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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Tubas rumble in holiday season at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN — More than 100 tuba and baritone players took the stage Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium to perform in the annual free TubaChristmas concert. Players ranging in age from 11 to 79 performed 15 songs, including “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” under the direction of Austintown Fitch High School band director Wesley O’Connor. Both the performers and the low brass instruments were decorated in ...

Creating a holiday home in gingerbread

NILES — Mineral Ridge resident William Ploskodniak said he didn’t mind being the only man spending time Monday creating a gingerbread house, as he and others spent two hours at the McKinley Memorial Library putting their artistic talents to work. The participants from Trumbull and Mahoning counties had the choice to either leave their gingerbread houses at the library for public display or to take them ...

Art legend, community leader Al Bright honored

YOUNGSTOWN — Each time the Butler Institute of American Art Director Louis Zona ties his tie, he said he thinks of his art professor, the late Al Bright. “I was in his first university class and always remembered, even when he was painting, he was always wearing a tie,” Zona said Sunday, during a gathering at the Butler to remember Al Bright, who died late last month. “I asked him about the tie, and he ...

Religion events

HUBBARD THANKSGIVING: Hubbard St Patrick Church, 357 N. Main St., will hold the third annual community Thanksgiving dinner 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The free event will provide meals to first responders, active military, senior citizens and others. RSVP at 330-534-1928. THANKSGIVING EVE: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty will be celebrating a special service on Thanksgiving Eve, ...

On the record: McDonald

WHAT: Village council meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Rich Harvey, Ray Lewis, Walt Bradley, Brian Fisher, Cliff DeZee and Mayor Glen Puckett ABSENT: Scott Seitz Council: • Gave second reading to a 5 percent salary increase for six employees in the street, sewer and water departments effective Jan. 1. Cost for the increases is $12,000; • Gave first reading to increase the rental inspection fees from ...

Canine friends offer comfort to readers

GIRARD — There were no cat stories read Tuesday night at the Girard Free Library, as local children had the opportunity to read aloud to friendly canine listeners. The program was offered to children who could sign up to read a book of their choice, most about dogs, to a dog listener as part of the “Read To A Dog” program. Xavier Glodziak, 9, a third-grader in Girard, picked “The Berenstain Bears’ ...

Weathersfield to seek funds for complex

WEATHERSFIELD — Township trustees, with the assistance of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, will be seeking additional state funds for the construction of a multi-purpose community center complex to be built at the township park off state Route 46. Steve Gerberry, trustee chairman, said at Tuesday’s meeting a request is being made to the state legislature to seek any available funds through the annual ...

Fixed speed cameras start snapping Monday

WEATHERSFIELD — Motorists traveling through the township will need to be prepared as fixed speed cameras have been installed on poles at five heavily traveled locations, where officials want to address problems with speeding vehicles. Police Chief Michael Naples said at Tuesday’s township trustees meeting that police will continue patroling and using the cameras — with some cameras to be at fixed ...

Recognizing veterans

WARREN — Guardian Angels from the Mahoning Valley came together Sunday to recognize veterans of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities in both counties and to treat them to an afternoon of music at Packard Music Hall. Judge James Fredericka of Trumbull County Probate Court, and Judge Robert Rusu Jr. of Mahoning County Probate Court and Guardian Angels program volunteers brought residents from 27 ...

Fairhaven calendar art contest draws many strong entries

By BOB COUPLAND Staff writer NILES — The brown and red leaves and trees painting created by Warren resident Erin Pressell will grace the cover of the Fairhaven Foundation’s 2020 calendar, as she and 11 others had their artwork selected for the annual fundraiser. Pressell, 16, was surprised when they called her name Wednesday evening at the foundation’s 21st annual dinner and calendar unveiling held ...