The Altitude of Gratitude

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

My Picks for November 2017 Election in Ohio

First off, understand that this post is not written to be grammatically or politically correct. It is written in a style of writing called “stream of consciousness”

That means that if you have some problem with how I have represented my thoughts on this election coming up, you are being judgmental. Who are you to judge my stream of consciousness?

If you have some ideas or opinions about the upcoming elections, please by all means share your thoughts or opinions.

We gots an election coming up in this piece. Mahoning Valley Votes yall. So’’s I decided I needs to weigh in on some stuff…

I gots my facts from two sources:

The League of Women Voters puts out this fine guide to the elections by county and I found me a copy and read up on it. I aint ginna bother speaking to no stuff that I aint voting for so ifin you is smart, you will get your own copy somewhere.

I gots mine at St E’s whiles I was visiting a friend who had himself all jacked up. But I am guessing if you call them, they can tell you where you can get yours. They is called the League of Women Voters. Ask your google or your siri or your mama, cause I aint your directory assistance— you know.

If you dont want to ask you mama or try to calls them get on over to ballotpedia.org I guess you wants me spell it for ya. Ballotpedia.org dang its. Sound it out if you gots to. Sheeeetttt…

If there is one thing you can do smart in this world it is get your arse out theres and vote. But don’t be a ponkass bitch about it. Find out whats you votin on first. Or if you is kinda preferrin to be a follower then just vote how I is going to vote.

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There are two statewide issues on the ballot. One I knows everyone has been hearing about is Issue 2. We done heard so much about issue 2, most of us is thinking the whole thing is just number two. And it is too. We gots a bunch of lying pharmaceutical companies who is masquerading as people who gives a shit about anything other than money whos is buying all kinds of support from doctors and lawyers and indian chiefs tryin to look legit. They are against Issue 2 Passing. They created some special Political Action Committee and funded it real nice and then started trying to tell everyone that if Issue 2 Passes it is going to cause all kinds of problems and cost people more money.

That shizzit is outright lies. The only people gonna lose money is the people selling you your drugs. They try to make out that if it passes that the people who sponsored it are going to get all their legal bills paid. Well, that is misdirection. The fact is that the only legal bills that would get paid by the taxpayers are the ones that are created when the the pharma companies sue them for sponsoring the bill in the first place. I will be voting for Issue two to pass. Just cause in my view these pharma companies are not only fat and rich as it is and lying dirtballs. They also is partially responsible for the opioid problem in this state and every other place. So fuck them. They dont get no cred from me.

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Second Statewide is Marsy’s Law also known as Issue 1. This is one that everyone should be voting to pass. Essentially it is will give the victims of crimes some rights that they currently don’t have. Like being advised as to the status of a case against a perp who may have done something to them. And other helpful stuff. Crime Victims Rights are something that most states already have in place and Ohio needs to get with the times on this. So it is a yes from me.

I lives in Mahoning County. There are some renewals on levies that should pass. And to be sure, in my opinion unless you lives somewhere seriously corrupt like Niles or The City of Youngstown, most times when your trustees or whoever is asking for money to do something, it is cause they need it. And it will benefit your community. So I usually just go carte blanche on all that cause I live in Boardman and aint never really had no problem with how we been governed here. Or how much it costs. OR any of that shit.

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We gots some people running for School Board here and trustee too here in Boardman. A nice place to call home. We gots three homies runnin for trustee. I aint quite sure what a trustee is but I am guessing that they must do something otherwise, why would we have to elect em?

So we gots Brad Calhoun– This dude is like in his fifties. I guess he has already been a trustee for 8 years up in here. So he gots some experience. And that is helpful I am thinking. SO he is probably gonna get my vote. Just cause like I said before, I aint got no real complaints about how shit goes here.

Then we gots some educational peoples looking to get elected. Mahoning County has an Educational Service Center. Funny thing is I aint never heard of this shit. But if you want to know what they do, Check this link. https://www.mahoningesc.org/Page/338

One of them homies lookin to get elected is an incumbent. That means he is already working there. His name is Scarsella. I guess he has been there since 2006. That means he gots experience and plenty of it. Odd thing is I cant figure no reason to make a change there. I guess cause I aint never heard of it and had to look it up it dont matter all that much to me. But it may matter to you. If you think someone else can do a better job, then vote em in. It aint my place to tell you how to live.

Then is Boardman we gots people wantin to be on the School Board. Again, it dont matter much to me., so I is probably just going to vote for the people who are already working there. Vickie Davis and John Landers. I need to pick another out of the four runnin so last but not least, Tracey Balentine. Why not Fryda? You may ask. Cause he aint got no experience with the schools that I can see. He is some business guy. That may be good in some circles. But, many times business people have ulterior motives when they is trying to get elected. Shoot just look at Trump ifin you dont believe that.

