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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: Students at St. Patrick School in Hubbard, a Lumen Christi school, recently had a holiday dress-down to benefit needy families. Students and staff members paid $1 or more to be able to dress casually for the day. The funds raised were donated to families in need this holiday season. Students have the dress-down days once each month to help charities and families in need. Among those participating at this event above were, from left, Cooper Muccio, Daniella Hosack, Katie Cigolle, Jordan Serano and Giavanna Hosack.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Published on December 31, 2013


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Published on December 31, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: Students in the second and third grades at St. Patrick School in Hubbard, a Lumen Christi school, presented a Nativity play as part of a Christmas program for their families and friends. The children practiced for several weeks to memorize their lines and work on their acting skills to represent the true meaning of Christmas to those in attendance. Above, participating in the event were, from left, Zoe Yesh, Lauren O’Toole, Elaina Matricardi, Nora DePizzo and Dylan Scarmack.

Published on December 31, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: Paxton Gabbert, 3, Santa’s little helper, spread Christmas cheer recently to the residents of Whispering Pines Village in Columbiana. Above is resident Martha Bell, enjoying his company and pleased by his gift of a candy cane. Whispering Pines is an assisted-living and independent-living facility at 937 E. Park Ave.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Special to The Vindicator: The Girard Multi-Generational Center sponsored a raffle recently for a 47-inch LG LED television. Winners of the TV above were June Phillips and her husband, George. Proceeds from the event benefited the center. For information about the programs and services offered at the center, call 330-545-6596 or visit www.multigen.org.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Special to the Vindicator: The Youngstown Area Weavers Guild had its holiday luncheon recently at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield. Members donated toys and money to be given to needy children. Above, in the front row, from left, are Mary Ferguson, Felicia MacMillan, Florence Highfield and Fay Pionpkiwski. In the back are Johnda Holston; Mary Shrodek; Sally Macklin; Liz Andraso; Marilyn Dunn, president; Sandy Wildman; Mary Ann Gasper; and Howard Huffman as Santa.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Browns executives on Monday cited an overall lack of progress as their reason for firing Rob Chudzinski after only one year as head coach. Chudzinski, a lifelong Browns fan, was caught off guard by his ouster.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Shawn Tedesco, Teddy Foltz’s biological father, center, attends the arraignment of Zaryl Bush.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Leotha Arnold, 87, and her husband, Lonnie, 98, of Youngstown are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary today. The Arnolds are believed to be among the oldest black couples in Mahoning County.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Ashleigh Ryan of Struthers goes for a layup against Girard defender Bree Bishop during the first quarter their game Monday at the Struthers Fieldhouse. Ryan posted 14 points or the Wildcats, who downed the Indians, 65-50.

Published on December 31, 2013


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Flanked by his daughters, Cara and Casey, and wife, Virginia, John A. McNally takes the oath of office as Youngstown’s 50th mayor Monday at DeYor Performing Arts Center downtown.

Published on December 31, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR On Dec. 21 members of Fitch High School’s Interact Club donated time from their Christmas break to collect money for the Salvation Army at the Austintown Plaza. Members greeted patrons at the post office with a hearty Merry Christmas and opened doors for the customers. Some of those who donated their time were, from left, Justin Shaunesey, Ben Burney and Alison Rein.

Published on December 30, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Vocal Alliance Barbershop Quartet, a part of the Stephen Foster Chorus of Warren, provided musical entertainment and comedy for the Austintown Friends of the Library during its Dec. 21 Christmas party. Friends program chairman Doug Wilcox invited the group and a luncheon followed their performance. Hitting all the right notes were Jack Foley, left; John McCaughan, director of the chorus; Ray Pelyhes; and Jack Martin. The next meeting of the Austintown Friends will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 with speaker Dr. Donna DiBlasio of the Youngstown Steel Museum. Guests are welcome.

Published on December 30, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Canfield’s Kennsington Golf Club donated more than $2,000 to local Toys for Tots when it presented a check recently on the “WFMJ Today!” show with Lauren Lindvig, left. Next in line is Paul Otto, Kennsington golf pro; Marine Sgt. Modesto Montano, coordinator for the Mahoning-Trumbull Toys for Tots campaign; Harry Damph, a retired Marine; and Kennsington owner Chuck Whitman.

Published on December 30, 2013


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John McNally

Published on December 30, 2013


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YSU’s Heidi Schlegel goes for a layup after being fouled by Akron’s Rachel Tecca during Sunday’s game in Akron. Schlegel tied her career high in single game points with 27, but the Penguins fell 91-75 to the Zips.

Published on December 30, 2013


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Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski walks the sideline during a game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. After only one year as coach, Chudzinski was fired Sunday, just hours after the Browns’ final game — a 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Published on December 30, 2013


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Published on December 29, 2013


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Published on December 29, 2013


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William D. Lewis The VindicatorPraise team from Mt Calvary Church on altar at New Bethel Baptist during a ceremony at New Bethel 12-29-2013. Mt Calvary was damaged in a fire on 12-18 and New Bethel offered its building for services. Several hundred people attended the event.

Published on December 29, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Ida Morris, member of New Bethel Baptist Church reads a bible passage on her Ipad during a ceremony at New Bethel 12-29-2013. Mt Calvary was damaged in a fire on 12-18 and New Bethel offered its building for services. Several hundred people attended the event.

Published on December 29, 2013


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Published on December 29, 2013


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Published on December 29, 2013


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William D. Lewis The VindicatorKendoll Kirk, left, a member of MtCalvary Church and Tracey Dawson, an evangelist form New Bethel Baptist Church, embrace during a ceremony at New Bethel 12-29-2013. Mt Calvary was damaged in a fire on 12-18 and New Bethel offered its building for services. Several hundred people attended the event.

Published on December 29, 2013


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William D Lewis the vindicator. Barb and George Gulgas of Liberty take in the sights Saturday 12-28-13 during a tour of the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown.

Published on December 28, 2013


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William D Lewis the vindicator. Barb and George Gulgas of Liberty take in the sights Saturday 12-28-13 during a tour of the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown.

Published on December 28, 2013


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Published on December 28, 2013


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William D Lewis the vindicator. William Lawson, Director Mahoning Valey Historical Society during 12-28-13 event at Arms Museum.

Published on December 28, 2013


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William D Lewis the vindicatorSpectators take in the sights Saturday 12-28-13 during a tour of the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown.

Published on December 28, 2013


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William D Lewis the vindicator. Flexible Flyer sled on display during a tour of the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown.

Published on December 28, 2013


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Owners Christopher and Shauna Bonacci recently opened Christopher’s Downtown restaurant in the City Centre One building.

