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WRITER: J.T. Whitehouse

Canfield looks to add parking

CANFIELD — Township trustees are looking to add a couple of parking spaces at township hall for use during office hours. The idea came after the completion of a pavement project earlier this year that widened the township hall drive. “I would like to have a temporary parking place for visitors to use,” Chairman Brian Governor said Tuesday. The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t use the ...

Struthers hosts Scott flag collection

STRUTHERS — The city is hosting the Samuel Hubbard “Hub” Scott flag collection until June 1 at city hall — a collection that represents years of preserving America’s story. Jonathan Guerrier of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution explained that Samuel Hubbard Scott of Toledo was a World War I disabled cavalry veteran. He joined the SAR in 1948 and was elected president of the ...

Custom cars coming to Austintown in July

AUSTINTOWN — Austintown businessmen Mark Cole and Jerry Dixey have joined to bring the 2022 Syracuse Nationals Road Tour to Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown on July 10. The event will feature 30 street rods and street machines that will come from all over the United States. These tours are nothing new for Dixey, who has been doing the events for the past 25 years. The first was in 1996, when Street ...

Canfield native discusses historic Valley railroad

CANFIELD — City native Bob Gentzel, who now lives in Virginia, highlighted some facts about a railroad that ran through Canfield during a recent lecture at the Canfield branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Gentzel has done extensive research on the former Niles-to-Lisbon route, and the research shows it all began in Canfield. “On Feb. 18, 1853, a Friday, delegates from the ...

Canfield takes next step for Red Gate infrastructure

CANFIELD — City council has approved starting the design work for Phases 2 and 3 of the Red Gate Sanitary Sewer Project so officials can put a price tag on the project. City Manager Wade Calhoun said the design segment would cost $183,946 for Phase 2, and $120,076 for Phase 3. The loan to fund the design work would come from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund and would be needed before moving into the ...

Woman oversees four decades of growth in gardening of herbs

GREENFORD — This year, the Holborn Herb Growers Guild is celebrating 40 years of bringing the joy of herb gardening to the area. It all started with founding member Carrie Burkey, 84, a 1955 Boardman High School graduate who went on to attend Ohio University for her bachelor’s degree in teaching. After graduating in 1959, she moved to Connecticut and while there, Burkey had the opportunity to visit ...

Canfield shelves new school plans

CANFIELD — The Canfield Board of Education voted to rescind the 6.9-mill bond levy from the Aug. 2 ballot after its defeat by nearly 72 percent in the May 3 primary. “We saw what the election results were,” board President Nader Atway said. “I interpret it, based on the margin of loss, it was clearly a defeat.” Canfield Superintendent Joe Knoll asked board members, “Do we want to continue or ...

Canfield approves gas aggregation resolution

CANFIELD — Township trustees approved a resolution Tuesday to continue the township’s gas aggregation program for three years that may start as early as late August. Township Administrator Keith Rogers said the previous gas aggregation contract was voided after Volunteer Energy filed for bankruptcy protection on March 25. Volunteer canceled their contracts with more than 200,000 customers, with most being ...

Austintown hears flooding concerns

AUSTINTOWN — A resident, Michael Case, questioned Austintown Township trustees if anything could be done with the raging creek that runs behind his Frederick Street home. He said the creek is a small one, but lately it has become a fast-flowing creek that is washing away its banks and enlarging the creek’s size. He said the fast flow has also uncovered Case’s sewer line, which was supposed to run under ...

Canfield peruses zoning changes

CANFIELD — City council had three first readings on legislation seeking zoning changes, which were recommended by the city planning and zoning commission, in a continuing effort to establish clear zones to coincide with the city’s comprehensive plan. The legislation includes rezoning Lot 1185 at 580 W. Main St. from manufacturing to general commercial; Lot 2986 at 374 Newton St. from manufacturing to ...