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WRITER: J.T. Whitehouse

Ellsworth resident enters Ohio’s 4-H Hall of Fame

ELLSWORTH — Township resident Tony Carrera was among this year’s inductees into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame at the annual 4-H Volunteer Recognition Celebration. Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions and who also have made positive impacts upon clubs, communities and the state 4-H program. Carrera has long filled that bucket with devotion to local ...

County offers emergency alerts to residents

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County residents can now sign up for a new emergency alert service provided by the county at no cost. Smart911 “Ready Mahoning” is the Mahoning County official emergency alert and notification system. According to the county’s website, this system is used to send alerts to the public during emergencies. Smart911 Ready Mahoning is a free service that allows residents to sign ...

Poland park gets special swing from ‘labor of love’

POLAND — There is now a special-needs swing at the township park, a labor of love among several groups. Poland Township Park Board members, National Slovak Society Life Assembly 731 members and 4-H Coitsville Saddle-ites club advisers and youth gathered last week to cut the ribbon on the addition, which is on Moore Road in the eastern part of the township. “It was my idea to get a handicap swing made ...

Residents can sign up for new free alert service

YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County residents can now sign up for a new emergency alert service provided by the county at no cost. Smart911 "Ready Mahoning" is the Mahoning County official emergency alert and notification system. According to the county's website, this system is used to send alerts to the public during emergencies. Smart911 Ready Mahoning is a free service that allows residents to sign up ...

Poland village considers electric car chargers

POLAND — Council is considering seeking a grant to place an electric-vehicle charging station in the village. “I was looking into sidewalk money and learned about this Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant for the installation of a charging station for electric vehicles,” Councilman Sam Moffie said. He said the grant offers 100 percent funding for the station. Councilwoman Martha Morgan said, ...

Club unveils recycled bench

POLAND TOWNSHIP — Amid a strong, blowing April Fools’ Day snowstorm, a group of Poland Lions members at Poland Township Park cut the ribbon on the first recycled park bench received through a new program. The bench was given to the park after Lions Club members collected enough trash. The program the Lions worked with is the NexTrex plastic film recycling challenge. A community group, such as the ...

Valley opera performer’s path: ‘Sesame Street’ to ‘MacBeth’

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com A little encouragement was all it took to set Howland High School graduate Sierra McCorvey on her journey of a lifetime. From a high school band member, she rose to ...

Pinwheels pop back up

BOARDMAN — There’s a special pinwheel garden in Boardman Park that will help bring awareness to child abuse. The annual event focuses on placing a pinwheel for each adult that has spoken up and become the voice of a young child suffering from abuse. Four Valley residents showed Wednesday at the park off U.S. Route 224 to create the garden. “This is our 15th year for the pinwheel program,” said ...

Poland students give large amount of food

POLAND — Students at Poland Middle School put in some time after school on Friday as they loaded multiple pickup trucks, a bus and a van with food collected in a food drive this month. The school has been helping the Poland Food Bank for more than two decades. “The food drive has been happening even before I started working at the middle school, which was 16 years ago,” said math teacher Alaina ...

YWCA program back to live format for 2021

YOUNGSTOWN — Thirty-two high school senior girls from around the Mahoning Valley will attend the YWCA Young Women With Bright Futures awards banquet scheduled for May 20. The 6 p.m. event at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave. in Youngstown, is the return of the live banquet after a year of virtual gatherings. The YWCA Young Women With Bright Futures Awards Program was established in 1994 and has been held each ...