Gathering at the center

Don Jones (right) is a Hospitality Volunteer with the Center, and is shown here with two young patrons to the East Liverpool facility. (Submitted photo)

EAST LIVERPOOL — The first major event at the East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center in October will be Tuesday evening when the community will honor one of its most outstanding and widely-acclaimed citizens, Ben Feldman.

Many current residents have fond memories of their special encounters with this man, who, while in pursuit of his stellar career, spread the name of East Liverpool far and wide — even around the world — through insurance sales textbooks that he authored and his unmatched success as a salesman. Ben Feldman has earned his special place as one of the most outstanding citizens of the past.

There are 70 members of the Legacy & Legends Lecture Series and each one is entitled to bring a guest. We expect there to be a good crowd for the evening. The program will be held in the Center Conference Room with the lecture to begin at 7 p.m. Single event tickets are available at $25 per person. For further information, call 330-303-2110 during Center hours (noon to 6 p.m. daily).

Volunteer focus

The Community Center has recently started recognizing an outstanding volunteer on a monthly basis. This helps visitors feel more at home when they first visit for special events or those who just come to spend an interesting day of learning and activity with our volunteers. No volunteer is more important than another. We have an abundance of great volunteers and each one is important to the Center in their own way.

Center Manager Jim Lewis has announced the October Volunteer of the Month is Don Jones. Don worked in the area for many years making his living as a portrait photographer. He returned several years ago to his hometown to be with family and friends. On a chance visit to the Center with his father, Don Sr., they both “fell in love” with its mission and asked how they could help the cause. Don has a fulltime job while operating his business on Dresden Avenue — Sundance Studios. However, he faithfully takes three hours every Thursday and Friday afternoon to be a Hospitality Volunteer. “Uncle Don” enthusiastically greets each youngster entering the Center to get a piano lesson, receive tutoring, visiting the Jay Room, learning to dance, taking gymnastics or just receiving a tour of the facilities.

Don’s contribution does not stop there, though. He video records the lectures which recognize our most prominent citizens or places in the area, both past and present. He creates video cassettes that then are archived at the Center. Don designed, produced and donated the handy refrigerator magnets for members as reminders of the Legacy & Legends Lectures. Don also photographs activities at the Center and has prepared Center advertising copy for local newspapers. He shows up anytime that chairs and tables need to be moved or whatever else that may need accomplished.

Youth Exposition

A meeting was held last week at the Center to discuss plans for an exciting new event at the Community Center. On Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. there will be a Youth Exposition intended for young families.

Anna Marie Vaughn, superintendent of the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, Melissa Mellon, director of Coordinated Actions for School Health (CASH), and Carol Cowan, health commissioner of the East Liverpool City Health Department, met with the Community Center coordinator.

The group discussed ways to increase awareness of the many activities available for youth in our area. A recent survey of students completed at schools in Columbiana County revealed that young people generally feel there is a lack of things for them to do locally.

The committee decided to present a Youth Exposition for youth and their parents. It will feature a surprising number of youth activity opportunities available in our area. Approximately 50 organizations are expected to participate from the Tri-State Area. There is no admission charge to the Exposition. Kids planning on attending the “Trunk ‘n Treat” event that follows later that day at Thompson Park, at 4 p.m., are welcome to attend the Exposition in costume.

The entire Center will be turned over to the Youth Exposition for the afternoon. Participating organizations will have assigned display areas and there will be people present to explain their activities, pass out literature, and answer questions. Sponsors will provide free food and refreshments, served by the East Liverpool Lions Club. There is no need to make reservations. Overflow parking is available in the lower parking lots next to the East Liverpool High School with shuttle service provided for transportation to the Center.

Regular programs offered at the Center will provide demonstrations by their students. Nancy Hornick will feature her free piano lessons. Brenda Schneider of Studio B will have students to demonstrate dance and gymnastics. Lora Russell’s students will show off their art work. Amy McCormick will explain Yoga exercise and mental stimulation. Any interested organizations are invited to contact the Center for more information and to make applications to participate. Space limitations may require restricting the number of exhibitors.

Several speakers in the Centre Auditorium will address the activities and opportunities around the area. Wendy Pfrenger is the director of the Rural Scholar Program at the two campuses of Kent State in Columbiana County. She will address the rural scholar activities and its scholarship program.

Vaughn will review results of a ESC survey by the Search Institute for Developmental Assets and how youth activities can favorable impact the county schools report cards comparing county schools with other counties around the state.

Guests may tour the various booths between speeches and even as the presentations are being made in the Auditorium.

Cowan is in charge of a free raffle which will include prizes provided by the event sponsors.

Further information about the Youth Exposition will be provided as it becomes available through the daily newspaper, Facebook, and the Center’s website.

Event sponsors include the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, Coordinated Acton for School Health, The Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team Coalition, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Salem Regional Medical Center, and the East Liverpool City Hospital .

The Planning Committee will hold its next meeting 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Center to continue making arrangements for the Youth Exposition. Those interested in helping with the project are welcome to attend.