Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 35

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One of my favorite places, the Inner City Gardens are looking for help planting some heirloom Jamaican Peppers this weekend at 3411 Idlewild Dr in Youngstown. Come by at 11AM and help us get some sweet peppers started in the Greenhouse. Get a tour and see what Urban Farming can do for a inner city neighborhood. In conjunction with American Food Forest, this event is part of an effort to serve 100,000 meals in Mahoning County to the people here who need it most.

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While you are at the Garden, make sure to find out how you can see the Youngstown Phantoms for free with the American food Forest and the Youngstown Inner City Gardens. On March 31 a big thank you to the Youngstown Phantom’s “Give Back” Program allowing us to help give Youngstown Inner City Gardens, Youngstown Food Forest and the Steel Valley Vineyard supporters for you and your family to go to a Free Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Game.

Just Like the Youngstown Inner City Gardens Page on Facebook.  Then Share the Event

Let us know how many tickets are needed (look for the poll).

Those who have signed up and have not gone in the past will not be eligible for any free tickets. We hope that you will create long lasting positive memories for you and your children. For more information please contact us via website. www.americanfoodforest.org.

If your group or persons would like to help volunteer here to feed as many people as we can here in Mahoning County, just let us know.

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How to Get Started with Video Marketing Using Your iPhone – Featuring Jeff Leo Herrmann. Free Webinar with Live Q&A on Apr 26, 2017 @ Noon – 1PM-EDT. Sign up today! Do you want to learn how to get started with a video marketing using your iPhone?

2017 is the year of video marketing and we all have direct access to our customers by leveraging amazing tools like Facebook Live, Instagram, and YouTube to drive engagement and business results. However, getting started is the hardest part. We’d love to have you sign up today!

Join us on April 26, 2017, at Noon-EDT as The DOYO Live webinar series will feature, Jeff Leo Herrmann, Founder and CEO of Madison, Michigan & Market kicks off with a webinar on how to get started with video marketing. Whether your business has a video strategy or you are just trying to figure it out, you are going to love Jeff’s energy and expertise.

This webinar will be moderated by DOYO Live Founder, Dennis Schiraldi.

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You will learn how to build a strategy first and focus on the WHAT and WHY before the HOW. Getting Started with the 4P model – Plan, Produce, Publish & Promote. Tips to Drive Activation and Engagement. Get started with video, register today!

The program “Gardening in Deer Country” will be presented at Salem Public Library on March 29, 2017 at 6:30pm by Cynthia Druckenbrod of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. If those lovely deer treat your lawn and garden like a personal resort just for them you could benefit from Ms. Druckenbrod’s extensive knowledge.

Ms. Druckenbrod is Vice President of Horticulture at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and began her career there in 2000. Currently she oversees 10 acres of outdoor gardens in addition to duties as manager of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in Entomology from Auburn University.

Registration is required to attend and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us or by calling the library at 330-332-0042. This program is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

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Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! Make plans to bring children to Salem Memorial Building, Room 23 on April 5, 2017 from 5-6pm to exercise their creativity and do crafts that are actually – for the birds! At this “Go Wild in the Park” program children of all ages can paint a birdhouse and create a bird feeder using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. All materials will be provided for these make it and take it crafts. Grownups, please make sure the children are dressed in clothing it is okay to get paint and peanut butter on! Registration is required so enough materials will be provided for the fun. Go online at www.salem.lib.oh.us , call the library at 330-332-0042 or call Shane at the Memorial Building at 330-332-5512 to register.

The “Go Wild in the Park” program series is provided through the partnership of Salem Parks and Recreation Department and Salem Public Library to provide educational and entertaining programming to residents of the Salem area. Each month at least two programs are presented covering a wide variety of topics. Each program/event is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

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Our Senior Citizens in this Valley need you help. Like the Meals on Wheels Facebook Page and Find out how you can join Mario Andretti in supporting this fine organization.

Covelli Enterprises is congratulated by the Mahoning Valley Podcast for winning various awards from Panera Bread. According to the Vindicator, Covelli Enterprises of Warren, is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, recently announced that it has received the “Franchisee of the Year” award from Panera Bread LLC. The award is the top award a franchise owner can receive in the system.

The award was presented Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., at Panera Bread’s “Family Reunion” where thousands were in attendance. The Panera Bread Family Reunion is hosted every five years to highlight the growth of the brand, recognize successes and discuss the future direction with its employees.

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The “Franchisee of the Year” designation is given to a franchisee based on operational excellence, market/real-estate growth, cafe openings, market acquisitions and financial metrics. Covelli has more than 300 bakery-cafes in six states.

“I have never been so proud in my entire career,” said Sam Covelli, owner and CEO of Covelli Enterprises, in a statement. “I am humbled that Panera LLC honored our organization. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our leadership team, our management and our associates.”

In addition to the “Franchisee of the Year” award, Covelli also received other individual awards for largest sales increases, most caf openings and highest cafe sales.

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.

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.

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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.

According to the Business Journal, The 81st annual Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art will be held March 24 through April 7. The exhibit features works created by students in Youngstown State University’s department of art and is open to the public.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 24, with an awards presentation at 7 p.m. Among the award categories are photography, painting, sculpture, interactive design and digital media.

The identity design for the exhibit was created by graphic design student Lorenzo Devine; Adam Welch is serving as juror. Welch has had several exhibits throughout the region and previously served as the curator at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The McDonough Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the M30 deck for a fee. Due to construction, visitors must use the Walnut Street entrance to the parking deck. For more information, call 330 941 1400.

Com_Star_LogoI had mentioned the Community Stars Awards sponsored by the Trumbull 100 and the Tribune Chronicle in an earlier episode and have placed a link to the Photo Gallery in the show notes for you to check out.

This Saturday March 25th at 8:30 PM is Earth Hour. Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change.

This year, Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 25. There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to fighting climate change. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Momentum is on our side. The world is looking toward a renewable future. This Earth Hour, turn up the dark and get loud about climate action. Let the world know you’re all in.

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Earth Hour Live: A Whole New Way to Participate. We’re asking musicians to share their love for the planet and resolve to fight climate change through their music.

WWF is inviting artists to broadcast live sets to their fans around the world during Earth Hour 2017. At 8:30 p.m. your local time on Saturday, March 25, through Facebook Live or a live channel of your choice, turn up the tunes using the hashtag #EarthHourLive. All day, we will be looking to share and amplify some of the best musical sets we see. As the world turns up the dark, we’re hoping that you will turn up the volume on climate action. Let us know you are participating and find out more about going live for Earth Hour.

