Mahoning Valley Podcast Andrea Wood Interview Episode 37

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Today we are talking with Andrea Wood the Publisher of the Business Journal Daily here in Youngstown. Thanks for granting me an interview today Ms Wood.

I understand you were a resident of Poland for a while. Please tell me about your favorite place in the Mahoning Valley.

The Central YMCA in Youngstown

The Central YMCA Youngstown Facebook Page

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley

2:35 I also understand that you and I have in common growing up in the Pittsburgh Area. I went to Central Catholic in Oakland, and you went to Fox Chapel High. Although it is not directly related to the Mahoning Valley, what was your favorite activity in High School?

Pure as the Driven Snow a Melodrama on Amazon

4:05 You started working in Youngstown for one of our local TV Stations WYTV Channel 33 as an investigative reporter and was promoted to chief anchor and executive producer. How did that come about? Moving to Youngstown?

Tokyo House

Affirmative Action

Michael Moliterno

Stacia Erdos

Tokyo House

11:04 What would you tell young people who are just starting out is the most important thing to remember when striving to succeed?

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Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation on Twitter

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership on Facebook.

The Youngstown Flea

First Youngstown Flea in April on Facebook

14:43 As an investigative reporter, you must have come across some stories that may have put your life in danger, what do you think was the most dangerous story you have reported on? And why do you feel that way?

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16:45 Why did you decide to become a journalist? What was the impetus for that decision?

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Penn State

18:48 What was you inspiration to start the Business Journal Daily in 1984?

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley Page on Facebook. Go ahead and give them a like.

21:10 Once you started the Journal, what was one of the things that you had to deal with that you never would have expected to happen?

22:09 Many people sometimes forget that people in the media have lives outside of the office. What is your favorite off hours activity?

Michael Dyson

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Dyson on Amazon

White Privilege

Kathy Miller Story on the Vindicator

Greg Iles Novels

25:08 I am sure you have met many very interesting people in your life, Who was the most interesting and why?

Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton benefit for Wildfire Victims.

27:52 If you could do anything tomorrow, anything at all; what would it be?

29:27 What do you most want to be remembered for after you are gone? Is there anything that you want people to think about when they hear your name?

33:24 Is there anything that you wanted to talk about today that I did not ask about?

Dwight Stickler

Easter Brunch at Kravitz in Fellows Riverside Garden

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 29

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Human Capital is the most valuable corporate or organizational asset. Anyone, anywhere who wants to accomplish anything needs people to do it. I heard an interesting interview on Artificial Intelligence with Youngstown Business Incubator CEO Jim Cossler recently published on the Business Journal Daily Website. He discusses how AI can disrupt the business world and it’s need for human capital. But Business Journal Publisher Andrea Wood brought up a great point. Creativity is the what makes human capital the most difficult asset to replicate. Although computers can replicate the capacity for people to learn, it is a long stretch from learning to creating original and unique ideas that make our world a better place. So even though there is much talk about how AI will change our society, it will always require people to create the uses for it.

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According to Forbes Magazine, Ohio is the best state to start a business in for a number of reasons. Here in the Mahoning Valley, we already know this. One of the things that makes our Valley the best place in my opinion to start a business in is the wealth of talented, smart, hardworking people who want to do the right thing.

Ever since I moved here in the early part of the millennium, I have been impressed by all the people here who adhere to the mindset of work hard and do the right thing. The work ethic of most of the people that I have met here in the Mahoning Valley is straight out of the 1950’s before all the hippies started encouraging people to just get high and lay around all day contemplating their bellybuttons.

The Forbes article gives a few other reasons as well.

“The lower cost of living in Ohio is nice to have for sure,” says Rich Langdale, co-founder and managing partner at NCT Ventures. “But more importantly Ohio has great cities to live with exciting, vibrant, diverse cultures. We also have smart hard working people with a loyal work ethic, which is harder to find on the coasts.”

“Ohio has an entrepreneurial spirit with a long list of firsts through almost every phase of innovation advancement,” NCT’s Langdale explains about the public, private, and university partnerships that have supported Ohio’s recent surge in homegrown start-ups. “A few years back the State also invested in a program called the Third Frontier, which has supported commercialization and entrepreneurship through a variety of thoughtfully developed resources particularly supporting early stage investment and venture capital in Ohio.”

