Have you ever heard someone say, “Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude?” It is one of those platitudes that bring understanding to the hearer. Because it makes sense. According to author Lewis Howes, “An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike.” As Howes puts it, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”
Naturally, at this time of the year; we start to look at our lives and ourselves and wonder to ourselves how we may improve our lot. Or at least our outlook on our lot in life. Because many people believe that it is not about what we have or what happens to us that defines us as people, it is about how we respond to what happens to us or what we have. What our response is to the world around us and the events that occur in our lives does create us as people. How we respond determines what we do next.
And what we do next determines if we gain any positive change or if we make things worse. I have seen this effect in my own life. I have had setbacks and disappointments. Failures and fallings. I have seen some troubles. And caused some trouble. In retrospect, I see that when I responded with gratitude even though I failed to understand my circumstances or the reasons for them; that I was given some clarity on what to do next. And peace over what I am experiencing. And understanding of how to avoid the same thing happening again.
That may be the most valuable thing that comes from being thankful. Sufficient understanding to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. As George Santayana wrote so eloquently in “The Life of Reason”; Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Although I am not certain that anyone has ever said this, I am fairly certain that those who do not understand their past mistakes are going to make them again. And again. And again.
Where does gratitude place us then? Does it bring supernatural humanity to our difficult and challenging lives? Does it somehow bring Aunt Martha back to life? Or get you your job back? Or bring your spouse back? No. It really will not. Most times the tragedies and problems that we all face on this earth will not be reversed miraculously by being thankful for them. In fact, being thankful when your child takes ill or flunks out of school, or when you wife cheats on you or when you write a completely off the wall report that gets you fired seems counterintuitive doesn’t it?
Is it even possible to give thanks when you get the news you have cancer? Or when you find out that your best friend is moving away? Or your mom was just killed in an auto accident? Or if you find someone stole your identity and all the work you have done to bring prosperity into your life has been dashed causing you to become behind in all your bills and on the verge of foreclosure?
The answer is yes. It is possible to give thanks in tragedy and loss. When you disappoint yourself and those around you. When things start going badly and you have no control over it. It is possible.
If you take comfort in the Holy Scriptures, and take the time to read them; you will see that people did give thanks. Even when God told them to do unthinkable things. Consider Abraham. He was commanded to sacrifice his own son whom he loved deeply. And he fully intended to obey God. He took his precious child to the place God commanded. He started the fire. He had the knife to his son’s throat. And God interrupted Abraham’s plan to obey. A burnt offering was provided and Isaac was spared.
If you look closely at this story in the Holy Scripture, you see that Abraham worshiped God despite what he was told to do. Within worship there is gratitude. Deep heartfelt and genuine gratitude. And although in this story, a miracle did occur; it was Abraham’s attitude that got him through this incredible test. His attitude was that God would provide. And God did.
So it may be that having an attitude of gratitude actually lifts a person above their circumstances. Creates an altitude of gratitude. Above the pain and disappointment. Above the grief and fear. Above the temporal things that sometimes seem so out of whack and confusing. Above the world and its schemes and petty concerns. Above it all.
Today, when you are giving thanks consider Him who has given us all things to enjoy. And who constantly seeks to bring us into fellowship and worship. Give thanks to Him who is Worthy. And rise above it all where there is order and love and peace. Give thanks to God Most High, for He is good. For His Mercy endures forever.
Email is Content too. And if you have a list, then you want people to interact with your emails don’t you. You want people to open your emails. To take action. And if they don’t, you may want to look at your content. Your Subject Line. Your angle.
I am not going to go off too much on this.
But who does not hate when you get email that causes you to have to visit the website because it is deceptive?
I suppose I expect more from EBay. They were one of the first ecommerce platforms. And I would expect that they can do way better than this. Believe me when I tell you that it is really challenging to get people to respond to email these days.
You know this. Because if you are anything like me; you get a lot of email. If you think that competing on Social Media is tough, or SEO is competitive; then you never really thought how much of a challenge it is to get people to even open your email.
Let alone act on it.
What is my point? Today, I got this from EBay. And I think it is the one of the most obnoxious emails I have ever received.
Why am I so miffed with this? And why am I posting about it?
This is a complete lie. Outright Deception. I did not buy anything from EBay recently. So, of course; I had to visit their website to make sure that my account had not been hijacked or hacked.
Of course, we all want people to interact with our content. To do something when we reach out. But, in my opinion this is completely the wrong way to go about it. Don’t lie to people. Ever.
Not if you value your reputation on line anyway.
Or you care about your audience’s feelings. Or about them in any way.
Much of the content that we produce for the internet receives little to no feedback as to quality. But how can anyone improve without feedback? If we do not have someone step back and take an objective look at what we have produced? I regularly critique my own efforts and even ask other people to help me where ever I happen to be sharing it. That is because in my view, no one is going to reach their potential for a content producer in a vacuum.
