ROTARY PRESENTS DICTIONARIES: Each school year, the Brookfield Rotary Club purchases dictionaries for all of the third -grade students at Brookfield Elementary School. In addition, Rotary members spend a day in the classrooms teaching students the importance of literacy and to help them become better readers. They also xplain what the Rotary Club is and what they do for the community.

CHOIR PERFORMS FOR RETIREES: The Howland High School Choir, directed by Anjanette DePoy, entertained the Howland Schools Retired Personnel at the recent Christmas lunch meeting at Enzo’s. The students performed selections of music that included both traditional and modern songs of the season.

BOOK DRIVE: Three local retailers have launched holiday-related toy and/or book drives to benefit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Books-A-Million, located in the Eastwood Mall in Niles, is collecting books through Dec. 19. The Books-A-Million Holiday Book Drive provides an opportunity for customers to donate books purchased at the store to locally designated non-profit organizations. Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has been selected as the beneficiary for the third consecutive year.

For more information about how to participate in the local Books-A-Million Holiday Book Drive, call 330-505-9107.

The Skate Zone Fun Center in Austintown is hosting a toy drive through Friday to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. New, unopened and unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to patients at the hospital, can be brought to the Skate Zone during normal business hours.

For more information and a list of holiday hours visit “”> or call the Skate Zone Fun Center at 330-270-4386.

Youngstown Cycle Supply in Boardman is conducting its fifth annual “Brighten Up for the Kids” holiday toy and book drive through Dec. 22. All toys and books will go to children who spend the holiday season in the hospital. Last year, Youngstown Cycle Supply collected and donated more than 2,000 toys for the patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

For more information, call Youngtown Cycle Supply at 330-788-9078. For a “wish list” of items needed, visit

LEGION AND LODGE SUPPORT TROOPS: American Legion Howland Post 700 and Warren Elks Lodge 295 have joined in a continuing effort to support deployed troops with care packages. Both organizations are actively supporting two groups of local, active duty Army personnel assigned to the Middle East.

Post 700 Legionnaires, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Legion Riders and the Sons of the American Legion all contributed items to be sent to the deployed Army troops. Marilyn Mayl of the Elks Lodge 295 is pursuing a grant that would be used to support this effort. Also assisting in this undertaking with their donations is the staff of the Warren Municipal Court.

It is anticipated that two packages will be mailed every month; one to each group until their deployments ends.


PECAN SALE: The Warren Women’s Club is announcing that the annual pecan sale fundraiser is now under way. The pecans are whole, fresh, new crop pecans for sale in 1-pound bags. Contact Dorie Harris at 330-544-4193 or president Sandy Mahaffey at 330-518-6927 or any club member to purchase them.

SHEPHERD COLLECTING CARDS: Shepherd of the Valley is partnering with the American Red Cross to collect holiday cards for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Shepherd is collecting cards at all sites until Dec. 11. Cards can be dropped off to the receptionist between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Boardman – 7145 West Blvd., Boardman, Ohio 44512

Howland – 4100 North River Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44484

Niles – 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles, Ohio 44446

Poland – 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland, Ohio 44514

Corporate – 5525 Silica Road, Austintown, Ohio 44515

The guidelines are as follows: All cards must be signed and use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can’t be delivered through this program and only cards are being accepted. They don’t need to be in envelopes and should not include glitter. Emails and home addresses should not be included on the cards and people are asked not to put anything in them, including photos, as these items, along with the envelopes, will be discarded during reviewing process. For more information, contact Elida Cowles at 330-726-7110 ext.2318 or email at