Monday's Austintown Township meeting had little on the agenda, but trustees heard a positive report from Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw. He said the center is continuing to grow and its programs are yielding some of the county's top artisans and crafts people.
"We are adding five to 10 new members every week," he told trustees. "Our membership is now around 1,100."
He said many who join are also getting involved in the numerous free classes offered at the center. Some of those members entered their work in the recent Canfield Fair, earning ribbons. In the fine arts building, Jessica Ricker took second place in photography.
From the painting class, the Senior Center had three members earn ribbons. They included Nancy Bielick with best of show and an honorable mention, Sonny Lazar with an honorable mention, and Judith D. Ours with a third place ribbon and honorable mention.
Also earning awards at this year's fair were Senior Center members Carol Ricker and Patty Infante. Both women had taken a wine-making class at the center and entered their wines. Both Rocker and Infante brought home second place ribbons.
Henshaw said the wines and the artwork will be on display at the Senior Center this month along with the earned ribbons.
"We're proud of our ribbon winners," Henshaw said.
Moving to a different issue, Trustee Lisa Oles talked about a recent letter sent to residents from Armstrong Cable. She said residents are being told to pick up a box needed to continue receiving some, and eventually all, cable TV channels.
"There has been some concern over what it is going to cost," she said. "I called Armstrong and asked them about it and why we need it. They said the problem is that they are running out of broadband and the boxes allow them to continue to expand. They also said 20 percent of Austintown residents are not connected to the new boxes."
She said Armstrong will give out up to two boxes per household at no charge. Anyone wanting more than two would have to pay a fee for the additional boxes. Residents need to get the boxes by Oct. 1 to continue receiving all the channels they currently have. She also mentioned that people wanting high definition signals would have to pay an additional $3 per month for the service.
In other business:
Oles announced that Candidate Night has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Austintown Middle School. She said Henshaw will serve as moderator for the event, which will feature candidates running for trustee, fiscal officer, and the Board of Education. She said residents can attend and submit questions for the candidates to answer during the event.
Chairman Jim Davis reported that he spoke with Eric Schippers from Penn National regarding the progress being made on the racino. He said in a few weeks the steel will be delivered to begin construction on the building. He also reported the project is ahead of schedule at this point.
Township Park supervisor Todd Shaffer said the dog park at Township Park will be dedicated in a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The official name will be Austintown Bark Park. Following the dedication, the movie "All Dogs Go To Heaven" will be shown in the amphitheater. There is no charge for the movie.