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WRITER: Marly Reichert

Campbell churches to close

CAMPBELL — Two of the Catholic churches in “the city of churches” will close before the Christmas season nearly a decade after a merger of the city’s four Catholic parishes, according to the Diocese of Youngstown. Signs on the city’s main thoroughfares — state Route 616, U.S. Route 422, Coitsville Road and Wilson Avenue — proclaim the city’s moniker because churches of every denomination dot ...

Thunderstorms clobber Campbell

CAMPBELL — The eye of a severe thunderstorm Tuesday evening seems to have hovered over Campbell, with nearly 500 customers left without power for several hours, as well as uprooted trees and large branches scattered throughout the city. Ohio Edison reported about 800 outages Tuesday between 7 and 8 p.m., but most of them were in Campbell, according to the utility’s outage report on its website. Power ...

Youngstown actor celebrates being himself

AUSTINTOWN — James Major Burns has a lot to celebrate this year. He soon will be getting married after his 2020 wedding was postponed because of COVID-19. He will celebrate turning 30 after his actual birthday celebration also was delayed by the pandemic. He is celebrating 10 years of being in the theater. And he will perform a one-hour show at the Pride in the Valley Festival July 31 in Warren’s ...

Man on a World War II mission

California native Rishi Sharma is on a mission. The 2016 graduate of Agoura High School, which is north of Los Angeles, has been on the road since December 2016 interviewing World War II combat veterans across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has done interviews in 46 states, and the only two states he has not visited are Alaska and Arkansas. Sharma, ...

World War II endures in Beaver family’s home

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com BEAVER TOWNSHIP — It all started with G.I. Joe. Gary and Becky Borman said their twin sons, Jay and Chris, now 46, were huge fans of the popular action figure when they ...

On the record: Campbell

WHAT: City council meeting April 21 PRESENT: President George Levendis, Timothy O’Bryan, Bryan Tedesco, Joseph Mazzocca and Robert Stanko, Law Director Brian Macala and Mayor Nick Phillips Council: • Set the salary for finance clerk Eileen Valentin at $31,200 per year; • Agreed to pay $4,848 to Tactical Protection and Surveillance for the police department’s GPS equipment; • Set the wage for ...

Sisterhood of sewing

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Reichert at mreichert@tribtoday.com CANFIELD — The sewing gene may have skipped a generation in the Manchester family, but it is firmly planted in sisters Clare Neff and Betty Aberson, who own Village Quilts on ...

One survivor’s story

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Kosinski at mkosinski@tribtoday.com. BOARDMAN — Genevieve Coontz is a survivor. She was 1 year old when the Spanish flu pandemic hit in 1918. The disease killed her mother. Coontz — the youngest of 14 ...

Religious sculptures bring art, healing to downtown

YOUNGSTOWN — Bronze sculptures depicting Jesus by world-renowned artist Timothy P. Schmalz can be seen in downtown Youngstown, if you know where to look. Schmalz’s bronze scuplture “Homeless Jesus” has become a global phenomenon and can now be found in nearly 100 cities around the world. Schmalz is from Saint Jacobs, Ontario, Canada and created “Homeless Jesus” in November 2011 after being ...

Pictures and prayers

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com or metro editor Marly Kosinski at mkosinski@tribtoday.com HUBBARD — Linda Vasconi has had a lot of jobs, but none of them have made her as happy as her hobby of taking photos. Vasconi, 52, a native of Hickory, Pa., and a 1986 ...