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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Oktoberfest pulls in the crowds for 45th event

BOARDMAN — For 45 years, the Boardman Rotary has hosted an Oktoberfest that brings families from throughout the area and from other states together for a day of fun shopping. The annual event took place Sunday at Boardman Park with thousands of visitors at the all-day event. Shelly Liberto, Rotary president, said of the 200 vendors, about 170 are arts and crafts with the rest being food, nonprofit and ...

Vienna Fish and Game updates rules after stray bullet incident

VIENNA — A township fish and game club revised its target practice policy after a bullet reportedly ricocheted from a metal target and struck the window of a nearby home in mid-April. The Vienna Fish and Game Club’s board of directors now allow only paper targets at the range, according to board Trustee Russell Evans. On Easter, a member and guests were shooting on the range when the incident occurred. ...

On the record: Girard Board of Education

Girard WHAT: Board of Education meeting Sept. 22 PRESENT: Diane Alejars, Mark Zuppo, Sue Ellen Davis, Vince Ragozine and Joe Datchuk The board: Approved an agreement with United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley for providing programming in the form of Success After Six through June 2023; Approved working with the Ohio School Council for advertising and receiving bids for the purchase of a ...

On the record: Liberty

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Christopher Brookbank, Diana DeVito, David Malone and Kara Morgan ABSENT: Shawn Chrystal The board: • Approved paying Liberty Fire Department staff for emergency medical technicians $100 for each medic at the football games. The EMTs are on staff in case of emergencies; • Approved Natalie Wright as 12-month administrative assistant to the ...

Franklin Graham shares message of his father at amp

YOUNGSTOWN — The importance of the message “God Loves You,” a theme of his famous father’s crusades over the decades, remains just as vibrant today, evangelist Franklin Graham said downtown Tuesday night. Graham, 70, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the Graham Foundation’s “God Loves You” tour at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. Thousands of people ...

Girard eyes recreation levy next May

GIRARD —With work being done on improvements on the city building’s 90-year-old gymnasium, and work also being done at the city parks, city officials plan to place a recreation levy on the May 2023 primary ballot. First Ward Councilman Keith Schubert requested legislation be prepared for the next meeting to begin the process for placing a recreation levy on that ballot. Mayor Jim Melfi said at ...

Valley museum to display flags permanently

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is in the process of getting its Samuel Hubbard Scott flag collection permanently displayed at the National McKinley Memorial Birthplace Museum in Niles. The SAR chapter met this weekend in Niles, where the announcement was made. Belinda Weiss, director of the museum, said she was excited with the news about the flag collection, ...

Hubbard veteran recalls meeting Elizabeth before her reign began

HUBBARD — With the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, Hubbard resident and Army veteran Art Kourian recalled visiting England with other GIs and meeting the then-princess when she came to the gate at Buckingham Palace to greet them. That was in the spring of 1946 when Kourian was 18. He recently celebrated his 95th birthday. “There was a small group of American soldiers and some Canadians who were ...

Rescue Mission offers Bible study

YOUNGSTOWN — The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley has started a new ministry with a weekly Bible study on the Book of Revelations. The program kicked off this summer and has attracted many people each week. The program is offered at 6 p.m. for a 45 minutes each Wednesday. John Muckridge, president and CEO of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, said the purpose of the Bible study is to offer ...

Lordstown to fund traffic light

LORDSTOWN — Mayor Arno Hill broke a 3-3 vote of village council on Monday, as the village opted not to seek $45,000 from Ultium Cells LLC for a temporary traffic signal at the facility’s entrance off state Route 45. Council earlier this month had approved an ordinance seeking that Ultium Cells reimburse the village the $45,000 cost to install the temporary traffic signal. But village officials said the ...