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The World Wildlife Fund is dedicated to preserving the earth’s ecosystem. Visit their website to learn more.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 28

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Whether you are a business, an individual or a charity, Time Banking is a way for you to get as much as possible from yourself, your organization and the wealth of resources in the community around you.

A Time Bank network is simple tool that unlocks the value in the expertise, resources and assets that you have, enabling you to trade them for what you really need to progress as an organization or individual, saving money and achieving more in the process.

For every hour of resources a member trades within the Time Bank network they receive one credit which can then be spent on one hour of resources, expertise or assets offered up by network members.

This means that identifying and unlocking dormant resource that you can afford to share (a meeting space? mini bus? staff time?), you’re able to buy in resources that you really need (business mentor ship? accountancy? maintenance work?) at no cash expenditure.

The Mahoning Watershed TimeBank is looking to hold a bring and fix event coming up in late April or early May. Click on the link above to see a Video about how Bring and Fix will work for you.

We put together a short interest form so you can get involved. If you have some space you can use for this, please click this link and fill out the form.

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The Mahoning County Board of Health HUB worked in conjunction with the Safe Kids Coalition to sponsor a Wellness Event recently to make sure our children are safe and secure while traveling in a vehicle and had a great turnout.

Safe Kids Mahoning Valley is led by Akron Children’s Hospital/Mahoning Valley, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

The Mahoning County HUB helps to ensure that every pregnancy has the best possible chance of turning out well. What is the HUB?

The HUB reduces barriers that can prevent women in Mahoning County who are at risk of poor birth outcomes from having healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. It partners with local care coordination agencies to connect women to resources and services that can benefit them and their baby throughout pregnancy.

The HUB coordinates and monitors services through a community-wide strategy. This team approach uses a web-based data entry and reporting system to reach those at greatest need while reducing duplication of services. Through the implementation of Pathways and its Network of Care, the HUB confirms that clients are connected to evidence-based care and best practices and it measures the results.

Why use “Pathways”?

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Pathways are used to address identified risk factors or barriers. The Pathway then tracks and documents each critical step, ending with ensuring the risk factor has been addressed. The Pathway is complete when a final outcome is achieved. There are 20 standardized Pathways that are used to address the client’s needs and improve health outcomes.

African American women are more than twice as likely to deliver a low birth weight baby compared to Caucasian women. There has been a dramatic improvement in the birth outcomes of at-risk pregnant women who have participated in the HUB in other counties. For example, in 2013 and 2014, African American women in Lucas County that were enrolled in Pathways had a low birth rate of 9.5%, much lower than the overall rates for African Americans in Lucas County (13.2% in 2013) and statewide (13.4% in 2013).

How does it work?

Each care coordination agency employs principal care coordinators (community health workers, home visitors, etc.) who find women that are most at risk. Principal care coordinators are trained professionals that have a connection to the communities that they serve and are relatable to their clients. They partner with clients by providing health education, connecting them to medical care, and by removing social barriers through regular home visits. They help pregnant women with securing medical insurance, navigating the healthcare system and meeting basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter and transportation. They support, advocate for, and encourage each client during pregnancy and after delivery.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

One of the goals of the HUB is to reduce the gap in disparities and improve health equity by providing services that take into account the diverse backgrounds of our clients. Health outcomes can be improved when providers make efforts to respect clients’ beliefs, practices, and culture through positive engagement. All HUB staff members are trained to provide services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

In addition, the HUB engages the services of a linguistics translator to eliminate any barriers in providing comprehensive services to any clients participating in any of the HUB Pathways.

Who is eligible for the HUB?

The HUB serves clients that can benefit from effective and intentional care coordination. HUB clients: Are pregnant, want to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, need help with resources, and live in Youngstown or Mahoning County

How can you connect with the HUB?

There are several ways to connect with the HUB:

Call the Mahoning County Pathways HUB at 330-270-2855 ext. 136

Email the Mahoning County Pathways HUB at hub@mahoninghealth.org

Connect with a HUB-associated care coordination agency:

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

Help Me Grow Home Visiting and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation

Mercy Health Resource Mothers

The Mahoning County Pathways HUB was funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

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Although it seems as if we just had an election, I felt the need to start the discussion about our local primary election coming up in May. In the State of Ohio, you do not need to be registered with either Major Political Party to vote, so all registered voters are eligible to participate. In my opinion, it is these local elections that affect us here in the Mahoning Valley to a greater extend and many times much harder to find information about.

In the Cities of Youngstown, Struthers, and Poland Village there will be campaigns for Mayor, City Council, Municipal Judges and Levies. The Mahoning County Board of Elections has published the list of Races that Voters will be deciding on in May. Please take a few minutes to review it if you are a voter in any of these Municipalities. Like any homework project, the sooner you start; the better chance you have at having your voice heard and getting the grade you want. I also encourage you to get involved. Voting and participating in the process are the best ways to make sure you have nothing to complain about when is is all over.

Please visit the Trumbull County Board of Elections Website to get more information on registering by clicking the link. The deadline for registering to vote in Trumbull County is April 3, 2017 by 9PM.

Same deadline to register in Columbiana County. Go here to make sure you are registered and to find out more information about local issues and candidates.

 

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Salem Library has a couple of events coming up in March that look to be winners. The “Live from Anywhere” Series kicks off on March 23. Salem Public Library’s monthly video-conference series, gives audiences the opportunity to explore exciting places from around the world by easily visiting Salem Public Library. Each program is interactive and features a different topic. On March 23, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm the program will be especially exciting as attendees will learn about the Komodo Dragons of Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Suitable for all ages Kindergarten through adult the program is open to the public and free of cost to attend. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us , by calling the library for assistance at 330-332-0042, by emailing: library@salem.lib.oh.us or by stopping in at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460.

Another interesting event in March, “Vessels of Glass” have been used as everyday containers and appreciated as works of art for over 3,500 years. Jessica Trickett of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will lead us on an exploration of ancient and modern glass, glass making techniques and examples of glassware as works of art during the program “Form and Function: The Beauty of Glass” to be held Monday, March 27, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm in the Quaker Room of Salem Public Library. Also featured during the talk will be practical tips for cleaning and maintaining pieces of glassware.

Registration is required to attend and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us , by calling the library at 330-332-0042 for assistance, or by stopping in at the library located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. The program is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Ms. Trickett is the Anne Kilcauley Christman Memorial Collections Manager at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society of Youngstown, Ohio. As Collections Manager she oversees the collections department and develops museum exhibits and public programs. She has presented lectures to local civic organizations exploring a variety of themes in local history. She holds a M. A. in History and a certificate in Historic Preservation from Youngstown State University.

