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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 35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the Mahoning Valley Podcast and it occurred to me that there a plenty of people here who may want to do a segment. Who may want to have their voice heard on a Podcast. Maybe you have an event or cause or just want to say hi to the Valley. This podcast was never meant to be all about me. It has been a work in progress. Well, it is your turn. If you want to record a segment and email it to me, I will consider adding it to an episode.

Because this is a community project, you must be a part of the Mahoning Valley or have some connection to the Valley. If you want to talk about your grandma or how you grew up in Struthers or what you favorite restaurant is, or favorite gym, or favorite bar, or favorite band or anything. It just needs to be about something or someone in the Mahoning Valley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, and I am going to go by it again today. Get registered to vote if you have not already done so. Get involved with our local politics. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. Don’t try to say you don’t have time or it doesn’t matter. It still matters. Your vote matters.

Your voice needs to be heard. And if you are in Youngstown, you will have the opportunity to get out and talk to some of the candidates on Monday March 20.

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The Core Team Ministry of Union Baptist Church presents a Candidate Forum on Monday, March 20, 2017 at UBC, 528 Lincoln Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Invited guests are all candidates running for Mayor, President of Council, Clerk of Courts and Municipal Court in the City of Youngstown. Come and listen, ask questions and be an informed voter! 330-746-1217)

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The Downtown Youngstown Partnership (DYP) is a community-based organization which seeks to foster an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, residents are abundant and community pride prevails. The group plans to fills the gaps where needed as it relates to attracting and retaining business and community pride in the downtown Youngstown area.

Please join us for our March 28 meeting! Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

5:00pm: Sign In & Welcome

5:15pm: Agenda

1. City of Youngstown Update:
– First Ward Councilperson Julius Oliver
– Michael McGiffin, Director Of Events & Special Projects

2. Business Spotlight:
– The Federal

3. Service Project Update
– Updates regarding service projects or opportunities.

4. Downtown Updates and Happenings:
– Open time to share any events, promotions, or activities happening with businesses or organizations Downtown.

6:00-7:00pm: Socialize!

A special thanks to The Federal for hosting this meeting!

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The Ursuline Band Booster Organization is committed to the music program at Ursuline High School and we need your help to continue our work. Our annual quarter auction fundraiser will take place on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30pm with the auction starting at 6:30pm. All money raised will support the Marching and Concert Band programs at Ursuline. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from any band student or staff member. You can also contact Roseanne Winner at 330-402-0075 or Debbie Pruchniewicz at 330-559-4004 for tickets. With 100 gifts to bid on it is sure to be a great evening.
For more info please visit our website at www.ursulineband.com
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Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley needs you to volunteer. Our seniors need you to visit and bring by something to eat. And you would be in good company. Mario Andretti volunteers and so can you. Just don’t speed to get there.

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According to the Business Journal Daily, March 23 is the deadline to get your registration in for Spark Talks with Chris Thompson on March 28.Collaboration’s Essential Element: Leadership” is the topic of the March 28 “Spark Talk” presentation sponsored by The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

The presenter will be Chris Thompson, president of Civic Collaboration Consultants LLC.

This two-way learning opportunity provides hands-on exercises designed to develop and strengthen collaborative leadership skills. Participants will leave with usable strategies and approaches to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

The presentation will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Western Reserve Room of the foundation offices here. The cost of $10 per person includes light refreshments. The session is limited to 25 participants, and the registration deadline is March 23. To register, visit this website.

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Congratulations go out to Dr. Rebecca Brown of Salem on her election as president for the Ohio Optometric Association. According to the Business Journal Daily, “

Brown, who practices at Essential Vision Care here, has served in the association as a zone governor, trustee and several officer positions. She was selected to her new role by a unanimous vote at the recent East West Eye Conference.

“It is a great honor to serve my profession and the many people receiving our vision services in this manner,” Brown said in a statement. “It is a blessing to be able to help people in our community every day, but it is very meaningful to be able to influence and help legislators understand issues important to saving vision.”

In April, Brown will be leading dozens of Ohio optometrists to the Statehouse for a day of advocacy. They will help state legislators learn the best ways to help Ohioans preserve and maintain their vision.

A graduate of Salem High School, Brown has practiced optometry locally for 13 years. She received her doctorate from the Southern College of Optometry and her bachelor of science from John Carroll University. She completed a residency with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Brown volunteers for InfantSEE, Vision USA and Realeyes Save Our Sight Classroom Initiative. She also is an active member of the Salem Junior Mothers’ Club, Kiwanis Club of Salem and Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship Board.

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KISS is a program that let’s school children bring someone they love to school with them. Boardman Local Schools carries the program and according to the Vindicator, it is a strong effort to involve parents in the education of their children.

As a working mom, Heather Newman doesn’t get to attend many of her kids’ school functions.

That’s why she was especially happy to be her son’s special person Wednesday at Robinwood Lane Elementary’s KISS – “Kids Invite Someone Special” – Day.

The annual tradition is a chance for family members, or another special person in a student’s life, to see what their student is up to during the school day.

“It’s about trying to bring the community into the schools,” Principal Don Robinson said. “The kids get so excited when they get to bring their special friend to school.”

Second-grade student Cooper Bartholomew asked grandfather Joe Novosel to be his special someone, continuing a tradition for the two.

Cooper said he asks his grandfather to come every year, and Joe always enjoys the visit.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I try to encourage him so that he is going to be an outstanding citizen and leader someday.”

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A Canfield Native, Paul Krebs helped set up the NCAA Tournament this year. According to the Vindicator,

A 1974 Canfield High School graduate, Krebs is currently in his 10th year as vice-president and athletic director at the University of New Mexico. This was his first appointment on what many believe is the NCAA’s most prestigious and influential group — the men’s basketball tournament selection committee. Krebs will oversee Midwest and South Region first-round games beginning Friday in Sacramento, California.

“In terms of service and the committees to which they have been appointed, ask any athletic director and they will tell you that there is not a better assignment,” Krebs said prior to his Sacramento flight. “It is absolutely fun, the basketball is exciting and between committee members and NCAA staff, it’s a great group with plenty of camaraderie.”

The committee members even participated in a “practice” for Selection Sunday that took place in February.

“We met in Indianapolis about a month ago and went through a mock exercise, which was very helpful,” Krebs said. “Last Tuesday, the committee arrived at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, started in earnest on Wednesday and never left the hotel after that. We created eight brackets on Sunday, which were based on the outcomes of five or six games and it just happens so quickly, which is why you prepare different brackets.”

Accommodating the media was also a part of the process.

“On two separate occasions, both CBS and ESPN came into our meeting room in order to shoot ‘B roll’ in advance of their selection shows,” Kreb said. “The stuff that we were working on at the time was put away and concealed.”

He admits that his time in the area during his formative years were a lot of fun.

