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100 remarkable things about Mahoning County

Tribune Chronicle photos / R. Michael Semple Donald Cotterman, 18, a senior at Springfield Local Schools, plays “First Call” on the trumpet Saturday to signal the start of the next horse race at the Canfield Fair. We have ranked the Canfield Fair among the top 100 remarkable things about Mahoning County.

Here is just a glimpse into all the amazing things, past, present and future, that help make Mahoning County such a diverse and uniquely wonderful place to live and visit. The numbers below should not be construed as order of value or importance. Each item, in fact, is No. 1 in its own right. We hope you enjoy reading this list — and then help us to complete it. Going forward, we hope to expand on these items with more in-depth coverage via intermittent feature stories.

1. YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

Nestled halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the university offers more than 115 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs. The development and growth of the university has been wonderful for Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

2. CANFIELD FAIR

Everyone has a favorite attraction — and a favorite fair food — and for tens of thousands of attendees, it’s a Labor Day weekend tradition.

3. MILL CREEK METROPARKS

Mill Creek MetroParks, the second-largest metropolitan park in the United States, and its gardens are a botanical oasis year round.

4. BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART

This art museum, located at 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, near the YSU campus, was the first museum dedicated exclusively to American art. Established by local industrialist and philanthropist Joseph G. Butler Jr., the museum has been operating pro bono since 1919. This year, the Butler celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Butler, of course, has a world-class collection featuring many of the biggest names in art, but the museum’s Donnell Sports Gallery is an especially noteworthy example of how Executive Director Louis Zona has worked to make the arts accessible to an audience that might not know who Winslow Homer or Robert Vonnoh are.

5. STAMBAUGH AUDITORIUM

This majestic theater hosts everything from big concerts to Youngstown State University lectures, but when its E.M. Skinner organ is used to provide the live score for a silent movie, it’s like being transported back a century ago. And now a multimillion-dollar project is underway with plans to restore the front steps and facade, continuing the revitalization of this treasured cultural facility.

6. YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS INCUBATOR

This successful technology campus in downtown Youngstown has now grown to include five buildings that have been renovated to foster cutting edge technology and additive manufacturing businesses.

7. Y-LIVE

Becoming known as the go-to end-of-summer event, this year’s third annual outdoor concert at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium is set for Sept. 21, featuring country superstar Blake Shelton.

8. GOOD HUMOR

Downtown Youngstown was the place confectioner Harry Burt created a chocolate coating compatible with ice cream. According to the company website, after the first Good Humor ice cream bars were created, Burt outfitted a fleet of 12 street vending trucks with freezers and bells to sell the bars. The first set of bells came from his son’s bobsled. After the product became a hit nationally, Jack Carson starred in the feature motion picture “The Good Humor Man.”

9. HANDEL’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM: A popular ice cream company franchise was founded by Alice Handel in 1945 with the first stand located near the intersection of Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard that is still in business today. Handel’s ice cream stands now are located nationwide and it has been nationally ranked as among the best ice creams in America.

10. ARBY’S: The fast food chain Arby’s also originated in Mahoning County, opening its first location on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman in 1964. The building exhibited its distinctive round roof architecture. Of course, today, Arby’s is an internationally known chain.

11. COVELLI CENTRE: From concerts to sporting events, Covelli Centre presents premium acts featuring Elton John to Disney on Ice. The 169,000-square-foot facility seats up to 7,000 and is the home ice for the Youngstown Phantoms.

12. YOUNGSTOWN PLAYHOUSE: One of the oldest continually operating community theaters in the country, the theater off Glenwood Avenue has two great performances spaces. They can fill the big theater with popular musicals like “Mamma Mia” while offering edgier fare in the Moyer Room with its Griffith-Adler series.

13. YOUNGSTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra began in 1926. The concert season is composed of both the classical Masterworks Concert Series and Pops concerts. Director Randall Craig Fleischer took the helm a decade ago.

14. DeYOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Home to Powers Auditorium and the Ford Family Recital Hall, the center is located in the heart of downtown Youngstown. The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and theatrical productions are performed in beautiful surroundings.

