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Local Junior Women’s League to meet

The GFWC/Ohio Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will meet on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Glenellen, located at 9661 Market St. in Boardman. Members are asked to bring socks/cold weather wear to be distributed at St. Johns soup kitchen on Jan. 21. GFWCO President Elect, Linda Crish will speak about what’s happening with GFWCO that evening. Plans for the 4th annual ladies tea in March will be discussed. Hostesses for January are Debbie Chop, Linda Crish and Yvonne Ford. Women interested in joining or receiving more information can contact membership chairperson Linda Crish at 330-727-3210.

Knights of Columbus to sponsor breakfast on Jan. 7

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus #3930 are sponsoring a sausage and pancake breakfast on Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parish center, located at 4500 Norquest Boulevard in Austintown. The menu consists of sausage and a variety of “all you can eat” pancakes and beverages. The cost for adults is $5, and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Smith family owned DQ stores to host Fan Appreciation Day

The Smith family-owned Dairy Queen stores will be hosting Fan Appreciation Day on Jan. 17 at the Austintown and Cornersburg locations. The Austowntown Dairy Queen is located at 146 N. Canfield Niles Road in Austintown and the Cornersburg DQ is located at 3555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Judge gives oath of office to trustees

The Honorable Judge Anthony D’Apolito gave the Oath of Office to Austintown Township Trustees James C. Davis and Ken Carano at Township Hall on Dec. 26.

YMCA calls for art

The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is now accepting art for its fifth annual FIVE Squared benefit art show and sale. Art must be submitted by Jan. 15. Name, title of the piece and contact info should be on the back and pieces can be mailed to The Davis Family YMCA, located at 45 McClurg Road in Boardman. All art must be 5 inches by 5 inches on a stiff surface. Any medium will be accepted, but must be light weight enough to hang on wall via sticky tack. Heavier pieces may have a hanging wire attached to back. Donations will be accepted from all ages and skill levels. Each artist may donate up to eight pieces and children may donate up to four. Early entry is encouraged. All art and artists’ names will be featured on a commemorative photomontage, featured at the Opening Reception on Feb. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Boardman YMCA. All art with be hung anonymously and patrons may purchase art for $25. Once sold, a SOLD sign will be hung along with the artist’s name. Buyers will find out the name of the artist only after purchase. Pieces that do not sell will be available for pick up on or after March 7. A high resolution file will be sent to participating artists who provide an email address. Proceeds fund ARTreach programs for under-served children and families in the community. Artists may download a prospectus at the Gallery at the YMCA, or Email for more information.

Sleep seminar offered at Wellness Center

The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman will be hosting a free natural health seminar titled “Getting a Restful Night’s Sleep” on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. An estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders or sleep deprivation. Join Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND to discover the simple, natural things you can do to help you get the restful, restorative sleep you need every night. The seminar will take place at Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, located at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). For more information and to reserve a seat, call 330-729-1350 or go to The seminar is free, but reservations are required.

Mill Creek ABWA chapter to meet

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Jan. 9 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield beginning with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes creamed chicken over biscuit, roast pork, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, applesauce, Jell-O and dessert. The cost is $18. Reservations may be made by calling Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 by Dec. 31. Speakers for the evening will be Liz Notman, who will discuss a seminar she attended at the YWCA, and Mary Brown and Judy Codespote will report on the conference they attended in Lancaster, Pa. The public is welcome.

Lego My Library presented in January

Meet and enjoy creating Lego designs at the Austintown library on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. Legos will be provided at this program, for ages 6 and up.

Blood drive at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross proudly serves the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. They will be taking blood donations to help the community at the Austintown library on Jan. 20 from 10:30a.m. until 3 p.m. and again on Jan. 29, 1-6 p.m. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Basic computer class offered at the library

Learn very basic computer skills at this program at the Austintown library on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. This is a beginner’s class that will cover use of a mouse, computer terms and simple internet use. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 to register for this class for adults.

Create a grab and go craft

Make a craft to take home at the Austintown library during the month of January.

Read to Reese

On the second Saturday of each month, come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners, at the Austintown library at 11 a.m. The next date is Jan. 13. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This program is for school-age children.

Play I Spy

Find the hidden items in the bottle at the Austintown library during regular library hours in January. Children in grades K-6 can play.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover at the Austintown library during regular library hours in January? One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. Children of all ages can participate.

Join Family Game Night at the library

Join the Austintown library on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. for all or part of the two hour game night. There will be a variety of board games, as well as some oversize games to share. This event promises fun for the whole family.

Pre-k storytime at the library

This program, offered every Wednesday in January at 11:30 a.m. at the Austintown library, is for 4-5 year-olds to help develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. You will use books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts to help your child get ready for kindergarten.