“I used to get back home once or twice a year when my mother was still living in Canfield and have great memories of growing up next door to Dick and Dr. Ray Duffett, and Bob Dove and his family on Neff Drive,” he said. “Those were truly special times.

“I still follow YSU and President Tressel, know the great job Bo Pelini has done with the Penguin football program and also follow Ohio State as well. Twitter and Facebook has helped in that area.”

Mahoning Valley Sports Update with Brooke Meenachan

Mineral Ridge The McDonald girls basketball team battled back from an eight-point deficit in Wednesday’s fourth quarter to defeat Warren JFK, 53-52, to advance to Saturday’s Division IV district final at Mineral Ridge High School. The Blue Devils trailed 50-42 with 4:40 remaining. “I told them not to give up. There was still plenty of […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essex Steam Train

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click this link for more information.

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

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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.”

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Meet the New Police Dog. Sports with Western Reserve Radio. Honoring the Memory of Martin.

According to the Vindicator, A newly-acquired police dog will be introduced to the community at Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. Youngstown Phantoms hockey game at the Covelli Centre against the Sioux City Musketeers. The Youngstown Phantoms are assisting the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in raising money for the training and care of the 2 1/2-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Phantom.

The Fraternal Order of Police will be selling raffle tickets for various prizes at the game, with proceeds to be used toward the costs associated with the dog. Phantom and his handler will be introduced to the community between periods of the game. Saturday is Free Youth Jersey Night for the first 750 young people attending the game.

So used to be afraid of Police Dogs. Well, German Shepherds anyway. When I was growing up in Pittsburgh; I had a morning paper route. I walked about 3 miles every morning no matter the weather and delivered papers. It was the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Most days, it was pretty light duty; but back then they also had the Sunday Paper. So 7 days a week, I was out there usually before sunrise delivering the News for my neighbors.

There was one house that had a German Shepherd. And most days it was in the house. But it did not like me walking up to the porch and dropping off that paper. Not at all. In fact, I think it was able to smell me. Sometimes, it would start making a ruckus before I even got there. And it was scary. It was a big dog and it barked loud. And it barked at me.

One morning for whatever reason, the owners left it out on the porch and it was untied. I started coming down the road towards the house and it started barking. And I saw it on the porch. I start thinking, there aint no way they are getting their paper today. As I got closer to the house, with the full intent on walking right by, it started coming off the porch and down the yard at me.

I nearly fouled my jeans. It was running up to me and I was scared. Seriously scared, thinking I was about to become dog chow. I stood there. Cause I knew there was no way I was outrunning this thing. So I start thinking, if I survive this; I am going to sue the pants off these people. It keeps coming, and I stand there frozen. Getting ready to try to beat it off me with my paper carrying sack.

It runs up to me and sniffs. It starts sniffing at my junk and legs. I am standing there waiting for it to take a chunk out of me. It keeps sniffing and then I slowly put my hand out palm up so it can smell my hand. He/she keeps sniffing and I start to pet it a little under the neck. I keep scratching and it starts to wag its tail a little. I start patting it on the head and it starts rubbing up against me a little. As it turns out, it was nice big dog who just wanted some attention.

Moral of the story. Sometimes the thing we are afraid of is the best thing for us. Sometimes we have to stand still and face our fears and hope for the best. That big ole dog was out a few more mornings, but those people always got their paper. Because I had a job to do. And their dog was a big puppy at heart. And now I was his friend.

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On Monday, we as a community and nation honor the memory of one of our great civil rights leaders. A man who was assassinated for his beliefs and commitment to equality. A man who was honored during his life and also after his death. And is still considered to be a beacon of light in a dark time in American History. When people refused to allow the fundamental values that our Constitution espoused. A time when for whatever reason, men and women had yet to see the fact that our Bill of Rights applied equally to all members of our society and citizens of these United States of America.

I will get to naming him momentarily, but not before I rant about the grievous evil that many people held so fast to. By now most of us know who I am talking about anyway. But this man had cajones and conviction. I think he had an understanding that his mission would likely lead to his demise. We never know when any of us are out of time, and he may not have been expecting to die on that fateful day when evil finally had it’s moment. What evil never knows in the moment is that it all works together for a greater good. That is why good always triumphs over evil. Because the greater good can use evil’s work to bring a greater good about. And that without evil never knowing it is coming.

This man though; I think he knew it may come someday. His assassination that is. He knew that he was causing narrow minded and selfishly blinded people to feel as if they were being encroached upon. He surely knew that in speaking out against wickedness, it would look for some way to get him back.

Yet, he was unafraid. He was stalwart. He was bold and spoke the truth that he knew. Because someone had to do it. Someone had to speak for those who had no voice. And this man that I speak of did exactly this. He took to the streets and told the truth. He took to the airwaves and told the truth. He would speak the truth whenever given the opportunity knowing full well that eventually it would be the reason that some sad lost soul would use to justify killing him.

So Monday January 16, we honor this man of courage and faith. Martin Luther King Jr. We are still honoring his memory despite the fact that he was killed nearly 40 years ago. And not only will we honor his memory but people will go out and do good things in his memory. That is a legacy. When people remember what you did and are still inspired to go out and do good.

The YNDC, one of my favorite non profits here in the Mahoning Valley will be working with one of our local communities of faith to get out into the streets of Youngstown and do some work. And I for one applaud the good work that these nice people are doing. Because in many ways, the YNDC and Family Life Ministries are exemplifying what I consider to be a good thing. Following the example of Mr King. Getting out into the streets and cleaning things up.

It is easy for me to sit in this nice comfortable makeshift recording studio and talk ab0ut doing things to help our community. I admit it. It is easy for me to do it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a bunch of work that goes into podcasting. But for me it is pleasant and easy work. Enjoyable even. Part of that may be because as most people who know me would tell you, I love to hear myself talk. I admit that too. I love the sound of my own voice.

But there is one thing that many people may not understand about a project like this. Not everyone likes what I have to say all the time. Sometimes, I am boring and preachy. Sometimes I may point my finger at someone I think is a sucky waste of space as a means of showing all of us what a bad example is or to show that to do wrong has consequences. Like in one of my earlier episodes I referred to some local officials as excrement. I was wrong. Even the most wretched sinners are still people too. And although I am glad they finally decided to give up and go home when their ringleader was indicted; I still could have been less derogatory and more respectful of their humanity. For that I am sorry and want to assure my listeners that it will never happen again.

So I am not going to cry about how much hard work it is to do these podcasts Because I do them by choice. But I am going to ask you to help me to continue to showcase the good things here in this Valley. For much the same reason that MLK Jr spoke out in his day. Because someone has to do it. Someone needs to focus on the good around here. We all know that this valley has a lot of good stuff going on all the time. Yes, we have problems. I have problems. But one thing that many of us can agree characterizes the Mahoning Valley and most of our citizens here is that just because there is a problem we don’t just tuck our tails between our legs and scamper off. We stand up for what is right and do what is right in many cases.

