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Township meeting a celebration of selflessness

May 16, 2013
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Boardman Township trustees gathered Monday, May 13 for their regular meeting at which they read a proclamation honoring the Rev. Ashwin Welch and the Rev. Peggy Welch for their dedicated involvement in the community and their greatly appreciated efforts as co-pastors of Boardman United Methodist Church in making Boardman "A Nice Place to Call Home."

Innumerable contributions include Rev. Ash's assistance with community blood drives, and his initiation of the annual Sue Hernan Chili Cook-Off to raise money for mission trips. Rev. Peg's invitation to the entire community to Boardman United Methodist Church's events such as Vacation Bible School, Easter Egg Hunts, and Candy Cane Lane, her part in creating a presence in the Memorial Day Parade, and their joint efforts in initiating the Family Promise Program to house and help struggling families.

Rev. Ash addressed the crowd, sharing that they have remained in Boardman the longest of any of their destinations. The couple noted that they have lived on three continents, their two sons were married in Boardman, a grandson was born here in the township, and that they presided over the marriages of several of those in attendance. Rev. Ash went on to thank everyone for giving them a place to call home.

Following the reading of the proclamation, those in attendance, including members of their congregation, joined the trustees for refreshments in honor of the Welchs as they prepare to move on to a new location in central Ohio, where they have shared that the needs of the community are greater.

In other news:

Trustees welcomed Sarah Gartland, Boardman Township's new zoning inspector.

It was noted that with Memorial Day approaching, donations in any amount would be welcomed for the 116 American flags and four state of Ohio flags that fly throughout the township at a cost of $16 each.

Fire Chief George Brown announced that on Wednesday, May 15, members of the township's fire department, as well as two community members, were to be honored with 2013 EMS Star of Life Awards for their lifesaving efforts and response to an emergency in late 2012.

The awards recognize and honor Ohio's excellent pre-hospital providers, as well as reuniting recipients with those whose lives they helped save.

Township residents have much to anticipate with a variety of upcoming community events including: the annual Memorial Day Parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, after which, the Boardman High School Band will perform in Boardman Township Park; Boardman Township Community Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Township's Government Center located at 8299 Market St.

In addition, according to Dan Slagle, director of Boardman Township Park, on June 1, Mahoning County 4-H will host a public open house at the Southern Park Stables on Washington Boulevard. Community members in attendance at Community Day will be offered wagon rides to and from the stables.

Due to Memorial Day, the next regular meeting of the Boardman Township Trustees will be held Wednesday, May 29.



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