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Shepherd of the Valley open house


Shepherd of the Valley – Howland, 4100 N. River Road NE, will host an open house of the newly renovated independent living homes from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required. For information, call Rachel Ellis at 330-856-9232, ext. 2618 or email at

New safety system launches today


The West Branch Local School District will implement its new RAPTOR system at each school building’s main entrance in an effort to keep students and staff safe at all times. All doors are locked, and the only entrance is the main doors, for which anyone wishing to enter must have their driver’s license, sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. The system will be fully operational today.

RAPTOR is a registration system that enhances the school security by reading visitor driver’s licenses, comparing information to a sex-offender database, and alerting campus administrators if a match is found. It also will alert staff to any pending legal issues or confidential custodial arrangements.

Art school to host demonstrations


SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) school, 25 E. Boardman St., will host “Art You Can Hear” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. This demonstration, performed by SMARTS music students, will include those who take classes in piano, violin, family drum circle/beats and jazz improvisation. A second “Art You Can Hear” demonstration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. This demonstration will be performed by SMARTS visual arts, creative writing, and dance students and will include those who take classes in ceramics, photography, architecture, creative writing and dance. Students who are participating in these events need to arrive at 4:15 p.m. and doors will open to the public at 4:45 p.m. Student artwork will be on display. For information, visit

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