Austintown briefs

4-H day camp set

The Mahoning County 4-H program will have its annual 4-H day camp in Boardman on July 2. The day camp is open to any youth between the ages of 5 and 8 (must have completed kindergarten). Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend. The fee is $25, and includes crafts, lunch and lots of fun and opportunities to make new friends. Day campers will be supervised by trained counselors and adults.

Registration and full payment is due by June 21. Camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited so get your registration in early. For a camp brochure and further information, contact the Ohio State University Extension Office in Mahoning County at 330-533-5538 or visit the website at and go to 4-H Youth Development.

Wem graduates from NEOMED

Shelby Wem of Austintown was one of 184 public health professionals, pharmacists and physicians to graduate from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) during its commencement ceremony on May 18 at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Center. Wem was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She will enter community pharmacy at Rite Aid in Youngstown. Wem is a graduate of Austintown High School. She is the daughter of Betsy Wem and Darryl Wem.

Summer scholarship applications wanted

The Mahoning Valley Office of the Autism Society of Ohio announced that it is accepting applications for its inaugural Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Funding will support the annual day camp hosted by Autism Society of Greater Cleveland from July 8-19 for children ages 3-19 at the City of Independence Old Recreation Building in Independence, Ohio.

End of spring hike set

The MetroParks will take a hike on Summer Solstice eve, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Stavich Bicycle Trail in Lowellville for this end of spring hike.

Take a strategic hike

Join the MetroParks on a hike June 30 at 2 p.m. Chat about the new comprehensive action plan that will guide the MetroParks in fulfilling its mission through the next ten years. Meet at Ford Nature Center. The hike has a moderate rating and will cover three miles.

Explore Beaver Preserve

The MetroParks will explore the Beaver Township Preserve June 23 at 2 p.m. Meet at the pavilion in preserve, located on State Route 165. For directions, call the Ford Nature Center. This hike has an easy rating and will cover 1.5 miles.

Discover Austintown park

Discover Austintown Township Park tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. Join Bill Whitehouse again to explore a different section of this park. Meet at Pritchard Gazebo. The park is located just east of Kirk Road Trailhead. This hike has an easy rating and will cover 1.5 miles.

Pink Ribbon Gold Classic

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will be at Squaw Creek – Avalon Golf and Country Club July 15. All proceeds from this event will go to the American Cancer Society. The 18 hole scramble will be followed by lunch, a Chinese auction and raffle. The 2013 honoree is Patty Barber. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Ladies learn to golf

The ladies golf clinic will be June 26 at 6 p.m. Forty-five minutes will be spent on the range working on all aspects of full swing and short game.

Afterward, play three to five holes learning various things like course management, etiquette, pace of play and club selection.

Call the Pro Shop for details and to register. The clinic will be at Mill Creek Golf Course.

Short game clinic to be June 27

Whether you are a beginner or an avid golfer, you will benefit from this clinic on June 27 from 6-7 p.m. Fundamentals will cover chipping, pitching and putting techniques. Focus will be on technique, club selection, and when and where to play particular shots.

Call the Pro Shop for details and to register. The clinic will be at Mill Creek Golf Course.

Beginner or lapsed golfer clinic set

The MetroParks will host a clinic for beginner or lapsed golfers on June 20 from 6-7 p.m. The focus will be on fundamentals of both the set-up and the full swing along with some muscle activation and awareness drills.

Call the Pro Shop for details and to register. The clinic will be at Mill Creek Golf Course.

Construct pottery at the gardens

Botanical Pottery: Pottery Tumblers will be June 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. Lynn Cardwell will help students construct four nature inspired pottery tumblers. They will be food and dishwasher safe. The clay project will be glazed, fired and ready for pick-up in approximately three weeks. Cost is $39 ($30 FFRG member).

Learn cooking tips

From the Garden: The Summer Grill will be June 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chef David Armstrong will tantalize your taste buds with fresh summer herb rubs for steaks, an ahai tuna avocado dip and fresh salads. Arrive with an appetite. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. Cost is $35 ($28 FFRG member).

