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MVREIA meeting to take place on Sept. 10

The Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association will meet on Sept. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center, located at 375 Canfield Poland Road, for its monthly meeting. This month will feature Al Cowgill. Cowgill is an author, a national speaker and a private lending consultant who has been featured in three newspaper articles about purchasing real estate through private lenders. He has appeared in three national infomercials and has been published in two books titled “Walking with the Wise in Real Estate” and “Walking with the Wise Entrepreneur” alongside many well-known figures. The public is welcome. Non-members are invited to attend two monthly meetings free. Join them on the second Monday of every month. The public is also invited to the Private Lending Dinner Workshop Mahoning Valley and Akron Joint, sponsored by MVREIA and ACREIA, on Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will take place at Polinori’s Palm Garden Inn, located at 1441 S Liberty Ave. in Alliance. They will begin promptly at 6 p.m. This event is private and registration is required. The cost for REIA members and non members is $29.95. They will also host a full day workshop on business management from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Hampton Inn, located at 800 Mondial Parkway in Streetsboro. The cost for members is $29 and $49 for non-members. Go to for complete details.

Restful sleep seminar to be Sept. 13

Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, located at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, in Boardman (Southbridge West Complex), will host a seminar titled Getting a Restful Night’s Sleep on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. 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. Call 330-729-1350 or go to to reserve your spot for this free seminar.

Chaney alumni to celebrate 80th birthdays

The Chaney High School Class of 1956 will meet for a luncheon on Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Davidson’s Restaurant, located on State Route 62 in Cornersburg, Meals will be ordered from the menu. Spouses and friends are welcome. Come and socialize and celebrate your 80th birthday with your classmates. For more information, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204.

Retiring your flag

During the month of September, Shepherd of the Valley is taking in tired, torn and faded American flags that need to be retired. Most flags are not retired and burned with the ceremony they deserve. Some are burned in a barrel; some in a pile on the ground; others are cremated at a funeral home. Shepherd of the Valley wants to change this. Flags can be dropped off at any Shepherd of the Valley community between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Drop-off hours for the corporate offices are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Flags will be delivered to a local veteran’s group for proper disposal. For more information, contact the nearest Shepherd of the Valley community at Boardman - 7148 West Boulevard - 330-726-9061, Poland - 301 W. Western Reserve Road - 330-726-7110 and Corporate Office/At Home With Shepherd - 5525 Silica Road in Austintown - 330-530-4038.

Valley Legacy Awards 2018 nominees announced

Nominees were recently announced for the 2018 Valley Legacy Awards. Now in its 14th year, the annual event honors civic-minded seniors and senior advocates for their contributions to the Mahoning Valley. The 22 nominees will be recognized and the Valley Legacy Awards presented to the winning Outstanding Seniors and Outstanding Advocates at a luncheon on Oct. 10. Those nominated by members of the community are: Outstanding Senior Award for Professional Excellence - Elder George Dial (Austintown), Stephana Liptak (Poland), Rich Morgan (Boardman) and Outstanding Senior Advocate - Laurie Antunze and Molly (Boardman). The Valley Legacy Awards luncheon will take place on Oct. 10 at The Maronite Center, located at 1555 S Meridian Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $30 and the public is invited. For tickets or more information, call June Jagunic at 330-530-4038, ext. 2050 or visit

Women’s league to have Sept. 10 picnic

The GFWC/OFWC Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League will have their annual welcome back picnic on Sept. 10 at the Elton Beard Log Cabin in Boardman Park at 6:30 p.m. and general meeting at 7 p.m. Women who are interested in membership are welcome to attend as guests as they are in need of community support for new membership. Contact any member or the membership chairwoman to make a reservation. Members are to bring school supplies which will be donated to Summit Academy in Youngstown. Plans will be discussed for the upcoming quarter auction on Oct. 13 at St. Nick’s social hall. Women who would like information about membership can contact Membership Chairwoman Linda Crish at 330-727-9321. Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is open to all women ages 18 and up, residing in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties who are interested in friendship, fun and community involvement.

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. There is no charge for the meetings, although collections are taken up at each meeting to provide for coffee, sugar and creamer, treats and free literature. The average contribution given by members at most meetings is $2. For more information, call the local Gamblers Anonymous hotline at 330-505-5060.

DAV hosts trunk sale on Sept. 8

The DAV, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2 “Junk In The Trunk Sale” will take place on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Austintown Senior Center, located at 110 Westchester Drive in Austintown. Spaces for vendors wishing to participate in this event are available. The registration is $20 per two parking spaces, one for vehicle and one for selling,. No hot food, soft drinks or raffle drawings by vendors. Vendors may arrive after 7:30 a.m. and must be in their assigned space(s) by 8:30 a.m. No refunds will be given for any reason. Proceeds from the “Junk In The Trunk Sale” will used to assist Mahoning County Veterans and their families. If there are any questions or an application is needed, call Tom Semer at 330-503-6096, email at or visit

Bells to ring in celebration of signing of The Constitution

The Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate the beginning of Constitution Week on Sept. 17 by participating in the nation-wide Bells Across America event at 4 p.m. The Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are asking schools, churches and individuals throughout The Valley to celebrate the signing of The Constitution by ringing bells at 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, the same date and time it was signed in 1787. There will be a gathering to read the Preamble and ring individual bells at Road of Remembrance Rock, located on Market Street and Newport Drive in Boardman, at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. The gathering is open to anyone who wishes to participate. For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution and its programs, visit