You, if you have been following this project have a heart to do what is good. And you want to hear about what is good here. And you know the value of telling people what is good here. And that it is important work that someone has to do. So partner with me and sponsor this project. It will be worth your while. I will make sure of it. Click on this link and make a commitment. If you have a non profit, I will make it worth your while. If you are an individual, I will give you credit if you want. If you want to remain anonymous and just do something to help our Valley; I will keep discretion and make it our secret. If you are a business owner or someone who is responsible for digital communications, take the idea to your boss if need be and get the money to keep these coming.

I am going to keep at it either way. I am not going anywhere. I am in it for the long run so join me and send some money to participate. Invest in our Valley and our community and we will make it better together. Thanks.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 14 Transcript

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I don’t even have to quote a mainstream media source for this segment. By now, anyone who has access to media either print, tv, radio, or of course interactive media like this knows that YSU Football failed to bring home a championship last Saturday. And that is OK. It is OK that people sometimes fall short of their goals. It is OK to drop the ball. We still love our University. And our university teams. And our university faculty and staff. And yes, even our university president.

Failure and falling short does not negate love. In fact, sometimes when people fall or fail or suffer it causes us all to remember that we are all people. We are all human beings who have strengths and weaknesses. We all need each other to progress. Every person who you know is someone you need on some level to progress. If you are looking to do that. If you are looking for progress that is.

If you want to make things better for yourself and your neighbor. Then every single person you know on facebook or twitter can work with you. IF you are willing to work with them. And that is one of the things that I took away from YSU Footballs fumbles and turnovers and blocked kicks. IT was not those events directly that gave me the lesson. It was the Unity of the team after the game. It was how publicly there was no fingerpointing or blaming. There was none of that foolishness of if he did something different it would have been different.

There was only solidarity and kind words from the Coach and right down the line. There was only optimism that there can be another chance to improve. To progress. To move forward despite the fall. To find ways of making it better then it was. And quite frankly, that was the most incredibly positive and remarkable accomplishment of the entire season in my opinion. That as a team, they lost. But as an example for many people here in the Mahoning Valley, it was and still is a huge victory and a stellar example. Congratulations YSU Football Team and Coaches. You have set the bar for all of us here in the Mahoning Valley who are intent on working as a team to being good to our community.

Onto something that is easy for all of us to do as individuals. And that is embrace kindness. Let me first say that ever since I have relocated here from Miami Beach Florida in 2002, I have been impressed and pleased with all the kind acts I have witnessed and had the opportunity to participate in. Many people here do not know me and I did not grow up here full time. But it is time that you found out. I am actually from Pittsburgh by way of Miami Beach.

My family lived in Pittsburgh while I was growing up. First in Penn Hills and then Point Breeze during my high school years. And it was a wonderful place to grow up. Plenty of peers and people to interact with and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. This was in the 1970’s. A time much different from today when if we wanted to call someone, we had to find a payphone or be at home. Or the office.

A time when as children we could have the run of the neighborhood without fear of being attacked or abducted. A time when our parents did not punish us by making us go outside, they punished us by forcing us to stay in.

I had a grandmother and aunts and cousins who lived in Northeast Ohio. For a time, my grandma lived in North Bloomfield. One aunt lived in Austintown with two of my cousins who were about my age and another aunt lived in Newton Falls. So I have always had family here in Northeast Ohio. And we did visit on a regular basis. So I spent part of my time growing up here as well.

But while the people who lived here may have felt that it was always the same old thing, when we got to visit NE Ohio, it was like a holiday. In fact, most of our visits were for the thanksgiving holiday. We would get time off from school. My parents would pack up the Station Wagon. We would crawl in the back of it and take the 2 hour drive northwest to Ohio. The land of holiday parties and feasts. The land of interesting and entertaining cousins. The land of a doting grandmother who loved to cook up all the thanksgiving fixins. And the land of freedom from our usual routines and friends. It was so much fun.

And so I fell in love with NE Ohio. Because for maybe as many as 15 or so years in a row, every thanksgiving my family and I would get to come here and celebrate family and love. And that is why when I was ready to leave Miami Beach, I wanted to come here and settle down. I wanted to come here and start a family. I wanted to see the snow and feel the cool breeze of a spring morning. And smell the cut grass in the Summer. And crunch through the leaves in the woods in the Autumn. Because here we have seasons. In Miami Beach, there are also seasons; 2 of them, wet and dry.

One thing that always impressed me when I visited here and after I moved back was the inherent friendliness and kindness of the people here. The good old fashioned Midwestern Values of God and Family and Hard Work. Of taking care of your neighbor and feeling bad if something bad happened to someone who lived in your community. Of wanting to pitch in and help. We still have a lot of these things here and these are the kinds of things that we need to continue to practice.

More so now then ever. Because our world has become increasingly hostile and divided by opinions. Sometimes we claim that we have the facts, and that may be true in part; but people have started to decide that their opinions are strong enough to be less than civil. And that if someone disagrees with you it is OK to block them. Or attack. So I have attached a graphic to this podcast to remind us of how to be kinder to each other. Not that we have forgotten entirely, but that kindness is one of the strengths that we can continue to build on here in our community. I have also linked to a facebook page and website that promotes kindness. I got this idea from one of the nicest people here in the mainstream media while listening to his show “Brainfood from the Heartland” Because staying informed can help us to practice kindness.

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One of the most valuable resources we have here in the Mahoning Valley is the Public Library. When I first moved here to Boardman, I didn’t have any CD’s or DVD’s and one of my favorite things to do was walk over to the Library and borrow these types of media for my personal enjoyment. The fact is though that the Library is one of the most valuable resources that any community can have. Many of us may take it for granted, but there is a wealth of information and resources available to anyone free of charge. If you haven’t visited in a while, I encourage you to check it out. Here are few of things that you can expect to enjoy in a library and if you are in Trumbull County, your library is linked to here. Columbiana County yours is here.

In Mahoning County where I live for instance, The Columbus Children’s Theater will present the story of Lonely Jack, a foolish trade, and the giant who is ready for trouble. “Jack and the Beanstalk” was adapted by William Goldsmith.

Fun for kids of all ages. No reservations are needed.

Boardman Library, 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 28

Meet and Greet Story Time with Youngstown Phantom’s Hockey

Meet the Youngstown Phantoms! Listen to stories and receive a special giveaway. No reservations needed for this special story time that will be fun for the whole family!

Canfield Library, 6-7 p.m., Tues., Jan. 24

Library Night with the Phantoms

Join the Library and the Phantoms at their January 27 game at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. The theme is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Watch for upcoming details in your local library and on the website.

This is a very small list of things that you can do with your friends at the library. Stay in touch with them on Facebook.