Like I said earlier, for the Tax levies, I figure to give em all a yes. We also gots some schools asking for money. I say yes again. Aint no harm in investing in the youngins. And then finally we gots some restaurants here in Boardman wantin to sell some hooch on Sunday and whatnot. Who cares really? May as well let em sell it here. Cause if people wants to drink on Sunday, they is gonna get their dranks. May as well be here at the local places.

So that is all for this election cycle. This is DM signing off for now. But if you gets on my nerves enough, I will definitely have something to say about it. And you.

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You are invited to be part of an exciting community event. On April 22, 2017, the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley will be hosting the 4th Annual Valley Autism 5K & 2 nd Annual Family FUN WALK for Autism. Get over to their facebook page and show them some love.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently revised its statistics on the occurrence of autism in America to state that one in 68 children (and 1 in 54 boys) are affected. There are more than 60,000 families in Ohio with children and adults and their families affected by autism; the largest percentage of whom reside in NE Ohio.

From the newly diagnosed child to the school aged children to the severely disabled autistic adult. These are all our families and they need our help.

The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to supporting families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families living with an ASD diagnosis, and to bring about community change and opportunities for individuals working through life with this disability. Our volunteers are dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, raising awareness and resource development.

What do we really do? Here’s a typical morning call: A mother is driving home having just received the news that her 3-year-old was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. She is scared and sad. She doesn’t know what this means short term or long term for her child. Where to send them to school? What early intervention therapies does he need? How do I get funding for therapies and other services? Are there other mothers I can talk to about this? What do I do RIGHT NOW?

This is where the Autism Society shines. In our role as the autism “bridge organization” we are uniquely driven to work with all of the schools, therapy centers, support groups, community organizations and government agencies to bring together the necessary resources for families. In addition to direct calls for information and referral, we host educational, awareness activities to shine a spotlight on the many facets of ASD and the issues faced by children, adults with someone one the spectrum.

These include:

  • autism family social events and neighbor-to- neighbor support;
  • Seasonal events like Caring Santa, Sensitive Bunny and Family Portrait photo sessions;
  • Collaborative programs like Sensory Nights at the Oh WOW! Children’s Museum and at area libraries;
  • Resource programs like Community Autism & Disability Resource Fair; and,
  • Camp F.R.I.E.N.D, our summer day camp, known for welcoming neurotypical peers and creating community
  • immersion for participants.

This is why we need your support. What can you do? Quality programming like this can cost upward of $75,000/year.

At this time we are seeking fun family prizes to motivate our community businesses and family teams to raise money as part of our event, much like a Relay for Life event. Businesses will create teams in order to show their support of our local families. Families will create teams to support and rally behind their family member with Autism. Prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, museums, trampoline parks, movie theatres etc. will be prizes for families who raise the most money for the event.

We also need donations of bottled water, granola bars, fruit, donuts or anything else that would be great for our 5K runners and/or for our families. We also are offering several levels of sponsorship if you would like to have a bigger presence at our event. Details can be found at ValleyAutism5K.com. If you’d like to contribute, but in a way not listed, please let us know. Any funds raised by this event stay local and support our families in need.

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Tomorrow head downtown to the Soap Gallery for a community Arts Discussion. This discussion will be a town hall style discussion targeting the visual arts, related events, planned projects, and open discussion about arts in Youngstown. We welcome all Youngstown Community groups to discuss and present what they have going on currently and for the upcoming year.

If you plan to present during the talk please have your input written down and limited to 5-10 minutes.
Please invite other artists, community members, and those who have interest in the the visual arts in Youngstown. Street Parking is available in front of the Soap Gallery on South Champion.

Please message the Soap Gallery for any questions

Seniors in the Mahoning Valley need our help to eat today and every day. Join Mario Andretti and volunteer with Meals on Wheels Mahoning Valley. And please head on over to their facebook page and show them some love.

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According to the Vindicator, The Dress to Succeed Ministry celebrated its latest expansion with the grand opening of its showroom location at the Community Corrections Association building on the South Side.

Elder Rose Carter, founder and director of the ministry; Lola Simmons, executive director of the Home for Good Re-entry Resource Referral Center; David Stillwagon, chief executive officer of CCA; and Mayor John A. McNally, cut the ribbon yesterday for the latest boutique-style showrooms inside the Graphics Building of the CCA facility, 1507 Market St.