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Ohio Third Frontier is committed to transforming the state’s economy through the accelerated growth of diverse startup and early stage technology companies. Businesses and entrepreneurs have access to a statewide network of resources through this nationally-recognized initiative. The network provides access to business expertise, mentorship, capital and talent to help turn great ideas into thriving companies and well-paying jobs. Make sure to connect with the Third Frontier and get your dream started.

Third Frontier on Facebook.

Third Frontier on Twitter.

Third Frontier on Youtube.

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Tuesdays Together is a Facebook Group for Creative Professionals and Entrepreneurs that will be holding a Monthly Meeting for March on March 14th. The topic will be Budgeting and Financial Freedom. I will be the first person to admit that not too many people including myself want to talk about budgeting. But it is an essential part of life management. And effective and realistic budgeting can lead you to the financial independence that you may be seeking as an entrepreneur or budding entrepreneur. And from my personal experience, this is a very supportive and knowledgeable group of people here in the Mahoning Valley that are worth getting to know.

From their Facebook Page, “We are a society of creative entrepreneurs gathering the second Tuesday of every month in the spirit of community over competition. We hope you’ll find this a welcoming, fun and enjoyable place to visit and learn more about Tuesdays Together Youngstown & The Rising Tide Society. Since its beginning, this page has been a comfortable spot for creatives to share information, discuss a shared love of creative entrepreneurship, and find information about Tuesdays Together gatherings. Please join us and help to keep this place fun, safe, and enjoyable for all our members! Click the links above to join the Group and/or RSVP on the meeting.”

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On Friday March 3, SOAP Gallery will be holding an Opening for the Fringe Exhibit in Downtown Youngstown. According to their event page, “Fringe is a show of artists whose style is both iconic and unique. The pairing of artists bring bold imagery, bold statements, and a whole lot of character. This group show features Craig Mattis, Jayaira Grhim, Jeff Piper, James Pernotto, Daniel Newman. Opening March 3rd from 6pm-9pm and running March 3-24th. Click on the link above to RSVP or let them know you are interested. Also go by the Downtown Youngstown Facebook Page and Give em a Like so you can stay informed about how our city is growing and meeting the needs of our community.

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Meals on Wheels with Mario Andretti PSA. Like the Meals on Wheels Facebook Page.

Valley Autism is holding it’s 5K Kickoff Meeting at the Boardman Library on Saturday March 4 at 9:30 AM. Join us for our kickoff meeting! This meeting is for parents, friends, and local businesses to come together to learn about the upcoming Valley Autism 5K & Walk (April 22nd at Austintown Township Park).

You can also learn more about the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley, meet some of our board and council members and find out how you can support our great local organization.

– Learn how to create a Team

– Get tip sheets on how to fundraise to have a successful Team

– Learn about this years iPad raffle, Team prizes and more

Join us for hot chocolate and breakfast treats!

Kid Friendly! We will have a coloring station!

Event will be a casual open house event so stop in when you can and feel free to bring the kids. RSVP as attending so we can get an approximate attendee count.

Any questions? Please call 330-333-9609 or email us at autismmv@gmail.com

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Then later this month on March 21 the Rich Center for Autism will be holding a fundraiser at the Magic Tree in Boardman. On March 21st from 6-8 pm, The Rich Center for Autism will host a Crafter Hours Party with Burlap & Bourbon at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave, Youngstown, OH 44512. We will be making a wreath to hang on your door during the month of April to show your Autism Awareness . I am not going to editorialize here on the dangers of drinking bourbon while crafting with burlap, so I will just say this looks like a lot of fun and a great way to support an Organization here in the Mahoning Valley that is helping people who need it.

All materials will be supplied. $35/person. Spots go fast so reserve yours ASAP! Deadline for reservations is March 13th. To reserve your space, email Tracie at burlapandbourbon1@gmail.com , call 330-565-9585, or leave a message with your email address and Tracie will email you the Paypal information.