September square dance and weekly lessons begin

The Niles Friendly Squares will celebrate their eighth anniversary at their monthly square dance on Sept. 8 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Dress is casual and there is a $6 per person donation at the door. Gene Hammond will be the caller. A new year of weekly square dance lessons will begin on Sept. 11 from 7-9 p.m. Each lesson 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 Tuesday evening sessions will run weekly through April 16, 2019 at the Niles SCOPE Center. There is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. To sign up for lessons or for additional information about the dance contact Gene or Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Austintown library to close temporarily for repairs in September

The Austintown library, located at 600 S. Raccoon Road, will be temporarily closed for two weeks for repairs to and repaving of the parking lot. The closing is expected to begin on Sept. 10. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the parking lot repairs at a special meeting on Aug. 20, in addition to the exterior painting of the Austintown and Springfield locations. Both libraries will remain open during painting. Ongoing information can be found on the library’s website,, or Facebook page, LibraryMahoningCounty. Additional work being planned for the Austintown library includes roof repairs and exterior repairs. During the two-week closure, the library’s building and grounds department will take advantage of the opportunity to do cleaning and repair work inside the building, as well. The Austintown library will have security as needed during this period and book drops will not be available. Austintown library customers can use any of the other libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) system during the closing. Nearby libraries include the Michael Kusalaba Library, located at 2815 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown, and the Canfield library, located at 43 W. Main St. in Canfield.

Pre-kindergarten story time

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

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 at the Austintown library every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in September 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 caregiver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday at 10 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.

Grab and go craft

Make a grab and go craft during regular hours at the Austintown library during the month of September. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the picture book

Can you guess the picture book from the cut up cover during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September? One winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Guess the title

Put your emoji skills to the test by deciphering book titles through emojis during regular hours at the Austintown library throughout September. One winner will be chosen at random from correct entries. This event is for children of all ages.

Perler beads

Choose a design or make a design of your own at this event at the Austintown library on Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Place your beads on the boards and the librarians will iron them together. This event is for tweens in grades 5-8.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie at the Austintown library on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Your business: from idea to action

Join the Business and Investment Center and SCORE Youngstown on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library as they introduce the wealth of resources available at the library and within the community. Learn about the tools and people who will help you get ready to take the step from idea to action. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for information services or register online using the events calendar. This event is for adults. Light refreshments will be served.

Cord cutting 101

If you have ever thought about cutting the cord on your cable or satellite or want to have more freedom of choice and save money, visit the Austintown library on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about cord-cutting including the basics of streaming devices and services. 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 Austintown library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults

Friends of Austintown Library meeting and presentation

Lt. Jerad Sutton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Canfield Post will speak on efforts to prevent crime and improve traffic safety at this event on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. This event is for adults.

Austintown Alumni Association hosts annual raffle

The Austintown Alumni Association is selling raffle tickets for this year’s scholarship and mini grant fund raiser. Members are selling a book of six raffle tickets for $5 or individual tickets for $1 each. The first prize is $500 cash; second prize is gift certificates to local businesses worth at least $250; and the third prize is dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and dinner for two at The Manor, valued at $50 each. Proceeds from this project support the association’s scholarship fund, which awarded six $1,000 scholarships to Fitch seniors who graduated in June, and mini grants to teachers who applied for these grants to support classroom instruction. The winners of this year’s raffle will be announced during half time at the football game at Falcon Stadium on Sept. 14. Tickets can be purchased until half time or by contacting Austintown Alumni Association president Susan Justice at 330-792-2667.

Redeemer rally day and community picnic

Redeemer Lutheran Church will host its annual Rally Day and Community Picnic on Sept. 9 at 2305 South Canfield-Niles Road. Sunday school and adult Bible class will begin at 9 a.m. The divine worship service with communion will take place at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the worship service, there will be a free community picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, games and prizes for children of all ages, music and demonstrations by Austintown’s First Responders. The public is invited.

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.

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.

The Hopewell Theatre announces a diverse 2018-19 season

The Hopewell Theatre recently announced its 2018-19 season, promising a lineup of contemporary, well-known shows, including two musicals. The Hopewell Theatre is located at 702 Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown. Upcoming shows are: Oct. 19-28 - “Twilight Zone,” Dec. 7-15 - “Snoopy, the Musical,” Jan. 4-13 - “Sea Horse,” Feb. 15-24 - “Raisin in the Sun,” March 29-April 7 - “Godspell,” May 10-19 - “Deathtrap” and June 7-16 - “On Golden Pond.” Flex passes are on sale for six shows for $60 for adults and $42 for seniors/students.

Saxon Club hosts annual flea market

The Saxon Club will start its annual flea market event on May 1 with a flea market taking place every Tuesday through October. The market starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., and takes place in the Saxon Club parking lot, located at 710 S. Meridian Road in Austintown. Vendors can set up before 8 a.m. if they would like. The cost for vendors is $5 per space. Coffee, pop and other refreshments are available. Reservations for spaces are not required. If you have questions, contact Rich at 330-503-0535.

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.

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