Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 36

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You are invited to be part of an exciting community event. On April 22, 2017, the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley will be hosting the 4th Annual Valley Autism 5K & 2 nd Annual Family FUN WALK for Autism. Get over to their facebook page and show them some love.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently revised its statistics on the occurrence of autism in America to state that one in 68 children (and 1 in 54 boys) are affected. There are more than 60,000 families in Ohio with children and adults and their families affected by autism; the largest percentage of whom reside in NE Ohio.

From the newly diagnosed child to the school aged children to the severely disabled autistic adult. These are all our families and they need our help.

The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to supporting families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families living with an ASD diagnosis, and to bring about community change and opportunities for individuals working through life with this disability. Our volunteers are dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, raising awareness and resource development.

What do we really do? Here’s a typical morning call: A mother is driving home having just received the news that her 3-year-old was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. She is scared and sad. She doesn’t know what this means short term or long term for her child. Where to send them to school? What early intervention therapies does he need? How do I get funding for therapies and other services? Are there other mothers I can talk to about this? What do I do RIGHT NOW?

This is where the Autism Society shines. In our role as the autism “bridge organization” we are uniquely driven to work with all of the schools, therapy centers, support groups, community organizations and government agencies to bring together the necessary resources for families. In addition to direct calls for information and referral, we host educational, awareness activities to shine a spotlight on the many facets of ASD and the issues faced by children, adults with someone one the spectrum.

These include:

  • autism family social events and neighbor-to- neighbor support;
  • Seasonal events like Caring Santa, Sensitive Bunny and Family Portrait photo sessions;
  • Collaborative programs like Sensory Nights at the Oh WOW! Children’s Museum and at area libraries;
  • Resource programs like Community Autism & Disability Resource Fair; and,
  • Camp F.R.I.E.N.D, our summer day camp, known for welcoming neurotypical peers and creating community
  • immersion for participants.

This is why we need your support. What can you do? Quality programming like this can cost upward of $75,000/year.

At this time we are seeking fun family prizes to motivate our community businesses and family teams to raise money as part of our event, much like a Relay for Life event. Businesses will create teams in order to show their support of our local families. Families will create teams to support and rally behind their family member with Autism. Prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, museums, trampoline parks, movie theatres etc. will be prizes for families who raise the most money for the event.

We also need donations of bottled water, granola bars, fruit, donuts or anything else that would be great for our 5K runners and/or for our families. We also are offering several levels of sponsorship if you would like to have a bigger presence at our event. Details can be found at ValleyAutism5K.com. If you’d like to contribute, but in a way not listed, please let us know. Any funds raised by this event stay local and support our families in need.

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Tomorrow head downtown to the Soap Gallery for a community Arts Discussion. This discussion will be a town hall style discussion targeting the visual arts, related events, planned projects, and open discussion about arts in Youngstown. We welcome all Youngstown Community groups to discuss and present what they have going on currently and for the upcoming year.

If you plan to present during the talk please have your input written down and limited to 5-10 minutes.
Please invite other artists, community members, and those who have interest in the the visual arts in Youngstown. Street Parking is available in front of the Soap Gallery on South Champion.

Please message the Soap Gallery for any questions

Seniors in the Mahoning Valley need our help to eat today and every day. Join Mario Andretti and volunteer with Meals on Wheels Mahoning Valley. And please head on over to their facebook page and show them some love.

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According to the Vindicator, The Dress to Succeed Ministry celebrated its latest expansion with the grand opening of its showroom location at the Community Corrections Association building on the South Side.

Elder Rose Carter, founder and director of the ministry; Lola Simmons, executive director of the Home for Good Re-entry Resource Referral Center; David Stillwagon, chief executive officer of CCA; and Mayor John A. McNally, cut the ribbon yesterday for the latest boutique-style showrooms inside the Graphics Building of the CCA facility, 1507 Market St.

“The city of Youngstown fully supports these initiatives because once people come out [of prison], we don’t want them to come back in, and we want to give them the help they need,” the mayor said.

The ministry has been dedicated to providing donated clothes, shoes and other accessories for Youngstowners, with an emphasis on people returning from prison, since 2010. Carter said this addition further helps the goal of providing something for people who need it the most.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, Stephanie Parish said she remembers when she was a student at Niles McKinley High School, she competed in the Youngstown State University History Day event. Now as a social studies teacher at Windham Junior High School, she has her seventh- and eighth-grade students creating projects for History Day.

