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Bill Kutlick, a broker for Kutlick Realty, stands in a vacant lot on which an Arby’s restaurant formerly stood on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman. The property will be home to a new 4,500-squarefoot Verizon Wireless store. Boardman’s retail corridor is undergoing several redevelopment projects as the impact of the economic recession begins to soften.

Bill Kutlick, a broker for Kutlick Realty, stands in a ...

Bill Kutlick, a broker for Kutlick Realty, stands in a vacant lot on which an Arby’s restaurant formerly stood on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman. The property will be home to a new 4,500-squarefoot Verizon ...


Boardman Police Sgt. Mike Hughes watches for a black bear to emerge from woods between Mathews Road and South Avenue on Wednesday. Police and officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife were armed with rubber ammunition to startle rather than hurt the animal.

Boardman Police Sgt. Mike Hughes watches for a black bear ...

Boardman Police Sgt. Mike Hughes watches for a black bear to emerge from woods between Mathews Road and South Avenue on Wednesday. Police and officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife were armed with rubber ...


Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator La-z-boy store in Boardman is celebrting 35 th anniv.

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator La-z-boy store in Boardman is ...

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator La-z-boy store in Boardman is celebrting 35 th anniv.


Lamar Robinson, 13, of Youngstown does a flip from the diving board at North Side Pool shortly after the pool opened Wednesday. The opening was made possible thanks to funding through the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership.

Lamar Robinson, 13, of Youngstown does a flip from the ...

Lamar Robinson, 13, of Youngstown does a flip from the diving board at North Side Pool shortly after the pool opened Wednesday. The opening was made possible thanks to funding through the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action ...


Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator  Lazy Boy store owner ron D'Alseandro shows off a relpica of the original Lazy Boy chair.

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator Lazy Boy store owner ron ...

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator Lazy Boy store owner ron D'Alseandro shows off a relpica of the original Lazy Boy chair.


Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator  Lazy Boy store owner ron D'Alseandro  in his store.

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator Lazy Boy store owner ron ...

Wiilliam D. Lewis |The Vindicator Lazy Boy store owner ron D'Alseandro in his store.


LISA ANN ISHIHARA | THE VINDICATOR...Ursuline Casey Lower (22) pitches for Mahoning County against Trumbull County during the 2010 High School Softball All Stars game at Mauthe Park in Struthers, Wednesday June 16, 2010

LISA ANN ISHIHARA | THE VINDICATOR...Ursuline Casey Lower (22) pitches ...

LISA ANN ISHIHARA | THE VINDICATOR...Ursuline Casey Lower (22) pitches for Mahoning County against Trumbull County during the 2010 High School Softball All Stars game at Mauthe Park in Struthers, Wednesday June 16, 2010


Residents in the 1100 block of Mathews Road in Boardman spotted this young black bear behind their homes.

Residents in the 1100 block of Mathews Road in Boardman ...

Residents in the 1100 block of Mathews Road in Boardman spotted this young black bear behind their homes.


Jason Martin, 12, of Youngstown emerges from the cool water of North Side Pool.

Jason Martin, 12, of Youngstown emerges from the cool water ...

Jason Martin, 12, of Youngstown emerges from the cool water of North Side Pool.


Planet Fitness is expected to open next week at the former Burlington Coat Factory space in the Boardman Plaza.

Planet Fitness is expected to open next week at the ...

Planet Fitness is expected to open next week at the former Burlington Coat Factory space in the Boardman Plaza.


Ashley Davis (32) of Springfi eld and Mahoning County slides home safely as Melissa Weitzman, right, of Girard and Trumbull County applies the tag during Wednesday’s high school softball all-star game at Mauthe Park in Struthers.

Ashley Davis (32) of Springfi eld and Mahoning County slides ...

Ashley Davis (32) of Springfi eld and Mahoning County slides home safely as Melissa Weitzman, right, of Girard and Trumbull County applies the tag during Wednesday’s high school softball all-star game at Mauthe Park in ...


Poland Village Police Sgt. Jim Craven snaps a picture of the black bear that roamed behind homes on Mathews Road.

Poland Village Police Sgt. Jim Craven snaps a picture of ...

Poland Village Police Sgt. Jim Craven snaps a picture of the black bear that roamed behind homes on Mathews Road.


From left, Mahoning County players Vickie Farris (Cardinal Mooney), Anna Donko (Ursuline), Casey Lower (Ursuline), Nicole White (Poland) and Cory Pavlicko (Lowellville) exchange congratulations at Wednesday’s high school softball allstar game in Struthers.

From left, Mahoning County players Vickie Farris (Cardinal Mooney), Anna ...

