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Jobs skills workshop available at YWCA

YWCA Mahoning Valley will host a job skills workshop beginning Feb. 11. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday through Feb. 28. Participants will receive instruction in career exploration, resume writing, interviewing practice, job stability and financial literacy. The workshops are open to women and men, age 18 and older. Participants who attend all sessions will receive a $100 stipend. YWCA’s job skills workshops help participants increase their employability and remove barriers to gainful employment to meet the demands of a challenging and changing job market. For more information, contact Varada at 330-746-6361, ext. 112 or

Austintown Schools welcome new EMIS Coordinator

The Austintown Board of Education approved to appoint Rory Tiedemann as the District EMIS Coordinator at the January regular meeting. The EMIS Coordinator is responsible for collecting data and reporting it to the Ohio Department of Education. Tiedemann earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Mount Union and a Master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Promise Academy in Cleveland. He was also the Assistant Director at Invictus High School and Business Manager at Image Schools, where he earned Auditor of the State Awards.

Austintown Local School District announces open enrollment 2019-2020

The Austintown Local School District will again have statewide open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be accepted for students in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade based on grade level availability. Applications are now available on the Austintown School’s website at In order to be accepted for open enrollment, completed applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any students living in the state of Ohio and entering grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible. One application must be completed for each student. No new students will be accepted in grades 9-12. Only existing open enrollment students and those in special programs will be accepted into the high school. Open enrollment will close on April 30 for the 2019-2020 school year. Call the registration office at 330-797-3900, ext.1516 if you have additional questions or need more information.

Preschool accepting registrations

The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center is registering children ages 3-10 for their summer program and for the 2019-20 school year. The center is located at 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road. The Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center will be celebrating their 50th year in September and continue to serve the community by providing children with a safe, healthy and cheerful environment. Their mission is to help children grow and develop in the areas of social/emotional development, academic development, physical development and spiritual development. For more information about the preschool program, before and after school program and summer program, contact Director Amy Teeters by calling 330-793-1843 or email More information is also available at and the center’s Facebook page.

Hykes joins Bury Financial Group

Bury Financial Group recently announced the addition of Jocelyn N. Hykes as Administrative Assistant. Hykes received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Public Relations from Kent State University in 2017. She is an Austintown Fitch graduate.

Friendly Squares February square dance

Local square dancing group, the Friendly Squares, will host their monthly square dance on Feb. 9, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Gene Hammond will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cuing line dances. Valentines will be the theme for the dance. This will be a high/low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

MSVC-MOAA to meet on Feb. 22

The next meeting of the MSVC-MOAA will be on Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. The guest speaker will be former LT Bruce Bille, Director of the USO of Northern Ohio located in Cleveland. For reservations to attend or to read the monthly newsletter, go to or contact Mrs. Janet Oglesby at 330-568-4456.

NSS Life plans annual meeting

The National Slovak Society (NSS Life) local assembly 731 will host its annual meeting at 1 p.m. on March 2 at the Boardman library, located at 7680 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman. Election of officers will take place during this meeting. Members are asked to bring ideas and details to help plan assembly fraternal activities for 2019. Youth members are invited to attend and offer input about youth activities. They will also review activities sponsored by the NSS home office. Lunch will be served. Contact Laurie Fox, president, at 330-536-8850 if you are planning to attend.

Knights of Columbus sponsor breakfast

There will be a breakfast at the Community Kitchen sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #3930 on Feb. 9. The Community Kitchen is located at 551 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. Pancakes, sausage, beverages and a variety of pancakes will be served from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is not a charge for this event but a free will offering will be gladly accepted.

Golf classic to benefit American Cancer Society

The annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic will take place at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club on July 15. 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.

