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Poland Community Briefs

Friday, February 16, 2018

Historical Society to meet on Feb. 20

The Poland Historical Society will meet on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (224 and Struthers Road intersection) in Poland Township. The program, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will feature local historian Thomas G. Welsh, Ph.d., and co-author of “The Classic Restaurants of Youngstown.” Welsh’s presentation will be a nostalgic walk down memory lane about famous Youngstown restaurants. He will have copies of the book available for sale. The 2018 membership drive is currently underway. Renewal and new membership dues are $10 per person for the year. The Society relies heavily on dues and donations to maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse and to preserve the history of Poland for future generations. Checks should be made payable to “Poland Historical Society” and mailed to the Historical Society at P.O. Box 5052, Poland, Ohio 44514. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address along with your check.

Library closing announced

The Poland library will be closed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 27. The library will be open to the public from 1-9 p.m. that day.

Ferment your own sauerkraut

Learn to make your own sauerkraut, a lacto-fermented food, in this instructive class at the Poland library on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. All materials will be provided and registration is recommended at this class for adults. Call 330-744-8636, and ask for the Poland library.

Snack-n-sign program at the library

All fifth- to eighth-graders are welcome at the Poland library on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided at this program as well.

Program a robot at the library

Find out how to program Lego Mindstorms Robots at the Poland library on Feb. 27. from 6-8 p.m. Learn about the Lego Mindstorms software and use it to program robots to get through challenges. This program is for fifth grade and up. Call 330-744-8636 to register as space is limited.

Read to Roxie

Relax and read to Roxie, a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International at the Poland library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Each child will be given a 15-minute reading session while spots remain. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to register. This program is for grades 1-4.

Trim a tree for February

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree any time in February during regular hours. This event is for children of all ages.

Yoga class

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a yoga class every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Poland library in the meeting room. Pay as you attend. The price is $10 per session.

Public invited to Audobon Society program

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley invites the public to “Birding Within 90 Minutes of Boardman” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Canfield library. Jeff Harvey, president of the local Audubon chapter, will present a program on the many great birding locations within our area and what birds can be found.

Monday Night Writers meeting scheduled for Feb. 19

The next meeting of Monday Night Writers will be on Feb. 19 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 Street 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

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic to be in July

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 16. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. The 18-hole scramble will be followed by lunch and a Chinese auction and raffle. For further details, contact Donna Mowrey at 330-207-9630 or Nancy Felton at 330-533-2712.

Mooney celebrates start of Catholic Schools Week

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2018 Cardinal Mooney High School is offering a $100 early application bonus to any prospective family that applies for admissions to the 2018-19 academic year by March 1. There is no additional paperwork to complete and applicants are encouraged to go to and fill out an application for admissions.

Get connected with digital media at the library

Would you like to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, complete issues of magazines and more to your computer and mobile devices? Join the Poland library on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. for this program for adults and teens. Registration is required, so call 330-744-8636 to sign up.

Join playtime at your library

Prepare for kindergarten through play at the Poland library on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. Read a story and have fun with developmentally appropriate games and activities that you can do with your child to help them get ready for kindergarten. This is program is for children who are ages 2-6 and all children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult to this one-hour program.

Learn American Sign Language with your child

Come and learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child at the Poland library on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. through rhymes, songs, and stories, followed by time to play and socialize. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

Story time with the Phantoms

Hear a story, make a craft and meet Phantoms hockey players at the Poland library on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Each child will receive a ticket voucher for a Phantoms hockey game. This program is for children of all ages.

In honor of Black History month, learn more about potato chip inventor George Crum, Join the Poland library on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. to hear about his life, the history of the chip and have a taste testing. This program is for the whole family and registration required.

Poland Historical Society spring 2018 meetings and topics announced

The Poland Historical Society membership drive for 2018 is underway, and annual membership dues are $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to Poland Historical Society and can be mailed to the Poland Historical Society, P.O. Box 5052, Poland, OH 44514. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. Membership dues and donations are vitally important to the society in their efforts to maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse museum and to “Preserve the Past for the Future.” Members are not obligated to attend monthly meetings, but are always welcome. The society makes an effort to provide informative, interesting programs following the business portion of each meeting. Program topics scheduled for the first five months of 2018 include, Jan. 16 – “Poland 100 Years Ago (1910-1920);” Feb. 20 - “The Jonathan Fowler Family;” March 21- “Walter Arrel, Inn on the Green;” April 18 - “Ohio Indian Mounds” and May 15 - “Poland Township Park.”

Cardinal Mooney opens admissions with winter open house and new student referral program

Cardinal Mooney High School, located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown, is kicking off the 2018-19 admissions season with a new student referral program. Current Mooney families and employees are encouraged to refer students from qualifying public and charter schools to apply for admissions. Eligible referrals may earn referring families a $500 tuition credit. For more information on the program, visit the “apply now” link on the school’s website, Interested applicants can learn more about the program at Mooney’s winter open house, set for Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the school. Attendees will be treated to student-led tours, information on block scheduling and financial aid, as well as be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 tuition credits just for attending the open house. RSVPs for the open house are encouraged through the school’s website at

Bond with babies and books at the library

Join the Poland library every Wednesday in February at 10 a.m. for a story time 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

Play Bookopoly at the library

Teens and adults, play Bookopoly for fun and prizes. Pick up your game board and instructions at any branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and play Bookopoly from Jan. 1 through March 31. Work your way around the game board by completing tasks, such as checking out a book, visiting our Pop-up Library or getting out into the community. Completing color sets earns you an entry slip for a prize drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Complete the entire board to enter into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. The contest ends March 31 and all prizes will be awarded on April 16.

Junior League hosts New York trip

The Junior League of Youngstown is hosting a round trip from Youngstown to New York City April 13-15. Spend the day as you wish for your selection of Broadway plays, shopping, sightseeing and dining. The “NYE Ball Drop” price is $139 per person if paid in full by Dec. 31 and $149 per person without a discount. Payment plans are accepted and must be paid in full by March 14 and will be $149 per person. Tickets are available until March 14 for the trip. Your ticket is transferable in the event you are unable to attend. No cash refunds will be issued. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries. For more information, contact Fund Development Chairman Amy Banks at 330-743-2000 or email

Book a librarian

Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book-a-Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth help with a variety of library services, such as learning to use a computer, email and the internet; downloading e-books and audiobooks; researching a topic; discovering new books and authors and business, non-profit or genealogy help. To schedule an appointment, visit any library, call 330-744-8636 or go online at

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in February at 10:30 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.

Yoga Class offered at the library

Friends of PLYMC is sponsoring a Yoga Class every Wednesday at the Poland library in the meeting room. Classes are from 5-6 p.m., and you pay as you attend. It is $10 per session and for more information, call 330-740-6086.

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.