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Elise Mckeown Skolnick

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We are family, Ursuline grads proclaim

Seniors from Ursuline High School on Youngstown's North Side were among several Mahoning Valley schools conducting commencement ceremonies Saturday. Ursuline's took place at the historic Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue.

Dogs chained outside condemned to miserable, lonely lives

Paula Cipriano, left, and fellow members of the Safe at Last rescue group, to right, Toni Iacobacci of Campbell, Carla Touville of New Middletown and Mary Louk of Boardman portray the isolation and neglect dogs chained outside endure from owners who find them easy to ignore. The event was staged to raise public awareness of the devastating effects of neglect and abuse on pets.

Lawn-con draws comic crowd

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A tiny West Side yard was transformed

Officials discuss rating of excellent

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com BOARDMAN At its meeting Monday, the Boardman school

Boardman board discusses bullying issue

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com BOARDMAN Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri

Austintown event honors casualties of Korean War

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN While cars rushed by on Mahoning Avenue, a

Gifted program concerns parents

A group of parents want to know how students identified as gifted will be challenged during the next school year.

Special people, special event

With the announcement “Let the games begin!” and the release of blue and white helium-filled balloons, the Trumbull County Special Olympics started.

Unity in the Community attracts city residents to parade, family day

The whoop of a police siren and gleeful shouts of “I see it! I see it”! announced the start of Warrior Inc.’s annual Unity in the Community parade.

Expo at YSU celebrates women

Speakers, vendors and workshop presenters came together to celebrate women.

West Boulevard school wins Hall of Fame award

West Boulevard Elementary is the winner of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators’ 2011 Hall of Fame school recognition award.

Youths show up for Day of Caring

More than 100 area young people crowded into the downtown YMCA. They fortified themselves with fruit and cereal, collected “Live United” T-shirts and then scattered to various nonprofit organizations.

Boardman schools to lose revenue from several sources

The school district’s finances will be considerably stretched next school year, due in part to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget, treasurer Richard Santilli told school board members.

Groups join to plant seed to read

Area groups got together to plant a seed at Fellows Riverside Gardens. But it wasn’t a flower seed.

100 St. Pat's parishioners are made parade marshals

Daniel Lozano and his daughter, Emma, 5, of Austintown embrace as the parade begins along Market Street Sunday afternoon.

Parents question drug testing

The possible implementation of a random drug- testing program for students involved in school-district extracurricular activities prompted questions from parents.

Annual event is a sure sign of spring

Warmer weather and melting snow have many thinking about gardens and home improvements.

Event kicks off celebration

Vendors filling the Chestnut Room of Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center aimed to give community members access to products they can’t find elsewhere.

Show presents ideas for wedding needs

Candles and flowers lining the entryway set the mood for brides-to-be.

Brrrr! 150 take part in New Year’s Day plunge

Music blared, creating a partylike atmosphere for the people filling the Quaker Steak and Lube parking lot. Many held umbrellas as rain, rather than snow, fell.

Wick Park to go green Saturday

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A daylong festival in Wick Park aims to

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn to attend Urban League event

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com LIBERTY The majority whip of the U.S. House of

Museum revisits Niles’ days of yore

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com NILES Visitors to the Ward-Thomas Museum have a

Senior Fun Day set for Salem residents

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com SALEM It’s time for the annual Senior Fun Day. For

Central Square crowd cheers Tour of Valley cyclists

Central Square crowd cheers Tour of Valley cyclists

Gem of a show in Girard dazzles spectators

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com GIRARD Rings sparkled on the fingers of gloves, and

Opening of North Side Pool makes big splash with youths

Opening of North Side Pool makes big splash with youths By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com

E. Side facility to mark 70 years

Events planned for McGuffey Centre By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN In

Mom jailed in tot’s death is pregnant

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Shannon McBride, facing an aggravated-murder

Students discover impact of history

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN History doesn’t have to be boring.

Boardman school board makes changes to 2010-11 calendar

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK news@vindy.com BOARDMAN — In an effort to provide better testing

Haitians need a vision for the future, speaker tells Youngstown audience

YOUNGSTOWN — Before Haiti physically rebuilds, the country needs a vision of what it should be, a

Goodness Grows works to satisfy growing demand for fresh, local food

The goal is to teach the skills necessary to produce food in sustainable ways. NORTH LIMA — As

Center sponsors annual event

The shower focuses on items including health, wellness and literacy. YOUNGSTOWN — Pink and

Bridal shows court couples

The Covelli Centre and MetroPlex provided venues for vendors and services. Some brides plan

30 start year with frosty dip into frigid Lake Milton

The air temperature hovered around 24 degrees, the water temperature was near freezing and

East Side Coalition forms to clean up neighborhoods

YOUNGSTOWN — A nearly 40-year-old organization has joined forces with the Mahoning Valley Organizing

Woman crochets hats for the city’s homeless

Coat donations are fairly common, but hat donations are welcome, too. YOUNGSTOWN — Since

McDonough hosts holiday art show

Some attendees come year after year to find one-of-a-kind gifts by local artisans. YOUNGSTOWN

Hibernians sponsor Irish writing contest

The annual national writing contest is designed to promote Irish heritage. HERMITAGE, Pa. — A

Children’s center for technology plans move, upgrade in exhibits

A capital campaign will help finance the move. YOUNGSTOWN — The Children’s Center for

Group revitalizes South Side neighborhood

The group’s main focus is reducing crime in the Newport area. YOUNGSTOWN — Neighbors are

Newport neighborhood group seeks to decrease crime, increase quality of life

YOUNGSTOWN — Neighbors are coming together to make a difference in the Newport area of the city.


Workshop helps others understand traditions The traditions preserve the culture of Polish-

Cheer Classic raises funds for cancer cause

YOUNGSTOWN — Hundreds of cheerleaders and dancers jumped, cheered and danced their way to exceeding

Science show excites, amazes area kids

Smoke rings and hissing cockroaches were the order of the day. YOUNGSTOWN — Science can be

Church sponsors free fall event

The congregation makes donations and seeks outside donors for the festival. AUSTINTOWN— A

Group puts out call for volunteer Warriors

The club would be volunteers who would help throughout the area. YOUNGSTOWN — Warriors Inc. is

Wanted: Nail polishers, holiday decorators, community volunteers

The club would be volunteers who would help throughout the area. YOUNGSTOWN — Warriors Inc. is

St. Anne festival to return

The event is being revived after a four-year absence. AUSTINTOWN — St. Anne Ukrainian



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