This article is serving two purposes. First, to give you an idea of what you can expect if you sign up for the newsletter. But also to serve as an inaugural version of the idea of the “Content”inental Breakfast. Let’s get started.
Video is considered by most content producers as the most valuable and shareable content category. Let’s look at a video I produced for a Fiverr Gig I posted last year. Because I threw it together in about 30 minutes; the result was less than stellar in my opinion. And it turns out, it was too long and some people who have viewed it on Facebook seemed to think that the part of the script about the rates for Union Narrators came off as “snarky”. There were also some comments about the lighting needing improvement. What do you think?
When this article was written it was showing 1674 Views and 14 Shares. It may be gaining both as you read this. So what is good about this video? Why do you think people are sharing it and watching it?
My opinion? First the setting. Who does not like the subtropical environment of South Florida and the Florida Keys? Many people dream of being able to sit under a nice awning and drink cold beers next to a waterway in Florida. Especially one where the fish are swimming right up to the dock. So there is a lot to be said for where this video is set.
What else? This vid appeals because it is timely. We are entering the vacation season and many people are thinking of getting away. Aren’t you?
So what could have been done better? It is highly unlikely that the producer of this video did it just because they are proud of their establishment. Or because they wanted to make people envious. The organization that shared this video is a for profit tour agency.
It may have been to their advantage to post produce this video. It is pretty clear that someone shot this with their phone and then just shared it. And that is fine. Many people do this and get people to view and share their work. But had they taken some time to add a few items to it; it may actually drive more traffic to their website. But as their Facebook Page has a clear Call To Action, some people may say that driving people to their website is not necessary.
That is debatable. And getting into that discussion is not the purpose of this article.
I may still suggest some basic post production. There are ways of adding clickable links for instance to a video. So that while the person is viewing it, they can click a call to action in the video itself. There are also ways of adding text that could include a call to action such as a phone number. Or requesting that the viewer visit the facebook page and like it and call from there.
The soundtrack is non existent. No narration. No music bed. Many people can be influenced by the soundtrack that a video contains. Although we do not often think much about it, soundtracks in TV Shows and Movies are a large part of the overall presentation. And can move people to think. And once they are thinking, they may act. These sorts of details can take the effort of content production to a whole new level.
What do you think? If you were to suggest improvements to the two examples above, what would they be?
These are the kinds of things that I will be doing here on my blog and in the newsletter. So, if you are seeking to discuss and discover ways of bringing your content production to a new level, sign up. And discuss. It is my strong desire to help you take your content to a level befitting of royalty. I like to call it Kingly Content.
If you follow or have an interest in Content Marketing, then you know that producing fantastic and engaging Content for the Internet is an important part of your strategy. But have you ever asked yourself where it is taking you. Or more precisely where it is taking your prospective customers and audience? Is your Content leading people to trust you and want to do business with you? Or is it just like everyone else’s?
There was a time not too long ago in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Circles when we would say, “Content is King”. And it was and still is crucially important to any Inbound Marketing or Public Relations Strategy. Driving people to your website so you can continue to engage them with your expertise and Unique Selling Proposition or messaging means the difference between being successful and just being here.
Look around and you will see that many people are here. And it is a certainty that many more people are coming. Wherever your content is on line it is in a fierce competition with a lot of other people’s content for attention. And every day more and more content is produced and stored here in the digital library we like to call the internet. In 2014, it was estimated that every minute:
Facebook users shared nearly 2.5 million pieces of content.
Twitter users tweet nearly 300,000 times.
Instagram users post nearly 220,000 new photos.
YouTube users upload 72 hours of new video content.
Apple users download nearly 50,000 apps.
Email users send over 200 million messages.
It was also estimated that 4.6 billion pieces of content are produced daily (Source: LinkedIn). Every day there are around 92,000 new articles posted on the internet. There are 83,000 blog posts published every hour. WordPress users produce about 35.8 million new posts each month. In 2014 alone, over 86 million sites were built with WordPress.
So how to stand out among the crowd? I propose that we set a royal standard. And here are some ideas to think about when you are creating content. Or having others help you or do it for you.
What causes a King or Queen to stand out among his or her subjects? Why does royalty influence people to pay attention and act where common folks like you and me sometimes need to work much harder for the same effect?
When royalty appears there is fanfare. It is accompanied by sounds and sights that signify it is coming. There are trumpets and announcers and a parade. Throngs of people hope for just a glimpse or a wave. When royalty appears in public, it is a big deal that produces its own attention. Usually, before a public appearance there are announcements and people know that the king or queen or prince will be in a certain place at a certain time. It is quite unusual and rare for royalty to just show up somewhere without any warning. And people who are interested in participating in the event have the opportunity to plan for it. To mark their calenders. Can you think of ways that your content creation strategy would evolve if you were to consider this?