“The city of Youngstown fully supports these initiatives because once people come out [of prison], we don’t want them to come back in, and we want to give them the help they need,” the mayor said.

The ministry has been dedicated to providing donated clothes, shoes and other accessories for Youngstowners, with an emphasis on people returning from prison, since 2010. Carter said this addition further helps the goal of providing something for people who need it the most.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, Stephanie Parish said she remembers when she was a student at Niles McKinley High School, she competed in the Youngstown State University History Day event. Now as a social studies teacher at Windham Junior High School, she has her seventh- and eighth-grade students creating projects for History Day.

The YSU History Day will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Kilcawley Center and DeBartolo Hall at the campus. The 2017 theme is “Taking a Stand in History.” Program coordinator Dr. Diane Barnes and AmeriCorps Ohio History Regional Officer M. Carmella Cadusale are coordinating the YSU event

Schools in Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull represent Region 4 which will be part of the competition. According to their Facebook Event Page, Ohio History Day is a year-long research program for students in grades 4 – 12. Students who choose to showcase their work, compete at the school, regional, and state level with an opportunity to advance to nationals. Contests are free to attend and many aspects of the judging are open to the public.

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Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning.

National History Day began as a small, local contest in Cleveland, Ohio in 1974. Dr. David Van Tassel and members of the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University created the program to reinvigorate the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. The program quickly expanded throughout Ohio and surrounding Midwestern states. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day (NHD) became a national program in 1980.

Now, more than 600,000 students and participate in National History Day from every state in the Union, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories, and the program continues to expand internationally.

National History Day received the 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. The National Humanities Medal is awarded to individuals or institutions “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”

NHD is supported by volunteers who coordinate its state and local programs. Thousands of people support the program by serving as contest judges, workshop presenters, mentors and advisers to students and teachers. On the local and state levels professionals based at colleges and universities, historical agencies and educational organizations serve as state and district coordinators to direct the History Day programs in their areas. The Ohio History Connection is proud to be the state sponsor of the National History Day program in Ohio since 1995.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, John Diehl knew there was something special about Sara Price’s basketball game. He saw her promise in middle school.

Price, a 6-foot-1 senior guard/forward, exuded that effort throughout high school, and it made her Northeast Inland District Player of the Year the past two seasons. She’s been the face of the Tigers girls basketball program and is heading to Ball State University next season.

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Before Price travels to Muncie, Ind., she’ll look back on her biggest honor to date — the Trumbull County Coaches Association girls basketball player of the year. Price picked up the wooden base with a golden basketball attached atop the award Monday at the 30th annual Trumbull County Basketball Banquet at Leo’s Ristorante.

Price, who averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals as a senior, is the eighth Howland player to receive the award and seventh under current Tigers coach John Diehl.

Bristol’s Jeff Kassan won the honor while Diehl coached the Panthers in the early-to-mid 1990s. Taylor Williams last won it for Howland in 2012.

“This is something I can go back when I have summer camp and say hey, ‘You can win this award if you work hard,’ “ Diehl said. “I can pick out the things that I think can win it when they get to this age. Sara could (do them) in the seventh, eighth grade. It takes a lot of work to win it.”

This TCCA title goes next to her 1,000-point basketball and the net she cut down when Howland won the All-American Conference, Red Tier Championship.

“Every time I look at it, I’m reminiscing in the past,” Price said of the TCCA trophy. “It’s amazing. It’s a huge, beautiful trophy. The fact that I have it, I can’t even put words to it. It’s such an awesome feeling.”

Diehl already knew Price was a special player before high school. She took the next step by improving her game her freshman season — learning to shoot.

“It’s the smoothness of her shot,” Diehl said. “She shot real low when she was little. She was coachable because she brought her shot up and got it above her head.

“The one thing too, that kids are coachable.”

Price knows this TCCA honor doesn’t solely define her legacy and future at Ball State, but it’s nice to have.

She listened to Monday’s guest speaker, University of Akron associate women’s basketball coach Melissa Jackson. Jackson spoke of the hard work she had to do to get through college and in her coaching career.

“Girls from college have these huge honors,” Price said. “They don’t know the amount of work they have to put in. I put a lot of work into it. I’m ready for it. It’s a job in college.

“Having this under my belt is a dream come true.”

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 32

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Northeast Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent. If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there. Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm You have a little over a week to get your pitch in order to make a pitch as this will be occurring on March 22 at the Historic MVR.

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here. – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

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A little about the Group who is sponsoring this event. SunDown Group has come a long way since it started offering business pitch events in Columbus in May of 2013. Our community has grown to over 1,350 individuals and our programs and services have expanded well beyond pitch events. We are helping entrepreneurs Connect, Do, Expand their businesses and Learn. Check out everything SunDown currently does to help out entrepreneurs everywhere.