15. YOUNGSTOWN FOUNDATION AMPHITHEATRE: For a venue that only has been open since June, the outdoor venue has made a big first impression with an opening season that’s included such acts as Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, Brett Eldredge, Gucci Mane and local favorites Michael Stanley & the Resonators and Donnie Iris & the Cruisers.

16. HOME OF HIGHER EDUCATION: YSU isn’t the only place to advance your education in Mahoning County. The area has quite a trove of educational institutions, including the increasingly popular Eastern Gateway Community College and numerous other vocational schools and trade schools.

17. SKILLED LABOR: Possibly going hand in hand with the many trade schools is the high number and quality of skilled trades people living and working in Mahoning County.

18. OPERA WESTERN RESERVE: The Youngstown-based company showcases local and regional talent while staging full-scale operas every year at Stambaugh Auditorium.

19. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: This vibrant Youngstown-Warren regional organization is more than 2,000-members strong. It is full of positive promotion and always working behind the scenes to help generate new economic growth in our area.

20. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: We’re guessing the Chamber and other promoters would agree that a very marketable characteristic about Mahoning County is simply its perfect location midway between Chicago and New York and accessible by an excellent highway system.

21. FELLOWS RIVERSIDE GARDENS: These gardens are no less than amazing anytime from May to October, but when the Jewels of Winter Orchid Show comes out in the dead of winter, it serves as the reminder Valley residents need of how much beauty soon will be springing from the cold, hard ground.

22. FOUR SEASONS: Believe it or not, not everyone wishes for the heat of summer. Mahoning County and northeast Ohio’s four distinct seasons make this area quite attractive to both residents and visitors.

23. LAKE MILTON: This summer retreat has become quite a hot spot for both locals and out-of-the-region visitors. It can be both peaceful (if you’re into easy summer afternoons relaxing or fishing), or thrilling (if you’re into jet skis or fast boats).

24. MEANDER RESERVOIR: It has been called a gem of the Mahoning Valley because of its quiet beauty and protected nature areas, but it also serves a crucial function of providing drinking water to about 225,000 Mahoning Valley residents. The Reservoir is seven miles long, covers 2,010 acres with 40 miles of shoreline, and has a capacity of 11 billion gallons.

25. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF YOUNGSTOWN & MAHONING COUNTY: This extensive library system boasts more than 10 branches all over Mahoning County. Construction is underway for a new Campbell branch expected to be open next spring. A large renovation at the main library branch in Youngstown will follow, expected to begin around the same time.

26. RUST BELT THEATER COMPANY: This Youngstown community theater is dedicated to producing original works, and founder Robert Dennick Joki is a bawdy genius, creating plays and musicals that often mix outrageous humor with serious themes.

27. SUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Few events unite the arts community and other organizations like this annual July festival on the grounds of Youngstown State University, a showcase of art, music and ethnic culture.

28. EASY STREET PRODUCTIONS: Its “Miracle on Easy Street” is a holiday tradition for thousands, its “Pump Boys and Dinettes” remains the longest-running show in local theater history and its Little Rascals theater classes have trained a new generation of theater performers and theater lovers.

29. FEDERAL FRENZY: The free downtown Youngstown music festival organized by Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions every April brings national headliners like Judah and the Lion and Robert DeLong to the Valley and provides prime exposure for local acts on multiple stages.

30. PEPPERMINT RECORDING STUDIO: This recording studio is a Youngstown music mecca, a place where local bands recorded their first 45s in the 1950s and ’60s and host to recording sessions with numerous polka legends over the years.

31. SMARTS: For a region with a rich cultural heritage, Students Motivated by the ARTS in downtown Youngstown is cultivating the next generation of artists, musicians and arts patrons with its educational offerings.

32. BLUEBERRY DONUTS AT WHITE HOUSE FRUIT FARM: All those fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are grown on site, make the real reason for a visit to this Canfield market a little less guilt-inducing.

33. YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS: Here is a perfect way to watch future NHL stars. Two players for the USHL team that calls the Covelli Centre home were selected in the NHL draft in June, and 52 players in the league were drafted this year.