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If you are in the City of Warren A Public Notice for Comments on Plans to Improve the Mahoningside Property. The City of Warren will utilize federal funds for improvements to the City-owned Mahoningside property. The property is located on Summit Street at the former power plant site on the west bank of the Mahoning River.

The preliminary plans for the first phase of the Mahoningside project include a walkway overlooking the Mahoning River, a riverfront patio on the lower spillway, landscaping, a small parking lot, and other amenities. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000. Construction will be scheduled in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018.

The City of Warren envisions the improvements at Mahoningside will increase access to the river, expand civic interaction, provide further community continuity and ultimately trigger new economic opportunities by providing a hub for tourism, education and entertainment activities.

Any questions or comments concerning the project should be directed by March 27, 2017 to:

Paul Makosky, Director
City of Warren
Engineering, Planning & Building Department
540 Laird Avenue S.E.
Warren, Ohio 44484
Phone: (330) 841-2973
pmakosky@warren.org

Read the full Mahoningside Property Improvement Plan press release

View a schematic of the Mahoningside Property Improvement plan

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Today’s Groupon Deals for the Mahoning Valley.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Game with Hats and McDonald’s Vouchers for One or Two until April 8.

One or Three Regal Car Wash Packages, or One King’s Court Car Wash Package at Kingsly Car Washes (Up to 25% Off)

Skating and Activity Passes at Skate Zone Fun Center (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

Golf for Two or Four with Carts and Range Balls at Duck Creek Golf Club (57% Off)

Get great deals from Groupon by clicking this link and help to sponsor this podcast in the process. It is a win-win.

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 23 Transcript

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Showing some love to the following. Make sure to click through and show some love too. It is Valentines Day almost. So make sure to show some love.

Getting Crafty at Salem Public Library. Music and Glass. Last Minute Valentines Shopping at Bella Marias. Northside Farmers Market kicks off a new season. Get your Greek on at Archangel Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church. Big Fish. Rich Center Breakfast. Slice of the Valley Pizza Challenge. YMCA Art Festival. Messages from Cupid. The Ulster Project Wine Tasting. Keynote Media Group.

Explore the ease of using matte acrylic chalk paint on glassware at the February 13, 2017 Gettin’ Crafty class for adults that will meet in Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room beginning at 6:30pm. All materials will be provided, the class is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Seating is limited so please register online at www.salem.lib.oh.us, call for assistance/ information at 330-332-0042, or stop in at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. Have a pleasant evening at your local library being creative.

Have you ever wanted to create Stained Glass? Do you enjoy mellow music while you are creating? Head on out to the Cornelius Studio on February 12th. That will be Sunday at 12PM and bring $40.00 with you to cover the cost of your materials. You will get to listen to some healing musical selections and learn the craft of Stained Glass Creation with Mara Linaberger Click in this link to make a reservation or let them know you are coming.

There will be a Mini Vendor Blender at Bella Maria’s on Monday starting at 630PM in Boardman. Make sure to click on the link and let them know you are going and you heard about it on the Mahoning Valley Podcast. LuLaRoe – Plexus – Rodan + Fields – Premier Jewelry – doTerra Essential Oils – Soldier Sweets – Platinum Paw Barkery / One Hot Dog Designs – Michelle from Salon Sherrici – Karma Korn Poppery will all here there. Come eat, drink, & shop.

The Northside Farmers Market will be open on Saturday February 11 starting at 10AM. Join them for the opening of the 2017 Youngstown Northside Farmers Market. We will be inside at 818 Elm St, Youngstown OH. Celebrating 14 years of offering fresh, local food and community! Click on the links here and show them some love and let them know you are interested in coming by.

All weekend there is a Greek Festival at Archangel Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell. That is located at 401 12th Street in Campbell at Porter Avenue. Will there be all your favorite Greek foods like authentic Gyros, Lamb, and Souvlakis? Heck yeah. Will there be authentic Greek Folk Dancing exhibitions every day? Oh Yeah. Will there be other traditional Greek foods and pastries, activities for children? Auctions? And Daily Food specials? Absolutely. You can go over there Friday starting at 10AM. Or Saturday or Sunday.

Big Fish is a hit at the Fairview Arts and Outreach Center according to the Vindicator. It is playing this weekend and next. To quote their review, “Top Hat’s version definitely captures the tale’s magic, and Brian Palumbo’s performance in the lead role of Edward Bloom is likely one of the best you will see on a local stage this season.The theater makes good use of its stage to create the requisite special effects, including an encounter with a coven of witches. At other times, figments of Edward Bloom’s boundless imagination appear and disappear.

The oddities also include a giant (played to towering effect by Kaleb McFarland), a mermaid and some circus folk. The story revolves around Edward Bloom and his son, Will (played by Anthony Villa, who skillfully mixes adult cynicism with boyish admiration). The elder Bloom has always been a larger than life figure in his son’s eyes because of the astonishing – if barely true – tales of his life. But as his father’s health fades, Will, a realist who is about to become a father to a boy himself, seeks to separate the fact from the fiction about his dad.”

The Vindicator review continues, “Brightening up their every scene is a unit of six young dancers (Haley DiLullo, Jillian Pearl Gady, Teegan Graff, Hunter Lombard, Brianna Phillips and Taylor Sackella) who were very precise and well practiced in their choreography. Their USO dance scene was flawless.”

Big Fish” works on several levels. It has a father-son focus and a circle- of-life theme, and it’s great theater for kids of all ages.

And if the job of any theater is to sweep the audience up in the story, no matter how fantastical it is, then Top Hat’s production succeeds.

Big Fish” will continue with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Feb. 17 and 18, at Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road. Call 800-838-3006 for reservations.

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The Rich Center for Autism will be hosting the best Maple Syrup and Flapjacks Breakfast at Warren G Harding High School in Warren Saturday Morning. Click on the link to let them know you are going.

Get your flapjack from 9am-12pm. The breakfast will include fluffy pancakes, rich maple syrup from local farms, scrambled eggs, and sausage. We will also hold a basket and 50/50 raffle to add to the fun!

Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for 10 and under, children 2 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased online at www.richcenter.org. Contact Mona at 330.941.1532 or mbozick@ysu.edu with questions or for sponsorship information.