Regalia is defined as: the emblems, symbols, or paraphernalia indicative of royalty or decorations or insignia indicative of an office or membership. So when royalty is seen it looks like something special. Royals wear the finest garments. Everything surrounding them is the best and most attractive it can possibly be. The people surrounding royalty also look as well put together as possible. There is an air of sophistication and belonging that accompanies royalty. It causes people to want to be a part of the experience. To want to join the entourage. To jump on the bandwagon. So when you are creating content, what kind of things can you think of to make certain that it is accompanied by the regalia necessary to influence your audience?
Kings and Queens receive respect. Their words and actions bring results because they have authority. When you live within a kingdom, you either do what the king or queen or prince says, or you suffer unpleasant consequences. And that is something that kingly content conveys. The weight of authority.
Entrepreneur.com describes it this way: “Social tie-ins remain a must in terms of creating powerful, authoritative content. The key here is to create impactful content that catches the attention of influencers and inspires them to share your content. This will often resonate with your target audience more than anything else. Search engines are also utilizing social signals for validating authority. Bing, for instance, searches for social signals to determine whether an author is recognized, well-cited and considered a subject matter expert. This is where signals from LinkedIn can prove to be particularly beneficial.“
How can you create content that conveys authority? Will you content impress people sufficiently that your peers and those who have influence in your sector feel good about sharing it or quoting it?
Confidence and Poise
If you have had the opportunity to interact with royalty, then you may recall that in most cases; they had confidence and poise. The way that royalty interacts with others demonstrates a certain assuredness. And grace. Consider this description of poise.
Be humble. A person who’s unsure of themselves will try to overcompensate by bragging or showing off. A poised person has no need for validation from others, and can take criticism well.
Be calm. Being poised means being at peace. Stress and worry will cause you to come across as negative and frantic. Practice taking deep breaths when something starts to cause you stress, and take a step back from the situation. Analyze why you’re having this stress and what you can do about it.
Don’t rush. A poised person will never be seen rushing across the room to get the last seat. The mindset behind poise means slowing down, and being confident that you’ll get where you need to be eventually.
Be gentle. Your body movements should be gentle and careful. Put your cup down slowly. Don’t drop your books on the table. When you hug someone don’t try to squeeze the life out of them. Just use as much force as is necessary in most situations.
Ask yourself questions like this when creating content, Is my content bragging about me or my business? Am I relating my message in a way that may seem frantic or negative? Am I rushing my audience to make a decision about my services or brand? Am I producing content that gently leads my audience to conclusions that will add value to their efforts?
There will continue to be videos, podcasts, infographics, blog entries, and articles produced in staggering amounts. And much of it will be common. And will be overlooked. Just bytes taking up space on someone’s servers. But if you consider some of these ideas while producing your content, you can also make your content kingly. And expect the same benefits that royalty brings.
2:35 I also understand that you and I have in common growing up in the Pittsburgh Area. I went to Central Catholic in Oakland, and you went to Fox Chapel High. Although it is not directly related to the Mahoning Valley, what was your favorite activity in High School?
4:05 You started working in Youngstown for one of our local TV Stations WYTV Channel 33 as an investigative reporter and was promoted to chief anchor and executive producer. How did that come about? Moving to Youngstown?
14:43 As an investigative reporter, you must have come across some stories that may have put your life in danger, what do you think was the most dangerous story you have reported on? And why do you feel that way?
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.
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.
I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, and I am going to go by it again today. Get registered to vote if you have not already done so. Get involved with our local politics. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. Don’t try to say you don’t have time or it doesn’t matter. It still matters. Your vote matters.
Your voice needs to be heard. And if you are in Youngstown, you will have the opportunity to get out and talk to some of the candidates on Monday March 20.
The Core Team Ministry of Union Baptist Church presents a Candidate Forum on Monday, March 20, 2017 at UBC, 528 Lincoln Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Invited guests are all candidates running for Mayor, President of Council, Clerk of Courts and Municipal Court in the City of Youngstown. Come and listen, ask questions and be an informed voter! 330-746-1217)
The Ursuline Band Booster Organization is committed to the music program at Ursuline High School and we need your help to continue our work. Our annual quarter auction fundraiser will take place on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30pm with the auction starting at 6:30pm. All money raised will support the Marching and Concert Band programs at Ursuline. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any band student or staff member. You can also contact Roseanne Winner at 330-402-0075 or Debbie Pruchniewicz at 330-559-4004 for tickets. With 100 gifts to bid on it is sure to be a great evening.
For more info please visit our website at www.ursulineband.com
Don’t Forget Your Quarters!!
Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley needs you to volunteer. Our seniors need you to visit and bring by something to eat. And you would be in good company. Mario Andretti volunteers and so can you. Just don’t speed to get there.
