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Sidney Cornwell

Sidney Cornwell

Sidney Cornwell


Linda Bolon

Linda Bolon

Linda Bolon


Realtor Vivian Martin

Realtor Vivian Martin

Realtor Vivian Martin


Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson


Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of St. Dominic Church

Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of St. Dominic Church

Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of St. Dominic Church


Bishop George V. Murry

Bishop George V. Murry

Bishop George V. Murry


Hundreds break ground for V&M Star expansion.

Hundreds break ground for V&M Star expansion.

Hundreds break ground for V&M Star expansion.


Gov. Ted Strickland

Gov. Ted Strickland

Gov. Ted Strickland


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ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR: Honored during the American Heart Association 2011 Heart Ball on Feb. 12 will be, from left, Dr. Dominic A. Bitonte, the 2011 Heart of the Community Award honoree, and Dr. Gary A. Young, recipient of the 2011 Cardiac Services Award, who share a moment with Regina Rebhan, a Heart Ball sponsor; and Rachel Barber, event chairwoman.

ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR: Honored during the American ...

ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR: Honored during the American Heart Association 2011 Heart Ball on Feb. 12 will be, from left, Dr. Dominic A. Bitonte, the 2011 Heart of the Community Award honoree, and ...


Edward Kirsch and Karrie Rice

Edward Kirsch and Karrie Rice

Edward Kirsch and Karrie Rice


Ashley Moore and Brian Birkmire

Ashley Moore and Brian Birkmire

Ashley Moore and Brian Birkmire


DANA BERKOSKI |  JOE MUSCATELLO II

DANA BERKOSKI | JOE MUSCATELLO II

DANA BERKOSKI | JOE MUSCATELLO II


Michael Ruark and Stephanie Bellish

Michael Ruark and Stephanie Bellish

Michael Ruark and Stephanie Bellish


Dr. Zachary Veres and Pamela J. Walko

Dr. Zachary Veres and Pamela J. Walko

Dr. Zachary Veres and Pamela J. Walko


Timothy J. Lewis and Jennifer M. Starr

Timothy J. Lewis and Jennifer M. Starr

Timothy J. Lewis and Jennifer M. Starr


Amanda Stevens and Tim Burkhardt

Amanda Stevens and Tim Burkhardt

Amanda Stevens and Tim Burkhardt


Marian and Raymond Beil have been lighting up their house in North Lima for 43 years and still love doing it!

Marian and Raymond Beil have been lighting up their house ...

Marian and Raymond Beil have been lighting up their house in North Lima for 43 years and still love doing it!


John and Dee Deem, whose holiday decorations span two lots, say people who drive by their Struthers home often stop and compliment their display.

John and Dee Deem, whose holiday decorations span two lots, ...

John and Dee Deem, whose holiday decorations span two lots, say people who drive by their Struthers home often stop and compliment their display.


Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday display.

Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday ...

Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday display.


Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday display.

Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday ...

Dave Messersmith's front yard in Youngstown boasts a festive holiday display.


Neighbors of John and Dee Deem have grown so fond of the couple's holiday decorations that they told the Struthers couple "it just wasn't Christmas without the lights" last year when they were unable to light up the neighborhood.

Neighbors of John and Dee Deem have grown so fond ...

Neighbors of John and Dee Deem have grown so fond of the couple's holiday decorations that they told the Struthers couple "it just wasn't Christmas without the lights" last year when they were unable to ...


Bill Kerr’s holiday lights shine bright on his street in Poland.

Bill Kerr’s holiday lights shine bright on his street in ...

Bill Kerr’s holiday lights shine bright on his street in Poland.


Conner Kucera of the Des Moines Buccaneers fights for possession of the puck against Phantom Ty Loney.

Conner Kucera of the Des Moines Buccaneers fights for possession ...

Conner Kucera of the Des Moines Buccaneers fights for possession of the puck against Phantom Ty Loney.


Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson leaves the field after a preseason NFL football game against the  the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson leaves the field after a ...

Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson leaves the field after a preseason NFL football game against the the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Cleveland.


Youngstown East's #24 Antonio Woods puts up a shot while Cardinal Mooney's #42 Doug Caputo and #20 Joe DeNiro get in front of him.

Youngstown East's #24 Antonio Woods puts up a shot while ...

Youngstown East's #24 Antonio Woods puts up a shot while Cardinal Mooney's #42 Doug Caputo and #20 Joe DeNiro get in front of him.


Phantom Mike Ambrosia moves in to score Wednesday night. He was defended by Andrew Miller of the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Phantom Mike Ambrosia moves in to score Wednesday night. He ...

Phantom Mike Ambrosia moves in to score Wednesday night. He was defended by Andrew Miller of the Des Moines Buccaneers.


Ohio State  quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) watches from the sidelines during second quarter action in their NCAA college football game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) watches from the sidelines ...

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) watches from the sidelines during second quarter action in their NCAA college football game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.


Carla Larin, pictured December 15, 2010, is an intern from Bergen Academy working at PlumWillow, a fashion themed social shopping community on the Internet.

Carla Larin, pictured December 15, 2010, is an intern from ...

Carla Larin, pictured December 15, 2010, is an intern from Bergen Academy working at PlumWillow, a fashion themed social shopping community on the Internet.


Struthers Elementary School Principal Maggie Kowach hugs first-grade Student Lauryn Mileto. The principal has formulated a list of strategies to encourage students to attend school regularly during Count Week - The period of time when students in a district are counted to determine funding for the district.

Struthers Elementary School Principal Maggie Kowach hugs first-grade Student Lauryn ...

Struthers Elementary School Principal Maggie Kowach hugs first-grade Student Lauryn Mileto. The principal has formulated a list of strategies to encourage students to attend school regularly during Count Week - The period of time when ...


William D. Lewis The Vindicator Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of St Dominic Church in Youngstown.

William D. Lewis The Vindicator Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of ...

William D. Lewis The Vindicator Father Gregory Maturi, pastor of St Dominic Church in Youngstown.


Casey Ecker, 3, has  goggles adjusted as he sits on the lap of his mother, Heidi Brandl, of Newport Beach, California, before being tested by Dr. Cara Makuta, in the Neuro Kinetics Rotational chair, which helps evaluate overall inner ear functions.

Casey Ecker, 3, has goggles adjusted as he sits on ...

Casey Ecker, 3, has goggles adjusted as he sits on the lap of his mother, Heidi Brandl, of Newport Beach, California, before being tested by Dr. Cara Makuta, in the Neuro Kinetics Rotational chair, which ...


Al Nagy, right, a retired Youngstown Street Department employee, and Mickey Koziorynsky, Street Department supervisor, prepare the city’s New Year’s Eve ball on the roof of the City Hall Annex building. The ball, which will receive a covering later, will drop at midnight as part of the First Night Youngstown celebration.

Al Nagy, right, a retired Youngstown Street Department employee, and ...

Al Nagy, right, a retired Youngstown Street Department employee, and Mickey Koziorynsky, Street Department supervisor, prepare the city’s New Year’s Eve ball on the roof of the City Hall Annex building. The ball, which will ...


Dr. Cara Makuta, left, gets the goggles ready for Casey Ecker, 3, as he sits on the lap of his mother, Heidi Brandl, of Newport Beach, California, before being tested by Dr. Cara Makuta, in the Neuro Kinetics Rotational chair, which helps evaluate overall inner ear functions.

Dr. Cara Makuta, left, gets the goggles ready for Casey ...

Dr. Cara Makuta, left, gets the goggles ready for Casey Ecker, 3, as he sits on the lap of his mother, Heidi Brandl, of Newport Beach, California, before being tested by Dr. Cara Makuta, in ...


Mickey Koziorynsky, a Youngstown Street Department superviser, secures the two halves of the city’s New Year’s Eve ball. Koziorynsky is part of a crew of five that have lowered the city’s New Year’s Eve ball since 2000. A fireworks show will be provided at 9 p.m. and just after midnight at the Covelli Center.

Mickey Koziorynsky, a Youngstown Street Department superviser, secures the two ...

Mickey Koziorynsky, a Youngstown Street Department superviser, secures the two halves of the city’s New Year’s Eve ball. Koziorynsky is part of a crew of five that have lowered the city’s New Year’s Eve ball ...


In this Nov. 11, 2010 photo, Leacroft Green places a package to the correct shipping area at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon.com, the source of many presents good, bad or ugly, has patented a system that would let people exchange unwanted gifts for those they want before anything is actually shipped. For now, though, it's just a patent, so until Amazon figures out how to implement it, you may be stuck with that itchy sweater from grandma.

In this Nov. 11, 2010 photo, Leacroft Green places a ...

In this Nov. 11, 2010 photo, Leacroft Green places a package to the correct shipping area at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon.com, the source of many presents good, bad or ugly, has ...


In this July 13, 2010 file photo, demonstrators from the group 'Vuvuzelas for BP', blow vuvuzelas during a protest across the street from the BP headquarters in central London. As the Gulf oil spill gushed out of control this summer, BP's financial liabilities expanded so rapidly that experts wondered if the company had drilled its last well. Only months later, though, the British oil giant has pulled itself back from the brink.

In this July 13, 2010 file photo, demonstrators from the ...

In this July 13, 2010 file photo, demonstrators from the group 'Vuvuzelas for BP', blow vuvuzelas during a protest across the street from the BP headquarters in central London. As the Gulf oil spill gushed ...


Kayle Boye, Brian Palumbo, and Natalia Lepore Hagan star as Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly in the Youngstown Playhouse's production of "Chicago," which runs September 10-19.

Kayle Boye, Brian Palumbo, and Natalia Lepore Hagan star as ...

Kayle Boye, Brian Palumbo, and Natalia Lepore Hagan star as Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly in the Youngstown Playhouse's production of "Chicago," which runs September 10-19.


Mickey Koziorynsky, a supervisor in the Youngstown Street Department, guides the framework of the Youngstown New Year’s Eve ball onto the roof of the City Hall Annex building Wednesday at Front and Market streets downtown. The Youngstown Fire Department’s Ladder 22 was used to raise the 6-foot ball onto the roof because it didn’t fit through a third-floor stairwell. For more information on First Night Youngstown, visit www.firstnightyoungstown.org.

Mickey Koziorynsky, a supervisor in the Youngstown Street Department, guides ...

Mickey Koziorynsky, a supervisor in the Youngstown Street Department, guides the framework of the Youngstown New Year’s Eve ball onto the roof of the City Hall Annex building Wednesday at Front and Market streets downtown. ...


Performer Chris Brubeck

Performer Chris Brubeck

Performer Chris Brubeck


Alyssa Connelly, Molly Galano and Grace Vouvalis in Rust Belt Theater Company’s “Medea.”

Alyssa Connelly, Molly Galano and Grace Vouvalis in Rust Belt ...

Alyssa Connelly, Molly Galano and Grace Vouvalis in Rust Belt Theater Company’s “Medea.”


In this Dec. 2, 2010 file photo, Andrew O'Connor, second left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

In this Dec. 2, 2010 file photo, Andrew O'Connor, second ...

In this Dec. 2, 2010 file photo, Andrew O'Connor, second left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.


Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi

Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi

Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Baronzzi


FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, BP PLC Chief Executive Bob Dudley speaks at a news conference at their headquarters in London. As the Gulf oil spill gushed out of control this summer, BP's financial liabilities expanded so rapidly that experts wondered if the company had drilled its last well. Only months later, though, the British oil giant has pulled itself back from the brink.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, BP ...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, BP PLC Chief Executive Bob Dudley speaks at a news conference at their headquarters in London. As the Gulf oil spill gushed out of control this ...


Latrell C. Kimbrough

Latrell C. Kimbrough

Latrell C. Kimbrough


Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn


Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams


Thomas M. Humphries, CEO and president, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

Thomas M. Humphries, CEO and president, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

Thomas M. Humphries, CEO and president, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.


Jim Graham announces details of the MAY 2 " ENOUGH" Rally at Courthouse Square in Warren.

Jim Graham announces details of the MAY 2 " ENOUGH" ...

Jim Graham announces details of the MAY 2 " ENOUGH" Rally at Courthouse Square in Warren.


President Anderson delivers her first state of the university address.

President Anderson delivers her first state of the university address.

President Anderson delivers her first state of the university address.


Congressman Tim Ryan during election night party at Enzo's in Warren.

Congressman Tim Ryan during election night party at Enzo's in ...

Congressman Tim Ryan during election night party at Enzo's in Warren.


Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.

Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik during a news conference in Beverly ...

Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.


Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn


William d Lewis The Vindicator  Tim Ryan during election night party at Enzo's in Warren.

William d Lewis The Vindicator Tim Ryan during election night ...

William d Lewis The Vindicator Tim Ryan during election night party at Enzo's in Warren.


Father Greg Maturi of St. Dominic Church

Father Greg Maturi of St. Dominic Church

Father Greg Maturi of St. Dominic Church


Mayor Jay Williams.

Mayor Jay Williams.

Mayor Jay Williams.


Holiday wrap session: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 157 of Holy Family School in Poland members have “adopted” children who live at the Beatitude House in Youngstown. In October the troop provided the youngsters with goodies, and in December they contributed small gifts and stuffed stockings for each of the children. Displaying some of the gifts they wrapped are, from left, Annie Daprile, Ava Szalay, Lucy Graziano, Anna Wollet and Lucia Naples.

Holiday wrap session: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 157 of Holy ...

Holiday wrap session: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 157 of Holy Family School in Poland members have “adopted” children who live at the Beatitude House in Youngstown. In October the troop provided the youngsters with goodies, ...


Earnhart

Earnhart

Earnhart


Warren Harding's #44Craig McFerrin puts up a shot over St. V defender #33 Oliver Hidebrandt.

Warren Harding's #44Craig McFerrin puts up a shot over St. ...

Warren Harding's #44Craig McFerrin puts up a shot over St. V defender #33 Oliver Hidebrandt.


Tricia Kren and Troy Litwiler of Poland are finalists among five other couples in a national competition to win an “I Love Lucy” themed wedding. Judging is done online and open to the public. The winner will be announced Feb. 14.

Tricia Kren and Troy Litwiler of Poland are finalists among ...

Tricia Kren and Troy Litwiler of Poland are finalists among five other couples in a national competition to win an “I Love Lucy” themed wedding. Judging is done online and open to the public. The ...


Shaniya Ray, 10 (left), and Yanessa Butler, 7 (center), and Yeleysa Butler, 10, all members of the Boys and Girls club of Youngstown, watch as Katherine Bair, tutorial and enrichment director for the club, demonstrates crocheting on Monday, Dec. 27.

Shaniya Ray, 10 (left), and Yanessa Butler, 7 (center), and ...

Shaniya Ray, 10 (left), and Yanessa Butler, 7 (center), and Yeleysa Butler, 10, all members of the Boys and Girls club of Youngstown, watch as Katherine Bair, tutorial and enrichment director for the club, demonstrates ...


Arliss Casey

Arliss Casey

Arliss Casey


In this Dec. 26, 2010 file photo, people walk past a Forever 21 store in New York's Times Square. A new survey shows consumer confidence dipped in December, even after other reports suggest people increased their holiday spending at the biggest rate in four years.

In this Dec. 26, 2010 file photo, people walk past ...

In this Dec. 26, 2010 file photo, people walk past a Forever 21 store in New York's Times Square. A new survey shows consumer confidence dipped in December, even after other reports suggest people increased ...


The vacant former Poland Post Office at 25 Sheridan Road.

The vacant former Poland Post Office at 25 Sheridan Road.

The vacant former Poland Post Office at 25 Sheridan Road.


Mike Ambrosia of the Phantoms races Jarrod Rabey of the Indiana Ice to the puck.

Mike Ambrosia of the Phantoms races Jarrod Rabey of the ...

Mike Ambrosia of the Phantoms races Jarrod Rabey of the Indiana Ice to the puck.


n ths Feb. 17,2009 file photo, an engine technician works on a vessel engine at the Caterpillar company in Friedrichsort near Kiel, northern Germany. More than half of the 15,000 people that Caterpillar Inc., maker of the signature yellow bulldozers and tractors, has hired this year were outside the U.S.

n ths Feb. 17,2009 file photo, an engine technician works ...

n ths Feb. 17,2009 file photo, an engine technician works on a vessel engine at the Caterpillar company in Friedrichsort near Kiel, northern Germany. More than half of the 15,000 people that Caterpillar Inc., maker ...


Devonte Housely

Devonte Housely

Devonte Housely


In this March 2, 2007 file photo, a charter bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team from Ohio is seen after it plunged off a highway ramp in Atlanta, and slammed into the I-75 pavement below. The Ohio Supreme Court says a university's insurance coverage extended to the charter bus that crashed, killing five student baseball players and two others. An attorney for a Blufffton University player severely injured in the wreck says the 5-2 ruling issued Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, provides up to $16 million more in insurance money to pay claims.

In this March 2, 2007 file photo, a charter bus ...

In this March 2, 2007 file photo, a charter bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team from Ohio is seen after it plunged off a highway ramp in Atlanta, and slammed into the I-75 pavement ...


Joseph Solomon

Joseph Solomon

Joseph Solomon


Shaniya Ray, 10, left, and Yanessa Butler, 7, both members of the Boys and Girls club of Youngstown, watch as Katherine Bair, tutorial and enrichment director for the club, demonstrates crocheting at the club Monday, Dec. 27.

Shaniya Ray, 10, left, and Yanessa Butler, 7, both members ...

Shaniya Ray, 10, left, and Yanessa Butler, 7, both members of the Boys and Girls club of Youngstown, watch as Katherine Bair, tutorial and enrichment director for the club, demonstrates crocheting at the club Monday, ...


Help for those in need: Student council members at St. Patrick School in Hubbard continued their tradition of leadership in the school by conducting a food drive for St. Vincent De Paul Society, which operated a food pantry at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard. In addition to collecting boxes of food, the students also collected monetary donations. The funds will be used by the society to purchase items for those in need. Pictured as a check from the student council and checks from staff members of the school are presented are, from left, Mike Heincer of St. Vincent De Paul; Concetta Siedler, Katie Conlan, Emily Manion, Justin Oaks and Sandy Slenker, students; and Dan Williams of St. Vincent De Paul.

Help for those in need: Student council members at St. ...

Help for those in need: Student council members at St. Patrick School in Hubbard continued their tradition of leadership in the school by conducting a food drive for St. Vincent De Paul Society, which operated ...


Making an investment: Wells Fargo Advisors made a sizeable investment in the community recently by providing a $4,250 grant to Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley. The grant will help the food bank provide food for those in need in the Mahoning Valley. Wells Fargo & Co. has a strong legacy of giving to the community. In 2009 the combined company contributed more than $200 million in grants and sponsorships to nonprofit organizations and 1.4 million team-member hours volunteering in communities across the United States. Participating in the presentation of the grant to Second Harvest were, from left, Patti Wilson, David Patrick, Sandy Haynes and Beth Ortz, who watched as David Croutch, manager of the Canfield Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, passed a facsimile of the check to Michael Iberis, executive director of the food bank.

Making an investment: Wells Fargo Advisors made a sizeable investment ...

Making an investment: Wells Fargo Advisors made a sizeable investment in the community recently by providing a $4,250 grant to Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley. The grant will help the food bank provide ...


Banding together: The school band at St. Patrick School in Hubbard performed a concert for other students, family members and friends on Dec. 21 at the parish center. Laura Volenik, band director, conducted the students as they presented a program of holiday classics. A segment of the concert featured a saxophone performance by several students, including, from left, Mary Lyons, Tim Wirtz and Josh Chrobak. The band is open to students in grades four through eight and presents several program throughout the year.

Banding together: The school band at St. Patrick School in ...

Banding together: The school band at St. Patrick School in Hubbard performed a concert for other students, family members and friends on Dec. 21 at the parish center. Laura Volenik, band director, conducted the students ...


Holding the first dollar he made at his new job, Paul Gonzalez Jr., of Youngstown, stands in his barbershop on  the second floor of the Youngstown YMCA.

