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WRITER: Lily Nickel

Turnpike crews ready to roll out for winter

CANFIELD — Though snow and ice are not yet in the forecast, the Ohio Turnpike snowplow fleet is ready to go once inclement weather falls upon the state. All eight maintenance buildings along the Ohio Turnpike completed their yearly 136-point inspections of their snow and ice fleets this week. Christopher Kalis, building foreman of the Canfield maintenance building, said the inspections take place annually ...

Boardman parents sue over masks

BOARDMAN — A group of Boardman parents has filed a lawsuit against the Boardman Board of Education and Superintendent Tim Saxton regarding the district’s mask requirement. The school district has repeatedly said the reason for the mask mandate is to keep students in classes. Ten parents, referring to themselves as the Boardman Ohio Parents Organization, filed a lawsuit individually and on behalf of ...

Brothers in Poland yuck it up as podcast and business partners

POLAND — Brothers Isaac and Luke Schuster say they always have been outspoken, but they took that label to new heights when they started a podcast to address issues in Poland. By day, Isaac, 27, and Luke, 42, are both mortgage loan officers for Nationwide Mortgage Bankers, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at them, or even their office. The Schuster brothers do not fit into typical ...

On the record: Poland Township

WHAT: Regular trustees meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Eric Ungaro, Joanne Wollet and Edward Kempers Trustees: • Heard from Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti regarding his support of the county ballot issue that would enact a 0.25 percent, five-year sales and use tax for the repair and maintenance of roads and other infrastructure; • Heard from Gina DeGenova, chief assistant prosecuting attorney ...

Boardman welcomes new safety personnel

BOARDMAN — A new police officer and firefighter will be joining the ranks in Boardman and they are eager to protect and serve the township. Township trustees on Tuesday night swore Alex Sepesy in to the fire department and Justin Binkiewicz in to the police department. Sepesy, 23, of Youngstown, follows in the footsteps of his father, David Sepesy Sr., who served as a firefighter in Struthers for 33 ...

Campbell council OKs purchase of firetruck

CAMPBELL — The Campbell Fire Department will be receiving a newer fire engine at the request of the fire chief to better meet the needs of the city. Council approved the purchase of a used 2015 Rosenbauer quick attack fire pumper truck from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus LLC of Union Grove, Alabama, totaling $153,100. Half of the funds will come out of the safety forces levy with the rest split between ...

‘Fight like a ninja warrior girl’

Editor’s note: Local breast cancer survivors are sharing their stories on the Health pages throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. BOARDMAN — Paula Caldwell argued with her doctors when she was first told that the lump they found in her breast was cancerous. She was used to finding lumps due to battling fibrocystic breast disease, a noncancerous disease that gives breast tissue a lumpy texture. ...

Mayoral hopefuls share visions for Canfield

CANFIELD — Three mayoral candidates will appear on the ballot for Canfield voters, giving residents plenty of options to fill the soon-to-be-vacant seat. Local businessman and previous city councilman and president Don Dragish, current councilman Bruce Neff, and park and recreation and cemetery board co-chair Kathryn Young are all running for the position. Incumbent Mayor Richard Duffet announced earlier ...

Booted off the bus

BOARDMAN — The Boardman Local School District declared as impractical the busing of 95 students, including multiple special needs students. The district blamed a shortage of bus drivers. A statewide bus driver shortage has led Boardman to require drivers to drive routes they’re not accustomed to and supervisors and assistants have even gotten behind the wheel when necessary, Superintendent Tim Saxton ...

On the record: Poland

WHAT: Village council meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Christopher Graff, Anthony Lattanzio, Martha Morgan, Michael Thompson and Mayor Timothy Sicafuse. ABSENT: Councilman Samuel Moffie and James Walkama Council: • Heard from Dave Smith, Poland Historical Society trustee, about the identification of trees on the Village Green; • Heard from resident Mike Zembower, director of Rosalie’s Forever Footprints, ...