34. ED O’NEILL: The Youngstown native and Ursuline High graduate has starred in two sitcoms that each ran for more than 10 seasons — “Married with Children” and “Modern Family” — and remains a big booster of his hometown.

35. BIG LEAGUERS: TV stars aren’t the only local folks to make it big. Five Youngstown State University products played in the Major Leagues — Don Leshnock, Dave Dravecky, Brad Hennessey, Phil Klein and Justin Thomas. All were pitchers and three — Leshnock, Dravecky and Thomas — were lefties.

36. GEORGE THOMAS “SHOTGUN” SHUBA: This native of Youngstown’s Westside played for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s and is remembered for his symbolic role in breaking down MLB’s color barrier by offering his hand to teammate Jackie Robinson, who went on to become the first African-American to play big-league ball.

37. MAJOR LEAGUE UMPIRES: Mahoning County residents who served as big league umpires included John and Mark Hirschbeck of Poland, the first brother duo to umpire at the major league level and the same time. Also umpiring in the Major League was Wally Bell of Austintown, who died in 2013.

38. CRADLE TO BIG-NAME COACHES: Mahoning County also has long been known as a fertile cradle of football coaches for college and pro levels. They include Russell “Busty” Ashbaugh; Bob Cummings, 1970s Iowa coach; Bob Dove, College Football Hall of Fame, All-American end at Notre Dame, eight seasons in NFL, assistant coach at YSU; James Farragher, Notre Dame coach; Bo Pelini, Cardinal Mooney and OSU grad who coaches YSU and coached at Nebraska; Carl Pelini, Florida-Atlantic coach; Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma coach; Mark Stoops, University of Kentucky; and Mike Stoops, University of Arizona.

39. HOME OF DEBARTOLOS: The DeBartolo family, whose development company started both the Boardman Plaza and the Southern Park Mall in Boardman, bought controlling interest in the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970s and the team remains in the family’s hands, now controlled by Denise DeBartolo York of Canfield. The DeBartolos also owned the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team for 14 years.

40. NFL STARS: And let’s not forget the NFL stars that call or have called Mahoning County home. They include greats like Bernie Kosar, Matt Cavanaugh, Ron Jaworski, Paul McFadden, Ed Muransky, Jerry Olsavsky, Sherman Smith and Jeff Wilkins

41. LOCAL BOXERS: Amazingly, also six boxers who have called the Youngstown area home have won world championship belts — Harry Arroyo, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Greg Richardson, Jeff Lampkin, Kelly Pavlik and Craig Snyder of Canfield.

42. BOB CENE PARK: Named after amateur baseball player Bob Cene, the park in Struthers, once the site of a coke plant, was transformed into three baseball diamonds for youth ages 14 to 18 to compete on the sandlot. It is home to the Youngstown Class “B” League and frequently hosts the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series games.

43. STEEL MUSEUM: The Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor on West Wood Street provides the opportunity for an in-depth look into the steel industry that dominated Youngstown in the early 20th century.

44. OH WOW: In downtown Youngstown, OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, is a wonderland of science and learning for children up to 14. It has 11 galleries and more than 60 hands-ons exhibits lined to educational content standards in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

45. MAHONING COUNTY COURTHOUSE: A majestic building in downtown Youngstown, the interior has a large marble lobby floor with 12 marble drums and a rotunda that rises about 100 feet to a glass dome. The staircases are also built from marble. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

46. 9/11 MEMORIAL PARK: On South Raccoon Road in Austintown, the park memorializes those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The site includes remnants of beams from the World Trade Center in New York City, building stones taken from the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and dirt from the crash site of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pa.

47. CLASSIC CARS: The Snyder Specialty Cars museum in New Springfield has vehicles from the early 1900s through the 1960s.

48. YWCA: The YWCA Mahoning Valley formed in 2018 through a merger of the YWCAs in Youngstown and in Warren. The YWCA Youngstown organized in 1903 and was formally founded the next year. The organization’s administrative offices still are housed in the original 1912 building.

49. MAHONING RIVER: State and federal funding is being collected in attempts to revitalize the Mahoning River. The first dam removal project is to be completed this year in Lowellville.