Holding the first dollar he made at his new job, ...

Holding the first dollar he made at his new job, Paul Gonzalez Jr., of Youngstown, stands in his barbershop on the second floor of the Youngstown YMCA.


Conan O’Brien talks to "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno

Conan O’Brien talks to "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno

Conan O’Brien talks to "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno


Paul Gonzalez Jr., of Youngstown, graduated from Akron Barber College in 2005. Gonzalez recently opened his barbershop on the second floor of the Youngstown YMCA.

Paul Gonzalez Jr., of Youngstown, graduated from Akron Barber College ...

Paul Gonzalez Jr., of Youngstown, graduated from Akron Barber College in 2005. Gonzalez recently opened his barbershop on the second floor of the Youngstown YMCA.


YSU's Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the first period on Tuesday night at the Kent State MAC center in Kent, Ohio.

YSU's Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the ...

YSU's Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the first period on Tuesday night at the Kent State MAC center in Kent, Ohio.


Rashad Adams rehearses with the Emancipation Choir, which will sing Negro spirituals at the Emancipation Proclamation and Installation Service at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.

Rashad Adams rehearses with the Emancipation Choir, which will sing ...

Rashad Adams rehearses with the Emancipation Choir, which will sing Negro spirituals at the Emancipation Proclamation and Installation Service at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.


The Rev. Dr. David Thornton, pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.

The Rev. Dr. David Thornton, pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian ...

The Rev. Dr. David Thornton, pastor of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.


Fitch's #22 Dontrell Lawrence puts up an off balance shot during the second half.

Fitch's #22 Dontrell Lawrence puts up an off balance shot ...

Fitch's #22 Dontrell Lawrence puts up an off balance shot during the second half.


Youngstown Phantom, Quinn Smith, raises his stick in celebration after scoring his team's first goal past Team USA's Matt McNeely during the second period  of a game at the Covelli Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Youngstown Phantom, Quinn Smith, raises his stick in celebration after ...

Youngstown Phantom, Quinn Smith, raises his stick in celebration after scoring his team's first goal past Team USA's Matt McNeely during the second period of a game at the Covelli Centre on Saturday afternoon.


John Elliot of New York tries to dig out his rental car on a Manhattan street Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, thanks in part to a good samaritan who let him use a shovel, in the wake of a major snow storm that hammered New York and much of the Northeast.

John Elliot of New York tries to dig out his ...

John Elliot of New York tries to dig out his rental car on a Manhattan street Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, thanks in part to a good samaritan who let him use a shovel, in the ...


Kimberly Mack

Kimberly Mack

Kimberly Mack


Keyly Wade

Keyly Wade

Keyly Wade


Cars pass by as Be My Designated Driver co-founders Mac Chrystal and Brian DiBacco stand outside of the Lemon Grove on Friday afternoon.

Cars pass by as Be My Designated Driver co-founders Mac ...

Cars pass by as Be My Designated Driver co-founders Mac Chrystal and Brian DiBacco stand outside of the Lemon Grove on Friday afternoon.


Kynadi Manley, 1, and Alexis Manley, 2.

Kynadi Manley, 1, and Alexis Manley, 2.

Kynadi Manley, 1, and Alexis Manley, 2.


 Millcreek Children's Center Executive Director Michele D. Grant

Millcreek Children's Center Executive Director Michele D. Grant

Millcreek Children's Center Executive Director Michele D. Grant


Boardman's #22 Dave DeBernardi puts a shot up while Poland's #10 Colin Reardon goes for the swat.

Boardman's #22 Dave DeBernardi puts a shot up while Poland's ...

Boardman's #22 Dave DeBernardi puts a shot up while Poland's #10 Colin Reardon goes for the swat.


The Treble Makers: Hubbard High School Show Choir, The Treble Makers, wrapped up its 2010 holiday show on Dec. 15 by traveling to Beloit, where it participated in an annual show choir invitational at West Branch High School. The group represented Hubbard High School as it joined seven other show choirs in a program featuring holiday music and dances. Participating in the event were, seated from left , Mckenzie Pallante, Ashley Jahoda, Kelly Motika, Emily Dutko, Adonia Balestrino, Joe Spurio, Danielle Bucci and Nicole Burns; second row, Melissa Carchedi, director; and Nicole Freeze, Brittany Diamond, Shavon Eason, Jessica Roller, Jessica Williams, Nicole Pallante and Mariah Miller; third row, Brian Root, Rachel Bancroft, Jacob Castner, Andrew Wylie, Chenyu Zhang, Robert Lewis and Michaela Ellis. Participating but not pictured is D.J. Ross. The Treble Makers presented shows throughout the year at the Liberty Arms Assisted Living and Nursing Home, Hubbard Historical Society; Campbell Elementary School; Southern Park Mall, Fairhaven School, St. Patrick Church in Hubbard and Roosevelt Elementary School. The choir will begin its 2011 spring show after a winter break and will be available for performances in April and May. For more information contact Melissa Carchedi at 330-534-1921 or at Melissa.Carchedi@neomin.org.

The Treble Makers: Hubbard High School Show Choir, The Treble ...

The Treble Makers: Hubbard High School Show Choir, The Treble Makers, wrapped up its 2010 holiday show on Dec. 15 by traveling to Beloit, where it participated in an annual show choir invitational at West ...


Promoting the draft: Members of the Rotary Club of Austintown had an opportunity to learn more about ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve) program when Steve Prestridge, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, spoke at a recent meeting. He explained the mission of the program is to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees and encouraged employers to “draft” qualified servicemen for any available jobs. Susan Leetch, club president, presented Prestridge with a certificate for a book to be donated to Woodside School in his honor.

Promoting the draft: Members of the Rotary Club of Austintown ...

Promoting the draft: Members of the Rotary Club of Austintown had an opportunity to learn more about ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve) program when Steve Prestridge, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, ...


The spirit of giving: Sister Midge, Lisa Petro, Roberta Lawrentz of Girard Junior Women, and Sister Marjorie, from left to right, display a check that was presented to the Emmanuel Care Center in Girard. The check is from Girard Junior Women, who sponsor fundraisers that benefit the Girard community. GJW donates annually to the Emmanuel Care Center, which provides for the needy families of Girard. For Thanksgiving the group donated 400 bags of food and IGA gift certificates, and for Christmas they donated 600 presents. The center houses transitional families.

The spirit of giving: Sister Midge, Lisa Petro, Roberta Lawrentz ...

The spirit of giving: Sister Midge, Lisa Petro, Roberta Lawrentz of Girard Junior Women, and Sister Marjorie, from left to right, display a check that was presented to the Emmanuel Care Center in Girard. The ...


This March 9, 2009 file photo shows the house in which Nadya Suleman, mother of octuplets, has been living in for nearly two years in La Habra, Calif. The man who sold the home to Suleman says he is going ahead with eviction proceedings because she can't come up with a $450,000 balloon payment.

This March 9, 2009 file photo shows the house in ...

This March 9, 2009 file photo shows the house in which Nadya Suleman, mother of octuplets, has been living in for nearly two years in La Habra, Calif. The man who sold the home to ...


Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman


In this July 5, 2009 file photo, Teena Marie performs during the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, has died. She was 54.

In this July 5, 2009 file photo, Teena Marie performs ...

In this July 5, 2009 file photo, Teena Marie performs during the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting ...


U.S soldiers of  2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 patrols as sunset  in Chowkay district of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan border on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010.

U.S soldiers of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 patrols as ...

U.S soldiers of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 patrols as sunset in Chowkay district of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan border on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010.


Father Edward Naroda leads the 9 a.m. mass in Polish at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church for the last time on Sunday. Beginning next weekend, the only Sunday mass will be at 10:30 a.m. and will be said in English.

Father Edward Naroda leads the 9 a.m. mass in Polish ...

Father Edward Naroda leads the 9 a.m. mass in Polish at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church for the last time on Sunday. Beginning next weekend, the only Sunday mass will be at 10:30 a.m. and ...


Carlie Chepke, 15, and Sarah Melfe, 14, both of Austintown, scream as they find themselves inverted on a fair ride that takes riders around in a loop  on Sunday afternoon.

Carlie Chepke, 15, and Sarah Melfe, 14, both of Austintown, ...

Carlie Chepke, 15, and Sarah Melfe, 14, both of Austintown, scream as they find themselves inverted on a fair ride that takes riders around in a loop on Sunday afternoon.


I SEE THE DREAM. On Jan. 15, 2009, at his home in Campbell, Ohio, Rev. Lonnie Simon reflects on the impact of Barack ObamaÕs election on the civil rights movement after being a chanter leader during one of the 1965 marches on Montgomery with Martin Luther King Jr. Simon received an illustration as a Christmas gift from his daughters featuring King saying, ÒI had a dream,Ó himself saying, ÒI saw the dream,Ó and Barack Obama saying, ÒI am the dream.Ó

I SEE THE DREAM. On Jan. 15, 2009, at his ...

I SEE THE DREAM. On Jan. 15, 2009, at his home in Campbell, Ohio, Rev. Lonnie Simon reflects on the impact of Barack ObamaÕs election on the civil rights movement after being a chanter leader ...


TEAMWORK. Crew Chief, Staff Sgt. Anthony Stewart, of New Orleans, LA, shakes hands with Thunderbird Slot Pilot, Maj. Sean Gustafson, of Kenora, Ontario, at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, OH on August 6, 2009. The Thunderbirds arrived at the base in preparation for a performance for the 2009 Youngstown Air Show, the first air show at the base in nearly a quarter century.

TEAMWORK. Crew Chief, Staff Sgt. Anthony Stewart, of New Orleans, ...

TEAMWORK. Crew Chief, Staff Sgt. Anthony Stewart, of New Orleans, LA, shakes hands with Thunderbird Slot Pilot, Maj. Sean Gustafson, of Kenora, Ontario, at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, OH on August 6, ...


YSU Head Football Coach Eric Wolford, shares a moment with his daughter Marlee at the Wolford Home in Liberty on Thursday afternoon.

YSU Head Football Coach Eric Wolford, shares a moment with ...

YSU Head Football Coach Eric Wolford, shares a moment with his daughter Marlee at the Wolford Home in Liberty on Thursday afternoon.


Vendor, Mary Bobersky (left), of Lake Milton, demonstrates how to shape pottery for her nephew, James Auden (back right), 11 also of Lake Milton, and Jackson Spin, (front right) 2 of Boardman, during the Millcreek Holiday event at Lanterman's Mill on Sunday afternoon.

Vendor, Mary Bobersky (left), of Lake Milton, demonstrates how to ...

Vendor, Mary Bobersky (left), of Lake Milton, demonstrates how to shape pottery for her nephew, James Auden (back right), 11 also of Lake Milton, and Jackson Spin, (front right) 2 of Boardman, during the Millcreek ...


A Poland graduate with fist clenched walks past Lindsay Mitchell (left) and Katarina Meris (right) on his way to receive his diplomia holding a penny that he tried to drop into the principals palm during a handshake at Poland's 2010 Commencement Ceremony at the high school gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. Pennies could be heard hitting the floor throughout the ceremony as students backed out of the practical joke and the principal refused to accept the comical offering.

A Poland graduate with fist clenched walks past Lindsay Mitchell ...

A Poland graduate with fist clenched walks past Lindsay Mitchell (left) and Katarina Meris (right) on his way to receive his diplomia holding a penny that he tried to drop into the principals palm during ...


Janiyah Vogle, of Warren, and Andre Carter, 9 of Youngstown, enjoy cooling off with the help of Youngstown Fire Department's Engine 2 during the Annual African Cultural Weekend at Mill Creek Community Center on Saturday afternoon.

Janiyah Vogle, of Warren, and Andre Carter, 9 of Youngstown, ...

Janiyah Vogle, of Warren, and Andre Carter, 9 of Youngstown, enjoy cooling off with the help of Youngstown Fire Department's Engine 2 during the Annual African Cultural Weekend at Mill Creek Community Center on Saturday ...


YSU's Tom Clayton (22) arrives safely at third base squeezing beneath the legs of Canisius' Drew Pettit (12) during the bottom of the 6th inning on Wednesday afternoon at Cene Park in Struthers.

YSU's Tom Clayton (22) arrives safely at third base squeezing ...

YSU's Tom Clayton (22) arrives safely at third base squeezing beneath the legs of Canisius' Drew Pettit (12) during the bottom of the 6th inning on Wednesday afternoon at Cene Park in Struthers.


Shoppers leave the Toys R Us store in New York's Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.

Shoppers leave the Toys R Us store in New York's ...

Shoppers leave the Toys R Us store in New York's Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.


Members of the choir at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church sang Sunday during the church’s last Polish mass. Father Ed Naroda, who has been with the church for 30 years, said he will only hold one mass in English each Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., due to his health.

Members of the choir at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church ...

Members of the choir at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church sang Sunday during the church’s last Polish mass. Father Ed Naroda, who has been with the church for 30 years, said he will only hold ...


Doug and Sharon Carlile, of West Glen Drive in Boardman, are constantly helping out their neighbors. During the winter they clear snow from others’ driveways, They also take care of the devil strip on the cul de sac. In the summer they mow grass and mulch the trees and in the fall they rake leaves. The couple was one of two nominated by a neighbor to The Vindicator’s “Random Acts of Snow Kindness” contest.

Doug and Sharon Carlile, of West Glen Drive in Boardman, ...

Doug and Sharon Carlile, of West Glen Drive in Boardman, are constantly helping out their neighbors. During the winter they clear snow from others’ driveways, They also take care of the devil strip on the ...


Girl zombie - The Walking Dead

Girl zombie - The Walking Dead

Girl zombie - The Walking Dead


San Francisco 49ers president Jed York at an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010.

San Francisco 49ers president Jed York at an NFL football ...

San Francisco 49ers president Jed York at an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010.


San Francisco 49ers' Ted Ginn runs a punt back 78-yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in St. Louis.

San Francisco 49ers' Ted Ginn runs a punt back 78-yards ...

San Francisco 49ers' Ted Ginn runs a punt back 78-yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in St. Louis.


San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary during an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary during an NFL ...

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary during an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in San Diego.


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Robiskie, bottom, catches a 29-yard touchdown pass against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Carr (25) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Cleveland. The scoring pass was thrown by wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Robiskie, bottom, catches a 29-yard ...

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Robiskie, bottom, catches a 29-yard touchdown pass against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Carr (25) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Cleveland. The ...


Thomas Nickerson

Thomas Nickerson

Thomas Nickerson


David Kogelnik

David Kogelnik

David Kogelnik


Jim Snyder and Colleen Hendel, volunteers, hang onto a bow of an 18-foot-tall blue spruce tree as its anchored in a tree holder on the altar area of St. Patrick Church on Oak Hill Avenue in Youngstown. The tree is a focal point of Christmas decor at the church.

Jim Snyder and Colleen Hendel, volunteers, hang onto a bow ...

Jim Snyder and Colleen Hendel, volunteers, hang onto a bow of an 18-foot-tall blue spruce tree as its anchored in a tree holder on the altar area of St. Patrick Church on Oak Hill Avenue ...


An 18-foot blue spruce is hoisted by Mashburn Tree Service after it was cut down at Southern Boulevard and Lucius Avenue in Youngstown. The tree was on property given to St. Dominic Church, which gave the tree to St. Patrick Church.

An 18-foot blue spruce is hoisted by Mashburn Tree Service ...

An 18-foot blue spruce is hoisted by Mashburn Tree Service after it was cut down at Southern Boulevard and Lucius Avenue in Youngstown. The tree was on property given to St. Dominic Church, which gave ...


Boardman Post Office.

Boardman Post Office.

Boardman Post Office.


Katie Ann Guarino of Warren prepares for a class surgical procedure. She is a student in the surgical-technology program.

Katie Ann Guarino of Warren prepares for a class surgical ...

Katie Ann Guarino of Warren prepares for a class surgical procedure. She is a student in the surgical-technology program.


Carole DuBose, program coordinator of surgical technology at Choffin Career and Technical Center, explains the program that recently earned national accreditation through 2020 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Carole DuBose, program coordinator of surgical technology at Choffin Career ...

Carole DuBose, program coordinator of surgical technology at Choffin Career and Technical Center, explains the program that recently earned national accreditation through 2020 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.


Yasmin Flor, manager of the Villa Shoppe in Villa Maria Community Center, holds a bowl made in Vietnam. The shop sells Fair Trade handcrafted items from Peru, Haiti, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Guatemala and Africa, as well as the United States.

Yasmin Flor, manager of the Villa Shoppe in Villa Maria ...

Yasmin Flor, manager of the Villa Shoppe in Villa Maria Community Center, holds a bowl made in Vietnam. The shop sells Fair Trade handcrafted items from Peru, Haiti, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, ...


Volunteers at  the Youngstown church work on steadying the blue spruce that will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. The tree will be arrayed with some 9,600 white lights. It had been targeted for uprooting in the city’s Operation Redemption program to clean up the South Side neighborhood near St. Dominic Church.

Volunteers at the Youngstown church work on steadying the blue ...

Volunteers at the Youngstown church work on steadying the blue spruce that will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. The tree will be arrayed with some 9,600 white lights. It had been targeted for uprooting in ...


Bazaar for Girard: Roberta Lawrentz, Martha Altier, Laura Sobnosky and Kathie Rossell of Girard Junior Women serve refreshments at the annual GJW Bazaar. The next meeting will be Jan. 13 at Amen Corner with Liz McGarry as speaker. Altier will be the hostess for the evening with Kitty Diamond assisting. GJW is a nonprofit group that serves the Girard community. Anyone interested in joining should contact Lawrentz.

Bazaar for Girard: Roberta Lawrentz, Martha Altier, Laura Sobnosky and ...

Bazaar for Girard: Roberta Lawrentz, Martha Altier, Laura Sobnosky and Kathie Rossell of Girard Junior Women serve refreshments at the annual GJW Bazaar. The next meeting will be Jan. 13 at Amen Corner with Liz ...


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Dr. and Mrs. Frank D'Isa

Dr. and Mrs. Frank D'Isa

Dr. and Mrs. Frank D'Isa


Dangerous Curvez ahead: The women’s motorcycle club Dangerous Curvez Inc. made financial awards to three organizations at the annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at O’Charley’s in Boardman. Zina Hill accepted a check for Dress For Success in the absence of its CEO, Felicia Davis; Patricia Rudolph represented My Best Tea Party Club; and Crystal Wells accepted for Listen Up Ladies.

Dangerous Curvez ahead: The women’s motorcycle club Dangerous Curvez Inc. ...

Dangerous Curvez ahead: The women’s motorcycle club Dangerous Curvez Inc. made financial awards to three organizations at the annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at O’Charley’s in Boardman. Zina Hill accepted a check for Dress ...


Lake Milton Browns Backers collected and distributed over a ton of food to 36 families and toys to 60 children for the holidays. The giving was made possible following an annual food and toy drive conducted by the group Dec. 18 at the Dutch House in Lake Milton. During the drive Santa Claus arrived on the Lake Milton Fire Department firetruck, and he and Mrs. Claus provided the children with coloring books, cookies and beverages. Each family received a turkey, food basket and presents for the children. With help from area residents and businesses, the Backers raised and donated nearly $10,000 to local families, charities and goodwill events during the past year. Recognized as one of the top five clubs in the country in 2009, the Backers received August Club of the Month awards and are being considered for recognition as the Club of the Year.

Lake Milton Browns Backers collected and distributed over a ton ...

Lake Milton Browns Backers collected and distributed over a ton of food to 36 families and toys to 60 children for the holidays. The giving was made possible following an annual food and toy drive ...


