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WRITER: J.T. Whitehouse

Canfield hears R.E.D. concerns

CANFIELD — Some residents concerned over the newly formed Canfield R.E.D. (Racial Equality and Diversity) contacted Council President John Morvay, while resident Cory McLain spoke at the Wednesday meeting. McLain also was in attendance at the Nov. 15 public meeting at the Canfield Library. He told council at that time he was concerned over what one of the new group’s leaders said regarding lowering the ...

Lighting up the green

CANFIELD — Canfield Rotary members are ready to plug in and enjoy the return of a live event on Friday. They will host the annual lighting of the village green at 6:30 p.m. “This year, with COVID under reasonable control, we will be back for the Lighting of the Green,” event coordinator Anthony Nacarato said. “We are proud that we were able to do this event virtually in 2020, but seeing Santa in ...

Chug into Youngstown's past at extended model rail show

AUSTINTOWN — This holiday season, return in time to 1950s Youngstown, and visit that period’s Christmas tree on the downtown square. Not too far away, a steel mill will be aglow with two blast furnaces and open hearths. A drive-in movie screen will be playing Christmas movies — in miniature. The young at heart, however, will need to bring $5, though kids with them under age 11 can time travel for ...

Canfield to keep picking up leaves

CANFIELD — The city is continuing its leaf pickup effort and could keep it going well into December. For the second year in a row, leaf pickup will continue — as long as leaves are piled along city streets. “There is no end date this year,” Wade Calhoun, city manager said. “So, even if the snow falls, when we are not plowing, we will be picking up leaves.” In past years, the city was under ...

Canfield declares Nov. Family Court Awareness Month

CANFIELD — Mayor Richard Duffett presented to Canfield resident Nancy Fingerhood a special proclamation declaring November as Family Court Awareness Month. Fingerhood is a member of the group One Mom’s Battle. She maintains there is “a nationwide crisis in our family court system.” But a Mahoning County court official says a system is in place here to ensure every child involved with the courts ...

Canfield approves union pact

CANFIELD — After several years of back and forth negotiations, city council, by a 4-0 vote, accepted an agreement between the city and the Public Works members who belong to the Utility Workers United of America. The collective bargaining agreement that Council approved actually began with negotiations in 2019. Although hampered somewhat by the pandemic, negotiations continued until some final sticking points ...

Group in Canfield to focus on racial injustice in 2022

CANFIELD — Canfield's perception by minorities — real or not — is something that a new Canfield Racial Equality and Diversity organization will work to determine throughout next year. Ashley Kanotz, R.E.D. chairman, said it will declare 2022 as a year of learning about racial injustice. She said it will be a time to learn about where Canfield has come from and where it is right now. Where it is ...

Canfield to examine its attitudes on race

CANFIELD — Mayor Richard Duffett said at the beginning of this year that if Canfield is perceived as a racist community, he wants to change that. His goal is beginning to be realized with the formation of Canfield R.E.D. (Racial Equality and Diversity), and its first public meeting is set 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Canfield library. “We will be looking for a discussion from the community on what they ...

State law upstaged Canfield charter issue

CANFIELD — Though voters rejected a charter amendment to ban city managerial employees from using city money or time to engage in political activity, the prohibition remains in place because of state law, supporters and opponents of the proposal say. “There’s already a state law that forbids public funds or employees to do political work so the failure to pass this doesn’t mean it permits us to do ...

Canfield looks to alleviate Sawmill Creek water woes

CANFIELD — Engineers and residents who live along Sawmill Creek met with city manager Wade Calhoun to discuss a proposed project aimed at easing flooding in the city’s northwest quadrant. Calhoun said in mid- to late 2018, the city received multiple reports of flooding in the South Briarcliff Drive area. “We looked at the drainage route and came up with ideas to alleviate the problem,” Calhoun said ...