METRO DIGEST || ‘Orange is New Black’ stars to stump in Youngstown

Celebs to visit Valley for fundraising


Stars from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” will be in the Valley Friday to raise funds for the Ohio Democratic Party.

Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman, and Kate Mulgrew, who plays Galina “Red” Reznikov, will join state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-58th, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chair Dave Betras and the Youngstown State University Democrats at 6 p.m. at the Federal, 110 W. Federal St.

Mulgrew is Lepore-Hagan’s sister-in-law.

Admission to the “Orange is the New Black Turns Ohio Blue” event is free for students with a valid college I.D. The suggested donation is $25 to the Ohio Democratic Party. Contact Colleen Lowry at or 614-648-3887 for more information.

Burning of debris prohibited in Ohio


The beginning of October is ushering in an array of colors as Ohio begins its fall color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ohioans should remember the state is officially in its fall fire season. Ohio law states outdoor debris-burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during October and November. This includes burning leaves, trash or even campfires. Visit for more information on fall fire season in Ohio. People interested in staying up-to-date on where the most brilliant fall foliage will appear in the state should check out

Westminster ranks 47th in colleges


Westminster College was ranked the country’s 47th best liberal arts college by Washington Monthly.

“It is far too easy for colleges to garner undeserved reputations for excellence by hiking tuition, burdening students with loans. and spending the money on things that have little to do with educational excellence,” wrote Kevin Carey, Washington Monthly journalist.

Washington Monthly has been working for 11 years to move away from rankings based on wealth, fame and exclusivity. The new rankings try to provide a more accurate measure of a college’s value based on social mobility, research and service.

Snowmobile safety course offered

Jamestown Pa.

Pymatuning Trailblazers Snowmobile Club is offering a free snowmobile safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the clubhouse off Burns Road.

This class is required for children age 10 to 15. Lunch will be provided. Call Denise Thomas at 216-339-1322 or email by Oct. 28 to reserve a spot.

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