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Snow emergency


The Youngstown Department of Public Works declared a snow emergency, which started at midnight and remains in effect until further notice, Charles T. Shasho, deputy director of public works, announced in a release. Parking is prohibited on all streets during a snow emergency except streets or alleys that are 25 feet wide or less with no driveways. Motor vehicles parked in violation will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Snow emergencies are declared after an accumulation of 4 inches or more, to alleviate potential health and safety hazards and ensure the safe movement of emergency vehicles.

Gardening grants


Several training workshops are planned this month for groups seeking a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to establish new vegetable, recreational or wildlife gardens for educational purposes in communities along the Mahoning River. Workshops will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at East Branch Public Library, 430 Early Road; 2 p.m. Saturday at Warren’s main public library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW; and 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Newport Library, 3730 Market St. For information on the Mahoning River Corridor People’s Garden Program, call Liberty Merrill, program coordinator, at Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., 330-480-0423. Application deadline is March 15.

World of snow

Slippery Rock, Pa.

Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, is having a “Crystalline Wonders” program at 2 p.m. next Sunday to discover the incredible world of snow. The 90-minute, indoor program will examine the formation and identification of snowflakes, and the impact of the beautiful crystalline formations on humans and other living things. If it is snowing during the program, participants will step outside to catch a flake and examine it up close. Due to basic physics and varying atmospheric conditions, scientists predict that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Jennings is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and on weekends as scheduled. For information, call 724-794-6011.

Victim from Lisbon


A man killed in a parking lot on Rosewood Lane was from Lisbon, according to police reports. David Stokes, 52, was fatally shot in a parking lot of the Rockford Village apartment complex late Friday morning. He was Youngstown’s first homicide victim of 2013. Matthew Sharp of Columbiana County was shot in the leg, and a third person who was with Stokes and Sharp was not injured. No arrests have been made, but police have a person of interest in the case.

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