METRO DIGEST || Birds to be showcased at Thursday program

Showcasing birds


Join the Mercer County Conservation District, in cooperation with Goddard State Park, for a program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Launch 3 Pavilion in Maurice K. Goddard State Park, 684 Lake Wilhelm Road, showcasing the national bird, the bald eagle; the fishhawk; and osprey. Learn the history of these creatures and how they can be saved from extinction. There will be a discussion highlighting ways the public can help. Bring binoculars as there will be chances to do some bird watching.

To pre-register or for questions, call the park office at 724-253-4833.

Hurricane aid


Vienna Township Volunteer Fire Department raised $4,584 during a boot drive Sept. 9 for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. That helps increase the total raised locally to $268,244 to provide shelter, food, clothing and other essentials to thousands still affected by the devastation, said Karen Conklin, executive director of Lake to River Chapter American Red Cross.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The need is great and it will continue long after it is no longer making headlines,” Conklin said.

The Red Cross is part of a large team of organizations responding. To date, more than 50 Red Cross volunteers and staff from Northeast Ohio have been deployed to help in Texas, Georgia or Florida. More volunteers and financial donations are still crucial. To volunteer, call 330-392-2551. To donate, call that number or mail a check to 3530 Belmont Ave., Youngstown 44505 or visit

History roundtable


Mercer County Historical Society will host History in the Making Roundtable on Presidents 1865-1885 at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the society, 119 S. Pitt St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 724-662-3490, email, or visit

Souvenir book


The Shenango Reservoir-50th Anniversary Souvenir Photographic Remembrance is finished. The book is 350 pages and includes 475 photos and images. The public is able to purchase it at the Mercer County Historical Society for $55, including tax. They are also available to order at

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