The Slice of the Valley Pizza Challenge will be held on February 18th. According to the Business Journal, Rotary Club of Warren will host its third annual Slice of the Valley Pizza Challenge Feb. 18. The contest will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the banquet facilities of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Plenty of food, fun and auction items will highlight this year’s event, and the Jim Frank Trio band will provide music throughout the evening, organizers say. Area pizza shops will provide slices to sample and two winners will be crowned: People’s Choice Award, selected by guests’ votes, and the Judges’ Trophy, selected by celebrity judges who sample the pies.

Proceeds will go to the Rotary International project to help the victims of acid attacks in Africa and Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Project Play, a collaborative effort to provide children a safe place to play and enjoy outdoor activities on the southwest side of Warren.

Tickets are on sale at this website, from Warren Rotarians and at the door. For more information, call the Rotary Club of Warren at 800 323 3547.

The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is holding its fourth annual Five Squared benefit art show and sale. The show, which opened Sunday February 5th, runs through March 5.

More than 450 pieces of 5″ x 5″ art from eight countries and eight states are available for purchase at $25 each or 5 for $100 (youth art is $10, or 6 for $50).

In addition to the hundreds of 5″ x 5″ pieces, there will be a silent auction, featuring larger original art and limited edition prints from Richard Bucurel, John Fire, Nancy Hawkins, Rebecca Hawkins, Guy Shively and Don Wright. Bidding for the silent auction will run until 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

All proceeds from the sale and silent auction will go toward providing art classes to under-served children, teens, and families at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, Daybreak, Youngstown Christian School and others.

The art show is free and open to the community. Art from the show also can be viewed here. For more information, call the YMCA at 330 480 5656 or email sgray@youngstownymca.org.

Messages from Cupid: Vintage Valentines from 1840-1930″ is the title of the newest exhibit at the Sutliff Museum. The featured valentines from the United States, England and Germany will provide ideas to viewers for their own Valentine’s Day cards, said Melissa Karman, Museum director.

The Museum, operated by The Warren Library Association, is located on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library on Mahoning Avenue here. Admission is free, and the museum is handicapped accessible. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is a memorial to Levi and Phebe Sutliff, who were operators on the Underground Railroad in Trumbull County. For more information, call 330 395 6575 or visit this website.

The Mahoning Valley Ulster Project will host its annual Wine Taste on Feb. 12 at Drake’s Landing here. This is a major fundraiser for the Ulster Project.

Tickets for the event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., are $35 per person and include a wine and beer taste, an assortment of light appetizers, dessert, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and giveaways.

The Mahoning Valley Ulster project is a summer exchange program, which brings together teen leaders from Northern Ireland and the United States. The program offers spiritual, social and service opportunities to help the students discover the common ground they share despite religious differences. Each year, Valley families play host to more than a dozen Northern Irish teens for this enriching experience. More than $20,000 must be raised for air fare and expenses for the July program.

The intent of the Ulster Project is to break down the walls of intolerance and mistrust that exist in Northern Ireland. It was created through the efforts of like-minded peace seekers who strive towards the ultimate goal of creating a community of peace through fostering tolerance, understanding and friendship. The Ulster Project focuses on changing the perception of Ireland’s youth by bringing them together in a strife-free atmosphere that emphasizes acceptance of all people, regardless of creed.

Tickets to the event are pre-sale only and can be purchased by calling 330 565 2900 or 330 518 5290.

Shout out to Keynote Media Group who recently added five companies to its client portfolio.

Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Sharon, Pa., contracted with the downtown Youngstown marketing firm to develop a new website that will better position the Mercer County region as a prime location for business relocation and expansion, according to a news release from the company.

Keynote also has been hired to create new branding and marketing strategies for Doctors Pain Clinic and Progressive Counseling Center, both in Boardman.

Other new clients include Youngstown companies Roof Rite Inc. a roofing company, and InventorCloud, an additive manufacturing education component of Advanced Methods in Innovation, a Youngstown Business Incubator portfolio company.

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 22 Performing Arts Edition Transcript

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Performing Arts Edition. Wellness Wednesdays beginning at Salem Public Library. Valentines music with the Boardman Public Library. Artists of the Rust Belt Winter Market this Weekend.

Wednesdays at the Public Library in Salem can be the beginning of a healthier you. Starting tomorrow, The Wellness Wednesday monthly program series will feature a variety of topics related to better health and wellness.

Beginning at 6:30pm in the Quaker Meeting Room, the focus will be on “How to Build Your Healthiest Heart”. Included in the informal program to be presented by registered, licensed dietician/nutritionist Bridget Lackey, will be healthy tips, recipes and latest trends in heart health.

Online registration is required on the Library Website at www.salem.lib.oh.us , by calling the library at 330-332-0042, by emailing to library@salem.lib.oh.us or by stopping in at 821 E. State St., Salem, Ohio.

Ms. Lackey is Community Health Educator at Mercy Health in Youngstown, Ohio where she focuses on increasing the intake and availability of fresh, local fruits and vegetables especially within the food deserts of Youngstown and Warren. She is a Youngstown State University graduate.

Join the library for this Wellness Wednesday program that is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Include the programming, materials and services available at Salem Public Library to help you lead a healthier life.

Today we talk about many of the Performing Arts Organizations in the Mahoning Valley. Although I am not sure if such a thing exists, we are probably coming up on what may be called the Theater Season here in the Valley and these Organizations put in a lot of work to keep the Art of Performing live in front of an audience alive here in the valley.

We will talk about some that have been around for a while and who have a large following here in the Valley and shine the spotlight on some that you may not have heard of. I am guessing that the YSU College of Communications and the Creative Arts has a moderate following. Click on this link in the show notes to find out more.

I see from their site that starting on February 24th, they will be putting on a musical play by Ernst Toller called “No More Peace”. Briefly, it is a play about a bet between St Francis of Assisi and Napoleon that humans on Earth are so enamored with the drama and tragedy of war, that when the people of earth have no war, they will believe anything to start one. Apparently this is a comic satire that includes music and speaks to larger truths such as people will follow the loudest voice and the dangerous ways in which people define their enemies. Although it was written in 1935, it seems to be still relevant considering current events.

I am also thinking that there are some Opera buffs here in the Mahoning Valley as well. As we do actually have our own Opera Company. Opera Western Reserve. According to their website, Encouraged by the success of Madama Butterfly at Youngstown State University and a dinner theater production of La Traviata presented by the Youngstown Opera Guild in Stambaugh Auditorium’s Grand Ballroom, a dedicated group of opera lovers decided to create Youngstown’s own opera company. Invited by Stambaugh Auditorium to present their productions on the main stage, Opera Western Reserve made its debut with a fully-staged production of I Pagliacci on November 12, 2004. The fledgling company was fortunate enough to attract the talents of Susan Davenny Wyner, conductor of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and with a background that included singing with the Metropolitan Opera Company, to become its musical director. David Vosburgh, whose credits included both opera and Broadway musicals and was directing the spring operas at Youngstown State University, came on board as Production Director.