Mr. and Mrs. Lorice Bonner

Mr. and Mrs. Lorice Bonner

Mr. and Mrs. Lorice Bonner


A lighthearted holiday song: Backed up by students from the eighth-grade class at St. Patrick School in Hubbard, who provided their own version of the holiday classics, this group of kindergarten students entertained family and friends on Dec. 16 with their lively rendition of the holiday song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” The song was one of those featured as students from various classes took part in an annual program, “A Christmas Spelling Bee,” written and directed by Mrs. Joan Deramo, music teacher, who was presented with a Christmas arrangement in recognition of her hard work.

A lighthearted holiday song: Backed up by students from the ...

A lighthearted holiday song: Backed up by students from the eighth-grade class at St. Patrick School in Hubbard, who provided their own version of the holiday classics, this group of kindergarten students entertained family and ...


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Food for the hungry: Students in Mrs. Leonard’s second-grade class at St. Patrick School in Hubbard regularly donate canned goods, clothing and money to help those in need. Recently they decided also to help their feathered friends during the winter months by providing food for the hungry birds. Jeffery Hazy, one of the students who participated in the hands-on project, is shown as he coated one of the large pinecones with peanut butter before rolling it in bird seed. Once the pinecones were prepared, they were hung in trees as a holiday treat for the birds.

Food for the hungry: Students in Mrs. Leonard’s second-grade class ...

Food for the hungry: Students in Mrs. Leonard’s second-grade class at St. Patrick School in Hubbard regularly donate canned goods, clothing and money to help those in need. Recently they decided also to help their ...


Korisa McCoy and Randy Shields

Korisa McCoy and Randy Shields

Korisa McCoy and Randy Shields


Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stothard

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stothard

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stothard


Mr. and Mrs. John Scirocco

Mr. and Mrs. John Scirocco

Mr. and Mrs. John Scirocco


Tucker

Tucker

Tucker


If you wish upon a star: The YWCA’s Wish Upon a Star gift-giving project, in partnership with community groups and individuals, collected new toys, books and games that were distributed to more than 80 homeless and low-income children in the YWCA housing program. Holding an armful of gifts she received for her five children is, at left, Lillian Peoples, who has a disability that prevents her from working. Residents in the Transitional Housing Program at the YWCA, her family is one of the 41 families helped through the Wish Upon  a Star project. Carrying some of the gifts for Peoples is Vicki Winphrie, YWCA living skills educator.

If you wish upon a star: The YWCA’s Wish Upon ...

If you wish upon a star: The YWCA’s Wish Upon a Star gift-giving project, in partnership with community groups and individuals, collected new toys, books and games that were distributed to more than 80 homeless ...


Luck of the draw: Hubbard Historical Society recently conducted a raffle for two watercolor winter farms scenes painted by local artists. One of the pictures was painted by Linda Cooper Brightwell in the late ’70s while she was a high school student. The other was created by her art teacher. Following the drawing it was determined that Rodd Coonce was the holder of the winning ticket that was drawn by Santa Claus (aka Howard Huffman). Among those joining Santa for the raffle drawing are, from left, Bob Gibson, Joan Gibson, Lucille Wilson, Jackie Orlando and Cecilia Cooper.

Luck of the draw: Hubbard Historical Society recently conducted a ...

Luck of the draw: Hubbard Historical Society recently conducted a raffle for two watercolor winter farms scenes painted by local artists. One of the pictures was painted by Linda Cooper Brightwell in the late ’70s ...


Nicole D. Novak and Michael J. Ost

Nicole D. Novak and Michael J. Ost

Nicole D. Novak and Michael J. Ost


Ashlee Lemke and Aaron Lime

Ashlee Lemke and Aaron Lime

Ashlee Lemke and Aaron Lime


Jim Cordle Jr. and Atty. Kerry L. McNally

Jim Cordle Jr. and Atty. Kerry L. McNally

Jim Cordle Jr. and Atty. Kerry L. McNally


Volunteering pays off: The Best Buy Tag Team Award program recognizes the volunteer efforts of Best Buy employees by making a financial contribution to nonprofit organizations where the employees offer leadership, expertise and time. This year Best Buy employees organized and/or participated in a Golf for a Buddy golf outing, a car show, bake sales and a charity softball event, and took part in the annual Buddy Walk of the Valley. As a result of their volunteer efforts, the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley received $4,000 in Best Buy Tag Team Awards. Making sure everyone knows how big the contribution was, a giant-size check is displayed by, from left, Michele Jones, DSAV co-founder/president; Jody Esposito, assistant manager at Boardman Best Buy; 5-year-old Christian Trella, who is sponsored by Best Buy, and Jack Trella. For more information on DSAV visit www.dsav.org, e-mail info@dsav.org or call 330-726-DSAV.

Volunteering pays off: The Best Buy Tag Team Award program ...

Volunteering pays off: The Best Buy Tag Team Award program recognizes the volunteer efforts of Best Buy employees by making a financial contribution to nonprofit organizations where the employees offer leadership, expertise and time. This ...


Kristen Calo, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in downtown Youngstown, makes sure this food box is full. Buffalo Wild Wings and Save-A-Lot stores teamed up to give out the food boxes to 200 needy families Tuesday here and in Niles.

Kristen Calo, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in ...

Kristen Calo, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in downtown Youngstown, makes sure this food box is full. Buffalo Wild Wings and Save-A-Lot stores teamed up to give out the food boxes to 200 ...


Brad Yaskowitz, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in downtown Youngstown, hauls eggs donated by his employer and Save-A-Lot stores to needy families. The restaurant here and in Niles passed out food Wednesday in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Brad Yaskowitz, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in ...

Brad Yaskowitz, an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in downtown Youngstown, hauls eggs donated by his employer and Save-A-Lot stores to needy families. The restaurant here and in Niles passed out food Wednesday in ...


FedEx team leader Mike Almon, in Santa hat, sorts packages Monday with fellow employee Jason Taylor Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. Monday is expected to be the busiest day in FedEx history, with nearly 16 million packages moving on its conveyer belts, trucks and planes. That's up 13 percent from 14.2 million on the busiest day last year, and double what the company handles on a normal day. That jump in shipments bodes well for the nation's retailers, online stores and larger rival UPS, which has its single busiest day next week.

FedEx team leader Mike Almon, in Santa hat, sorts packages ...

FedEx team leader Mike Almon, in Santa hat, sorts packages Monday with fellow employee Jason Taylor Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. Monday is expected to be the busiest day in FedEx history, with ...


Gary Abrams, president and chief executive officer of Kolby’s Clothing on East State Street, Salem, poses with some of the items available at his store. The longtime clothing store is closing, due in part to the declining economy, and leaving downtown with few shopping venues.

Gary Abrams, president and chief executive officer of Kolby’s Clothing ...

Gary Abrams, president and chief executive officer of Kolby’s Clothing on East State Street, Salem, poses with some of the items available at his store. The longtime clothing store is closing, due in part to ...


In this Dec. 18, 2010 photo, shoppers are photographed on 34th Street, in New York. Holiday shoppers are racing to the end of the season at a more feverish pace this year, with retail revenue up 5.5 percent during the last weekend before Christmas.

In this Dec. 18, 2010 photo, shoppers are photographed on ...

In this Dec. 18, 2010 photo, shoppers are photographed on 34th Street, in New York. Holiday shoppers are racing to the end of the season at a more feverish pace this year, with retail revenue ...


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Jackson Milton's Johnny Matacic wrestles Mike Ratay of CVCA in the 135 lb class during their match at Jackson Milton on Wednesday night.

Jackson Milton's Johnny Matacic wrestles Mike Ratay of CVCA in ...

Jackson Milton's Johnny Matacic wrestles Mike Ratay of CVCA in the 135 lb class during their match at Jackson Milton on Wednesday night.


(34) Tre' Brown of Harding slams home two points Wednesday night in Warren.

(34) Tre' Brown of Harding slams home two points Wednesday ...

(34) Tre' Brown of Harding slams home two points Wednesday night in Warren.


Alyssa Carline, a sophomore, introduces herself during a concert put on the by the Poland High School show choir at Union Elementary.

Alyssa Carline, a sophomore, introduces herself during a concert put ...

Alyssa Carline, a sophomore, introduces herself during a concert put on the by the Poland High School show choir at Union Elementary.


Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor plays against Michigan during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor plays against Michigan during an NCAA ...

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor plays against Michigan during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.


Robert Bush

Robert Bush

Robert Bush


Among the food recipients were Robert Jones, left, and Ricky Paige, both of Youngstown.

Among the food recipients were Robert Jones, left, and Ricky ...

Among the food recipients were Robert Jones, left, and Ricky Paige, both of Youngstown.


Ben DeRocco, 10, puts butter on his whole wheat bread as mom Susanna DeRocco helps Griffin, 7, toast waffles at their home in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 15, 2010.

Ben DeRocco, 10, puts butter on his whole wheat bread ...

Ben DeRocco, 10, puts butter on his whole wheat bread as mom Susanna DeRocco helps Griffin, 7, toast waffles at their home in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 15, 2010.


Poland Union Elementary School students watch as the Poland High School show choir performs a variety of seasonal songs.

Poland Union Elementary School students watch as the Poland High ...

Poland Union Elementary School students watch as the Poland High School show choir performs a variety of seasonal songs.


Second graders Teegan Graff, left, and Brianna DiFabio watch as the Poland High School show choir performs at Union Elementary Wednesday.

Second graders Teegan Graff, left, and Brianna DiFabio watch as ...

Second graders Teegan Graff, left, and Brianna DiFabio watch as the Poland High School show choir performs at Union Elementary Wednesday.


Supporting the foundation: On Dec. 12 the Valley Cruzers Car Club presented a check for $2,000 to the Touched by Nathan Foundation, formed by Kenneth and Vicki Pavalko in memory of their son. The car club has donated more than $14,000 to the foundation in the past four years. Participating in the check passing event during a meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield, were, from left, Frank Imburgia, club vice president; Steve Bendel Sr., president; Pavalko, who accepted the funds on behalf of the foundation; and Bob Brown, treasurer. Club members, not pictured, are Steve Goricki, Harry Barber, Gary Monroe and their wives. Club meetings are on Saturdays during warm weather at Chili’s restaurant outside the Southern Park Mall. For more information on the club or to make a donation to the foundation, call 330-757-8324.

Supporting the foundation: On Dec. 12 the Valley Cruzers Car ...

Supporting the foundation: On Dec. 12 the Valley Cruzers Car Club presented a check for $2,000 to the Touched by Nathan Foundation, formed by Kenneth and Vicki Pavalko in memory of their son. The car ...


The gift of Christmas: The three kings, who took gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the manger after the birth of Jesus, are portrayed by, from left, Cooper Muccio, Jeffery Hazy and Nick Matisi as the third-grade class of Joan Matune and second-grade class of Mellony Leonard recreated the story of the first Christmas for family and friends on Dec. 20 at St. Patrick School in Hubbard. This is the first year the classes undertook such an important project. The youngsters began practicing their roles in October.

The gift of Christmas: The three kings, who took gifts ...

The gift of Christmas: The three kings, who took gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the manger after the birth of Jesus, are portrayed by, from left, Cooper Muccio, Jeffery Hazy and Nick Matisi ...


Making a joyful noise: Members of the Builders Club at St. Patrick School in Hubbard spread holiday cheer as they sang carols while walking from the school on Dec. 17 to Hubbard Manor, where they were greeted by residents of the manor. As one student played a saxophone the group sang as they walked through the halls and left a holiday gift at each apartment door. The caroling and gift-giving have been a tradition of the Builders Club for more than 10 years.

Making a joyful noise: Members of the Builders Club at ...

Making a joyful noise: Members of the Builders Club at St. Patrick School in Hubbard spread holiday cheer as they sang carols while walking from the school on Dec. 17 to Hubbard Manor, where they ...


Well-deserved award: During its annual dinner on Dec. 5 Springfield Township Historical Society presented an Appreciation Award to East Fairfield Coal Co. in recognition of the company’s continued support. The presentation was conducted by, at right, Zonda Haase, society president, and the award was accepted by Tom Mackall, president of the company. Officers of the society include Rusty George, vice president; Ruth Denmeade, secretary; Karen Datillo, treasurer; and Ray Davis and Larry Ricketts, trustees. The dinner was coordinated by Mary Lyda, and it took place at the home of Don and Kari Snyder.

Well-deserved award: During its annual dinner on Dec. 5 Springfield ...

Well-deserved award: During its annual dinner on Dec. 5 Springfield Township Historical Society presented an Appreciation Award to East Fairfield Coal Co. in recognition of the company’s continued support. The presentation was conducted by, at ...


On a leadership note: During the recent election of the American Federation of Musicians Local 86-242, the following professional musicians, from left to right, were elected for three-year terms: Danny Barber, secretary-treasurer; Del Sinchak, president; and Paul Rossi, vice president. Also elected to the executive board, but not pictured, were Edward Madej, Bob Smrecansky, Rex Taneri and Gerry Dubos. The union’s function is to unite all professional musicians and look after their welfare.

On a leadership note: During the recent election of the ...

On a leadership note: During the recent election of the American Federation of Musicians Local 86-242, the following professional musicians, from left to right, were elected for three-year terms: Danny Barber, secretary-treasurer; Del Sinchak, president; ...


The ‘write’ holiday project: An Operation Holiday Cheer article in The Vindicator inspired students in West Branch High Schools’ Freshmen Focus mentoring program to write to area men and women who are serving in the military and unable to be home for the holidays. As a result 16 of those will receive cards, a class picture, personal letters, and a letter explaining that Focus is a yearlong program in which 11th- and 12th-grade students mentor freshmen by providing lessons on a variety of personal, social, academic and career topics. Displaying some of the “write” stuff are, from left in front, Robert Brand and Zach Altman, and in back, Taylor Metzgar; Parker Zamarelli; Erica Polinori and Brenda Sharp, mentor teachers; Kahliel Fletcher; Molly Wyss; and Hayley Kozar.

The ‘write’ holiday project: An Operation Holiday Cheer article in ...

The ‘write’ holiday project: An Operation Holiday Cheer article in The Vindicator inspired students in West Branch High Schools’ Freshmen Focus mentoring program to write to area men and women who are serving in the ...


Joe Dantona of East Liverpool picks up food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Dantona is a volunteer with the Nehemiah Network, one of more than 150 hunger-relief organizations that distribute food from Second Harvest.

Joe Dantona of East Liverpool picks up food from the ...

Joe Dantona of East Liverpool picks up food from the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Dantona is a volunteer with the Nehemiah Network, one of more than 150 hunger-relief organizations that distribute ...


In this Sept. 21, 2010 photo, demonstrators hold signs in front of Bank of America in San Jose, Calif., during a rally protesting thousands of bank foreclosures in San Jose.

In this Sept. 21, 2010 photo, demonstrators hold signs in ...

In this Sept. 21, 2010 photo, demonstrators hold signs in front of Bank of America in San Jose, Calif., during a rally protesting thousands of bank foreclosures in San Jose.


Santa representative Howard Huffman loads gifts into his bag at his home in Hubbard. Huffman had his suit specially made to fill the role of one of Santa’s official helpers.

Santa representative Howard Huffman loads gifts into his bag at ...

Santa representative Howard Huffman loads gifts into his bag at his home in Hubbard. Huffman had his suit specially made to fill the role of one of Santa’s official helpers.


Taft Elementary fourth-grade teacher Laurie McEwan holds the Nov. 7 edition of The Vindicator with the “Operation Holiday Cheer” feature that prompted the idea.

Taft Elementary fourth-grade teacher Laurie McEwan holds the Nov. 7 ...

Taft Elementary fourth-grade teacher Laurie McEwan holds the Nov. 7 edition of The Vindicator with the “Operation Holiday Cheer” feature that prompted the idea.


Howard Huffman of Hubbard has played Santa for about a year. Last week he greeted children at the Salem Airport.

Howard Huffman of Hubbard has played Santa for about a ...

Howard Huffman of Hubbard has played Santa for about a year. Last week he greeted children at the Salem Airport.


Howard Huffman, 64, points to the collection of Santa memorabilia he has collected for the past 20 years. The Hubbard resident likes the vintage, nontraditional look of the dolls he’s collected from different countries.

Howard Huffman, 64, points to the collection of Santa memorabilia ...

Howard Huffman, 64, points to the collection of Santa memorabilia he has collected for the past 20 years. The Hubbard resident likes the vintage, nontraditional look of the dolls he’s collected from different countries.


Taft Elementary fourth grader Jaiquale Gibbs displays the letter that he wrote to military service people in Afghanistan. The letters were a writing project in his class. Jaiquale wrote that his class would pray for the service people and that he wants to join the military.

Taft Elementary fourth grader Jaiquale Gibbs displays the letter that ...

Taft Elementary fourth grader Jaiquale Gibbs displays the letter that he wrote to military service people in Afghanistan. The letters were a writing project in his class. Jaiquale wrote that his class would pray for ...


Taft Elementary School fourth graders Tanesha Bryant, left, and Tejhae Glenn look over letters they wrote to military personnel serving in Afghanistan. The letters were a writing project in teacher Laurie McEwans’s class at the Youngstown school.

Taft Elementary School fourth graders Tanesha Bryant, left, and Tejhae ...

Taft Elementary School fourth graders Tanesha Bryant, left, and Tejhae Glenn look over letters they wrote to military personnel serving in Afghanistan. The letters were a writing project in teacher Laurie McEwans’s class at the ...


BBALL - (23) Brandon Maceyko drives for two as (4) Tyler Duez gets a hand in his face during their game Tuesday night in Poland.

BBALL - (23) Brandon Maceyko drives for two as (4) ...

BBALL - (23) Brandon Maceyko drives for two as (4) Tyler Duez gets a hand in his face during their game Tuesday night in Poland.


FILE - In this March 20, 2009 file photo, a line of job applicants snakes through a ropeline to attend the CUNY Big Apple Job Fair, in New York.

FILE - In this March 20, 2009 file photo, a ...

FILE - In this March 20, 2009 file photo, a line of job applicants snakes through a ropeline to attend the CUNY Big Apple Job Fair, in New York.


Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, skates past a Phoenix Coyote defender during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. The Penguins won 6-1. Malkin tied a career high with five points.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, skates past a ...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, skates past a Phoenix Coyote defender during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. The Penguins won 6-1. Malkin tied ...


YSU Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the first period on Tuesday night at the Kent State MAC center in Kent, Ohio.

YSU Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the ...

YSU Vytas Sulskis rushes by KSU Rodriquez Sherman during the first period on Tuesday night at the Kent State MAC center in Kent, Ohio.


Sammy Torres

Sammy Torres

Sammy Torres


MVSD Director Tom Holloway

MVSD Director Tom Holloway

MVSD Director Tom Holloway


The Breaden Market on the South Side remained closed for more than a week after the murder of a clerk inside the store, but the owner has now reopened the business and implemented new safety precautions.

The Breaden Market on the South Side remained closed for ...

The Breaden Market on the South Side remained closed for more than a week after the murder of a clerk inside the store, but the owner has now reopened the business and implemented new safety ...


Helping to get Toys for Tots: At their annual Toys for Tots auction the Warren Republican Women’s Club raised $1,368 for the Marine Corps’ annual campaign to help area children at Christmas. They presented the check to a Marine representative Dec. 2 at DiLucia’s banquet center in Warren. In the front row, from left to right, are Shelby McElravy, second vice president and auction chairwoman; Mike Fuchilla, auctioneer; and Cary Ann Koren, first vice president. In the second row are Gail Druschel, auction committee member; Barbara Tryon, president; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Emiliano DeLeon of Toys for Tots, who is holding the check; and Dorie Harris, hostess.

Helping to get Toys for Tots: At their annual Toys ...

Helping to get Toys for Tots: At their annual Toys for Tots auction the Warren Republican Women’s Club raised $1,368 for the Marine Corps’ annual campaign to help area children at Christmas. They presented the ...