Mardi Gras Party to benefit Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley will host their 17th annual Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 9 at Mr. Anthony’s, located at 7440 South Ave. in Boardman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with champagne and hor d’ouvres. Featured at the event will be a silent auction, food, drinks, dancing to Ovation and DJ Bryan Ladd, a 50/50 raffle, psychic readings, Spin and Win presented by Komara Jewelers and more. Honorary chairs for the event are John and Denise York, DeBartolo Corporation and Patt and Doug Sweeney, Sweeney Chevrolet. Donation for the evening’s festivities is $100 per person. The public is invited. Sponsorship tables available. One hundred percent of the proceeds stay local to benefit Hospice of the Valley and their mission to provide comfort and compassionate care to those at the end of life as well as support for their families, doing so since 1979. There is still time to showcase your business with a gift or service to the auction. For information regarding Hospice of the Valley and their services, the Mardi Gras or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, call Liz McGarry at 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640.5180.

ABWA to meet on Feb. 12

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Feb. 12 meeting at Al A Cart Catering in Canfield. The meeting will begin with networking at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening includes stuffed baked pork chops, Swiss chicken, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, apple sauce, pickled beets, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $18 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 or Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 by Jan. 31. The speaker for this meeting is Debbie Hale from Mercy Health who will speak to us about insurance issues. The public is welcome.

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 throughout February to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Austintown library every Wednesday in February 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A holiday program will take place on Feb. 13.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place every Tuesday in February at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library, 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.

Evening story time

This once-a-month evening story time features stories, movement and early literacy education. The next event will take place on Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Austintown library. The evening story time is open to anyone, but geared toward preschool children and their families.

Kindergarten readiness stations

Kindergarten readiness stations are in every Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County library branch and feature fun activities for you and your preschool child to complete together. For the month of February, the stations focus on cognitive skills. This includes the development of memory, symbolic thought, reasoning and problem-solving. These skills support learning in all subjects. Before kindergarten, children should be able to communicate about past events and anticipate what comes next during familiar routines and experiences. They should also be able to solve everyday problems based upon past experiences. Our kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help your child be ready to learn when they get to school. Stop by any branch to visit a kindergarten readiness station and help your child build these important skills.

Black History Month scavenger hunt

Learn about famous African Americans by searching the library for three objects that represent famous athletes, entertainers and innovators during the Black History Month scavenger hunt at the Austintown library. One selected winner will receive a gift card. This event is for children of all ages during library hours.

Guess the picture book

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

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. Join the Austintown library every Thursday in February 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.

Mental health first aid for adults

Mental Health First Aid Training is aimed at helping people whose profession frequently brings them into contact with individuals exhibiting problems related to mental illness, substance use, poverty or homelessness. The library is partnering with the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Alta Care Group, which will provide instructors. Participants in this two-part series will learn risk factors and warning signs, as well as strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Each participant will also receive a First Aid book. Session one will be on Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. and Session two will be on Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Austintown library. Space is limited; call 330-744-8636, ext. 50066 to register for the series. The sessions are available to library staff, as well as people who have jobs in which they could encounter individuals needing this type of assistance. The program is thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Read to Reese

Come and read to Reese, a therapy dog from Pet Partners at the Austintown library on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Bring your own book, or the librarians will find one for you, and read to a furry friend. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online or by calling 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown library. This event is for school-age children.

Art with Andrea

Visit the Austintown library on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and you will be instructed step-by-step to create your very own work of art. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 to register. This event is for adults and teens.

Attachments: basic computer class

Learn how to save, send and print attachments at the Austintown library on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Basic computer knowledge of using a mouse and email is needed. Registration is required, space is limited. Register online via the library’s event calendar or call 330.744.8636. This event is for adults.

Silent Book Club

Visit the Austintown library on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for Silent Book Club. Bring in your own book, grab one off the shelf, or even read a digital book in a designated group quiet time. During this time, the group will discuss what they will be reading and whether the book is a hit or a miss. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for adults.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Austintown library on Feb. 19 from 1-6 p.m. The Red Cross bus will be in parking lot accepting donations. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online at

Chapter Chat book club

Come to the Chapter Chat book club at the Austintown library on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. where attendees will be reading and discussing a book together. A new genre will be read every month. This month is “Sirens of Titan” by Kurt Vonnegut. Light refreshments will be served. This event is for adults.

