Guest speaker


Ernest Stadvec, a World War II and Korean War veteran, will speak on his experiences in both wars at the meeting of the Mahoning Valley World War II Heritage Society at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Ala Carte Catering on Lisbon Street.

A buffet dinner costs $14 per person. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. Call Dave Frank, event coordinator, at 330-757-0515 or 330-533-6737.

Stadvec, a native of Akron who lied about his age at 16 and 17 for short training programs, enlisted in 1943 and became a pilot in the 20th Air Force. He completed 31 missions over Iwo Jima and Manchuria before the end of World War II and was called back again during the Korean War.

Nominations open


Military Spouse magazine has opened nominations for the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year awards.

In its seventh year, the award honors military spouses from all branches of service and all ranks.

All Americans are urged to submit their nominations by Friday for the deserving military spouses in their lives. For information about nominee eligibility, rules and regulations, and program alumni, visit

“This is a chance to ensure the military spouses who not only support their service member, but who are actively supporting and working to better the military community as a whole, are recognized for their valiant efforts” said Babette Maxwell, founder of Military Spouse.

Nominations are collected from all six branches of the U.S. military — Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard — and then organized at the base, district (Coast Guard), and state (National Guard) levels.


Air Force: Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shanae B. Thomas (Liberty High School, ’10), daughter of Charmaine Bracy of Youngstown and sister of Monae Thomas of Toledo; Reserve Airman Leanna G. Rudibaugh (David Anderson High School, Lisbon, ’11) daughter of Karen and William Rudibaugh of Lisbon; Airman Taylor R. Gorichky (East Palestine High School, ’13), daughter of Saadia Gorichky of East Palestine.

Army: Pvt. Zachary A. Kountz (Campbell Memorial High School, ’11), son of Chuck and Patti Kountz of Campbell.

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 William K. Alcorn at

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