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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Bridge coming to Poland Forest soon, officials say

POLAND — As long as supplies are available, an improved foot bridge should be coming to the Poland Municipal Forest. Sam Moffie, a councilman for Poland vVllage, said during a conference call-style meeting Tuesday that Mauthe Bridge could be “up and ready by the end of the month.” “It’s going to be great. Better than can be expected,” he said. The bridge, which stretches over Yellow Creek in ...

Canfield resident organizes egg hunt

CANFIELD — As Easter approaches and the stay-at-home order has been extended until month’s end, communities are trying to drum up ideas on how to safely have an Easter egg hunt in time for Easter, which is April 12. Felisa Vogrin of Canfield has thought of something that meets safety guidelines of social distancing and keeping kids entertained. Listening to the radio, she heard a conversation about egg ...

Counselor: Routines important for families

POLAND — When news broke that schools were going to temporarily shut down statewide last month, employees with the Poland Local School District wasted no time in forming a resource for parents. Wendy Butch, a school counselor at Poland McKinley Middle School, said that working with colleague Mary Jo Rowan, also a counselor, and school principals, “we discussed ways us counselors could provide support to ...

‘Slow down and move over’

Road construction season is ramping up, with some Mahoning Valley projects already underway. Between Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the Ohio Department of Transportation has more than $100 million in projects, including culverts, bridge work and resurfacing. One of the projects with a large impact in Mahoning County includes 12 bridges receiving repairs this year in Youngstown. Right now, four bridges on ...

Lowellville man beautifies village one piece at a time

LOWELLVILLE — Driving along Youngstown Lowellville Road, small piles of garbage were seen neatly stacked every few yards on either side of the road for about a half-mile stretch. A man wearing boots, jeans and a flannel jacket was spotted this week not too far from the Stavich Bicycle Trailhead, carefully reaching over pond water to pick up another bottle to start a new pile. “This place is too nice to ...

Prime’s attitude is one of gratitude

BOARDMAN — After grabbing a warm lunch, Erin O’Driscoll asked the man behind the table if she could get a quick selfie with him to add to her social media page. A paramedic with Lane LifeTrans for nine years, O’Driscoll was one of a handful first responders Thursday who received a free lunch from Washington Prime Group, which manages the Southern Park Mall. “It’s kind of cool everyone’s reaching ...

Canfield residents use chalk to decorate city

CANFIELD — When 6-year-old Harrison Roman heard he had a new cousin, he immediately wanted to visit the baby. But his mother, Lauren Hake Roman, had to explain that with the coronavirus pandemic, no visiting can happen — not just with the baby, but with anyone. To explain the importance of social distancing, Hake Roman of Canfield said she told Harrison “you have to be a superhero” to protect his new ...

Poland fisher reels in tank, gun

YOUNGSTOWN — A family of three gathered at Mill Creek Park recently, as the son cast a magnet into Lake Glacier. Joe, Debbie and Ryan Danyi of Poland look for ways to spend time together, and their latest adventure is magnet fishing. “We try to get ourselves into really different, unconventional things,” Joe Danyi said. Tying a strong magnet — the two Joe and Ryan use can pull 1,200 pounds and ...

Arconic worker who died tests negative for coronavirus

WEATHERSFIELD — Employees with the Weathersfield Fire Department tested negative and are out of quarantine, fire Chief Tom Lambert confirmed, after crews answered a call of a person with flu-like symptoms who died March 18 while working at Arconic. Lambert confirmed Saturday that test results of the deceased patient came back negative for COVID-19. Arconic makes aluminum, titanium or nickel parts for ...

Boardman band to don new threads

BOARDMAN — Just in the knick of time, the Boardman High School marching band received word that it raised enough money for new uniforms. A check from the Boardman Rotary helped the band exceed its goal by $1,000, band director Tom Ruggieri said. As with most other facets of life these days, the uniforms have been impacted by the coronavirus. “Because physical distancing is pretty much the norm at the ...