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'Tales for Tots' is a winner for young children

Mill Creek MetroParks hosts interactive event at Bears Den

The interactive gathering also taught the children age 2 and 3 the basics about bears, such as their eating habits and common personality traits.

Drew Rauzan sworn in as new permanent Campbell police chief

He also urged people to vote for a 3-mill police and fire renewal levy on Tuesday’s general-election ballot.

For volunteer, compassion is her call

A Boardman resident volunteers for the elderly.

Kids wowed by science at Youngstown's OH WOW!

Tori Evans uses the new Bone Zone exhibit at the OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Center for Science & Technology in downtown Youngstown during a recent field trip. The exhibit, which provides illustrations and scientific facts about many of the body’s 206 bones, will be at the center until Jan. 6.

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High school for autistic children opens on South Side

New high school designed for autistic children

Estimated 50 family members, mental-health experts, therapists and others were on hand for Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony to usher in the new Potential Development High School for Autism.

In the Schrock family, twins are dually noted

Generations of the Schrock family thrive on twinship kinship.

Awards honor those who helped reduce crime, build community

Among those honored was Victoria T. Allen of the ICU Block Watch on the city's South Side.

Tax-increment district created for Austintown racino

The casino and thoroughbred racetrack is expected to increase Austintown property values.

Idorafest shows off rejuvenated South Side neighborhood

Several children and teens also enjoyed the fest’s activities, such as face painting as well as assembling pencil boxes, napkin holders and castles from small building kits.

Update: Work proceeding nicely on Austintown racino

Wyomissing, Pa.-based Penn National is to operate the facility on 187 acres between state Routes 11 and 46. It should open around September 2014.

FBI agent gives talk on readiness in face of shootings

Reminder: Violence can break out suddenly anywhere.

Hole in one gets golfer a new car lease

Hole in one gets golfer a new car lease

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Mineral Ridge youngster is Pilot for a Day

The program, started in 2000, children with leukemia, sickle-cell anemia and other chronic or life-threatening illnesses or diseases a fun-filled day that includes a variety of military exercises.

Radio system connects Boardman schools to safety forces

Radio system connects Boardman schools to safety forces

Road to recovery leads to the kitchen

Carol DiFabio’s family finds silver lining in struggle

An accident left an Austintown woman with a lot on her plate.

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Tri-Lakes library branch opens at 13820 Mahoning Ave.

As Tri-Lakes library branch opens, patrons come to ...

New library branch cost $2.04 million

South Range senior plans car show as school project

The goal for his school project is to raise at least $500 for Easter Seals.

300 attend Youngstown rally to protest Zimmerman acquittal

Residents of all ages joined the Saturday rally downtown Youngstown as part of a national network of rallies protesting the not guilty verdict awarded to George Zimmerman and the self-defense law that enabled it. Speakers encouraged protesters to register to vote to as a way to express their feelings about such laws.

MVHS salutes Mahoning Valley veterans, families

The first Military Weekend Appreciation was at the Arms Museum on Wick Avenue

Niles time capsule remains undiscovered

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Monday's dig did not turn up the capsule that was buried nearly a half-century ago.

'Recipes of an Angel' offers heavenly dishes

A West Side mom honors her late daughter with a cookbook of heavenly food.

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Animals visit library

Eight-year-old Naiden Maynard might be too young to take a stand on many issues, but he’s the right age and size to take a stand on a tortoise.

Area soap box derby is Saturday in Cortland

The event will feature stock, super-stock and masters divisions. The top finisher from each division will represent the Youngstown area at the 76th annual All American Soap Box Derby on July 27 in Akron.

Boardman High grads number 381

One grad intends to enroll at Ohio University this fall to study wildlife and conservation biology.

Artful engineer: A snapshot of his life

Joshua Rupe's latest passion is photography, and he has two books in print — both of Mill Creek Park.

Youngstown police officer presented Medal of Valor

Officer Brad Ditullio received the Award of Valor.