According to the Business Journal Daily, March 23 is the deadline to get your registration in for Spark Talks with Chris Thompson on March 28. “Collaboration’s Essential Element: Leadership” is the topic of the March 28 “Spark Talk” presentation sponsored by The Raymond John Wean Foundation.
The presenter will be Chris Thompson, president of Civic Collaboration Consultants LLC.
This two-way learning opportunity provides hands-on exercises designed to develop and strengthen collaborative leadership skills. Participants will leave with usable strategies and approaches to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
The presentation will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Western Reserve Room of the foundation offices here. The cost of $10 per person includes light refreshments. The session is limited to 25 participants, and the registration deadline is March 23. To register, visit this website.
Brown, who practices at Essential Vision Care here, has served in the association as a zone governor, trustee and several officer positions. She was selected to her new role by a unanimous vote at the recent East West Eye Conference.
“It is a great honor to serve my profession and the many people receiving our vision services in this manner,” Brown said in a statement. “It is a blessing to be able to help people in our community every day, but it is very meaningful to be able to influence and help legislators understand issues important to saving vision.”
In April, Brown will be leading dozens of Ohio optometrists to the Statehouse for a day of advocacy. They will help state legislators learn the best ways to help Ohioans preserve and maintain their vision.
A graduate of Salem High School, Brown has practiced optometry locally for 13 years. She received her doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry and her bachelor of science from John Carroll University. She completed a residency with the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Brown volunteers for InfantSEE, Vision USA and Realeyes Save Our Sight Classroom Initiative. She also is an active member of the Salem Junior Mothers’ Club, Kiwanis Club of Salem and Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship Board.
KISS is a program that let’s school children bring someone they love to school with them.Boardman Local Schools carries the program and according to the Vindicator, it is a strong effort to involve parents in the education of their children.
As a working mom, Heather Newman doesn’t get to attend many of her kids’ school functions.
That’s why she was especially happy to be her son’s special person Wednesday at Robinwood Lane Elementary’s KISS – “Kids Invite Someone Special” – Day.
The annual tradition is a chance for family members, or another special person in a student’s life, to see what their student is up to during the school day.
“It’s about trying to bring the community into the schools,” Principal Don Robinson said. “The kids get so excited when they get to bring their special friend to school.”
Second-grade student Cooper Bartholomew asked grandfather Joe Novosel to be his special someone, continuing a tradition for the two.
Cooper said he asks his grandfather to come every year, and Joe always enjoys the visit.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I try to encourage him so that he is going to be an outstanding citizen and leader someday.”
A Canfield Native, Paul Krebs helped set up the NCAA Tournament this year. According to the Vindicator,
A 1974 Canfield High School graduate, Krebs is currently in his 10th year as vice-president and athletic director at the University of New Mexico. This was his first appointment on what many believe is the NCAA’s most prestigious and influential group — the men’s basketball tournament selection committee. Krebs will oversee Midwest and South Region first-round games beginning Friday in Sacramento, California.
“In terms of service and the committees to which they have been appointed, ask any athletic director and they will tell you that there is not a better assignment,” Krebs said prior to his Sacramento flight. “It is absolutely fun, the basketball is exciting and between committee members and NCAA staff, it’s a great group with plenty of camaraderie.”
The committee members even participated in a “practice” for Selection Sunday that took place in February.
“We met in Indianapolis about a month ago and went through a mock exercise, which was very helpful,” Krebs said. “Last Tuesday, the committee arrived at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, started in earnest on Wednesday and never left the hotel after that. We created eight brackets on Sunday, which were based on the outcomes of five or six games and it just happens so quickly, which is why you prepare different brackets.”
Accommodating the media was also a part of the process.
“On two separate occasions, both CBS and ESPN came into our meeting room in order to shoot ‘B roll’ in advance of their selection shows,” Kreb said. “The stuff that we were working on at the time was put away and concealed.”
He admits that his time in the area during his formative years were a lot of fun.
“I used to get back home once or twice a year when my mother was still living in Canfield and have great memories of growing up next door to Dick and Dr. Ray Duffett, and Bob Dove and his family on Neff Drive,” he said. “Those were truly special times.
“I still follow YSU and President Tressel, know the great job Bo Pelini has done with the Penguin football program and also follow Ohio State as well. Twitter and Facebook has helped in that area.”
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.
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”?
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Did you know that the Bee populations in this Region has been under attack? Not just in the Mahoning Valley but in many parts in the Country? Actually the world wide populations of “pollinators” has been spurring a resurgence in looking at ways that we as a community and a world can begin to preserve the natural benefits of pollination. A linchpin of the natural world.
According to GreenPeace, Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies.
Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more… In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs.
