Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 34

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Do you love the Mahoning Valley? Well you are not alone. In fact, a group of entrepreneurs and community leaders who love the Valley are launching a Mobile App at a Free Launch Party that will focus on community involvement and will provide a fun interactive tool to connect individuals with organizations in service to our community.

Downtown Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley PodcastThe party will include an uplifting atmosphere with light food, beverages and prizes for volunteers. Short presentations by area leaders will take place every 30 minutes. Speakers including the Mayor of Youngstown (John McNally) and Jim Cossler (of the YBI) will encourage community involvement and touch on topics like Education, Area Improvements, Economic Development, Unity, and the importance of our faith communities.

Click here to lean more about who we are and about our Mobile App.

This event will be open to the public (no admission required). We are also extending special invitations to many Area Leaders, Non-Profit Organizations and local news channels.

March 30th, 2017, 5pm – 7pm (RSVP below)

Tyler History Center, 325 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH

How You Can Help: Attend the event and spread the word to others by sharing our website and on Facebook. Click here to like their page on Facebook. And RSVP by March 26th and Register as a Love This Place Volunteer for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Must be present at the Launch Party on March 30th to win.

This is the Mahoning Valley Podcast and it occurred to me that there a plenty of people here who may want to do a segment. Who may want to have their voice heard on a Podcast. Maybe you have an event or cause or just want to say hi to the Valley. This podcast was never meant to be all about me. It has been a work in progress. Well, it is your turn. If you want to record a segment and email it to me, I will consider adding it to an episode.

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Because this is a community project, you must be a part of the Mahoning Valley or have some connection to the Valley. If you want to talk about your grandma or how you grew up in Struthers or what you favorite restaurant is, or favorite gym, or favorite bar, or favorite band or anything. It just needs to be about something or someone in the Mahoning Valley.

You may be thinking, how much is this going to cost me. Nothing. Nada. Just record on your phone. Record with your friends. Record on your laptop or tablet. Save the file as an MP3 and send it over. Send it over with any links or pictures you want to include. This is all about everyone here in the Valley. So give it a try. It is easy and free and will get your voice added to the Mahoning Valley Podcast Archive. Send as many as you want. Any topic. BUT, no bad language. I look forward to helping you be a part of the Mahoning Valley Podcast.

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The Service Monkeys at the Wickyards on March 23. Everyone knows how much I love Free Events. On Thursday at 7PM in downtown Youngstown at 711 Wick Ave, Nick Chicone’s (of The Service Monkeys) 21st Birthday Bash.

Featuring this lineup of local indie bands. I suspect this will be a fine display of our youth’s artistic musical aspirations.

The Service Monkeys – Energetic, indie punk from Boardman, OH http://theservicemonkeys.bandcamp.com

Morning In May– Catchy upbeat emo-influenced pop-punk from Akron, Ohio https://youtu.be/f5uuEXfCkv8

Three Vultures – Socially conscious, alternative from Lisbon, OH https://threevultures.bandcamp.com

Toolebox & The Crew – Folk punk from Bowerston, OH https://toolebox.bandcamp.com/releases

Special acoustic sets will be played outside in between sets by Askew_Painting, Dustin Cutwright, and Alex Richards http://alexrichardsmusic.bandcamp.com

This is a FREE show. Come celebrate Nick Chicone’s 21st birthday at 711 Wick Ave. Youngstown, OH

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When you get old and get hungry and may be alone in this world, you are going to want someone to care. Well, you can show you care right now. Join Mario Andretti and do lunch with Meals on Wheels Mahoning Valley.

On March 24th, Tri Changes Salon in Girard celebrates its 25th Anniversary in business. And the celebration warrants a shoutout. 25 years in business with an all nighter by staying open for 25 hours straight starting March 24th! Our theme is mental health and suicide awareness.

They will meet at St. Rose Church parking lot at 4 o’clock Thursday. There will be guest speakers to uplift us. After they speak there will be a one mile balloon walk to honor those who have passed away. A counselor will be on hand to provide information on addiction, mental health issues, & bullying. We will have a balloon release and Bear Hugs following the walk.

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Food will be provided at the Salon by Ianazone’s pizza in Niles. Temporary tattoos available for donation by Thad Minnick. Western Southern will be doing kid’s identikits. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction & Paul Mitchell giveaway at the Salon. Money raised will be used to provide a Paul Mitchell the school Scholarship & also will be donated to the Emmanuel Center.

Be the 25th or 92nd client and receive a complimentary future service. Wear your PJ’s between the hours of 10pm and 10am to receive a candy bar with Tri Sweet savings. You could be a golden ticket winner. We will be accepting canned foods, treats, toys, and monetary donations for pets! Trumbull County Mental health/addiction help and information will be available at the Emmanuel Center from 8am to 4:30 pm on Friday.

Take a little nap and then head on over to the Box Gallery for a Multi and Mixed Media Art Show featuring Michael Long who is a Pennsylvania based artist that works in multi-media sculpture, painting and assemblage. His work has been on display at the Westmorland Museum of American Art along with various galleries, museums and private and permanent collections.

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He is a member of Associated artists of Pittsburgh and currently known for his large scale permanent installation project at the Station Medical Center Altoona, Pa. Michael is always looking to create new processes and use non traditional materials to put a twist on non traditional art. This will be Michael’s opening at the Box Gallery. This will be a free event to the public, with appetizers, drinks and music.