Published on December 28, 2013


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Jeffrey Noling Jr. and Monica Morell

Published on December 27, 2013


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Published on December 27, 2013


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Published on December 27, 2013


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Published on December 27, 2013


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The Rev. and Mrs. James Leone

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR On Dec. 13, Argus Lodge 545 F&AM of Canfield installed officers for 2014 at its 128th annual installation ceremony. Master of ceremonies was Thomas J. Hallden, and marshals were David Powell and John Craig. Installing officers were Hallden, Russell W. Gillam III, Richard Persic, Elmer Stalnecker, Dan Illeick, Russell W. Gillam Jr., Robert Edwards, Donald Huntley, Dale E. Hawkins and Elmer Foldvary. Next year’s officers, seated, from left, are Ryan Hamilton, junior warden; Mark Roca, master; and Dale Hawkins, senior warden; in back are Richard Palmer, junior steward; Denny Furman, lodge education officer; Eric Cahalin, junior deacon; Russell W. Gillam III, treasurer; Christopher Gillam, chaplain; Clarence Shawver III, tyler; Charles Prachick, senior deacon; Huntley, secretary; and R. Patrick Anderson, senior steward. Thomas Eaton also was installed as trustee.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Cub Scout Pack 114 and the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Youngstown chapter, donated toys for the Mahoning County CASA/GAL program children. From left are Carla Baldwin Fields, CASA board member; Cathy Kristan, assistant director of Mahoning County CASA; John Theodore and Vicki Sullivan, CASA volunteers; and Joe Rzonsa, board member. The Mahoning County CASA Program trains volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children in juvenile court. The program is a nonprofit organization that depends on grants, donations and fundraisers.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Bo’s Pet Shoppe, 14883 South Ave., Columbiana, is collecting shelter supplies and selling Jeannie Arnoto’s ROCC and Rescue Christmas Carol CDs. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Columbiana County. Items needed are clay kitty litter, paper towels, laundry detergent, all natural pet treats, sensitive stomach pet food, Kong and Busy Buddy pet toys, gift and fuel cards. Donors of these items will receive raffle tickets for a gift basket that will be drawn in January. From left are Jeannie Arnoto, HSCC volunteer and singer; Stacy Cappitte, Bo’s Pet Shoppe staffer; and Mary Algaier, owner of Bo’s. Donations will be accepted at HSCC ROCC, Rescue and Adoption Center, 1825 S. Lincoln Ave., Salem; and HSCC Animal Resource Complex on the state Route 45 bypass in Salem. For information call HSCC at 330-332-8622.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Jason A. Peters and Nia S. Bradley

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The fourth-grade Student Council at E.J. Blott Elementary School, in Liberty, organized a campaign to write to soldiers for The Vindicator’s Operation Holiday Cheer program. Ten classrooms participated. Student Council members stuffed and addressed envelopes before they were mailed. From the left are cheer-spreaders Nataya Shepard, Marisa Patrone, Emily Benson, Grace McCarty, Layla Esmail, Chris Myers, John Chandler and Alyssa Gilchrist.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Wish Upon A Star gift-giving project, operated by the YWCA of Youngstown, has a goal to put smiles on the faces of homeless and low-income children that the Y programs serve. Individuals and community groups team up with the Y to gather new toys, books, games and clothing for distribution to children in need. Eighty-nine children in the YWCA Housing Program received gifts. Above, Vicki Winphrie, YWCA housing case manager and Wish program coordinator, appears thrilled at the sight of all the gifts that were collected.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Whispering Pines Village in Columbiana raised funds and bought $700 worth of toys for Columbiana’s Toys for Tots program. The decorated Christmas Buggy Brigade, from left, are Donna Round, Mary Davis, Harry Neiheisel, Fern Oliver, Rosemary Magee and Betty Brooke.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Poland Rotary and friends recently helped set up more than 400 luminaries lining Route 170 from the Township Hall to Peterson Park. The club also sponsored carriage rides. Mary Ann Carano, left, and Larry Warren helped clean up after the festivities.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR For new members, Salem Historical Society is offering the choice of the book “The Salem Story Continues” or a table runner of the 150th anniversary of Salem Public Schools. The newest member, Lisa Brauner, left, chose the table runner. She is assisted by society gift shop volunteers Priscilla Wilde and Alice Deathrage. Brauner recently moved to Salem from Oklahoma. Membership information is available at the gift shop, 239 S. Lundy Ave., on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings or by mail at Salem Historical Society, 208 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, OH 44460 or call 330-337-8514.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Tony Tousignant and Lauren Noble

Published on December 27, 2013


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Caitlin Yager

Published on December 27, 2013


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Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague (0) jumps to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jarrett Jack during the third quarter of a game Thursday in Cleveland. Teague made a game-winner at the buzzer of the second overtime for a 127-125 victory over the Cavaliers.

Published on December 27, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Ursuline High School softball team arrived with poinsettias and sang Christmas carols to deliver holiday cheer to the residents of Park Vista recently. From the left are some of Santa’s reindeer and elves, Olexa Bunofski, Chelsea Kernan, Anny Carroll, Stephanie Ohalek, Megan Ross, Lorraine Fitzgerald and Leah Carroll.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Frank Occhibove , Jimmy’s store manager, delivers a deli order to a customer. Occhibove’s parents own the Liberty store, which is expanding at its Belmont Avenue location.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Robert Joshua talks about a break-in at his Ottawa Drive home on the South Side earlier this month, when several family heirlooms were taken from a safe in his home.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Melea Lewis, left, and Amira Monserrat hold a sign reading “Umoja,” which means unity, during a celebration for the first night of Kwanzaa at New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday. Three other Youngstown churches also will host Kwanzaa celebrations in the next week.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Youngstown State football player Fred Herdman (57) embraces his brother Justin Herdman, left, and father Fred Herdman Sr. after YSU’s 42-13 loss to South Dakota on Nov. 23 at Stambaugh Stadium. It was the Penguins’ final game of the season.

Published on December 27, 2013


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Published on December 26, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Niles Chapter of the American Sewing Guild had its holiday party and annual meeting early in December at Ciminero’s Banquet Center, where the members elected the 2014 chapter advisory board. From left to right are Lynn Price, treasurer; Gretchen Saunders, secretary; Karen Bandy, second vice president; Diane Wittik, first vice president; and Barb Tryon, president. For her important contributions to the Guild, Jodi Clark received the Member of the Year award. She coordinates special events and runs a sewing business from her home.

Published on December 26, 2013


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VFW Post 93, 2912 South Ave., Youngstown, recently hosted its annual Children’s Christmas Party to benefit the families of post members. More than 40 children attended, and each one received food, treats and a gift. Above is guest Isabella Arigoni, 10, who shared her Christmas list with Santa, as did Mason Dutton, 2, below.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Butler University soccer player Katie Griswold heads downfield in a match against Miami University.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Published on December 26, 2013


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Published on December 26, 2013


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Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon, a former standout at Mount Union University, is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr during the second half of their game Sunday.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders celebrates his touchdown catch in front of the Packers’ M.D. Jennings during the first half of their game Sunday in Green Bay, Wis.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Serena Williams celebrates a winning point as she plays Russia’s Maria Sharapova during the final match of the French Open.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Robin Scott, owner of Robin’s Junk Emporium on South Bridge Street in Struthers, has been in business for more than 10 years.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Campbell police officer Joe Pavlansky checks in with Rite Aid employee Cindy Stanovich. Pavlansky is part of the police department’s foot patrol during the holiday season.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Friends Specialty, featuring specialty coffees, teas and chocolate, was set to open this morning. The coffeehouse, at the corner of Federal and Phelps streets, is the second location for the owners of Friends Roastery in Salem. The shop is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Published on December 26, 2013


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Jason Axelson, a volunteer with B’nai B’rith and Operation Snowflake, greets visitor Eric Ronan at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Members of the Jewish service organization and others volunteered at the information desk and the gift shop on Christmas Day to give Christian workers the day off .

Published on December 26, 2013


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This snowy owl perches atop a telephone pole on Mahoning Avenue near Raccoon Road in Austintown. A large migration of the owl species has migrated south from the Arctic this year. Snowy owls also have been spotted at Mosquito Lake in Bazetta. Wildlife leaders urge the public to keep their distance from the owls.

