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Relay for Life has Feb. 2 event

The Mahoning County Relay for Life will host a benefit for the American Cancer Society at Boardman Park on June 11 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. This will be the first year for one combined event made up of the former Austintown, Boardman and Poland Relay For Life. Co-event directors, Amanda Cox, Kim Deemer, Melissa Kuttler and Stephanie Shelton, are coming together from their separate events to work to make this coming year’s Mahoning County Relay For Life a success. To kick things off, the Relay Event Leadership Team will also be hosting a Relay Rally Mixer at the Magic Tree, located at 7463 South Ave in Youngstown, on Feb. 2 from 4:3-6:30 p.m. Enjoy some food and drinks while having the opportunity to get information about the new Relay For Life. You will also be able to register your team at the event. Any new team that registers at the rally will enter a drawing for a prize. This will be a relaxed, open house type event that you won’t want to miss. You can find out more information about the mixer event or the relay event at, on the events Facebook page or by contacting the American Cancer Society Staff Partner, Ayla Zerbe, at or 330-517-2072.

Boardman Schools consider district realignment

The Boardman School Board is considering a realignment of the district that would close one of our four elementary schools at the end of this school year. On Jan. 10, staff members were briefed on the basic plan. Market Elementary would close in June. While many details must still be worked out, the closure would include the following changes in the district: closing Market Street Elementary and the remaining three elementary schools would become K-3 buildings; all fourth-graders would move to Center Intermediate School, which would become a grades 4-6 building. Superintendent Saxton has also added a video to the district’s new website ( further explaining the recommended plan. Formal action is expected at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Flo joins Ankle and Foot Care Centers

Ankle and Foot Care Centers recently announced the addition of Dr. Jennifer Flo to its staff of physicians and surgeons. Dr. Flo is accepting new patients in the group’s Andover, Cornersburg and Struthers offices. With the addition of Dr. Flo, Ankle & Foot Care Centers now has 18 podiatric foot and ankle surgeons serving patients in 20 locations in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Dr. Flo specializes in diabetic foot care and wound care. In addition to treating patients in office and nursing homes, she plans to work with wound care clinics, as she is a board-certified wound care specialist.

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

4-H community open house set

A 4-H community open house will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Greenford Ruritans Building at the Canfield Fairgrounds on Feb. 7. The open house is an opportunity to talk to adult 4-H leaders and current 4-H youth members and ask questions. Attendees will be able to find out more information about 4-H and how to join a club. Some of the more than 200 projects will be available to see and experience. These projects include more than just livestock, such as, veterinary science, clothing and textile science, communication, creative arts, photography, genealogy, writing, food and nutrition, healthy living, leadership and citizenship, money management, science, technology, engineering, math, natural resources, woodworking and more.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Boardman library on Jan. 23 and 30 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.

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.

Summit Jammers to play Memories of a Lifetime for historical society

A polka party, with music by the former Kuzman’s polka band, Summit Jammers, will take place at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, locaed at 3135 Belmont Avenue in Liberty, on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Boardman William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. The program is open to the public. Member admission is $5. Non-member admission is $6. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will take place, to benefit the society’s education mission. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins admitted, based upon seat availability. WHMHS is now conducting a membership drive, with membership available to the public. Membership levels include individual, family, organization, business, patron and lifetime. Members have the opportunities to participate in a school based literacy program, the annual McGuffey Founder’s Day/Pioneer Award program and the monthly public programs’ committees. To make reservations or for more information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS chairman, at 330-726-8277.

Friends of Boardman Library meeting and presentation

“Let’s Talk Craft Beer” with the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew at the Friends of the Boardman library meeting on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library. A meeting precedes the presentation. The public is invited to attend.

Holiday closings

All Mahoning County libraries will be closed on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bonding with babies and books

This event, which will take place on Jan. 22 and 29 at 10 a.m. at the Boardman 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.

‘I Read YA’ book club

This event is for adult fans of young adult (YA) literature who are ages 18 and older. Talk about why you like YA. Read and discuss. On Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman library, they will be discussing “A Madness so Discreet” by Mindy McGinnis. This event is for adults.

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 January, the stations focus on social and emotional development, which is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. Before kindergarten, children should be able to recognize and identify their own emotions and the emotions of others. They should also be able to communicate a range of emotions in socially accepted ways. The kindergarten readiness stations offer fun activities to build these skills. Working on these skills now will help children be successful in their interactions with teachers and classmates when they get to school. Stop by any branch to try out our new kindergarten readiness stations and help your child build these important skills.

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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