Canfield Community Briefs

« Canfield Neighbors

Blessing of backpacks at Lord of Life church

A blessing of backpacks will take place at Lord of Life Church, located at 550 N. Broad Street in Canfield, on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. worship and on Aug. 26 at 10:15 a.m. worship. School children are asked to bring their backpacks to worship. Immediately following worship Pastor Becky will be hosting an “end of the summer” pizza party for the youth (up to age 18). All youth are encouraged to attend. The deadline for sign up is Aug. 23 in order to order pizza. There will be a sign-up sheet in the church Narthex.

Marilyn Mong to speak on women pilots for local group

Reinactor Marilyn Mong will speak to the World War II Heritage Group when it meets on Aug. 20 at Ala Carte Catering in Canfield at 6:15 p.m. The speech is preceded by a buffet meal at cost of $14 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting David Frank at 330-757-0515 by Aug. 16. Her presentation will feature the WASP pilots of WW II, the women pilots who served in many roles supplementing the Army Air Corp. One of their key missions was to ferry bombers to air bases around the globe. Youngstown itself provided WASP pilots to the cause. Mong has a private pilot license with instrument rating. Topping it off, she also is qualified as a hot air balloon pilot. She has belonged to the Lake Erie Chapter of woman pilots, the “99’s” as well as the Experimental Aircraft Assoc., and the Balloon Federation of America. Both Mong and her husband Jerry participate as WWII reinactors recently presenting their USO show at the Mid Atlantic Air show near Reading, Pa.

Canfield Local School District welcomes new administrators

The Canfield Local School District welcomes Michael Cochran and Richard Shields to the Cardinal family. Cochran is the assistant principal/associate athletic director at Canfield High School. He spent 26 years in collegiate athletics at Youngstown State, Ohio State, Marshall University and University of Akron. He was also the Director of Athletics at Chalker High School for three years and most recently was the Director of Athletics at Lakeside High School. Cochran is a Youngstown State University graduate and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. Shields is the assistant principal at Canfield High School. He spent 14 years in public education in Conneaut. He has extensive classroom experience as well as leadership roles. Most recently he was part of the Athletic Council and coached for Conneaut High School. He is an Edinboro University graduate. He completed two graduate programs, one with Walden University and one with Concordia University.

Canfield Local School District hosts open houses

The Canfield Local School District will host upcoming open houses. The schedule is Canfield High School – Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m., Canfield Village Middle School – Aug. 23 from 5-6:15 p.m. for fifth grade and 6:30-8 p.m. for grades 6-8, and C.H. Campbell and Hilltop Elementary Schools – Aug. 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. for kindergarten and 6-7:30 p.m. for grades 1-4.

Friendly Squares to dance at Canfield Fair

The Niles Friendly Squares will be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 30 from 7-8 p.m. and on Sept. 2 from 2-3 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building. A new year of weekly square dance lessons will begin on Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 16, 2019. There is a fee of $6 per person per lesson. To sign up for lessons, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370.

House flipping bus tour offered on Aug. 18

The public is also invited to the 2018 Mahoning Valley and Akron Joint Venture Rehab Tour, sponsored by MVREIA (Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association) and ACREIA, on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Rodman Library, located at 215 E. Broadway in Alliance. This is a full day, intensive training on the entire house flipping process. This presentation is geared toward new and experienced flippers. It features multiple speakers and consists of a morning classroom session, lunch and a hands-on afternoon session and rehab bus tour. Registration is required. The cost for registration for REIA members is $59 per person or $99 per couple. The cost for registration for non-REIA members is $69 per person or $109 per couple. Registration must be completed by Aug. 17. Go to for complete details or call MVREIA at 330-623-7342.

Local skate park to be location of music festival

The Skatepark Music Festival will take place on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Wedgewood Ramps in Youngstown. The cost is $5 at the door and the event will feature such bands as Alteras, Red Nose Panic, Rees Man Dolo & Droege, Wanderer, 13 Lucky, Evidence of Ruin, Whiskey Pilot, Service Monkeys and Gho$tlee. Food will be by Suzie’s and Mission Taco. The event is hosted and produced by Paul Goon.

