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OSU EXTENSION KICKS OFF PROGRAM: The Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension Offices are kicking off the second year of the Victory Gardens program. Due to high demand, the program is expanding from 10 to 25 counties across the state, with 8,300 seed packets available free to the public. Ohio Victory Gardens are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, from urban apartment dwellers to those living in the country, and everyone in between.

Seeds are available for pick up at the OSU Extension Trumbull County office, 520 W. Main St, Cortland, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Seeds also can be picked up during a drive-thru event 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 330-638-6783 for information. Planting resources and other information about gardening can be found at the Ohio Victory Gardens website.

Victory Gardens originated during World War I as an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The Victory Gardens Program offers a full website with details on seed distribution https://u.osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens.

HOWLAND OFFERS BRANCH PICKUP: Howland Township will offer its annual limb and branch curbside pickup for township residents this spring. Residents who live on the east side of the township, which is streets and areas east of Mosquito Creek, are to have items at curbside by Monday. Residents who live on the west side of the township, which is all streets off North Road and including North Road are to have items at curbside by May 3. One pass will be made on each street. Cut ends of branch must face the street and only trimmed or pruned root-free branches of up to 6 inches in diameter will be accepted. Wood piles should be no larger than 4 by 8 feet. Do not combine piles with a neighbor so that the pile is larger than what is allowed. No firewood, large logs or complete trees will be picked up.

COOKIE SALE FOR AUTISM: Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is partnering with Potential Development School for Autism during the month of April through the launch of its Pieces of Hope for Autism cookie campaign in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Through April 30, proceeds from all Pieces of Hope cookie sales will be donated to the cause. The puzzle piece cookies will be sold in all Covelli-owned and operated Panera Bread cafes.

Potential Development also will benefit during the whole month of April from the company’s Operation Dough Nation program, which allows customers to drop change into the donation canister at the register.

Cookies can be purchased online at www.panerabread.com or on the Panera app for rapid pickup, curbside, delivery and catering.

Panera Bread is encouraging Pieces of Hope campaign supporters to share photos of their cookies on social media using #everycookiecounts.

TODAY

• NAR-ANON — 7 p.m., Howland Community Church, 198 Niles Cortland Road SE, Warren, 12-step program for relatives and friends adversely affected by a loved one’s addiction to drugs. Sue, 330-240-4793.

• We Do Recover — 3 p.m., United Methodist Community Center, 760 Main Ave., Warren.

• Grief Share — recovery support group, 6:30 p.m., Seeking God’s Glory Church, 3217 Surrey Road, Warren.

• Total Deliverance — 6 p.m., 2970 Parkman Road, Warren, 12-step meeting. 330-942-3597 or 330-369-2504.

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