Who says there is no free lunch? Well whoever said that was mistaken. There is a free lunch that will include stories of faith in the marketplace at St Anthony’s in Boardman on March 23. Registration is limited so you need to click on the link above to get in. And yes, I did register and expect to attend if you would like to meet me in person.

Join C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio for a free business luncheon, Stories: The Intersection of Faith & Marketplace where several business leaders will share personal stories of success, challenge and inspiration.

The event, hosted by Brad Walker (Vice-President, Beard Pension Services), will feature storytellers and panelists from a variety of industries and backgrounds, to include: Jo Anne Brashen (Investment Advisor, Voya Financial), Katie Glatzer (Owner, Body Temple Fitness Studio),Bruce Jeffries (Optometrist), Brandi Osborn (Callos Resource), Dan Osborn (City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio), Kelcie Schiraldi, CFP, CPA/PFS (Personal Trust Administrator, Farmers Trust Company) and Katie Swain (Partner, McConnell Marketing).

A unique opportunity provided by Youngstown’s C.S. Lewis Institute, at Stories attendees will be able to network and connect with others in the local business community, hear from our guest storytellers and panelists, enjoy a complimentary lunch and leave inspired and encouraged by the experiences shared.

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C.S. Lewis Institute – Northeast Ohio hosts this event as a building block for future conversations among our area’s local leaders. For individuals unable to attend the luncheon, Stories will be recapped and shared on the C.S. Lewis Facebook page. On this page visitors can also share their stories and experiences of the intersection of faith and marketplace. Visit http://facebook.com/cslewisinstitutenortheastohio and tell your faith story in our marketplace in 600 words or less.

Founded in 1976 in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. C.S. Lewis, the Institute’s namesake, is better known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia book series but was also one of the most influential Christian figures of the 20th century. Lewis’ focus on core essentials of the faith reached across denominational boundaries.

The C.S. Lewis Institute in Northeast Ohio, headquartered in Trinity United Methodist Church on West Front Street in Youngstown, extends the mission of the CSLI through their year-long discipleship Fellows Program, a Pastor’s Fellowship Program, a ten-week small group discipleship program and a wealth of free resources and publications for study.

The C.S. Lewis Institute Northeast Ohio office is located at 30 West Front Street, Suite 400 Youngstown, OH 44503. For more information call 330-717-6979 or visit www.cslewisInstitute.org/Northeast_Ohio.

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Episode 17 of the Mahoning Valley Podcast

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Show Summary: Ohio Posts Record Year for New Business Formation. Harlem Globetrotters Tall Enough to Install Smoke Detectors. Austintown School Counselor Recognized by The First Lady. Idora Neighborhood Workday. McDonough Museum of Arts Receptions. Pet Look-a-Like Contest Starts Friday.

According to the Business Journal, Business formation in Ohio saw a seventh consecutive record-breaking year in 2016, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted reported. Last year, 105,009 new filings were made with the secretary of state’s office, up from the 97,746 new businesses that filed in 2015, setting the previous record.

“We are offering better services to entrepreneurs at a lower cost and as a result, more are choosing Ohio for their new business than ever before,” Husted said in a news release announcing the 2016 results.

Making it simpler and less costly to do business in Ohio has been a top priority for Husted since taking office in 2011, according to the release. Initiatives toward that goal include the launch of Ohio Business Central, which enables Ohio-based businesses to form and renew their business status online; establishing a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Get Our Cities on the Map” program to put additional tools in the hands of new and growing Ohio businesses; and partnering with the Cleveland Sight Center to reduce wait time for callers into the Business Services Call Center.

The initiatives have enabled Husted to reduce spending in his office by $14.5 million in his first term when compared to the previous administration, he reported. In his second term, he requested a cut, not an increase, in his budget, and last December he requested a 100% cut in General Revenue Funds for the next biennium while announcing his plan to run the office for the remainder of his term without the use of taxpayer funds.

This is the sort of thing that deserves recognition. Growing opportunity without growing cost. I figure that anytime anyone can figure out a way to increase opportunities for the Mahoning Valley without asking for more money to do it, they deserve some props. So well done, Mr Husted. And Thanks.