50. CAMPBELL WORKFORCE CENTER: Campbell City Schools’ unique $12 million workforce center is nearing completion.

51. BRIER HILL: This Youngstown neighborhood enclave that encompasses some of Youngstown’s old steel corridor is noted for early settlement of Italian immigrants in the city. An Italian festival takes place in the blocks south of St. Anthony Church each August.

52. BRIER HILL PIZZA: And let’s not forget the popular, unique style of romano-cheese-topped pizza first created by the Italian immigrant women of the Brier Hill neighborhood. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Turin Avenue sells the popular pie each Friday as a fundraiser.

53. ROCKY RIDGE: Other Youngstown neighborhoods also showcase uniqueness. The Rocky Ridge neighborhood located on the city’s westside, for instance, includes parts of Mill Creek Park and the popular James A. Wick Recreational Area off Belle Vista Avenue that features an ice skating rink, softball and baseball fields and a Par 3 golf course, along with other amenities.

54. GARDEN DISTRICT: The Garden District community was named largely for the 11-acre Fellows Riverside Garden that lies at the northern terminus of sprawling Mill Creek Park, botanical gardens that have become a perfect picture spot for new brides and grooms.

55. LANSINGVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD: This community on the south side mirrored the Brier Hill neighborhood, but it straddled Poland Avenue and the steel mills along the Mahoning River only on the southeast side of town. The primary residents were the Slavic people who came from Europe to work in those Mills. Those Polish, Slovaks, Hungarian, Slovenian, Romanian, Croatian and Serbian people brought their own ways of cooking, worship and living to Youngstown. Some of the favorites still survive the years, including the sales of the meatless pierogis during the Fridays of Lent.

56. BROWNLEE WOODS: The neighborhood at the far southeast side of town where many homes were bought by middle-class steel workers trying to stay in the city, but wanting to avoid the inner city.

57. WESTLAKE CROSSING DISTRICT: This is a salute to the railroads of a bygone era, where all the tracks merged into a few going into downtown and crossed the intersection of major thoroughfares West Federal Street and West Rayen Avenue. The district is now home to light industry in Youngstown.

58. LANTERMAN’S MILL: This well-known spot in Mill Creek MetroParks is a popular photo-taking location, as well as a popular rest spot for hikers through the park.

59. PIONEER PAVILION: Also located in Mill Creek Park, this picturesque building is frequently the site of weddings, picnics and other outings.

60. NATIONAL SHRINE: Tucked away on North Lipkey Road in North Jackson, the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon is a Maronite Catholic Church under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis.

61. AMERICA MAKES: This innovative facility in downtown is now attempting to obtain a six-year renewal from the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining so that it can remain in Youngstown. The state has put $1 million in the operating budget to help America Makes.

62. THE YOUNGSTOWN FLEA: The Youngstown Flea hosts a “Market For Makers” once per month right in the heart of downtown Youngstown. This market is dedicated to local / regional vendors of hand-made, antique and repurposed wood / metal / furniture, vintage clothing, and collectibles. Upcoming markets are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.

63. FOUR SEASONS FLEA AND FARM MARKET: Some 600 spaces for vendors are located on a former airport tract at 3000 McCartney Road on the east side of Youngstown. Until 1951, this land boasted the largest airport between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

64. CAMP STAMBAUGH: The popular Boy Scout camp located on Leffingwell Road, just west of Tippecanoe Road in Canfield Township, is marking its 100th anniversary in 2019. The actual celebration event is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 20-22 and is expected to bring more than 1,000 Scouts, Scouters, families, staff, the public and friends from all over the Great Trail Council to Canfield. The event itself will feature over 40 activities for the public and Scouts of all ages and will involve numerous community organizations in support of the event.

65. BALLET WESTERN RESERVE: A nonprofit dance school located at 318 W. Boardman St., Youngstown, that is committed to offering high-quality dance classes in a variety of styles for children and pre-professionals. Nutcracker auditions will be 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the school.