MetroParks hosts open tennis tournament

The Mill Creek open United States Tennis Association sanctioned tennis tournament will be June 27-30. There will be multiple divisions starting at 12 years and up. For additional information and to register, visit

Participate in Pilates sculpt

The Pilates sculpt class will be June 19 and 26 from 6-7 p.m. Using light hand weights, they tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. The class is instructed by Certified Fitness Trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. The cost is $10 per session or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Take T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Step One will be June 19 and 26 from noon until 1 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality by joining Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. The cost is $10 per class.

Practice Yoga at the gardens

Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. and 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. Meet at the information desk. The cost is $10 per class.

Yoga basics class set

Learn the basics of yoga June 16, 23 and 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. The class taught by Karres Cvetkovich will experience the release of mental and physical tensions that act as powerful barriers to enjoying life. Gift certificates are available. The cost is $10 per session or use your Scenic Fitness Card. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.

Learn Pilates basics

The Pilates basics class will be June 17 and 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning and shaping with Certified Fitness Trainer Angela Lubonovich. Core strength, alignment and breathing are emphasized. Bring a mat and water. Cost $10 per session or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Breakfast Botany set

Breakfast Botany: Stewartia will be June 21 from 8:30-10 a.m. Start your morning with a brisk walk through the gardens and return to the Garden Caf to have a light breakfast and learn more about this ornamental garden tree. The cost is $9 ($7 for FFRG members). Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register.

MetroParks hosts free concerts

The Metro Parks will host two free concerts at the Judge Morley Pavilion. Zancudo will perform June 19 at 7 p.m. and Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons will perform June 26 at 7 p.m.

Library hosts Juneteenth program

The East Committee of the Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will have a Juneteenth Program today at 1 p.m., in the East Library, located at 430 Early Road.

The East Friends Committee has planned a program, craft, entertainment and refreshments, including a focus on the Emancipation Proclamation. New Seasonings, the caf located in the Newport Library, will provide refreshments for the day, such as hot dogs, chips, red soda and red velvet cupcakes. The program is free and open to the public.

Free open houses set

Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. beginning June 12 and running through August 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 twice, July 8-12 and 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

Oh Wow! to host contest

Test your strategies at OH WOW! by playing the game card trek on June 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The game was created by Dr. Stephen Sniderman, a former English professor at YSU. The cost to enter the contest is $1. General OH WOW! admission rates apply to non-members. Prizes will be given to contest winners. For more information, call 330-744-5914.

Tease your brain

Oh Wow! will host Brainteasers on July 23 and 25 from 2-4 p.m. for children of all ages. The cost is free for members, general admission applies to non-members. Try your logic at various logic puzzles and 3D brainteasers. OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology is located at 11 W. Federal St. in Youngstown.

Make solar ovens

Children in grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to Oh Wow! on July 9 and 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to build a functional solar oven. Participants will use their ovens to make s’mores. The cost is $2 for members and $10 for non-members.

OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology is located at 11 W. Federal St. in Youngstown.

Play with physics toys

The Oh Wow! science center invites children of all ages to play with physics toys on June 18 and 20 from noon until 2 p.m. The cost is free for members, and general admission fee for non-members. OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology is located at 11 W. Federal St. in Youngstown.

Luau at the lily pond

The MetroParks will host a Luau at the Lily Pond on June 22 from 5:30-9 p.m. The Lily Pond is the oldest man-made body of water in Mill Creek Park. Join a summer celebration to help raise funds for the restoration of this beloved treasure. Enjoy luau-themed food, then dance to the steel drum sounds of the Calypso Gypsies. Come dressed festively tropical. Reservations are required by calling 330-702-3000. The cost is $50 per person, cash bar.

Learn about fishing

The MetroParks will host Hooked on Fishing June 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Yellow Creek Park. This free program will teach children about the sport of fishing. All ages are welcome.

Dunkin’ to host happy hour

Dunkin’ Donuts in the Youngstown area will host a summer happy hour through the end of August. Guests can enjoy discounts on a select featured beverage each month between 2-4 p.m. The month of June is featuring Dunkin’s Ice Coffee at 50 percent of stated menu prices. To learn more, visit