The pride of new Lions: Boardman Lions Club had its Christmas dinner at the Saxon Club on Dec. 9. Lion Bill Rausch, the new zone chairman of District 13-D Zone 5, installed five new members. From left to right are President Mary Beth Shobel; Director Jaclyn Rausch; new members Bob Pavalko, Lee Ward, Mandy Ward, John Landers and Kathy Collins; Rausch; and Director Karen Kannal.

The pride of new Lions: Boardman Lions Club had its ...

The pride of new Lions: Boardman Lions Club had its Christmas dinner at the Saxon Club on Dec. 9. Lion Bill Rausch, the new zone chairman of District 13-D Zone 5, installed five new members. ...


Mended Hearts, an organization that provides support for cardiac patients and their families, recently conducted an installation ceremony at Avion on the Water. From left to right are Ervin Schwartz, visiting program chairman; Donald Feindt, treasurer; Barbara Foreman, regional director; Joe Clark, president; and Marvin Bennett, assistant regional director.

Mended Hearts, an organization that provides support for cardiac patients ...

Mended Hearts, an organization that provides support for cardiac patients and their families, recently conducted an installation ceremony at Avion on the Water. From left to right are Ervin Schwartz, visiting program chairman; Donald Feindt, ...


For a second year, students in West Branch High School's mentoring program, Freshmen Focus, participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project. The students chose 16 servicemen and women, some of whom are graduates of West Branch, to send Christmas cards and letters. Pictured, from left, are: first row, Robert Brand (12th grade) and Zach Altman (12th grade), and second row, Taylor Metzgar (12th grade), Parker Zamarelli (9th grade), Mrs. Erica Polinori (mentor teacher), Mrs. Brenda Sharp (mentor teacher), Kahliel Fletcher (9th grade), Molly Wyss (9th grade) and Hayley Kozar (9th grade). Freshmen Focus is a yearlong mentoring program in which 11th- and 12th-grade students mentor freshmen.

For a second year, students in West Branch High School's ...

For a second year, students in West Branch High School's mentoring program, Freshmen Focus, participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project. The students chose 16 servicemen and women, some of whom are graduates of ...


For a second year, students in West Branch High School's mentoring program, Freshmen Focus, participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project. The students chose 16 servicemen and women, some of whom are graduates of West Branch, to send these Christmas cards and letters. Freshmen Focus is a yearlong mentoring program in which 11th- and 12th-grade students mentor freshmen.

For a second year, students in West Branch High School's ...

For a second year, students in West Branch High School's mentoring program, Freshmen Focus, participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project. The students chose 16 servicemen and women, some of whom are graduates of ...


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Youngstown Lions Club celebrated its 90th annual Christmas party for visually impaired and special-needs children recently at the Saxon Club in Youngstown. Funding for the party was provided by generous sponsors of the Youngstown Lions annual Turtle Derby, its only fundraiser. About 120 children from Chaney, Leonard Kirtz, East, McGuffey, P. Ross Berry, Southside Academy and Volney Rogers schools attended. The children ate turkey dinners and sang Christmas carols. The highlight was a visit from Santa. He and his helpers gave each child a gift bag that included a scarf, hat, gloves, candy and a gift.

Youngstown Lions Club celebrated its 90th annual Christmas party for ...

Youngstown Lions Club celebrated its 90th annual Christmas party for visually impaired and special-needs children recently at the Saxon Club in Youngstown. Funding for the party was provided by generous sponsors of the Youngstown Lions ...


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Benita Pearson

Benita Pearson

Benita Pearson


Fourth-grader Justin Cool holds a copy of a book called Basher Five-two that students in his class read. Justin wanted to know if Reservist Geoff Clark, on the screen, had read the true story of F-16 fighter pilot Scott O’Grady.

Fourth-grader Justin Cool holds a copy of a book called ...

Fourth-grader Justin Cool holds a copy of a book called Basher Five-two that students in his class read. Justin wanted to know if Reservist Geoff Clark, on the screen, had read the true story of ...


Monica Roth, owner of Charly’s Restaurant in Austintown, has sold hundreds of raffle tickets and is giving away a 32-inch Phillips flat screen TV today. The money raised, nearly $3,000, will be given to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.

Monica Roth, owner of Charly’s Restaurant in Austintown, has sold ...

Monica Roth, owner of Charly’s Restaurant in Austintown, has sold hundreds of raffle tickets and is giving away a 32-inch Phillips flat screen TV today. The money raised, nearly $3,000, will be given to the ...


Steve Gasior, an eighth-grade science teacher, donned at Santa suit Monday as part of the Toys for Tots talent show at Choffin Career and Technical Center. Sgt. Robert Eggleston of the Marines took in the show with Santa. The talent show was a fundraiser for Toys for Tots and raised $900 for the cause.

Steve Gasior, an eighth-grade science teacher, donned at Santa suit ...

Steve Gasior, an eighth-grade science teacher, donned at Santa suit Monday as part of the Toys for Tots talent show at Choffin Career and Technical Center. Sgt. Robert Eggleston of the Marines took in the ...


Girard Municipal Court Judge Michael Bernard

Girard Municipal Court Judge Michael Bernard

Girard Municipal Court Judge Michael Bernard


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George A. Jackson .

George A. Jackson .


Maria Ruiz and her son Angel, 1, both of Youngstown, prepare to mail a package at theYoungstown Post Office Monday. Monday was one of the busiest postal days of the year.

Maria Ruiz and her son Angel, 1, both of Youngstown, ...

Maria Ruiz and her son Angel, 1, both of Youngstown, prepare to mail a package at theYoungstown Post Office Monday. Monday was one of the busiest postal days of the year.


YSU men's basektball coach Jerry Slocum

YSU men's basektball coach Jerry Slocum

YSU men's basektball coach Jerry Slocum


Geoff Clark, a U.S. Air Force Reservist speaks, to his daughter Kayla Clark and wife Kim Clark, at left, Monday using Skype, a program that allows users to chat online through video. Clark also answered questions from fourth-graders at Jackson-Milton Elementary during his digital visit.

Geoff Clark, a U.S. Air Force Reservist speaks, to his ...

Geoff Clark, a U.S. Air Force Reservist speaks, to his daughter Kayla Clark and wife Kim Clark, at left, Monday using Skype, a program that allows users to chat online through video. Clark also answered ...


Poland Middle School 8th-grader Aleah Hughes, 13, will represent the Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association in the National Football League’s flag football tournament in Florida in February.

Poland Middle School 8th-grader Aleah Hughes, 13, will represent the ...

Poland Middle School 8th-grader Aleah Hughes, 13, will represent the Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association in the National Football League’s flag football tournament in Florida in February.


Youngstown Post Office employee Carl Flesher dumps a bind of mail onto a conveyor belt.

Youngstown Post Office employee Carl Flesher dumps a bind of ...

Youngstown Post Office employee Carl Flesher dumps a bind of mail onto a conveyor belt.


Ready for the holiday gift season is the Lego Minotaurus Board Game.

Ready for the holiday gift season is the Lego Minotaurus ...

Ready for the holiday gift season is the Lego Minotaurus Board Game.


The toll booth at the Ohio Turnpike

The toll booth at the Ohio Turnpike

The toll booth at the Ohio Turnpike


(11) Katelyn Ardale of Struthers and (12) Peyton Meals get tangled up going for the ball during their game Monday night in Struthers.

(11) Katelyn Ardale of Struthers and (12) Peyton Meals get ...

(11) Katelyn Ardale of Struthers and (12) Peyton Meals get tangled up going for the ball during their game Monday night in Struthers.


Third grade students (from left to right )  Jasmine Telfair Raelynn Haefke and Keriah Johnson present their favorite holiday to the class: Christmas. Third grade students of Woodside Elementary school invited family to join them Friday morning for a presentation of holidays from around the world and across the calendar.

Third grade students (from left to right ) Jasmine Telfair ...

Third grade students (from left to right ) Jasmine Telfair Raelynn Haefke and Keriah Johnson present their favorite holiday to the class: Christmas. Third grade students of Woodside Elementary school invited family to join them ...


The exterior of the new trailers next to Austintown Fitch High School where students in the new alternative school work on assignments and lessons. The trailers are new and have only been used in the last week.

The exterior of the new trailers next to Austintown Fitch ...

The exterior of the new trailers next to Austintown Fitch High School where students in the new alternative school work on assignments and lessons. The trailers are new and have only been used in the ...


Nate Masterson and Janet Polish work on some course work at  the new alternative school at Fitch High School which allows any interested student to join the program and learn from home.

Nate Masterson and Janet Polish work on some course work ...

Nate Masterson and Janet Polish work on some course work at the new alternative school at Fitch High School which allows any interested student to join the program and learn from home.


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In this photo taken on Oct. 23, 2010, Arkansas running back Knile Davis walks off the field after their 38-24 victory over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Davis has established himself as the No. 19 Razorbacks' top running back headed into Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

In this photo taken on Oct. 23, 2010, Arkansas running ...

In this photo taken on Oct. 23, 2010, Arkansas running back Knile Davis walks off the field after their 38-24 victory over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Davis has established ...


New York Jets' Brad Smith (16) returns the opening kickoff Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen (26) for a touchdown) in the first quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh.

New York Jets' Brad Smith (16) returns the opening kickoff ...

New York Jets' Brad Smith (16) returns the opening kickoff Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen (26) for a touchdown) in the first quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh.


An actor portraying one of the wise men at a live nativity scene held at St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown.

An actor portraying one of the wise men at a ...

An actor portraying one of the wise men at a live nativity scene held at St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown.


From left, co-director Ethan Coen, actor Jeff Bridges, actress Hailee Steinfeld and co-director Joel Coen attend the premiere of 'True Grit' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 in New York.

From left, co-director Ethan Coen, actor Jeff Bridges, actress Hailee ...

From left, co-director Ethan Coen, actor Jeff Bridges, actress Hailee Steinfeld and co-director Joel Coen attend the premiere of 'True Grit' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 in New York.


Carol Perkins stands amidst Christmas Decorations at The Rescue Mission in Youngstown on Tuesday afternoon.

Carol Perkins stands amidst Christmas Decorations at The Rescue Mission ...

Carol Perkins stands amidst Christmas Decorations at The Rescue Mission in Youngstown on Tuesday afternoon.


Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Kenyon Coleman (90) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) is tackled by ...

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Kenyon Coleman (90) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Cincinnati.


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) scambles up the middle past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51) for 6-yards during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. The Jets won 22-17.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) scambles up the ...

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) scambles up the middle past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51) for 6-yards during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. ...


Jackson-Milton Elementary students Raenah Rader, 8, and Dalton Lockner, 9, play with a dreidel as part of an educational presentation on the history and customs of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

Jackson-Milton Elementary students Raenah Rader, 8, and Dalton Lockner, 9, ...

Jackson-Milton Elementary students Raenah Rader, 8, and Dalton Lockner, 9, play with a dreidel as part of an educational presentation on the history and customs of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.


A kneeling Santa and Baby Jesus lay amidst Christmas Decorations at The Rescue Mission in Youngstown on Tuesday afternoon.

A kneeling Santa and Baby Jesus lay amidst Christmas Decorations ...

A kneeling Santa and Baby Jesus lay amidst Christmas Decorations at The Rescue Mission in Youngstown on Tuesday afternoon.


Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams (45) waits on the sidelines for the start of the red-white intrasquad college football game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams (45) waits on the sidelines ...

Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams (45) waits on the sidelines for the start of the red-white intrasquad college football game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, April 24, 2010.


Joseph and Sherrie Manners play the roles of Joseph and Mary during a live nativity scene held at St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown.

Joseph and Sherrie Manners play the roles of Joseph and ...

Joseph and Sherrie Manners play the roles of Joseph and Mary during a live nativity scene held at St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown.


Shelly Chine

Shelly Chine

Shelly Chine


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, scrambles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. In pursuit is Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51).

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, scrambles during the ...

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, scrambles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. In pursuit is Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51).


Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett poses for a photograph during NCAA college football media day at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Mallett, who threw for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, is practicing with the team after recovering from a broken foot.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett poses for a photograph during NCAA ...

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett poses for a photograph during NCAA college football media day at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Mallett, who threw for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, ...


Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, right, shoots against Ohio State's Jantel Lavender in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Connecticut won its 88th game in a row, 81-50.

Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, right, shoots against Ohio State's Jantel Lavender ...

Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, right, shoots against Ohio State's Jantel Lavender in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 19, ...


In this video game image released by Disney Interactive, a scene is shown from "Steamboat Willie."

In this video game image released by Disney Interactive, a ...

In this video game image released by Disney Interactive, a scene is shown from "Steamboat Willie."


Shoppers walk into the Two Rodeo Drive shopping district decorated for the Holidays in Bevery Hills, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.

Shoppers walk into the Two Rodeo Drive shopping district decorated ...

Shoppers walk into the Two Rodeo Drive shopping district decorated for the Holidays in Bevery Hills, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.


Geoffrey Hauschild|The Vindicator.April Jackson and her son Joseph stand outside a friend's business on Hylda Ave. after speaking about her son who was killed last year and whose killers have never been brought to justice.

Geoffrey Hauschild|The Vindicator.April Jackson and her son Joseph stand outside ...

Geoffrey Hauschild|The Vindicator.April Jackson and her son Joseph stand outside a friend's business on Hylda Ave. after speaking about her son who was killed last year and whose killers have never been brought to justice.


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Tiny Tim and tea: The 50 women attending the Holiday Tea Luncheon hosted by the Harding Park Meeting House committee in Hubbard on Dec. 11 were greeted with a cheery “ ’ello” from Tiny Tim, played by Nathan Clark, above, who invited them for a “lovely cup of tea.” As they enjoyed a five-course lunch, Linda Ruggles on the piano and Sarah Clark on the harp entertained the diners. State Sen. Capri Cafaro was among the guests. The tea luncheon fundraiser, hosted by the nonprofit Harding House committee and Hubbard Rotary, contributes to the goal of building the Harding Park Meeting House. The meeting house will incorporate parts of the original 1857 church that once stood on Liberty Street and a section will be dedicated to a historical view of the building over the years, featuring artifacts and photos dating back to 1857. For more information on this nonprofit group and this project, go to the Harding Park Meeting House Facebook page or the website at www.hardingparkmeetinghouse.org.

Tiny Tim and tea: The 50 women attending the Holiday ...

Tiny Tim and tea: The 50 women attending the Holiday Tea Luncheon hosted by the Harding Park Meeting House committee in Hubbard on Dec. 11 were greeted with a cheery “ ’ello” from Tiny Tim, ...


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Sharing the wealth: Funds to benefit needy veterans and their families were raised during a yearly reverse raffle and basket auction sponsored by Catholic War Veterans Post 1292 of Youngstown. Mark Bell, administrator of the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Clinic on Belmont Avenue, at left, accepted the $1,200 donation during a meeting with, from left, Al Bisker, Post 1292 trustee; Bob Brienke, volunteer service officer at the clinic; and Gary Barnes, commander of Post 1292.

Sharing the wealth: Funds to benefit needy veterans and their ...

Sharing the wealth: Funds to benefit needy veterans and their families were raised during a yearly reverse raffle and basket auction sponsored by Catholic War Veterans Post 1292 of Youngstown. Mark Bell, administrator of the ...


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Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pernotto

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pernotto

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pernotto


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Habitat volunteers are honored: Four volunteers were recognized by Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County for their work at Habitat’s ReStore and service to the organization. From left to right are Joe McCabe, Bette Pacella, Aggie Butler and Joseph Hallas, who received the Golden Nail awards at a dinner in late November. Hallas has volunteered at ReStore for three years, and Butler, McCabe and Pacella donated their time over two years. Presenting the awards was ReStore manager Linda Hartwig, not pictured, who explained the importance of volunteers in the success of the organization. Habitat has built 29 homes, and its goal for 2011 is to build four more. The profits of ReStore pay for the administration of the Habitat projects.

Habitat volunteers are honored: Four volunteers were recognized by Habitat ...

Habitat volunteers are honored: Four volunteers were recognized by Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County for their work at Habitat’s ReStore and service to the organization. From left to right are Joe McCabe, Bette Pacella, ...


Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Penny

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Penny

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Penny


Mentors in the making: Don Garrett, left, of Youngstown Goodwill Industries spoke recently at a meeting of the Youngstown Rotary Club regarding the Goodwill Goodguides program. The youth program provides a one-on-one mentor to low-income, at-risk youngsters by older mentors and includes the youths’ families. The mentors are required to commit for one year, have a minimum of four hours per month with the youth, and communicate with the parents. With Garrett is Rotarian John Fahnert.

Mentors in the making: Don Garrett, left, of Youngstown Goodwill ...

Mentors in the making: Don Garrett, left, of Youngstown Goodwill Industries spoke recently at a meeting of the Youngstown Rotary Club regarding the Goodwill Goodguides program. The youth program provides a one-on-one mentor to low-income, ...


Do unto others ... Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard recently sent Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown a check for $275 to benefit one of its programs, Keep Kids Warm, this winter. Catholic Charities offers the program to low-income families who do not qualify for other forms of government assistance. The money raised from the students’ dress-down day each Friday goes to different organizations that help those in need. The students also donate food items to local food banks. Among the students are, from left to right in front, Claire Riffle, Gia Li Dugan and Sammy Murcho; middle, Joe Madeline; and back, Bobby Dulay and Katie Conlan.

Do unto others ... Students at St. Patrick School in ...

Do unto others ... Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard recently sent Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown a check for $275 to benefit one of its programs, Keep Kids Warm, this winter. ...


Bowled over by cereal: Austintown Kiwanis, led by Vice President Mary Ann Herschel, left, and President Carole Powers, collected more than 40 boxes of cereal as a Christmas project for the club. The cereal will be donated to the Salvation Army to be given to needy families in the area. The club designates the last Wednesday of each month as Kiwanis Cereal Day to help the Salvation Army all year long.

Bowled over by cereal: Austintown Kiwanis, led by Vice President ...

Bowled over by cereal: Austintown Kiwanis, led by Vice President Mary Ann Herschel, left, and President Carole Powers, collected more than 40 boxes of cereal as a Christmas project for the club. The cereal will ...


Spreading good, old-fashioned cheer: On Dec. 12 members of the Junior Division of the Golden Rose Queen of Ireland LAOH of Mahoning County presented Christmas shows and took homemade cookies to residents at two nursing homes as a service project. First, the juniors performed at noon at Assumption Village, where they gathered by the Christmas tree, above, for a group picture. They also sang all the favorite Christmas songs, followed by an exhibition of Irish Dance by students of the Theresa Burke School of Irish Dance. At 2 p.m. the juniors presented the program and cookies to residents at the Inn at Christine Valley, where Shamus Kerrigan, grandfather of juniors Vice President Christine Kerrigan, is a resident. Christine qualified in the Midwest Oireachtas to compete in the World Irish Dance Championships in Dublin, Ireland, in 2011.

Spreading good, old-fashioned cheer: On Dec. 12 members of the ...

Spreading good, old-fashioned cheer: On Dec. 12 members of the Junior Division of the Golden Rose Queen of Ireland LAOH of Mahoning County presented Christmas shows and took homemade cookies to residents at two nursing ...


North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie (5) pulls down an offensive rebound surrounded by three Youngstown State players during first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.  (AP Photo/TheNews & Observer, Michael McLoone)

North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie (5) pulls down an offensive ...

North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie (5) pulls down an offensive rebound surrounded by three Youngstown State players during first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the RBC Center ...


Students from Campbell Middle School get ready to load 50 care packages for troops in Afghanistan into a mail truck. With the help of local postmaster John Dickey, students in Amanda Bowker’s seventh- and eighth-grade accelerated classes prepared the packages this week. They sent them off Thursday afternoon.

Students from Campbell Middle School get ready to load 50 ...

Students from Campbell Middle School get ready to load 50 care packages for troops in Afghanistan into a mail truck. With the help of local postmaster John Dickey, students in Amanda Bowker’s seventh- and eighth-grade ...


