Actress and author Carol Weakland, left, and Tony Cebriak discuss her recent presentation of “The Cricket on the Hearth,” a lesser-known Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, to the Austintown Friends of the Library. The next Friends’ meeting will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the library, one week later than usual due to the Martin Luther King Day closing. The speaker will be Loretta Ekoniak, who will share information on the Slovak heritage in the Mahoning Valley. Meetings are open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Added: Mon, December 19, 2011
The Boardman Spartans Marching Band traveled to Disney Theme Parks from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1. Under the direction of Thomas Ruggieri, director of bands, and Michael Shevok, assistant director, the band participated in “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime” parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Leading the band were field conductors Tony Colella, right, and Carmen Moradian, left. While there, the band’s Jazz Ensemble 1, under the direction of Ruggieri, also performed at Downtown Disney’s Waterside Stage.
Added: Fri, December 30, 2011
Penn State running back and Mooney graduate Michael Zordich (9) moves in to assist teammate Chaz Powell (2) as Powell is pursued by Houston running back Braxton Welford (40) during the second half of the TicketCity Bowl on Monday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The No. 20 Cougars rolled over the No. 24 Nittany Lions, 30-14, behind quarterback Case Keenum, who completed 45 of 69 passes for 532 yards.
Florida’s Ronald Powell (7) sacks Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) in the first half of the Taxslayer.com
Gator Bowl at Everbank Field on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Gators’ defense and special teams came up big,
recording six sacks and scoring twice as Florida downed the Buckeyes, 24-17.
Fitch’s Maura Bianco (24) and and Cassie Custer, right, try to shut down Harding’s Audreyanna Baldridge (23) during the first half of a basketball game Monday at Austintown Fitch High School. The Raiders dominated the Falcons, 72-42.
Patrons enjoy drinks and wings at the bar inside the new Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman. The establishment, which moved from Market Street to its new site last August, was one of eight locations to open in 2011. The Sharon, Pa.-based business looks to open another 12 restaurants this year.
Lillian Howell of Youngstown sings along with the congregation during the service. The annual event celebrates the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in America.
The shop still hums with all the original shoe-repair machines purchased by Palestro’s dad, Frank Palestro, when he opened the business in 1942.
"THIS IS BIG BUSINESS THAT’S COMING TO US, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT.... WE’VE GOT TO SLOW DOWN AND MAKE SURE WE’RE DOING IT RIGHT." -- State Rep. Sean O’Brien, of Brookfield, D-65th