66. TYLER HISTORY CENTER: A $4 million investment converted this beautifully renovated historic building in Youngstown’s central city, 325 W. Federal St., into a community center focused on the history of the people of the region. It houses the new Mahoning Valley Historical Society archives, exhibition galleries, a restored 1920s-era ballroom and an education center.

67. ARMS FAMILY MUSEUM: Located at 648 Wick Ave. on the campus of Youngstown State University, this 1905 home has been converted into a museum offering original period furnishing, artwork and other artifacts of Mahoning Valley history.

68. McDONOUGH MUSEUM: The McDonough Museum of Art is a center for contemporary art located on the campus of Youngstown State University at 525 Wick Ave. Opened in 1991, the museum focuses on contemporary art through exhibits and art education. The origins of the museum begin in 1986 through the donations and efforts of local physician and art collector John J. McDonough.

69. DISC GOLF COURSE: Picturesque Austintown Township Park is home to an increasingly popular 9-hole disc golf course that takes participants through miles of cut fields and wooded areas.

70. BOARDMAN PARK: Founded in 1947, Boardman Park preserves 243 acres of greenspace and provides a variety of recreational facilities and programs year-round. The park boasts four indoor meeting rooms, five open air pavilions and St. James Meeting House, which is a popular venue for weddings.

71. FIELDS OF DREAMS, BOARDMAN: Created in 1970 by Boardman architect Chuck Schafer and built entirely from donations, it houses 20 fields for both baseball and softball. It also hosts Challenger baseball and routinely is the chosen site for the Ohio District 2 Little League tournament, drawing players from around the state.

72. SOUTHERN PARK MALL: Home to over 100 stores, the enclosed regional Southern Park Mall is a premiere shopping destination for residents of Northeast Ohio.

73. SCHWEBEL’S BREAD: In 1906, Dora and Joseph Schwebel began baking bread in their Youngstown home and selling it fresh to neighbors. More than 110 years later, Schwebel’s Baking Company has four baking facilities and 30 distribution centers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia and has been said to establish national industry benchmarks.

74. OAKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Based in downtown Youngstown, the non-profit Oakland Center for the Arts is a hub for visual and performing arts. Over the past 25 years, Oakland has staged over 150 full-length productions, and has hosted workshops, one-acts, Indie film screenings and art galleries.

75. CALVARY CEMETERY: A Roman Catholic cemetery in Youngstown, Calvary is notable for famous burials of Michael Patric Bilon, one of the actors who played the titular character in “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” as well as politicians Charles Joseph Carney and Michael Joseph Kirwan and Major League Baseball Player George Shuba.

76. MILL CREEK PARK SUSPENSION BRIDGE: Erected in 1895, this Valley Drive bridge spans Mill Creek to connect the east and west sides of the park. It is the oldest bridge in the park and measures 86 feet long.

77. YOUNGSTOWN SHEET AND TUBE COMPANY HOUSING IN CAMPBELL: This steel-era housing development was built by Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company for workers and their families between 1918 and 1920 and is considered the first pre-fab concrete estate in the world.

78. TP TOOLS: Considered one of America’s leading suppliers of restoration and auto body repair tools, TP Tools began in Youngstown and grew to a 100,000-square-foot facility in Canfield. It’s now also home to a large showcase of antique and collectible cars.

79. STAR SUPPLY: A do-it-yourself home center, Star has been providing hardware, building supplies, steel, windows and cabinets to the Youngstown area for over 50 years. It is also known for the colorful metal art and sculptures outside the store.

80. NEW WEAN FOUNDATION RIVERFRONT PARK: This riverfront park in downtown Youngstown includes the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater, 1.25 miles of walking trails, 20 acres of flexible recreational space and the Huntington Bank Community Alley beneath the Market Street bridge.

81. MEDICAL FACILITIES: Mahoning County is home to excellent health care options, including Mercy Health’s St. Elizabeth Youngstown and Boardman hospitals, Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus, facilities operated by Steward Health and others providing expert care to those in need.

82. HOLLYWOOD GAMING AT MAHONING VALLEY RACE COURSE: This Austintown racino has more than 850 video lottery terminals, many dining options, and a one-mile thoroughbred race track with a grandstand.