I know most people who listen to this podcast can spend money to entertain themselves. Or even spend money to help me keep this podcast coming out and spreading only good things about our Valley, but I still like to talk about Free events every now and then. I like free stuff. Most people do I think. Like for instance, I offer free initial consultations and assessments on your internet communication strategies. I don’t mind spending a few minutes chatting with you or even talking to you on the phone about what you have been doing and what you want to do. You can message me on facebook or twitter or even call me at 330-519-1205 to talk about it. Sometimes it is good to have an objective opinion. And I am here to help.

Anyway, back to free events. It may save you some time if I just mention a few free things that you can do with your family or friends and that way you can get back to work on that report for your boss or that term paper or research project or watching that movie or whatever you will do after you listen to this. If you want more information or need to get the details for these freebies, just find the transcript of this show somewhere. They are like everywhere. But mostly on my website. Or blog, Or other blog.

Let’s go do something free:

What: Book Discussion Group “Blackberry Winter” by Sarah Jio

When:Thursday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m.

Where:Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

444 Mahoning Ave.

Warren, OH

330-399-8807

What: Kidz Cooking Club Registration Required

When:Thursday, Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m.

All ages

Where: Liberty Public Library

415 Churchill-Hubbard Road

Liberty, Oh

330-759-2589

Young cooks will follow Master Chef Miss Jill’s lead using their math, science, and language skills to make a delicious creation. For kids in kindergarten to grade five. Registration is required by calling (330) 759-2589.

What: Music and Movement Registration Required

When: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.

Age limit: All ages

Where: Warren Public Library

444 Mahoning Ave. NW

Warren, OH

330-399-8807

Children learn language and motor skills through an energetic combination of music, movement, and books. For toddlers 19 to 35 months old with a parent or caregiver. Registration is required by calling (330) 399-8807 ext. 206.

If you can’t make it tomorrow:

Check out these additional dates:

Wednesday, Jan. 18 or

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Just because something is free does not mean it is not good. I know there are two sides to that coin. Some people may say, “you get what you pay for” or even, “something is only worth what it costs.” But other people say that “the best things in life are free”. Like for instance this podcast. It is free. I really have no ambition to ever charge anyone to listen to or hear about the good things that happen here in the Mahoning Valley.

I gather this information and write it up for you for free. Sometimes, hopefully I am entertaining or at least informative. I admit this project is a work in progress. So I do something for you the listener for free, and I need to ask you to do something for me and for this valley. If you think that there are ways to improve our Valley, please share them with me somewhere. On facebook. On Twitter. On the blogs where I post the transcripts. Please participate in this project.

If you have any vested interest in improving this community and helping all of us live up to our potential then spend some money on keeping this project going. It is really easy to do that. Head on over to the website and send some money. Easy. If you do that, and want to be mentioned or linked to, just let me know. We can also work out ways for you to advertise your business or organization on other podcasts. Or even make your own podcast.

We can talk about ways you can improve your use of the internet to communicate through any channels if you want. I did offer to talk to your for free initially. If you want to run with some ideas I have and have me implement them for you, great. I like to work. And I have been using this here internet thingie for a long time. I know a few things about it. Let’s work together to make it better and spread the good.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 11 Transcript

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Transcript 12-29-2016

Youngstown Crime Down, Golden String Radio Benefit, Jingle Bell 5K in Canfield, Firstnight Downtown Youngstown, Evolution of the Guitar Exhibit, Championship Travel Packages for YSU Sttudents, and The Mahoning Valley Podcast Person of the Year

According to WKBN Channel 27, Crime and Traffic Fatalities are down in Youngstown, Chief Robin Lees said the city has recorded 18 murders this year, compared to 23 in 2015. “We’re still a little bit down from last year’s numbers, certainly not where we’d like to be, but it shows improvement,” he said. Lees also said fatal accidents have decreased. He attributes the drop to the use of radar speed cameras. Since officers started using them about a year-and-a-half ago, there hasn’t been a fatal crash along I-680 in the city. The chief says the effort to reduce speeds on the freeway has also helped reduce overall car crash figures by about 25 percent.

Improvement is really all anyone can ask for isn’t it? Considering the challenges that many of us face here in the Mahoning Valley; any improvement is progress. There was a time not so long ago when This area was considered to be a very dangerous place to live. According to Wikipedia, In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Youngstown was nationally identified with gangland slayings that were often committed with car bombs. The town gained the nicknames “Murdertown, USA” and “Bomb City, USA,” while the phrase “Youngstown tune-up” became a nationally popular slang term for car-bomb assassination.

Although many of us do not think we can do anything about crime in our neighborhoods or communities, that is a fallacy. There are things everyone can do. First be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention and don’t be afraid to call the Police if you have suspicions. If you see someone swaying their car on the highway, Call 1-877-7 Patrol. Save the number in your contacts and that way if you see someone driving a fool, you can do something. The number again is 1-877-772-8765.

You can also possibly get paid for participating in identifying and reporting criminal activity. Crimestoppers has been around for years. And still is operating an anonymous tipline. All information can remain completely confidential and all you have to do is call 330-746-2583. Or click the link in this transcript and bookmark the page. You can send tips online there.

Here is one thing you should NEVER do. And that is get involved in trying to stop any criminal activity yourself. I don’t care how much of a badass you think you are; never try to stop a crime in process. Always let the police handle it. If you see a crime in progress it is perfectly acceptable to call 911. You can get yourself somewhere safe and take notes or use your phone to record details, but never try to step in and intervene. That is not your responsibility unless of course you happen to be a police officer or sheriff or trooper.

According to their website there will be a Golden String Radio Benefit. Golden String Radio is proud to announce Gaelynn Lea live in concert at Purple Cat productions, 220 W. Boardman Street in Youngstown on January 17, 2017. It’s a variety show the likes of which only Golden String can pull off featuring your favorite Purple Cat Players, Casey Malone, our own Jimmy Sutman, and our guest of honor, NPR Tiny Desk Concert performer, Gaelynn Lea!

Musician and public speaker, classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration.

Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Other NPR Tiny Desk fellows include: Ben Folds, Yo Yo Ma, The Avett Brothers, Blue Man Group, and Adele.

Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for over twenty years, developing and improvisational style all her own. She has performed alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.

Come out January 17th to Purple Cat Productions at 220 W. Boardman Street. This event is to be followed by an afterparty / meet & greet with Gaelynn complete with hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the beautiful M Gallery in downtown Youngstown. All-night tickets to both events will be available for $40. Tickets to the afterparty alone will be available for $20. Contact Coni at 330-503-2584 or coni@goldenstringinc.org Ads are also available for the event program for next to nothing. Get a full page ad for $50! A half page is available for $25 and a quarter-page for $15.

