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Toronto briefs

October 5, 2012
The Herald-Star


fire report

The Toronto Fire Department had 10 calls during the month of September with an average turnout of 10 members per call.

The calls included one building fire; one passenger vehicle fire; one outside trash or rubbish fire; one rescue standby; one oil spill, no fire; one short circuit wiring; one odor investigation; one false alarm; one smoke detector activation - no fire; and one alarm system activation - no fire.

Youth League

basketball signups

Any child in grades first through sixth wishing to participate in the 2012-13 Toronto Youth Basketball League can sign up at the Roosevelt Recreation Center, corner of Findley Street and Loretta Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

The registration fee is $40 for one child, $65 for two children and $75 for three or more children. Fees must be paid in full at time of registration, and there are no exceptions.

For information, call Michael Roche at (740) 317-3385. Those interested also can go to or

Toronto awarded C.H.I.P. Grant

Toronto has been awarded a $250,000 Community Housing Improvement Program grant from the Ohio Department of Development.

The program runs from September through October of 2014 and will include several housing-related activities designed to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners, home seekers and renters.

The program includes comprehensive owner rehabilitation designed to fully rehabilitate and reduce lead hazards in homes in the C.H.I.P. target area, bounded by Market Street on the south, city limits on the north, state Route 11 on the west and North River Avenue on the east; home repairs for eligible homeowners designed to repair one or two serious concerns; and rental assistance for low-income renters working through the Jefferson County Community Action Council.

Those seeking assistance should contact the program administrators for applications. Applications, program information and income eligibility requirements can be obtained by contacting Bleckman and Associates, program administrator for Toronto, at (330) 499-9798.

Applications for assistance were to be mailed to interested parties beginning Monday, and repairs will begin in the spring.

Upcoming events at library branch

Tuesday - Adult book club at 10 a.m.

Wednesday - Story hour for 2-to-5-year-olds at 4 p.m. Register in advance by calling the library branch at (740) 537-1262.

Oct. 16 - Play and learn at 11 a.m. for caregiver and children to age 3.

Oct. 18 - Story hour for 2-to-5-year-olds at 4 p.m.

Oct. 20 - Family movie day at 1 p.m.

Oct 26. - Story hour for 2-to-5-year -olds at 4 p.m.

Oct. 31 - Make and take craft session from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bible study at Whispering Hills

A nondenominational Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday in the Whispering Hills apartment complex community room, 901 Bank St.

All are welcome, and no collections are taken. Children's Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the community room. All children are welcome.

Activities at Riverview UM Church

Upcoming activities at Riverview United Methodist Church include:

The church office is open from 8 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-2210.

The Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army located in the Riverview Church is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.

Events at North River Avenue

Christian Church

Wednesday - Bible study will be at 7 p.m.

Oct. 28 - A seminar on securing a new minister with Hoyt W. Allen Jr. will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Nov. 14 - The turkey harvest dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Soup and sandwiches will be served in the fellowship hall, and donations collected will benefit the His Hands Extended Food Pantry and Colegio Biblico, an international disaster relief organization.

Adult Bible study continues at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The church junior worship program continues at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday for ages 5 through fourth-graders in the downstairs worship area.

Events at Toronto First UM Church

Oct. 12 - Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet at 9 a.m.

Oct. 14 - Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m.; the rise and shine contemporary service will begin at 8:30 a.m.; and the worship service begins at 10 :45 a.m.

Oct. 15 - Bible study begins at 6 p.m. The council on education will meet at 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 - Bible study begins at 10 a.m. The Adventure Club meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 - The bell choir meets at 6 p.m.; and the choir at 7 p.m.

Oct. 18- TOPS will meet at 5:30 p.m. A visit to the Laurals of Steubenville will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Salvation Army prescription

assistance offered

Those between ages 18-64 who have no prescription drug insurance can call (740) 537-2210 for assistance.

A team of volunteers will help clients apply for low-cost or no-cost medications.

The free program has been providing assistance since 2002 at the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. Assistance is provided on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

The entrance to the church is handicap accessible.

Those age 65 or older and who have no prescription insurance are eligible for the program.

This is not a distribution center for medications, but a volunteer-based program that assists in filling out paperwork and sending in necessary applications to drug manufacturers.

Once approved, clients begin receiving medications directly from companies in six to eight weeks.

Event at Bible Methodist Church

Sunday - Morning Sunday school, 10 a.m.; service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; weekly Bible study, 5:30 p.m.

Activity at First


Sunday Sunday school begins at 9:40 a.m., and the worship service at 11 a.m.

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