Rock and Roll will be used as a weapon against Cancer this weekend. Head on over to the The Embassy Banquet Centre on 5030 Youngstown Poland Rd in Boardman, Ohio 44514 on Saturday from 6:30 PM to 11PM for Generation Rock and The Acoustic Jones show that will benefit in part the American Cancer Society here in the Mahoning Valley. Make sure to bring 35 Dollarinos for your admission. And prepare to be rocked by some of the Veterans of the Rock and Roll Scene here in the Valley.
This wonderful event will be held on the evening of February 25, 2017 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall in Youngstown, Ohio. This annual event is a major fundraiser to support the Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other various charitable works completed for those in need throughout the year.
This year’s event evening will begin at 6:00pm with Hors d’ourves and cocktails (Cash Bar is available) followed by Dinner at 7:00pm. Our Buffet Dinner will include Chicken Marsala, Pasta, Beef Tips, Italian Roasted Sausage, Salad and Dessert. Your ticket entitles you to the chance to win over $3,000 in cash prizes. The Grand Prize Winner (Need not be present) will take home $1,000.00. Additional winners of Bottles of Wine and Cash will be drawn randomly throughout the evening. A Chinese auction featuring Gift Baskets, Tickets, Sports Memorabilia, Art and many other exciting items will be available for your enjoyment. A 50/50 Raffle will also take place, along with other exciting events throughout the night. Live entertainment will be provided for musical entertainment throughout the entire evening. Tickets for this wonderful event are only $50.00 per person and will sell out fast, so order yours today!
Tickets can be ordered by calling our office at: (330) 333-3601
Join us this Saturday, February 25th from 10am-12pm for this month’s Downtown Youngstown Volunteer Workday. Volunteers will do a clean up of the Mahoning Commons area and finish installing fence line mural pieces at WRTA. This is a family-friendly event. All materials plus refreshments provided. Volunteers are asked to meet at the WRTA mural (604 Mahoning Ave) at 10am.
Please click the link above and let them know you are going to be there so they can plan on sufficient refreshments.
Interested in some history and learning in a phenomenal setting? Head on over to the Ward Beecher Planetarium on Saturday between 8-9PM. Natural Selection will be showing.
We will join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection.
From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the audience, and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central in this show. This program is a joint presentation of YSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Biology. For more information on how to get here, or other programs throughout the year, please visit http://wbplanetarium.org We look forward to your visit! For a preview of this show, check this link on Youtube.
Join Butler Art Director Dr. Louis Zona for the second in a series of five lectures in A Butler Director’s Art Lecture Series-Winter 2017
MY FAVORITE THINGS
These free lectures are presented at 2:00 pm Sundays in Zona Auditorium on the first floor of the Butler’s Beecher Center. Seating is limited.
In this lecture series, Dr. Zona discusses a wide range of works of art including:
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa
Rembrandt’s Night Watch
Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire and The Large Bathers
Van Gogh’s Sun Flowers
Gauguin’s Vision After The Sermon and The Yellow Christ
Monet’s Impressions Sunrise
Matisse’s The Dance
Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon and Guernica
Wassily Kandinsky’s Painting (Autumn)
Marcel Duchamp’s The Fountain
Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution
Edward Hopper’s Early Summer Morning
Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles
Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie
Giorgio DeChirico’s The Soothsayers Recompense
Salvador Dali’s Temptations of Saint Anthony
Willem de Kooning’s Woman 1
William Baziotes’ Dusk
Pierre Soulages’ Ceramic Wall
Jean Dubuffet The Gypsy
Helen Frankenthaler’s Interior Landscape
Robert Rauschenberg’s Retroactive II
Jasper Johns’ Flag and Target with Four Faces
The rest of the lectures in the series are scheduled for March 5, March 12 and April 9
Did you know that podcasts present an incredible opportunity for you to raise awareness about your organization and cause? About your personal brand? They do. Take for instance this Public Service Announcement that I created with conjunction with the Wild Earth Guardians.
Our national forests are a treasure. A place of serenity and peacefulness that is restoring to the mind, soul and body. Our children deserve to have the opportunity to enjoy these pristine places in all their glory.
But the sounds of nature are under threat. If we don’t act today, the only sounds that we and our children may be able to hear are the sounds of 4 wheel drive trucks and diesel engines. The peace of the forest will turn into a nightmarish rush hour of loud motorcycles and dump trucks.
You have the power to preserve the peace. With just a few moments of your time, you can let the Forest Management Personnel know that you value the sounds of nature. And how important it is for all of us to have places where we can relax and enjoy nature’s wonderful symphony.
At the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, the future of these forests are under scrutiny. Currently the National Forest Service is accepting Public Comments on how this national gem will be managed going into the future. These public comments will be taken into consideration when any of our Public Land Management Plans are up for revision.
Your voice can make all the difference in how our Public Lands sound. Please take a few minutes to let our Official know that you value the sounds of nature.
