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Obama signs copy of Fellows book


Anita Wesler, horticulture education manager at Fellows Riverside Gardens, said the library got back a signed copy of “A Walk in the Gardens” from President Barack Obama.

Wesler said the library originally sent a book to the first daughters, Malia and Sasha, but never knew if the first family ever saw it. During the campaign, Wesler had a chance encounter with an Obama campaign worker and gave the worker a copy of the book. The president signed the book with “Dream Big Dreams.”

The book is a collection of poems and illustrations by sixth-graders at Chaney Visual and Performing Arts with artist and author Dar Hosta. Copies of the book are on sale for $15 at the Fellows library.

Files for mayor race


Matthew Smith of Crandall Avenue has filed nominating petitions to run for Youngstown mayor in the Democratic primary in May.

Smith submitted the documents Friday to the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The filing deadline is in February.

Smith filed to run for Youngstown mayor in 1987 in the Democratic primary but was disqualified before that primary because he didn’t have enough valid signatures on nominating petitions to get on the ballot.

Outgoing county Commissioner John McNally IV submitted nominating petitions Nov. 19 for the Democratic primary.

Charged with OVI


A Youngstown man was cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired, accused of crashing into cars parked along a township street.

Joseph J. Hardy, 30, West Glenaven Avenue, was traveling along Clifton Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Friday when his vehicle struck a vehicle parked on the street, sending that car into another parked car. An officer detected the odor of alcohol from Hardy, but Hardy refused to submit to a breath test.

A passenger in his car, Michael Roddy, 24, of Mount Vernon Avenue, Youngstown, was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Trumbull CSB appoints director


Trumbull County Children Services Board has appointed Timothy Schaffner as the agency’s executive director, removing the word “interim” from his title. The change took place at last month’s board meeting. Schaffner was hired April 18, taking over for the former director, Nick Kerosky.

Schaffner will continue to make $95,000 annually.

He was executive director at Valley Counseling Services before joining Children Services and, from 1995 to 2006, served as corporate director/corporate clinical executive for the Center for Behavioral Medicine at Forum Health.

Schaffner said the agency “will continue to focus on ensuring that children thrive in a safe, family environment.”

Firestone light show


Delight in an evening of fun with a visit to the Joy of Christmas light show at Firestone Park, open from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday. After driving through the park, stop at Santa’s Ice Castle for pictures with Santa. Pictures are $5 each.

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