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Boardman Trustee Tom Costello

Boardman Trustee Tom Costello

Boardman Trustee Tom Costello


In this April 4, 2010 file photo, a forclosure sign tops the for sale sign outside a home in Denver.  Foreclosure activity jumped in 149 of the 206 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. last year, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday Jan. 27, 2011.

In this April 4, 2010 file photo, a forclosure sign ...

In this April 4, 2010 file photo, a forclosure sign tops the for sale sign outside a home in Denver. Foreclosure activity jumped in 149 of the 206 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. last ...


Monster truck driver Dave Rappach

Monster truck driver Dave Rappach

Monster truck driver Dave Rappach


The Rev. Dr. Erwin M. Smuda, interim pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg.

The Rev. Dr. Erwin M. Smuda, interim pastor of Zion ...

The Rev. Dr. Erwin M. Smuda, interim pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg.


From left, Lakeview's Emilee Gysegem, McDonald's Katie Joseph and Maplewood's Jordan Moxley take a break during practice Wednesday at the Warren Harding High School pool. Since they go to schools that do not boast big swim teams, the girls train together as teammates under coach Frank Supancic. This weekend's district meet in Cleveland will be one of the last times in their high school careers that they will swim together in competition.

From left, Lakeview's Emilee Gysegem, McDonald's Katie Joseph and Maplewood's ...

From left, Lakeview's Emilee Gysegem, McDonald's Katie Joseph and Maplewood's Jordan Moxley take a break during practice Wednesday at the Warren Harding High School pool. Since they go to schools that do not boast big ...


Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of South Avenue are easy to spot during the day but can be masked in puddles and during night travel. They can cause damage a vehicle’s tires, alignment and suspension.

Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of ...

Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of South Avenue are easy to spot during the day but can be masked in puddles and during night travel. They can cause damage a vehicle’s ...


David Fikse, CEO of Northside Medical Center and Forum Health.

David Fikse, CEO of Northside Medical Center and Forum Health.

David Fikse, CEO of Northside Medical Center and Forum Health.


Some homes on Bauker Lane, the small East Side street where gunfire erupted last week leaving some longtime residents feeling trapped in their homes. Police are investigating, but have made no arrests in the shooting.

Some homes on Bauker Lane, the small East Side street ...

Some homes on Bauker Lane, the small East Side street where gunfire erupted last week leaving some longtime residents feeling trapped in their homes. Police are investigating, but have made no arrests in the shooting.


Joe and Ruth Hayes, who helped found the food pantry in 1985, pack food boxes for distribution. The pantry is located in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna.

Joe and Ruth Hayes, who helped found the food pantry ...

Joe and Ruth Hayes, who helped found the food pantry in 1985, pack food boxes for distribution. The pantry is located in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on Warren-Sharon Road in Vienna.


Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of South Avenue are easy to spot during the day but can be masked in puddles and during night travel. They can cause damage a vehicle’s tires, alignment and suspension.

Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of ...

Potholes such as this one in the 1400 block of South Avenue are easy to spot during the day but can be masked in puddles and during night travel. They can cause damage a vehicle’s ...


McDonald's Katie Joseph during practice Wednesday at the Warren Harding High School pool

McDonald's Katie Joseph during practice Wednesday at the Warren Harding ...

McDonald's Katie Joseph during practice Wednesday at the Warren Harding High School pool


Delyon Jordan, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, has a big smile for Jack, a therapy dog and a member of Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley’s new Doggie Brigade. Delyon, 17, is being treated for sickle-cell anemia.

Delyon Jordan, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, has ...

Delyon Jordan, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, has a big smile for Jack, a therapy dog and a member of Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley’s new Doggie Brigade. Delyon, 17, is ...


President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama


Tom Oliver (33) drives past Mike Thorpe (22) and Isaac Schuster (44) of South Range during their game Wednesday night.

Tom Oliver (33) drives past Mike Thorpe (22) and Isaac ...

Tom Oliver (33) drives past Mike Thorpe (22) and Isaac Schuster (44) of South Range during their game Wednesday night.


Bob Rose, left, and Gerald Rassega, load boxes of food from the Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry on Warren-Sharon Road into the back of a car. The pantry is operated by three churches — Vienna United Methodist, Vienna Presbyterian, and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, formerly St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Bob Rose, left, and Gerald Rassega, load boxes of food ...

Bob Rose, left, and Gerald Rassega, load boxes of food from the Vienna Ecumenical Food Pantry on Warren-Sharon Road into the back of a car. The pantry is operated by three churches — Vienna United ...


Molly Makselan (Curly's Wife) and TIm Phillips (Lenny) rehearse a scene from the Youngstown Playhouse's production of 'Of Mice and Men,' running February 18th through the 27th.

Molly Makselan (Curly's Wife) and TIm Phillips (Lenny) rehearse a ...

Molly Makselan (Curly's Wife) and TIm Phillips (Lenny) rehearse a scene from the Youngstown Playhouse's production of 'Of Mice and Men,' running February 18th through the 27th.


he cast of the Youngstown Playhouse's production of 'Of Mice and Men,' acts out a scene during a recent rehearsal. The production runs February 18th through the 27th.

he cast of the Youngstown Playhouse's production of 'Of Mice ...

he cast of the Youngstown Playhouse's production of 'Of Mice and Men,' acts out a scene during a recent rehearsal. The production runs February 18th through the 27th.