The YSU History Day will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Kilcawley Center and DeBartolo Hall at the campus. The 2017 theme is “Taking a Stand in History.” Program coordinator Dr. Diane Barnes and AmeriCorps Ohio History Regional Officer M. Carmella Cadusale are coordinating the YSU event

Schools in Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull represent Region 4 which will be part of the competition. According to their Facebook Event Page, Ohio History Day is a year-long research program for students in grades 4 – 12. Students who choose to showcase their work, compete at the school, regional, and state level with an opportunity to advance to nationals. Contests are free to attend and many aspects of the judging are open to the public.

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Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning.

National History Day began as a small, local contest in Cleveland, Ohio in 1974. Dr. David Van Tassel and members of the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University created the program to reinvigorate the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. The program quickly expanded throughout Ohio and surrounding Midwestern states. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day (NHD) became a national program in 1980.

Now, more than 600,000 students and participate in National History Day from every state in the Union, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories, and the program continues to expand internationally.

National History Day received the 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. The National Humanities Medal is awarded to individuals or institutions “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”

NHD is supported by volunteers who coordinate its state and local programs. Thousands of people support the program by serving as contest judges, workshop presenters, mentors and advisers to students and teachers. On the local and state levels professionals based at colleges and universities, historical agencies and educational organizations serve as state and district coordinators to direct the History Day programs in their areas. The Ohio History Connection is proud to be the state sponsor of the National History Day program in Ohio since 1995.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, John Diehl knew there was something special about Sara Price’s basketball game. He saw her promise in middle school.

Price, a 6-foot-1 senior guard/forward, exuded that effort throughout high school, and it made her Northeast Inland District Player of the Year the past two seasons. She’s been the face of the Tigers girls basketball program and is heading to Ball State University next season.

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Before Price travels to Muncie, Ind., she’ll look back on her biggest honor to date — the Trumbull County Coaches Association girls basketball player of the year. Price picked up the wooden base with a golden basketball attached atop the award Monday at the 30th annual Trumbull County Basketball Banquet at Leo’s Ristorante.

Price, who averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals as a senior, is the eighth Howland player to receive the award and seventh under current Tigers coach John Diehl.

Bristol’s Jeff Kassan won the honor while Diehl coached the Panthers in the early-to-mid 1990s. Taylor Williams last won it for Howland in 2012.

“This is something I can go back when I have summer camp and say hey, ‘You can win this award if you work hard,’ “ Diehl said. “I can pick out the things that I think can win it when they get to this age. Sara could (do them) in the seventh, eighth grade. It takes a lot of work to win it.”

This TCCA title goes next to her 1,000-point basketball and the net she cut down when Howland won the All-American Conference, Red Tier Championship.

“Every time I look at it, I’m reminiscing in the past,” Price said of the TCCA trophy. “It’s amazing. It’s a huge, beautiful trophy. The fact that I have it, I can’t even put words to it. It’s such an awesome feeling.”

Diehl already knew Price was a special player before high school. She took the next step by improving her game her freshman season — learning to shoot.

“It’s the smoothness of her shot,” Diehl said. “She shot real low when she was little. She was coachable because she brought her shot up and got it above her head.

“The one thing too, that kids are coachable.”

Price knows this TCCA honor doesn’t solely define her legacy and future at Ball State, but it’s nice to have.

She listened to Monday’s guest speaker, University of Akron associate women’s basketball coach Melissa Jackson. Jackson spoke of the hard work she had to do to get through college and in her coaching career.

“Girls from college have these huge honors,” Price said. “They don’t know the amount of work they have to put in. I put a lot of work into it. I’m ready for it. It’s a job in college.

“Having this under my belt is a dream come true.”

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 34

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Do you love the Mahoning Valley? Well you are not alone. In fact, a group of entrepreneurs and community leaders who love the Valley are launching a Mobile App at a Free Launch Party that will focus on community involvement and will provide a fun interactive tool to connect individuals with organizations in service to our community.

Downtown Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley PodcastThe party will include an uplifting atmosphere with light food, beverages and prizes for volunteers. Short presentations by area leaders will take place every 30 minutes. Speakers including the Mayor of Youngstown (John McNally) and Jim Cossler (of the YBI) will encourage community involvement and touch on topics like Education, Area Improvements, Economic Development, Unity, and the importance of our faith communities.

Click here to lean more about who we are and about our Mobile App.