83. COST OF LIVING: Mahoning County has been nationally recognized for its reasonable housing prices, relatively inexpensive gasoline and generally affordable cost of living.

84. ORIGINAL HOME OF WARNER BROTHERS: Harry, Sam, Albert and Jack Warner settled in Youngstown after coming from Poland in 1887. The brothers invested in a movie projector and by 1923 had established the California-based Warner Bros. Company, known today as a leader in film and television.

85. WALNUT GROVE PLAYGROUND: This recently opened Canfield playground is a great destination for area kids — including those with disabilities and special needs.

86. NORTH PHELPS PARTY BLOCK: North Phelps Street between West Federal and West Commerce streets proved to be a great site for a music festival back in May with Trop the Block, and it became the primary home for downtown Youngstown’s Party on the Plaza this summer.

87. WAYPOINT 4180: This is set to open this fall in Canfield as the newest Mahoning County venue and one of few in the region that can hold 1,000 people.

88. BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP FIRE STATION: Boardman Township christened its new state-of-the-art fire station on Market Street across from Southern Park Mall several years ago.

89. NOAH’S LOST ARK: This animal sanctuary in Berlin Center provides a safe harbor for life for abused and unwanted exotic animals. The animals include lions, tigers, leopards and wolves.

90. THE WAR VET MUSEUM, CANFIELD: The non-profit museum contains over 40,000 donated artifacts on display from virtually every conflict in U.S. history. The building that houses the museum was built in 1809 and is the oldest house in Canfield, still on its original foundation near the intersection of Broad and Main streets.

91. AUSTIN LOG CABIN: Discovered in 1973 when St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church bought an abandoned house adjacent to the church property, this log cabin in Austintown dates back to the early 1820s. It is believed to have been built by John Packard, who in 1814 purchased the land from Calvin Austin, land agent for the Connecticut Land Company after whom Austintown is named.

92. BUILD PROJECT: This plan will connect St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with the downtown riverfront park.

93. TRAILSTAR: Trailstar International broke ground on May 29 to celebrate an 85,000-square-foot expansion of its Smith Township facility to support customer demand. The $9.3 million investment will include expanded shop, office and showroom space and result in the creation of 50 new jobs and the retention of 48 existing positions.

94. THE VINDYS: This Youngstown band named for The Vindicator is growing its following beyond the Mahoning Valley with regular gigs in Cleveland and Columbus and the Pittsburgh Pirates using the band’s song “Are You Ready” for its pregame television coverage.

95. VALLOUREC: The company, which straddles the Youngstown and Girard border, operates Vallourec Star producing seamless steel pipe; VAM USA, a premium threading operation; and Vallourec USA Corp., which provides sales and administrative support.

96. SINKWICH STREET: This street in the Steelton section of Youngstown’s west side is named after Frank Sinkwich, 1942 Heisman Trophy winner, who played halfback for the University of Georgia and graduated from Chaney High School.

97. JD’s SUMMER SONGFEST: Canfield native JD Eicher is another local musician with a growing audience. Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks picked him to write a title song for his “Two By Two” novel, and his downtown Youngstown music festival every August is a summer highlight.

98. PURFOODS: Having located in the Valley in 2012 with Regional Chamber support, PurFoods, a leading provider of refrigerated, home-delivered specialty nutritional meals, is investing $11 million in a new 76,000 square-foot fulfillment center near its existing kitchen facility in North Jackson. Purfoods provides seniors, patients and those managing a chronic condition with tailored nutrition.

99. HMS: In October, HMS Manufacturing Co. purchased the 143,000-square-foot former Parker Hannifin building in Salt Springs Industrial Park to expand distribution capacity. HMS also maintains 440,000 square feet of space in the former Toys R Us facility in Youngstown. HMS manufactures and distributes storage and organization products and is a certified women’s business enterprise headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

100. WHAT HAVE WE FORGOTTEN? While we have listed 99 remarkable things about Mahoning County, we know we have missed things. Please tell us what they are by emailing editor@tribtoday.com. We will consider your suggestions for future feature stories.