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Mahoning Valley REIA to meet on Oct. 8

The Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association will meet on Oct. 8 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center, located at 375 Canfield Poland Road, for its monthly meeting. The topic will be “The Upsides of a Downturn: Stratagies for Thriving in a Changing Market.” This month’s instructor is Vena Jones-Cox, past president of that National Real Estate Investors Association and 25-year veteran of the investing business. This seminar gives participants the opportunity to look at the local trends, numbers and strategies, and to meet others who are real estate successes in this market. This is a free workshop, courtesy of Mahoning Valley REIA. Non –members are invited to attend two monthly meetings free. Join them on the second Monday of every month. Go to for complete details.

International Peace Light from coming to the area

For more than 28 years the Peace Light from Bethlehem has been spread throughout Europe by the cooperation of the Austrian Broadcasting Company – ORF (Linz), Austrian Airlines and the Austrian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Beginning in 2000, it has been flown to the United States and was taken to Ground Zero in New York in 2002. The 2018 Bethlehem Peace Light will be arriving this year at JFK International Airport in New York City after Thanksgiving. The Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America will be bringing it to the area and is looking for additional locations to host the Peace Light to make it available to more people in all communities. It would require only that you give it a suitable place of residence within your location or place of worship and offer it to anyone who will like to receive it. The exact date will be released later in the fall along with dates, times and locations of ceremonies for you to pick up if you desire. Any ceremonies, rites or programs may be performed at your option to honor this Light of Peace from Bethlehem. Contact Mike Kupec for information, questions or to offer to host the Peace Light at 330-519-3988 or Peace Light details and more information can be found at or the Peace Light – North America Facebook page.

Quarter auction event to take place on Oct. 13

The GFWC/Ohio Boardman Poland Junior Women’s League is hosting its third annual quarter auction on Oct. 13 at Saint Nicholas Social Hall, located at 764 Fifth Street in Struthers. The doors open at 5 p.m. and bidding starts at 6 p.m. The event is bring your own beverage and you can bring your own food as no food or beverage will be sold. Tickets are $10 each. Tickets for a lottery wreath and 50/25/25 raffle will be available. The proceeds will benefit local charities. Bring your quarters, friends and have some fun. For more information, call RoseAnn Winner at 330-402-0075. Tickets are also available from league members.

Canfield Local School District named highest in tri-county area in performance index

On the 2017-2018 state report card, the Canfield Local School District is once again the highest in the Tri-County area for performance index scoring 104.3. Last year Canfield scored 103. The performance index measures the test results of every student at their own ability level. Some of the categories that make up Ohio’s report card are achievement, gap closing, progress (value added) and graduation rate. This report card also measured financial data. The Canfield Local School District spends 70.5 percent of its funds on classroom instruction. This amounts to a cost per pupil expenditure of $8,713. The state average is $9,149.

Mooney Class of 1963 to have 55th reunion

The Cardinal Mooney Class of 1963 55th reunion will take place on Oct. 20. The event was planned by the reunion committee based on feedback from the 70th birthday party in 2015. Events include a meeting in the Radius Room of Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park from 1-4 p.m., a Mass at St. Dominic at 5 p.m., a presentation by Mark Oles, President of Cardinal Mooney, and tour at 6:15 p.m. at Cardinal Mooney High School and an evening mixer at 7 p.m. at Stonebridge Grill and Tavern, located at 1497 Boardman Canfield Road. Refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar and dinner is available to purchase from a limited menu. The fest of the activities are included at a cost of $30 per person. Questions can be directed at the following committee members: Rosemary Cuccarese Battaglia (330-788-5505), Fred Hoover (330-758-3025), John Marino (330-533-6386,, Mary Lee McClure (330-750-1924), Perry Ventresco (330-716-5586,, Mary Joyce Deskin (561-578-7910), Barbara Fisher Sloan (330-787-4731) and Eileen Walsh Novotny (330-533-3831).

