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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Hubbard mayor proud of progress despite pandemic

HUBBARD — When he took office as mayor of Hubbard in January 2020, Ben Kyle said he did not know what to expect when two months later the coronavirus pandemic began, but the city was able to see several important projects completed this year. “We worked through the pandemic with some roadblocks that we confronted. We really navigated them well and now in 2021, in my opinion as well as the auditor, we are ...

Sunshine draws large crowd

BAZETTA — With what was the only day for the Trumbull County Fair without any rain, fair officials are expecting their final day on Sunday will be the one with the most attendees. Throughout the day, parking attendants helped direct motorists to available spots, including a large field across from the fairgrounds off Hoagland Blackstub Road after the spaces within the fairgrounds were filled. Long lines ...

Historical societies in Valley focus on membership, live events

After more than a year of having to suspend in-person programming or allowing people to tour their historic buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic, historical societies in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are focusing on membership campaigns and the return to live programs and events. MAHONING COUNTY The Mahoning Valley Historical Society in Youngstown had to cancel in-person happenings, but did see an ...

Societies focus on memberships, adapting after COVID-19

After more than a year of having to suspend in-person programming or allowing people to tour their historic buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic, historical societies in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are focusing on membership campaigns and the return to live programs and events. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society in Youngstown had to cancel in-person happenings, but did see an increase in ...

Girard to boost pay for part-time police, dispatchers

GIRARD — After having difficulty finding part-time police officers and dispatchers, city council took the first step Monday to increase the pay from $10 per hour to $16 per hour. Safety Service Director Jerry Lambert said this year has been challenging to find employees for the police department, with a need to increase the hourly pay to get people to apply. Lambert said plans originally were to increase the ...

Church carnivals return

Mount Carmel festivals, which could not be held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, have returned this summer — bringing food, musical entertainment, games, bingo and fireworks for families. Festivals are planned this week in Girard, Lowellville and Niles. • The Girard Mount Carmel Festival will be today to Friday at the Italian Fraternal Home Club grounds, 33 W. Wilson Ave. The midway is open 6 to ...

Local communities host Mount Carmel festivals

Mount Carmel festivals, which could not be held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, have returned this summer -- bringing food, musical entertainment, games, bingo and fireworks for families. Festivals are planned this week in Girard, Lowellville and Niles. Get details on all the festivals in Monday's Vindicator.

Mahoning, Trumbull series promotes unity, diversity

WARREN — A new monthly series is bringing congregations of different denominations and faiths together from Trumbull and Mahoning counties for combined fellowship, praise and worship. The Greater Apostolic Faith Church in Warren kicked off the series in May with plans for hosting events on Wednesday nights throughout the year with a common theme of “Loving and Serving God.” Pastor J. Laverne ...

Making magical memories

YOUNGSTOWN — Children who love Harry Potter books and movies have been spending the week making potions and magic wands as part of a week-long specialty camp at the Jewish Community Center. Amelia Kovach, senior counselor for the JCC specialty camp, said regular camps run the entire summer at the JCC, but there are special weeklong camps with specific themes such as theater and robotics taking place for eight ...

Girl Scout camp getting new look

VERNON — Camp Sugarbush, which for 65 years has provided a place for Girl Scouts across Northeast Ohio to take part in a variety of outdoor activities, is getting a new look. Work has taken place in recent weeks to enlarge the fishing pond and add other items, including new pavilions. “It’s the buzz in Trumbull County right now,” said Mary Jeanine Pipino, who co-chaired the revitalization and ...