Howland committee plans 2018 events

HOWLAND — The Howland Health and Wellness Committee is planning its 2018 programs and events, including showcasing events at the annual Howland Christmas tree lighting set for Sunday at the gazebo by the high school.

Trustee Jim Lapolla, a member of the committee, said membership drive is being planned as well as informational displays at community events with a booth.

He said the committee, which held its final meeting of the year this week, said getting public input on what heath and wellness programs and speakers they would like to attend is being planned.

A large project for next year is working to get playground equipment for Bolindale Park. The committee has been speaking with members of the Howland Park Board, including getting outdoor exercise equipment at the main park.

Jenna Amerine, health educator / Creating Healthy Communities program coordinator for Trumbull County Health Department, said a goal will be to seek available grants for park improvements as well as fundraising by the wellness committee.

”We would like to see an outdoor exercise area for people to use at the park,” she said.

Lapolla said there could be a cooperative effort between the park board and the wellness committee. The Trumbull 100 and Rotary Foundation will be asked if they want to be part.

He said the speakers series will continue next year which had a person speaking once a month on a health and wellness theme.

Amerine said she is awaiting word on the Healthy Community awards that both Howland and Warren city are seeking. Both communities have received the award in past years.

Lapolla said he also sees a need for creation of a local Jaycees organization for members age 40 and younger. He said former Jaycees groups, which are a junior Chamber of Commerce style group, have handled community service projects.

”We would like to see younger community members getting involved with local events,” he said.