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WRITER: J.T. Whitehouse

Gulf War pilot still enjoys big birds

CANFIELD — After decades of flying the big birds, Gulf War veteran Mike Pompoco has switched to big birds of prey as he enjoys the hobby of falconry. It seems a fitting hobby for someone who spent so much time flying in the clouds. Pompoco is a 1978 Chaney graduate who went on to play baseball at the Ohio State University. He said the original goal was to get into a wildlife career and when he found the ...

Forever 4-Hers keep projects going

Like many of the area 4-H clubs, the Forever 4-Hers felt the effects of the pandemic this summer, yet found a way to continue as a club and take care of community projects. “Community service is very important to my club and I feel it is an important life lesson to give back to our community and make the world a better place,” said head adviser Mary Kay Erb. “Before COVID-19, we made more than 100 treat ...

North Jackson youth prepare for the fair

NORTH JACKSON — For Cooper Selley, 15, and his sister Caylee, 13, the hard work of 2020 will come to a head during this year’s Junior Fair, happening now at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The two Western Reserve High School students, son and daughter of Cheri and Lee Selley, had a busy year and August meant full schedules for both. Cooper said his calendar was pretty much full with sports, regular chores ...

New 3D 4-H Club completes several community projects

One of Mahoning County 4-H’s newest clubs may not have representation at the Mahoning County Junior Fair, choosing instead to do small projects that were judged in midsummer. Others are looking toward next year’s fair. “We had 10 members participate in the virtual judging and received county ribbons,” said 3Ds advisor Shirley Kellgreen. “The Cloverbuds that participated in virtual public ...

Processors prepare for junior fair

COLUMBIANA — Canfield Junior Fair youth spend their whole spring and summer raising animals that will become food for the successful bidders during the Junior Fair auction. The auction happens on Thursday and Friday of the fair this week. Afterward, successful bidders can have their animals processed immediately at several processing plants that have reserved spots for them. “Junior Fair animals already ...

Pop Shop is back on wheels for 50th year

CANFIELD — The Pop Shop, the Junior Fair’s nonprofit concession, is in its 50th year. That milestone will be celebrated a lot differently than in previous fairs as the shop is almost returning to its founding years in a concession trailer. The Pop Shop started in 1970 as a concession that would provide a low-cost meal for the hundreds of 4-H youth and their families who spend five, six or more days at ...

Junior Fair all there is this year

CANFIELD — This year’s 174th Canfield Fair is reduced to just a Junior Fair and is limited to only families of the participants. It was the only move the fair board could make, with the state’s latest COVID-19 directives. The Junior Fair is somewhat different than the adult fair. Junior Fair focuses on the youth and has been around for the past 89 years. According to information supplied by the ...

Treasures to remain unseen at Educational Hall on fairgrounds

CANFIELD — The cleaning, fresh backdrops, and tons of student-created artwork won’t be happening this year at Educational Hall on the Canfield Fairgrounds. “Educational Hall is among many others that will not be open this year due to COVID-19,” Mahoning County Education Service Center Superintendent Traci Hostetler said. The building, seen by thousands as the first building inside the main gate, is ...

One for the record books

CANFIELD — A tradition was born 174 years ago when the Mahoning County Agricultural Society was formed, thanks to the enthusiasm of Eben Newton and Elisha Whittlesey. Whittlesey focused on the desire for a fair in a speech to the Congregational Church in 1847, where the topic was “Competitive Exhibitions as a Means of Awakening More Active Interest in All Industrial Pursuits.” After an 1846 fair that ...

Historical Scout site

CANFIELD TOWNSHIP — Camp Stambaugh claimed its place in history as an Ohio Historical Marker was dedicated at the Boy Scout campsite’s entrance Thursday afternoon. Camp Stambaugh, located at 3712 Leffingwell Road, is the second Ohio Boy Scout Camp to receive a marker, with the first being Camp Oyo near Columbus. It also is tied for the ninth oldest camp in the nation. Last year, the camp celebrated its ...