Campbell Middle School student Alyssa Gavlek, right,  hands a care package to postal worker Sue Hamilton.

Campbell Middle School student Alyssa Gavlek, right, hands a care ...

Campbell Middle School student Alyssa Gavlek, right, hands a care package to postal worker Sue Hamilton.


Miranda Todd

Miranda Todd

Miranda Todd


Law-enforcement officials approach a vacant house on Southern Boulevard they used as a training location and to show police presence in the neighborhood on Youngstown’s South Side.

Law-enforcement officials approach a vacant house on Southern Boulevard they ...

Law-enforcement officials approach a vacant house on Southern Boulevard they used as a training location and to show police presence in the neighborhood on Youngstown’s South Side.


A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door as part of a tactical-entry training exercise by members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.

A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door ...

A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door as part of a tactical-entry training exercise by members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.


Joe Skerk, 47, places an "A" with the number 19 written on it, at the Bob Feller statue at Progressive Field Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Cleveland. The "A" recognizes the service on the warship "Alabama" by Feller. Feller, one of baseball's greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Indians, died Wednesday night Dec. 15, 2010. He was 92.

Joe Skerk, 47, places an "A" with the number 19 ...

Joe Skerk, 47, places an "A" with the number 19 written on it, at the Bob Feller statue at Progressive Field Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Cleveland. The "A" recognizes the service on the warship ...


(13) Allie Deluco of Hubbard and (50) Destiny Prusky fight for the ball Thursday night.

(13) Allie Deluco of Hubbard and (50) Destiny Prusky fight ...

(13) Allie Deluco of Hubbard and (50) Destiny Prusky fight for the ball Thursday night.


YSU's Tieara Jones (32) fights Kent's Sina King (42) for the loose ball under the YSU basket during their game at Beeghly Center on Thursday night.

YSU's Tieara Jones (32) fights Kent's Sina King (42) for ...

YSU's Tieara Jones (32) fights Kent's Sina King (42) for the loose ball under the YSU basket during their game at Beeghly Center on Thursday night.


Maggie Brogan, a fourth-grader at Dobbins Elementary in Poland, won the 2011 Ohio Radon Poster Contest. She received an award from the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday.

Maggie Brogan, a fourth-grader at Dobbins Elementary in Poland, won ...

Maggie Brogan, a fourth-grader at Dobbins Elementary in Poland, won the 2011 Ohio Radon Poster Contest. She received an award from the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday.


A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door as part of a tactical-entry training exercise by members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.

A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door ...

A shotgun blast blows the latch off a bedroom door as part of a tactical-entry training exercise by members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.


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Toys for the patients: The Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, District 2, Chapter 10, of Mahoning and Columbiana counties, recently donated an assortment of toys and games to the young patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman. The items were collected from the chapter’s members at its December meeting. Displaying some of the gifts are, from left to right, Ralph Goldich, retired Youngstown police officer; Bill Bush, retired Boardman firefighter; Bob McDermott, retired Youngstown firefighter; and Carol deSaulle, chapter secretary.

Toys for the patients: The Police and Fire Retirees of ...

Toys for the patients: The Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, District 2, Chapter 10, of Mahoning and Columbiana counties, recently donated an assortment of toys and games to the young patients at Akron Children’s ...


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BASKETBALL - (14) Allie Pavlansky of Canfield drives to the hoop as (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman plays defense during their game Wednesday night.

BASKETBALL - (14) Allie Pavlansky of Canfield drives to the ...

BASKETBALL - (14) Allie Pavlansky of Canfield drives to the hoop as (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman plays defense during their game Wednesday night.


Christopher V. Weston

Christopher V. Weston

Christopher V. Weston


Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale star in "The Fighter."

Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale star in "The ...

Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale star in "The Fighter."


This undated handout photo provided by the State Department shows Frank Ruggiero.

This undated handout photo provided by the State Department shows ...

This undated handout photo provided by the State Department shows Frank Ruggiero.


The Thompson/Sacherman House on Lincoln Avenue on the Youngstown State University campus was slated for demolition but has been given a stay to allow a committee comprised of university and community members to research possible alternatives.

The Thompson/Sacherman House on Lincoln Avenue on the Youngstown State ...

The Thompson/Sacherman House on Lincoln Avenue on the Youngstown State University campus was slated for demolition but has been given a stay to allow a committee comprised of university and community members to research possible ...


Pool cues made by former Valley resident Mike Gulyassy, owner of Baby’s Pro Shop in Greenville, S.C., are high-end cues made from ivory, elephant skin, tulip wood (left) and red heartwood (right). Gulyassy designs special cues for Strickland.

Pool cues made by former Valley resident Mike Gulyassy, owner ...

Pool cues made by former Valley resident Mike Gulyassy, owner of Baby’s Pro Shop in Greenville, S.C., are high-end cues made from ivory, elephant skin, tulip wood (left) and red heartwood (right). Gulyassy designs special ...


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Jack A. Sallaz

Jack A. Sallaz

Jack A. Sallaz


Josh Maldonado

Josh Maldonado

Josh Maldonado


John Hallett takes his little brother Steve Hallett for a ride down a sledding hill at the Wick Recreation Area.

John Hallett takes his little brother Steve Hallett for a ...

John Hallett takes his little brother Steve Hallett for a ride down a sledding hill at the Wick Recreation Area.


Wick Recreation Area in the Mill Creek Metroparks was the site for a cold afternoon of sledding for Robert Hunter, Steve Hallett,  and his big  brother John Hallett.

Wick Recreation Area in the Mill Creek Metroparks was the ...

Wick Recreation Area in the Mill Creek Metroparks was the site for a cold afternoon of sledding for Robert Hunter, Steve Hallett, and his big brother John Hallett.


BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby Baker fight for the ball during their game Wednesday night in Canfield. (44) Sabrina Mangapora (23) Sarah Vrabel of Canfield and (21) Brooke Meenachan of Boardman are in on the play.

BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby ...

BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby Baker fight for the ball during their game Wednesday night in Canfield. (44) Sabrina Mangapora (23) Sarah Vrabel of Canfield and (21) Brooke Meenachan of ...


BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby Baker fight for the ball during their game Wednesday night in Canfield. (44) Sabrina Mangapora (23) Sarah Vrabel of Canfield and (21) Brooke Meenachan of Boardman are in on the play.

BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby ...

BASKETBALL - (40) Kayleigh Lipke of Boardman and (15) Abby Baker fight for the ball during their game Wednesday night in Canfield. (44) Sabrina Mangapora (23) Sarah Vrabel of Canfield and (21) Brooke Meenachan of ...


Duane E. Stamp

Duane E. Stamp

Duane E. Stamp


Dante Nania

Dante Nania

Dante Nania


Earl Strickland, former world-champion pool player, practices at the Ice Breakers pool hall behind the Ice House Inn in Austintown. Strickland, of Greenboro, N.C., was introduced to the bar’s owner about 18 months ago and stops by to give lessons or exhibitions.

Earl Strickland, former world-champion pool player, practices at the Ice ...

Earl Strickland, former world-champion pool player, practices at the Ice Breakers pool hall behind the Ice House Inn in Austintown. Strickland, of Greenboro, N.C., was introduced to the bar’s owner about 18 months ago and ...


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Hilliard resident and Ohio National Guard Col. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, 51, has been appointed by Gov.-elect John Kasich to serve as Ohio's new adjutant general. She will succeed Maj. Gen. Gregory Wayt, of Hilliard, appointed in 2004 by former Gov. Bob Taft. The announcement was made Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Joint Safety Services Building in Hilliard.

Hilliard resident and Ohio National Guard Col. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, ...

Hilliard resident and Ohio National Guard Col. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, 51, has been appointed by Gov.-elect John Kasich to serve as Ohio's new adjutant general. She will succeed Maj. Gen. Gregory Wayt, of Hilliard, appointed ...


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Steven Reese of Youngstown presses his print onto an inked board to create a poinsettia design.

Steven Reese of Youngstown presses his print onto an inked ...

Steven Reese of Youngstown presses his print onto an inked board to create a poinsettia design.


Lane Life Trans paramedics and firefighters from Cardinal Joint Fire District remove the driver from a tractor trailer that overturned Tuesday at the intersection of Leffingwell Road and U.S. Route 62, Canfield.

Lane Life Trans paramedics and firefighters from Cardinal Joint Fire ...

Lane Life Trans paramedics and firefighters from Cardinal Joint Fire District remove the driver from a tractor trailer that overturned Tuesday at the intersection of Leffingwell Road and U.S. Route 62, Canfield.


Kimberly Delaney

Kimberly Delaney

Kimberly Delaney


Steven Reese and Ida Morales of Youngstown participate in a free printmaking class at the D.D. and Velma Davis YMCA in Boardman. The facility is offering free art classes each day this week.

Steven Reese and Ida Morales of Youngstown participate in a ...

Steven Reese and Ida Morales of Youngstown participate in a free printmaking class at the D.D. and Velma Davis YMCA in Boardman. The facility is offering free art classes each day this week.


Joyce Koellner and her daughters Colleen, left, and Corra, 6, at Beatitude House.

Joyce Koellner and her daughters Colleen, left, and Corra, 6, ...

Joyce Koellner and her daughters Colleen, left, and Corra, 6, at Beatitude House.


Victoria Jordan

Victoria Jordan

Victoria Jordan


Currently under construction, the Watts Center, an indoor athletic-training facility, will open in the fall.

Currently under construction, the Watts Center, an indoor athletic-training facility, ...

Currently under construction, the Watts Center, an indoor athletic-training facility, will open in the fall.


Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn


Janet Zolla, of Boardman, shovels snow from her Glenwood Avenue driveway on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Janet Zolla, of Boardman, shovels snow from her Glenwood Avenue ...

Janet Zolla, of Boardman, shovels snow from her Glenwood Avenue driveway on Tuesday, Dec. 14.


YSU's Alisha Anthony won her only event, tying for first in the long jump to earn Horizon League women’s field athlete of the week.

YSU's Alisha Anthony won her only event, tying for first ...

YSU's Alisha Anthony won her only event, tying for first in the long jump to earn Horizon League women’s field athlete of the week.


Matt Morrone

Matt Morrone

Matt Morrone


Joyce Koellnerat at the Beatitude House.

Joyce Koellnerat at the Beatitude House.

Joyce Koellnerat at the Beatitude House.


Lighting of a candle in honor of military personnel during a candle light vigil organized by the Bereaved Parents of the USA's Mahoning County Youngstown Chapter at the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening.

Lighting of a candle in honor of military personnel during ...

Lighting of a candle in honor of military personnel during a candle light vigil organized by the Bereaved Parents of the USA's Mahoning County Youngstown Chapter at the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening.


Lisbon Football Coach Jeremy McElory

Lisbon Football Coach Jeremy McElory

Lisbon Football Coach Jeremy McElory


Darius Reeves

Darius Reeves

Darius Reeves


Duane Stamp

Duane Stamp

Duane Stamp


Jack Sallaz

Jack Sallaz

Jack Sallaz


Ohio State running back Dan Herron (1) runs away from Michigan safety Carvin Johnson (13) during third quarter action in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Herron finished the game with 175 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries on the Buckeyes 37-7 win.

Ohio State running back Dan Herron (1) runs away from ...

Ohio State running back Dan Herron (1) runs away from Michigan safety Carvin Johnson (13) during third quarter action in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Herron finished ...


Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington

Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington

Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington


Adam Kagarise

Adam Kagarise

Adam Kagarise


Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller waits to throw out a first pitch before a spring training baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, in Goodyear, Ariz. The 92-year-old Feller, who was recently admitted to the Cleveland Clinic with pneumonia, has been transferred to a hospice in the Cleveland area.

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller waits to throw out ...

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller waits to throw out a first pitch before a spring training baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, in Goodyear, Ariz. The 92-year-old Feller, who was recently ...


Rocky Pitoscia and Chelsey Spotleson

Rocky Pitoscia and Chelsey Spotleson

Rocky Pitoscia and Chelsey Spotleson


Commissioners raise the roof: Trumbull County commissioners recently presented a check for $8,500 to the Trumbull County Fair Board for the installation of a new roof and some panels on the 1848 Disciples of Christ Church. A symbolic big check for the big project was presented by the commissioners, from left, Frank Fuda, Paul Heltzel and Dan Polivka, to members of the fair board, Richard R. Roscoe, president; and Dick Turner and Ken Kubala, directors. The church, shown in the background, was moved in 1973 from the corner of Everett Hull and Hoagland Blackstub roads in Bazetta to the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.

Commissioners raise the roof: Trumbull County commissioners recently presented a ...

Commissioners raise the roof: Trumbull County commissioners recently presented a check for $8,500 to the Trumbull County Fair Board for the installation of a new roof and some panels on the 1848 Disciples of Christ ...


T. Monty Harris IV and Eva M. Montgomery

T. Monty Harris IV and Eva M. Montgomery

T. Monty Harris IV and Eva M. Montgomery


Patte Ulery, left, reads over a fable with Wendy Liu, a sixth-grader at Austintown Middle School. Wendy will be exiting the English tutoring program this year. She grew up in China.

Patte Ulery, left, reads over a fable with Wendy Liu, ...

Patte Ulery, left, reads over a fable with Wendy Liu, a sixth-grader at Austintown Middle School. Wendy will be exiting the English tutoring program this year. She grew up in China.


Virigina Dailey

Virigina Dailey

Virigina Dailey


Kevin L. West

Kevin L. West

Kevin L. West


Natalia Novicky, 8, practices use of present tense verbs as part of weekly tutoring. The third-grader is orginally from Ukraine and still learning English at Watson Elementary School.

Natalia Novicky, 8, practices use of present tense verbs as ...

Natalia Novicky, 8, practices use of present tense verbs as part of weekly tutoring. The third-grader is orginally from Ukraine and still learning English at Watson Elementary School.


Richard Konzen plays. The professor of music at Grove City College and nationally renowned organist helped to show off the organ Monday.

Richard Konzen plays. The professor of music at Grove City ...

Richard Konzen plays. The professor of music at Grove City College and nationally renowned organist helped to show off the organ Monday.


Stambaugh Auditorium’s E.M. Skinner Co. pipe organ, top, first installed in 1926 when the auditorium opened, has been refurbished for $1.4 million. The organ is the only remaining Skinner in the area. Its pipes vary from one the size of a pencil to one that’s 32 feet long and weighs 750 pounds.

Stambaugh Auditorium’s E.M. Skinner Co. pipe organ, top, first installed ...

Stambaugh Auditorium’s E.M. Skinner Co. pipe organ, top, first installed in 1926 when the auditorium opened, has been refurbished for $1.4 million. The organ is the only remaining Skinner in the area. Its pipes vary ...


In this user-submitted photos, a tree in Kinsman is home to birds toughing out the winter storm. To submit your own winter photos, e-mail weather@vindy.com.

In this user-submitted photos, a tree in Kinsman is home ...

In this user-submitted photos, a tree in Kinsman is home to birds toughing out the winter storm. To submit your own winter photos, e-mail weather@vindy.com.


Meals to be thankful for: Kiwanis Club of Western Mahoning County provided 100 Thanksgiving baskets for the less fortunate in the Mahoning Valley during the recent holiday. The turkeys and all the trimmings, fruit, desserts and breakfast items were purchased and assembled at the Henry Nemenz IGA on Meridian Road. Looking over some of the items before they were distributed by Kiwanis members or taken to the Saxon Club to be picked up by recipients are, from left, Kiwanians Tom Eisenbraun, lieutenant governor of Division 21, and Steve Marshall, interclub chairman. Funds to support the annual project were contributed by the Kiwanis clubs of Youngstown and Western Mahoning County and included a $1,000 grant from the District Kiwanis Foundation.

Meals to be thankful for: Kiwanis Club of Western Mahoning ...

Meals to be thankful for: Kiwanis Club of Western Mahoning County provided 100 Thanksgiving baskets for the less fortunate in the Mahoning Valley during the recent holiday. The turkeys and all the trimmings, fruit, desserts ...


Molnar

Molnar

Molnar


Ring in the holidays: Kindergartner Nicolette Leonard displays a live Frasier fir Christmas wreath like the ones St. Patrick School in Hubbard is selling. Each one measures about 22 inches and comes decorated with berries, pinecones and a red ribbon. The cost of each wreath is $28. Wreaths can be purchased at the church, 367 N. Main St., after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday or after the 9:30 or 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday. If the times are not convenient, call the school at 330-534-2509 to arrange a time. Wreaths can be taken home at the time of purchase.

Ring in the holidays: Kindergartner Nicolette Leonard displays a live ...

Ring in the holidays: Kindergartner Nicolette Leonard displays a live Frasier fir Christmas wreath like the ones St. Patrick School in Hubbard is selling. Each one measures about 22 inches and comes decorated with berries, ...


Let the games begin: Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, opened in October and is already a busy place. One of the attractions for senior citizens is the opportunity to enjoy the new cornhole games. Made by seniors at Lordstown Senior Center, the games were donated to the Austintown center by First National Bank, which also recently provided the center with five computer desks. Ready for the games to begin are, from left, Ann Clark; Leta Sims; Jim Miller; Elizabeth and Alex Panno; Richard Stevens, business development officer with FNB; Tim Richardson of FNB; Myra and Gary Brant; and Jack Myers.

Let the games begin: Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, ...

Let the games begin: Austintown Senior Center, 100 Westchester Drive, opened in October and is already a busy place. One of the attractions for senior citizens is the opportunity to enjoy the new cornhole games. ...


Val Pawlowski

Val Pawlowski

Val Pawlowski


Kevin Eastvold of Mason City, Iowa, pushes through the snow at the end of his driveway with a snowblower on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Winter storms passed over North Iowa over the weekend, dumping several inches of snow over the region and causing numerous accidents.

Kevin Eastvold of Mason City, Iowa, pushes through the snow ...

Kevin Eastvold of Mason City, Iowa, pushes through the snow at the end of his driveway with a snowblower on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Winter storms passed over North Iowa over the weekend, dumping several ...


Cortland's Street Deptartment plows North High Street last week during the first big snowfall of the season. Expect to see sights like this as parts of the Valley may experience up to a foot of snow today.

Cortland's Street Deptartment plows North High Street last week during ...

Cortland's Street Deptartment plows North High Street last week during the first big snowfall of the season. Expect to see sights like this as parts of the Valley may experience up to a foot of ...


Barbara Altman, 56,  arrives home safely.

Barbara Altman, 56, arrives home safely.

Barbara Altman, 56, arrives home safely.


In this photo taken on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010, Chinese workers push carts past a clean energy themed billboard featuring U.S. President Obama as the Buddha on the streets of Shanghai.

In this photo taken on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010, Chinese ...

In this photo taken on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010, Chinese workers push carts past a clean energy themed billboard featuring U.S. President Obama as the Buddha on the streets of Shanghai.


Myrthis D. Robbins

Myrthis D. Robbins

Myrthis D. Robbins


Snow falls into the field from a hole in the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.  The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches (43 cms) on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants.

Snow falls into the field from a hole in the ...

Snow falls into the field from a hole in the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 ...


Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been working as a fill in for the EasyGo Curb to Curb service. The popularity of the country wide service has led to the hiring of 14 additional drivers since it began in September 2009. According Thomas Nugen, Director of Transportation 5 new drivers have been hired and are currently being trained to meet demand.

Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been ...

Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been working as a fill in for the EasyGo Curb to Curb service. The popularity of the country wide service has led to the hiring of ...


Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (40) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Buffalo Bills defender Jairus Byrd (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) assists on the play.

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (40) fumbles the ball ...

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (40) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Buffalo Bills defender Jairus Byrd (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, ...


Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, speaks to Youngstown State University graduates on many topics including the history and excellence of Ohio’s educational system to finding employment in uncertain times. Fingerhut received an honorary degree, joining more than 700 students in Sunday’s commencement in Beeghly Center.

Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, ...

Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, speaks to Youngstown State University graduates on many topics including the history and excellence of Ohio’s educational system to finding employment in uncertain times. Fingerhut ...


Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been working as a fill in for the EasyGo Curb to Curb service.

Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been ...

Generally a driver of the city bus, Lorenzo has been working as a fill in for the EasyGo Curb to Curb service.


Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) scores a touchdown on an interception as Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) scores a touchdown on ...

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) scores a touchdown on an interception as Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in ...


Marie Stephenson, center, dances during a performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” at South Range High School Sunday afternoon. The performance, which was organized, in part by Stephenson as her senior project, features dancers from Kathi’s Dance and Gym Center and benefits Cystic Fibrosis research.

Marie Stephenson, center, dances during a performance of “Miracle on ...

Marie Stephenson, center, dances during a performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” at South Range High School Sunday afternoon. The performance, which was organized, in part by Stephenson as her senior project, features dancers from ...


Barbara Altman, 56, points the bus driver in the right direction.

Barbara Altman, 56, points the bus driver in the right ...

Barbara Altman, 56, points the bus driver in the right direction.


The WRTA's EasyGo Curb to Curb Service offers county-wide transit services for all residents. Passengers are able to call ahead to schedule a pickup up to seven days prior. The fare is $3.50 for a one-way trip, with seniors and those with disabilities paying only $2.50 per trip.

The WRTA's EasyGo Curb to Curb Service offers county-wide transit ...

The WRTA's EasyGo Curb to Curb Service offers county-wide transit services for all residents. Passengers are able to call ahead to schedule a pickup up to seven days prior. The fare is $3.50 for a ...


The collapsed Metrodome can be seen in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.   The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants.

The collapsed Metrodome can be seen in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. ...

The collapsed Metrodome can be seen in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the ...


Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown State University, addresses the crowd of more than 700 graduating students at Sunday’s commencement ceremony in Beeghly Center.

Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs at ...

Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown State University, addresses the crowd of more than 700 graduating students at Sunday’s commencement ceremony in Beeghly Center.


Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, speaks to Youngstown State University graduates on many topics including the history and excellence of Ohio’s educational system to finding employment in uncertain times. Fingerhut received an honorary degree, joining more than 700 students in Sunday’s commencement in Beeghly Center.

Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, ...

Eric D. Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, speaks to Youngstown State University graduates on many topics including the history and excellence of Ohio’s educational system to finding employment in uncertain times. Fingerhut ...


Cardinal Mooney High School Junior Ryan Farragher is fouled on his way to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre.

Cardinal Mooney High School Junior Ryan Farragher is fouled on ...

Cardinal Mooney High School Junior Ryan Farragher is fouled on his way to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre.


Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The Cardinals defeated the Campbell Memorial Red Devils 49-36.

Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the ...

Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The Cardinals defeated the Campbell Memorial Red Devils 49-36.


Campbell Memorial senior Richard Bledsoe fights for a rebound during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The  Campbell Memorial Red Devils were defeated 49-36.

Campbell Memorial senior Richard Bledsoe fights for a rebound during ...

Campbell Memorial senior Richard Bledsoe fights for a rebound during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The Campbell Memorial Red Devils were defeated 49-36.


Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The Cardinals defeated the Campbell Memorial Red Devils 49-36.

Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the ...

Cardinal Mooney High School Senior Danny Reese drives to the hoop during the 6th annual Youngstown-Warren Holiday Basketball Classic at the Covelli Centre. The Cardinals defeated the Campbell Memorial Red Devils 49-36.


McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a ...

McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) tries to fight off McDonald's Justin Rota (1) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) tries to fight off McDonald's ...

Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) tries to fight off McDonald's Justin Rota (1) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Tony Ingalls (33) reaches for the ball catching Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Tony Ingalls (33) reaches for the ball catching Western ...

McDonald's Tony Ingalls (33) reaches for the ball catching Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Stephen Politano (3) takes a shot during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Stephen Politano (3) takes a shot during a game ...

McDonald's Stephen Politano (3) takes a shot during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a ...

McDonald's Matthias Tayala (24) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) comes away with the rebound during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) comes away with the rebound ...

Western Reserve's Thomas Benyo (22) comes away with the rebound during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball with Western Reserve's Thomas Marlowe (11) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball ...

McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball with Western Reserve's Thomas Marlowe (11) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Justin Rota (1) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Justin Rota (1) drives to the net during a ...

McDonald's Justin Rota (1) drives to the net during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball with Western Reserve's Thomas Marlowe (11) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.

McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball ...

McDonald's Nick Rota (23) wrestles for control of the ball with Western Reserve's Thomas Marlowe (11) during a game at Western Reserve High School on Friday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ray

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ray

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ray


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Mrs. Pucak

Mrs. Pucak

Mrs. Pucak


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were Pat Carden, left, and Brandon Kish.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the ...


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were, from left, Rachel Buser, Austin Freet, David Joliff, D.J. Kegarise and Isaiah Bush.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the ...


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were, from left, Marissa Fusco, Marissa Stone, Don Barnes and Travis Gartlic.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the ...


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers.


The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The VindicatorÕs Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were, from left, Amanda Svenson, Crystal Karnes, Evan John and Caitlyn Schuller.

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The VindicatorÕs ...

The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The VindicatorÕs Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the ...


Sharing their holiday cheer.The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were, from left, Maria DeAngelis, Lindsey Opritza, Alyssa Patterson and Bill McCulloch.

Sharing their holiday cheer.The freshmen at Struthers High School participated ...

Sharing their holiday cheer.The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator's Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those ...


Mr. and Mrs. Tony DeFelice

Mr. and Mrs. Tony DeFelice

Mr. and Mrs. Tony DeFelice


Sharing their holiday cheer: The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator’s Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among those involved in the project were, from left, Maria DeAngelis, Lindsey Opritza, Alyssa Patterson and Bill McCulloch.

Sharing their holiday cheer: The freshmen at Struthers High School ...

Sharing their holiday cheer: The freshmen at Struthers High School participated in The Vindicator’s Operation Holiday Cheer project recently. The students put together 17 packages and wrote 180 letters to send to area soldiers. Among ...


Carmine J. Ramunno and Amanda Golembiewski

Carmine J. Ramunno and Amanda Golembiewski

Carmine J. Ramunno and Amanda Golembiewski


Ryland Mathews and Elizabeth Allison

Ryland Mathews and Elizabeth Allison

Ryland Mathews and Elizabeth Allison


Eric Chojnacki and Nicci Sebrell

Eric Chojnacki and Nicci Sebrell

Eric Chojnacki and Nicci Sebrell


Mr. and Mrs. Lee O'Hara

Mr. and Mrs. Lee O'Hara

Mr. and Mrs. Lee O'Hara


Jimmie Digiacobbe of state Route 5 in Cortland uses his snow blower to clear his property Thursday.  The Mahoning Valley has recorded a near-record level of snowfall this December and certainly will set a new monthly record over the next three weeks.

Jimmie Digiacobbe of state Route 5 in Cortland uses his ...

Jimmie Digiacobbe of state Route 5 in Cortland uses his snow blower to clear his property Thursday. The Mahoning Valley has recorded a near-record level of snowfall this December and certainly will set a new ...


Singing elves, from left, Alexia Stoy, Owen Banko, James Jones and Samantha Misik performed Thursday in a production called “Holidays Around the World.” This is the third year Lloyd Elementary School in Austintown has presented the production.

Singing elves, from left, Alexia Stoy, Owen Banko, James Jones ...

Singing elves, from left, Alexia Stoy, Owen Banko, James Jones and Samantha Misik performed Thursday in a production called “Holidays Around the World.” This is the third year Lloyd Elementary School in Austintown has presented ...


Michael Matousek, a recent Kent State University graduate, has built FlashNotes, a new e-commerce site, with the help of the Youngstown Business Incubator. The Web site serves as an online marketplace where students can buy and sell class notes and study guides.

Michael Matousek, a recent Kent State University graduate, has built ...

Michael Matousek, a recent Kent State University graduate, has built FlashNotes, a new e-commerce site, with the help of the Youngstown Business Incubator. The Web site serves as an online marketplace where students can buy ...


Brooke Kusky played the part of Dominick the Donkey, Italy’s version of Rudolph. Ninety-two first graders performed in Thursday’s show.

Brooke Kusky played the part of Dominick the Donkey, Italy’s ...

Brooke Kusky played the part of Dominick the Donkey, Italy’s version of Rudolph. Ninety-two first graders performed in Thursday’s show.


Santa and his elves marched into the gym at the beginning of the performance of “Holidays Around the World” at Lloyd Elementary School in Austintown. The role of Santa has been played by a first-grader each of the past 30 years.

Santa and his elves marched into the gym at the ...

Santa and his elves marched into the gym at the beginning of the performance of “Holidays Around the World” at Lloyd Elementary School in Austintown. The role of Santa has been played by a first-grader ...


Justus Jones sings a Christmas carol during the production. Justus is a student in Amy Bungard’s class and dressed as someone celebrating Christmas in South Africa.

Justus Jones sings a Christmas carol during the production. Justus ...

Justus Jones sings a Christmas carol during the production. Justus is a student in Amy Bungard’s class and dressed as someone celebrating Christmas in South Africa.


Youngstown police were investigating the Thursday afternoon shooting of a juvenile on the city’s South Side. The shooting took place on East Philadelphia Avenue at 1:21 p.m. The 15-year-old was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, police said.

Youngstown police were investigating the Thursday afternoon shooting of a ...

Youngstown police were investigating the Thursday afternoon shooting of a juvenile on the city’s South Side. The shooting took place on East Philadelphia Avenue at 1:21 p.m. The 15-year-old was taken to St. Elizabeth Health ...


10) Emily Rollo of Poland drives to the hoop as (3) Adrianna Garchar plays tight defense during their game Thursday night.

10) Emily Rollo of Poland drives to the hoop as ...

10) Emily Rollo of Poland drives to the hoop as (3) Adrianna Garchar plays tight defense during their game Thursday night.


Lexter C. Williams

Lexter C. Williams

Lexter C. Williams


Prest

Prest

Prest


Prepared to serve as officers of the Niles Chapter of the American Sewing Guild in 2011 are, in front from left, Joan Dales and Diane Wittik, and, in back, Jennie Roberts, Barbara Rosier-Tryon and Lynn Price.

Prepared to serve as officers of the Niles Chapter of ...

Prepared to serve as officers of the Niles Chapter of the American Sewing Guild in 2011 are, in front from left, Joan Dales and Diane Wittik, and, in back, Jennie Roberts, Barbara Rosier-Tryon and Lynn ...


Hardman

Hardman

Hardman


Promoters of the Warm and Cuddly Drive at First Free Will Baptist Church in Austintown hold coats donated to the project. From left are: Harold Davis, deacon; Mary Hutchison, coordinator; Aaron Justice, youth minister; and Jack Hutchison, board member.

Promoters of the Warm and Cuddly Drive at First Free ...

Promoters of the Warm and Cuddly Drive at First Free Will Baptist Church in Austintown hold coats donated to the project. From left are: Harold Davis, deacon; Mary Hutchison, coordinator; Aaron Justice, youth minister; and ...


The Market Barn at Villa Farm in Villa Maria, Pa., features seasonal produce, herbs and flowers. The farm donates 50 percent of its produce to help the needy, continuing a mission of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

The Market Barn at Villa Farm in Villa Maria, Pa., ...

The Market Barn at Villa Farm in Villa Maria, Pa., features seasonal produce, herbs and flowers. The farm donates 50 percent of its produce to help the needy, continuing a mission of the Sisters of ...


Robert Shroder, Humility of Mary Health Partners president and chief executive officer, reads the proclamation of the purpose of St. Elizabeth Health Center during ceremonies Wednesday kicking off the hospital’s yearlong centennial celebration. The celebration will culminate on Dec. 8, 2011, the date in 1911 when the Sisters of the Humility of Mary started the medical facility.

Robert Shroder, Humility of Mary Health Partners president and chief ...

Robert Shroder, Humility of Mary Health Partners president and chief executive officer, reads the proclamation of the purpose of St. Elizabeth Health Center during ceremonies Wednesday kicking off the hospital’s yearlong centennial celebration. The celebration ...


Richard Graney, who works in the land-management area at Villa Maria Farm, tends to poinsettias in the greenhouse on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Maria, Pa. The greenhouse, heated by a wood-burning furnace, produces seasonal flowers and plants and is part of the farm operation.

Richard Graney, who works in the land-management area at Villa ...

Richard Graney, who works in the land-management area at Villa Maria Farm, tends to poinsettias in the greenhouse on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Maria, Pa. The greenhouse, heated by a ...


Richard Graney tends to cattle on Villa Farm, where White Parks, shorthorn and a black Angus mix graze in the fields. The farm has a small sheep herd. Sisters of the Humility of Mary lived off the land when they arrived in the United States in 1864.

Richard Graney tends to cattle on Villa Farm, where White ...

Richard Graney tends to cattle on Villa Farm, where White Parks, shorthorn and a black Angus mix graze in the fields. The farm has a small sheep herd. Sisters of the Humility of Mary lived ...


Pieces of ribbon, scissors and a program are mementos of the kickoff of the centennial. Other activities are planned throughout the next 12 months.

Pieces of ribbon, scissors and a program are mementos of ...

Pieces of ribbon, scissors and a program are mementos of the kickoff of the centennial. Other activities are planned throughout the next 12 months.


A resolution passed by Youngstown City Council in 1992 said the facility in Vienna would “forever be named Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.”

A resolution passed by Youngstown City Council in 1992 said ...

A resolution passed by Youngstown City Council in 1992 said the facility in Vienna would “forever be named Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.”


Thomas M. Soich and Sarah M. Greene

Thomas M. Soich and Sarah M. Greene

Thomas M. Soich and Sarah M. Greene


Jennifer Janis and William Sitler

Jennifer Janis and William Sitler

Jennifer Janis and William Sitler


Geoffrey W. Armbrecht and Deborah A. Blanch

Geoffrey W. Armbrecht and Deborah A. Blanch

Geoffrey W. Armbrecht and Deborah A. Blanch


Flavio Aiken and Rachel R. Frank

Flavio Aiken and Rachel R. Frank

Flavio Aiken and Rachel R. Frank


Kevin J. Meiroff and Lisa A. Haynam

Kevin J. Meiroff and Lisa A. Haynam

Kevin J. Meiroff and Lisa A. Haynam


Boardman's Tre Robinson, #3, goes up with the ball against Campbell's # 40  during their game at Campbell on Tuesday night.

Boardman's Tre Robinson, #3, goes up with the ball against ...

Boardman's Tre Robinson, #3, goes up with the ball against Campbell's # 40 during their game at Campbell on Tuesday night.


Campbell's Claxton LeBron takes the ball to the basket against Boardman's Dane Hammond, 24, durig their game a Campbell on Tuesday Night.

Campbell's Claxton LeBron takes the ball to the basket against ...

Campbell's Claxton LeBron takes the ball to the basket against Boardman's Dane Hammond, 24, durig their game a Campbell on Tuesday Night.


Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson

Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson

Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson


Deng Zhongqing, signs a holiday card that Chelsea Begeot is making in an English class at Girard Junior/Senior High School for overseas service personnel. Deng is in the United States through the Chinene Exchange Initiative, which allows 12 Chinese and 12 American educators to spend two weeks in each other’s country. Louise Mason, junior high principal, will go to China in the spring.

Deng Zhongqing, signs a holiday card that Chelsea Begeot is ...

Deng Zhongqing, signs a holiday card that Chelsea Begeot is making in an English class at Girard Junior/Senior High School for overseas service personnel. Deng is in the United States through the Chinene Exchange Initiative, ...


Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) and safety Ryan Clark (25) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore. The Steelers won 13-10.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) and safety Ryan Clark ...

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) and safety Ryan Clark (25) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. ...


Second Grader, Kevin Myers, 8, works with volunteer, Wanda Smith, of Youngstown, on math work during an afterschool program at Christ Church Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening.

Second Grader, Kevin Myers, 8, works with volunteer, Wanda Smith, ...

Second Grader, Kevin Myers, 8, works with volunteer, Wanda Smith, of Youngstown, on math work during an afterschool program at Christ Church Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening.


YSU's Ashen Ward (20) and Dan Boudler (33) during the second half of a game at YSU's Beeghly Center on Tuesday evening.

YSU's Ashen Ward (20) and Dan Boudler (33) during the ...

YSU's Ashen Ward (20) and Dan Boudler (33) during the second half of a game at YSU's Beeghly Center on Tuesday evening.


Throughout Girard Junior/Senior High School, signs in Chinese named a teacher and subject as part of a welcome gesture for its Chinese visitor, Deng, Zhongqing. This group of Chinese letters is on describing nouns.

Throughout Girard Junior/Senior High School, signs in Chinese named a ...

Throughout Girard Junior/Senior High School, signs in Chinese named a teacher and subject as part of a welcome gesture for its Chinese visitor, Deng, Zhongqing. This group of Chinese letters is on describing nouns.


Deng Zhongqing, an educator from China, second from left, shows Girard Junior/Senior High School students a friendship scroll that he brought as a gift. Deng is being hosted by Louise Mason, junior high principal, who will visit China in the spring. Seventh-graders are, from left, Ben Norman, Nick Walker, Destiny Brenna, Alexis Leedy and Lea Buonavola

Deng Zhongqing, an educator from China, second from left, shows ...

Deng Zhongqing, an educator from China, second from left, shows Girard Junior/Senior High School students a friendship scroll that he brought as a gift. Deng is being hosted by Louise Mason, junior high principal, who ...


Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson

Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson

Mill Creek MetroParks new Executive Director Clarke Johnson


A supporter of  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, poses for members of the media outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London where Julian Assange's case was heard, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Julian Assange was jailed Tuesday after the WikiLeaks founder told a London court he would fight efforts to extradite him to Sweden, where he faces a sex-crimes investigation.

A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, poses for members ...

A supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, poses for members of the media outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London where Julian Assange's case was heard, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Julian Assange was ...


Hundreds of pages of documents in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case were made public Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.

Hundreds of pages of documents in the Oakhill Renaissance Place ...

Hundreds of pages of documents in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case were made public Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.


Mayor Jay Williams speaks with children about the importance of school and his job as mayor during an afterschool program at Christ Church Presbyterian Church.

Mayor Jay Williams speaks with children about the importance of ...

Mayor Jay Williams speaks with children about the importance of school and his job as mayor during an afterschool program at Christ Church Presbyterian Church.


Garrett Hart, a consultant for radio station WAPS in Akron, helps junior Drew Pearson in the WKTL booth next to Tom Krestel’s Broadcast Arts classroom at Struthers High School.

Garrett Hart, a consultant for radio station WAPS in Akron, ...

Garrett Hart, a consultant for radio station WAPS in Akron, helps junior Drew Pearson in the WKTL booth next to Tom Krestel’s Broadcast Arts classroom at Struthers High School.


YSU's Macey Nortey drives past Bucknell's Alyssa Dunn during first half action Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

YSU's Macey Nortey drives past Bucknell's Alyssa Dunn during first ...

YSU's Macey Nortey drives past Bucknell's Alyssa Dunn during first half action Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.


YSU's Kenya Middlebrooks is hemmed in by IPFW's #50 Sydney Weinert  and #33 Jordan Zuppe  during first half action Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at YSU.

YSU's Kenya Middlebrooks is hemmed in by IPFW's #50 Sydney ...

YSU's Kenya Middlebrooks is hemmed in by IPFW's #50 Sydney Weinert and #33 Jordan Zuppe during first half action Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at YSU.


Warren Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg

Warren Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg

Warren Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg


This Sept. 1, 2010, file photo shows Maurice Clarett speaking to reporters following team practice with the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks,  in Omaha, Neb. Clarett says he would spend another year with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks if they want him back. He told The Associated Press that the Nighthawks' opportunity has been "a blessing from God."

This Sept. 1, 2010, file photo shows Maurice Clarett speaking ...