To make your voice heard via fax, send your comments to 406-449-5436.
Let’s keep the sounds of nature for future generations. Get started right now.
Now that they have an Audio PSA, they can request that it be played on any number of podcasts with just a little research and some requests. Here at the Mahoning Valley Podcast, I help organizations, brands and individuals do the same thing. Contact me and we will get started today.
I am such a fan of podcasting. It gives nearly anyone the opportunity to produce audio that can be listened to anywhere you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer. It seems to me that some other people around here are starting to see the potential, so I decided to show them some love with some samples of their work.
We also have some people who are reaching for podcasting, but have not quite gone all the way. Those people are pseudocasting or noncasting. Either they are calling something a podcast and it is not. Or they are simply recording some stuff and not technically “casting” it anywhere.
We have had a number of podcasting efforts here too. But for whatever reason the producers stopped producing episodes, but you can still go to these websites and download past episodes some of which are pretty good. I will give you a sample of some of these as well today.
But I figured since this is a community effort and the Mahoning Valley Podcast is a community project, it would not hurt to at least give people a chance to up their game. So if you are pseudocasting or noncasting, listen up and we will get you up to speed today.
I am going to start with the people and organizations that are actually publishing content that you can listen to on demand currently and work down to the folks that are still trying to get here. I highly recommend that you give them a listen. I did not put these in any specific order so if something interests you, click on the link and subscribe and show them some love.
We have a decent music podcast hosted by a fellow who goes by the name of Jimmy Fro. He enjoys discussing music with local musicians. Recently he did an episode with a couple of local musicians who call themselves the SuperBabes. Let’s give a listen. Naturally you can click on the link above to subscribe or find out more information about the Jimmy Fro Show. You can also click the link and go like the SuperBabes.
We also have another Music Show produced by YoLive Radio that concerns itself with hip Hop and Rap Music and bill themselves as purveyors of the underground scene for this genre. They have a pro account over on Spreaker. Click the link above to hear some more from them. But let’s give em a listen.
Now if you are interested in Guns and Shooting there is a podcast based up in Garrettsville called the “Eye on the Target”. It looks as if they are also running some live broadcasts as well. I have never heard of podcast garden where their podcast is hosted, but it requires a little tech knowledge to actually listen to their stuff On Demand. If you want some pointers on how to download their episodes, just let me know. And let’s see what they have to say for themselves.
We actually have two marketing podcasts here in the Mahoning Valley. I have a preference as to what it a better effort and the primary reason that I feel this way is that one is obviously self promotional and one is actually educational without the obvious self promotion. We will listen to a little of both and you can decide who you like better.
Podcasts that call themselves podcasts but cannot be downloaded easily or not at all without a special app are really pseudocasting. They say they are podcasting but in reality they are only recording files for people to listen to when they are found on the internet. Many people are not familiar with the idea of downloading a file from a web page. And they are not sure what to do with it once they do. That is why all my episodes provide multiple options for download in a number of formats. Because not everyone has a ipod. Or a Macintosh Operating system. Nor do they want to install Itunes. So that means that if you are only offering your psuedocast on Itunes or Stitcher, you are leaving people out of the wonderful experience of listening to your show when they want to, where they want to, and how they want to. It is a pseudo experience and presentation. Here are few pseudocasts.
The City of You falls into the pseudocast category. Mainly because it cannot be downloaded. These guys are working off a grant so I am guessing that they are content with recording an interview and posting it on soundcloud. And that is great. But there are no notes or links on the show. And the episodes cannot be downloaded. That makes it a pseudocast.
The Nursery. A comedy and story telling “podcast” on Stitcher. Stitcher seems like a good idea and is moderately popular in the podcasting world; however you have to download the app to actually listen to anything there.
So although it is technically on demand, it is also proprietary. Meaning if that is the only place you make your “podcast” available, many people will never hear it. As such, I was unable to download an episode to give you a sample. It is mildly entertaining to me, I would rate it a 7. You may like it more if you want to give it a listen and let me know what you think. I am always interested in people’s opinions.
Vindy Radio Someone obviously buffaloed the management of the Vindicator into thinking that they are doing podcasts. Again, these are pseudocasts. There is not a distribution mechanism and very sparse show notes. But it is the lack of distribution that makes these a pseudocast. And that is kind of sad because one of my favorite local Radio Personalities hosts these shows.
We do have another pseudocast that is sponsored by WYSU and a Business Development Officer for Humilty of May Health Partners that is still being produced called “Doing Good”.
It seems to be focused on spotlighting people who have and are doing good things here in the region. Although it has been around for a couple of years now, it is still not really a podcast in the sense that if you want to listen to it on demand, you have to know how to download it. Again, if you need some help with downloading the episodes, just let me know. It is not that hard, but does require a little tech knowledge. But let’s listen to the last episode as these are all only a few minutes long.
