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From the 7/27/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:


Commercial buildings to see wrecking ball

By JOE GORMAN Tribune Chronicle


YOUNGSTOWN — Of Mike Damiano’s 29 years working for the city, this year might be the best thanks to this year’s aggressive demolition program.


Extra money in the budget this year is allowing Damiano, who heads up demolition for the city, to knock down more vacant commercial structures than normal. Usually, he said, there are only one or two that are demolished, but he has already three this year and more are to follow.


‘‘Just to get some of these dumps down really makes the job a little more worthwhile,’’ Damiano said Wednesday.


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Part one of two:


Salem native creates mural looking back at city history

Salem News, 7/15/06

Don Getz left town almost immediately after his graduation from high school in 1952, but he can't say that he's never looked back.



Quaker Steak & Lube Opens Austintown Location

Youngstown Business Journal, 7/20/06

Quaker Steak & Lube, home of Best Wings USA, opened its 23rd restaurant Wednesday at 5800 Interstate Blvd., Austintown, just off Interstate 80 on Ohio Route 46. .....

Council OKs Grant Application for Cafaros Industrial Park

Youngstown Business Journal, 7/20/06

City Council took the first step Wednesday night in what could be an $8 million renovation of the Ross Industrial Park, a complex owned by The Cafaro Co......

Court ruling on landfill won't end opposition

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/20/06

A group opposed to the opening of a Hubbard Township construction demolition and debris landfill says it will continue to fight and must step up efforts to increase its membership....


3 schools get OK for buildings

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/21/06

Hubbard, Niles and Southington school districts received official approval for funding through the Rebuilding Ohios Schools Program to construct new buildings. The cost of each project, including the state and local shares, also was determined....


More senior centers planned

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/21/06

Senior community centers are being planned for areas of Trumbull County that dont have them, while existing operations will be bolstered by levies.


I think were a little ahead of the game at this point, Tom Klingeman of the Senior Services Advisory Council said.


School district expected to put bond issue on ballot

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/21/06

The township school board will ask voters permission to borrow $51.6 million for school improvements. The money would be borrowed through the sale of bonds and be paid back over 28 years. The board is to meet in special session today to vote to put a 3.5-mill tax issue on the November ballot to pay off the loan.....


State ready with $40 million share for Beaver Local

East Liverpool Review, 7/22/06

The nearly $40 million in school facilities construction money from the state announced by state Sen. Chuck Blasdel for Beaver Local School District is dependent on passage of a $16 million bond levy by district voters....



Youngstown Vindicator: State funds available if bond issue passes (7/21/06)

Administrators to move to old library

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/23/06

The South Range School District is preparing to move its administration offices to the old North Lima public library building sometime this fall.


The school district is accepting bids to renovate the site, a former branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The district paid $235,000 for the building last year and has been using it for storage and various activities....


Park amphitheater fund drive planned

East Liverpool Review, 7/25/06

The Thompson Park board of commissioners has accepted an offer from two township residents to head a fund-raising effort to save the park amphitheater....


Bill may offer dam money

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/26/06

After years of working with local lawmakers to secure federal dollars to repair the Lower Girard Lake Dam, activist Jim Coates Sr. said things finally are moving in the right direction.


Everything has hit the fan, Coates said.


Youngstown Vindicator: Council wants to dam money flow to court as it looks to undam lake (7/25/06)

Picnic helps show Leetonia Library plans

Salem News, 7/26/06

Area children and their parents played games, won prizes, and ate a picnic lunch Tuesday at the proposed site for a new library facility on Walnut Street. The event was planned as the final session in the library's summer reading program, which, according to Library Director Andy Smith, drew between 80 to 90 kids per week over the course of the last few months....


County awards bid for building repairs

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/26/06

Trumbull County commissioners hired the Warren company Phillips/Sekanick for architectural and engineering work tied to renovation of the Park-Porter building....


Youngstown Vindicator: Businesses must make way for county offices (7/20/06)

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Poland's pleasing park

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/27/06

TWO FAMILIES' GENEROSITY and the efforts of a community group combined to turn a former eyesore into a destination spot in the heart of Poland Village. Peterson Park, in the triangle where U.S. Route 224 and state Routes 170 and 616 meet, was dedicated to the community in a ceremony last week, culminating plans born about six years ago.


