Niles Relay for Life raises $50,000
NILES - The first Relay for Life this year in Trumbull County raised $50,000 over the weekend.
The relay, which was held two weeks earlier than usual, at the Ralph Infante Wellness Center, due to another event booked at the venue that weekend, had 14 teams walking the indoor track Friday and Saturday.
Event chairman JW Aleshire said the Relay celebrated the American Cancer Society's 100th anniversary this year and of the 14 teams involved, four of the teams were new.
He said one new team, ''Team Cancer Sucks,'' which included members from the Niles Grub Club, received several awards and recognition for their participation.
Aleshire said Ciminero's Banquet Center provided the meals to the cancer survivors.
Johnston seeks grant for playground
JOHNSTON - The Johnston Kid's Playground Committee and the township trustees have submitted a grant to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources / Natureworks seeking funding for a new ADA-handicap accessible playground structure.
Officials said the existing play structure is obsolete. The new structure would include play panels, riding toys and other activities.
The Natureworks grant requires a 25 percent local match.
Grants coordinator Mary Kay Sly said the committee will be hosting several fundraisers and seeking donations.
She said the township does not have a nearby ADA playground and parents have to drive their children to neighboring towns.
Nominations sought for A+ teacher awards
WARREN - Nominations are being accepted for the Tribune Chronicle's 2013 A+ teacher awards.
The teacher should be a current K-12 educator who teaches in Trumbull County in a public, private or parochial school setting.
Nominations should include the name of the teacher and school and how the teacher has influenced, supported or inspired students. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents or colleagues. Parents can assist children with nominations.
Twenty teachers will be chosen and will be featured in a story on May 19.
Forms have been sent to area schools, but submissions also can be emailed to Tribune Chronicle Events Coordinator Sue Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off or mailed to the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St., Warren 44483.
The deadline for entries to be received is April 26.
Tribune offers recycling collection for Earth Day
WARREN - The Tribune Chronicle will offer an Earth Day recycling collection from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 22 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 in the newspaper's parking lot at Vine Avenue and South Street, Warren.
Protect-N-Shred of Cortland will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 for residential shredding of up to four boxes of documents per household.
Residents also can drop off newspapers, phone books, hardback books, office paper and mail to be recycled.
This is the fourth year for the recycling event. In 2012 the Tribune Chronicle recycled 904,072 pounds of newsprint.
For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.
For information, call Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696.