Presentation to be on furnaces

SPEAKER TO SHARE HISTORY OF FURNACES: The Mineral Ridge Historical Society will host Clayton Ruminiski at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Weathersfield Township hall. Included in Ruminiski’s presentation will be information concerning the two furnaces at the end of Furnace Street in Mineral Ridge. Ruminski holds a master’s degree in history and historical presentation at Youngstown State University. His studies have focused on 19th century industry in the Mahoning Valley and how the region transitioned into a steel producer. His master’s thesis focused on the iron furnaces in Lowellville, Struthers and Hubbard and was part of a much larger four-year project on the Valley’s iron industry. Ruminksi will release a book, “From Iron and Steel: The Transformation of the Iron Industry on Ohio’s Mahoning Valley 1845-1967.” The book is currently under consideration of publication by Kent State University Press.

GARDEN GROUP TO FORM: New Secrest Neighborhood Garden will hold a sign up and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First Church of God, 1951 Parkman Road, Warren. The garden is to create space that will bring back a sense of community in the neighborhood. Call Shirley at 330-898-3046.

BENEFIT PLANNED: A benefit will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10 at the Brookfield fire hall, state Route 7, to help Jason Hayes Jr., 12, who has been diagnosed with hereditary hypophoshatemic rickets that attacks the bone structure and internal organs of the body resulting in loss of kidney function and physical limitations. Jason had the first of several sugeries in December to have growth plates inserted in both legs. Money raised for the event will help with medical expenses and travel expenses to Akron. The “Hope for Jason” Fund has been set up at Huntington Bank locations. Call 330-984-7684 for information.

SUPPORT GROUP MEETS: GriefShare group session 1: “Living with Grief,” will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Leavittsburg Church of God, 610 S. Leavitt Road. For more information, call thee church at 330-898-1131.

FUNDRAISER PLANNED: CreativeBridge Coalition will host a “LUV IN” fundraising event featuring the area’s rock bands of the 1960s from 3 to 6 p.m. May 4 at Fireplace Restaurant and Lounge, 2075 East Western Reserve Road, Poland. The event will benefit children’s music-based programs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet original members of four bands from the mid-1960s: The Executioners, The Holes in the Road, The Human Beingz and The Pied Pipers. Those unable to attend yet would like to donate to the organization can visit CBC’s website For information, contact Linda at or 330-518-5872.

MOBILE MEALS TO HOLD FUNDRAISER: Trumbull Mobile Meals is holding a fundraising event at the TNT Playhouse in Niles, ”100 Lunches, a Gourmet Comedy,” at 7 p.m. May 14. Tickets can be purchased at TMM by calling 330-394-2538.

SUPPORT GROUP: Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-Step fellowship of compulsive gamblers who want to recover from their gambling addictions, will meet twice this week in the Youngstown-Warren area. A GA meeting will be held Friday at Westminster Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, and another will be held today at Christ Church Presbyterian, 3425 Hopkins Road, Youngstown (in Cornersburg). Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are closed meetings only to those suffering from gambling addictions. For more information, call 330-505-5060.