According to WKBN, A Harlem Globetrotter helped the American Red Cross install free smoke detectors in Youngstown homes on Wednesday. To prevent fire tragedies, the Red Cross is working to set up free smoke detectors in homes across northeast Ohio.

On Monday, volunteers installed 61 smoke detectors as part of the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign. Volunteers were back at the life-saving project again on Wednesday. Most of the time, a volunteer needs a ladder to install a smoke detector, but not Zeus McClurkin. The Harlem Globetrotter is 6’8″.

He said the Globetrotters partnered with the Red Cross for this project. “We’re doing an amazing initiative trying to help install some smoke detectors to underprivileged areas in the city. One thing that we’re going to be doing is replacing old smoke detectors and giving people free, new smoke detectors.”

He installed smoke detectors in two homes Wednesday afternoon. At one of the stops, he and the Red Cross installed three brand new smoke detectors for a man on the east side of Youngstown.

McClurkin said he’s happy to be part of such a great program.

“There are actually three home fires in northeast Ohio every night and we’re hoping to make that number go down every day,” he said. “Hopefully, we can do that with these free smoke detectors that we’re installing.”

But it wasn’t all work for McClurkin. He showed off some of his Globetrotter moves and even had a homeowner join in. The smoke detector program is ongoing. For more information on how to get a smoke alarm or volunteer with the program, visit the Red Cross’ website. Volunteers work about three to four hours a week to install them.

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According to the Vindicator, Austintown Elementary School counselor Kelley Mills was among the school counselors from across the country who stood onstage with the First Lady during her final speech in that position.

Mills was in Washington, D.C., to be recognized as the 2017 Counselor of the Year State Representative for Ohio after being selected as Ohio’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year and overall School Counselor of the Year.

Education has been a centerpiece of the first lady’s agenda during her eight years in the White House. In her final speech, she talked about her “Reach Higher” initiative, which launched in 2014.

“Now, when we first came up with this idea, we had one clear goal in mind: We wanted to make higher education cool. We wanted to change the conversation around what it means and what it takes to be a success in this country,” Obama said. “Because let’s be honest, if we’re always shining the spotlight on professional athletes or recording artists or Hollywood celebrities, if those are the only achievements we celebrate, then why would we ever think kids would see college as a priority? So we decided to flip the script and shine a big, bright spotlight on all things educational.”

Obama credited school counselors such as Mills with helping to make her initiative a success.

“And we know that school counselors like all of the folks standing with me on this stage have played a critical role in helping us get there,” she said. “So our school counselors are truly among the heroes of the ‘Reach Higher’ story. And that’s why we created this event two years ago, because we thought that they should finally get some recognition. We wanted everyone to know about the difference that these phenomenal men and women have been making in the lives of our young people every day.”

Obama went on to tell the assembled counselors, “You see the promise in each of your students. You believe in them even when they can’t believe in themselves, and you work tirelessly to help them be who they were truly meant to be. … These men and women show them that those kids matter; that they have something to offer; that no matter where they’re from or how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like or who they love or how they worship or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country.

“And as I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send our young people in my last official remarks as first lady,” she said.

The experience was inspiring and rejuvenating, Mills said. “I thought it was really powerful, and I was really excited because the little ones at Austintown Elementary live-streamed her message, so they were able to see me as well as hear her message,” she said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me – for anyone, really.” Well done Ms Mills and congratulations.

Saturday January 21, 2017 Join the YNDC for a day of cleaning up and working in the Idora Neghborhood of Youngstown. Meet at YNDC Office, 820 Canfield Road. Parking available around the corner at 822 Billingsgate Avenue.

McDonough Museum of Art Events,

Selections from the collection of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University

January 20-March 3, 2017 Public Reception, Friday, January 20, 6-8pm

The permanent collection at the Ross Art Museum consists of more than 2,500 works of art including American and European prints, drawings, photographs, paintings and sculpture. Artists featured in the exhibition include Elliot Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Alen MacWeeney and Frank Stella. We are grateful to the exhibition sponsors Dr. Albert and Suzanne Cinelli for introducing us to the Ross and its outstanding staff.

