County Briefing

Austintown Fitch graduate and America’s Got Talent Season 12 contestant Daniel Ferguson will perform at and emcee Masquerade Ball Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Salem Golf Club. Ferguson performs using impressions of popular characters like Goofy, Kermit, Mickey Mouse and more. The event will benefit The Brightside Project. The vision of The Brightside Project is to reach out to children living in hard places through a mobile unit. The mobile unit will regularly pull into children’s schools, neighborhoods, and parks full of volunteers who care for them and want to listen to them. The Masquerade Ball begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include a prize for best mask and a silent auction. Items being auctioned at the event include a private wine sampling and dinner for eight at Peachtree Southern Kitchen in Hudson, four reserved seats to a Youngstown State basketball game, an overnight stay and breakfast for two to Spread Eagle Tavern and more. There will be cash bar. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at

Church selling apple dumplings

The Calvary United Methodist Church in North Lima is now taking orders for homemade apple dumplings. Call 330-549-2588 leaving your name, phone number, quantity of dumplings you want, the number you want baked, or frozen unbaked and the day you will pick them up. The frozen dumplings will be in zip-lock freezer bags. The cost is $3.25 per dumpling. They can be picked up at the church from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27 or from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28.

Park will host trunk or treat

A free, safe way to trick or treat in a family atmosphere is again being offered during the annual trunk or treat event from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Thompson Park in East Liverpool. Anyone interested can bring a decorated vehicle and distribute treats from the trunk to children who visit during the event. There is no fee to participate, with the only expense whatever treats the person cares to distribute and their trunk decorations. Costumes are encouraged for both those giving and getting treats. Trunks can be registered at or by calling park Superintendent Shawn Rybaczenko at 330-385-2255 or Amy Hissom at 330-932-0490. Donations are welcome. The event will be located around the upper circle of the park.

At the tip of library’s fingers

The Salem Public Library recently completed work to join SearchOhio, a statewide consortium of libraries working together to share materials. This new venture provides Salem Library users with access to over 16 million additional items owned by some of Ohio’s largest libraries. These items can be requested online and will be delivered to Salem Library within a matter of days. There is no cost to borrow materials but patrons should be aware that SearchOhio has fine structures and loan periods that are different than Salem Library. For additional information visit or call 332-0042.

RN-to-BSN program offered

Kent State East Liverpool welcomes nurses wishing to pursue baccalaureate degrees in nursing to meet with Andrew Snyder, the academic program coordinator for the Kent State RN-to-BSN online program. He will be on the East Liverpool campus from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Brown Room, located on the second floor of the Mary Patterson Building. Kent State recently revised its RN-to-BSN program to be 100 percent online and is designed to provide working nurses who already have associate degrees or nursing diplomas a pathway to complete their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees. The redesigned program offers several distinctive benefits such as decreased tuition, increased course availability and convenience, and is driven by the Institute of Medicine’s goal to have 80 percent of the nursing workforce educated at the BSN level by 2020. Snyder will offer basic information about enrollment, scheduling and course requirements. For more information, contact Snyder at 330-672-7930 or at

Sibling, grandparent classes set

To help families prepare for the arrival of a new baby, Salem Regional Medical Center’s Family Education Program is hosting free sibling and grandparenting classes on Oct. 21. The sibling class will be held from 10-1:30 a.m., and is open to children ages 3-10 who will be welcoming a new brother or sister. The class will include age-appropriate discussions on the physical characteristics, behavior and care of newborns. A tour of New Beginnings Family Care Center, SRMC’s maternity unit, will also be provided. Children attending the class must be accompanied by a parent. From 1-2 p.m., current or soon-to-be grandparents can learn about new approaches in child care during SRMC’s Grandparenting Class. Information on current maternity practices, infant care and safety will be presented. Both classes will meet in SRMC’s New Beginnings Family Care Center, located on the hospital’s first floor. To register, call 330-337-4989.

Trunk or treat slated in Lisbon

The Lisbon Ministerial Association is hosting trunk or treat from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Lisbon Church of the Nazarene parking lot.