Deaf group looking for new building

WARREN – The Mahoning Valley Association of the Deaf has outgrown its North Park Avenue building, which also needs substantial repairs, so the group is looking for a new place to call home.

Mark Taylor, MVAD president, said the group doesn’t have the money to improve the building where the group meets now, the Warren Deaf Club, which he wrote in an email is ”too small and in need of many repairs.”

”Plus, we would like to have a location which would be more centrally located for our members,” who come from Trumbull, Mahoning and Ashtabula counties, wrote Taylor.

”We need to have something that is handicap-accessible, and includes restrooms and normal-sized kitchen area,” wrote Taylor.

The association also has a liquor permit, so they would like a bar area, too.

MVAD formed in January 2012 when the Warren Deaf Club and the Youngstown Deaf Club merged. The group of 60 to 75 members meet twice a month, on Saturdays.

The group is also looking for help to put on an annual Ohio Deaf Bowling Association Tournament, which this year, the event’s 48th, will be held May 16 at Wedgewood Lanes on South Raccoon Road in Austintown. Between 400 and 500 people are expected to participate.

”This is the first time in about 20 years that it has been held in the area,” wrote Taylor, who was born with hearing loss.

There are five donation categories for the bowling tournament: Lane, $500; Frame, $250; Strike, $100; Pin, $100; and Gutter, $25.

For more information on the club, the bowling tournament or to make a donation, call 330-787-0813 after 6 p.m.