Published on December 26, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Jim Pence of Austintown and his grandaughter Grace Rusko, 11, of Canfield hold candles and sing Silent Night during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Sebastian Timko, 9, and his sister Kendall Timko, 5, hold candles and sing Silent Night during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield. They are children of Justin and Valerie Timko of Boardman.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Grace rusko, 11, of Canfield holds a candle and sings Silent Night during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Sebastian Timko, 9, and his sister Kendall Timko, 5, hold candles and sing Silent Night during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield. They are children of Justin and Valerie Timko of Boardman.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Stephanie Kopey and her daughter Lydia Kopey, 3, during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield. They are from Howland.

Published on December 24, 2013


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Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Rebecca Muntean reads a passage during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield. They are from Howland.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Ricky sammartino reads a paasageduring Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.

Published on December 24, 2013


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William D Lewis The VindicatorPastor Rev Russ Adams delivers sermon during Christmas Eve service at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.

Published on December 24, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Home Instead Senior Care, 45 N. Canfield Niles Road 600, Austintown, hosted a gift-wrapping party Dec. 16 for the annual Be a Santa to a Senior holiday project. Several volunteered to wrap the gifts. Participating local nonprofit organizations identify the needy seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program.

Published on December 24, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR American Legion Lake Post 737 sponsored its annual children’s Christmas party Dec. 7 and raffled four boy’s and four girl’s bicycles to children through age 12. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited, and the Aut Mori Grotto Clown Unit made animal balloons for the children. Lunch was provided. Children who didn’t get a bicycle took home a gift. All received goodie bags. Volunteers kneeling, from left, are John Chittock and Elizabeth Ahart; and standing are Bud Bittinger, Kathy Bittinger, Garey Davis, Sharon Rodgers, Jim Lingo, Eileen Carritz, Kaye McLaughlin, Kathy Rutushin and Pat Hughes.

Published on December 24, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The National Junior Beta Club members at Holy Family School in Poland collected hats and mittens to contribute to those in need. Students hung them on a Christmas tree in the lobby of the school. Beta Club members, from left, are Marisa Ricciardi, Luke Stoeber, Katrina Hayes, Anthony Fire and Kristen Eckman.

Published on December 24, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown met recently for its annual Christmas awards dinner. Art Roden, left, received a certificate of honor from awards committee member John Kolar.

Published on December 24, 2013


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Mr. and Mrs. Lorice Bonner

Published on December 24, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The 201st annual installation of officers of Western Star Lodge 21 took place recently. From left are J. Joseph Yaksich, R. Sean Craig, James A. Patrick Jr., John P. Lisi, William T. Adams, Joseph S. Lisi, Shaun M. Laughlin, T.J. Perren, Robert K. Ellway, and Earl H. Stahl.

Published on December 24, 2013


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Columbiana head coach Ron Moschella speaks over the PA system while holding the game ball after his 600th career win Monday night.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana head coach Ron Moschella talks to his starters including #21 Lauren Schlueter, #12 Aleah Whitacre, #10 Taylor Sims, #24 Emily Whitacre, and #5 Baylie Mook during a time out during the 1st half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana head coach Ron Moschella smiles while talking to #24 Emily Witmer during the 2nd half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana head coach Ron Moschella coaches from the sideline during the 2nd half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Southern #3 Mickenzie Mouts attempts to escape from the Columbiana #24 Emily Witmer and #5 Baylie Mook during the 2nd half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana #24 Emily Witmer dribbles around Southern defender #12 Abby Smalley on her way to the basket during the 1st half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana #13 Mariah Rovnak dribbles the ball up court away from Southern defender #20 Natalie Utt during the 1st half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Columbiana head coach Ron Moschella calls to his players #24 Emily Whitacre and #20 Brianna Ginger during a time out during the 1st half of Monday nights game.

Published on December 23, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Girard Junior Women recently sponsored its annual bazaar and fundraiser. Some of the volunteers for the event were Roselyn Gadd, left, Martha Altiere and Linda Kaip. Scholarships and donations to the Emmanuel Center are examples of the recipients of the money raised. All proceeds benefit the Girard community. For information about joining, contact Laura Sobnosky at ljsobnosky@att.net.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Published on December 23, 2013


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Lakeview’s Alli Pavlik scored her 1,000th career point Dec. 2 against Struthers and broke her own school record for points in a game (56) on Dec. 19 against Campbell. Pavlik is now just 37 points away from becoming the Bulldogs’ most prolific scorer by surpassing Ali Gagne’s all-time career mark of 1,172.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Jets running back Chris Ivory stiff -arms the Browns’ Joe Haden during the second half of their NFL game in East Rutherford, N.J. Cleveland coughed up a 10-0 lead to fall 24-13 to New York.

Published on December 23, 2013


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A customer signs his credit-card receipt at a Target store in Tallahassee, Fla. The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit-card information, and experts say incidents such as the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better.

Published on December 23, 2013


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The Steelers’ Cortez Allen breaks up a pass intended for the Packers’ Jarrett Boykin during the first half of their NFL game Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. The Steelers held off the Packers to win 38-31 on a touchdown run by Le’Veon Bell with 1:25 to play.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Chuck Dressel and his fiancee, Jenn Rogers, of Youngstown pose outside their home on Hazelwood Avenue. Dressel has put on a show for six years and now has the lights timed to music. “Our display focuses on everything,” Dressel said. “I don’t want to focus all on lights.”

Published on December 23, 2013


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Wes Scott, a member of St. Joseph the Provider Church in Campbell, sets a poinsettia plant next to the manger that is the focal point of the Christmas decorations at the church. He said the manger has a “rough look” to mimic a stable.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Roberta Blankenship, 65, of Columbiana is in remission less than a year after having been diagnosed with a form of lymphoma cancer that also had taken her sister’s life.

Published on December 23, 2013


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Capt. Stacy Karis of the Lowellville Police Department helps Reese Agee, 5, of Poland pick out a shirt during the Shop with a Cop program at Walmart in Boardman on Sunday. About 90 children in need took part in the event, in which they were accompanied by police officers and firefighters, mostly from Struthers and Lowellville, to shop for clothes, toys and other items. “It’s all about giving back to the community,” Karis said.

Published on December 23, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Denny Furman, left, Argus Lodge 545 F&AM education officer, was awarded the grand master’s education award by James P. Easterling Jr., grand master of Masons in Ohio, at the Ohio Masonic Grand Lodge annual meeting in Akron in October. The award recognizes the programs and practices that encourage excellence in the education of lodge members Furman has provided. He lives in Berlin Center with his wife, Mary Jo, where they own and operate Denny’s Auto Supply.