From left, Mahoning County players Vickie Farris (Cardinal Mooney), Anna Donko (Ursuline), Casey Lower (Ursuline), Nicole White (Poland) and Cory Pavlicko (Lowellville) exchange congratulations at Wednesday’s high school softball allstar game in Struthers.


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Aubrey Hale of Niles and Trumbull County takes a swing during the high school all-star softball game at Mauthe Park in Struthers on Wednesday.

Aubrey Hale of Niles and Trumbull County takes a swing ...

Aubrey Hale of Niles and Trumbull County takes a swing during the high school all-star softball game at Mauthe Park in Struthers on Wednesday.


Lifeguard Lea Shivers keeps a close watch on swimmers at North Side Pool on Wednesday afternoon. The pool opened for the summer and will remain open until Aug. 11.

Lifeguard Lea Shivers keeps a close watch on swimmers at ...

Lifeguard Lea Shivers keeps a close watch on swimmers at North Side Pool on Wednesday afternoon. The pool opened for the summer and will remain open until Aug. 11.


Scholars reap rewards: April Lesko and April Krempasky were both present at the June 7 meeting of the Austintown Growth Foundation to receive the scholarships they won by writing 500-word essays based on the theme “What would you do if you had unlimited resources to make Austintown a better place to live in?” This is the 18th annual scholarship award issued by the Growth Foundation. Lesko will attend Youngstown State University in the fall to pursue a career in nursing. She is involved in band and track. Krempasky will attend a school in central Florida with a major in event and hospitality, pursuing a long-term goal of working at Disney world. She was involved in Relay for Life, Interact Club, and student council, and was a National Honor Society student. Both girls will represent the Austintown Growth Foundation in the upcoming July 4 parade. In the picture, taken at the scholarship presentations, are from left to right, Krempasky; Jack Sovik, vice president of the foundation; and Lesko.

Scholars reap rewards: April Lesko and April Krempasky were both ...

Scholars reap rewards: April Lesko and April Krempasky were both present at the June 7 meeting of the Austintown Growth Foundation to receive the scholarships they won by writing 500-word essays based on the theme ...


Game plan outlined: Boardman Rotary Club welcomed Eric Wolford, left, football coach at Youngstown State University, to its June 11 meeting, where he spoke of plans for the 2010 season and of his decision to return to the Valley after 20 years. He plans to introduce several events to bring the team and community closer together. These include kids’ camps, Football 101 camps for women, tailgating with the players, and his own foundation to support children with special needs. He said the Valley is a great place to raise his kids. He complimented Ron Strollo, YSU athletic director, for his support in preparing top-rate facilities that will help bring high quality recruits to the team. Thanking the coach for spending time with the group was Bob Mastriana, club president.

Game plan outlined: Boardman Rotary Club welcomed Eric Wolford, left, ...

Game plan outlined: Boardman Rotary Club welcomed Eric Wolford, left, football coach at Youngstown State University, to its June 11 meeting, where he spoke of plans for the 2010 season and of his decision to ...


Music makes this a party: Mr. and Mrs. Harnichar enjoy the music at a special Mothers/Fathers Day party at the Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care in North Jackson. The party began at 10:30 a.m. June 9 with music and dancing, followed by a meal of tossed salad, ham, mashed potatoes and green beans. Door prizes were available for drawings, including a $20 gift card donated by the Giant Eagle store in Austintown, a candle set, a candle holder and a gift certificate for the day care beauty shop. A towel set, picnic basket, bath set and chocolate candies were all donated by Wal-mart in Austintown. Cakes and desserts, also from Wal-mart, helped to make the party special. An added touch was boutonnieres for the men, donated by Crystal Vase.

Music makes this a party: Mr. and Mrs. Harnichar enjoy ...

Music makes this a party: Mr. and Mrs. Harnichar enjoy the music at a special Mothers/Fathers Day party at the Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care in North Jackson. The party began at 10:30 a.m. June ...


A special dog has his day: Dog trainer Aimee Markle, of Youngstown, traveled to Baltimore for a Protection Sports Association working dog competition the weekend of June 5. Markle, who has been training and caring for pets for several years, began training her own dog, Funez, which is pictured, for competition in 2008. Funez, a 3 1⁄2-year-old German Shepherd and Malinois, is trained in obedience and protection. Along with the team’s showing well in the Level 1 competitions, Funez and Markle earned high obedience and high protection for the weekend, competing with dogs of all levels. Markle is the owner and head trainer of Aim High K9 in Youngstown. She trains dogs in obedience and has a boarding kennel. Markle and Funez will train for the next level, PSA 2, with the goal of competing in Columbus in the fall.

A special dog has his day: Dog trainer Aimee Markle, ...

A special dog has his day: Dog trainer Aimee Markle, of Youngstown, traveled to Baltimore for a Protection Sports Association working dog competition the weekend of June 5. Markle, who has been training and caring ...