The mission of Opera Western Reserve was to create a professional company that was truly regional in its outreach. Singers residing in the Western Reserve area, which included Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, were to be given priority in casting. Collaborations with other arts organizations such as Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, The Youngstown Connection, The Girard City Schools Youth Chorus, The Stambaugh Chorus, Ballet Western Reserve, and Salem Youth Chorus have been fostered. The artistic and support staff continues to be drawn from local theater artists and craftsmen. Most recently, we were delighted to have Youngstown native, Lawrence Brownlee, of the Metropolitan Opera as our guest artist for 2012’s production of The Barber of Seville. The cast included Randa Rouweyha, also a Youngstown native, and local singers Brian Keith Johnson, Jason Budd, Timothy Bruno, and former Young Artists Diana Farrell and Robert Pierce.

As Opera Western Reserve considers itself primarily an educational institution, the creation of a Young Artists Company has been very important. This troupe of six to eight singers and accompanists take their educational outreach program, Fun with Opera, to schools in the Tri-county area. This program has been completely underwritten and is offered at no charge. These singers also appear in concert for various local organizations and play supporting roles in our Main Stage productions.

If you figure you have the chops to sing Opera, Opera Western Reserve will be holding auditions for their 2017 production of Lucia di Lammermoor and their 2018 productions of Porgy & Bess and Madam Butterfly. Auditions will be held May 1st – 2nd, 2017 on the stage at Stambaugh Auditorium by appointment only.

Please send a headshot, cover letter, and resumé via U.S. Mail to: Opera Western Reserve, 1000 Fifth Ave. Youngstown, OH 44504. Once selected to audition you must submit a nonrefundable $15 accompanist fee as well as a list of your audition selections. Please prepare three arias in French, Italian, and English. The deadline to apply for an audition slot is April 17, 2017. For further information you may contact Marisa Zamary by calling (330)480-0693 or emailing admasst@operawesternreserve.org.

I can tell you that I will not be auditioning this year. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Heck you may well be able to get a part.

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If you are looking to get your romance on for Valentines Day, head on over to the Boardman Pulbic Library on February 9 at 7PM. There will be a Chamber Music performed free for your listening pleasure.

I have mentioned this on previous episodes, but it stands to mention again. Our Library here in Mahoning County is a fantastic resource that is constantly putting on events and offering classes and activities for all ages. And many of them are free. Click here and check out their calendar so you can find some things to do with your family or by yourself.

Lets get back to some performing arts organizations here in the Valley. Did you know that we have a world class Dance Academy that also puts on performances right here in the Mahoning Valley? Well we do. The Stage Left Theater Arts Academy. According to their website, Because they are a Performance Company and not just a comp team, dancers will be asked to perform at a variety of local events throughout the season as well as attend 4-5 regional/local dance competitions. They will be attending a National event in the summer of 2017.

Dancers are required to attend a weekly ballet class, a weekly jazz or lyrical class as well as a weekly technique/flexibility class. In addition, classes are then scheduled based on the routines they are selected to dance. Weekends are family times at SDLA, but we may have occasional rehearsals on a Saturday morning or Sunday evening, especially if your dancer wants to do a solo, duet, or trio for comp. We are ideally looking to have a 2-3 days per week dance schedule…depending on the number of routines you dancer dances. The minimum dance days per week is 2. (Wednesday night is a huge company rehearsal night with many classes). The minimum dance classes for performance company is 4. There is a cap for tuition and families get huge discounts for multiple dancers.

As part of a traditional comp team, dancers train for months before ever hitting the stage, and when they do lots of tricks they tend to score higher to win a trophy. As part of the Stage Left Performance Company, they are artists first. All of their choreographers have professional dance experience. Their mission is to serve our community through dance and prepare our dancers for life and a professional career in dance, should they want that. They are the only pre professional dance company in Trumbull and Mahoning County!

The dancers perform nearly every month of the calendar year! They receive an unmatched resume in this community to use on their college applications and future auditions. A performance company GIVES pre-professional EXPERIENCE and the dancers are expected to be of the highest level of self respect and maturity to handle the pressures of performing, not just for a competition win, but for people counting on you to entertain at their event. Dancers learn how to be professional.

They also compete 4-5 times locally at dance competitions and have won Most Entertaining of the Day and Highest Scores of the day, year after year. They are not perfect or better, do not have critical spirits or COMPETITION toward one another, anger outbursts, arguments, or gossip on our teams or with our parents. If and when pockets of this behavior arises, it is dealt with respectfully and in love, with the hope that the dance relationships are more important than our needs to be right. We get past things quickly. Our girls can say they are sorry, our moms do not hold grudges, no one bad mouths anyone else when angered or afterward. This is strictly enforced, and unfortunately people have learned this the hard way at Stage Left. We are NOT a reality show.

You can follow them on facebook here. Or instagram here.

Another Dance Studio located in downtown Youngstown is the Ballet Western Reserve. Offering many different styles as well, they are in the business of preparing students for professional experience.

You can click the link above or follow them on facebook here.

Our area also offers a number of Community Theaters who bring live theater to the masses. In Columbiana County, the Salem Community Theatre has been putting on productions for an entire season that started last autumn. Coming up in February and March are 2 productions that are sure to bring some pleasure to your life. If you want to see a show, make sure to follow them on Facebook with the link above. Here is a little on what you can expect when you see a show there.

If you are planning to see your first show at SCT, welcome! Salem Community Theatre is a proud supporter of the arts located in the center of historic downtown Salem, Ohio. They put on six main stage productions each season (Fall to Summer) as well as special events, revues, and receptions

Performances generally include a 7:30 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday as well as a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive early in order to pick up tickets and find their seats. Volunteer ushers will be present to guide you to your seat as well as answer any questions you may have. There is no dress code for the shows, so whether you’re coming from work, school, or play, they encourage you to come on in!

Don’t forget to stop by the concession stand. They offer concessions at each show including candy, popcorn, and drinks at reasonable prices. They are available for purchase before the show begins as well as during intermission.