Published on December 22, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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Hugh Earnhart installed officers for 2014 at the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown’s annual Christmas awards dinner. From left are Dennis Zap, president; Dave Causer, first vice president; Dan Burns, corresponding secretary; John Kolar, recording secretary; and Earnhart. SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR

Published on December 20, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Students at Girard IntermediAte School hold up cards spelling out Will You Marry Me? while 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Girard Intermediate School 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Girard Intermediate School 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Girard Intermediate School 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Girard Intermediate School 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Girard Intermediate School 5 th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi, RIGHT, reacts afgter being proposed to. At left is her mother Wendy DiBernardi, also a teacher at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Students at Girard IntermediAte School hold up cards spelling out Will You Marry Me? while 5 th grade teacher Joe Carbon proposes to fellow 5th grade teacher Alyssa DiBernardi during a 12-20-13 asembly at the school.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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Tyler Hardgroe and Arica Angelo

Published on December 20, 2013


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For the third year, Clare Bridge of Austintown was named top team for raising the most money in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The team that won this year is named Brookdale Alz Starz, which raised more than $3,500, the largest amount by a corporate team. Helen Paes, community development coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Theresa Depp, Family Service coordinator, presented a plaque. In front, from left, are Nickie Keagy, Heidi Polonus, Paes, Vanessa Montgomery, Darlene Ballard, Bernie Latosky and Andrea Capirano; in back are Sonya Bennett and Deborah Williams. SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR

Published on December 20, 2013


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Brian Wilkinson and Marissa Borosky

Published on December 20, 2013


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Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Arnsberger

Published on December 20, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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William D. Lewis | The Vindicator: Bev Muresan, a member of Mignonette Garden Club, plants amaryllis bulbs each year and shares them with residents at area nursing homes.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Published on December 20, 2013


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Jonathan D. Cole and Carrie A. Klimko

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR At a recent meeting, Western Star Lodge 21 in Boardman honored five members for their years of service. Members Earl H. Stahl, Russell W. Gillam Jr. and Eric R. Shau presented awards to Lyle E. Burr of Kinsman for 35 years of service; William A. Richard of Niles, 60 years; Otis R. Heldman of Poland, 75 years; James Church III of Cleveland, 60 years; and Helmut F. Dettmer of Diamond, 50 years. From left are Burr, Richard, Gillam, Heldman, Stahl, Shau, Church, Fithian and Dettmer.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Ruby Nguyen and Matthew Pieron

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Warren Republican Women’s Club raised $2,200 during its annual Toys for Tots Auction early in December at McMenamy’s in Warren. In attendance for the check presentation were, from left, Kelly Pope, the club’s second vice president and chairman of the auction; U.S. Marine Sgt. Modesto Montano; and Cary Ann Koren, club president.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Kevin R. Schertzer and Jillian E.Torres

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Rev. and Mrs. John Vrabel Jr.

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Kirk M. Ray, left, chief executive officer of ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, and others sign the topper steel beam during a topping-out ceremony Thursday at the hospital on Gypsy Lane in Youngstown.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Boardman Center Middle School seventh-grader Angelina Holzschuh works Thursday on a blanket to send to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she once was treated for cancer. Several students at the middle school made about 40 blankets for sick children who have to stay the night at the hospital.

Published on December 20, 2013


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The Browns defense ranks eighth overall this season after finishing 23rd a year ago, but the team’s inability to close out games has defensive coordinator Ray Horton scratching his head.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Wisconsin-Whitewater defender Ronnie Blaszkowski (30) breaks up a pass intended for Mount Union wide receiver and Cecil Shorts III during the 38th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. The two teams will face off for the eighth time for the Division III Championship tonight.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Fitch’s Cassie Custer goes in for a layup past Halle Smrek (32) of Struthers during the second quarter of their game Thursday in Struthers. The Falcons downed the Wildcats, 54-45.

Published on December 20, 2013


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Austintown Middle School vocal music students perform at Southern Park Mall in Boardman. Among those singing and dancing Thursday was seventh-grader Kayla Kelty. The students performed four separate 15-minute holiday flash mobs to showcase their talent and spread the Christmas spirit.

Published on December 20, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR David Barbee, left, president of the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce, recently thanked Terry McCoy for his years of service as chamber director and chairman of the Business Development Committee. McCoy has been an important organizer of the Business Development Committee and many projects to attract new business to Columbiana. McCoy will not run for another term as director because of his new leadership role with the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau.

Published on December 19, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The American Legion Lake Post 737 recently hosted a Toys-for-Tots event in the form of a special party. The Ladies Auxiliary volunteered for the day, preparing food and desserts in the kitchen. Different bands played hourly, spurring many in the crowd to dance. Door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and basket auction made for a lively atmosphere throughout the day. Sgt. Timothy Taylor and Pfc. Jachberg Strom attended the festivities. The Legionnaires, Sons of the American Legion, the Auxiliary and Legion Riders presented the Marines with a check for more than $1,200.

Published on December 19, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Home Savings and Loan Foundation recently made a donation of $5,000 to Housing Opportunities of Beaver County for annual program support, which provides foreclosure counseling services, credit repair and energy assistance and administers a first-time buyer program. Frank Wilson, left, is executive director of Housing Opportunities of Beaver County, and Richard Michaels, right, is branch manager of Home Savings Beaver office. For information regarding Housing Opportunities of Beaver County, call 724-728-7511 or visit hobcinfo.org.

Published on December 19, 2013


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David Snyder, left, longtime member of the Springfield Township Historical Society, was presented with its 2013 Appreciation Award by Zonda Haase, president of the society. The award was presented at the annual dinner Dec. 8 at the home of Karry and Don Snyder Jr., a trustee of the society. SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR

Published on December 19, 2013


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Nikesha Curry of Youngstown looks for Christmas gifts for her children in the toy section at the Salvation Army’s distribution center in the Austintown Plaza on Mahoning Avenue. Families who have not registered for a shopping day at the center can still sign up from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday .

Published on December 19, 2013


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Bowling Green University announced Wednesday that Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers has been hired as the Falcons’ new head football coach.

Published on December 19, 2013


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Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross tries to block a shot by Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt during the first half of their game Wednesday in Columbus. The No. 3 Buckeyes bounced the Blue Hens, 76-64, behind Ross, who led OSU with 19 points.

Published on December 19, 2013


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Ursuline’s Tanaya Beacham swats the ball away from Cardina Mooney’s Maggie Monahan at the start of Wednesday’s game at Ursuline High School. Beacham scored 18 points for the Irish, who downed the Cardinals, 47-39.

Published on December 19, 2013


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The National Security Agency campus is located in Fort Meade, Md.

Published on December 19, 2013


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Huffman

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Marine Corps Cpl. Jessica Wolfe, a 2008 Boardman High School graduate, is one of 10 members of Detachment-3, Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 453 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna who returned home this weekend from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Published on December 19, 2013


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Dave Sylak, a member of St. Mary Church, and Carol Seifert, a member of Mineral Ridge Church of Christ, pack Christmas grocery bags Monday for distribution by Mineral Ridge Community Parish Association on Tuesday. The association helps those in need in Mineral Ridge and those who are members of association churches.

Published on December 19, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Niles Middle School 8th grade baritone horn player Jason Wodogaza plays along with the school band as the Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D. Lewis The Vindicator The Bone Lady, super Browns fan Debra Darnall of Lakewood makes a grand entrance at Niles Middle School 12-18-13. She was there to speak to students and be taped for an upcoming ESPN feature.

