Appreciation dinner


Army & Navy Garrison 252, 230 N. Main St., invites World War II veterans and one guest to a free appreciation pasta dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Garrison 252. All others are $5 per person at the door. A welcome ceremony will be at 1 p.m.

World War II veterans are asked to RSVP by Saturday by calling 330-898-5704.

Veteran to speak


Marine Corps Sgt. Tod Schuller, a 2005 Cardinal Mooney High School graduate and Afghanistan War veteran, will be the main speaker at a Veterans Day assembly at Mooney at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

All veterans, Cardinal Mooney alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend the ceremony, said John Young, school principal. For information, call the school alumni office at 330-788-5113.

Third annual event planned at park


Lawrence County’s third annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Tribute to 9/11 is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cascade Park, East Washington Street.

Sponsored by the Lawrence County Stand Down Committee and Veterans Affairs Butler Medical Center, the stand down is an opportunity for veterans to receive counseling through the Erie, Pa., Veterans Center provided by the Primary Health Network.

There also will be food, clothing, medical care and supplies for the county’s homeless veterans; guest speakers and entertainment; and a tribute to those lost on 9/11, said Gary A. Zarilla, veterans employment representative with the Bureau of Workforce Development, Department of Labor & Industry.

For information, call Shirley Noga, director of the Veterans Affairs Office at 724-656-2172.

New post officers


Francis Fontes was recently elected commander of American F.D.R. Post 560.

Other officers elected are: Thomas Repasky, 1st vice commander; Roland Colucci, 2nd vice commander; John Texter, adjutant and chaplain; John Donofrio, finance officer; Anthony DeFelice, chaplain alternate; Dominic Medina, judge advocate; Andrew Hornyak, service officer; and Victor Reyes, sergeant-at-arms.


ROTC training course

Cadet Molly L. Kohler graduated from the four-week Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

Kohler, a 2011 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and a student at the University of Akron, is the daughter of David Kohler of Youngstown and Paula Kohler of Canfield.


Air Force: Airman Jonathan A. Rivera (Chaney High School, ’09), son of Elizabeth Rivera of Youngstown; Air National Guard Airman Mark A. Jones (Lowellville High School, ’05), son of Mark Jones of Lowellville.

Army: Pvt. Zachary T. DeVivo (Columbiana High School, ’12); Pvt. Rodney N. Billiter Jr. (Boardman High School, ’10), son of Michelle Billiter of North Lima.

Marine Corps: Pvt. Mitchell W.W. Cialella, member of Honor Platoon, 3rd Battalion, (Neshannock High School, New Castle, Pa., ’13), son of Lonnie and Anthony Cialella and brother of Haley Cialella, all of New Castle.

Navy: Seaman Carly E. Koby (Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, ’13), daughter of Amy Litch and stepdaughter of Bobby Litch of Campbell, and daughter of Ken Koby and stepdaughter of Debbie Koby of Austintown.

Items of note for the Armed Forces Digest can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or emailed to

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