JingleBell 5K Race at Canfield Fairgrounds on Saturday December 31 2016. Join us to celebrate the holidays with the annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk Saturday December 31 at 1 pm at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Kids Run at 12:45 pm. This is a family oriented event that benefits to Youngstown Road Runners Club Scholarship fund for YSU track and cross country students and the Youngstown Road Runners Shoes for athletes program. This race is on paved and mostly flat surface within the Canfield Fairgrounds. Awards to top three male and female finishers overall, 1st Masters male and female, 1st Grandmaster male and female and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each age group.

Race day registration begins at 10:30 am and closes at 12:30 am. Standard registration up through race day is $20.00. Kid’s run (12 and under) is $2.00 – included is participation award but no shirt. Package pick up prior to race available at Second Sole (755 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman Ohio) Friday, December 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm or Saturday at the Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. Please pick up at least 30 minutes prior to race time. All parking will be via the Kilcawley Memorial entrance from route 46. There will be door prizes and plenty of goodies to eat post race. Bring the whole family! Everyone welcome to participate. Bells provided! If you have any questions please feel free to contact them at Youngstown.jinglebell.15@gmail.com

First Night Downtown Youngstown on December 31, 2016

Admission Buttons are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students (Age 13 through College, with ID), Senior Citizens (age 62) and members of the Military (with ID). Children 12 and under are FREE. Children do not need an admission button, but must be accompanied by a paid adult.

There are several FREE Parking Locations • Compliments of ABM Parking located throughout the city including: Stambaugh Surface Lot • West Commerce Lot (next to Cedar’s) • Chestnut Street Lot (located at Powers Auditorium) • The Voinovich Government Center Lots (Commerce Street and West Wood Street) and Ralph’s Parking Lot (Boardman & Hazel Streets) • First Presbyterian Church and • The Covelli Centre Parking Lot

WRTA will provide constant shuttle service between venues throughout the night.

There will be Event Schedule/Maps available at all venues throughout the night. The First Night Youngstown Event Headquarters will be located in the Covelli Centre during First Night, and any questions you have will be answered by our event staff. Admission buttons are available at all venues and at First Night Headquarters during First Night festivities.Restaurants will be open on Federal Street.

The Market St. bridge will be closed at 12 noon on New Year’s Eve to prepare for the fireworks display. Traffic will be redirected to the South Ave. bridge and the Mahoning Ave. bridge.

Many downtown streets will be closed around Central Square to provide for the safety and enjoyment of all attendees. Access to the parking lots on Front St. and Commerce St. will be open.

Wick Ave, Lincoln Ave and portions of other road in the downtown area have been closed for construction. They may still be closed for construction during First Night. Please allow extra time for arrival and be patient with the closures, they are necessary for upgrades to YSU and downtown Youngstown. Please call our Event Headquarters at 330-744-9966 and a member of our event staff will be glad to assist you. Or email infofirstnightyoungstown@gmail.com for more information.

This looks to be an event that will provide fun and entertainment of all varieties for the whole family. Looking at the list of events and entertainers shows there will be singers, dancers, arts exhibits, and Horse and Carriage Rides as well as a traditional Ball Drop and Fireworks. 13 different venues including OH WOW Science Museum and the Arms Family Museum.

According to the Butler Institute of Art Website, Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

Medieval to Metal will open on January 22 2017. This is a touring exhibition that explores the artistic evolution of the world’s most popular instrument. It features 40 instruments spanning centuries of craftsmanship and design from around the world, ranging from the Moorish oud and Renaissance theorbo to the acrylic body of today’s modern guitars.

The exhibition also includes 20 photographs of renowned musicians and their instruments from legendary rock photographer, Neil Zlozower, and life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically and culturally significant designs from artist Gerard Huerta. “Medieval to Metal” makes its stop at the Butler Institute of American Art January 22, 2017 and will be on view through April 16, 2017. It will continue to travel the country seeking a final resting place to be announced in the year 2018.

“Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR” is a Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum. The National Guitar Museum is the first Museum solely dedicated to the past, present, and continually evolving style, shape, tone, and artistic demographics of reinventing the Guitar.

I have always been a huge fan of the guitar. Electric, Acoustic, even Steel Guitars have always been one of my favorite instruments. I think it started when I first heard Jimmy Page play Stairway to Heaven. His opening arpeggio and then the incredible solo break took me away from whatever teenage angst I was experiencing and transported me to a place where I could almost understand what it is to be rock and not to roll.

According to the Vindicator, YSU will be offering Championship Game Packages for Students and Recent Graduates.

The Youngstown State Athletic Department is has announced a travel package for YSU students interested in going to the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.

The first-come, first-served package is for current students and Fall 2016 graduates. The cost of the trip is: double occupancy, $150 per person; triple occupancy, $100 per person; and $75 per person for a four-person room. The price includes round-trip bus transportation, two nights lodging in Plano, Texas, and one game ticket. Meals are not included. The cost of the game ticket and transportation is being covered by the university.

To make reservations, students must call the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978 starting at noon today with credit card information and a valid student-ID banner number. Only one ticket will be provided per banner number. The ticket office is open Friday 12/30/16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is closed on Monday January 2 2017. Students should provide the ticket office with roommate preferences, though students must call separately to reserve a spot on the trip.

The trip departs the YSU campus (behind the Beeghly Center) at 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, and returns immediately following the game Jan. 7. Those making the trip need to be at Beeghly Center at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. Parking will be available in the M-90 lot. There are no refunds. The general-admission tickets are located in Section 121 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

And now we honor the person of the Year for 2016 with the Mahoning Valley Podcast. We have looked back at the year 2016 to select and honor the person who made the most notable contributions to the well being of this Valley. And that person is Jim Tressel The President of YSU, Youngstown State University.

Let’s look at some of the things that Mr Tressel had a hand in to improve the lot of the population of the Mahoning Valley.

According to the YSU Website, Under President Tressel’s leadership, enrollment increased for the first time in five years and the university attracted it’s most academically-accomplished freshman class ever. In addition, the university revamped its development operations and hit record fund-raising levels, announced its first Rhodes Scholar recipient, reconfigured its executive leadership organization, froze tuition for two consecutive years and expanded its scholarship offerings. The university is also partnering with two private developers to construct new apartment style student housing on campus and is working with the city to improve major gateways to YSU.

Ellen and Jim Tressel made a $1 million pledge to create the Ellen and Jim Tressel Student Work Opportunity Endowment Fund at YSU, an initiative to help expand student employment opportunities on campus. It was the latest in an extensive list of fund raising and philanthropy activities for the Tressels. They also participated in the YSU campaigns for the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the expansion of Stambaugh Stadium and the Watson and Tressel Training Site. In 2007, Frank and Norma Watson and Jim and Ellen Tressel donated a combined $1 million to the YSU Centennial Campaign to help fund the WATTS. He also was co-chair of the $110 million campaign for the renovation of Ohio State University’s William Oxley Thompson Library. Along with his university fund raising, Tressel has also been called upon to lead many campaigns for the entire community and its needs.