This Sept. 1, 2010, file photo shows Maurice Clarett speaking to reporters following team practice with the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks, in Omaha, Neb. Clarett says he would spend another year with the UFL's ...


YSU's Devonte Maymon at Beeghly Center on Tuesday evening.

YSU's Devonte Maymon at Beeghly Center on Tuesday evening.

YSU's Devonte Maymon at Beeghly Center on Tuesday evening.


(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range try to keep (12) Alyssa Shields from the ball during their game Monday night.

(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range ...

(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range try to keep (12) Alyssa Shields from the ball during their game Monday night.


The hand of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark grabs Baltimore Ravens wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84) as cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) tackles him during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore.

The hand of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark grabs Baltimore ...

The hand of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark grabs Baltimore Ravens wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84) as cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) tackles him during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, ...


(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range try to keep (10) Emily Rollo from the ball during their game Monday night.

(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range ...

(22) Lexi Naples and (40) Elli Stoffer of South Range try to keep (10) Emily Rollo from the ball during their game Monday night.


Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally, Auditor Mike Sciortino and Joe Bell listen as attorneys made arguments Monday at the Mahoning County Courthouse during a the hearing on the Vindicator's and 21 WFMJ-TV's motion to unseal Oakhill criminal conspiracy case filings and on the Cafaro Co.'s motion to dismiss the indictment.

Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally, Auditor Mike Sciortino and Joe ...

Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally, Auditor Mike Sciortino and Joe Bell listen as attorneys made arguments Monday at the Mahoning County Courthouse during a the hearing on the Vindicator's and 21 WFMJ-TV's motion to unseal ...


The $2 million Hazel Street extension project begins with the curved section shown here that goes uphill from Commerce Street in the city’s downtown to Wood Street, with a retaining wall at right. The street extension then runs straight north for two blocks to its Lincoln Avenue terminus at the Youngstown State University campus.

The $2 million Hazel Street extension project begins with the ...

The $2 million Hazel Street extension project begins with the curved section shown here that goes uphill from Commerce Street in the city’s downtown to Wood Street, with a retaining wall at right. The street ...


Alfred “Al” Gaskell of Howland, a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Mahoning Chapter 5, holds a display of the decorations he received from  his service in the Navy in World War II. Included is a picture of himself in his Navy uniform from 1941.

Alfred “Al” Gaskell of Howland, a member of the Pearl ...

Alfred “Al” Gaskell of Howland, a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Mahoning Chapter 5, holds a display of the decorations he received from his service in the Navy in World War II. Included ...


Senior Cardinal Mooney runningback Braylon Heard

Senior Cardinal Mooney runningback Braylon Heard

Senior Cardinal Mooney runningback Braylon Heard


John Murphy, left, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, presented the Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney of the Year award last week to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins during the organization’s annual meeting.

John Murphy, left, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys ...

John Murphy, left, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, presented the Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney of the Year award last week to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins during the organization’s annual meeting.


Marion H. Little Jr., an attorney for The Vindicator and WFMJ-TV, holds two notebooks of evidence during a Monday hearing. The newspaper and TV station objected to a judge’s decision to have documents in the Oakhill criminal case screened by him before making all or parts of them public.

Marion H. Little Jr., an attorney for The Vindicator and ...

Marion H. Little Jr., an attorney for The Vindicator and WFMJ-TV, holds two notebooks of evidence during a Monday hearing. The newspaper and TV station objected to a judge’s decision to have documents in the ...


Patricia M. Fagan

Patricia M. Fagan

Patricia M. Fagan


From left, dignitaries cutting the ribbon Monday to open the northward Hazel Street extension connecting Youngstown’s downtown to Youngstown State University outside the university’s Williamson College of Business are: Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th; Jason Riffle, president of United Civil Contractors and Developers Inc. of Hubbard, which built the street; Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st; State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-33rd, of Canfield; State Rep. F. Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown; Mayor Jay Williams; Cynthia Anderson, YSU president; State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry, D-59th, of Austintown; David Mosure, vice president of MS Consultants of Youngstown, project engineers; and Charles Shasho, the city’s deputy director of public works.

From left, dignitaries cutting the ribbon Monday to open the ...

From left, dignitaries cutting the ribbon Monday to open the northward Hazel Street extension connecting Youngstown’s downtown to Youngstown State University outside the university’s Williamson College of Business are: Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th; Jason ...


Odomie A. Wellington, 31, was found dead Saturday at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown.

Odomie A. Wellington, 31, was found dead Saturday at the ...

Odomie A. Wellington, 31, was found dead Saturday at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown.


Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. held a hearing to hear arguments from The Vindicator and WFMJ-TV to make public documents under seal in the Oakhill Renaissance Place case. The judge is expected to make public documents under seal today.

Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. held a hearing to ...

Visiting Judge William H. Wolff Jr. held a hearing to hear arguments from The Vindicator and WFMJ-TV to make public documents under seal in the Oakhill Renaissance Place case. The judge is expected to make ...


Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown, center, blesses  Monsignor Thomas F. Kelly during a Mass of Christian burial Monday morning at St. Christine Church in Youngstown. Monsignor Kelly, who died Nov. 30, was pastor emeritus of the church.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown, center, ...

Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown, center, blesses Monsignor Thomas F. Kelly during a Mass of Christian burial Monday morning at St. Christine Church in Youngstown. Monsignor Kelly, who died Nov. 30, ...


Scrappers Manager Travis Fryman

Scrappers Manager Travis Fryman

Scrappers Manager Travis Fryman


Alekum N. McLendon, 21, of Youngstown, was shot in the lower back during a shooting at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown Saturday. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he remains in serious condition.

Alekum N. McLendon, 21, of Youngstown, was shot in the ...

Alekum N. McLendon, 21, of Youngstown, was shot in the lower back during a shooting at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown Saturday. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he remains in ...


Before testifying at a court hearing on unsealing documents in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case, Atty. John F. McCaffrey, left, talks with expert witness Hugh J. Martin of Ohio University.

Before testifying at a court hearing on unsealing documents in ...

Before testifying at a court hearing on unsealing documents in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal case, Atty. John F. McCaffrey, left, talks with expert witness Hugh J. Martin of Ohio University.


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Caring and sharing: Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard had an opportunity recently to show that they care about the needy in the community. During two special dress-down days they collected canned goods, paper products and other helpful items to be shared with those in need. Sandy Slenker, above, is shown as she helped load the items into a van for pickup and distribution to the less fortunate by members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which operates a food pantry at St. Patrick Church.

Caring and sharing: Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard ...

Caring and sharing: Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard had an opportunity recently to show that they care about the needy in the community. During two special dress-down days they collected canned goods, paper ...


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Jason Fox D 3189 CAV FOB Airborne APO AE 09364


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Aaron Palmer
Room 6832
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20307

Aaron Palmer Room 6832 Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 ...

Aaron Palmer Room 6832 Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20307


Funds for families: CVS Caremark continued its commitment to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life by presenting a check for $1,500 to the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley. The check, which will brighten the lives of many, is displayed by, from left, Michele Jones, DSAV co-founder and president, and Carl Sobek, CVS district store manager. DSAV will offer the funds through its family grant program to families of individuals with Down syndrome in the area. DSAV members who wish to enroll their children, under the age of 21, with Down syndrome in inclusive social or recreational opportunities can apply for the funds. The CVS Community Participation Fund and the DSAV funds will provide up to $500 per family per year to help cover the costs related to such activities as Boy/Girl Scouts, Gymboree, ballet, swimming, dance and therapy sessions, which should be open to all children with or without disabilities. For more information visit www.dsav.org or call 330-726-3728.

Funds for families: CVS Caremark continued its commitment to helping ...

Funds for families: CVS Caremark continued its commitment to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life by presenting a check for $1,500 to the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley. The check, ...


Up close and personal: A visit to the WFMJ-TV studio in Youngstown was an enlightening experience for a group of fourth-grade girls from Holy Family School, on Center Road in Poland. Led by Tina Kali, who along with Melanie Jones planned the event, the Acts of Random Kindness girls toured the studio and heard a talk by Madonna Pinkard, public relations representative. They also viewed a live news broadcast by studio personalities Cindy Matthews, Bob Black, Dana Balash and Mark Koontz. As a memento of the occasion the group posed for an official picture. Gathered for the event are, from left, Simone Izzo, Jayda Benson, Jessie Cummings, Angelina Sabatino, Brooke Chandler, Matthews, Isabella Massaro-Suchora (back), Aidan McDanel, Angelina Santora, Black, Katherine Kali, Anna Nietzel (back), Marissa Mangino, Lauren Perchak and Hannah Balash.

Up close and personal: A visit to the WFMJ-TV studio ...

Up close and personal: A visit to the WFMJ-TV studio in Youngstown was an enlightening experience for a group of fourth-grade girls from Holy Family School, on Center Road in Poland. Led by Tina Kali, ...


William D. Lewis | The Vindicator/Giving a helping hand to vets: Auxiliary members of American Legion Post 504, 2225 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, recently gathered items to be donated to needy veterans in the area. On hand Dec. 2 at the post home when the donation was made were, from left, auxiliary members Yolanda Charles, Rose Jordan and Shirley Griffin; Faye Humbertson, American Legion Auxiliary representative at the Youngstown Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown; Robie Rhoads, a veteran staying at the Meridian Services home for veterans in Youngstown; and auxiliary members Lillie Langford and Betty Dukes.

William D. Lewis | The Vindicator/Giving a helping hand to ...

William D. Lewis | The Vindicator/Giving a helping hand to vets: Auxiliary members of American Legion Post 504, 2225 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, recently gathered items to be donated to needy veterans in the area. On ...


The Youngstown World Trade Center would convert the former Wells Building in downtown Youngstown into modern office space.

The Youngstown World Trade Center would convert the former Wells ...

The Youngstown World Trade Center would convert the former Wells Building in downtown Youngstown into modern office space.


Eric Planey,  vice president of international business attraction for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber

Eric Planey, vice president of international business attraction for the ...

Eric Planey, vice president of international business attraction for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber


The Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown, site of a December 4th shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.

The Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown, site of a December ...

The Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown, site of a December 4th shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.


Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire trailing from its engine on the left wing from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, in this July 25, 2000 file photo.  The plane crashed shortly after take-off, killing all the 109 people aboard and four others on the ground. A decade after a supersonic Concorde jet crashed in a fiery wreck outside Paris soon after takeoff, killing 113 people, a French court will rule at last Monday Dec 6 2010 on who, if anyone, is to blame.

Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire trailing ...

Air France Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire trailing from its engine on the left wing from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, in this July 25, 2000 file photo. The plane crashed shortly ...


In this July 22, 2010 photo, poison ivy is seen at Lancaster County Park, in Lancaster, Pa. Dr. Alan Peterson, of Walter L. Aument Family Health Center in Quarryville, said this season is the worst he's seen for poison ivy cases. He believes the increase is the result of an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

In this July 22, 2010 photo, poison ivy is seen ...

In this July 22, 2010 photo, poison ivy is seen at Lancaster County Park, in Lancaster, Pa. Dr. Alan Peterson, of Walter L. Aument Family Health Center in Quarryville, said this season is the worst ...


Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (80) scores a touchdown as Cleveland Browns cornerback Mike Adams (20) defends in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game in Miami, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.

Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (80) scores a touchdown ...

Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano (80) scores a touchdown as Cleveland Browns cornerback Mike Adams (20) defends in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game in Miami, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.


Thomas M. Humphries, President & CEO of the Younstown Warren Regional Chamber, shows a new book promoting the Valley published by the Chamber.

Thomas M. Humphries, President & CEO of the Younstown Warren ...

Thomas M. Humphries, President & CEO of the Younstown Warren Regional Chamber, shows a new book promoting the Valley published by the Chamber.


Shoppers carry their bags as they walk in downtown Seattle on Nov. 26, 2010. The service sector expanded for the 11th straight month in November and at the fastest pace in six months.

Shoppers carry their bags as they walk in downtown Seattle ...

Shoppers carry their bags as they walk in downtown Seattle on Nov. 26, 2010. The service sector expanded for the 11th straight month in November and at the fastest pace in six months.


Tyrone Hayden

Tyrone Hayden

Tyrone Hayden


Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier

Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier

Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Baltimore ...

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore.


Lily Weiss (right), 6, of Canfield, and Saadyiah Leff (second from right), 2, of Cortland, sing Hanukkah themed songs as Rabbi Franklin Muller plays guitar during a Hanukkah celebration at Rodef Sholom in Youngstown on Sunday evening.

Lily Weiss (right), 6, of Canfield, and Saadyiah Leff (second ...

Lily Weiss (right), 6, of Canfield, and Saadyiah Leff (second from right), 2, of Cortland, sing Hanukkah themed songs as Rabbi Franklin Muller plays guitar during a Hanukkah celebration at Rodef Sholom in Youngstown on ...


Boardman PTA Council President, Cheryl Dutko, enjoys a laugh as Boardman residents, Ron Mistovich and Dave Erck, grab cookies and hot chocolate during the 14th Annual Boardman Community Christmas at Boardman Township Park on Sunday afternoon..

Boardman PTA Council President, Cheryl Dutko, enjoys a laugh as ...

Boardman PTA Council President, Cheryl Dutko, enjoys a laugh as Boardman residents, Ron Mistovich and Dave Erck, grab cookies and hot chocolate during the 14th Annual Boardman Community Christmas at Boardman Township Park on Sunday ...


Chloe Khoury, 5, of Boardman, adds an ornament to a tree representing her Kindergarten class at Stadium Drive Elementary during the 14th Annual Boardman Community Christmas at Boardman Township Park on Sunday afternoon.

Chloe Khoury, 5, of Boardman, adds an ornament to a ...

Chloe Khoury, 5, of Boardman, adds an ornament to a tree representing her Kindergarten class at Stadium Drive Elementary during the 14th Annual Boardman Community Christmas at Boardman Township Park on Sunday afternoon.


The Ursuline Irish won a third straight state championship title Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

The Ursuline Irish won a third straight state championship title ...

The Ursuline Irish won a third straight state championship title Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.


Joy Knapp, a volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, gets a loving look from “Lester,” one of 162 dogs the league rescued from a Gustavus Township home earlier this year.  Lester,  the only dog from the group remaining at the League’s shelter, was adopted by an Austintown couple Saturday.

Joy Knapp, a volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of ...

Joy Knapp, a volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, gets a loving look from “Lester,” one of 162 dogs the league rescued from a Gustavus Township home earlier this year. Lester, the ...


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Caught behind the line #4 Kurt Schoenherr is stopped  by #33  Jeff Podolsky as #7 Frank Dundee looks on.

Caught behind the line #4 Kurt Schoenherr is stopped by ...

Caught behind the line #4 Kurt Schoenherr is stopped by #33 Jeff Podolsky as #7 Frank Dundee looks on.


The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V state championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: win ...

The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in ...


During the second quarter, Ursuline's #5 Jesse Curry gets stopped by Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert. The Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win a third-straight Division V State Championship title. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

During the second quarter, Ursuline's #5 Jesse Curry gets stopped ...

During the second quarter, Ursuline's #5 Jesse Curry gets stopped by Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert. The Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win a third-straight Division V State Championship title. The Fighting Irish ...


Ursuline's #33  Jeff Podolsky, #26 Akise Teague and  #57 Michael Zappa  hold up championship trophy footballs as they celebrate the win over Coldwater. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline's #33 Jeff Podolsky, #26 Akise Teague and #57 Michael ...

Ursuline's #33 Jeff Podolsky, #26 Akise Teague and #57 Michael Zappa hold up championship trophy footballs as they celebrate the win over Coldwater. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the ...


Sometimes it took a team to slow down Ursline's Akise Teague: Coldwater's  #54  Kyle Post, #8 Ross Wermert, #11 Trevor Koch,  #3 Aaron Rammel and #23  Jordan Chapin try to push Teague out of bounds after he gained a first down. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Sometimes it took a team to slow down Ursline's Akise ...

Sometimes it took a team to slow down Ursline's Akise Teague: Coldwater's #54 Kyle Post, #8 Ross Wermert, #11 Trevor Koch, #3 Aaron Rammel and #23 Jordan Chapin try to push Teague out of bounds ...


During the second quarter, Ursuline's Akise Teague pushes past Coldwater's #20 Drew Feltz and #8 Ross Wermert to score another touchdown. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

During the second quarter, Ursuline's Akise Teague pushes past Coldwater's ...

During the second quarter, Ursuline's Akise Teague pushes past Coldwater's #20 Drew Feltz and #8 Ross Wermert to score another touchdown. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title ...


Ursuline's Akise Teague's first  of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline's Akise Teague's first of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish ...

Ursuline's Akise Teague's first of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their ...


The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win ...

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in ...


During fourth quarter action,  #33  Jeff Podolsky makes a move on Coldwater #21 Reese Klenke for an Ursuline first down. The Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

During fourth quarter action, #33 Jeff Podolsky makes a move ...

During fourth quarter action, #33 Jeff Podolsky makes a move on Coldwater #21 Reese Klenke for an Ursuline first down. The Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a ...


The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win ...

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in ...


The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win ...

The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the ...


Singing the Ursuline alma mater, some brave fans bared their souls and their chests at the Division V State Championship game against Coldwater Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.

Singing the Ursuline alma mater, some brave fans bared their ...

Singing the Ursuline alma mater, some brave fans bared their souls and their chests at the Division V State Championship game against Coldwater Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.


Ursuline's Akise Teague scores a touch down, and leaves Coldwater'ss #21 Reese Klenke in a heap during the Division V State Championship game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Canton's Fawcett stadium.

Ursuline's Akise Teague scores a touch down, and leaves Coldwater'ss ...

Ursuline's Akise Teague scores a touch down, and leaves Coldwater'ss #21 Reese Klenke in a heap during the Division V State Championship game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Canton's Fawcett stadium.


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Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert is surrounded by Ursuline's #20 Craig Ulicny and #24 (far left)  Jermaine Williams. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert is surrounded by Ursuline's #20 Craig ...

Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert is surrounded by Ursuline's #20 Craig Ulicny and #24 (far left) Jermaine Williams. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight ...


All Coldwater'ss #3 Aaron Rummel can do is watch as Akise Teague goes for yet another touchdown. Teague scored five touchdowns in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

All Coldwater'ss #3 Aaron Rummel can do is watch as ...

All Coldwater'ss #3 Aaron Rummel can do is watch as Akise Teague goes for yet another touchdown. Teague scored five touchdowns in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, ...


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Ursuline's #4 Paul Kemp makes the first down. Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert watches as teammate #21 Reese Klenke trips him up. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline's #4 Paul Kemp makes the first down. Coldwater's #8 ...

Ursuline's #4 Paul Kemp makes the first down. Coldwater's #8 Ross Wermert watches as teammate #21 Reese Klenke trips him up. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for ...


RAISING IT HIGH -  Ursuline's #33  Jeff Podolsky and  #26 Akise Teague  hoist the championship trophy. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

RAISING IT HIGH - Ursuline's #33 Jeff Podolsky and #26 ...

RAISING IT HIGH - Ursuline's #33 Jeff Podolsky and #26 Akise Teague hoist the championship trophy. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The ...


Hopping into the end zone, Ursuline's Akise Teague leaves Coldwater's #21 Reese Klenke face down on the turf. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Hopping into the end zone, Ursuline's Akise Teague leaves Coldwater's ...

Hopping into the end zone, Ursuline's Akise Teague leaves Coldwater's #21 Reese Klenke face down on the turf. The Ursuline Irish have achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record ...


Mr. Football, Ursuline's Akise Teague, marches the championship trophy around the stadium after winning the state title. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Mr. Football, Ursuline's Akise Teague, marches the championship trophy around ...

Mr. Football, Ursuline's Akise Teague, marches the championship trophy around the stadium after winning the state title. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. ...


