YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Bar Association, through a poll of its membership, completed its evaluation of the judicial candidates running for municipal court seats in Youngstown and Struthers in the May Democratic primary. The association rated each candidate as "recommended."
Running for the Youngstown seat are incumbent Judge Robert P. Milich and Atty. Cheri H. Howard. Running for the Struthers seat are incumbent Judge James R. Lanzo and Atty. Alan J. Matavich.
"These survey results are not and shall not be characterized as an endorsement of any candidate," said Clair M. Carlin, bar president.
In keeping with their Code of Professional Responsibility, lawyers are charged with the duty to aid the public in the selection of those seeking a judicial position. The attorneys consider legal knowledge, professional experience, judicial temperament, integrity, diligence and professional responsibility when evaluating candidates.
Liberty cleanup slated
LIBERTY -- The township's annual spring cleanup is from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.
Liberty pupils, members of Youngstown State University's chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and Boy Scout Troop 42 will be pitching in to help rid the streets of trash.
Anyone wanting to help is asked to go to the township administration building.
GREENFORD -- Green Township trustees will be having an appliance collection April 23-30 at the recycling center at 12184 Lisbon Road during the following operating hours only: April 27, 3 to 6 p.m.; April 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and April 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, all metals, hot water tanks, aluminum siding and small metal appliances will be accepted. The freon will be removed and recycled at no charge.
A tire collection will take place from 8 a.m. to noon May 14 at the recycling center.
The collection will be open to everyone except businesses.
The cost is as follows: 16-inch tire or smaller, no charge; 16-inch tire on a rim, 25 cents per tire; tires larger than 16 inches, $5 per tire; tires larger than 16 inches on a rim, $6.50 per tire.
Spring trash pickup
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- The annual spring cleanup will take place April 30 and May 1, Springfield Township trustees announced.
Large trash containers will be at all three township fire stations from dawn to dusk.
A tire collection will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at Fire Station 23 on state Route 165. The fee is 50 cents for tires without rims and $2 for tires with rims.
CORTLAND -- The city purchased 15 planters as part of the West Main Street improvement project last year.
Sky Bank has donated the money to fill them with flowers this summer.
Sunny Slope Greenhouses will supply the plants in a red, white and blue theme, commemorating the Cortland-Bazetta bicentennial.
Fire damages building
AUSTINTOWN -- Fire caused about $20,000 to a building at 340 N. Meridian Road Thursday afternoon.
A fire department report says trash next to the building caught fire and the flames spread to the building. It's unknown how the trash fire started.
Court awarded grant
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Juvenile Court has been awarded $10,810 from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund.
The money will be used to continue the juvenile court's Parent Project, which is a 10- to 16-week parental training program to help parents deal with unruly children.
The Parent Project was created in 2004 with startup funds and training provided by the Ohio attorney general.