FLASH BRIEFING SUNDAY


When Frank and Shirley Weatherby moved into a rented home on Homewood Avenue Southeast near Warren's Trumbull Memorial Hospital in 1965, they didn’t know they were living in the boyhood home of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Four years later, Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission, became the first person to step foot on the moon on July 20, 1969 — 50 years ago. The anniversary was celebrated Saturday across the nation and locally, including at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, where about 25 people watched NASA footage of the rocket launch, moon landing and splashdown. It wasn’t until 1972 when the Weatherbys learned from a neighbor a few doors down the block that Armstrong and his family had lived in the upstairs part of their home.

55 people and 30 animals had to be evacuated Saturday in Kinsman after a downpour washed out a causeway linking their homes to the main road. The flooding occurred at Kinsman Lake and elsewhere in the small community when about 7 inches of rain came down between 6 and 8 a.m. Township Trustee Vice Chairwoman Linda Miller.estimated the storm caused at least $2 million in damage to road beds, culverts and two other small bridges that were washed out, including major flood damage across state Route 7, the major north-south route through Kinsman.

Today is National Ice Cream Day, and the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area has more ice cream parlors per capita than any city in America, according to data from Infogroup.

Infogroup looked at urban clusters with populations more than 500,000 people. The Youngstown area has 63 ice cream parlors, or 1.169 for every 10,000 people. Some people enjoying ice cream on Friday speculated that Youngstown residents love ice cream because of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt. The ice cream shop was founded here in 1945 on Handel’s Court near Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard and has seven locations in the Mahoning Valley.

But Robert Herron of Oxford doesn’t have a favorite spot – he likes to try different ice cream shops.

White House Fruit Farm's fourth annual Blues Berry Bash festival opened Saturday afternoon and continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road (U.S. Route 62). The two-day free, family-oriented event features a wide variety of blueberry-themed treats that include slushes, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, milk, soda and screamers – slushes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cup, in addition to angel food cake, pies, cheesecake and muffin bread, as well as White House’s well-known doughnuts.

In addition, the fruit farm’s Budgie Bird Barn, a small indoor sanctuary for a wide array of birds, will be open today, and entertainment will be provided by Major Morgan from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the Gordon James Blues Band, from 2 to 4 p.m.

And if you're looking for summer fun this week, the 21st annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Festival will open Thursday and run through next Sunday on the church grounds at 343 Via Mount Carmel, next to Choffin Career Center. Admission is $4 and hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The four-day event will feature Italian food vendors, a large silent auction with more than 200 baskets, a morra contest and free parking at nearby lots with free shuttle service. Music by Italian artists is scheduled every evening on the outdoor main stage inside the tent and another in the social hall.

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