Bus driver event open to families

Members of the West Branch Local District bus driver team have been working with other local schools to put together an informational event to share what the role of a school bus driver entails. This event is open to any interested parent, student, community member, school administrator and more. An event will take place on Aug. 18 and hosted by South Range Local Schools, located at 11300 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield. During the event, there will be small presentations from guest speakers, including Bill Leaming, South Range Local Schools pre-service instructor, as well as a sergeant from one of the Ohio State Highway Patrol barracks to answer any questions. On-board instructors will be teaching exhibitors different procedures, such as why a student has to be seated, the importance of bus stop safety, why you cannot consume food or beverages on the bus and more. There will also be live demonstrations of each of these procedures. Also, Buster the Bus will be making his way to the event on both days and there will be fun giveaways for the children who attend.

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for Aug. 20

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, located at 43 W Main St. in Canfield. Area writers, both published and unpublished, are invited to attend. Led by professional writer Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories,” “The Gifts of Change” and “Rut-Busting Book for Writers,” the two-hour sessions offer an opportunity for members to get group feedback on ‘works-in-progress.’ For more information, contact Nancy Christie at

Weekly square dance lessons to begin on Sept. 11

The Niles Friendly Squares, a local square dance group dedicated to keeping alive the art form of square dancing, will begin a new year of weekly square dance lessons. The introductory session will be on Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. Each session builds upon the previous session and will include learning steps along with plenty of review and practice each week to help attendees master the moves. The sessions are designed to cover all the steps in the basic square dance program. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April 16. There is a nominal fee of $6 per lesson. The Friendly Squares also sponsors monthly dances with alternating dances, or tips, for new dancers to practice their skills as well as tips for more experienced dancers. All the lessons and monthly dances take place at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. To sign up or for additional information, contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-534-4426 or 330-506-3370. The Friendly Squares will also be performing square dance demonstrations at the Canfield Fair on Aug. 30 from 7-8 p.m. and Sept. 2 from 2-3 p.m. on the stage located in front of the International Building.

Bonding with babies and books

This event is for caregivers and their little ones who are 6-23 months. There will be 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize every Thursday in August at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in August at 10 a.m. for developmentally appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children who are ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in August at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, talk and play.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun each Monday in August from 1-3 p.m. at the Canfield library. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend. Mah-Jongg sets are not provided.


Have fun and create unique art at the Canfield library’s zentangle program on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Learn what zentangle is and how it benefits the mind and body. Create beautiful unique works of art while relaxing, with no artistic ability necessary. Materials are provided and space is limited. Register at or by phone at 330-744-8636. This event is for adults.

Get connected with eBooks and digital magazines

Learn about all that OverDrive can do for you in this beginners class on Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Canfield library. Learn how to set up an OverDrive account, download materials and get an overview of the OverDrive features. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults.

Forever Young book club

If you love reading YA books, join the Canfield library where they will be reading and discussing a different Young Adult book every month. The next meeting will be on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and they will discuss “Eden Conquered” by Joelle Charbonneau. This event is for adults.

Off the Shelves...

Go to this monthly book club for a lively discussion of titles chosen “off the shelves” of the Canfield library’s book club room. Upcoming meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30. They will discuss “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. This event is for adults.

Coupon swap at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Canfield library hours in August to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults.

Women’s spirituality series: journaling 3

Join Ursuline Sister of Youngstown Eileen Kernan to explore how the ancient tradition of journaling can help you dialog with your inner wisdom, gain insight into your life and discern how movement in your life will guide your future. There is no prerequisite to attend these class, which is Sept. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ursuline Motherhouse, located at 4250 Shields Road in Canfield. Call 330-799-4941 for reservations. There is no cost to attend but freewill offerings are accepted.