Alex Webb: La Calle, Photographs from Mexico

January 20-March 3, 2017

Public Reception, Friday, January 20, 6-8pm

An elusive presence identified as “no one” wanders, strays, gets lost, and finds itself again in the poem “La Calle” (The Street) by Octavio Paz, which is set in a silent, desolate territory bordering the world of sleep, where dreamlike street corners always lead to the same place. It is from this extraordinary literary work that photographer Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) took the title for his compendium of street photographs of Mexico, which he’s taken over three decades. However, the street that appears in Webb’s images, in contrast to Paz’s, is an often crowded, vibrant, ever-changing place, where “no one” becomes a metaphor for the precarious, the chaotic, the multitudinous.

First in black and white (1975–78) and then in color (1978–2007), Webb has documented the multicultural, syncretic, lively, overcharged, and at times turbulent reality of a nation that during this period has known all sorts of political and economic crises, but has also offered ample evidence of its capabilities for resistance and survival, despite the relentless pressure of threats and tragedies, most recently the ferocious violence caused by the growth of organized crime and the government’s erratic fight against it.

The Business Journal will be sponsoring it’s annual Pet Look A Like Contest starting January 20. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love between people, but there are plenty of kinds of love in the world. That’s why The Business Journal is celebrating furry, four-legged friends in our newest contest.

The Pet Look-Alike photo contest wants to see who loves their pet so much that they actually look like each other!

Beginning Friday, The Business Journal will hold a photo contest on their Facebook page to see who loves their pet the most. The contest closes Feb. 19, with the winner announced on National Love Your Pet Day, Feb. 20.

Entries are limited to one picture per email address. Voting is limited to one vote per Facebook user per day. The Business Journal reserves the right to remove submitted pictures that are inappropriate.

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Social Media Management and Assessment Services at Mahoning Valley Podcast

Social Media Management and Assessment

Most people will tell you that you have to be on Social Media if you own a business. I do not agree with this point of view. Just because your competitors are spending money and time to be on Social Media, that does not mean that you have to spend your marketing budget the same way.

Not every business has the resources to manage a Social Media Marketing Program. And not every business that gets on Social Media gets anything back from it expect another time and cost expense. That is because Social Media requires an investment. You have to invest your time. You have to invest your money. And you have to invest patience. You have to get in for the right reasons and with the right goals and then you have to persist.

For instance, if you have a website that sells products directly to consumers; it is going to take time to find your customers and engage them. But once you have engaged them, then you have to keep them engaged. But guess what, there are easier ways to do that then to put out a blog or tweet. There are easier and more cost effective ways of doing that then to make memes and post them to your facebook page. Or pinterest account.

That is why there are so many abandoned twitter accounts for businesses. There are so many abandoned facebook pages for organizations and businesses. If many of these accounts are not abandoned, they are neglected. And that is the rub isnt’t it? Yes, just about anyone can figure out how to set up a twitter account or a blog. Just about anyone can make a facebook page. But then what?

How do you pay for the content that most of these accounts require to garner any attention? Or how do you pay for the manpower to keep growing them? Or to manage responses to your posts or tweets? How do you make that time and money pay off? That is the big question isn’t it?

I live in Youngstown Ohio. And I started a podcast because I believed that there was and still is a need to talk about the good things that happen here locally. Our mainstream media outlets have a bad habit of featuring bad news and talking about the bad things that happen here. Don’t get me wrong. They do help to highlight some of the good things too. But sometimes, I get the feeling it is only because they are concerned someone may challenge their FCC License if they don’t include some Community News.

So in the course of researching twitter accounts and facebook pages as a means of reaching my audience, I found out a few things that made me decide to write this article. First, in a market this size, some local merchants do have twitter accounts and facebook pages. Some have done OK with getting followers and likes. But many are not actually that active. The most active accounts belong to other media companies or marketing companies. Or the local University.

This lead me to the conclusion that too many companies and organizations are spending time and money on using Social Media to their detriment. They are spending time and money to manage Social Media accounts so they can get 2 shares or 5 retweets. And their reach is not really expanding. They are not really finding new audiences or selling more services. Even the marketing companies here struggle to use these channels effectively.