Scrapbooking at the library

This program at the Austintown library on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. is for those that have never scrapbooked before or for those that are well-versed and would like to get more tips and ideas. Paper and supplies will be provided, but bring six or seven pictures, postcards, ticket stubs, brochures or anything else you would like to include. This event is for adults and teens.

Friends of Austintown Library meeting and presentation

Patricia Sweeney, Mahoning County Health Commissioner, will discuss the health concerns of the residents of Mahoning Valley, especially in regard to heart health and diabetes at this event on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. She will also provide suggestions for prevention of these serious health concerns.

Movie night

Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during a movie at the Austintown library on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Movie will be a newly released DVD rated PG or G. This event is for the family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

YSU and PLYMC present small business basics

Spend an evening at the Austintown library on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. learning the ins and outs of small business with Joseph Angelo, Serial Entrepreneur and the Director of YSU’s Entrepreneurship Center, and some of his students. This is your opportunity to get help from people on the frontline of entrepreneurial studies. Director Angelo and his students will present on a number of areas related to small business and also provide the opportunity to learn practical business skills through hands-on demonstrations. Edward Koltonski, Business and Investment Librarian, will also be in attendance to show the numerous small business resources available through the public library. 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. A laptop recommended, but not necessary.

Cardinal Mooney High School to host community open house

Cardinal Mooney High School will host a free, public community open house from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 10. The school is located at 2545 Erie St. in Youngstown. Prospective and current families will be given school tours hosted by current students. Academic departments, sports teams and extracurricular clubs will have information on hand. Refreshments will be provided. Interested parties may RSVP to or call the CMHS Department of Admissions at 330-788-5007, ext. 176.

Legacy Dog Rescue hosting reverse raffle

Legacy Dog Rescue is hosting its third annual Reverse Raffle on April 6 at the Avion on the Water in Canfield. A total of 125 tickets will be sold. The cost is $65 per ticket, which includes two dinners and one chance to win the grand prize of $1,500. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the raffle at 7 p.m. A Chinese auction, games of chance and 50/50 drawings will also be available. Reserve your ticket by emailing Jenn at, texting Heather at 330-717-0635 or by sending a check to Legacy Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 3643, Youngstown, OH 44513. Legacy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) rescue dedicated to helping dogs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit

Gamblers Anonymous meetings

If you or someone you love has a gambling addiction, Gamblers Anonymous, the only known remedy for arresting such an illness, may be able to help. A meeting of Gamblers Anonymous will take place on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman. Another G.A. meeting will take place Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located at at 3425 Hopkins Road in Youngstown (Cornersburg). 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. Meetings last about 1.5 hours and are both closed meetings, or, you must have suffered from a gambling addiction to attend. The Youngstown-area G.A. groups are friendly and welcoming and established members love to see new members join the fold. They are more than happy to help suffering gamblers and are knowledgeable about how to stay clean from this disease.

Cardinal Mooney hosts 27th annual “Athletic Hall of Fame” dinner

On Feb. 17, Cardinal Mooney High School will host its 27th annual “Athletic Hall of Fame” dinner at the Lake Club, located at 1140 Paulin Road in Poland. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A dinner buffet will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the induction ceremony set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 each, with a table of eight for $600. All proceeds go directly to the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund, which has been established by the Stoops family to provide tuition scholarships for students who attend Cardinal Mooney. This class of inductees includes Anthony “Toner” Barone, Joe Cerni, John D’Apolito, Aieshya Dixon, Katie Duracky, Walter Fyda, Greg Iaderosa, Curtis Ingram, Danielle Kepics, Ken Kraft, Bryan Lyons, Chuck Saulino, Bill Scott, Alex Simon and Val Zajac. To reserve your tickets, visit by Feb. 9 or call the Cardinal Mooney Development Office at 330788-5113. If you are unable to attend the dinner but would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you can do so by mailing your donation to the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund, c/o Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., Youngstown, Ohio 44507.

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 throughout January to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons.

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: 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.

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 4:30 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 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road in Youngstown. 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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