They would be glad you have interest in seeing an SCT production, and would like to extend the invitation to support Salem’s one and only live theatre organization. No matter your background, the arts can be an enriching experience, and we hope you will become part of our theatre family.

The Salem Community Theatre is among the efforts of the Salem Community Foundation. According to their website, the foundation is a public non-profit charitable trust with a mission to improve the quality of life in Salem, Ohio, and the immediate area. The Foundation, through special grants, supports charitable, educational, scientific, literary, artistic, and civic efforts, as well as public safety, welfare, and recreational programs in Salem. The mission of the Community Foundation is to assess and meet changing community needs and interests through financial awards, and to assist donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes.

Trumbull County has the Trumbull New Theatre. According to their website, TNT originally was organized in January 1948 as an offshoot of a YWCA study group supervised by Mrs. Stephen (Dorothy) Gmucs. As the desire grew for a theatre group, Mrs. Thorn (Frances) Pendleton was contacted for assistance. She agreed but, unsure of the chances for survival of such a group in Warren, strict standards were established including the principle of being self-supporting. TNT is not and has never been subsidized, it has always been self-supporting.

Those early meetings and rehearsals required everyone to put a quarter in a kitty until enough was collected to finance an evening of one acts. In May 1948, with $60 TNT was underway with the first production – in the Pendleton living room! During the first 9 years the group wandered from private living room to church auditorium, to a Main Street loft, to school auditoriums. Then, in 1955, the land on Youngstown Road was purchased for $3,750.

Designed by member-architect Tom Schroth, construction of the Playhouse began in the fall of 1956, built by the members—a labor of love! It included the auditorium, stage, light bridge, inner lobby and restrooms, with an initial cost of a little over $25,000. Since the formal opening in the spring of 1957, additions and improvements have cost in excess of $250,000. These include retirement of the original mortgage, purchase of additional land, outer lobby, landscaping, new seats, the workshop (dressing room, bathrooms, wardrobe, prop storage, office and set construction area), a new auditorium roof and annual permanent set, lighting and sound equipment upgrades.

In the early 90’s the parking lot was paved and air conditioning was added, allowing the theatre to be used year-round. In November 2005 the wheelchair accessibility project was completed, at a cost of $35,000.

Income from ticket sales and contributions by patrons, members, friends and area businesses provide for all expenses incurred by the productions, general maintenance and improvement programs as they become necessary. Since 1975 TNT has annually provided scholarships to Trumbull County students.

The organization is run primarily on volunteerism. Only the cleaning staff is paid, along with stipends for the volunteer directors and musicians. Many of the directors and actors have received their training within TNT. The Women’s Committee lends major support to the patron drive and fund-raising activities.

TNT is a COMMUNITY Theatre that is open to everyone! Ever thought you would like to act, sing, direct, pound a nail, paint a set, sew a hem, usher or participate in any way? Contact them on facebook for more information.

To receive the company newsletter, Curtain Call, just leave your name and address at the Box Office. This publication keeps you informed of “what’s happening” with the group and when auditions and help are needed.

Of course, this area offers a tremendous variety of live music jut about every night of the week. One of our local resident maintain an exceptional website for more information about local musicians, venues and gigs here in the Mahoning Valley.

I have had a chance to peruse this site and it is comprehensive. Although I am not sure how long Steve Mahoning has been running this thing, it is an incredible compendium of local live music information that dates back to 2007. According to their website, In January of 2007 Steve searched for any websites listing shows by local bands.

He was surprised to find that none were online, and that the only existing sources were the limited schedules in the local newspapers. He decided to fill the void himself, and created an internet site he named Mahoning Valley Live Music and posted the pages to his personal Road Runner internet space.

Mahoning Valley Live Music was transferred to its current domain, http://mvlivemusic.com (and the web URL http://www.mvlivemusic.com) in early February 2007. His original intent was to create a site consolidating information on all musicians/bands in the Mahoning Valley, and all their scheduled performances. This primary purpose has not changed. Mahoning Valley Live Music supports local musicians performing live music. MVLiveMusic is the oldest existing site of its kind in the Valley, with the most complete and accurate listing of local nightclub musicians and their shows.

Reach out to Steve Mahoning on facebook if you like. To be fair, I am not sure if that is his real name, but if it is; then it must have been meant to be. And by all means, check out the website and find some live music to go out and support.

This small sampling of the Performing Arts Organizations here in the Mahoning Valley is not meant to be comprehensive. That is why we have Google. I do encourage you to check out the vibrant variety of Performing Arts that we have here in the Mahoning Valley and get out and support them. The Arts are what gives a community breath and life. So get out there and have some fun and be entertained.

And while you are at it, support some of our local artists this weekend at the Winter Market at B&O Station in downtown Youngstown on Saturday, February 11th 11-5pm. A great place to pick up some handmade gifts from your local artists right before Valentine’s Day. Art, food and beer…what more could you need for an excellent Saturday afternoon! Don’t miss it, support your local artists in 2017!

Click the link above for more information.

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 19

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The program “Curious Buckeyes: Lesser-Known Facts in Ohio History” will be presented by Jason R. Carruthers, of Kent State University, on Monday, January 30, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm in the library’s Quaker Room located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. The program will discuss some of the lesser- known aspects of Ohio history, from its pre-colonial history, through the Civil War, the Space Race and into the modern era. Online registration at www.salem.lib.oh.us is required for this program that is free of cost to attend and open to the public.

Jason R. Carruthers is an adjunct instructor at Kent State University, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in American History. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, he holds a B.S. from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a M.A. from the University of Akron.

For more information and assistance with registration, if needed, please call the library at 330-332-0042 or email to library@salem.lib.oh.us.

On Saturday, January 28 Come out to the Beaver Creek State Park for Trail Building between 9AM and 1PM. We will be finishing up the Upper Salamander trail, and we will be back at it to make 3 weekends in a row. Please help us to complete the Upper Salamander Trail this weekend so we can move on to Milton! For this event it will be best to park in the upper lot across from the Beaver Creek State Park campground on Leslie Road. It’s a shorter walk from that area. Come out from 9am to 1pm, or just come out for however much time you can spend with us! All efforts are appreciated. We have the tools! We’ll mostly be doing bench work this time around. Dress warm.

Friday and Saturday Open Auditions at the Youngstown Play House for the Musical “Hair Spray” Make sure to click the link in the show notes for more information.

AUDITION DATES: Friday, January 27,2017 at 6pm OR Saturday, January 28,2017 at 6pm (You do not need to attend both nights)

Callbacks on Sunday, January 29 (only if necessary) Please be on time and ready to dance.

