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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Boy Scouts earn radio merit badges rapidly

By BOB COUPLAND Staff writer CANFIELD — Area Boy Scouts were able to earn their radio merit badges in one day thanks to a weekend program at Camp Stambaugh in coordination with local amateur radio association groups. Frank Sole of Poland with the Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association said three clubs —the MVARA, Western Reserve Amateur Radio Assocation and 20 Over 9 Radio Club all had representatives ...

Church welcomes the YSO

PETERSBURG — With its many colorful stained-glass windows, Petersburg Presbyterian Church seemed the ideal location for a Sunday afternoon stained-glass concert by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Nearly 200 people filled the church sanctuary and balcony for the free one-hour concert. Dick Younger of New Middletown, church organist, said he learned the symphony has performed at churches in the past and ...

Icon makes visit to Greek Orthodox church

WARREN — It was almost standing-room only as community members gathered this past week to view and pray to the Icon of Saint Paraskevi, which made a stop at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and Windsor House in Champion. Kitsa Aivazis of Warren said the miracle-working icon made its pilgrimage to Warren from an island in Greece, where she and many other church members’ families are from. “It is a ...

On the record - Weathersfleld

WHAT: Board of education meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Tim Gleason, Cheryl Basista, Mark Bodo, Joshua Garris and Aaron Wallace The board: • Accepted the retirement resignation of Marci Buchanan as library aide at Seaborn Elementary School effective Dec. 31 after 25 years. Buchanan, who is a member of the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, has presented programs in the schools on local history. Superintendent ...

Veteran's military service led to CIA career

HUBBARD — A Hubbard veteran’s military experience in the U.S. Army led to a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency. John Raica, 83, of Hubbard, said he enlisted in the Army after attending Gannon University in Erie, Pa., with plans to become a teacher. He said he is glad he never did become a teacher since his military experience and training led to a career with the CIA. “In 1959, I went ...

Catholics, Lutherans join for common witness to gospel

CANFIELD — Sharing the similarities and common ways of learning and teaching the gospel were addressed by area Lutheran and Catholic religious leaders at a recent Lutheran-Catholic Covenant celebration. Edward Hahnenberg, professor of Catholic theology at John Carroll University, spoke to more than 60 people, including bishops, pastors and ministers, on “Our Common Witness to the Gospel” focusing on the ...

New focus, same love for lake

CORTLAND — On June 15, 1944, after the Mosquito Lake Dam was constructed and dedicated, a local group was formed to focus on enjoying the outdoors in and on Mosquito Lake. This year the Cortland Conservation Club is marking its 75th anniversary with members spending time boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming or relaxing in the evenings watching sunsets at the lake. Randy Cox, club president, said the group ...

300 snack on samples at Taste of Hubbard

HUBBARD — Nearly 300 people spent four hours Sunday afternoon sampling food items from Hubbard area restaurants, caterers and businesses while helping to raise funds for a bell tower project at Harding Park. The 12th annual Taste of Hubbard had 25 restaurants, vendors and food businesses set up in the park where people could try many entrees and a variety of desserts. Mary Buchenic of the Taste of Hubbard ...

YSU to speak to FAA about low-flying plane

YOUNGSTOWN — A small plane that was flying very low over Stambaugh Stadium during the Youngstown State University football game Saturday afternoon will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. YSU officials have been in contact with the FAA and plan to speak further with the agency today, Ron Cole, communications director for YSU, said Sunday. Cole said although he didn’t attend the game, ...

Volunteers build beds for children

AUSTINTOWN — Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church and community members spent a day building bunk beds for local children who often have to sleep on piles of clothes on the floor. Laurie Avey of Girard and Sandy Hintz of Austintown, members of the church who coordinated the effort with Sleep In Heavenly Peace, said 11 bunk beds were built in the parking lot by 70 people, and 30 hygiene kits were prepared ...