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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Austintown group seeks vintage wagon for Log Cabin

AUSTINTOWN — For the past 40 years, a large historic wagon has sat outside the Austintown Historical Society’s log cabin on South Raccoon Road — but soon, that might not be the case. The wagon, donated by the Austintown Lions Club about 20 years ago, is set to be picked up by the township and scrapped after two wheels broke in a recent repair attempt, said historical society president Joyce Pogany. ...

Austintown school board: Open enrollment OK'd for '20-21

Austintown WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday PRESENT: Don Sherwood, Robin Krempasky, Kathy Mock, Harold Porter and Kim Smrek The board: l Swore in new board member Smrek and returning board member Harold Porter; l Named Don Sherwood president and Robin Krempasky vice president for the year; l Set board meetings for the third Thursday of the month, with exceptions noted on the board website; ...

DeWine argues to save Scrappers

NILES — “Baseball is the bloodstream of the American people,” wrote Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. The letter, sent Friday, urges Manfred to reconsider eliminating any Minor League Baseball teams, including the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, which is among 42 teams that may lose their Major League Baseball player development contract for the 2021 ...

Favorite US bird tracked in the area

BERLIN CENTER — Counting the number of bald eagles each January is a matter of tracking the progress of eagle restoration, but also a matter of keeping America’s favorite bird in the public eye, said Jason Quinn, Berlin Lake Army Corps of Engineers resource manager. “People love to see them and love to watch them,” said Quinn of the birds. He said eagle restoration has been successful in large part ...

Austintown police expansion touted for efficiency, better service

AUSTINTOWN — With a $503,000 expansion to the Austintown Township Police Department nearing completion, dispatchers in the building are eager to move to new space that will not only provide more elbow room, but also help improve efficiency in responding to emergencies in multiple communities. “We outgrew the old room and needed space,” said township police Chief Robert Gavalier. Stephen Sinn, ...

3 new Austintown police officers hailed

AUSTINTOWN — The township now has three new, full-time police officers — bringing the police department nearly to full force. Nathan R. Spitler, Anthony B. Morucci Jr. and Chance A. Hanshaw were hailed as “the cream of the crop” as they were sworn in Monday night by fiscal officer Laura Wolfe. “These three individuals impressed us all,” said police Chief Robert Gavalier, during the township ...

Scout Klondike Derby marks teamwork, skill

CANFIELD — More than 160 boys and girls spent a record-breaking warm Saturday in the mud, chopping wood, raising flags and pushing sleds stocked with equipment not unlike those used by late 1800s gold seekers in the Klondike. The annual Whispering Pines District Scouts BSA Klondike Derby is based on the real-life struggles encountered by the men and dogs who crossed the frozen Klondike after gold was ...

Niles treasurer ‘voluntarily’ resigns

NILES — The Niles Board of Education unanimously accepted what it is called a “voluntary resignation” by abandonment of position from Treasurer Lori Hudzik, who did not return to work as mandated on Dec. 27. “We want to do what’s best for the district,” said Mary Ann McMahon, board president, during a special meeting Monday. “We need a treasurer. We need someone who is going to be able to ...

Holiday symbol to be home for fish

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s time to take down the lights, pack up the stockings, and store away the Christmas cheer for another year — but what will happen to the hundreds of live Christmas trees across the Mahoning Valley that are no longer decorating living rooms? In Mahoning County, the answer is simple: Those trees will become homes for fish. The Mahoning County Green Team in partnership with the Ohio ...

Children glide through STEM projects at OH WOW!

YOUNGSTOWN — “It’s a structure that floats over land,” said Leilanie Premkumar, 8, of Solon, when asked what a hovercraft is. Premkumar was among other children who spent part of their Saturday blowing up balloons to power do-it-yourself CD hovercrafts that glided and sputtered over the tabletops at OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. Every ...