United schedules K registration

Parents of children who will be 5 before Aug. 1 and live in the United district or are considering open enrollment are invited to attend a parent orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16 in the elementary cafeteria. Registration packets will be handed out and other information will be shared to help with enrolling new kindergarteners and getting them off to a successful start. Also at the meeting, appointments will be scheduled for March 24, 25, or 26, when packets can be returned and students will be screened. Documents that will need to be gathered are the child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, custody documents (if applicable), a photo ID and two proofs of residency. These will be presented along with the completed registration packet on the scheduled screening date. Open enrolling families will need to register with their home school district firs. Any questions, call 330-223-8001.

Chili cookoff set at St. Jude

The second annual chili cook-off sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 10183 will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the St. Jude Activity Center, 180 Seventh Street in Columbiana. The $10 admission fee gets all the chili samples plus 10 voting tickets, salad, desert, coffee, tea, and water. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle. Thickets can be purchased at the door.

SCC offers lifeguard training

The Salem Community Center will be offering an American Red Cross lifeguard training course March 9-20. Classes will run weeknights from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $255 for members and $300 for non-members. Upon completion participants will receive lifeguard training, first aid, professional rescuer CPR and AED essentials certifications. Call 332-5885 or visit www.salemcommunitycenter.com.

Good bugs versus the bad bugs

Learning how to fight ants and other bugs will be included in the Feb. 26, Fix-It Wizard program, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” to be presented by horticulturist Ellen Speicher from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Salem Library. The program provides information about which insects are beneficial to your garden and which are pests. Aids in identifying both beneficial and pest insects will be shown. We will also look at insects that invade our homes and review safe control methods. Ways to attract beneficial insects to your garden will also be shared. Registration is required; visit at www.salem.lib.oh.us or call 332-0042. Following her graduation from Youngstown State where she earned a degree in biology, Speicher worked as director of horticulture at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. In 2004 she began work at Mill Creek MetroParks. Within the MetroParks system, she served as assistant horticulture director at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 2004 -2014. Currently, she teaches classes in horticulture and gives programs on many gardening topics to garden clubs, Master Gardeners and civic and community groups.

Hospital to host blood drive

From individuals battling cancer to accident victims, thousands of patients depend on blood donations for life-saving treatments every day. Unfortunately, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses often reduce donor turnout at blood drives during the winter months, making it difficult to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. To help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available locally, Salem Regional Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in SRMC’s Tower Conference Room, located on the hospital’s ground floor concourse. Individuals who have not given blood since January 8 are eligible to donate. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling SRMC at 330-332-7227.