This event will be open to the public (no admission required). We are also extending special invitations to many Area Leaders, Non-Profit Organizations and local news channels.

March 30th, 2017, 5pm – 7pm (RSVP below)

Tyler History Center, 325 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH

How You Can Help: Attend the event and spread the word to others by sharing our website and on Facebook. Click here to like their page on Facebook. And RSVP by March 26th and Register as a Love This Place Volunteer for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Must be present at the Launch Party on March 30th to win.

This is the Mahoning Valley Podcast and it occurred to me that there a plenty of people here who may want to do a segment. Who may want to have their voice heard on a Podcast. Maybe you have an event or cause or just want to say hi to the Valley. This podcast was never meant to be all about me. It has been a work in progress. Well, it is your turn. If you want to record a segment and email it to me, I will consider adding it to an episode.

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Because this is a community project, you must be a part of the Mahoning Valley or have some connection to the Valley. If you want to talk about your grandma or how you grew up in Struthers or what you favorite restaurant is, or favorite gym, or favorite bar, or favorite band or anything. It just needs to be about something or someone in the Mahoning Valley.

You may be thinking, how much is this going to cost me. Nothing. Nada. Just record on your phone. Record with your friends. Record on your laptop or tablet. Save the file as an MP3 and send it over. Send it over with any links or pictures you want to include. This is all about everyone here in the Valley. So give it a try. It is easy and free and will get your voice added to the Mahoning Valley Podcast Archive. Send as many as you want. Any topic. BUT, no bad language. I look forward to helping you be a part of the Mahoning Valley Podcast.

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The Service Monkeys at the Wickyards on March 23. Everyone knows how much I love Free Events. On Thursday at 7PM in downtown Youngstown at 711 Wick Ave, Nick Chicone’s (of The Service Monkeys) 21st Birthday Bash.

Featuring this lineup of local indie bands. I suspect this will be a fine display of our youth’s artistic musical aspirations.

The Service Monkeys – Energetic, indie punk from Boardman, OH http://theservicemonkeys.bandcamp.com

Morning In May– Catchy upbeat emo-influenced pop-punk from Akron, Ohio https://youtu.be/f5uuEXfCkv8

Three Vultures – Socially conscious, alternative from Lisbon, OH https://threevultures.bandcamp.com

Toolebox & The Crew – Folk punk from Bowerston, OH https://toolebox.bandcamp.com/releases

Special acoustic sets will be played outside in between sets by Askew_Painting, Dustin Cutwright, and Alex Richards http://alexrichardsmusic.bandcamp.com

This is a FREE show. Come celebrate Nick Chicone’s 21st birthday at 711 Wick Ave. Youngstown, OH

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When you get old and get hungry and may be alone in this world, you are going to want someone to care. Well, you can show you care right now. Join Mario Andretti and do lunch with Meals on Wheels Mahoning Valley.

On March 24th, Tri Changes Salon in Girard celebrates its 25th Anniversary in business. And the celebration warrants a shoutout. 25 years in business with an all nighter by staying open for 25 hours straight starting March 24th! Our theme is mental health and suicide awareness.

They will meet at St. Rose Church parking lot at 4 o’clock Thursday. There will be guest speakers to uplift us. After they speak there will be a one mile balloon walk to honor those who have passed away. A counselor will be on hand to provide information on addiction, mental health issues, & bullying. We will have a balloon release and Bear Hugs following the walk.

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Food will be provided at the Salon by Ianazone’s pizza in Niles. Temporary tattoos available for donation by Thad Minnick. Western Southern will be doing kid’s identikits. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction & Paul Mitchell giveaway at the Salon. Money raised will be used to provide a Paul Mitchell the school Scholarship & also will be donated to the Emmanuel Center.

Be the 25th or 92nd client and receive a complimentary future service. Wear your PJ’s between the hours of 10pm and 10am to receive a candy bar with Tri Sweet savings. You could be a golden ticket winner. We will be accepting canned foods, treats, toys, and monetary donations for pets! Trumbull County Mental health/addiction help and information will be available at the Emmanuel Center from 8am to 4:30 pm on Friday.

Take a little nap and then head on over to the Box Gallery for a Multi and Mixed Media Art Show featuring Michael Long who is a Pennsylvania based artist that works in multi-media sculpture, painting and assemblage. His work has been on display at the Westmorland Museum of American Art along with various galleries, museums and private and permanent collections.

