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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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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.


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.


(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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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; ...


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 ...


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 ‘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 ...