Bonding with babies and books

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

Weekly square dance lessons to begin Jan. 9

The Friendly Squares will begin a second session of weekly square dance lessons for beginners. The introductory session will be Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Each weekly session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new 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 and there is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. The Friendly Squares will also host their next dance on Jan. 13 at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. Dress is casual and there is a $6 donation per person at the door. To sign up for lessons or for additional information, contact Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Boy Scouts to participate in gold rush

The Whispering Pines Distract Klondike Gold Rush will take place the weekend of Jan. 5-7 at Great Trail Council’s Camp Stambaugh, where Boy Scouts from throughout Mahoning County and Hubbard will converge at the camp in search of gold, fun and the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush. A Scout Klondike Derby is based on the real-life struggles encountered by the men and dogs crossing the frozen Klondike in search of wealth in the gold fields. Scouts will have the opportunity to conquer some of the same challenges that these adventures faced, in hopes of finding their own treasure. The Scouts will experience seven stations to test their abilities and earn gold. If you would like to join Scouting or for more information, call the Great Trail Council Scout office at 330-773-0415 or visit the website at For more information about all the Scouting programs in the Mahoning County area, contact John Brkic, Whispering Pines District Executive at 330-773-0415, ext. 230 or at

Achieving ideal weight for life workshop offered

Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND, is offering a 3-hour personalized weight loss workshop at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center in Boardman on Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon. The address is 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex). The cost is $49, additional options available. This workshop is a comprehensive plan to teach participants how to eat healthy, lose weight and create a lifelong strategy for optimal health. Suzelis’ strategy for weight loss doesn’t include diet pills, shakes, special pre-packaged foods or starvation diets. Recipients will receive support and accountability, meal planning and portion control strategies. For more information on this workshop or to register, call 330-729-1350 or register online at Space is limited for a small group.

Show your library card for Phantoms ticket discount

If you show your PLYMC library card at the Covelli Centre box office on Jan. 15, you can purchase at a ticket for that day’s 1:35 p.m. game at special price of $9. At that game, there will be activities and special promotions. Your library card can save you money through the “Show Me Your Card” offers; go to to learn more.

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.

Chapter Chat Book Club to be Jan. 31

Come to the Chapter Chat Book Club on Jan. 31 at the Austintown library at 6:30 p.m. Call the Austintown library at 330-744-8636 to find January’s read. Light refreshments will be served at this book club for adults.

January meeting for Page Turners book club announced

Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in at the Austintown library on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. and join the fun at the Page Turners book club. This book club is for adults.

Stamp with Cindy

Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools at the Austintown library on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Sign up to create each month’s greeting card with matching envelope. Participation is limited to one session per person each month to accommodate demand and registration required. Call 330-744-8636 to register at this program for adults.

New program at the library

Join the program, True Crime Series, Part 1: Jack the Ripper at the Austintown library on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. This five-part series will cover a different unsolved true crime each month. Choose any book, documentary (etc.) based on the current month’s topic and join us for discussion. This program is for adults.

Movie night at the library

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Swap your scrapbook paper

Bring in your unwanted scrapbook paper, gently used scraps, cutouts or embellishments and swap them out for something that is new to you. Swapping will take place during Austintown library hours on Jan. 27 at your leisure. This program is for adults.

Friends of the Austintown Library presentation and meeting announced for January

Join the presentation of “What’s New at the Library,” with Deborah Liptak, Development Director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. For more information about the Austintown Friends, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086.

Build with a 3-D pen at the library

Tweens and teens, bring your designs off the page with 3-D pens at the Austintown library on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Register in advance for this program as space is limited. Participants must be at least 8-years-old.

Mystery and Tea book club to meet Jan. 9

Join the Austintown library on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. to sip tea and discuss your latest mystery novel find at the Mystery and Tea book club.

Get connected with digital media at your library

If you would 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 Austintown library on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. No registration required at this program for adults and teens.

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

Strategy board games at the library

Do you like to play strategy board games? Go to the Austintown library on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. to play games like “Ticket to Ride,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Carcassonne.” Play what’s there or bring your own to share. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for adults and teens.

A dozen makes a difference

The Austintown library wants their materials being used by the community. Help them empty the shelves by borrowing books, movies and other items. Borrow a dozen or more items at one time on your library card. Show your check-out receipt to a librarian to receive a small giveaway during the month of January,

Holiday library closings announced for the end of the year

All libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system will be closed on Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Meet the Phantoms

Players with the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team will be special story time presenters at the Austintown library on Jan. 9. A Phantoms game ticket will be given to each child that attends and there will be a craft and refreshments.


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, e-mail 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

Coupon swap at the library

Do you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to the Austintown library during library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Valley STEM + ME2 accepting applications for 2018-2019 school year

Enrollment is open for upcoming ninth and 10th grade students interested in applying to the Valley STEM + ME2 Academy for the 2018-2019 school year. The 7,500 square foot lab is housed on the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Campus. The Academy uses a rigorous curriculum, utilizing problem-based learning based on STEM principles. The Valley STEM + ME2 Academy’s mission is to prepare students with skills necessary to compete in the global economy while nurturing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application and entrepreneurship. This Academy provides the ideal setting for students to receive problem-based education based on mastery of skills. The Academy has a STEM-designation from the Ohio Department of Education. Call or e-mail Mara Banfield, Director of Valley STEM + ME2 with any questions or to schedule a tour at 330-729-4000 or All interested applicants should apply at

Local team has fundraiser

The Canfield Girls Basketball Boosters will host Designer Bag Bingo at St. Michaels Parish Family Life Center on Jan. 20, 2018. Thirteen games of bingo will be played, with an authentic designer handbag, including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, Tory Birch, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Lim, awarded as the prize for each game. The handbag for the grand finale game will include the highest valued handbag filled with gift cards. Other raffles will be offered. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door and include 12 rounds of bingo, grand finale bingo, hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Additional bingo cards and daubers will be available to purchase. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 6 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Lady Cards Basketball program. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit Facebook and search Lady Cards Basketball Boosters Designer Purse Bingo. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Canfield High School girls basketball home games.

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.

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