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Local seniors group to share fun and fellowship on Sept. 17

The Holy Family Seniors Group will meet on Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall, located at 2729 Center Road in Poland. Hostesses for this month’s meeting are Dora Cercone, Jane Colella, Helen Kaplon and May Murphy. Lunch will be served at noon followed by Bingo and card games. Questions should be directed to Ruth Burns, president, at 330-757-1334 or to Laurie Fox, secretary/treasurer, at 330-536-8850.

Local historical society to meet

The Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 4515 Center Road (State Route. 224 and Struthers Road intersection) in Poland Township. A program presented by Regina Rees, titled “Tales of Youngstown,” will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lentini speaks on experiences in Korean War

Thomas Lentini, a veteran of the Korean War, will speak to the World War II Heritage Group when it meets on Sept.17 at Ala Carte Catering at 6:15 p.m. The speech will be preceded by a buffet dinner, with reservations available by calling David Frank at 330-757-0515 by Sept. 16.

Hall of fame dinner to be Sept. 15

The 2018 Poland All Sports Booster Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on Sept. 15 from 6-11 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Holy Family Parish Center in Poland. The event will feature a full buffet dinner with beer or wine, live entertainment featuring Cleveland Dance Band “The Players Club” and prizes. The cost is $60 per ticket (all inclusive). Tables of eight can be reserved. The 2018 honoree’s are Chester “Bud” Simon (1965) - football, basketball and golf, Victor DiVito (1972) - football and baseball, Mark Naples (1976) - football, Susie Memo (1998) - basketball, Sarah Knill (2002) - softball, Ben Umbel (2008) - basketball, Allison Mitzel (2011) - golf, Luke Wollet (2010) - football, basketball and track, Erin Gabriel (2012) - softball and soccer and Colin Reardon (2012) - football, basketball and baseball. For additional information, contact Rocky Nittoli at 330-953-4615, Jeff Sabrin at 330-402-4777 or John Allsopp at 330-720-2380.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Poland library every Thursday in September 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.

Free lecture on longevity to take place on Sept. 17

Youngstown Spine and Disc, Inc is hosting a free lecture, open to the public, on “The Secrets of Longevity” on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. The event is located on the second floor lobby in the Tiffany Medical Center, located at 7067 Tiffany Boulevard, Suite 280, in Poland. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ronald Ruscitti, DC. He will be sharing information about diet, lifestyle, exercise, “Blue Zones,” antioxidants and NAD/stem cell research. Ruscitti has been a practicing doctor and nutritionist for more than 30 years after receiving a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctor of chiropractic degree. He has also taught as a professor at Youngstown State University. Call Youngstown Spine and Disc to reserve your seats at 330-707-4482.

Gilchrist to be honored

Stephanie Gilchrist, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds Youngstown, will be honored as “Woman of the Year” at a special event during National Business Women’s Week Æ, sponsored by the Youngstown Business and Professional Women. The event will take place on Oct. 16 at The Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship Award, which is awarded annually to a deserving female student furthering her education at Youngstown State University. The cost for event tickets is $55 each. For more information about YBPW or to make reservations for the Woman of the Year event, contact Becky Davis, YBPW 1st Vice President, at ybpwboard2@gmail.com.

Bonding with babies and books and signs.

Learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) with your child through rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize at the Poland library on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Learn easy corresponding signs to learn and share with your little ones.

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 https://www.shepherdofthevalley.com/valley-legacy-awards/.

Chaney alumni to celebrate 80th birthdays at luncheon

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. For more information, call Larry Probert at 330-799-1204.

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.

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 www.dar.org.

Back to school bash

Dance, move, laugh and play games at the Poland library on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. This event is for children in grades K-4.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children who are ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care-giver. Join the Poland library on Sept. 21 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.

Trim a tree for September

Decorate an ornament for the Poland library’s all-seasons tree during regular hours throughout September. This event is for children of all ages.


This event is for all fifth-eighth graders. Go to the Poland library on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to learn sign language and about Deaf culture through fun, interactive games and activities. A snack will be provided. This event is for tweens and teens.

Guess the banned books

Banned Book Week will be celebrated at the Poland library Sept. 23-29 during regular library hours. They have shredded some of the most challenged YA books and you need to guess the titles. Someone will win a prize. Don’t worry, the books shredded were ones that were worn out and replaced. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Color your world

Join the Poland library on Sept. 20 from 7-8 p.m. for a relaxing evening of coloring for teens and adults. Coloring sheets and materials will be provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

DIY gourmet caramel apples

If you have ever want to make those delicious apples they sell at local festivals and gourmet shops, dripping with caramel, chocolate and decadent toppings, this event at the Poland library on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. is your chance. Make an apple for yourself and sample some pre-made goodies. This event is for tweens, teens and adults. Registration is required and can be made by calling 330-744-8636 and asking for the Poland library.

Stamping fun

Join the Poland library on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. as they create a beautiful fall card. All materials will be provided. This event is for tweens, teens and adults. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland library to reserve your place.

Get connected with digital media at the 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, attend this event at the Poland library on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland branch to register.

Beginning conversational French

If you want to know how to order from a menu or ask for help in French or want to learn about French culture and food, join Ron Saffell for this series of six programs, every Wednesday starting on Sept. 19 and ending on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., and learn French using games and fun activities. This event is for adults only. Reservations are needed for each date you will attend.

Yoga class

The Friends of PLYMC are sponsoring a yoga class every Wednesday in the Poland library meeting room at 5 p.m. Pay as you attend. The cost is $10 per session. Class is from 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 330-740-6086. This event is for adults.

Historical society plans fundraising bus trip

The Poland Historical Society is planning a fundraiser bus trip to Pittsburgh on Sept. 19. The trip includes a visit at the Heinz Memorial Chapel, the National Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, lunch at the Church Brew Works, tour of the Strip District and Downtown and a two hour cruise on the Explorer riverboat. The cost of the trip is $105 per person includes the bus transportation, admission fees and lunch. The bus will depart from Poland Methodist Church, located at 1940 Boardman-Poland Road in Poland, promptly at 8:30 a.m. and attendees are asked to arrive at the church by 8:15 a.m. The bus will leave Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. and should arrive back in Poland at approximately 6:30 p.m. Questions should be directed to Larry Bartos, 330-757-4223. The deadline to sign-up for the trip is Aug. 11. There will be no refunds after Aug. 11. Make checks payable to the “Poland Historical Society” and mail to The Poland Historical Society, P.O. Box 5052, Poland, Oh 44514, along with the following information: name, address, phone number, email address and check number. Also indicate your choice for lunch: chicken breast, chef’s salad, tilapia or pasta primavera. In addition to your selected entree, you will also be served a pierogi, house ciabbata bread and a beverage (coffee, tea, iced tea or soft drink). Forms for the trip will be available at the society’s tent near Poland Village Town Hall during “Celebrate Poland.” You will also be asked to sign an “Emergency Contact Information” form which includes information of a contact person should an emergency arise.

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.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Poland library on Sept. 25 from 12:30-6:30 p.m.to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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.

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 www.oa.org 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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