Austintown residents acknowledged

Alex Bohr, Maria Bukovinsky, Trisha Hall, Jonathan Henson, Nicholas Kimma, Kevin Pangio, Mayson Dickinson, Dana Helm, Nicholas Mancuso, Lauren Wenick, Caitlin Beckett, Elyse Gessler, Margaret Gratz, Dean La Salandra, Shawn Neff, Adeline Balzic, Kelli Carney, Joellin Chance, Stephanie Dilts, John Dina, Ericka Evans, Pamela Fike, Kenneth Garling, Michael Gorgacz, Cole Hahn, Josene Jennings, Christopher Matzye, Thomas Phillips, Brianne Schreiber, Jianna Tabachino, Nicole Balog, Joseph Burnich, Nicole Cicozi, Nathaniel Cox, Brandon Davis, Paul Gruver, Christopher Kochera, Rochelle Richardson, Richard Segesto, Eduardo Bustillos, Brett Comeau, Anthony Desalvo, Jared Fink, Lindsey Green, James Kinnick, Ryan Manthe, Nicolas Melia, Timothy Nadrich, Zachary Nagy, Brandon Peterson, Samantha Rovnak, Rosalie Sepesy, Jennifer Shiley, Mariah Snowden, Christian Thomas and Tyler Vitullo have been named to the dean’s list at Youngstown State University for the Spring 2013 Semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or better and take a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.

Hood named to president’s list

Lauren Hood of Austintown was named to the Trine University president’s list for the spring 2013 semester. To be named to the president’s list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 15 credit hours.

Students qualify for dean’s list

Local students Patrick Diana, Jr., Alexandra Hulick, Jai’leei Letlow, Jessica Ricker, Spencer Skolnick, Ralph-Isaac Testa and Alec Yurchekfrodl have been named to the University of Akron’s dean’s list for the spring semester.

Local student earns degree

Cody Morehead recently graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry.

Koerth earns recognition

Michael Koerth, a junior Mechanical Engineering major at Grove City College, has been named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the spring 2013 semester. Michael is a 2010 graduate of Heartland Christian School and is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Gary Koerth (Cindy) from Austintown. Students eligible for the dean’s list with high distinction have a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Area students named to dean’s list

Britney Bodendorfer, Michelle Burchett, Heather Dorinski and Raquel Paolucci were named to the dean’s list at Kent State Salem. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.40 or greater grade point average and must have completed 12 or more credit hours for the semester.

Austintown residents earn degrees at YSU

Austintown residents Anthony Balkan, Adeline Balzic, Kelli Carney, Brian Dudek, Elyse Gessler, Margaret Gratz, Kenneth Haid, James Kinnick, Christopher Kochera, Nicholas Mancuso, Kylee Oskowski, Jonathan Patrick, Jennifer Pauschert, Brianne Schreiber, Christopher Skinner, Matthew Swerdan, Kristin Tatarka, Kelly Turner, Tyler Vitullo, Daniel Voytko, Christopher Williams and Derek Winkle received degrees at Youngstown State University’s spring commencement.

Fitch graduates earn awards

Mariah and Miranda DeFuria, graduates of Austintown Fitch High School, have been named University Scholars at Youngstown State University, the university’s most prestigious scholarship award. For more information on the University Scholars program, call 330-941-2772 or visit

Torch club hosts dinner meeting

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. 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.

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.

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

Friends of the library meeting to be June 17

The Austintown Friends of the Library will be Monday at 10 a.m. Valley resident Richard Lander brings Joseph Green Butler Jr. to life. Lander has been a docent for the Butler Art Museum. He has researched and studied the history and life of Joseph Green Butler, Jr., an American Industrialist, civic leader and historian.

Butler is perhaps best known for establishing the first museum dedicated to the works of American Artists.

Page turners meeting set

Find out what others are reading and share your favorite read Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Austintown library.

Wonderful worms set

The Austintown library will host wonderful worms on June 27 at 10 a.m. Read “Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin with the Mahoning County Green Team and meet a young worm who discovers the good and the not-so-good things about being a worm in this great big world. Then, look at a vermicomposting bin to witness red worms at work in the earth and make your own worm craft. Recommended for kids in preschool to grade 3.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Austintown library on June 24 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

Babies and books set at library

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

Dollar General Literacy Foundation 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

Slavic festival to be 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.

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 or 330-286-0688.

Adult Career Center hosts informational sessions

Adults interested in enrolling career certification programs this fall offered at the Adult Career Center Mahoning County Career and Technical Center are invited to attend one of several free informational sessions this spring and summer 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 at 6 p.m. and July 9 at 6 p.m.

For more information or to register to attend, call the Adult Career Center at 330-729-4100.

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