Tressel has published two books: “The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life” (2008) and “Life Promises for Success” (2011). His lengthy list of awards includes the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1991, 1994 and 2002, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2002, Chevrolet National Coach of the Year in 1997, 1994 and 1993, the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2002. At YSU, he received the Heritage Award in 2008.

And while some of the most obvious contributions are financial, like the Watson and Tressel Indoor training site named after he and his in-laws made a significant donation, his in-laws say Tressel’s most lasting legacy is the lives of so many young men he has touched.

“He would always see that they did well academically too, football wasn’t the only thing,” said Norma Watson, Tressel’s Mother In-Law. “They made sure that he was going to have good citizens.”

“One function he’s always done was help them get that first job once they got through college,” said Frank Watson, Tressel’s Father In-Law. The investment into his players, has had a ripple effect throughout the valley. Inspiring former players, like Elliot Giles, to lay roots in the area and also coach the game. “He always gave back and that’s kind one thing I like to instill in myself, is give back to the community as far as my flag football league,” said Giles. “You never forget where you came from.”

Former players talk about Tressel’s composure and poise while under pressure, and say it’s a characteristic he instills in everyone he’s around.

“No matter what adversity the university may face in the future he’ll be able to handle it and he’ll get the people that are working with him to be able to handle that situation to work together and to overcome it,” said Former Player Chris Sammarone.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Transcript Episode 10 for December 27 2016

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Shepherd of the Valley Plans New Campus in Liberty, YNDC Lots of Green Program, Free Christmas Dinner in Warren draws hundreds, Game of Hope Family Fest, Bike Racks that are also Art in Warren, Bracelet Sales to Support Emergency Assistance to Local Persons in need, YSU Football Team plans Meet and Greet, and Akron Childrens Hospital recognized for Innovative Patient Experience Award.

According to the Vindicator An upcoming facility for the elderly by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services is expected to create 200 local jobs. Liberty Township trustees last month approved a zoning change for the project, which is on Tibbetts-Wick Road. The venture, which is expected to cost between $26 million and $31 million, is set for completion in spring 2018.

The complex will include between 50 and 80 assisted living units, a 79-bed nursing home, a rehabilitation facility, a wellness facility and a facility for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. The 55-acre complex includes close to 44 acres of green space. Shepherd of the Valley also has locations in Boardman, Howland, Poland and Niles. “It’s a big deal not only for our community, but also for surrounding communities because all around here people are aging,” said township Trustee Jodi Stoyak of the Liberty location. “It’s going to be a phenomenal facility.”

And this a good thing for a couple of reasons. Jobs. If there is one thing we need more of here in the Mahoning Valley it is good jobs that pay a living wage. Few things can drive community development like a well employed work force. But there is more good coming out of this plan. The preservation of Green Space within the development plan. I am all for economic development but when planners ignore the necessity of Green Space within the plan they are dropping the ball. Where there are plants there is oxygen and where there are plants there is the reduction of CO2. Although many people wonder if reducing CO2 is an important part of living sustainably, I am here to attest to the fact that anything you can do to reduce your carbon footprint or preserve green space personally or corporately is not only intelligent and forward thinking it is ecologically responsible.

Speaking of Green Spaces, one of the most active and prolific organizations in the area of Community Development runs a great program right here in Mahoning County. The YNDC (Youngstown Community Development Corporation runs a program called Lots of Green.

According to their website, Lots of Green, the YNDC’s vacant land reuse program, seeks to repurpose all land in a target area, transforming the physical fabric of strategic neighborhoods. These lots are converted to community gardens, native planting sites, pocket parks, small community orchards, a 1.5 acre urban farm and training center, and side yard expansions. All of these strategies for vacant land reuse serve to both improve quality of life for residents and demonstrate best practices for neighborhood projects across the city. The YNDC has established 6 community gardens on vacant land, which provide space for neighborhoods residents, primarily low-income individuals and seniors, to produce fresh foods to feed their families. Vacant land reuse at scale also reinforces our homeownership strategies, fostering a sense of ownership and confidence for new investors in the neighborhood.

According to the Vindicator quite a few people showed up for a Free Christmas Dinner at Aulizio’s Banquet Center in Warren. Hundreds experienced the warmth of the 28th annual Families Helping Families Christmas Day Dinner on Sunday. Some came alone, while others brought the whole family to experience what Christmas is all about: caring about people and sharing the warmth of the holiday together — whether you are strangers or not.

“I have been coming about 15 years,” said Barbara Strother of Warren. “When I first started coming, I did some volunteer work. I liked to help out those who are less fortunate than I am because that’s what Christmas is all about. This time, I came out with my friends to spend time with them. It’s a great blessing to me that I get to sit here with my very best friends.”

The dimly-lit banquet hall gave off a romantic feeling that was enhanced by the sound of a soft flute playing in the background and Santa’s jolly laugh. Children ran around showing off new toys they received from Santa as a balloon maker made balloon animals and passed them out, offering lessons to anyone who wanted them. The hall felt homey.

Around the corner from the main dining and fellowship area were steaming dishes with smiling volunteers scooping the offerings up for guests. On the menu: ham, turkey, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Dunkin’ Donuts, Piccadilly Parlour, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and Panera Bread all donated to the seemingly never-ending dessert table.

“It’s like clockwork anymore,” said Dan Polivka, Trumbull County Commissioner, of organizing the event. “We have so many good volunteers. They know their job each year.”

And this touches on an ongoing theme of my podcasts. That it is in giving that we become the people we have the potential to be. That goes for organizations and for individuals. I know it seems to be something that we talk a lot about around the holidays, but the truth is that the holidays are a great reason to remind people that giving is a basic function of living in civilized society, but it is a year round attitude of looking for reasons to give and finding ways of giving that brings out the humanity in all of us. It is true that when we give to others, we do receive back. But sometimes we do not get anything back from those we give, but there is always a benefit to giving to each other.

GOT GAME? Want to Play in the Game of Hope Family Fun Fest?

If you do, or even think you do, it’s time to sign up to get on the roster for the biggest charity basketball game of the season, The Hope Foundation’s Game of Hope Family Fun Fest being held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at YSU’s Beeghly Center.

The Hope Foundation of Mahoning Valley asks that each participant that is selected makes a goal to raise at least $300 through donations, side events, ticket sales, or any other means.

Here’s your chance to hit the court with local celebrities and a number of surprise, big-name ‘walk-ons’ to help raise money for our region’s chronically and terminally ill children.

To get on a team, Click Here to Fill out the Information Form. Space is limited and registration closes QUICKLY so reserve your spot today! With the RETURN of the Game of Hope, the effect will be that everyone is in this together will raise money for chronically/terminally ill children.

According to their website, The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (H.F.M.V.) a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2007 after the increasing success and popularity of the Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic. Unpaid staff, volunteers and supporting individuals and organizations are committed to our mission. We improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families through charitable support. With money raised from donations and our signature fundraisers The Foundation provides grants up to $5,000. For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at www.HopeMV.org.

