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WRITER: Marly Kosinski

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 ...

Survivor helps others look their best

BOARDMAN — It’s been 12 years since Patti McSuley was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she went in for her yearly mammogram and something showed up, so the doctor called her with the results and asked McSuley to come back so they could recheck a certain area. “I was stupidly not worried and I thought there was something wrong with their machine,” said McSuley, who turned 59 on Monday. “They ...

Education through experience

GIRARD — Lucia Martuccio said she is embarrassed to admit how much she didn’t know about breast cancer before her own diagnosis in July 2019. “I mean, one in eight women will be affected by it and I was so uneducated,” Martuccio, 40, said. “The doctor told me I had triple-negative breast cancer and I thought that was a good thing.” Turns out, triple-negative breast cancer is the worst because it ...

Ursuline nun receives call to serve disadvantaged women

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. CANFIELD — When Ursuline Sister Patricia McNicholas was 2 years old, a tragedy befell her family that shaped her life — and her calling to religious life. “A train derailed near the Center Street bridge in Youngstown and ...

Pandemic drives more speeders to highways

Click here for an interactive map of Ohio vehicle crash statistics by county. Some drivers took advantage of roads and highways emptied by the coronavirus pandemic by pushing well past the speed limit, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On Sunday, troopers from the Canfield post clocked one driver going 101 mph and another 93 mph, both on Interstate 76 near Lake Milton, according to Sgt. Shaun ...

Youngstown author journeys the world

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. YOUNGSTOWN — When Tom Welsh was 4 years old, his snowman picture had teachers at the Ursuline Preschool in Canfield thinking he was an artistic prodigy. He said all the preschool students were given a test to determine their ...

Girard veteran recalls shared fears in Vietnam

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series published each Monday between Memorial Day and Veterans Day honoring local veterans. To nominate a veteran, email metro editor Marly Kosinski at mkosinski@tribtoday.com. GIRARD — It was 50 years ago today when George Finelli returned home to Girard after a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. And although the Army veteran never saw combat or was exposed to ...

Boardman grad lives her dream in New York City

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. Colleen Kratofil said from the time she was a teenager, she had “this crazy dream to move to New York and work at a magazine.” The 2010 Boardman High School graduate is living that dream as the style editor for People magazine, ...