As promised, the remarkable list goes on and on
Tuesday will mark the first month anniversary of the day the Tribune Chronicle first took over publication of The Vindicator.
We’ve had some ups and downs in the last 30 days, but while we continue to work through the bumps, I hope you’ve been pleased with the product we’ve been putting out each day for each of you.
Our first publication, as you may remember, included a lengthy front page story focusing on 100 things that make Mahoning County remarkable.
The list was led by Youngstown State University. I doubt many residents would argue the value that growing university brings to the Mahoning Valley every single day. Other items we listed as remarkable included the Canfield Fair, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Youngstown Playhouse, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Mill Creek MetroParks and, of course, all the history and ethnicity that comes with Youngstown and surrounding communities.
But at that time, we knew we would never be able to list everything, and so we called on you, the people who live and work here every day to help us take note of some of the things we had missed.
As promised, here are some of the many suggestions we received here in the newsroom.
There are the beautiful Fifth Avenue mansions; the Struthers Fieldhouse; Loghurst Farmhouse & Museum in Canfield.
Yes, we included Mill Creek MetroParks, but a reader reminded us the MetroParks Bikeway was not mentioned, and neither was Lanterman’s Mill. And what about Mill Creek Little League?
We also forgot film actor Victor Slezak who was born in Youngstown.
Readers suggested the Youngstown Peace Race; of course, Panerathon; Second Harvest Food Bank; and the Rescue Mission. And we can’t forget the annual Men’s Rally in the Valley; and the downtown Youngstown Christmas tree lighting.
And what about Idora Park Experience in Canfield?
When it comes to unique local foods, how could we forget homemade pierogies, the “cookie table,” and all the wonderful locally owned restaurants.
One reader noted all the local church festivals.
Another reader said this: The Hopewell Theatre (formerly the Victorian Players) at 702 Mahoning Ave. has provided quality theater experiences for more than 25 years.
There is the beautiful St. Columba Cathedral, and what about Boardman High School that has been named a Grammy Award School for its excellence in a music program. It also has been named on the list of top 100 high schools in the country.
Another reader pointed out the value of all the high schools in Youngstown — Ursuline, Cardinal Mooney, East and now Chaney again.
Penguin City Brewing Company, locally owned and located inside the historical B&O Station, also didn’t appear on our list.
In our mention of health care organizations, we overlooked ONE Health Ohio, as well as the Joanie Abdu Breast care Center.
In our list of local officials who called Mahoning County home, we missed NFL official Dick Creed; and local MLB officials Brian O’Nora and Jerry Meals.
And speaking of officials, we failed to mention that Dwight “Dike” Beede and his wife Irma, of Youngstown, fashioned the first penalty flag for football. Wow! I didn’t know that!
Of all these wonderful things, one reader might have summed it all up best about our Valley:
“Nice and friendly people who make you welcome!”
Thank you for all your thoughtful answers.
But don’t stop there!
I urge you to keep telling us what makes your Mahoning County community so special. As we said before, after all, these attractions and noteworthy items have helped to make our Valley and this county unique.
As we said on Sept. 1, we wanted to start off this new era of news coverage on a positive note. Well, we’d like to keep offering that opportunity. We always are looking for interesting story ideas, and if you email us your suggestions, we will be happy to consider them in the future.