Published on December 18, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: The Kiwanis Club of Western Mahoning County distributed 68 food baskets to needy families Nov. 26. Some members who participated are, from left, Rob Gardner, Tom Eisenbraun and Don Augenstein. The club also is sponsoring three free photo opportunities with Santa at Farmers National Bank, 20 S. Broad St., Canfield. Parents can take children Saturday. Photo sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Published on December 18, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: Students at Holy Family School in Poland recently enjoyed shopping at Santa’s Workshop. Several small good quality gifts were available for purchase. Lisa Daprile, left, parent volunteer, wrapped the gifts that third-grader T.J. Richey bought for his family at the workshop.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Members of Holy Family Youth Ministry recently visited Blackburn, Sunrise and Greenbriar care facilities to honor residents who are veterans. Standing behind retired Sgt. George Henry of the U.S. Army Airborne Division are, from left, Courtney Conklin, Abbey Lea, Mark Stein, Jay Raymer and Robert Kurta. Henry is a resident of the Blackburn Home. HFYM is led by Maureen Kelty, director of religious education. Special to The Vindicator SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Emily Chambers, 2nd grade, sports elf ears during Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthers Presbyterian Church.She is a student at Austintown elem School.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Aut Mori Grotto clown J.J. aka James Losasso, entertains children at StruthersRotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthes Presbyterian Church.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Tegan Looymans(correct), 1rst grade and Emily Chambers, 2nd grade, try to get a glimpse of Santa during Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthes Presbyterian Church.They are students at Austintown elem School.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Aut Mori Grotto clown J.J. aka James Losasso, entertains children at StruthersRotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthers Presbyterian Church.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator More than 200 students from MAhoning County attended the Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthes Presbyterian Church.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Zachary Stillerman, kindergarten student from Canfield talks to Santa during Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthers Presbyterian Church.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator Volunteers Jim Watt, left, and Bill Liggett , both members of Struthers Presbyterian Church serve up lunch during Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthers Presbyterian Church.

Published on December 18, 2013


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William D Lewis The Vindicator MaryKay Spitler, 7, (correct) dons festive attire during Struthers Rotary Christmas party 12-17-13 at Struthers Presbyterian Church. She is a student at Campbell elem School.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Johnny Dubic prepares slices of lamb at Dubic’s Palm Cafe.

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Cardinal Mooney’s Joey Tabachino, left, and Howland’s Trey Bryarly were awarded the Coach John Kopp Heart of a Champion Award on Tuesday. Tabachino was a senior linebacker for the Cardinals in 2013. Bryarly was a senior cornerback for the Tigers.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry goes in for a layup during a game against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at Beeghly Center.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Wolford

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Poland’s Kyle Dixon (21) goes in for a layup Tuesday night during the second quarter against visiting Austintown Fitch. The Bulldogs beat the Falcons, 65-48. Fitch’s Gabriel Chepke (4) is at left and Quincy Higgins (22) at right.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Williams

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The choir at the Chaney Visual and Performing Arts School sings during dress rehearsal for the Holiday Spectacular public performance today at 6 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door. The choir and other VPA students also will perform at 12:30 p.m. today and Friday for the student body.

Published on December 18, 2013


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Special to The Vindicator: Residents of Whispering Pines Village in Columbiana recently enjoyed an afternoon of making Christmas crafts and their second annual bake sale. They raised more than $250, which will be donated to Toys for Tots. Resident crafters are Pernie Wukotich, left, and Donna Round.

Published on December 17, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR: Don Terpak, right, of Zapadap Apps, recently explained the rapid growth of mobile marketing and applications on smart phones to members of the Rotary Club of Austintown. Vince Colaluca, Rotary president, honored Terpak by presenting him with a book, which will be placed in the Austintown Elementary School library.

Published on December 17, 2013


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Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) and Maple Leafs forward Troy Bodie (40) fight in the first period of Monday’s game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The Pens won, 3-1.

Published on December 17, 2013


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Youngstown State’s Heidi Schlegel (15) puts up a jump shot during the first half of Monday morning’s matchup against Malone at Beeghly Center.

Published on December 17, 2013


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Adalyn DeLuca, 14 months, sings and moves to the music to touch her head, shoulders, knee and toes during a Rhythm and Rhyme session. Dan DeLuca, Adalyn’s father, brought her to the session.

Published on December 17, 2013


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South Range’s Sara Durr (34) goes up for a basket during Monday’s victory over Mineral Ridge at South Range High School. South Range won, 70-23.

Published on December 17, 2013


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Teddy Foltz

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The Rev. Glenn Hamilton, left, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Warren, lights the Christ candle in the Advent wreath as he will do during a Longest Night Service planned at 7 p.m. Wednesday at his church. Watching is the Rev. Dr. Jim Ellison, pastor of Tod Avenue United Methodist Church in Warren, who will be among Methodist clergy joining together for the service of remembering and healing.

Published on December 17, 2013


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Cafaro

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Rotary Club of Austintown helped the Salvation Army of Youngstown distribute coats Dec. 7 for Operation Warm. Kneeling is Ed Kalaher, a new Austintown rotary member. Standing, from left, are Gary Reel, Austintown rotary; Jay Summers, Boardman rotary; Maj. Elijah Kahn, Salvation Army, second from right; and Mark Cole, president of Austintown rotary, far right. The family of four in the center were excited to receive some of the coats.

Published on December 16, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Western Mahoning County Kiwanis Club welcomed the new Canfield teachers at a recent Wednesday night meeting at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. From left, Mara Banfield, assistant principal of the middle school, introduced the teachers, Hannah Snyder, Carrie Fiol, Christine Davis, Chelsea Kriebel, Carol Young and Angelo Ciminero.

Published on December 16, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Students in the first grade at Seaborn Elementary School in the Weathersfield School District have been preparing letters and pictures to send to our troops for Operation Holiday Cheer. Their teacher is Heidi Cope. Artists are Ayden Rossi and Gianna Caputo.

Published on December 16, 2013


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ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR: Dorothy Kippner places the koulourakia in an oven at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church on Glenwood Avenue., when the church women met recently to bake for their annual cookie fundraiser.

Published on December 13, 2013


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ROBERT K. YOSAY | THE VINDICATOR The Monday Musical Club plans another holiday collection to benefit the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. The second concert of the 2013-2014 season, An evening with American Idol’s Casey Abrams and Lee DeWyze, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 21. Rescue Mission staffers and board members of the club will greet concert patrons and take the collection before the concert. All the money goes to the mission in its effort to help those with nowhere else to go. Buy tickets by calling 330-743-2717 or online at mondaymusical.com. Those involved with the collection are, from left to right, Barbara Tina Ham, Cindy Miller and Richard Esposito, all from Monday Musical Club; and John Muckridge from the Rescue Mission.

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Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Smith

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Mr. and Mrs. John Hrinak

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Jaret Post and Michelle Holsinger

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Christopher T. Porter and Elizabeth A. DeLuca

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Robert A. Zielke and Rebecca R. Richie

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Stephen Purfey and Jessica McDougal

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Thomas V. Metzinger and Cheri L. Jones

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Peter S. Simko and Chelsea J. Muyskens

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Simon A. Arias and Natalie L. Plescia

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John J. Breneman and Nicole D. Caudell

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Joseph Gulaskey V and Elizabeth Peck

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David A. Biggs and Shannon M. Mulcahy

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Canfield’s Rachel Tinkey (21) drives past Struthers’ Brittaney Zupko on her way to the basket Thursday night. The visiting Wildcats beat the Cardinals, 60-57, in an All-American Conference, American Division game.

Published on December 13, 2013


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Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at VFW Post 2681in Marietta, Ga. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

Published on December 13, 2013


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Devlin Clevenger, 13, both seventh-graders in Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program in Youngstown schools, work to code their computer projects. All of Chaney’s STEM students participated in the Hour of Code program, which demonstrates what writing computer code is like. The students were among millions worldwide who participated in an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week. The effort was organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and more than 100 others.