Defunct Podcasts you can still listen too by clicking the links below would be considered noncasts. As they quit. They are not producing current content. And they may also fall into both categories of pseudocasting and noncasting. Because they do not produce content that is distributed properly and they quit producing current content.
Mercy Health Podcasts. Actually not out of the Mahoning Valley, but the organization does have a presence here so I included a brief sample. They also are still reaching for it, because they have not syndicated their episodes. Unless you know how to download a file from a web page, no podcast for you. But give a listen. Good production values anyway.
WYSU was for a short time making some of their shows available in the form of on demand audio as well in fact they actually had four different shows going at the same time, but it looks like they quit producing episodes in 2015. You can still go there and listen in. Just follow the links.
Looking Out is a forum for community leaders to come together and discuss national and global issues from often unexplored angles. This round-table discussion covers many topics ranging from the economy to foreign policy, and ecology to education. Here is a sample.
Life on Life’s Terms, was developed to address issues of chemical dependency in the minority community. The show addresses concerns that are unique to the minority population by inviting special guests to share their addiction recovery stories with the listening audience. Guests provide real-life testimony and disseminate information about educational opportunities to our recovering listeners, women, African Americans, Latinos, youth, and parents who are affected by the societal concerns of alcohol and drug abuse. Education and information at the grass roots level is the goal.
Crisis assistance is available through Help Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just Dial 211. The telephone numbers given by this pseudocast are:
In Youngstown: (330) 747-2696 Warren: (330) 393-1565 Toll free: 1-888-317-2169
If you need additional information or want to share your views and opinions about the program or addition recovery, please feel free to write: Here is a little sample of the last episode in November of 2016. And you can click on the link above to send snail mail.
There are more of them on theWYSU Website here. Well produced but again, not distributed or presented properly. Click on the Programs Tab on the Main Menu you will find a plethora of files you can listen to and download.
I started drinking when I was 14. I started by stealing liquor with my friends from my dad’s liquor cabinet. Initially the first time, like so many people who start drinking, it felt dangerous and completely different. There was an element of fun and laughter at how challenging it was to walk and hide the activity from my parents. We thought we were so cool.
Before long, I was also using tobacco. The two seemed to be like brother and sister. Take a drink, have a smoke. My parents did not want me smoking or drinking though. They were and still are nice people who were thoughtful and responsible parents. And of course, it is not like I was trying to do it in their faces. I was sneaky as were my friends.
It is important to note that my use of alcohol and tobacco did not start in a vacuum. I had peers who encouraged me and shared my predilection for getting high. We also had older people in our lives who thought that drinking and smoking was cool. These were the 1970’s. And much of society was engaged in the escapism that drinking and taking drugs provided. It was normal in a lot of places for the people who were just little older to smoke weed and drink.
And I stress that it was my own choice to get involved in this activity. Although my friends and the older children and young adults were doing it too, ultimately it was my own choice. And that is where it starts. It is possible and some recovery programs will start with the premise that alcohol or drug addiction is a disease. And it may well be. I do not want to to debate that issue. I can simply say for me that starting the abuse of alcohol and drugs was a choice for me. And I made it. Likewise, getting sober and leaving drugs and alcohol behind was and still is a choice. A daily one. Sometimes, and hourly one. But it still requires that I choose. And choose to be sober.
If you are thinking that it has been some easy road through drunkenness and impairment, I will tell you; it has been a very difficult and lonely road that has resulted in the loss of many things. The loss of relationships. The loss of opportunities. The loss of resources. The loss of time. Much of which there is no guarantee I can ever get back. I know the time I have lost to partying is not something I can get back. Time can only be spent once. And I have wasted a good portion of what was allotted to me chasing a drink or a joint.
I have gone through healthy relationship opportunities and cannot recover some of them. Friends and family who loved me and who I loved have moved on. And there may not be a chance to recover those relationships.
I have gone through jobs and opportunities that will not be offered again. That have passed for good. And now face a time in my life where I have to deal with the fallout. I have damaged my body, perhaps permanently and have to deal with the loss of my personal health. The cost of the party has gone far beyond just what it costs to buy a drink or a bag of weed. And now I may have to go to my grave long before I would have if I had made better choices when I was younger. Long story, short; It has not been a party. It has been a nightmare. But there is hope.
So if you are listening to this or reading this transcript, I want you to know that today you have a choice. Just as I do. I am choosing to stay sober. To deal with whatever comes today in my right mind instead of trying to run away into a bottle or a joint. That is my choice and it is a choice that you can make too. If you are thinking to yourself that it is too hard to face life without a drink or a joint or a pill: I want to encourage you. Yes, it is painful and sometimes difficult. It can even look impossible. But it all begins as a decision. A choice to seek help. And find a way back to a life that does not have the weight of substances as a crutch. You can do it.