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He is a member of Associated artists of Pittsburgh and currently known for his large scale permanent installation project at the Station Medical Center Altoona, Pa. Michael is always looking to create new processes and use non traditional materials to put a twist on non traditional art. This will be Michael’s opening at the Box Gallery. This will be a free event to the public, with appetizers, drinks and music.

According to the Vindicator, Youngstown CityScape is celebrating its 20 th Anniversary this year. When Youngstown CityScape started Streetscape, a beautification program, it had about two dozen volunteers cleaning up a small part of downtown.

Streetscape will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 3 with about 700 volunteers expected to clean up debris and plant flowers and shrubs in major sections of downtown and the surrounding areas.

“There’s been a transformation,” said Scott Schulick, Streetscape chairman and one of the original volunteers. “There wasn’t much pride in downtown 20 years ago. Trees and the landscape were overgrown and no one took care of downtown. Now we have a large group that has helped transform the look of downtown.”

“It’s grown exponentially,” added Sharon Letson, CityScape executive director. “When we started 20 years ago, there were two restaurants and a few businesses downtown. Our program and downtown have grown so much in 20 years.”

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Youngstown CityScape kicked off its fundraising drive Monday for its 20th annual Streetscape planting day at the YMCA of Youngstown’s Manchester Room with a breakfast.

The planting day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon June 3. This year’s theme is “20 Years: People + Vision + Action.” Volunteers will beautify downtown and surrounding areas by removing debris, trimming, planting flowers and shrubs, and mulching planted areas.

Project partners include the city, YSU, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program, YSUScape, Community Corrections Association, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Fifth Avenue Boulevard Neighbors, Crandall Park South Neighbors, 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, Garden District Neighborhood Association, Rocky Ridge Neighbors, Mahoning Commons Association and the Wick Park Neighborhood Association.

Because of the 20th anniversary, Letson said Streetscape is asking people to add $20 or 20 percent to their annual donation to the effort. CityScape usually raises about $50,000 annually for the Streetscape program, Letson said. To volunteer or donate, contact CityScape by phone at 330-742-4040, email at cityscapedirector@sbcglobal.net or go to its website: https://youngstowncityscape.org.

A Niles man has invented a green power machine and is looking forward to deploying a number of his Free Power Generators here in the Mahoning Valley. According to the Tribune Chronicle, Bob Jadloski describes himself as a professional photographer and tech guy, not an inventor.

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Even so, Jadloski, whose Trumbull County Courthouse photograph adorns a wall inside the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, has created a machine he says could “revolutionize the energy industry.”

Jadloski started developing the concept more than five years ago. In 2014, he moved what he calls the Free Pressure Generator from his home in Niles to the Oak Hill Collaborative’s Tech Hub in Youngstown.

“I have photography experience and I’m an IT (information technology), computer-tech person. I’m not an oil-and-gas guy. I’m not an inventor by trade and I wouldn’t call myself one,” the Warren native said. “I worked in advanced engineering at Delphi, but had nothing to do with gas or oil.”

Jadloski has been sharing his project with area groups, clubs and organizations as part of an ongoing effort to “get the word out,” garner support and potentially attract investors.

Recently, he unveiled the generator at a Warren Rotary meeting. He has also been invited to explain its workings at a future business pitch event of the Sundown Rundown group that helps entrepreneurs connect with the investors, mentors and talent they need “to help take their idea to the next step,” the group’s website states.

Jadloski said what he has now is a large, unfinished prototype or “beta unit that is nowhere near what it will look like” when he’s done.

He said although there have been engineers who have worked with him on the project at the Tech Hub, he needs a team to help him fine-tune specifications for his generator before he moves forward to sell it. His goal, he said, is to create a final product that is “friendly to the environment, an efficient, inexpensive way to produce green energy” and in the process promote economic development and create jobs.

“That’s what we should all want. Anyone who lives here in the Valley, we should all be working toward economic development,” Jadloski said. “The goal should always be to encourage people to stay here, not leave because we don’t have enough to offer them, we don’t have to jobs to keep them here. If we could have teams building FPGs, imagine what we could do.”

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Basically, an FPG is anything that can spin a turbine and make electricity. The FPG is similar to a hydroelectric generator, which relies on flowing water on a dam, or hydropower, to produce electricity. But, Jadloski said, his FPG could easily rely on area natural-gas wells with the generator converting unused energy into electricity. The generator would be attached to a pressurized pipeline and the pressure from the gas lines would be used to run it.