Published on December 13, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Struthers Rotary is continuing its participation in the Dictionary Project, which assists students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners. Educators believe third grade is the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn. Struthers Rotary provides dictionaries to all third-grade students at Campbell, Lowellville, Struthers and St. Nicholas schools. From left are Rotarians Tom Baringer, Mary Ann Morell and Anthony Quahliero with third-graders from Struthers.

Published on December 12, 2013


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Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes signs autographs for Campbell fourth graders during the Pirates caravan Wednesday night at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

Published on December 12, 2013


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Ursuline’s Macey Gunther puts up a shot under the basket as Harding’s Chelsea Dipaolo defends during Wednesday’s game at Warren Harding. Ursuline won 52-40.

Published on December 12, 2013


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A tablet of flibanserin sits on a brochure for Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the company’s Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. Sprout Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday that it has reached an impasse with the Food and Drug Administration over flibanserin.

Published on December 12, 2013


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Tess Szenborn, above left, and Paulette Jamrozik roll out dough to make kolachi during a Wednesday baking session at St. Joseph the Provider Church of Christ, The Good Shepherd Parish in Campbell. They’re preparing for a Cookie Walk on Saturday sponsored by St. Joseph Cultural Society. Below, dough is spread with a layer of nuts during the kolachi-making project. The Cookie Walk will feature homemade cookies including clothespin and pizzelles along with kolachi.

Published on December 12, 2013


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Sixteen-month-old Dalton Bodnar relaxes with his mother, Dana Bodnar, and his Mickey Mouse toy. Dalton, who has been declared cancer-free after three rounds of chemotherapy, will be the guest of honor with VIP seats at tonight’s opening performance of “Disney on Ice” at the Covelli Centre.

Published on December 12, 2013


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In the latest installment of ESPN’s 30 for 30 film series, “Youngstown Boys,” Maurice Clarett opens up about his upbringing in the Valley, stardom, power, vice, confinement, redemption and mentoring.

Published on December 12, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Division 21 of Ohio International Kiwanis recently elected Lt. Gov. Chris McCarty, right, a member of Youngstown Kiwanis Club. He was installed by Ohio Kiwanis Gov. Jennifer DeFrance of Kent, left. McCarty was president of the Key Club at Woodrow Wilson High School for four years and was president of the Girard-Liberty Kiwanis Club, where he received the Distinguished President Award. He was president of Youngstown Kiwanis Club for one year and has been a Kiwanian for 15 years. The club meets weekly at noon at the downtown YMCA. For information call 330-729-1017.

Published on December 11, 2013


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The Holy Family Youth Choir recently sang at a Phantoms hockey game at the Covelli Center. The choir sang the National Anthem and service songs in honor of Veterans Day. For information on how to join, contact Barb Zorn at zornbarb@aol.com. Special to The Vindicator

Published on December 11, 2013


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Sister Jerome Corcoran introduces Sister Jerome’s Kids — Mission College during a press conference Tuesday in Tyler Mahoning Valley Historical Center in downtown Youngstown.

Published on December 11, 2013


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Ashley Kane, above left, Brittaney Zupko and Halle Smrek — all senior basketball players at Struthers High School — join the Struthers Rotary at Maplecrest Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols to residents. The five basketball players in attendance Tuesday afternoon donned festive reindeer antlers to help residents get in the holiday spirit. At top, Lisa Daprile, an owner of Maplecrest Nursing Home, joins in song with others from the Struthers Rotary.

Published on December 11, 2013


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Chef McKee holds a T-shirt after receiving the Burger of the Year Award.

Published on December 11, 2013


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From left to right, are John Spatar, Lisa Neeld-Infante, Bob DeVicchio, Mel McKee, Anthony Fuda, Scott Long, Eric Tranovich and Jerry Tranovich at Bogey’s Bar and Grill in Lowellville.

Published on December 11, 2013


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The Green burger at Bogey’s Bar and Grill

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Liberty’s Dan Markulin, left, is pressured by Campbell Memorial’s Michael Williams during the first quarter of an All-American Conference, National Division game Tuesday night in Campbell. The host Red Devils won, 55-35. Williams scored 12 poiints in the victory.

Published on December 11, 2013


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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, center, grabs a rebound against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao of Brazil in the second quarter of an NBA game Tuesday in Cleveland.

Published on December 11, 2013


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Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett (13) fends off a tackle attempt by Indiana free safety A.C. Carter (23) during a game at Ohio Stadium. Clarett, a former Warren Harding High School standout, helped the Buckeyes win the national championship that season. It ended up being his only season at Ohio State.

Published on December 11, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Students in Heidi Cope’s first-grade class at Seaborn Elementary School in the Weathersfield School District have been writing letters to our troops for Operation Holiday Cheer. Letter writers from left are Sydney Wyllie and Maggie Collins.

Published on December 10, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Lt. Charles W. Brown Jr. VFW Post 9947 in Cornersburg met at Brandywine Clubhouse on Veterans Day and signed Christmas cards for Operation Holiday Cheer. Details of The Vindicator program are at right. Post Commander Barry Landgraver encourages those from civic, church or veterans groups to consider sending cards to our troops at various holidays to encourage them and thank them for their service. From left are Landgraver, Ray Hughes, adjutant; Jim Russell, member; and Ray Bradich, chaplain. For information call Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission at 330-740-2451, ext. 8390.

Published on December 10, 2013


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Michael Hingson, who is blind, was evacuated by his guide dog, Roselle, from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. Hingson will discuss his escape at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Poland public library, 311 S. Main St.

Published on December 10, 2013


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New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) wraps up Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell in the fourth quarter of a game Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 27-26.

Published on December 10, 2013


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Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks with freshman tailback Maurice Clarett in this game from 2002. Their departures from Ohio State will be documented in ESPN’s film “Youngstown Boys” that will be televised on Saturday.

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Aaron Chine, owner of Chinebox Ink on Mahoning Avenue, is the painter of murals at the Austintown schools. The murals depict falcons in various stages at each of the district’s four schools. Chine, a Fitch High graduate, says he has always been into art and works with all forms.

Published on December 10, 2013


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Canfield’s Lynnae Whitehead (14) shoots after dribbling around Howland’s Gabby Cvengros during Monday’s game in Canfield. The Cardinals won the All-American Conference American Division game, 59-58.

Published on December 10, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Austintown Fitch Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austintown, recently conducted its semiannual food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Andrea Folsom’s English department classes contributed 262 items of the 1,500 cans and boxes donated. Advisers for the group are Tina Kubacki and Gary Reel. In front, from left are Chelsea Raymer, Alex Corradi, Sierra DuBois, Latrice Nelson, Chad Holmes, Jasmine Washington and Mike Vinkler; and in back are Ron Shadd, Shay Edwards, Kamisha Parker and Ricky Ferry. Other club members are Colin Wilson and Alec Kalis.

Published on December 9, 2013


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Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) is tacked by Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, top, defensive end Cameron Heyward and cornerback Cortez Allen during the second half of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh. Miami won 34-28.

Published on December 9, 2013


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Youngstown State forward Heidi Schlegel fights for the ball Saturday against Cincinnati guard Bianca Quisenberry in the first half at Beeghly Center.

Published on December 9, 2013


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Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi, right, tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman after a catch in the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Foxborough, Mass.

Published on December 9, 2013


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CEO Josh Tetrick, left, watches as research and development chef Trevor Niekowal makes a plant-based scrambled egg at Hampton Creek Foods in San Francisco. Can plants replace eggs? A San Francisco startup backed by Bill Gates believes they can. Hampton Creek Foods is scouring the planet for plants that can replace chicken eggs in everything from cookies to omelets to French toast.