CHS Class of 1983 to meet for reunion

The Canfield High School Class of 1983 will be hosting their 35-year class reunion Sept. 1 at Kennsington Grill, located at 4171 Westford Place in Canfield, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will include a cash bar, heavy appetizers and music playing 80’s favorites. Tickets are $50 per person. For an additional $12 classmates can purchase the group photo which will be distributed later that evening. For reservations, make checks payable to CHS Class of ‘83 and mail to P.O. Box 35 Canfield, Ohio 44406. Checks need to be received by Aug. 15. Rooms will be available at the Canfield Marriott for anyone needing accommodations. A pre-reunion get-together will take place at the Canfield Fairgrounds Grandstand on Aug. 31 with the class entering a Class of ‘83 car in the demolition derby. For more information, join the Facebook group Canfield High School Class of 1983.

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. announced for summer

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley recently announce that it is bringing back and tripling its summer day camp options for children with special needs and their neurotypical friends. Three weeks of two styles of camp will be offered. Dates include June 18-22 (integrated camp for ages 6-13), July 30 until Aug. 3 (full camp and integrated camp for ages 3-22) and Aug. 13-17 (integrated camp for ages 6-13). Camp Friend is unique because the student-to-counselor ratio is extremely low and unmatched to address the intense needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. As a result, every year interested applicants had to be turned away for lack of enough space. The addition of integrated camp will allow ASMV to serve more families by offering more camper spots. Integrated camp will provide the opportunity for higher-functioning individuals to attend a traditional day camp with our counselors there to assist as they have ideal chance to strengthen their social skills. Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.’s full camp will bring back a model of daily activities structured around social skill building themes to provide evidence based instructional opportunities in a fun setting. This, plus traditional summer camp activities like swimming, sports and crafts supported by an autism-qualified staff, provide a supported environment while ensuring an equitable experience. Camp costs $150 per student per week and numerous scholarships are available. Registration forms are available for download at and can be mailed by request to ASMV at 330-333-9607. For more information or media inquiries, call Camp Coordinator Tracy Marciano at 330-333-9609, email or go to

Guided labyrinth walk season begins at The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center

The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, begins its 2018 Guided Labyrinth Walk season with a walk on April 15 at 2 p.m. This year’s themes celebrate aspects of St. Angela Merici’s introduction to her Counsels. St. Angela founded the Ursuline order in 1535. All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free events. Walks generally take 20 minutes to half an hour. All walks are scheduled weather-permitting. The list of walks is: Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. - “Get on Your Knees” and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. - “Expect Big Surprises.” The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. Printed guides are provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance giving suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk.

Poland class of 1968 to host reunion

The Poland Seminary High School class of 1968 is having a 50-year reunion on Sept. 15 at the Magic Tree, located on South Avenue in Boardman. For more information, call Jay at 330-953-0953.

Overeaters Anonymous to have local meetings

Overeaters Anonymous is offering meetings at several local locations and on a variety of days. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Church Hall, Room 2, located at 4453 Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna, Ohio. This location is handicapped accessible. On Sundays at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church, located at 3144 Wilmington Road (Route 18) in New Castle, Pa. This location is handicapped accessible. On Mondays, a meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Girard Multigenerational Center, located at 443 Trumbull Avenue in Girard. This location is handicapped accessible. On Wednesdays, a meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. On Tuesdays at 6 p.m., a meeting will take place at the Oxford House, located at 320 Benton Road in Salem. This location is handicapped accessible. On Thursdays, a meeting will take place at Valley Care - Northside Medical Center in the Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, located at 500 Gypsy Lane in Youngstown. This location is handicapped accessible. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, a meeting will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, located at 1181 Churchill-Hubbard Road in Youngstown. This location is also handicapped accessible. For more information on OA or meetings, go to or call one of the following Help Hotlines: Mahoning or Trumbull Counties - 330-747-2696; Columbiana County - 330-424-7767; Lawrence County - 724-674-3697.

GA to meet twice this week

Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting is offered every Friday at Westminster Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, and another is offered every Sunday at Christ Church Presbyterian, located at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and last about 1-1/2 hours. Those who believe gambling has affected any part of their lives are urged to attend. For more information, call the local Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 330-505-5060.

More like this from

Subscribe Today

Sign up for our email newsletter to receive daily news.

Want more? Click here to subscribe to either the Print or Digital Editions.