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 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.