Published on December 9, 2013


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Lisa Dory of Greenford decorates a Boxwood tree at the Butler show, which took place Saturday and Sunday. The trees are made from clippings from South Carolina and last an average of eight weeks.

Published on December 9, 2013


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Owners and their dogs start on the trail Sunday during the MetroMutts Jingle Hike at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield.

Published on December 9, 2013


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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney'sQB Jon Saadey(16) eludes Clinton defenderChayse Wolf(7).

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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney's Mark Handel(22) eludes Clinton's Isaiah Stiverson(22).

Published on December 6, 2013


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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney's Mark Handel(22) eludes Clinton's Isaiah Stiverson(22).

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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney's Mark Handel(22) eludes Clinton's Isaiah Stiverson(22).

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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney's Nick Bilas(59) and Desmond Ford(14 react to loss as Clinton fans celebrate in background after 27-21 game in Massilon.

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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney's Mark Handel(22) reacts as offical calls pass interference late in 4thqtr of state Championship while Clinton players at right celebrate.

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William D Lewis the Vindicator Mooney' student fans whoop it up early in Friday game.

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William D. Lewis The Vindicator Mooney's CJAmill(2) eludes Clinton's Zach Santoro(8).

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William D Lewis The Vindicator Mooney QBJon saadey(16) looks down hte line during closing moments of State Championship loss.

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William D LEwis the Vindicator Mooney's Anthony Dermotta(35) reacts during Mooney loss in Massilon.

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William D Lewis The vindicator Mooney'sMark Handel(22) is stopped by Clinton Devin Salley(3).

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William D Lewis The Vindicator Mooney coach PJ Fecko walks off the field after loosing state chapionship 27-21 in Massilon Dec 6, 2013.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Links Inc. sponsored a recent event to honor black males in the Mahoning Valley. Members of the planning committee for the Black Diamond Celebration are, seated from left, Dr. Joan Boyd, Sarah Brown-Clark, Anne Cobbin, Juanita Davis, Marge Staples, Janice Beachum, Krishmu Shipmon and Margaret Person. Standing are Willard Boyd, Maurice Cousin, James Cobbin, Wanda Smith, Charlie Staples, Lock P. Beachum Sr., Lenora Hill and Dr. Don Person. Other committee members are Dr. Virginia Banks-Bright, professor Al Bright, Dr. Rodney Hill, Juanita Williams, Alnita Bryant-Russell, Sandra Thompkins, Brenda Martin, Monica Hoskin-Vann and Gary Vann. The women are Links members, and the men are called Connecting Links.

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The Youngstown Chapter of The Links Inc. honored winners of the Black Diamond awards in October at The Georgetown in Boardman. Top honorees, from left, were Allan Irizarry-Graves, Rough Diamond; Corbin Michael Croom, Diamond Chip; and William Blake, Polished Diamond. There were 27 nominees.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Bruce Kirkland and Chaplain Dale Barringer from the Tri-State Marine Detachment Marine Corps League honored Clare Bridge of Austintown resident veterans with a program and flag. The flag was presented to resident Fred Kochert. Veterans, from left, are Don Dewitt, Harry Dampf, Bob Rohrbaugh, Kirkland and Barringer. Others honored were Louise Matvey, Dorothy Birkheimer and Lillian Frost. Birkheimer and Frost served as World War II Rosie the Riveters.

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Gregory M. Mathes and Lilndsay R. Whetzel

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Catholic War Veterans Post 1292 of Youngstown sponsored a reverse raffle and basket auction recently to benefit veterans and their families. From left are Mark Bell, director of the Veterans Affairs Clinic on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown; Lori Stone, a clinic volunteer, who accepted the $1,200 donation from Gary Barnes, the post commander; Al Bisker, post trustee; and John Fromel, post first vice officer. SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR

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Mr. and Mrs. Livingstone D. Clarke

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Miss Cinderella 2013 was crowned Nov. 29 at the Cinderella Ball at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. From left are Naudia Spivey, first attendant; Stacie Durden, Miss Cinderella; and Brianna Diaz, second attendant.

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Jessica Wittenauer and A.J. Minotti

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Shane W. Simplot and Ashley M. Connelly

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Jessica Harvey and Ryan Sawyer

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Joshua Kozic and Carissa Burke

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Cardinal Mooney’s Mark Handel runs through drills during a practice at The WATTS at Youngstown State University. The Cardinals face Clarksville Clinton-Massie today in Massillon for the Division IV state title.

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Zachary Krk, 3, of Struthers sits on Santa’s lap while reviewing his Christmas wish list. Santa visited Mauthe Park in Struthers on Thursday as part of the city’s annual Christmas in the Park event.

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Families and friends cheer on the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals at a pep rally Thursday at the high school. The school sent the team off this morning to play in the Division IV championship game against Clinton-Massie at 3 p.m. in Massillon.

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Fitch’s Blake Hibbs, top, tries to pin Boardman’s AJ Yaist during their match in the 220-pound weight class of a tri-meet at Boardman High School on Thursday. Hibbs succeeded in pinning Yaist, and the Falcons took down the Spartans, 54-10, as well as the Howland Tigers, 53-15. Howland topped Boardman, 40-30.

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Howland head coach John Diehl watches from the bench during Thursday’s game against Warren Harding at Howland. The Tigers downed the Raiders, 53-43, to earn Diehl his 400th career win.

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Carol Rimedio-Righetti, commissioners chairwoman

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Youngstown State’s Liz Hornberger shoots past Miami of Ohio defenders Maddie McCallie (4) and Hannah Robertson (32) during their game Wednesday at Beeghly Center. The Penguins fell to the RedHawks, 70-67, in the final minutes.

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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Barb Delisio shows some of the supplies needed to use fresh greenery in the home.

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Kayliegh Crumb, 16, is the narrator for the Christmas pageant at the parish as “angels” listen to the story of the first Christmas.

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Calab Bucci, a seventh-grader at the Austintown school, concentrates as he plays his part in the Ringers for Christ, the school’s handbell choir.

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Tomlin

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Don Bucci, right, is one of just four head coaches in Cardinal Mooney football history. Bucci took over in 1966 and spent 34 seasons leading the Cardinals. He guided Cardinal Mooney to four state championships before retiring from coaching and taking over as athletic director. Bucci is pictured with former Cardinals basketball coach Roy Nard.

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People walk past a branch of Barclays Bank in London on Wednesday. The European Commission has fined a group of major global banks, including Barclays, a total of $2.3 billion for colluding to profit from the interest-rates market. The banks are accused of manipulating for years European and Japanese benchmark interest rates that affect hundreds of billions of dollars in contracts globally, from mortgages to credit card bills.

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Youngstown State’s Bobby Hain shoots over Robert Morris defenders Anthony Myers-Pate (5) and Mike McFadden (1) during their game Wednesday at Beeghly Center. The Penguins downed the Colonials, 84-76.

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McNally

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Angels for Animals is sponsoring its annual antiques, collectibles and jewelry sale at the shelter, 4750 W. South Range Road (Route 165) in Canfield. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 on Friday and includes refreshments and buyers’ first choice. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday.

