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Fuel odor in Poland


Mahoning County hazardous materials personnel spent several hours Thursday afternoon in Poland searching for the source of a gasoline smell reported by residents near Poland Presbyterian Church near the intersection of North Lima Road and Main Street.

The origin of the smell was narrowed down to an area between Nesbitt and Coblentz streets, reported 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner. First responders on the scene said they planned to flush sewer lines in the area as a precaution in case someone had dumped gas down a storm drain.

Poland Township leaders say there is nothing hazardous or flammable. However, as a precaution crews from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation were brought in to assist.

The Ohio EPA said their crew reported that a noticeable sheen was discovered in the stormwater and sewer systems.

It was not known Thursday what impact the spill would have on the environment.

Deals for Your Wheels


The Mahoning County Child Support Enforcement Agency will reinstate suspended driver’s licenses to absent parents who make a one-month payment plus $1 on arrears throughout November as part of its Deals for Your Wheels program.

The campaign is an attempt to get money to custodial parents for the holiday season.

Parents who are not working also must agree to seek employment.

For information, call 330-740-2073 and ask to speak to a license-suspension case manager.

Aspire open house set


Youngstown City Schools Aspire program, which offers free adult education classes, has scheduled an open house for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 E. Wood St.

Aspire is on Choffin’s lower floor.

The open house is aimed at adults age 18 and older. Attendees will learn about Aspire’s free GED classes offered at six locations in Mahoning County as well as a new law that allows Ohioans to choose from three different high-school equivalency tests (formerly known as GED tests).

Information will be available about free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes for adults from other countries who want to improve their English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

No reservation is necessary, and refreshments will be served. For information, call the Aspire Office at Choffin at 330-744-8769.

TNP to get $30K grant


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award a $30,000 Environmental Justice Small Grant to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership in Warren.

The TNP will create an educational initiative in the city to reduce exposure to potential soil contamination from former industrial activities.

The initiative includes creating a curriculum of best practices for reusing vacant land through urban agriculture, recreation or other purposes. Educational materials will be distributed before, during and after nearby demolitions and during the launch or continued reuse of vacant land for food production or recreation.

The EPA program provides funding for nonprofit and tribal organizations to work with stakeholders in industry, government and academia to help communities understand and manage exposure to environmental hazards and risks.

Turn in medications

Pennsylvania State Police said residents who want to turn in unwanted or unneeded prescription medications can do so any time day or night at the Mercer County barracks, 826 Franklin Road, Mercer, Pa., and Lawrence County barracks, 3539 Wilmington Road, New Castle, Pa.

The boxes are in the lobbies of both barracks.

‘Sippin’ With Saints’


Youngstown State University’s Newman Center will host its second annual “Sippin’ With the Saints” wine-tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in St. Columba Cathedral Hall, West Wood Street.

Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple. A table for six is $260. All tickets include eight drink tickets, fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, wedding soup and a Youngstown-style cookie table. There also will be a 50-50 raffle, a wine pull and gift baskets.

For tickets, visit or call 330-747-9202. Proceeds benefit Catholic student outreach programs.

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