Honoring John Cox
POLAND -- Friends of John Cox, a former Boardman Township trustee and ex-deputy director of the Mahoning County Green Team, will honor him at an open house at 5 p.m. July 7 at Fonderlac Country Club on Paulin Road. The date was incorrectly reported in Saturday's Vindicator. Cox retired in December from the Green Team, also known as the county's Reuse and Recycling Division. The event is free, but those attending are asked to donate money to establish a scholarship fund in Cox's name for a Youngstown State University political science student. For more information, contact Ed Reese at (330) 792-3909, Dennis Gruber at (330) 518-5955, Jim LoPatta at (330) 549-3006 or Bob Pushay at (330) 549-3006.
Lordstown school board
LORDSTOWN -- The board of education has scheduled two special meetings. The first will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lordstown High School Media Center to approve fiscal year 2005 financial information. The second is set for 6 p.m. July 13 in the media center. There will be an executive session to conduct interviews for the high school principal position.
Vehicle thefts down
YOUNGSTOWN -- Vehicle thefts in the city dropped 18 percent last year, compared to 2003, according to FBI uniform crime reports. The Ohio Insurance Institute, which issued reports for 17 selected cities last week, showed 411 vehicles were taken in the city in 2004, compared with 502 in 2003. The city had 62,439 vehicles registered last year. The ratio was one in every 152 vehicles stolen. The loss of unrecovered vehicles was $1.04 million. Warren had 399 vehicle thefts in 2004, up from 282 the year before, a 41 percent increase, the report shows. The city had 42,503 vehicles registered last year. The ratio was one in every 107 vehicles stolen. The loss of unrecovered vehicles was $1.01 million.
ACS offers advice
CANFIELD -- The American Cancer Society is encouraging area residents to thoroughly examine any solicitation requests received from the Coalition Against Breast Cancer Inc., an organization with which the ACS is not affiliated. The solicitation letter requests a donation to pay for mammograms. Residents have also received phone calls requesting donations, but the ACS does not make calls requesting monetary donations. These solicitations by mail and phone are similar to those received by some residents during the spring. Inquiries about cancer solicitations should be directed to the ACS at (330) 533-0546.
NILES -- The city will spray for mosquito control after 6 p.m. Tuesday. If it rains, the alternate spraying date will be Wednesday. Anyone with respiratory problems should remain indoors with the windows closed. Food should not be prepared or left outside during the spraying period, and all pets should be taken indoors.
MERCER, Pa. -- There will be a special fireworks display on Wednesday at Rachel's Roadhouse, 1553 Perry Highway, Mercer, Pa. Concessions will be available at 7 p.m., and the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Rain date will be Thursday.