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Oh Wow! attracts prototypes

Kyle Hogan of Williamsfield, a Youngstown State University freshman engineering student, demonstrates centrifugal force with a spinning tire hung from an axis. First-year engineering students designed, built and demonstrated new prototypes Tuesday for the Oh Wow! Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology.

Joyce Pogany is dedicated to doing good things

By SEAN BARRON news@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN If it’s related to or going on in Austintown,

Valley artist in hospice draws on life full of passions

Willie Lane, 75, gathers with friends and family at Austin Woods Nursing Home, Austintown, to celebrate his lifelong passion of sketches and painting.

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What would you do if an armed intruder came to your school?

That was the main theme of Thursday’s seminar, “Unexpected Emergencies: A First Response Discussion,” at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, 7440 South Ave.

Talented father and daughter enjoy ... Sharing a passion for art

The two have won numerous awards at local and regional art shows, often competing in the same event.

SkillsUSA competition at MCCTC

Putting skills to the test

Students from 15 Northeast Ohio high schools were nominated for and competed in the three-hour event Saturday.

Local group rallies downtown Youngstown for gun control

One member's brother was shot to death in Youngstown in 2007.

Fundraising under way to continue YSU English Fest

Organizers hope to raise $100,000 by this spring or summer to keep the 35-year annual spring festival going.

The same gown was worn when three ... Brides made their trip down the aisle

The dress is now six decades old.

Children learn fast at Baby Brilliant program

The public-library system offers a variety of Baby Brilliant programs for those age 6 months to 5 years.

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Globetrotter visits area

Anthony Blakes stops at St. Patrick School and Akron Children’s Hospital

Her path turns pain into purpose

Roberta Cykon assists women who want to reinvent their lives.

Library program enhances literacy through music, dance

The gathering for children age 2 to 5 begins at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the library.

Fifth-grader wins Struthers Middle School GeoBee

Struthers students compete in Geography Bee

The school bee was the first leg of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee in which participants will compete nationally to win a $25,000 college scholarship.

Everybody Eats equals 9 young men giving back

Partnership opens door to community-service efforts

By SEAN BARRON Special to The Vindicator YOUNGSTOWN Kevin Clark fondly recalls having visited

Commissioners name interim Green Team leader

Friday's meeting was the last for Commissioner John A. McNally IV

Lexi Cintron makes Christmas brighter for many

The 12-year-old was a tot herself when she started her toy drives.

Teddy bears bring smiles, joy to residents

Woman gives 1,000 stuffed animals to cheer nursing-home residents

Beginning last September, Delores Lilko, affectionately known as “Grandma Dee Dee,” began collecting donated bears and other stuffed animals to distribute to residents of area nursing homes and care facilities.

Sisters are the twin engines of ... A well-run kitchen

Their main ingredients are teamwork and tradition.

Christmas spirit lights up during North Side bus tour

As a Western Reserve Transit Authority bus leisurely rolled through the North Side, 7-year-old Zach Holm changed his mind several times about his favorite set of Christmas lights and decorations he saw.

Farmer Casey's Ranch hosts Santa's Workshop

Clients of Purple Cat offer variety of crafts

Brandy Burgess, left, and Amy Rigby show off the yarn ornaments made and sold at Farmer Casey’s Ranch in Coitsville. The facility is operated by the Purple Cat, which provides day-program alternatives to adults with physical and mental challenges.

Arms museum unwraps 5th annual Christmas Past exhibit

Leann Rich, manager of education and external relations for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, poses in the Retro Room at the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown. It is one of seven rooms decorated for the Memories of Christmas Past exhibit, which opens Saturday and continues through Jan. 6.

Retired teachers continue to help students

By SEAN BARRON Special to The Vindicator BOARDMAN Kristen Cartwright fondly recalled her high-

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Golden Gate suicide survivor speaks at Boardman workshop

When Kevin Hines was an infant, the groundwork already had been laid for him to eventually jump 220 feet from a famous bridge, enter the water at 75 mph and be sucked 70 feet to 80 feet under the surface — yet realize he was a survivor.

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