WHO CAN AUDITION:

Everyone (15 and over, except for Little Inez who should be about 11). Please read below for more specific casting needs.

ETHNICITY & BODY TYPES:

A strong component of the Hairspray story revolves around race in the 1960’s, as well as specific body types and ages. It is our goal to have the following characteristics appear on the stage to forward the story:

Black/African‐American

White/Caucasian

Plus‐sized (Pleasantly plump!)

Notably slimmer than plus‐sized

Appear” means you naturally look the part – we will not be using make‐up to modify ethnicity or costuming to dramatically alter body type (except for Edna’s brassiere!). Several roles in the play do not call for a specific ethnicity or body type. The Youngstown Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity organization and encourages every one of all races and sizes to audition for age appropriate roles. Hairspray is fairly unique in its specificity for ethnicity and body type. Most of our productions are much less specific!

AUDITON PROCEDURES:

Sign in upon arrival. Please bring a headshot, or recent photograph, and a typed resume.

ALL auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of a 50’s or 60’s rock song (NOT from the show). An accompanist will be provided. Please make sure that your sheet music is in the correct key. You may use a CD of music only. ALL who audition will be expected to dance, please come prepared to move. Some auditioners will be asked to read from the script. If you have any questions send an email to youngstown_ph@att.net

Help us kickoff the 2017 membership campaign with a Chili Cookoff and Benefit Showcase on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5-6:30 PM at the Trumbull Ag Center.

Join us to learn about Farm Bureau accomplishments, and gather information on the benefits of being a Farm Bureau member, and how to get involved. Bringing friends and memberships (new or renewal) can win you prizes! If you are interested in entering your best pot of chili into the cookoff and/or having a table at the benefit showcase, please contact Marsha Stanhope at 330-240-1587 or call the office at 440-437-8700.

Event admission is free. Donations are encouraged. Donations will be given to the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s Warren Farmers Market. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 25th 2017 by calling 440.437.8700 or emailing nefarmbu@fairpoint.net

Farm Bureau membership is open to all Ohioans, including farmers, producers, young farmers, gardeners, food and wine enthusiasts and anyone who would like to support Ohio’s food and farming community. Learn more at http://growwithfb.org Head on over to their Facebook Page and give em a like too.

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Black History Month Events Notices can be sent to the Vindicator by January 28. And after that, please send them to me for coverage and mention. To send to the Vindicator: The Vindicator will again run a listing of Black History Month activities through the month of February. The deadline to submit your information is Saturday, Jan. 28 for the Vindicator. Send the day, time, place of your event and if there is a cost to:

Black History Month Events, The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501

By email to news@vindy.com Put Black History Month Events in the subject line.

Questions: Call 330-747-1471, exts. 1489 or 1254.

You can also send them to me at mahoningvalleypodcast@consultant.com anytime after the Vindicator Deadline. Please send any links to the Sponsoring Organization’s Websites and Facebook Events so I can make sure to link to them on the show notes for the podcast episodes.

Our very own Youngstown Nighthawks will be playing on Saturday Night in Cortland. Very reasonable tickets are available for less then 12 bucks here.

The Youngstown Nighthawks are a semi-professional arena soccer team for the Northeast Ohio and PA West communities. The team is based in Youngstown, Ohio and competes in the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL).The Nighthawks utilize the game of arena soccer to create an exciting, intimate atmosphere of affordable entertainment for the benefit of sports fans of all ages. The Nighthawks are an active community member and creates a unique opportunity for the promotion of community based programs and initiatives.

With a passion for the game of soccer and the backing of both Northeast Ohio and PA West soccer communities the Youngstown Nighthawks was founded in 2014 by Edward Holmes, Joshua Auden, and Chris Harrold. They have a goal to bring the indoor soccer game back into their local communities and provide an affordable, intimate and exciting entertainment experience.

Sunday January 29 from 12Pm to 2PM Help the Steel Valley Vineyard to prepare the installation of shelving in the 4 Greenhouses we have to fire up them up next month. We will have to slide the greenhouses over and take out inner pannels so the 2 pellet stoves wil circulate the heat inside of all 4 of the houses. The houses are very light, just awkward to move. Insulation Foam will go around each opening and the houses will be set back together and squared up. Head over to 3411 Idlewood Ave.

Grilled Chicken and Drinks provided.

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 13

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Poverty Awareness Month, Western Reserve Scourge Radio Sports Brief, Youngstown Flag Football Teams Heading to Championships, Annies Law signed by Governor Kasich, Red Cross Blood Drives, Go Wild in the Park

According to the Diocese of Youngstown January is Poverty Awareness Month. Poverty is the state of being extremely poor.  Poverty is about not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter.  However, poverty is more, much more than just not having enough money.  It is hunger, it is being sick and not being able to see a doctor, and it is not knowing how to read or having a job.  Poverty has many faces and changes all the time.

The World Bank Organization describes poverty in this way:

“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time.

Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways.  Most often, poverty is a situation people want to escape. So poverty is a call to action — for the poor and the wealthy alike — a call to change the world so that many more may have enough to eat, adequate shelter, access to education and health, protection from violence, and a voice in what happens in their communities.”

In addition to a lack of money, poverty is about not being able to participate in recreational activities; not being able to send children on a day trip with their schoolmates or to a birthday party; not being able to pay for medications for an illness.  These are all costs of being poor.

What can you do to help alleviate poverty in your neighborhood or community?  How can you help the poor among us?

  • Visit our updated Dollar Days Wish List at https://dollardays.com/ccdoy/wishlist.html to purchase products that our clients need most;
  • Donate non-perishable food to Catholic Charities to help fill our pantries so that we are able to feed the hungry among us;
  • Pray for those who face poverty on a daily basis;
  • Contact a Catholic Charities Agency near you and volunteer your time to help;
  • Donate your gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets to Catholic Charities;
  • Be kind to those you meet, you don’t know what people are dealing with.

Each January, and every month after that, the Catholic community takes a stand against poverty.  Won’t you please join us?

Western Reserve Scourge Radio Brief with Jim Craven

According to WKBN Congratulations are due to the YYFFA. Because YSU isn’t the only local team playing for a national championship. Three flag football teams are also competing later this month. WKBN caught up with the Youngstown Youth Flag Football Association while they practiced at the Watts Center at YSU. The championships are in Orlando this year. The NFL sponsors the tournament and picks up the tab for the kids. “The kids get free apparel, free gloves, free shoes, a trip to the Pro Bowl, a trip to the Disney parks. It’s something that you read about, but these kids get to live it,” said Coach Elliott Giles. Three teams of different age groups will represent Youngstown: The Browns, Steelers and Bengals. This is the seventh year that Giles has teams competing in nationals. They’ve never finished lower than third place. The teams leave January 26 for Florida. And speaking of Football Leagues here in the Mahoning Valley:

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Make sure you head on over to their facebook page and give them a like and keep up with their activities. And Follow them on Twitter.

