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METRO DIGEST | Dollars for kettles

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dollars for kettles


The Salvation Army says a late start has put the organization behind in its Red Kettle Drive, but they are asking the community to help bring donations up to speed.

Becky Keck of the Mahoning County Salvation Army Advisory Board, said the sudden death of a key county organizer put the organization behind in its red-kettle efforts here. So the organization is asking area residents to help by putting $1 in the kettles whenever passing one.

Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those in need, many of whom would otherwise be forgotten.

Monday Medicare event canceled


A Medicare checkup event set for Monday at the offices of Area Agency on Aging 11 in Niles is canceled. Anyone who needs assistance in choosing a Medicare or prescription-drug plan is invited to an agency-sponsored event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Emmanuel Church, 108 Indianola Ave., Youngstown.

Anyone eligible for Medicare has until Dec. 31 to pick or switch a plan. Otherwise, the current plan will remain in effect until the next open-enrollment period.

For more information, call the Medicare hotline at 800-633-4227; Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program at 800-686-1578; or Area Agency on Aging 11 at 330-505-2300 to schedule an appointment (if still available), or visit to compare and choose a plan.

United We Dine at Inner Circle


The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will have its final United We Dine event of the year from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Inner Circle Pizza, 6579 Ironwood Blvd.

The evening will feature media personalities including Dave Sess and Teresa Weakley from WKBN-TV 27 and a visit from Santa. An auction will include a variety of holiday gift items. Among the items are a L’uva Bella Wine Basket, Casal’s de Spa & Salon Basket, Knoll Run Golf Basket, Buttermaid Bakery cookie tray and a small OSU helmet signed by football coach Jim Tressel. There also will be a 50/50 drawing.

All proceeds benefit United Way. For more information, call the United Way office at 330-746-8494 or visit