“Since we have millions of miles of pipes running in the ground that have gas, water and sewage running in them, most are gravity flow, we could be harvesting the free energy from the flow of any of all of these sources,” Jadloski said. “The gas one is just the beginning. I envision in the future everyone would be able to have some form of a FPG connected to their house or business.

“This not the next windmill or solar panel. It’s utilizing what we already have right here in the Mahoning Valley and making the most of it.”

One generator has enough power to run 25 homes as long as there’s enough “flow and pressure” to run it, he said. “It’s clean and self-sufficient,” Jadloski said.

Pat Kerrigan, Tech Hub director, said the FPG could be a game-changer.

“This particular project is something I think has great potential,” he said. “The invention itself is a simple concept. It’s a great idea and a workable concept.”

Dave Hanson of Newton Falls, who is familiar with the FPG, said Jadloski “has a great idea. It’s just going to take the right person” to help him launch it.

“The thing is there are so many pressurized gas lines, a lot of these natural resources, in under-developed countries,” Hanson said. “Bob has come up with an idea that’s green. This could be an opportunity to provide electric to schools, clinics … it’s just such a simple idea that could really benefit a lot of lives.”

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 33

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This is the Mahoning Valley Podcast and it occurred to me that there a plenty of people here who may want to do a segment. Who may want to have their voice heard on a Podcast. Maybe you have an event or cause or just want to say hi to the Valley. This podcast was never meant to be all about me. It has been a work in progress. Well, it is your turn. If you want to record a segment and email it to me, I will consider adding it to an episode.

Because this is a community project, you must be a part of the Mahoning Valley or have some connection to the Valley. If you want to talk about your grandma or how you grew up in Struthers or what you favorite restaurant is, or favorite gym, or favorite bar, or favorite band or anything. It just needs to be about something or someone in the Mahoning Valley.

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You may be thinking, how much is this going to cost me. Nothing. Nada. Just record on your phone. Record with your friends. Record on your laptop or tablet. Save the file as an MP3 and send it over. Send it over with any links or pictures you want to include. This is all about everyone here in the Valley. So give it a try. It is easy and free and will get your voice added to the Mahoning Valley Podcast Archive. Send as many as you want. Any topic. BUT, no bad language. I look forward to helping you be a part of the Mahoning Valley Podcast.

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I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, and I am going to go by it again today. Get registered to vote if you have not already done so. Get involved with our local politics. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. Don’t try to say you don’t have time or it doesn’t matter. It still matters. Your vote matters.

Your voice needs to be heard. And if you are in Youngstown, you will have the opportunity to get out and talk to some of the candidates on Monday March 20.

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The Core Team Ministry of Union Baptist Church presents a Candidate Forum on Monday, March 20, 2017 at UBC, 528 Lincoln Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Invited guests are all candidates running for Mayor, President of Council, Clerk of Courts and Municipal Court in the City of Youngstown. Come and listen, ask questions and be an informed voter! 330-746-1217)

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The Downtown Youngstown Partnership (DYP) is a community-based organization which seeks to foster an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, residents are abundant and community pride prevails. The group plans to fills the gaps where needed as it relates to attracting and retaining business and community pride in the downtown Youngstown area.

Please join us for our March 28 meeting! Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

5:00pm: Sign In & Welcome

5:15pm: Agenda

1. City of Youngstown Update:
– First Ward Councilperson Julius Oliver
– Michael McGiffin, Director Of Events & Special Projects

2. Business Spotlight:
– The Federal

3. Service Project Update
– Updates regarding service projects or opportunities.

4. Downtown Updates and Happenings:
– Open time to share any events, promotions, or activities happening with businesses or organizations Downtown.

6:00-7:00pm: Socialize!

A special thanks to The Federal for hosting this meeting!

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The Ursuline Band Booster Organization is committed to the music program at Ursuline High School and we need your help to continue our work. Our annual quarter auction fundraiser will take place on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30pm with the auction starting at 6:30pm. All money raised will support the Marching and Concert Band programs at Ursuline. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any band student or staff member. You can also contact Roseanne Winner at 330-402-0075 or Debbie Pruchniewicz at 330-559-4004 for tickets. With 100 gifts to bid on it is sure to be a great evening.
For more info please visit our website at www.ursulineband.com
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Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley needs you to volunteer. Our seniors need you to visit and bring by something to eat. And you would be in good company. Mario Andretti volunteers and so can you. Just don’t speed to get there.