Ursuline Head Coach Dan Reardon dodges water, as #55 Ronald Green and #20 Craig Ulicny  look on. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline Head Coach Dan Reardon dodges water, as #55 Ronald ...

Ursuline Head Coach Dan Reardon dodges water, as #55 Ronald Green and #20 Craig Ulicny look on. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. ...


Ursuline's Akise Teague's first of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline's Akise Teague's first of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish ...

Ursuline's Akise Teague's first of five touchdowns. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season ...


Ursuline's Zach Conlan kisses the championship trophy as Corbin Adams looks on. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an impressive end to their season with a 51-21 victory over Coldwater in the Division V State Championship game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.

Ursuline's Zach Conlan kisses the championship trophy as Corbin Adams ...

Ursuline's Zach Conlan kisses the championship trophy as Corbin Adams looks on. The Ursuline Irish achieved their primary season goal: to win the state title for a record third-straight time. The Fighting Irish had an ...


Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael Morris, a senior at Canfield High School, stopped at Grandma's house at Speece Lake before heading to Canfield's Homecoming 2010. Photo submitted by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael ...

Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael Morris, a senior at Canfield High School, stopped at Grandma's house at Speece Lake before heading to Canfield's Homecoming 2010. Photo submitted by Lana VanAuker ...


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Challenging program: Rich Blevins presented a program outlining the objectives of “Teen Challenge” during a recent meeting of Austintown Rotary Club. The speaker explained that the residential faith-based recovery support program for men has about a 60 percent success rate for addictions and that heroin is apparently the drug of choice in the Valley. Funded entirely by community donations, the 12-month program requires discipline, responsible decision-making and accountability. For information about admission into Ohio Valley Teen Challenge call 330-743-9030. Congratulating Blevins following his informative talk was Susan Leetch, president of Austintown Rotary.

Challenging program: Rich Blevins presented a program outlining the objectives ...

Challenging program: Rich Blevins presented a program outlining the objectives of “Teen Challenge” during a recent meeting of Austintown Rotary Club. The speaker explained that the residential faith-based recovery support program for men has about ...


Holding the trophies they received as they were honored at the annual Junior Civic League’s Cinderella Ball are, from left, Tiara Williams, second attendant; Asia Walker, Miss Cinderella; and Keisha Talley, first attendant.

Holding the trophies they received as they were honored at ...

Holding the trophies they received as they were honored at the annual Junior Civic League’s Cinderella Ball are, from left, Tiara Williams, second attendant; Asia Walker, Miss Cinderella; and Keisha Talley, first attendant.


Catholic Charities retirement: From left to right are Flo Prokop, Virginia Santone and Maria Carson. Carson, who was honored during a recent party at Alberini’s restaurant, retired as financial director after 47 years of employment at the Catholic Charities Regional Agency. In attendance for the celebration were co-workers, family, board members and friends. Santone is Carson’s mother, and Prokop, who retired in August from CCRA, is her sister. Carson began as a secretary at the agency. While working as office manager, she completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Youngstown State University. She had been financial director for the past 14 years.

Catholic Charities retirement: From left to right are Flo Prokop, ...

Catholic Charities retirement: From left to right are Flo Prokop, Virginia Santone and Maria Carson. Carson, who was honored during a recent party at Alberini’s restaurant, retired as financial director after 47 years of employment ...


A good deed is done: Sperry Rongone, left, a Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League provisional member, and Audrey Walker from the Sojourner House stand with some of the items collected for Sojourner. The house shelters women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Rongone’s provisional project was to collect items from members of the BPJWL that were included on a wish list from residents. She will be installed as a new member at the December social.

A good deed is done: Sperry Rongone, left, a Boardman-Poland ...

A good deed is done: Sperry Rongone, left, a Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League provisional member, and Audrey Walker from the Sojourner House stand with some of the items collected for Sojourner. The house shelters women ...


BASKETBALL - (10) Kenzie Pfeiffer of South Range looks for help as (10) Colleen Kenneham keeps a close eye on her during their game Thursday night. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays

BASKETBALL - (10) Kenzie Pfeiffer of South Range looks for ...

BASKETBALL - (10) Kenzie Pfeiffer of South Range looks for help as (10) Colleen Kenneham keeps a close eye on her during their game Thursday night. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays


The Rev. Gerardo Hernandez, a visiting priest to St. Rosa de Lima Church in Campbell, prays with paraplegic Felix Rivera and his wife, Lourdes, in their home. Mission of Love is helping to build an addition to their house.

The Rev. Gerardo Hernandez, a visiting priest to St. Rosa ...

The Rev. Gerardo Hernandez, a visiting priest to St. Rosa de Lima Church in Campbell, prays with paraplegic Felix Rivera and his wife, Lourdes, in their home. Mission of Love is helping to build an ...


Ray Novotny, Ford Nature Center manager and Mill Creek MetroParks naturalist, says he’s always been an advocate of keeping park founder Volney Rogers’ memory alive. Novotny organized a walk from Ford Nature Center to a statue of Rogers off Falls Avenue in Youngstown to honor him on the 91st year after his death.

Ray Novotny, Ford Nature Center manager and Mill Creek MetroParks ...

Ray Novotny, Ford Nature Center manager and Mill Creek MetroParks naturalist, says he’s always been an advocate of keeping park founder Volney Rogers’ memory alive. Novotny organized a walk from Ford Nature Center to a ...


Construction workers, who did not wish to be identified, added trim to the door frames in the new addition. Mission of Love paid for the materials and labor.

Construction workers, who did not wish to be identified, added ...

Construction workers, who did not wish to be identified, added trim to the door frames in the new addition. Mission of Love paid for the materials and labor.


Lana VanAuker of Canfield captured these fall colors at Speece Lake in Canfield.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield captured these fall colors at Speece ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield captured these fall colors at Speece Lake in Canfield.


Fall fun for 19-month-old Sonya Gabriela Stefko, daughter of Kevin and Yocelin Stefko of Canfield, was dressing up for Halloween. Photo sent in by her proud grandma and grandpa, Patti and Mike Stefko of Canfield.

Fall fun for 19-month-old Sonya Gabriela Stefko, daughter of Kevin ...

Fall fun for 19-month-old Sonya Gabriela Stefko, daughter of Kevin and Yocelin Stefko of Canfield, was dressing up for Halloween. Photo sent in by her proud grandma and grandpa, Patti and Mike Stefko of Canfield.


Grace Taylor of Youngstown enjoys a sunny fall day at the Millcreek Metro Farm. Photo sent in by Chip Taylor.

Grace Taylor of Youngstown enjoys a sunny fall day at ...

Grace Taylor of Youngstown enjoys a sunny fall day at the Millcreek Metro Farm. Photo sent in by Chip Taylor.


Off in the distance is Bobby Vestal in his 1936 Ford. He was parked at Speece Lake in Canfield when Lana VanAuker of Canfield grabbed this shot.

Off in the distance is Bobby Vestal in his 1936 ...

Off in the distance is Bobby Vestal in his 1936 Ford. He was parked at Speece Lake in Canfield when Lana VanAuker of Canfield grabbed this shot.


Hey, sometimes gathering all of those leaves together can really wear you out! Here, Grant Taylor of Youngstown catches up on a little rest after playing in the leaves in the yard. Photo submitted by Chip Taylor.

Hey, sometimes gathering all of those leaves together can really ...

Hey, sometimes gathering all of those leaves together can really wear you out! Here, Grant Taylor of Youngstown catches up on a little rest after playing in the leaves in the yard. Photo submitted by ...


Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she shot in Mill Creek Park.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she shot in Mill Creek Park.


Alicen Ruby, 10 months, shows her loyalty to the Pittsburgh Steelers in this fall shot. Photo sent in by Ruby Tomko of Youngstown.

Alicen Ruby, 10 months, shows her loyalty to the Pittsburgh ...

Alicen Ruby, 10 months, shows her loyalty to the Pittsburgh Steelers in this fall shot. Photo sent in by Ruby Tomko of Youngstown.


Linda Lamanna of Austintown enjoys a warm fall day with her daughter Jeannine Lindquist and grandchildren Kaylie Eva, center, and twins Jenna Marie and Nicholas James Lindquist. The Lindquist family lives in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo submitted by Linda Lamanna.

Linda Lamanna of Austintown enjoys a warm fall day with ...

Linda Lamanna of Austintown enjoys a warm fall day with her daughter Jeannine Lindquist and grandchildren Kaylie Eva, center, and twins Jenna Marie and Nicholas James Lindquist. The Lindquist family lives in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo ...


Lana VanAuker of Canfield shot this fall scene in Austintown Park.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield shot this fall scene in Austintown ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield shot this fall scene in Austintown Park.


Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael Morris, a senior at Canfield High School, stopped at Grandma's house at Speece Lake before heading to Canfield's Homecoming 2010. Photo submitted by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael ...

Aaron Hartsough, a freshman at Youngstown State University, and Rachael Morris, a senior at Canfield High School, stopped at Grandma's house at Speece Lake before heading to Canfield's Homecoming 2010. Photo submitted by Lana VanAuker ...


Michael Lacivita of Youngstown, or "The Pepper Man," shows off his prize-winning plants that earned him first and second premium awards at a Valley favorite fall activity — the Canfield Fair. His daughter, Linda Lacivita Krieger, snapped the picture.

Michael Lacivita of Youngstown, or "The Pepper Man," shows off ...

Michael Lacivita of Youngstown, or "The Pepper Man," shows off his prize-winning plants that earned him first and second premium awards at a Valley favorite fall activity — the Canfield Fair. His daughter, Linda Lacivita ...


Camryn Hrina, 14 months, selects her favorite pumpkin while visiting White House Fruit Farms this fall. Photo submitted by her parents, Tim and Trish Hrina of Youngstown.

Camryn Hrina, 14 months, selects her favorite pumpkin while visiting ...

Camryn Hrina, 14 months, selects her favorite pumpkin while visiting White House Fruit Farms this fall. Photo submitted by her parents, Tim and Trish Hrina of Youngstown.


Lana VanAuker of Canfield snapped this familiar fall scene at Mill Creek Park Rose Garden.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield snapped this familiar fall scene at ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield snapped this familiar fall scene at Mill Creek Park Rose Garden.


Camryn Hrina, 14 months, had a busy day picking out her pumpkin at White House Fruit Farms this fall. Photo submitted by her parents, Tim and Trish Hrina of Youngstown.

Camryn Hrina, 14 months, had a busy day picking out ...

Camryn Hrina, 14 months, had a busy day picking out her pumpkin at White House Fruit Farms this fall. Photo submitted by her parents, Tim and Trish Hrina of Youngstown.


Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she shot in Mill Creek Park.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this fall photo, which she shot in Mill Creek Park.


4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland spent a beautiful fall day playing in the leaves. Photo taken in October by her mom, Cara Johnston.

4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland spent a beautiful fall ...

4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland spent a beautiful fall day playing in the leaves. Photo taken in October by her mom, Cara Johnston.


Robert Fay is about to rearrange this pile of leaves.

Robert Fay is about to rearrange this pile of leaves.

Robert Fay is about to rearrange this pile of leaves.


These fisherman were likely unaware that Lana VanAuker of Canfield captured them in this shot of a fall sunset in Lake Milton.

These fisherman were likely unaware that Lana VanAuker of Canfield ...

These fisherman were likely unaware that Lana VanAuker of Canfield captured them in this shot of a fall sunset in Lake Milton.


Luke Rowe, 4, right, and his sister Trista, 6 months, picked out their pumpkins at Detwiler Farm in October. They are the children of Mark and Tiffany Rowe of Boardman, who also sent in this photo.

Luke Rowe, 4, right, and his sister Trista, 6 months, ...

Luke Rowe, 4, right, and his sister Trista, 6 months, picked out their pumpkins at Detwiler Farm in October. They are the children of Mark and Tiffany Rowe of Boardman, who also sent in this ...


Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this close-up taken at the Mill Creek MetroParks Experimental Farm in Canfield.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this close-up taken at the ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield submitted this close-up taken at the Mill Creek MetroParks Experimental Farm in Canfield.


4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland enjoyed a beautiful fall day playing with Tucker, the family's golden retriever mix. Photo taken in October by her mom, Cara Johnston.

4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland enjoyed a beautiful fall ...

4-year-old daughter Carley Johnston of Poland enjoyed a beautiful fall day playing with Tucker, the family's golden retriever mix. Photo taken in October by her mom, Cara Johnston.


Jimmy, left, and Shayleigh Leslie, 11-month-old twins of Jimmy and Melissa Leslie of Austintown, enjoy going "pumpkin patching" at Whitehouse Fruit Farm. The twins were born in November of 2009. Photo sent in by Jimmy and Melissa Leslie.

Jimmy, left, and Shayleigh Leslie, 11-month-old twins of Jimmy and ...

Jimmy, left, and Shayleigh Leslie, 11-month-old twins of Jimmy and Melissa Leslie of Austintown, enjoy going "pumpkin patching" at Whitehouse Fruit Farm. The twins were born in November of 2009. Photo sent in by Jimmy ...


Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is playing in the leaves at his Great-grandma Vargo's house in Hubbard.

Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is playing in the leaves at ...

Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is playing in the leaves at his Great-grandma Vargo's house in Hubbard.


Robert Fay picked a beautiful day to pick out his favorite pumpkins.

Robert Fay picked a beautiful day to pick out his ...

Robert Fay picked a beautiful day to pick out his favorite pumpkins.


Lana VanAuker of Canfield calls her shot, "The Mirrow of Mill Creek."

Lana VanAuker of Canfield calls her shot, "The Mirrow of ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield calls her shot, "The Mirrow of Mill Creek."


Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is just hanging out with the scarecrows at his Great-grandma Vargo's house in Hubbard.

Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is just hanging out with the ...

Jeremy Lodwick of Youngstown is just hanging out with the scarecrows at his Great-grandma Vargo's house in Hubbard.


Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, runs through the cornfield at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, runs through the cornfield at Country ...

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, runs through the cornfield at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.


Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, takes a break in a cornfield at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, takes a break in a cornfield ...

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, takes a break in a cornfield at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.


Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, is about to embark on a fall adventure at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, is about to embark on a ...

Lilyanah Miller, 22 months, is about to embark on a fall adventure at Country Side Pumpkin Patch on Route 224.


At 6 months old, Austin Wentz enjoyed picking pumpkins at White House Fruit Farm with mom and dad Chris and Chrissie Wentz of Austintown. Photo was submitted by the Wentz family.

At 6 months old, Austin Wentz enjoyed picking pumpkins at ...

At 6 months old, Austin Wentz enjoyed picking pumpkins at White House Fruit Farm with mom and dad Chris and Chrissie Wentz of Austintown. Photo was submitted by the Wentz family.


Camren, left, and his brother Caleb help their grandpa clean the yard before an Ohio State football game. Their proud grandparents, who sent in this photo of the two little Buckeye fans, are Tom and Erin Chizmar of Youngstown.

Camren, left, and his brother Caleb help their grandpa clean ...

Camren, left, and his brother Caleb help their grandpa clean the yard before an Ohio State football game. Their proud grandparents, who sent in this photo of the two little Buckeye fans, are Tom and ...


Stephanie Simone, a sixth-grade teacher at Youngstown Community School who submitted this photo, said that her family's favorite fall activity is playing in the leaves. She said it's wonderful to see the magic of fall in the eyes of her son Vincent. She's shown with her husband, Vince, and son Vincent. The Simone family lives in Girard.

Stephanie Simone, a sixth-grade teacher at Youngstown Community School who ...

Stephanie Simone, a sixth-grade teacher at Youngstown Community School who submitted this photo, said that her family's favorite fall activity is playing in the leaves. She said it's wonderful to see the magic of fall ...


Ursuline quarterback Paul Kempe

Ursuline quarterback Paul Kempe

Ursuline quarterback Paul Kempe


YSU quarterback Kurt Hess

YSU quarterback Kurt Hess

YSU quarterback Kurt Hess


Participants in the third annual Homeless Walk make their way along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown. Cindy Pickens from Help Hotline Crisis Center pushed a shopping cart filled with knitted mittens and hats.

Participants in the third annual Homeless Walk make their way ...

Participants in the third annual Homeless Walk make their way along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown. Cindy Pickens from Help Hotline Crisis Center pushed a shopping cart filled with knitted mittens and hats.


Akise Teague runs downfield through the snow during a drill at Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.

Akise Teague runs downfield through the snow during a drill ...

Akise Teague runs downfield through the snow during a drill at Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.


Sapphire Cathey, left, and Millie Heschmeyer, first-graders at Akiva Academy in Youngstown, spin dreidels, the Yiddish word for tops. Dreidels are part of the fun at Hanukkah, which began at sundown Wednesday. The eight-day festival continues until sundown next Thursday.

Sapphire Cathey, left, and Millie Heschmeyer, first-graders at Akiva Academy ...

Sapphire Cathey, left, and Millie Heschmeyer, first-graders at Akiva Academy in Youngstown, spin dreidels, the Yiddish word for tops. Dreidels are part of the fun at Hanukkah, which began at sundown Wednesday. The eight-day festival ...


Workers move road salt from a bin to a truck at the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office on Industrial Road.

Workers move road salt from a bin to a truck ...

Workers move road salt from a bin to a truck at the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office on Industrial Road.


Local artist Ed Hallahan places knitted earmuffs on a sculpture outside the Butler Institute of American Art on Wednesday in preparation for the museum’s holiday show this weekend.

Local artist Ed Hallahan places knitted earmuffs on a sculpture ...

Local artist Ed Hallahan places knitted earmuffs on a sculpture outside the Butler Institute of American Art on Wednesday in preparation for the museum’s holiday show this weekend.


Bronx Teague, a first-grader at Akiva Academy, concentrates on painting a candle holder for a menorah. The students were learning about Hanukkah traditions, which include lighting candles on a menorah.

Bronx Teague, a first-grader at Akiva Academy, concentrates on painting ...

Bronx Teague, a first-grader at Akiva Academy, concentrates on painting a candle holder for a menorah. The students were learning about Hanukkah traditions, which include lighting candles on a menorah.


Colin Worsencroft

Colin Worsencroft

Colin Worsencroft


Miami Heat's LeBron James throws powder into the air prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs,  in San Antonio.

Miami Heat's LeBron James throws powder into the air prior ...

Miami Heat's LeBron James throws powder into the air prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio.


Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate after being named Mr. Ohio during Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.

Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate ...

Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate after being named Mr. Ohio during Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.


Tiara Smith

Tiara Smith

Tiara Smith


Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate after being named Mr. Ohio during Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.

Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate ...

Akise Teague is hoisted onto the shoulders of his teamate after being named Mr. Ohio during Ursuline's football practice at Stambaugh Stadium on Wedesday December 1, 2010.


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Research rewarded: An educational program on research was presented at a recent Alzheimer’s Assistance and Referral Network meeting at Boardman Public Library by Mary Ann Oakley, education and information core coordinator, and Beth Sarles, clinical core staff, from the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. At the close of their program a check for $4,500 to further study at the research center is presented by Dorothy Barto, network director, to Oakley, left, as Sarles watches.

Research rewarded: An educational program on research was presented at ...

Research rewarded: An educational program on research was presented at a recent Alzheimer’s Assistance and Referral Network meeting at Boardman Public Library by Mary Ann Oakley, education and information core coordinator, and Beth Sarles, clinical ...


Ward-Thomas Museum in Niles features a number of miniature city scenes for the public to view, including this one of famed New York City landmarks, such as Yankee Stadium; the Flatiron Building; Times Tower, where the glass ball drops to ring in the new year; Radio City Music Hall complete with some Rockettes dancing; and the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Ward-Thomas Museum in Niles features a number of miniature city ...

Ward-Thomas Museum in Niles features a number of miniature city scenes for the public to view, including this one of famed New York City landmarks, such as Yankee Stadium; the Flatiron Building; Times Tower, where ...