bring copies of their projects for comments and critiques from the group. The fee is $10 per class and registration is preferred. For more information, email Nancy Christie at nancy@nancychristie.com.

Band to host concert

The Canfield Community Concert Band will offer concerts on June 11 at 7 p.m. at Shepherd of The Valley - Poland and June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Poland Village Hall Park. The band, under the direction of Brian Harris, will entertain audiences with a variety of popular songs and marches presenting contemporary American styles and celebrating American composers and patriotic themes.

Connect with your eReader

Bring your eReader to the Poland library on Monday from 6-7 p.m. and April 13 from 10-11 a.m. The librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the library’s digital catalog on the website. This event is for adults and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register.

Poland grad earns degree

Monica Marie Gray, a 2009 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron Honors College on May 10 with a bachelor of science with honors in biochemistry. She was a Buckingham Scholar in the Honors College, was named to the Mortar Board Society and was named a Top Ten Senior. She also completed four years of research in the chemistry department and was awarded the University of Akron Outstanding Student Research Award. She will be attending medical school beginning in Fall 2013.

Tales for toddlers set for Thursday

Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader June 13 at 10 and 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies and books set at library

Babies 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 June at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Poland library on June 12 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Screen your blood pressure

The Poland library will host a blood pressure screening on June 25 from 1-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Mahoning Chapter of American Red Cross.

Celebrate Poland at the library

Join in the Celebrate Poland activities at the library on May 29 at 11 a.m. (indoor games) and 2 p.m. (outdoor games). For kids of all ages. Treats will be served.

Historical society meeting

The next regular meeting of the Poland Historical Society will be June 18 at 7 p.m. At the meeting, participation at the Celebrate Poland activities on June 28 and 29 will be discussed. This, along with the July 16 and Aug. 20 meetings, will be a business meeting with no program following the meeting.

Tales for toddlers set for Thursday

Join the Poland library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader June 13 at 10 and 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego my library Tuesday

Children, age 6 and up, can create Lego designs at the Poland library on June 11 from 6-7 p.m. Legos will be provided.

Schoolhouse open to public

The first summer open house of this year at the Little Red Schoolhouse is set for June 9 from 1-3 p.m. The tour is free. The Schoolhouse is filled with memorabilia about the early settlers of Poland, the schools, the historical homes and many vintage items from past generations. A member of the Poland Historical Society will be onsite to answer questions and show items of historical interest. Additional open houses will be offered the second Sunday of each summer month: July 14 and Aug. 11. The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at 4515 Center Road at the Struthers Road intersection.

YSU searches for majorettes, feature twirlers

The YSU marching band will have auditions for majorette and feature twirler positions for the upcoming marching band 2013 season on June 14 from 5-7 p.m. (learn routine) and June 15 from 9-11:30 a.m. (audition) Incoming freshmen and current students are encouraged to audition for the 2013 season. Participants should plan on two days for the full audition process. Both sessions will be in Stambaugh Stadium’s Gym A.

For details or to sign up, go to www.ysubands.org/marching_pride. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Brandt Payne, director of athletic bands, at bpayne@ysu.edu.

SOV named excellent

Shepherd of the Valley passed its annual state survey.

Assisted living providers offer services to residents who require some assistance, but do not need the level of care provided by a nursing home. The state licenses these providers, conducting at least one unannounced survey (inspection) during a nine to 15 month survey cycle to ensure the providers adhere to the standards set by the state.

For more information, contact Kelly Stansloski, associate director, Shepherd of the Valley-Poland, at 330-726-7110, ext. 0.

Benefit for local child

St. Charles Church, located at 7345 Westview Dr. in Boardman, will host a spaghetti dinner benefit tomorrow from 1-5 p.m. for Poland resident Jackson Diaz, who was diagnosed with Apert Syndrome shortly after his birth last June. Tickets will be $4 for children 3-12 years old and $8 for adults age 12 and older. There will be a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles, and a bake sale. Funds raised at the benefit will go toward helping the family afford medical expenses and surgeries. To learn more, visit www.oursunjackson.org.

Mahoning Riverfest set

Friends of the Mahoning River will have its second annual Mahoning Riverfest today from noon to 4 p.m. at the B & O Station, located ar 530 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. The Riverfest will begin with a dock ribbon cutting ceremony. Kayak and canoe rides will be available courtesy of Trumbull Canoe Trails. There will be an art festival inside the B & O from noon to 7 p.m. The cost is $1. The event will also include educational and historical presentations and displays with a focus on the river and the environment. There is no charge for parking.

Dollar General donates to library

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced the award of $3000 to Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County to support literacy programs. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

Church hosts fundraiser

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran will host a fundraiser rotisserie chicken dinner June 15 from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $10 per meal. All funds will benefit Jerry and Tammy Decker Cracraft to assist with medical expenses for Tammy as she undergoes cancer treatments. Each meal will include half of a chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, roll and dessert. Beverages will be available at the church’s pavilion for those who wish to eat on site. All meals are pre-sale only; 200 will be sold. A Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing will take place during the event. Call the church office at 330-757 or email sec3280@sbcglobal.net by June 7 to arrange for tickets.

Grow Youngstown to offer fresh produce

Grow Youngstown will offer fresh produce direct to the residents of Mahoning Valley through its Community Supported Agriculture market, which purchases food direct from local farmers. Participants can pick up their farm fresh goods on Tuesdays at the YMCA in Boardman, Fellows Riverside Gardens, East Side Public Library and Poland Public Library. Orders can also be delivered to your door for a fee.

To become a member of Grow Youngstown’s CSA: Farm to You, contact Elsa Higby, CSA manager, at csa@growyoungstown.org or 330-286-0688.

Slavic festival June 15

Simply Slavic, the downtown festival created specifically to celebrate Greater Youngstown’s colorful Slavic community will take place on June 15 from noon to midnight on Federal Plaza East. The event began in 2011 to educate the community about Slavic heritage. The event will feature live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, educational exhibits and ethnic vendors.

Adult Career Center hosts informational sessions

Adults interested in enrolling in career certification programs offered at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions at MCCTC, located at 7300 North Palmyra Road in Canfield. Informational sessions include career investigation as well as reading, math and language assessments. Attendees will tour the building, meet instructors and learn about financial aid opportunities. Upcoming informational sessions will be June 18 and July 9 at 6 p.m.For more information or to register to attend, call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

Mature drivers course at SOV

Shepherd of the Valley is inviting mature drivers, age 60 or better, to sign-up for the AAA Safe Driving for Mature Operators course. The state-certified course, which can qualify attendees for auto insurance discounts, is being offered Aug. 5 and 7 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with an hour for lunch, at Shepherds of the Valley - Poland, located 301 W. Western Reserve Road. The cost is $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members. Lunch is available for an additional cost.

To register, call Elida Cowles, LPN at 330-726-7110, ext. 2318. For more information on this program, visit the Community Events page on the Shepherd of the Valley website, www.shepherdofthevalley.com.

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