MLK Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Ashtabula will sponsor a pancake breakfast and program on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4901 Main Avenue, Ashtabula.

The event will be marked by inspirational readings from area students as well comments from newly elected Ashtabula County Commissioner J.P. Ducro, LaTonya Jackson, director of education at L.E.C.I., Olajuwon Cooper, coach at Lakeside High School, and performances by Ashtabula’s Hiawatha Church of God in Christ Choir.

“Kiwanis is again hosting its annual program to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to remind the community about the importance of service to God, country and our fellow man,” said Rev. Steve Sargent. “Our theme for this year will be Let Freedom Ring.”

“This event fits our mission by allowing us to generate enthusiasm for good deeds,” explained Tim Volpone, president of the Ashtabula Kiwanis Club.

The breakfast is free and open to the public, but free will donations will be accepted to support the Key Club’s sponsored by the Ashtabula Kiwanis.

For more information and to RSVP, call at 440-998-6465. Space is limited to 150 participants.

“Feed the Dream, Food for Fines” Drive

January 16 2017 to January 31 2017

January 3 2017, Kingsville, OH—in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service for neighbors and communities, the Kingsville Public Library and their AmeriCorps volunteer will hold a “Feed the Dream, Food for Fines” program from January 16th -31st. Patrons can wipe out their late fines while helping out needy families in the community. For each donated non-perishable food item, paper product, or personal care item, the patron will have $2.00 erased from any current outstanding fines. Fines and lost fees will also be waived when long overdue items are returned in good condition.

The most needed donations include paper products, toiletries, laundry care, and home care products like towels and can openers. These items are usually in low supply so a difficult choice of one paper product or one toiletry item has to be made when receiving assistance.

A detailed list of recommended items can be found on the library’s website at However, any donated item will be greatly appreciated. Items that have expired or are damaged cannot be accepted.

Michelle Arcaro, the Kingsville Public Library’s Technology Trainer, will lead the project as part of her AmeriCorps service. “There are so many people in our community struggling. Since September 16 2004 the “Hope and a Future Food Pantry” at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has served 4,359 total households; 12,528 total people; and 112,674 total meals (excluding hot meals provided on pantry nights and Christmas dinner giveaways). This food pantry is very near and dear to my heart. It truly helps thousands of families and I am hoping this project can provide even more so we can reach out to all of our own neighbors in need.”

“Whether it is because of a job loss, unexpected medical bills, or a sudden family crisis, we see the impact on our area families”, says Kingsville Public Library Director, Mariana Branch. “We know Michelle’s service project will help many because of the generosity within the community”. Additional cash donations will be accepted during this drive and will go toward the Food Pantry’s Christmas 2017 Dinner hand-out. The “Hope and a Future Food Pantry” hands out a box that includes everything a person needs to prepare a delicious Christmas Feast for their family. There is a need to start collecting funds for this event now because over 500 families participate on this day alone.

To find out if you owe any fines, call the library, 224-0239, or simply go to the library’s website ( and choose “Catalog”, then log in by entering your library card number and PIN (typically the last 4 digits of your phone number).

Items may be dropped off at the Kingsville Public library located at 6006 Academy Street Kingsville, Ohio. Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please help this wonderful Community serve our fellow neighbors in much need!

Rev. Peter W. Nielsen III – Priest in Charge