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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Learning to use telescopes

YOUNGSTOWN — While a telescope can be an exciting window into the cosmos, learning to use the instruments to peer into the heavens can be a little bit daunting. That is why members of the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society were on hand this weekend to provide guidance and instruction on how to set up a telescope and use it. Children and adults brought their telescopes Saturday to the Youngstown State ...

Valley auction of model trains brings in $38K

NORTH LIMA — Auction of the model train collection of a well known North Lima resident generated nearly $40,000 with bidders from six states wanting to get items. Paul Basinger with Basinger Auction Services said the auction, which closed Tuesday, had two open houses before the closing date with people of all ages attending to see the 29-by 24-foot display of many pieces of the post-war Lionel model ...

Citizens to assist Hubbard Township police

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Members of a newly formed citizens committee said they will do whatever they need to help the township’s police department and have already established a fund to assist the police officers if the department faces further financial challenges. More than 25 residents and some police officers met Sunday evening to discuss ways to raise money and reduce costs to keep the department ...

Citizens to assist Hubbard Township police

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Members of a newly formed citizens committee said they will do whatever they need to help the township’s police department and have already established a fund to assist the police officers if the department faces further financial challenges. More than 25 residents and some police officers met Sunday evening to discuss ways to raise money and reduce costs to keep the department ...

Model train lovers to bid on area collection

NORTH LIMA — A large Lionel model railroad collection that was once owned by a longtime North Lima resident who owned several Dairy Queens is being auctioned by Basinger Auction Service. Paul Basinger said the collection belonged to Ronald Rapp of North Lima, who died at the age of 82 in 2018. “We acquired his extensive collection. The collection has a huge variety of more than 500 pieces. Some are ...

Hubbard Board of Education

Hubbard WHAT: Board of Education organizational meeting Thursday PRESENT: Rocky Adams, Donald Newell, Amanda O’Neill, William Cummings and Tony Pantone Jr. The board: • Named Adams as president and Newell as vice president for 2020; • Set meetings for 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at board meeting room; • Approved Superintendent Raymond Soloman to serve as the board’s hearing ...

St. John’s observes Boar’s Head feast

YOUNGSTOWN — For the past 59 years, members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown have come together to present the annual popular holiday presentation of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log. The church held two performances Sunday, which included participants of all ages. Meg Silver of Poland, director of the performance since 2004, said, “This is a unique tradition we have held at the church for ...

Two dead in shooting in Mecca

MECCA — A man and woman are dead following Sunday night shootings in Mecca. Several law enforcement agencies and safety crews were called out at 8:38 p.m. after a woman reported that a man had just shot another woman inside the house at 6067 Hoagland Blackstub Road. A 911 spokesman said an adult female, who said she was hiding in a closet at the home, reported that “Tommy Coburn” had shot her ...

Dulcimer Society gets new location

HOWLAND — Township resident Margie Timko said she has had a dulcimer instrument at her home since the 1980s and had never learned to play it, so when she heard the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County found a new location for their meetings at the Howland SCOPE Center, she decided to attend a group gathering. The Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County is a small group of dulcimer players (mountain and hammered), ...

Churches come together in unity

WARREN — Members of a dozen churches in Trumbull and Mahoning counties came together in unity before the start of the new year for the third annual Unison Live event at Restoration Christian Fellowship. With singing, dancing, praise, flag waving and sharing of testimonials, congregants from different denominations joined to appreciate the fine and performing arts. Jeremy Walker, event coordinator, said ...