According to the Tribune Chronicle Warren has commissioned some artwork that will also serve a public purpose; Bike Racks. It wasn’t bicycle weather as Doug Meyer and Carl Henneman worked to install the first of four bike racks that will double as public art projects in the city. Meyer, a metal artist who lives in Warren and has a workshop in Garrettsville, had to shovel away snow before securing the 12-foot long sculpture made from 1-inch tubular steel outside Trumbull Family Fitness near the corner of High Street NW and Mahoning Avenue NW.

He was commissioned by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, which received a $4,000 grant from the Ohio Arts Council to finance four dual-purpose pieces that would be both functional and artistic. “I’m familiar with Doug’s work,”said Henneman, who is working with TNP through AmeriCorps VISTA, a federal program that works with communities to overcome poverty. “He was one of the first artists who came to mind, and I contacted him to get a proposal in. He made a scale model of this, and it blew everyone away.”

“He was really good to do first, because he’s done this kind of work a lot and on a pretty big level. He has his own workshop. I just knew he could do it and pull it off,” Henneman said.

This is the kind of project that everyone in this Valley should support rigorously. Arts are one of the important activities that everyone benefits from. The Artists benefit from the fulfillment of creating. The patrons benefit from setting an example for generations upcoming. And the public benefits from the exposure to the different perspectives and opinions so as to help all of us understand that although we are all individuals, we all have more in common then we have differences.

Bracelet sales to support Emergency Assistance programs throughout the Diocese.

When you purchase a bracelet in support of our Emergency Assistance Program, you will be providing help, and creating hope to a family in need. Without the continuous support of our community our doors would close, and we would be forced to turn away those in critical need. Without you, we are nothing.

Our Emergency Assistance Programs combine material and financial assistance with advocacy efforts for people in need of food, shelter, clothing, transportation, utility payments, homeless outreach and other services essential to well-being.

Extending help and hope in times of crisis and need to families and children is a vital part of Catholic Charities mission and identity.

Won’t you please join us to support our neighbors and friends of the Diocese? 

Catholic Charities served 10,693 children through the Emergency Assistance Program in 2015.  We also assisted 754 people in finding shelter/homes in 2015 to prevent homelessness.  Thank you for your continued support.

According to Youngstown State University, The 2016 NCAA Division I-FCS National Finalist Youngstown State football team will have a meet and greet prior to the men’s basketball game against Milwaukee on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m., the YSU Athletics Department announced.

The student-athletes will greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs before the game in the general admission section on the West side of the Beeghly Center. Fans can also participate in the Rulli Bros. “Holiday Hoops” promotion for December where fans can receive a buy one, get one free offer on general admission tickets by asking for the “Holiday Hoops” special upon ordering their tickets. The Penguins face James Madison in the national championship game on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Noon Eastern. It marks Youngstown State’s seventh appearance in the national title game.

Although many people may not give much thought to this, supporting college sports through attending the games helps to defray the costs of running the entire College. So when you go out to see a basketball game or a football game or any YSU sporting event, you are helping to keep the cost of a higher education down for all students. So get on out there and cheer for our student athletes.

Although this happened last month, I think it is important to recognize one of the premiere children health facilities in the nation. Akron Children’s Hospital was recognized for Innovative Patient Experience. According to their website, Akron Children’s has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of cutting-edge healthcare news, as one of 50 hospitals nationwide with innovative patient experience programs.

According to Becker’s, “The hospitals and health systems on this list are among those committed to keeping up with – or getting ahead of – the pace of change in healthcare by forming dedicated centers and institutes for innovation.” One of the ways the hospital’s patient experience program is innovative is in its approach, which the center’s director, Stefan Agamanolis, PhD, refers to as human-centered design.

“An increasing body of research illustrates how delivering a positive experience in healthcare can improve medical outcomes,” Agamanolis said. “For example, reducing stress and anxiety strengthens the immune system, which in turn impacts infection and recovery rates. If an institution is to fully embody a mission to solve medical problems and improve health, it cannot merely provide a technical service – it must also be able to deliver thoughts and feelings in the same way any other business working with human beings must do so.”

The Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation works to ensure that the hospital can continue to uphold its three promises: treat each other the way we’d want to be treated; treat each child as if he was our own; and turn no child away because of a family’s inability to pay.

Your financial and in-kind donations help support our mission, and we’re grateful for your support. Each gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference in the patients we care for every day.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 9 Transcript

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Today on Mahoning Valley Podcast, Save your money, Public Library Resources and Kwanzaa, Continuing the destruction, Boardman UPS Grinch, Holiday Generosity to the Salvation Army

Save your money this Holiday and wait until next week to do your shopping. Why? Because it is inevitable that the places where you get your gifts are going to be offering the best prices of the year in most cases a few days after the big holiday windup. If you have never noticed this trend, then go on out to your favorite department store next week when the retailers show their desperation to get those last few dollars in their coffers to close the fiscal year. According to Deal News

There are seven categories or items you can save a lot of money on next week. Please be advised that this section does contain affiliate links to Amazon to help offset the cost of producing this podcast. So if you like what you are hearing and need some of these items, please go ahead and get them and it will help you and this effort.

Clothing

Apparel deals dominate after-Christmas sales. Last year, some of our most popular sales during that time included discounts of up to 70% up at Nordstrom, Amazon, Columbia, and H&M. And don’t forget the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale, which often (including last year) lands right at the end of December. Winter coats, hats, and gloves will see even deeper discounts now than they did during Black Friday. In 2015, post-Christmas sales went as high as 70% off select items with most discounts around 40% or 50%, plus additional discounts on clearance items.

Cameras

While we’ll see all manner of tech discounts after Christmas, camera deals are what really impress us this month. We found that 31% of after-Christmas camera deals were Editors’ Choice last year. And remember, there’s still plenty of things your phone can’t do that a camera can.

About 31% of the camera deals found in after-Christmas sales will be of Editors’ Choice quality.

If you really want to maximize the value of your camera purchase, consider a refurb. The best deals we see are factory-refurbished units from Canon, Nikon, and more. These items, restored to almost-new condition and backed by manufacturer warranties, are even preferred by some experts.

Audio Gear

Headphone and home theater deals will be on fire after Christmas; in years past, 41% checked in as Editors’ Choice. However, true audiophiles will have to continue paying top dollar: We don’t typically see high-end gear at Editors’ Choice prices this late in the year. Expect bargains on entry-level to mid-tier options from brands like Pioneer, Sony, Polk, Klipsch, and Beats. This is also another area to check out refurb products, especially if you’re looking for Polk, Beats, and Bose.