Friendly Squares Halloween square dance

The Friendly Squares will host their monthly square dance on Oct. 13 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Niles SCOPE Center, located at 14 E. State St. in Niles. Rex Parker will be the caller and Frankie Hammond will be cueing the line dances. The theme for the dance is Halloween. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Cider and doughnuts will be served by the refreshment committee. There is a $6 donation per person at the door. For additional information, call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Local ABWA chapter to meet

The Mill Creek Chapter of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) will host its Oct. 9 meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. The meeting will begin with networking at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, creamed chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans with garlic, tossed salad, applesauce, Jell-O and dessert. The cost is $18 and reservations may be made by calling either Darlene Demjen at 330-755-9089 or Marilyn Abramski at 330-726-2527 by Sept. 30. The speaker for the evening will be Kim Hoover, owner and baker of Kim’s Confections on the square in Canfield. The public is welcome.

Local dancers invited to North Bloomfield event

On Sept. 29 the North Bloomfield Historical Society will host a Western Square Dance from 7-9:30 p.m. No dancing experience is needed. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 330-506-3370.

Cardinal Mooney to host parent night

Cardinal Mooney High School will host a seventh- and eighth-grade parent night on Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the school auditorium, located at 2545 Erie St, in Youngstown. Prospective families are encouraged to attend to learn about block scheduling, financial assistance and admissions. Current CMHS students and parents will present on the benefits of a Mooney education. This is an all ages event as special seasonal activities will take place in the school gymnasium for children in grades kindergarten through sixth-grade. RSVPs are encouraged but not required and can be made at

Tenth annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest

Danielle Scott was a beloved Teen Advisory Board member whom was lost to cancer. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is sponsoring the 10th annual Danielle Scott Memorial Writing Contest to honor Danielle and her love of writing. Teens may enter one poem with a theme of their choice. Entries may be submitted online at or on standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper to any public library in Mahoning County Oct. 1-31. If you submit your entry online, make sure you select the writing type (poem) and be sure to include your phone number. Hard copies must be typed. Be sure to include your name, telephone number, grade and school on your entry. Entries are not returnable. One winner will be chosen and will be awarded a plaque and a monetary prize. All entrants must be in grades 7-12 and either live in or attend school in Mahoning County.

Libraries remain open for holiday

All PLYMC libraries will be open on Columbus Day, Oct. 8.

Gamblers Anonymous meetings

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 on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church, located 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 one and a half 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 dreadful disease.

Concert event to benefit new center

There will be a Sacred Song Concert featuring solos and duets by Allan and Jennifer Mosher with pianist Jack Ciarniello at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Cornersburg Baptist Church, located at 3898 Tippecanoe Road in Youngstown. This event celebrates CBC’s 50th anniversary and anticipates the opening of The Eagle’s Nest Life Equiping Center. Freewill offerings will be accepted to benefit The Eagle’s Nest. To learn more, visit

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.

CUMC hosts event on Oct. 13

Canfield United Methodist Church will host a trash and treasure sale on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event offers free admission. Those interested in renting a table for $20 can call 330-533-9801.

Celebrate teen read week with Mindy McGinnis

Help the Canfield library celebrate Teen Read Week, which is a national event from Oct. 7-13, with award-winning, Ohio author and blogger, Mindy McGinnis on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. McGinnis writes across multiple genres including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery and fantasy. “A Madness so Discreet,” McGinnis’s gothic historical set in an insane asylum, won the Edgar award for Best Teen Mystery in 2015. She also manages a blog titled, “Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire,” which features author interviews, writing advice, query critiques and help in navigating the seas of the publishing world. You can also listen to her weekly podcast that features interviews with published authors.

Tales and talk for 2s and 3s

Join the Canfield library every Tuesday in October 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.

Bonding with babies and books

This event 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, at the Canfield library every Thursday at 10 a.m.