Annie’s Law was signed by Governor Kasich yesterday making it possible for Drunk Driving Offenders to cut their required Dirving Suspension in half if they use an ignition interlock device.

According to TV10 out of Columbus, House Bill 388, which is designed to protect people from repeat drunk drivers was signed into law Wednesday. Governor John Kasich signed the bill, also known as “Annie’s Law,” to increase the use of ignition interlock systems to prevent drunk driving fatalities and crashes.

The law will take effect April 4 and will reduce a 12-month license suspension period by half for first offenders if they use the system. The systems are breathalyzers that prevent a car from starting if the driver is over the limit. The law is named after Annie Rooney, who was hit and killed by a repeat drunk driving offender in Ross County in 2013. Mothers Against Drunk Driving National President Colleen Sheehey-Church issued the following statement:

MADD is grateful to Governor Kasich and the dedicated legislators who share our mission to eliminate this 100 percent preventable crime. Many lives will be saved as Ohio increases the number ignition interlocks used by drunk driving offenders.

According to their website, Anna Louise Rooney, always known as Annie, of Chillicothe, Ohio was killed by a drunk driver on on July 4, 2013, at around 9pm. Annie was traveling home after borrowing a bike for an upcoming race when an oncoming driver crossed into her lane on US Rte 50, just outside of Chillicothe. Annie’s bikes had been stolen the previous weekend in Columbus, Ohio, outside German Village.

Annie was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 14, 1977 to Dr. Richard C. Rooney and Carole Mayer Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio; Annie was 36 years old. She graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio in 1995, where she was a star athlete. Annie graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1999 and the Law School of Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon in 2007.

Prior to returning home to Chillicothe, Annie was a prosecuting attorney in Bozeman, Montana, where she served her community by aggressively prosecuting domestic violence and DUI cases. She recently opened her own law practice in Chillicothe, Ohio. A separate Montana memorial service was held for Annie which can be read about below.

Annie was passionate about adventure and recently began a mountain bike racing career. She traveled and lived all over the world, including every continent except Antarctica, which was on her list. She also lived and worked in New York City and San Francisco on various start-up ventures.

Annie was beloved by many for her charm, her sense of humor, her courage, her unique ability to make others feel loved, and her generous smile. Her most memorable characteristic was her boundless energy with unending optimism. Professionally Annie was a tireless advocate for crime victims and a very successful prosecutor.

Annie was an inspiration to all who knew her. A recent quote captures her essence: “You wanted to be like her, but you couldn’t figure out how”.

She is survived by her parents, Dr. Richard and Carole Rooney of Chillicothe, Ohio, her sister Kate (Rooney) Lyaker (Dr. Michael Lyaker) of Columbus, Ohio, and her brothers Dr. Craig Rooney (Dr. Angie Song) and Dr. Walt Rooney (Adrienne) of Seattle, Washington, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

On a personal note, I can tell you that you do not want one of these things in your car. I worked with an Ignition Interlock Company for over 8 years and was responsible for managing over 700 accounts for people who lived in Pennsylvania and needed to use one of these to have their driving privilege restored. First off, think of this. That is standard practice. One account manager for over 700 individual accounts. Do you think some of the people got locked out from starting their cars had to wait in order to get their car started again?

I did not have to work weekends either so if one of these devices failed or locked a customer out on Friday night, they were waiting until Monday morning or even afternoon to get their car started again. And the cost of these devices is also a consideration. The customers had to pay an installation fee, a monthly lease and a removal fee. It usually ran into about 1200-1500 dollars by the time they were done with it.

And guess what, that is not all. If you locked out your device due to either blowing failed tests that were registering an alcohol level or because you were unable to for whatever reason not able to follow the protocol to get the device to accept the sample, there are reset fees that for this company were 50.00 to reset. If a device failed to operate properly, the customer would be required to pay to have their vehicle towed to a service center or pay to have a technician come out to repair or replace it. If the device was damaged in any way while in the possession of the customer, the customer had to pay the repair and replacement costs. Although it was rare, I had some customers who were having their device reset every two weeks and paying an extra hundred or so dollars a month for that. I also had customers who somehow lost part of the device and were billed over $800.00 dollars for that. Bottom Line, you do not want one of these things in your car. So Do not ever, ever drink and drive.

Red Cross is in dire need of Blood. According to the Vindicator, The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley has a critical need for blood donors after donations slowed during the holidays.

Christina Gargas, the local account manager for the Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley, said the decrease in blood donations during the holiday season is not uncommon. “During the holidays we see the hustle and bustle; people are busy or they’re planning for time off and traveling, and they just don’t make it in to donate,” Gargas said.

Along with the busy that comes with the holidays, the winter season offers its own hurdles for those considering giving blood. Inclement weather conditions and seasonal illnesses also contribute to the annual decline in donors participating in Red Cross blood drives. Christy Peters, communications manager for ARC Mahoning Valley, said the organization attempts to combat the slowdown by increasing its outreach to regular donors around the holiday season and by offering incentives to attract new participants.

“Over the holidays we have more event drives where we offer more incentives,” Peters said. “During our normal blood drives, we try to keep extended hours to give people a broader opportunity to come out and donate.” Click here to find locations and times.

According to the Vindicator, You can take your youngins to go wild in the park in Salem. Learn skills that could help you survive if you find yourself in dangerous winter conditions at a Go Wild in the Park program presented by Boy Scouts Troop 3 of Salem. It will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Salem Memorial Building gymnasium, 785 E. State St. Registration is required online at The Salem Public Library Website or by calling the library at 330-332-0042 or by calling Shane at the Salem Memorial Building at 330-332-5512.

Explore the world of wolves beginning with the lives of wolf pups during this family friendly, interactive video-conferencing program from the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minn. The program will take place in the Quaker Room at Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St., at 2 p.m. Jan. 28. It will include real-time observations of the International Wolf Center’s resident wolves. Online registration is required at the above library website or by calling the library or the Salem Memorial Building at the above numbers.

The programs are free and open to the public through a partnership of Salem Parks and Recreation Department and Salem Public Library.