Ceremony will markSt. James' history
BOARDMAN -- A representative of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission will dedicate a marker commemorating the historical value of the St. James Meeting House at noon Memorial Day outside the meeting house.
The dedication, sponsored by the Boardman Historical Society, will follow a parade and ceremony honoring all veterans. The event is open to the public.
School officials retire
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of education accepted the retirements of three administrators: Larry Lushinsky, principal of Woodrow Wilson High School; Sarah Bonaquist, director of externally funded programs; and Joyce Siembieda, director of pupil personnel special services.
Panel OKs I-80 bridges
YOUNGSTOWN -- The state Transportation Review Council gave final approval Tuesday to a $13.1 million project to replace the twin bridges that carry Interstate 80 over the Meander Reservoir. The council, which evaluates and approves state funding for proposed major highway projects, approved the funding in draft form in December. At the time, council officials said that final approval was just a formality for this project, which is expected to begin in 2005.
The project includes the construction of two bridges parallel to the current double span and the widening of I-80. The bridges would be replaced with a causeway and shorter spans to reduce the possibility of an accident affecting Meander Reservoir, which is the water supply for about 300,000 Mahoning and Trumbull counties residents. The project's cost is $53 million, with the rest of the money coming from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
100% pass at Poland
POLAND -- All 203 seniors at Poland Seminary High School have passed the ninth-grade state proficiency test -- giving the school a 100 percent passing rate for the eighth time in eight years.
Dr. Robert Zorn said the state officials also indicated that PSHS is the largest high school in the state to achieve such an accomplishment over the last eight years.
Woman struck by car
YOUNGSTOWN -- An 87-year-old woman who walked into traffic on Market Street and was struck by a car just before noon Tuesday was in critical condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center. A witness told police that Anna Zayatz of Eddie Street was crossing to go to the Phar-Mor store at 3730 Market. The driver was not cited, police said.
Firefighters kept busy
YOUNGSTOWN -- By 12:51 a.m. today, firefighters had responded to so many fires that they were down to their last truck, said Battalion Chief Gary Chance. At 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, crews responded to 1563 Shehy St., where the Roundtable Grill was fully engulfed in flames, Chance said. The restaurant had closed at 9 p.m. The cause remains under investigation.
Capt. Gary Minnie, during a forced entry, hurt his right forearm and received treatment, Chance said. At 12:15 a.m., firefighters went to 354 W. Dewey Ave. to battle a vacant-house fire and shortly after another crew went to 632 Idora Ave., where an electrical fire had started behind a couch.
At 12:51 a.m., they went to 2649 Vestal Road, where a fuse box had caught fire. The fire self-extinguished, but the house had filled with smoke and had to be ventilated, Chance said.
McDONALD -- Mayor James Border is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the village Audit Committee, three positions; and the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, one position each. Applicants should contact Border at (330) 530-2737 or the village officer manager at (330) 530-5472 by June 18.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Help Hotline Crisis Center of Youngstown received a $150,000 two-year grant from Anthem Foundation of Ohio to establish a Family Violence Prevention Collaborative to serve Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
Help Hotline will be fiscal agent for the grant and work with a collaborative group of agencies in the three-county area.