According to the Vindicator, Youngstown CityScape is celebrating its 20 th Anniversary this year. When Youngstown CityScape started Streetscape, a beautification program, it had about two dozen volunteers cleaning up a small part of downtown.

Streetscape will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 3 with about 700 volunteers expected to clean up debris and plant flowers and shrubs in major sections of downtown and the surrounding areas.

“There’s been a transformation,” said Scott Schulick, Streetscape chairman and one of the original volunteers. “There wasn’t much pride in downtown 20 years ago. Trees and the landscape were overgrown and no one took care of downtown. Now we have a large group that has helped transform the look of downtown.”

“It’s grown exponentially,” added Sharon Letson, CityScape executive director. “When we started 20 years ago, there were two restaurants and a few businesses downtown. Our program and downtown have grown so much in 20 years.”

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Youngstown CityScape kicked off its fundraising drive Monday for its 20th annual Streetscape planting day at the YMCA of Youngstown’s Manchester Room with a breakfast.

The planting day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon June 3. This year’s theme is “20 Years: People + Vision + Action.” Volunteers will beautify downtown and surrounding areas by removing debris, trimming, planting flowers and shrubs, and mulching planted areas.

Project partners include the city, YSU, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program, YSUScape, Community Corrections Association, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Fifth Avenue Boulevard Neighbors, Crandall Park South Neighbors, 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, Garden District Neighborhood Association, Rocky Ridge Neighbors, Mahoning Commons Association and the Wick Park Neighborhood Association.

Because of the 20th anniversary, Letson said Streetscape is asking people to add $20 or 20 percent to their annual donation to the effort. CityScape usually raises about $50,000 annually for the Streetscape program, Letson said. To volunteer or donate, contact CityScape by phone at 330-742-4040, email at cityscapedirector@sbcglobal.net or go to its website: https://youngstowncityscape.org.

A Niles man has invented a green power machine and is looking forward to deploying a number of his Free Power Generators here in the Mahoning Valley. According to the Tribune Chronicle, Bob Jadloski describes himself as a professional photographer and tech guy, not an inventor.

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Even so, Jadloski, whose Trumbull County Courthouse photograph adorns a wall inside the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, has created a machine he says could “revolutionize the energy industry.”

Jadloski started developing the concept more than five years ago. In 2014, he moved what he calls the Free Pressure Generator from his home in Niles to the Oak Hill Collaborative’s Tech Hub in Youngstown.

“I have photography experience and I’m an IT (information technology), computer-tech person. I’m not an oil-and-gas guy. I’m not an inventor by trade and I wouldn’t call myself one,” the Warren native said. “I worked in advanced engineering at Delphi, but had nothing to do with gas or oil.”

Jadloski has been sharing his project with area groups, clubs and organizations as part of an ongoing effort to “get the word out,” garner support and potentially attract investors.

Recently, he unveiled the generator at a Warren Rotary meeting. He has also been invited to explain its workings at a future business pitch event of the Sundown Rundown group that helps entrepreneurs connect with the investors, mentors and talent they need “to help take their idea to the next step,” the group’s website states.

Jadloski said what he has now is a large, unfinished prototype or “beta unit that is nowhere near what it will look like” when he’s done.

He said although there have been engineers who have worked with him on the project at the Tech Hub, he needs a team to help him fine-tune specifications for his generator before he moves forward to sell it. His goal, he said, is to create a final product that is “friendly to the environment, an efficient, inexpensive way to produce green energy” and in the process promote economic development and create jobs.

“That’s what we should all want. Anyone who lives here in the Valley, we should all be working toward economic development,” Jadloski said. “The goal should always be to encourage people to stay here, not leave because we don’t have enough to offer them, we don’t have to jobs to keep them here. If we could have teams building FPGs, imagine what we could do.”

How it works

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Basically, an FPG is anything that can spin a turbine and make electricity. The FPG is similar to a hydroelectric generator, which relies on flowing water on a dam, or hydropower, to produce electricity. But, Jadloski said, his FPG could easily rely on area natural-gas wells with the generator converting unused energy into electricity. The generator would be attached to a pressurized pipeline and the pressure from the gas lines would be used to run it.

“Since we have millions of miles of pipes running in the ground that have gas, water and sewage running in them, most are gravity flow, we could be harvesting the free energy from the flow of any of all of these sources,” Jadloski said. “The gas one is just the beginning. I envision in the future everyone would be able to have some form of a FPG connected to their house or business.

“This not the next windmill or solar panel. It’s utilizing what we already have right here in the Mahoning Valley and making the most of it.”

One generator has enough power to run 25 homes as long as there’s enough “flow and pressure” to run it, he said. “It’s clean and self-sufficient,” Jadloski said.

Pat Kerrigan, Tech Hub director, said the FPG could be a game-changer.

“This particular project is something I think has great potential,” he said. “The invention itself is a simple concept. It’s a great idea and a workable concept.”

Dave Hanson of Newton Falls, who is familiar with the FPG, said Jadloski “has a great idea. It’s just going to take the right person” to help him launch it.

“The thing is there are so many pressurized gas lines, a lot of these natural resources, in under-developed countries,” Hanson said. “Bob has come up with an idea that’s green. This could be an opportunity to provide electric to schools, clinics … it’s just such a simple idea that could really benefit a lot of lives.”

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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.