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The Dietzes' 18-foot Christmas tree took two days to decorate completely.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR The Dietzes' 18-foot Christmas ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR The Dietzes' 18-foot Christmas tree took two days to decorate completely.


JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR
Frank and Paula Dietz also place a 4-foot tree on a platform in the middle of a lake in the backyard of their Springfield Township home. Frank gets the tree to its location by paddle boat, while Paula watches from their deck to make sure it’s standing straight. The lights operate on a timer.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Frank and Paula Dietz ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Frank and Paula Dietz also place a 4-foot tree on a platform in the middle of a lake in the backyard of their Springfield Township home. Frank gets the ...


JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR
Paula and Frank Dietz's 18-foot Christmas tree sits in the great room of their Springfield Township home, which boasts a 24-foot-high ceiling.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Paula and Frank Dietz's ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Paula and Frank Dietz's 18-foot Christmas tree sits in the great room of their Springfield Township home, which boasts a 24-foot-high ceiling.


JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR
The Dietzes’ 18-foot tree was transported home in an 8-foot truck bed, and is anchored to a wall.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR The Dietzes’ 18-foot tree ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR The Dietzes’ 18-foot tree was transported home in an 8-foot truck bed, and is anchored to a wall.


JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR 
Paula and Frank Dietz show off their 18-foot Christmas tree. The couple always buy a large tree, but this year’s is the tallest.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Paula and Frank Dietz ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR Paula and Frank Dietz show off their 18-foot Christmas tree. The couple always buy a large tree, but this year’s is the tallest.


Salvation Army caseworker Marta Nagel, center, along with PNC Bank employees Debbie McMaster and Candace Turpack, right, help a young boy pick out a brand-new winter coat while his mother looks on. The coat distribution was made possible through the PNC Foundation, United Way of Mercer County and Operation Warm, whose sole mission is to provide new winter coats to children in need.

Salvation Army caseworker Marta Nagel, center, along with PNC Bank ...

Salvation Army caseworker Marta Nagel, center, along with PNC Bank employees Debbie McMaster and Candace Turpack, right, help a young boy pick out a brand-new winter coat while his mother looks on. The coat distribution ...


Children in the Mahoning County Head Start program received 55 brand-new winter coats through the efforts and donations of the Boardman Rotary. The third annual giveaway was organized by Rotary member Ryan Cuffle. Using creative shopping techniques, Cuffle was able to stretch the initial investment to provide an additional 25 coats.  Rotarians and Boardman High School Interact members delivered the coats to various Head Start locations throughout the county. Cuffle, far right, is shown with McCartney Road Learning Center staff, left to right: Georgetta Madison, Donna Wynn, Chrystal Wurm, Michelle Shafer, Evelyn Torres and Nichelle Moore.

Children in the Mahoning County Head Start program received 55 ...

Children in the Mahoning County Head Start program received 55 brand-new winter coats through the efforts and donations of the Boardman Rotary. The third annual giveaway was organized by Rotary member Ryan Cuffle. Using creative ...


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Members of the Youngstown Lions Club recently donated gently worn coats to Goodwill Industries. Club member Doug Lewis, right, is feeling a little like “Santa” as he makes a delivery to Tom Sullivan. The Lions club meets every Thursday at noon at the Youngstown Club on East Commerce Street. For membership information contact them at P.O. Box 1262, Youngstown, OH 44501, or check them out on Facebook.

Members of the Youngstown Lions Club recently donated gently worn ...

Members of the Youngstown Lions Club recently donated gently worn coats to Goodwill Industries. Club member Doug Lewis, right, is feeling a little like “Santa” as he makes a delivery to Tom Sullivan. The Lions ...


JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR..Local golfer Jason Kokrak is the first Valley native in 30 years to make it to the PGA tour. Kokrak celebrated with friends and family at Trumbull Country Club. His PGA career will begin on Jan. 12. Bob Todd talks with Bob Heltzel behind him. The two were Kokrak's coaches at Warren JFK.

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR..Local golfer Jason Kokrak is ...

JESSICA M. KANALAS | THE VINDICATOR..Local golfer Jason Kokrak is the first Valley native in 30 years to make it to the PGA tour. Kokrak celebrated with friends and family at Trumbull Country Club. His ...


"THERE’S ALWAYS A DANGER, BUT IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER.” -- T.J. Rodgers,
Youngstown councilman

"THERE’S ALWAYS A DANGER, BUT IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY ...

"THERE’S ALWAYS A DANGER, BUT IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER.” -- T.J. Rodgers, Youngstown councilman


Elizabeth Caman, assistant general manager at Hampton Inn & Suites in Canfield, helps Phil Gaulin of Buffalo, N.Y. Local hotels have had higher occupancy rates this year, partially due to those coming here involved in the Utica and Marcellus shale-drilling activity.

Elizabeth Caman, assistant general manager at Hampton Inn & Suites ...

Elizabeth Caman, assistant general manager at Hampton Inn & Suites in Canfield, helps Phil Gaulin of Buffalo, N.Y. Local hotels have had higher occupancy rates this year, partially due to those coming here involved in ...


Drucella Garcia, a junior at Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School, shows off the dragster 
she designed, built, sanded and painted to race in the school gymnasium.

Drucella Garcia, a junior at Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and ...

Drucella Garcia, a junior at Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School, shows off the dragster she designed, built, sanded and painted to race in the school gymnasium.


A 2008 graduate of Ursuline High School, Nick McGahagan fires up his Seton Hill teammates before a game this season. The Austintown native set school records in tackles and was named a Division II All-American with 
first-team West Virginia Inter-Athletic Conference honors.

A 2008 graduate of Ursuline High School, Nick McGahagan fires ...

A 2008 graduate of Ursuline High School, Nick McGahagan fires up his Seton Hill teammates before a game this season. The Austintown native set school records in tackles and was named a Division II All-American ...


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) understands the NFL’s actions against him for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland QB Colt McCoy in the Dec. 8 game. But what he does not understand is why the league did not punish the Browns from allowing McCoy to return to the game if he was so seriously injured.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) understands the NFL’s actions ...

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) understands the NFL’s actions against him for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland QB Colt McCoy in the Dec. 8 game. But what he does not understand is why the ...


The Cleveland Browns failure to thoroughly assess the condition of quarterback Colt McCoy on the field or sideline at Heinz Field has prompted the NFL to institute a policy of having an independent certified trainer, paid by the league, in the press box at games to monitor for head injuries and help identify players who need to be tested. McCoy sustained a concussion when he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers OL James Harrison, and is still 
suffering symptoms some two weeks later.

The Cleveland Browns failure to thoroughly assess the condition of ...

The Cleveland Browns failure to thoroughly assess the condition of quarterback Colt McCoy on the field or sideline at Heinz Field has prompted the NFL to institute a policy of having an independent certified trainer, ...


Jason Kokrak shakes the hand of John Diana, PGA professional at Trumbull Country Club, after being introduced
at “An Evening with Jason Kokrak” at Trumbull Country Club. More than 200 people attended the event, which
celebrated the golfer’s success as the fi rst Valley native in 30 years to make it to the PGA Tour. More photos on
Vindy.com.

Jason Kokrak shakes the hand of John Diana, PGA professional ...

Jason Kokrak shakes the hand of John Diana, PGA professional at Trumbull Country Club, after being introduced at “An Evening with Jason Kokrak” at Trumbull Country Club. More than 200 people attended the event, which ...