Published on December 4, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Two fundraisers are scheduled to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley: Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Hopes and Wishes, a luncheon. Some of the Kids’ Crew committee members and chairwomen preparing for the two events are, from left, Julie Costas, committee member; Betty Cmil, co-chairwoman of the breakfast committee; Allison Engstrom and JoAnn Stock, committee members; Debbie Shattuck, co-chairwoman of the breakfast committee; and Kathy Dwinnells, co-chairwoman of the luncheon committee.

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Penguin Place, which was the home of former Youngstown State University President Les Cochran and his wife, Lin, is going up for auction. The two-story, 11,400-square-foot building includes office space with an area on the second floor that could be used as a residence.

Published on December 4, 2013


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A chase for a man who robbed a pizza shop with a knife ended with the accused burglar wrapping his truck around a telephone pole on Market Street just past Withers Drive in Boardman. The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the Tuesday afternoon incident.

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Richard J. Billak, founder and CEO of the Community Corrections Association Inc. for nearly 40 years, reminisces about his career. Billak retires Dec. 31.

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The basketball court at Canfield Village Middle School is dedicated to Ken Reel, a longtime teacher and coach who died of cancer in June. A game between the Canfield and Hubbard girls teams tipped off after Tuesday’s ceremony.

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Braceville native Ted Toles talks about his storied baseball career, which took him from the sandlots of Warren, to the New Castle Indians, through the minor leagues, and eventually into Negro League history, where he remains one of just a handful of players who can still make that claim. Toles, who resides in Warren, celebrates his 88th birthday today.

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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s connections to Ohio and Ohio State run deep. Dantonio, a Zanesville native, is adamant that there is no lingering animosity between him and the coaching staff at OSU, where he once coached under Jim Tressel. He also was one of Tressel’s assistant coaches at Youngstown State.

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Girard’s Jim Standohar shoots against Howland’s Evan Steele during their game Tuesday in Girard. The Indians defeated the Tigers, 65-59.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Trumbull Senior Production Co. recently received an award of $1,200 from the endowment fund of Living Lord Lutheran Church in Howland, presented by Dr. Richard Baringer, chairman of the fund. In front, from left, are the Rev. William D. Leitch; Dr. Baringer; Beckey Noftsinger, TSPC board member; Jean Bolinger, TSPC treasurer; Carol Bovee, TSPC vice president; Judy Mackey, TSPC secretary; and Jeannie Trask, TSPC board. In back are Joey Radza and Jason Burgermyer, TSPC president. TSPC presented its first $1,000 scholarship to an area high school graduate who will pursue a career in the performing arts in 2013.

Published on December 3, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR The Downtown Kiwanis Club met Nov. 15 and learned about the No Stone Unturned Foundation, established by the speaker and her husband. Dr. Melinda Wolford and Eric Wolford, Youngstown State University football coach, started the foundation after their son, Stone, was diagnosed at age 2 with cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. The foundation provides support for patients and families touched by CFC and other debilitating illnesses, raises awareness by providing information, and promotes aggressive research on ways to enhance their lives. For information visit www.nostonefoundation.org. Above from left are Gary Winslow, Kiwanis Club immediate past president; Dr. Wolford; and Chuck Whitman, the club’s program sponsor.

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Court Strudwick of Poland discusses how he makes toys during OH WOW!’s recent After Hours program for adults.

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Pete D’Amico of Garrettsville checks in a six-point buck at Monty’s Mosquito Lake Carry Out in Mecca on Monday, which was the first day of deer gun season in Ohio. Deer processing sites across the Valley saw a decrease in the number of hunters who brought deer to be checked, instead choosing to do so online.

Published on December 3, 2013


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Lakeview’s Alli Pavlik makes a layup to reach her 1,000th career point as Struthers’ Caitlin Kane tries to block during Monday’s game in Cortland. Pavlik posted 24 points for the Bulldogs, who downed the Wildcats, 69-56.

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Mooney players Anthony Dermotta (36) and Andrew Armstrong (40) run through drills at Monday’s practice at The WATTS at YSU. The team meets Clinton-Massie on Friday for a Division IV state title.

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Local social-service agency leaders march on Monday from the St. Vincent de Paul Society soup kitchen on Front Street in downtown Youngstown to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, also in Youngstown, symbolically tracing the footsteps of homeless people, who often make this trek in harsh winter weather.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Physicians and staff with Ankle & Foot Care Centers are teaming up with the Salvation Army to collect and distribute shoes to needy families this holiday season. From left are Geri DeCenso, Lisa Troutman and Amy Assion. The podiatry practice is asking shoppers to drop off shoes at collection stations at any of its 18 locations in the Mahoning Valley by Jan. 3. Shoes should be new or nearly new. Acceptable donations range from children’s sizes to adult, both men’s and women’s, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual. Children’s boots are especially needed in winter. For specific locations and other information visit www.ankleandfootcare.com.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Ave., North Lima, will host its annual Christmas cookie sale from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14. A large variety of homemade cookies will be packaged and sold by the box and tray. Those involved with the project are, front row, from left, Cindy Wessel, the Rev. Renee Miggett, Pat Zimmerman and Hazel Dudash; and in the back row, Debbie Repasky, Marion Coombs, Charlotte Evankovich, Debbie Martin, Carmen Williams and Betty Oliver. For information call the church at 330-549-2588.

Published on December 2, 2013


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten in Canfield has begun a Caring is Sharing candy campaign. Two moms, Nicole Billack of Canfield and Kris Oddis of Boardman, came up with a way to give much of the extra candy in their homes to children in need. Sojourner House and the Juvenile Justice Center agreed to accept the surplus. In the foreground Riley Billack, in kindergarten, left, and Ben Oddis, in transitional kindergarten, admire some of the candy that was collected with Sister Mary Dunn, left, and the school principal, Sister Charlotte Italiano.

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Elton John performs for a sold-out crowd at the Covelli Centre on May 1, 2010.

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Cardinal Mooney High graduate Frank Colaprete, center, is the head coach for the College of Wooster. This season, the Fighting Scots went 7-3.

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) catches a 20-yard touchdown pass against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) in the fourth quarter of a game Sunday in Cleveland. The score gave the Jaguars a 32-28 win over the Browns.

Published on December 2, 2013


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Cardinal Mooney’s Mark Handel (22) eludes a tackle by Steubenville’s Bryan Pierro (7) during the second quarter of their Division IV semifinal game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

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Melanie Rauschenbach, owner of Kid’s Stuff in Struthers, talks with the son of a customer, Cody Straley, 14. The children’s resale shop recently moved from State Street to Lowellville Road.

Published on December 2, 2013


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Trumbull County commissioners Dan Polivka, left, and Frank Fuda, right, along with commissioners’ clerk Paulette Godfrey are among 30 county employees taking part in the 16-week Lose and Win program in which they will exercise and receive counseling on nutrition.

Published on December 2, 2013


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Twenty-five people gather in front of the Mahoning County Courthouse to observe World AIDS Day. Sunday’s vigil and walk through downtown aimed to raise awareness of HIV, dispel the stigma attached to it and honor those who died of AIDS. Tammy Bellish of Struthers, top, spoke at the vigil.

Published on December 2, 2013


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Ed Wentling of Farrell, Pa., demonstrates one of his cigar-box guitars at the Holiday Craft & Gift Show at Eastwood Expo Center in Niles. He has built more than 200 of the instruments that are patterned after guitars from the American southern bayou. His company is called Bayou Blues Guitars. He was at the show, which ran Friday through Sunday.

Published on December 2, 2013


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