Gotta Move story time

This event is for children ages 2-5 who are accompanied by a care giver. Join the Canfield library every Wednesday in October 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.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Have you ever wondered about what happens at the library when it’s closed? The Canfield librarians will share their secret world with your stuffed animal friends at the stuffed animal sleepover on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Go to the library and enjoy a good night story with your special friend. Enjoy milk and a snack and then tuck your stuffed animal in for the night. On Oct. 12, you can pick up your stuffed animal and their photos during library hours, then let them whisper about their evening to you. Dolls and other toys are invited, but only one toy per child is allowed. This event is for children who are ages 2-6.

Wild about Harry Potter

Come dressed in your Hogwarts best, be sorted into your house and try the trivia challenge at this event at the Canfield library on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Make an awesome craft. Enjoy a snack and drawings. This event is for children of all ages.

Lego my library

Meet at the Canfield library on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy creating Lego designs. Legos will be provided. This event is for children, ages 6 and up.

Tales to tails

Read to your favorite therapy dogs on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Canfield library. This program helps develop reading skills, promotes confidence and encourages a love of reading. Bring a book of your choice or they’ll find one for you. Therapy dogs are provided by Pawz for People, a Community Partner of Pet Partners, a local pet therapy group. This event is for children grades K and up.

Family movie

Join the Canfield library on Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. for a Saturday Movie Matinee. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Children age 7 years and younger must be with an adult.

Movie night

Join the Canfield library on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. for a movie night where they will be watching a newly released DVD. Feel free to bring your own small snacks and drinks. This event is for adults and teens. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie will be either PG or PG 13.

Blood drive

There will be a blood drive by the Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Canfield library on Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. to serve the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. For appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This event is for adults.

Mah-Jongg Mondays

Practice your new skill to rattle the tiles and join the fun each Monday from 1-3 p.m. at the Canfield library. Bring your own Mah-Jongg set or share with a friend (Mah-Jongg sets not provided). This event is for adults.

Chair yoga

Pay as you attend for this chair yoga class at $10 per session. Classes will take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Canfield library. Dress comfortably. This event is for adults.

Learn local history while fundraising

Canfield History Walk: A Step Back in Time is a fundraising event for the non-profit Canfield Historical Society. The history walk will guide visitors through Canfield’s past, from early pioneer days to the early 20th century. Local volunteers will portray historical persons and events. Re-enactments include an action packed bank robbery, the fatal shooting of Canfield Sheriff Cone, the funeral of Elijah Bond and more. The guided walk around Canfield’s central green will teach young and old about local history and foster a love of community. The event will take place two Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29. There will be four tours each day, beginning at 4 p.m. with the last tour departing at 5:45 p.m., rain or shine. The Sept. 22 tours are $10 per person. The Sept. 29 tours have a special walk/dinner package available. The ticket price, including dinner at Piccadilly Parlor, is $40 per couple or $25 per individual. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Canfield Historical Society at 330-533-3458. Leave a message and someone from the society will return your call.

Make a small fairy garden

Use your imagination to create your own small fairy garden at the Canfield library on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Container, soil and decorations will be provided as well as some snacks. This event is for tweens who are ages 9-12.

Coupon swap at the library

If you have coupons you don’t need or need coupons you don’t have, drop in during Canfield library hours to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons. This event is for adults

Mah-jongg for beginners

Learn to play American Mah-Jongg, a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles throughout September at the Canfield library. The game originated in China and gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1920s. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Canfield. This event is for adults.

Guided labyrinth walk season begins at The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center

The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center, located at 4280 Shields Road, begins its 2018 Guided Labyrinth Walk season with a walk on April 15 at 2 p.m. This year’s themes celebrate aspects of St. Angela Merici’s introduction to her Counsels. St. Angela founded the Ursuline order in 1535. All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free events. Walks generally take 20 minutes to half an hour. All walks are scheduled weather-permitting. The list of walks is: Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. - “Expect Big Surprises.” The Ursuline Center Labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking. Printed guides are provided at the Labyrinth’s entrance giving suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk.

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 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road 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 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.