This event is being held at the historic Casseses MVR on Walnut Street. This place is a landmark here in the Mahoning Valley. Started in 1927 by Carmine T. Cassese as a means of well, I am not sure exactly what they were doing there because I was not there. I could guess as 1927 was smack in the middle of the Prohibition Era in the United States and as soon as that failed experiment in representative democracy falied; MVR got one of the first Liquor Licenses in the State of Ohio.

Not that matters to me, but there is the possibility that Carmine was brewing up some fine beverages there at MVR. I know that we do not hear much about it these days, but there was a time when drinking was illegal. Can you imagine that? People having to break the law to drink?

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Not only that, but there was quite a bit of drinking going on anyway. In fact, the term bootlegger was coined during this time. I am not alleging that anyone at MVR or anyone else did this. But, there were people here in the Valley who were so serious about getting drunk and getting other people drunk that according to Ohio History Central, “Many Ohio cities gained a reputation for lawlessness while Prohibition remained in effect. Toledo supposedly was a safe haven for mobsters and bootleggers from Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan. Bootleggers from Kentucky smuggled alcohol into Cincinnati, Ohio, and then shipped the liquor to other communities in the state. It was rumored that law enforcement officials in Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio, risked their very lives if they attempted to enforce Prohibition. Bootleggers did not exist only in Ohio.” That is a serious commitment to getting drunk there.

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Idora Park was created as a result of a Street Car Company wanting to expand their business and get more riders on the weekends and in the evening. According to Rick Shale writing for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, “In the mid-1890s streetcar companies across America looked for ways to increase ridership in the evenings and on the weekends when the regular commuter traffic slacked off. Locally, the Youngstown Park & Falls Street Railway Company held the franchise for routes south of the Mahoning River, and it decided to build an amusement park in the largely undeveloped south side of Youngstown.

Idora Park (for its first season known as Terminal Park) opened on Decoration Day, May 30, 1899, and was an immediate success. Ideally located adjacent to Mill Creek Park and sufficiently far from the smoke and dirt of the mills that lined the Mahoning River, the new park was about 3.5 miles from Youngstown’s Central Square—far enough to convince most people to pay a nickel and ride the streetcar to the park rather than walk.

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In 1902 Idora Park built its first roller coaster, a figure-eight toboggan slide, the first of three coasters constructed in approximately the same location on the western edge of the park. This coaster would be replaced by the Firefly in the 1920s and then by the famous Wildcat. In 1914 a second coaster, the Dip-the-Dips, built by the T. M. Harton Company of Pittsburgh, opened in the park’s southeast corner. It would be remodeled in the mid-1920s and renamed the Jack Rabbit.

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Music of all types played a significant role in Idora Park’s history, and the park’s success was due in part to its policy of booking top attractions. John Philip Sousa played at Idora in 1918, and by the end of the Big Band era of the 1930s to the 1950s, virtually every significant dance orchestra in America had played at Idora Park including Cab Calloway, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Guy Lombardo.

In the 1950s and 1960s tastes shifted from Big Band to rock and roll. Dan Ryan of WBBW radio introduced record hops to Idora in 1953. Live music was not abandoned, however, and the park continued to book national acts such as the Eagles, Monkees, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Sherman, and many others. Polka bands also drew huge crowds to Idora.

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Sports were popular attractions at Idora, especially in the 1920s when Major League teams would play exhibition games there. The Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates played at Idora as did the Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers, and many more. By 1920 Idora Park had the only fenced-in ball field in Youngstown, and the city’s premier semi-pro team, the McElroys, used Idora as their home field. In July 1920 the legendary John McGraw brought his New York Giants to Idora. Though the New York lineup included five future members of baseball’s Hall of Fame, the McElroys won 8-2 marking the first time a local team had ever defeated a major league club.

By the 1960s most visitors to Idora Park were teenagers, not families, and several changes reflected this new demographic. In 1967 Idora charged admission for the first time, inaugurating a Pay-One-Price policy that included unlimited rides for $2.50. The Rapids was re-themed as a jungle ride and renamed The Lost River, and the fun house became the Whacky Shack to reflect the psychedelic 1960s.

On April 26, 1984, a catastrophic fire destroyed Idora’s Lost River ride, part of the Wildcat, the park office, and most of the game booths on the lower midway. Despite the losses, the park opened on schedule for the 1984 season. But the loss of major attractions proved to be a fatal blow, and the owners announced that the 1984 season would be the last.”

