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WRITER: J.T. Whitehouse

Boardman meetings get flooding project flowing

Two public entitites took the first steps Tuesday in relieving flooding problems for 1,400 township residents. The Boardman Board of Education and the ABC Water and Storm Water Utility District approved a transfer agreement where ABC would take over 14.6 acres of the Market Street school property. A second agreement would allow the utility district five years to build a park in efforts to ease area ...

New Poland chief brings plenty to the community

POLAND — The village’s police chief may be new to the position, but he brings a ton of law enforcement experience to help him continue to keep residents safe. Don Lambert was sworn in Sept. 7 after Poland Village Council unanimously approved him as the new chief. He replaces Russell Beatty, who died unexpectedly Aug. 28. “Russ was my boss and my mentor,” Lambert said. “He was a big brother that I ...

Meet the Canfield Fair's first family

CANFIELD — What family today can say it has never missed a Canfield Fair and has had a family member in attendance at all 174 fairs? The Neff family can very well make that claim when one looks at the family tree. According to Jennifer Neff of Florida, the first of the family to settle in Mahoning County was Conrad Neff. In 1805, Conrad moved to Canfield from Pennsylvania with some other German ...

Queens for a year, friends forever

CANFIELD — The Canfield Fair has long been a place where thousands go for fun, to showcase talents, show off animals and make new friends. Two friends from the 1946 fair still get together. In 1946, there was no 4-H royal court at the fair. Instead, each township in Mahoning County would select a representative, or queen, who would then attend the fair and hope to be given the title of “Queen of the ...

New welcome sign adorns county veterans memorial at fair

CANFIELD — A handful of veterans worked at the Mahoning Veterans Memorial log house last week to install a new sign prior to the start of the 175th Canfield Fair. The sign will be placed near Green Drive in front of the log cabin. “The Mahoning Veterans Memorial members raised funds to obtain a new sign,” said MVM President Fred Schrock. “Bud’s Signs in Youngstown made the sign.” He said ...

Goats get ready for fair debut

CANFIELD — One way to get the goat of 4-Hers is to have them show up with their animal projects. That’s what happened earlier this month at the Canfield Fairgrounds, when Junior Fair youth showed up with their goats to get them ready for showing in a few weeks. One young 4-Her on hand from the Village Varieties 4-H Club was Kaylee Burcaw, 17, of North Benton. She has two French Alpine goats named ...

Local artist honors Canfield police

CANFIELD — Austintown artist Ron Moore unveiled his latest work, which was inspired by and dedicated to the Canfield Police Department, at Wednesday’s council meeting. “I’ve committed myself to dedicating a special piece of artwork to a different local police department every year,” Moore said. “This was Canfield’s year and my way of thanking the officers for their unwavering dedication to ...

Council gifted $50,000 to upgrade police station

CANFIELD — Mahoning County commissioners attended Wednesday’s Canfield City Council meeting to make a recent donation official. The commissioners presented the check for $50,000 that went to the completion of the renovated police station behind city hall off Lisbon Street. “We had the renovation of the dispatch center in the works for two years,” said Canfield police Chief Chuck Colucci. “By the ...

Poland board delays school start to Aug. 26

POLAND — The village schools Board of Education on Tuesday approved making Aug. 26 the first day of classes. Classes were supposed to begin Monday, with teachers preparing their classrooms this week. However, because many of the projects in the buildings won’t be ready until Friday, school officials felt it would be best to delay the start of school to allow teachers the time to prepare their classrooms. ...

Canfield vet finds peace in the backyard

EDITOR’S NOTE: To suggest a Saturday profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com. CANFIELD — Frank Micchia enjoys retirement in his backyard with a garden 23 years in the making. After a successful career and a move to Canfield, Micchia and his wife of 50 years, Marcia, were ready to build their own peaceful ...