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County Briefing

Salem Public Library

Beginning Monday the Salem Public Library’s Pershing Street entrances will be closed due to road construction. These entrances are expected to reopen Wednesday morning, unless the weather creates work delays. Additionally, the library will be closed until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday due to a planned power outage. Ohio Edison crews will be working to repair damage resulting from a recent traffic accident. For information contact the library at 330-332-0042 or library@salem.lib.oh.us.

Banquet in Salem

Due to paving on East Pershing Street between South Lincoln and Ohio avenues, those getting in line for a meal at the Banquet in Salem Monday are asked to use the alley between Josie’s and the old Chamber lot to get into the Memorial Building Parking area.

Crestview BOE

The Crestview school board will hold a special meeting at 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center to review student and staff absence data and community input, suggestions and any other matters that come before the board.

EL Civil Service

The East Liverpool Civil Service Commission is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in council chambers. The meeting date had to be moved due to the unavailability of the space. No specific agenda items were revealed.

Book discussion group

“The Giver of the Stars” will be discussed at the Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Reading Room. No registration is required. Face masks are required. Open to the public and free of cost to participate. For information contact the library at 330-332-0042.

Set in Depression-era America, “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes is the story of five extraordinary women and their journey through the mountains of Kentucky. Alice Wright thought marrying American Bennett Van Cleeve would help her escape her life in England, however once settled in Kentucky she realizes that her troubled marriage along with sharing a house with her controlling father-in-law is often oppressive. When a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books by horseback as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling horseback library, Alice volunteers to become one of the librarians. The leader, Margery, is a smart, self-sufficient woman and Alice joins her and three other women soon to be known as the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. Together, these women face hardship and danger delivering books to the largely poor residents who live in remote areas. Their story is a drama of loyalty, justice, and humanity even more compelling because it is based on the true story of the Pack Horse Library Project.

Tire collection

Independence Conservancy will hold a community tire collection from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at Hookstown Fair Grounds, Route 168, Greene Twp. No proof of residency is required, and there is no limit to the number of tires or wheels any one person may bring. Event organizers ask that visitors remain in their cars at all times during the unloading process and observe social distance. Disposal fees for auto and light truck tires up to 18 inches off rim are $3 each; $5 if on rim. SUV tires over 18 inches off rim are $5 each. Tractor trailer tires up to 22.5 inches and farm tractor rear tires up to 75 pounds are $20 each, but no rims. Farm tractor tires over 75 pounds are priced according to weight.

Skilled Trades Expo

The annual Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo is returning to the Canfield Fairgrounds, and will be open to the general public from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Expo is a collaboration between trades groups and educational service centers, providing students and adults with the opportunity to explore trades through a variety of interactive exhibits representing more than a dozen in-demand trades. The evening is open to the general public to visit and learn more about trades including boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, elevator constructors, insulators, ironworkers, laborers, operating engineers, painters, plaster/cement masons, plumbers & pipefitters, roofers and waterproofers, sheet metal workers and teamsters. There is no cost to attend. The event is possible through sponsorship from The Builders Association, NECA IBEW Electricians, T. Bruce Campbell Construction Company, Western Reserve Building Trades, Lencyk Masonry, Sodexo | Roth, Power Tool & Supply Co, Sunbelt Rentals, Connell Incorporated, Ohio Laborers Apprenticeship, the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio, Columbiana County Educational Service Center and Trumbull County Educational Service Center. Individuals can find more information about in demand trades, the Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo and postings for local trades jobs at mvskilledtrades.com

K-12 public educators grants

The Longaberger Family Foundation and the “I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund” at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio are once again offering grants to K-12 public educators and nonprofit service providers working in partnership with K-12 education. Grant awards will support and encourage students to acquire a broad, deep knowledge base in subject’s integral to robust citizenship; forge positive relationships with the self and the wider-world; and analyze different views and take action. This grant opportunity is available at www.AppalachianOhio.org/Civics, and applications will be accepted from K-12 educators and service providers in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio until Friday, Oct. 29. An effective civics education program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to become informed and engaged citizens. This grant program seeks to support those efforts by providing educators and service providers with resources to actively implement civics education opportunities for K-12 public school students. Grant requests must be between $500 and $5,000, and more than $30,000 in funding is available. The 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio include Columbiana, Jefferson and Mahoning. To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org/Civics. To support opportunities like this one with a gift to the “I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund,” contact FAO at 740-753-1111 or visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

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