Museum grand opening

Museum grand opening
YOUNGSTOWN -- A grand opening for Youngstown State University's Rose Melnick Medical Museum on Wick Avenue will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, including a brief program at 5:30 p.m.
Museum exhibits represent four centuries of medical history and feature re-creations of doctors' and dentists' offices and operating rooms. The museum also contains 20,000 articles that chronicle the history and practice of medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy from the 1700s to the present.
"When the President is the Patient" is the featured exhibit. It contains histories of presidential ailments and an overview of assassinations and secrecy concerning the health of presidents.
The museum was founded 15 years ago by Dr. John C. Melnick, a local radiologist. It was relocated to YSU last year and named in memory of his mother, Rose.
The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Free health screenings
WARREN -- Sparkle Market in Austin Village on West Market Street will be the site for a healthy heart presentation by several local health agencies.
The presentation is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and includes free blood pressure and dental screenings, blood sugar testing, information on diabetes and nutrition and stroke and cardiac risk assessment.
Flu shots in Canfield
CANFIELD -- People 65 and older or with chronic medical conditions are eligible to receive flu and pneumonia shots offered by the Mahoning County Board of Health from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Canfield United Methodist Church, 20 S. Broad St.
The cost is $10 for the flu shot and $18 for the pneumonia shot. People on traditional Medicare must bring their Medicare cards. No appointments are necessary. Other flu shot clinics will be scheduled for people under 65.
Head Start tours
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Area Community Action Council will have open house and tours at its Head Start Early Education Centers at Renaissance Place, 345 Oak Hill Ave., and Westchester Head Start, 122 Westchester Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
The Renaissance Place learning center opened this fall and the Westchester center a year ago. There are 1,587 children, ages 3 to 5, enrolled at 12 Head Start learning centers under the auspices of YACAC.
Breast cancer event
LIBERTY -- Zeta Tau Alpha sorority of Youngstown State University has invited more than 80 area cheerleading squads to a Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic.
The cheerleading exhibition will be at Liberty High School at 1 p.m. Oct. 28. Each squad will dedicate its routine to a victim of breast cancer.
Admission is $3 and there will be raffles and concessions, including the sale of Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic shirts by Varsity Spirit Fashions.
Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Abstinence program
VIENNA -- Teen Straight Talk, a local organization dedicated to preaching sexual abstinence to high school students, will have an open house from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its new location, 1393 Youngstown-Kingsville Road (state Route 193).
The privately funded nonprofit organization has been active in the Mahoning, Mercer and Shenango valleys for 12 years.
Grant for Justice
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Lawrence County District Attorney's office was given a $106,481 grant by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Community Gun Violence Prosecution Program. The grant will be used to pay for a new prosecutor in the district attorney's office who will focus on gun violence and violent crime. District Attorney Matt Mangino said the prosecutor will be assigned to troubled neighborhoods in Lawrence County to help open the lines of communication and relationships with local residents. Lawrence County is one of only two counties in western Pennsylvania to receive the grant. Mangino said he hopes to have the new prosecutor in place by first of the year.
Charges in flag burning
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Police have filed juvenile court charges against a 14-year-old borough boy, accusing him of desecration of the flag and criminal mischief. Police said the boy is accused of setting fire to a small American flag that had been part of a display put up in the borough park for a memorial service for those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. A borough worker found the burned flag in some bushes in the park Oct. 1.