Sports and Fitness Gear

Retailers love to take advantage of those New Years’ resolutions to get in shape by offering deals on sports and fitness equipment. While we don’t necessarily see more deals or all-time lows after Christmas, we definitely saw better sitewide discounts from a range of stores.

Last year, stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Groupon, and Sears had after-Christmas discounts of 25% to 50% on select sporting and fitness goods, sometimes on top of clearance discounts.

We’re particularly excited about Sears this year, which is likely to offer big deals to offset lackluster performance this year. Last year, Sears offered lots of deals on NordicTrack, so keep an eye out if you want a treadmill or an incline trainer. Plus, NordicTrack has its own New Year’s sale, cutting 40% to 60% off select items.

This is also traditionally a good time to get deals on gym memberships. Be sure your deal includes no upfront fees, and at least one month free. You can easily negotiate these freebies if they aren’t included in the plan.

Video Games

This will be a great time to stock up on your favorite video game titles, especially for older systems. Even better than audio equipment and cameras, a whopping 56% of video game deals are expected to be Editors’ Choice during the upcoming after-Christmas sales. Last year, we saw Assassin’s Creed for Xbox 360 from $5, and Xbox One games from $6.

Christmas Decorations

We know you want to enjoy your motorcycle-riding Santa now, but the best time of year to buy Christmas decorations from a savings perspective is the day after Christmas. On December 26, prices on holiday decor will drop 40% to 75% at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, and Pottery Barn.

Last year, inflatable lawn ornaments were the best bet, with inflatable Christmas Yoda and Darth Vader options each marked down by about $15 to $30. We’re hoping the force is with us, and these deals will be back this year.

Hatchimals

If you’ve promised your kiddo this season’s hottest toy and haven’t bought it yet, then you don’t have many options: You’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars on eBay, if you can find one at all.

But if you can convince your little one that Santa is bringing Hatchimals in February this year, the toys will likely be back in stock and down to normal prices ($50) once the manufacturer has had a chance to make more and the craze has diminished. On a personal note, I cannot imagine why anyone would want one of these hatchimals. I understood the Pet Rock as it never spoils the carpet or wakes you up with it’s butt in your face or needs $1000.00 in Grooming. But a hatchimal?

Make a Wish PSA

Here is something many people never think about, but our Public Library in Mahoning County is a wonderful source of information and free events. Coming up next week for instance in a number of different branches; there will be reading with your baby sessions to get them up to speed on the ever important skill of reading. Events for adults like learning how to access ebooks and online resources there and even Blood Drives with the Red Cross and a Kwanzaa Celebration.

On a personal note, I have often thought that Kwanzaa is one of those winter holidays that makes a lot of sense. What better way to wrap up a year then to reinforce seven values that all have the potential to make our or anyone’s community a much nicer place to live. Among these values, Unity, Economic Cooperation, Faith, Purpose and Creativity. If we all celebrated Kwanzaa, it is my opinion that the world would be a much better place to live and work in.

On a much sadder note according to the Vindicator, a deep injection well will be permitted to reopen in Weathersfield Township. The destruction of this earth continues to line the pockets of irresponsible and greedy persons who will someday give account for their actions. More than two years after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shut down a deep injection well in Weathersfield Township because of small earthquakes, a judge has ordered the state to allow it to reopen.

Judge Kimberly Cocroft of Franklin County Common Pleas Court issued a decision Friday that orders ODNR and American Water Management Services, owner of the well, to submit a proposed entry setting forth the parameters under which the well will reopen.

Specifically, the judge said the entry should address the amount of oil and gas drilling waste that will be injected initially into the well, the injection pressures to be used and how they will “incrementally increase the volume and pressure while simultaneously providing constant monitoring for seismicity.”

Guess what? Even if these things are monitored it does not change two facts about deep well injection and fracking. These practices are destructive and dangerous. Any manipulation of resources that are offered by nature is going to have a deleterious effect on the quality of life for all of us. It is logical to assume that if you inject toxins into our environment they will not just go away, They will start to leach into the water and the ground and effect anything that uses that water or earth. That means food supplies and water supplies will be contaminated. People wonder why Cancer has been on the rise despite our efforts to curtail it. It is directly related in my opinion to the toxins that the Industrial Revolution has produced and deposited in our environment.

Then in the usual antiholiday spirit the Vindicator also reported that someone has been playing the Grinch at the Boardman UPS Store.

Police are investigating a theft at the UPS store at 143 Boardman-Canfield Road, the second theft reported at the store this week, both involving Christmas gifts.

A woman told police she mailed a package containing $920 in cash and various other gifts to family Dec. 12. By monitoring the tracking number, she determined the package never left the facility.

The woman followed up on Dec. 20, and the store manager told the woman UPS security would open an investigation. She will pursue charges, according to the report. On a related story, A family decided it would not pursue criminal charges against a former UPS employee for taking $650 from Christmas cards an elderly woman was sending money to her grandchildren. That report was made with police Tuesday.

So I guess this just goes to show that Corporate America is still refusing to pay a living wage to people. Well that and people in general can have a tendency to look out only for themselves. Of course corporate greed is no excuse for engaging in criminal acts and stealing from people. In fact there is not an excuse for such a thing. It is despicable. If you don’t like your lot in life or the wges you earn, go get another job or figure out a way to live on what you make. As a reminder people get what they give. So if you are not getting what you want; try giving a little more and see if it comes back to you. It will.

St Jude PSA

And now onto someone who definitely gets it. According to WKBN Channel 27 our local CBS affiliate, For the fifth year in a row, a generous donor dropped gold coins in a few Salvation Army buckets in Mahoning County. The Salvation Army received a fourth gold coin in its bucket at the Poland Giant Eagle late Thursday night. It’s a 1 ounce pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf.

“We are pleased by this generous donation and we wish to express our gratitude to the donor,” said Major Elijah Kahn, Mahoning County Area Coordinator. “It will help us narrow the gap in our fundraising deficit this year as we approach the finish line.” Three 1 ounce gold coins were discovered in three of its kettles across the area on Wednesday. A Canadian Maple Leaf was dropped in a kettle at Canfield Giant Eagle, a South Africa Krugerrand coin and a Grant Wood American Arts Commemorative Series coin were dropped in kettles at the Giant Eagle in Austintown. The donor remains anonymous and left no note or information.

And that is the way to do it. I know that I gave a shoutout to Owens Construction last episode for sponsoring a Holiday Party at Youngstown Community School

And I believe that it is good to give recognition to people who do things that are worthy of mention, but the fact of the matter is, that it is the things that people do in secret that are the most valuable in my opinion. Not the things that people do in the public eye to get themselves attention for the good works they do, but the things that we do in private when no one is watching or paying attention that sometimes have the most value. There are some people who would say that integrity is not about what you do when you know people are watching but about the things that we do in private. I would also go so far as to say that if you are going to engage in charitable acts; doing it without recognition demonstrates far greater generosity and character.

WWF PSA