Make the choice to start back now. And the first thing you can do is call someone. Call someone you miss. Call someone you love who you know is sober. Call 211. Pick up that phone. Turn this off and make that call and tell the person that you want help. That is the first step. Although it is your responsibility to keep your commitment to living without drugs or alcohol; you do not have to go at it all alone. There are resources to help you start and help you keep at it. But it all starts with you letting someone else know that you want to change. You want to win.
Here are a few phone numbers if you do not want to call your family right now. If you prefer to start this process and then seek support from your friends or family, you can start here. Call 211. Three easy numbers. 211.
211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed. 211 is currently available to 93.4% of residents in the United States. Here in the Mahoning Valley, 211 is available to anyone in this area.
Admitting that you need help can be daunting. And is not something that you may want to do. We all think at times, that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But it is OK. You are loved. And we want to help. We want you to get what you need right now. And there are people who are in your life today or have been a part of your life who want to you get what you need. And want you to come back from the dark and loneliness place of substance abuse. We will welcome you with open arms, if you just decide that you want to come back. Call us, whether it be your mom, or your dad, or your brother, or your friend, or if need be call 211. But know that we are here for you still. We forgive you and want you to heal and recover.
One of the things that have and still does help me is having something else to do besides drink. Giving myself a healthy alternative to partying. For me, it is doing this podcast and finding people to help online and off. Making it my personal mission and penance if you will, to help people. If you want help with some problem you are having with the internet and your desire to use the internet to communicate; then I want to participate. I want to help you from a place of experience and knowledge. I do not know everything about using this here internet thing, but I know some things and I know people who know things I do not. If you want to put us to work on your problems or challenges online, just let me know.
You can call me at 330 519-1205 or reach me on my website. I would love to talk with you about using the internet to communicate.
By now anyone who listens to this podcast knows that I like free events. Tomorrow, Laura Schroder of YSU will be discussing the Saga of the Mahoning River at YSU. as part of the Spring Semester Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment YSU CUSHWA B112. Free and open to the public. There is ample free parking at the on-street metered-parking spaces along nearby streets. Anyone needing assistance getting to the room should call the YSU Student Security Service at 330-941-1515
According to a story on the WKBN Website, The Mahoning River has been part of our area’s history since day one. It was how John Young got here, arriving on the river’s bank, to land that would eventually bear his name. But mention the Mahoning River around Youngstown today and it’s more infamous than famous. Youngstown of the mid-1940s was the poster child for industrial pollution. The steel mills fouled the air and dumped their waste directly into the Mahoning River.
I am fairly certain that Ms Schroder will be discussing how far our community has come in restoring the River to a balanced and healthy waterway. In fact, the good news is that this once dangerous and polluted waterway has recovered so that when the weather breaks if you want to; you can kayak down the river and see the Valley from a whole new perspective.
Just a couple of years ago, our own Stan Boney proved this by kayaking down the river with a guide. According to WKBN, On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 WYTV 33 News anchor Stan Boney was part of the first TV News crew to ever kayak down a stretch of the Mahoning River, which was once considered among the most polluted streams in the United States. What he discovered is that this river, which was once a centerpiece of America’s industrial might, is now being used for recreation.
His trip down the Mahoning River began at the kayak launching dock at the B&O station adjacent to downtown Youngstown. He was joined by Christine and Gerald Hurayt, a father and daughter from Austintown, and April Shirilla of Warren, a co-worker of Christine’s at Delphi in Michigan. Their guide was Chuck Miller.
“Water is low and very forgiving today. The level’s about 3 foot. It is recommended for beginners to go at this level,” Miller said.
Chuck Miller has made the 8-mile run to Lowellville 100 times. He did a small video on Youtube here to give you a little taste No offense to Mr. Miller, but you may want to turn the sound down just a little if you view this. This is of course is Mahoning County, but Trumbull County also offers many opportunities to put in and a few different locations.
According to their calender, Eclipse of the Hunger Moon on Fri, February 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH, 44406, United States
February’s Full Moon AND a Lunar Eclipse! Hope for a clear sky as we walk beneath the only lunar eclipse visible here in 2017. Meet at Kiosk at MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm. Call Ford Nature Center for details. Easy, 1.5 mi.
Lowellville’s band submitted a recording last May to OMEA. The state association, which is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, selects the ensembles it will feature via a blind audition process.
“What OMEA has realized is that they’ve been focusing on the big schools from the suburbs of the big cities – the school districts that have thousands of kids, tons of money, tons of teachers,” Antonucci said. “They’re realizing that there’s good things happening in school districts that don’t fit that. … So, this year they’ve made it a point to feature the top programs in rural and urban school districts, as well.”
About 3,000 music-education professionals will attend the OMEA conference this week. Lowellville’s band, which comprises about 65 students, will play six pieces from a variety of genres.