Although the Park is long gone, the neighborhood still exists and the YNDC will be out there with volunteers cleaning up the Glenwood Ave this Saturday March 18. And of course they could use some help. Why not go ahead on click the link and let em know you can come out to help. And you can reminisce too about simpler times while you are there. Help us clean up Glenwood Avenue! We will be removing overgrowth and debris from vacant lots, cleaning up trash, shoveling sidewalks, and more! Meet at YNDC Office, 820 Canfield Road. Parking available around the corner at 822 Billingsgate Avenue.

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Meals on Wheels PSA with Mario Andretti. Head on over to their page and give em a like, then get in touch by calling 330-744-3583 and do lunch with some of our treasured seniors here in the Mahoning Valley.

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The Fowler Market will be holding it’s Spring Fling on Saturday and Sunday. We will be hosting a two day “Spring Fling” vendor event with TONS of local handmade crafters, homemade edibles like chocolates, breads, jams & jellies, and much more!

Break that cabin fever and come join us with all of your favorite local vendors! There will also be a Chinese Auction, 50/50 drawing, and of course our weekly Queen of Hearts drawing – plenty of chances to win some unique goodies and a little extra spending money!

Tickets for the drawings will be sold on both Saturday and Sunday, but drawings will not take place until Sunday. Winners need not be present to win!

Donna from Wooden Barn Shop will be hosting a Sip & Build from 12:00-2:00 on BOTH days. Cost will be $40 with all materials provided and Builders may bring their own beverages to “Sip” (let’s stay within reason though, please! Remember, it’ll only be noon. Please RSVP to Donna at 330-442-1722 or message Wooden Barn Shop on Facebook.

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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.

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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.

Meals on Wheels PSA. Join us in delivering meals to our neighbors.

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)

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Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 27

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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.

Here in the Mahoning Valley, we have an Organization who is doing something about it this weekend. American Food Forest is going to be planting flowers in one of their Urban Farms on the Southside. Click the link to find out more and plan on going over there on Sunday afternoon from 12-3PM. It is on Idelwild Avenue in the 3400 Block. You can’t miss it.

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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.

Saturday during the day, The Ohio Young Democrats hold their first meeting of 2017 to regroup after a rather staggering and surprising loss in the Presidential Election. Help them regroup at their first meeting.

Good agenda with local leaders. We’ll be meeting at the YWCA in Youngstown (25 W Rayen Ave, Youngstown OH 44503) on Saturday, February 25th at 11am.

11:00am: Welcome, Introductions, Overview of the Agenda

11:30am: Remarks from Mahoning County Democrats Chairman David Betras

11:35am: Remarks from Ohio Senate Minority Leader Senator Joe Schiavoni

11:45am: Q&A session with Leader Schiavoni

12:00pm: Issue Advocacy Presentation – How Things Work at the Statehouse (Ohio Senate Democrats staffers Bethany Sanders and Rachel Coyle)

1:00pm: Lunch (during lunch we will hear from YD candidates and office holders).

1:45pm: OYD Business / Local Chapter Updates

– OYD Convention update

– Issue advocacy survey results

– Chapter building update

– Campaigns update

– YDA Convention in August

– Board member and local chapter updates

2:30pm: Presentation Revitalizing a Rust Belt City – how young democrats can promote revitalization efforts, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Executive Director Ian Beniston

2:50pm: Closing Remarks

3:00pm: Adjourn

This meeting is open to all Young Democrats, you do not have to be a member of a chartered OYD Chapter to attend. Time to get involved in local politics? Here is your chance to get your feet wet.

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Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County PSA Get out and meet some people who need your help!

St Vincent de Paul is holding their Annual Fund-raising Banquet on Saturday as well. The proceeds will go to helping people here in the Valley who sincerely need the help and with your fifty dollars, you will be highly entertained.

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.

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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

Maybe you don’t want to meet the Young Democrats of Ohio on Saturday. You can still get out there and do some good for our Valley at the Youngstown CityScape Cleanup Work Day.

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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.

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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.

Want to know more about Art? Well the Butler Institute of American Art wants to teach you. Sunday from 2-3PM

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

To make your voice heard via email, please visit https://goo.gl/ugoyve

Get involved with Wild Earth Guardians at www.wildearthguardians.org

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.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 26

What is a Podcast, Pseudocast and Noncast? A Local and Regional Podcast Sampler today on the Mahoning Valley Podcast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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First Ross Morrone’s This is Marketing

Then George Farris’s podcasts.

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.

Meals on Wheels Mahoning Valley PSA If you have free time then put it to good use, please.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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There are more of them on the WYSU 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Brainyquote.com

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.”

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“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.”

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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.”

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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 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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