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According to the Business Journal Daily, March 23 is the deadline to get your registration in for Spark Talks with Chris Thompson on March 28.Collaboration’s Essential Element: Leadership” is the topic of the March 28 “Spark Talk” presentation sponsored by The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

The presenter will be Chris Thompson, president of Civic Collaboration Consultants LLC.

This two-way learning opportunity provides hands-on exercises designed to develop and strengthen collaborative leadership skills. Participants will leave with usable strategies and approaches to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

The presentation will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Western Reserve Room of the foundation offices here. The cost of $10 per person includes light refreshments. The session is limited to 25 participants, and the registration deadline is March 23. To register, visit this website.

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Congratulations go out to Dr. Rebecca Brown of Salem on her election as president for the Ohio Optometric Association. According to the Business Journal Daily, “

Brown, who practices at Essential Vision Care here, has served in the association as a zone governor, trustee and several officer positions. She was selected to her new role by a unanimous vote at the recent East West Eye Conference.

“It is a great honor to serve my profession and the many people receiving our vision services in this manner,” Brown said in a statement. “It is a blessing to be able to help people in our community every day, but it is very meaningful to be able to influence and help legislators understand issues important to saving vision.”

In April, Brown will be leading dozens of Ohio optometrists to the Statehouse for a day of advocacy. They will help state legislators learn the best ways to help Ohioans preserve and maintain their vision.

A graduate of Salem High School, Brown has practiced optometry locally for 13 years. She received her doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry and her bachelor of science from John Carroll University. She completed a residency with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Brown volunteers for InfantSEE, Vision USA and Realeyes Save Our Sight Classroom Initiative. She also is an active member of the Salem Junior Mothers’ Club, Kiwanis Club of Salem and Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship Board.

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KISS is a program that let’s school children bring someone they love to school with them. Boardman Local Schools carries the program and according to the Vindicator, it is a strong effort to involve parents in the education of their children.

As a working mom, Heather Newman doesn’t get to attend many of her kids’ school functions.

That’s why she was especially happy to be her son’s special person Wednesday at Robinwood Lane Elementary’s KISS – “Kids Invite Someone Special” – Day.

The annual tradition is a chance for family members, or another special person in a student’s life, to see what their student is up to during the school day.

“It’s about trying to bring the community into the schools,” Principal Don Robinson said. “The kids get so excited when they get to bring their special friend to school.”

Second-grade student Cooper Bartholomew asked grandfather Joe Novosel to be his special someone, continuing a tradition for the two.

Cooper said he asks his grandfather to come every year, and Joe always enjoys the visit.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I try to encourage him so that he is going to be an outstanding citizen and leader someday.”

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A Canfield Native, Paul Krebs helped set up the NCAA Tournament this year. According to the Vindicator,

A 1974 Canfield High School graduate, Krebs is currently in his 10th year as vice-president and athletic director at the University of New Mexico. This was his first appointment on what many believe is the NCAA’s most prestigious and influential group — the men’s basketball tournament selection committee. Krebs will oversee Midwest and South Region first-round games beginning Friday in Sacramento, California.

“In terms of service and the committees to which they have been appointed, ask any athletic director and they will tell you that there is not a better assignment,” Krebs said prior to his Sacramento flight. “It is absolutely fun, the basketball is exciting and between committee members and NCAA staff, it’s a great group with plenty of camaraderie.”

The committee members even participated in a “practice” for Selection Sunday that took place in February.

“We met in Indianapolis about a month ago and went through a mock exercise, which was very helpful,” Krebs said. “Last Tuesday, the committee arrived at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, started in earnest on Wednesday and never left the hotel after that. We created eight brackets on Sunday, which were based on the outcomes of five or six games and it just happens so quickly, which is why you prepare different brackets.”

Accommodating the media was also a part of the process.

“On two separate occasions, both CBS and ESPN came into our meeting room in order to shoot ‘B roll’ in advance of their selection shows,” Kreb said. “The stuff that we were working on at the time was put away and concealed.”

He admits that his time in the area during his formative years were a lot of fun.

“I used to get back home once or twice a year when my mother was still living in Canfield and have great memories of growing up next door to Dick and Dr. Ray Duffett, and Bob Dove and his family on Neff Drive,” he said. “Those were truly special times.

“I still follow YSU and President Tressel, know the great job Bo Pelini has done with the Penguin football program and also follow Ohio State as well. Twitter and Facebook has helped in that area.”