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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Springtime in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Many places within Mill Creek MetroParks reopened this week, as activities are being phased in with virus safety protocols. Aligning with national, state and local health orders, all outdoor-based recreation facilities, education programs, recreation leagues and events are now open. “We’ve been monitoring our potential reopening for some time,” MetroParks Executive Director Aaron Young ...

Spring milestones to be part of Canfield calendar this year

CANFIELD — End-of-year traditions are taking shape for students in the Canfield Local School district. Over the last three days of this school year, fifth-grade students at Canfield Village Middle School will take part in a decades-long tradition when they go to Camp Fitch. Confirmation came during a Board of Education meeting Wednesday, when CVMS Principal Judd Rubin said he worked hard to sway ...

Flood planning flows in Boardman

BOARDMAN — Flood mitigation is going strong in Boardman Township, which will receive $500,000 from the state’s capital appropriations budget. During a special trustees meeting Monday, township Administrator Jason Loree called the project Forest Lawn Stormwater Park. That funding, he said, will “activate” the first phase of a flood plain at Market Street Elementary — meaning it would be demolished. ...

Poland sees improved insurance assessment

POLAND — Insurance ratings in Poland have improved. A public protection classification is assigned to a community by using a rating schedule, which can improve insurance rates for homeowners and business owners. Performed by the nonprofit Insurance Services Office, the Western Reserve Joint Fire District recently received the confirmation of its rating going from a 4 down to a 3. Improved, or lower, ...

Food bank asks 3 counties for COVID-19 relief funds

YOUNGSTOWN — Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is approaching commissioners in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties to ask for COVID-19 relief funds. It’s a proactive measure: Although the height of the pandemic might be past, the food bank sees an opportunity with COVID-19 relief funds to ensure assistance remains available as people continue to request food. At the same time, ...

Second Harvest asks counties for a share

YOUNGSTOWN -- Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is approaching county commissioners in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties to ask for COVID-19 relief funds. It's a proactive measure: Although the height of the pandemic might be past, the food bank sees an opportunity with COVID-19 relief funds to ensure there is assistance as people continue to make requests for food. At the same ...

Boardman bus aide resigns

BOARDMAN — In a unanimous decision, the Boardman Board of Education accepted the resignation of a bus aide charged with child endangerment. David Genuske, 70, of Canfield, submitted his letter of resignation earlier in the week, Superintendent Tim Saxton said during a special meeting Thursday. Saxton recommended, along with district counsel, that the resignation be accepted. The letter simply included ...

Canfield city to handle dispatch for Cardinal district

CANFIELD — An agreement for dispatch services between the city of Canfield and Cardinal Joint Fire District was passed by city council members Wednesday. The new three-year agreement is effective retroactively from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2023. Records of all emergency calls will be kept and maintained by city dispatchers. For the first year, the fire district will pay $98,000, followed by $101,675 ...

Boardman bus aide pleads not guilty

BOARDMAN — A Canfield man accused of dragging a preschool student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to child endangerment. Court documents show that 70-year-old David Genuske is scheduled for a hearing on April 29 in front of Judge Joseph Houser in the Boardman County Court No. 2. On March 24, Genuske was arrested on a charge of child endangerment shortly after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to ...

Canfield cultivates success at Redgate Farm

CANFIELD — Discussion is picking up about using a large piece of land Canfield city officials purchased nearly two decades ago. Located on South Palmyra and Leffingwell roads in Canfield Township, the city purchased Redgate Farm, nearly 300 acres, in 2003 for $3.1 million. Canfield financed $2.1 million and made a $1 million cash purchase, said city Manager Wade Calhoun. Within the five years of the ...