Doing right against blight: The Rev. Greg Maturi, from St. Dominic Church, informed members of the Rotary Club of Austintown about Operation Redemption on the South Side. The area around the church has seen 20 vacant homes demolished, and the 45 that remain are targeted for rehabilitation. Rotary President Susan Leetch, above, right, presented Father Maturi with a certificate of appreciation and showed a book to be donated to Woodside School Library in Austintown, as is done each week in honor of the speaker. At the same meeting, Jennifer Connolly was inducted into the Rotary Club. She is the administrator of Briarfield Assisted Living in Austintown.

Doing right against blight: The Rev. Greg Maturi, from St. ...

Doing right against blight: The Rev. Greg Maturi, from St. Dominic Church, informed members of the Rotary Club of Austintown about Operation Redemption on the South Side. The area around the church has seen 20 ...


Hundreds of unionized firefighters, police officers, teachers and others overflowed a hearing room Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, where supporters testified on a proposal to end collective bargaining in Ohio. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Laura Bischoff)

Hundreds of unionized firefighters, police officers, teachers and others overflowed ...

Hundreds of unionized firefighters, police officers, teachers and others overflowed a hearing room Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, where supporters testified on a proposal to end collective bargaining in Ohio. ...


General Motor Co. Chief Executive Daniel Akerson gestures as he speaks during a media conference in Beijing Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. China will play a much bigger role in GM's plans as it moves to capitalize further on the world's largest auto market, Akerson said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

General Motor Co. Chief Executive Daniel Akerson gestures as he ...

General Motor Co. Chief Executive Daniel Akerson gestures as he speaks during a media conference in Beijing Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. China will play a much bigger role in GM's plans as it moves to ...


YSU - Brett Botsford beats the tag of Jeremy Banks of YSU during their game Sunday afternoon. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays

YSU - Brett Botsford beats the tag of Jeremy Banks ...

YSU - Brett Botsford beats the tag of Jeremy Banks of YSU during their game Sunday afternoon. - Special to The Vindicator/Nick Mays


Siao looks on as students in her seventh-grade class practice writing characters in Chinese. From front to back are Canfield Village Middle School students Nikki Tuchek, Paige Modareli and Nick Sammarco.

Siao looks on as students in her seventh-grade class practice ...

Siao looks on as students in her seventh-grade class practice writing characters in Chinese. From front to back are Canfield Village Middle School students Nikki Tuchek, Paige Modareli and Nick Sammarco.


George A. Butcher

George A. Butcher

George A. Butcher


Anyone with information about Lori Ann Boffman is asked to call the local FBI office at 330-965-2940 or Liberty Township police at 330-759-1511.

Anyone with information about Lori Ann Boffman is asked to ...

Anyone with information about Lori Ann Boffman is asked to call the local FBI office at 330-965-2940 or Liberty Township police at 330-759-1511.


Michael A. Lee

Michael A. Lee

Michael A. Lee


Darnell Jones, 6, a kindergarten student at Taft Elementary School on Youngstown’s South Side, shows off a stamp he uses to learn counting and reading. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers at the school have received educational resources and teaching aids through donations — sometimes from complete strangers.

Darnell Jones, 6, a kindergarten student at Taft Elementary School ...

Darnell Jones, 6, a kindergarten student at Taft Elementary School on Youngstown’s South Side, shows off a stamp he uses to learn counting and reading. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers at the school have received educational resources ...


Makenna Ploessel, 6, uses a Leapfrog electronic pen and headphones to make her way through a book, using both audible and visual cues to learn. Makenna is in kindergarten in Jessica Redmond’s class at Taft Elementary School in Youngstown. The device is one of the educational materials Redmond received after collecting donations online through DonorsChoose.org. The website allows teachers to post the projects or materials they’re requesting and allows people to contribute to them.

Makenna Ploessel, 6, uses a Leapfrog electronic pen and headphones ...

Makenna Ploessel, 6, uses a Leapfrog electronic pen and headphones to make her way through a book, using both audible and visual cues to learn. Makenna is in kindergarten in Jessica Redmond’s class at Taft ...


Above, Josiah Young, 5, participates in an exercise matching words and images with their beginning letter in Kim Marzano’s kindergarten class at Taft Elementary School in Youngstown. Teachers at the school use DonorsChoose.org to garner donations to buy teaching materials for their classrooms.

Above, Josiah Young, 5, participates in an exercise matching words ...

Above, Josiah Young, 5, participates in an exercise matching words and images with their beginning letter in Kim Marzano’s kindergarten class at Taft Elementary School in Youngstown. Teachers at the school use DonorsChoose.org to garner ...


David Johnson

David Johnson

David Johnson


YSU sophomore forward Brandi Brown, right, leads the Horizon League in scoring at 18.6 points per game. She’s scored 20 or more points 12 times, including eight times in league play.

YSU sophomore forward Brandi Brown, right, leads the Horizon League ...

YSU sophomore forward Brandi Brown, right, leads the Horizon League in scoring at 18.6 points per game. She’s scored 20 or more points 12 times, including eight times in league play.


Tom Lamb, of Boardman, center, traveled to California for a fundraiser to benefit Lea Allen, 28, left. Lamb, Allen and Kana Yang, right, all have epithelioid sarcoma and met one another through an online support group.

Tom Lamb, of Boardman, center, traveled to California for a ...

Tom Lamb, of Boardman, center, traveled to California for a fundraiser to benefit Lea Allen, 28, left. Lamb, Allen and Kana Yang, right, all have epithelioid sarcoma and met one another through an online support ...


Will Clark of Struthers, left, shoots around Salem’s Taylor Fredrickson during Tuesday’s game at Struthers.

Will Clark of Struthers, left, shoots around Salem’s Taylor Fredrickson ...

Will Clark of Struthers, left, shoots around Salem’s Taylor Fredrickson during Tuesday’s game at Struthers.