Mahoning Valley Podcast Transcript Episode 25

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Tent City Youngstown and the Inner City Garden will be teaching folks how to make their own potting soil and planting a bunch of different peppers on Feb 19. from Noon to 3PM. Come on out and help fill up a green house full of peppers! Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, even Jalapeno’s!

This is a public event, that anyone can come and learn how to make your own potting soil and help us feed 100,000 people here in Mahoning County.

There will be a short private tour at the end of the workshop of the Youngstown Food Forest, Youngstown Inner City Gardens and the Steel Valley Vineyard. 3411 Idlewood Ave. or 3406 Hillman (park on street), walk through the gates towards the greenhouses.

The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Society General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Feb 18 at the Dennys in Austintown on Mahoning Avenue. This an important meeting since we will be having our election for officers & trustees. There will be other items to discuss since 2017 is looking to be another fun & busy year so please try to attend if at all possible. Lunch is at noon with the meeting itself starting at 1:00.

According to their website, in 1984, as members of the Youngstown Model Railroad Club, Rich Melvin and George Seil were assigned the task of looking into sponsoring a steam passenger excursion as a fund raiser.

The train was to consist of the ex-Nickel Plate Berkshire #765, which is owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and 20 passenger cars owned by various private owners, museums and historical societies. The capacity of the train was 1,000 passengers for each of the two trips. The Ft. Wayne group would bill for the entire train and pay the car owners.

The dates of June 1st and 2nd 1985 were scheduled and the train would arrive the week before. When the train did arrive, many of the P&LE employees took time to see a steam locomotive actually under steam.

Essex Steam Train

Nearly all had never seen one before. The road foreman was given a chance at the throttle. Employees of the P&LE were no longer qualified to operate a steam locomotive. The P&LE had retired their last steam engine in the late 40’s or early 50’s. Rich is a qualified steam engineer and was allowed anywhere other than in the yards. Servicing facilities, including the turntable, were in operation.

On Friday before the trips, many activities were taking place all day. The engine was washed, the tender filled with coal and water, and the passenger cars were washed and cleaned. The concession car was stocked and those staffing the car were given a chance to see the train.

Friday evening, a pre-trip meeting was held with the car attendants. After leaving the rail yard, we realized that a tornado had gone through the area. We had no idea how serious this had been and found out Saturday morning that we came close to having to cancel the trips. Fallen trees had blocked several miles of track we were scheduled to use.

The trips ran on time and were a great success. Because of the success, an interest grew in what we had done, and Jim Marter and a few others joined in and a formal organization was formed. Now that we had an organization, we decided to schedule another set of trips in 1986. The same trip would be run except we would depart from Lowellville.

The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association vision is to offer a welcoming railroad experience for families and visitors of all ages through enriching, entertaining, and educational activities, programs and exhibits at the Steel Valley Railroad Museum. The Museum will provide a positive environment that cultivates knowledge of our industrial heritage and offers a repository of information for future generations to draw upon. The Museum will be a place where older generations can capture the nostalgia of days gone by, and younger generations can be encouraged to meet the challenges of the future.

Loving Touch Ministries will be working at the Community Kitchen to help feed some people. And they are looking for volunteers for Saturday Feb 18.

Please click this link for more information.

The YSU Economics Club is sponsoring a Penguin Waddle through downtown Youngstown. Enjoy special discounts on food and drink at a variety of downtown locations, including Avalon Downtown, Circle Hookah & Bar, One Hot Cookie, O’Donold’s Downtown, Tap House, Draught House, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, Imbibe, and Rye’s. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Ursuline Sisters HIV/Aids Children’s Ministry. First 25 to register get a free T-Shirt! Enjoy a night out in Youngstown while supporting a great cause! That will be on Saturday Evening. Make sure to let them know you heard about it on the Mahoning Valley Podcast.

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley PSA

I just wanted to take a moment or two to let you know about some of the Black History Month Events that are still taking place in the Valley. I think that participating in these events can be an important part of anyone’s evolution as a resident of this Valley. African Americans have made numerous and important contributions to the Valley and appreciating these contributions is important. Please visit the Vindicator here to find out more.

One of the most active venues is the Beulah Baptist Church at 570 Sherwood Ave with Black History Month programs at 4 p.m. every Sunday during the month of February. This Sunday there will be talent show with church choirs, mime groups and readings on Black History.

A Celebration of African American History and Culture with Jocelyn Dabney. She is a storyteller in the African American oral tradition, incorporating music, call and response, and participatory stories into her dynamic performances. She is often accompanied by her husband, Robert Dabney, with his drumming and singing talents. This free interactive storytelling event is for all ages! Ms. Dabney is a storyteller, actress, and a retired high school librarian from Youngstown, Ohio. She is a charter member of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. Among her many professional affiliations, she is also a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers.

She will be appearing at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library 444 Mahoning Ave. Warren, OH 330-399-8807 on Saturday Feb 18 at 2PM.

In honor of President’s Day, I thought it appropriate to share some presidential quotes. Courtesy of

Abraham Lincoln, “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”


“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.”

Andrew Jackson, “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”

Andrew Johnson, “If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrats at the other, all would be well with the country.”

Barack Obama “Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.”

George Washington, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”


John F Kennedy, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

Theodore Roosevelt, “The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.”

Lyndon B Johnson, “The noblest search is the search for excellence.”


Richard Nixon, “Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

Ronald Reagan, “Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”

William J Clinton, “When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.”

William H Taft, “Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.”

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 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

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.


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


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:



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!


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

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

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 Head on over to their Facebook Page and give em a like too.

Meals on Wheels PSA

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 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 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.

AARP Caregiver PSA