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WRITER: Andy Gray

Valley's National Packard Museum acquires 1948 sedan

WARREN — A 1948 Packard that participated in multiple presidential inauguration parades now has a permanent home at the National Packard Museum. The new acquisition — a black Super Eight Sedan that seats seven passengers — went on display earlier this month. It was donated to the museum by Michael and Julia Cosgrove of Carey, Ohio. “Over the years, I’ve traveled to a number of Packard club ...

Osmond brings ‘A Symphonic Christmas’ to Powers Auditorium

Marie Osmond knows a thing or two about Christmas shows. She shared the stage with Andy Williams, the king of the television Christmas special, before she started kindergarten. She hosted her own holiday-themed television shows with brother Donny Osmond when she was barely old enough to drive. Osmond spent many Decembers overseas entertaining the troops for USO shows with Bob Hope, whom she called, ...

‘Hamilton’ holiday homecoming

College kids often pick up seasonal jobs when they come home for the holidays, perhaps returning to a previous employer. Cleveland native Rory O’Malley is a few years removed from his college days but he’s picking up a few shifts at an old job for Christmas — playing King George II in the national tour of the musical “Hamilton” at Playhouse Square. “It was either this or Panera,” ...

Gray Areas: Vindys’ vinyl arrives today with a record signing, performance

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • In a world where streaming music dominates, vinyl has overtaken CDs as the physical format of choice among music buyers. I think CDs still sell more units, but more money is spent on LPs. Remember when CDs cost about twice as much as LPs instead of the other way around? But the ability to manufacture vinyl hasn’t caught up with the demand, ...

25-year-old praised for ice cream

WARREN — Max Hoover is a Grand Master Ice Cream Maker at age 25. Hoover, owner of Cockeye Creamery at 1805 1/2 Parkman Road NW, won the honor earlier this month at the North American Ice Cream Association’s national convention in Fort Worth, Texas. He also won blue ribbons, the association’s highest honor, for his deep chocolate and strawberry ice creams and a white ribbon for his vanilla bean. The ...

Arms Museum decorates for Christmas

Anthony Worrellia estimated that he goes to hundreds of flea markets and garage sales where he leaves empty-handed in his search for vintage Christmas decorations. But those times when he strikes holiday gold make the effort worth it and make Worrellia feel like a kid on Christmas morning. “It’s become very hard to find anything anymore,” said Worrellia, buildings and grounds supervisor with the ...

TSO readies for holiday hustle

Jeff Plate started one of the most grueling schedules in the concert industry last night. Before the year is over, the drummer will play about 50 shows in nearly 30 cities as part of one of two Trans-Siberian Orchestra units touring the U.S. during the holiday season. “Luckily, I inherited some very good genes from my parents,” Plate said last week during a break from TSO rehearsals. “I was designed to ...

Ohio rockers raise money for veterans

Joe Walsh brought “the best of the best” from Ohio back home on Sunday for a good cause. For Walsh’s fifth VetsAid benefit concert, Walsh reunited with his bandmates in The James Gang, which started in Cleveland and regularly played in the Mahoning Valley before achieving national success. He also assembled an all-star lineup of Buckeyes — Akron’s The Black Keys, Dayton’s The Breeders, Nine Inch ...

Campana releases CD

Candace Campana’s debut CD was more than a decade in the making. “Everytime I See a Truck,” the first single she recorded for the album in 2020, was written in 2011. The title track, “Goodie Two Shoes Girl,” was written in 2013. “Everything in music is about timing,” Campana said. “I never had the right group of people to put something like this out until now.” She’ll celebrate the ...

Play doesn’t ‘Come Together’

YOUNGSTOWN — I vividly remember learning about the death of John Lennon. It was in my freshman dorm room at Miami University, where I was half-heartedly trying to study and sort of paying attention to the “Monday Night Football” game on a portable B&W television. Over the din of a hot air popcorn popper — those once-popular appliances that were about as loud as a 747 and also managed to interfere ...