Does this mean that it cannot be done. Absolutely not. It means that many people jumped in on the Social Media Bandwagon, but are not able to actually benefit. Or they are able to benefit some, but without a dedicated manager for their Social Media; they may have no idea on how much if at all. Or worse, they are spending money and time with an Agency and are not really seeing any measurable results. Because far too many Digital Agencies or “experts” are not sufficiently trained to actually determine if they are making an impact on the bottom line. Sure they may be able to say, look we got you 10 new followers this week or 20 new likes on your facebook page; but can they tell you that it translated into x new customer or leads?

That is where Social Media Management and Assessment Services come into play. You may already be into Social Media, but is it really doing anything for you? That is the big question. Is your organization or business getting anything back for your time and money?

If you are unsure, then it is time to call in someone who can help you find out. So call me and let’s talk. You can also find out more about Social Media Management and Assessment Services on my website. Or even better come by my facebook page and we can chat. Or one of my twitter accounts. If you are ready find out if you are getting your money’s worth on the time and effort your spend communicating on the internet, then get in touch.

I will look at your accounts and your website and give you some real time information about where you can improve. And if it makes sense, we can talk about how I can help you make some money with you investment.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 12 Transcript

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Transcript January 3 2017 Episode 12

Business Journal launches new Expert Series. YESS makes it easy to go green. YSU Penguins Send Off Rally. Congratulations on 60 Years in Business in Downtown Youngstown. Makerspace Meetup And Purple Cat Literature Reading.

According to the Business Journal With the arrival of the New Year, everyone is looking to take steps toward improvement, whether for themselves or their business. And to help in this quest, The Business Journal is launching Business Strategies.

The series includes 90-Second Gurus, weekly tips that cover everything from public speaking to fitness to marketing, presented by a rotating cast of five area business leaders. The videos will be posted every Monday at BusinessJournalDaily.com and a column from a guru will appear online and in print.

The videos feature important information regardless of business experience or industry. They’re also straightforward and easy to digest.

Also at the Business Journal the deadline is quickly approaching for you to tell your business story. You’ve worked hard and smart, employed sound business practices and grown a company that demonstrates the determination, resilience and leadership of our business community. That’s why we want to tell your story in Growth Report 2017!

The Business Journal’s annual progress report is the No. 1 source of company information in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys. If you tell us your story, we’ll include it among the 200-plus organizations featured in this one-of-its kind publication. There is no charge to submit story information but we ask that you follow the guidelines.

YESS The Youngstown Environmental Sustainability Society makes it easy to go green. According to the Jambar, Angelica McKenney said she remembers seeing the greenhouse at Ward Beecher as a child, marveling at the big, beautiful plants inside. When she started attending YSU, the greenhouse was filled with clutter instead of plants.

As president of the Youngstown Environmental Sustainability Society, she has been working with the organization to make the greenhouse functional and thriving again.

YESS aims to raise awareness about environmental sustainability and teaching students how to grow their own vegetables. McKenney got permission from Ian Renne, assistant professor of Ecology, to use the greenhouse if they cleared it out, since they weren’t allowed to create gardens on campus.

“So that’s what we did. We cleaned it up, found some seeds and dirt, and we started planting things,” she said.

“We are in a food desert; we aren’t exploding with agriculture,” she said.

Last semester, YESS started a program called Adopt-A-Plant, where students from Cafaro House were encouraged to plant a seed at the greenhouse and then take the potted plant back to their dorms when it started producing vegetables. Cafaro House didn’t approve of keeping plants inside dorms, so YESS began donating the vegetables to the Rescue Mission. Recently, they donated three pounds of lettuce to the Rescue Mission. McKenney said they plan on donating vegetables to the Student Food Pantry once the pantry gets a refrigerator to store fresh food.

“Helping to provide food for people is the main purpose of our Adopt-A-Plant program,” she said. “While promoting the greenhouse is a secondary objective, we are growing plants for a reason.”

According to the YSU Wesbsite The public is invited to join Youngstown State University students, cheerleaders, alumni and the pep band to cheer on the Penguin football team at a Championship Send-Off Rally 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, on the YSU campus.

The rally is just one of many events planned during Penguin Championship Week as YSU seeks its fifth national title. Kickoff for the Football Championship Series title game is noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central on Saturday, Jan. 7, vs. James Madison, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, north of Dallas.

“This has been an amazing run to the title game for Coach Bo Pelini and our Penguins,” YSU President Jim Tressel said. “Let’s show them our support and our Penguin Pride by turning out strong to cheer them on.”

The send-off rally, sponsored by the YSU Woo Crew and the Division of University Relations, will be on Armed Forces Boulevard adjacent to Fifth Avenue and just south of Stambaugh Stadium on the YSU campus. At the rally, Penguins players will board buses and depart for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport for the trip to Texas.

According to the Vindicator A lot has changed in downtown Youngstown over the past 60 years, but one thing has remained constant: Since 1952, Nicholas Yurchyk has been repairing watches on West Federal Street.

Yurchyk first tried his hand at watch repair when he was about 12. “I decided I was going to fix my father’s pocket watch,” he said with a laugh. “I ruined it, and he tanned my hide. I got a good lickin’ for it.”

He continued to tinker with clocks through high school. Shortly after he graduated from Chaney High School, the watch repairman at Livingston’s department store was impressed with Yurchyk’s knowledge and asked him to come in to meet the boss.

“I walked in on Monday with a suit and tie,” Yurchyk said. “[Jimmy Livingston] was smoking a big cigar, and he said, ‘Nah, we don’t need anybody.’ Well, I walked out of there broken-hearted.”

He stopped in at Best Jewelers down the street and had better luck. The store’s watch repairman took him on for a five-year apprenticeship. At $18 a week, it was enough for him to pay off his tools by the end of the term – the same tool kit sits on the counter at Vogue Jewelers today.

His shop at 19 W Federal Street doesn’t look like much, but you can be assured that when you go in there; you are going to be served by someone with enough experience to fix anything wrong with your watch. So go by there and congratulate Mr Yurchyk and get your watch fixed too.

The Oak Hill Collaborative will be hosting one of its Weekly Meetups Wednesday Night

According to their website the Makerspace is is a major part of the Collaborative; available to incubator participants, residents of the neighborhood, and other interested parties, the MakerSpace is a “community center with tools” providing access to a wide array of equipment and tools including several 3D printers, computers, wood working equipment, assorted hand tools, air compressors and the like with more being donated, borrowed, and otherwise acquired all the time. Our weekly MakerSpace meetings bring the community together to think, build and share their ideas and expertise on a variety of projects.

So if you want to get out there are do some networking, find more information on the event page on facebook, (link above) or their website. (also linked above)

Or if you are into some literature and want to hear some published authors read some of their works, head on downtown to the Purple Cat LitYoungstown will be hosting Reading

We open the new year with two engaging and innovative writers! Thank you to the Purple Cat for the invitation to kick off our series in their new theater. Doors open at 6:30.

An open mic emceed by Lit Youngstown intern Sarah Davis will follow the reading! If you’re inspired, bring some work written by you or someone you admire.

Robert Miltner’s collection of prose poetry, Hotel Utopia, won the Many Voices Project book prize from New Rivers Press. His collection of flash fiction, And Your Bird Can Sing, was published by Bottom Dog Books. Recent nonfiction can be found in DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Pithead Chapel and Great Lakes Review. He teaches at Kent State University and in the NEOMFA.

Molly Fuller has been a Semifinalist for the Jeanne Leiby Memorial chapbook award from The Florida Review and she was a Finalist for the Key West Literary Seminar’s emerging writer award. Her prose and poetry can be found in NANO Fiction, Union Station Magazine, Potomac, and 100 word story and her flash sequence “Hold Your Breath” is in the White Pine Press flash sequence anthology, Nothing to Declare. She was also the co-winner of the Storygami contest at the 2016 Summer Festival of the Arts in Youngstown. Fuller is a Teaching Fellow in the Literature program at Kent State University.