Officials dedicate education center

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/27/06

The old fire station at 1639 Mahoning Ave. has a new name and a new purpose as the Youngstown Police Department Community Education Center.




Board, council debate swap

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/27/06

A proposed land swap to give the city ownership of six school properties in exchange for a parcel on Teamster Drive near the district's warehouse hit a snag.


The city-owned land the school district wants is between two city street department parcels and would cause problems for the department if it is given away, said Joseph Mastropietro, the street department superintendent, and Councilman Mark Memmer, D-7th ward, at a Wednesday meeting of council's education committee.



Niles wont take land for schools

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/28/06

Niles schools will not use eminent domain to acquire additional property if a proposed 6.7-mill bond issue to build three new schools passes in November, school officials said.


We are not going to take homes by eminent domain, Superintendent Rocco Adduci said at a board meeting Thursday. If the bond issue passes, and no one wants to sell their homes, well look elsewhere for parking.



Warren Tribune Chronicle: Schools: Niles faces opportunity (7/20/06)

FRC exploring housing alternative

East Liverpool Review, 7/28/06

The Family Recovery Center plans to explore the idea of building apartments to serve residents who need permanent housing, but still require support services, a spokesman explained. FRC Administrative Assistant Maryann Theiss said the proposal was in the early stages, with a $20,000 pre-development grant being sought to determine the feasibility of the idea.


Kyes Home undergoing makeover

East Liverpool Review, 7/28/06

A new porch is being installed at the Kyes Home here after it was determined the pillars were rotted and it could fall.


Brian Bennett, who has donated many hours to the home operated for neglected girls ages 7-18, while inspecting the home in preparation to replace the siding, found the condition of the porch in worse shape than expected.



New filter tanks for pool on way, to be put in soon

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/28/06

Two new tanks needed for the city's only public pool to operate should be delivered no later than Monday, with the facility opening soon, according to the park and recreation director.


Director Joseph R. McRae said he can't definitively say when Borts Pool, closed since July 15, will reopen, except that it will be "soon." It all depends on when the tanks are delivered, he said.


Complex for sports at park proposed

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/28/06

A businessman wants the city to give him most of Ipe Field so he can build a $2.2 million sports facility at the South Side location. Mohammad Fard, a principal of Tri County Sports Complex Inc., presented his plan Thursday to the city park and recreation commission.


Officials dismiss purchase risks

Youngstown Vindicator, 7/29/06

Mahoning County Administrator George Tablack and Commissioner Anthony Traficanti dismissed a suggestion by county Treasurer John Reardon that county residents' taxes might increase because of the county's purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.


Youngstown Vindicator: Shrinking funds spur call for building sale (7/25/06)

New TMH facilities are ready

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/30/06

When Forum Health decided to improve its emergency center at Trumbull Memorial Hospital to better meet the needs of the community, what it came up with was far from a bandage solution.


And now the biggest part of the $20 million worth of improvements being made by the hospital will be ready next week for the public to see and soon use.





Ohio Department of Development press release, 8/1/06

Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson today announced that Trumbull County has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant's (CDBG) Water and Sanitary Sewer Program, which will be used to expand a residential sewer system in the Weathersfield Township/McKinley Heights communities.



Vienna to study park plans

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/2/06

The interest in establishing a township park outweighed concerns about vandalism and cost at a special trustees meeting Monday as a handful of residents agreed to form a park committee. The township purchased a 12.6-acre parcel of land behind the ball fields at Baker Elementary School on Sheridan Drive in 2001. Another 12.9-acre parcel was purchased by the Mathews Local School District.



New owners plan to upgrade course over several years

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/2/06

Owners of a Youngstown excavating company plan to upgrade Countryside Golf Course after buying it at auction for $1.2 million. The winning bid by the owners of Marucci and Gaffney Excavating must be approved in federal bankruptcy court, however. A hearing will be Monday.



Development awarded desired zoning change

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/3/06

A seven-acre development that includes 20 villa homes won approval for a zone change. City council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the change from single-family residential to residential-planned unit development. The zone change takes effect in 30 days.



Crews spruce up Niles park

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/3/06

One of the citys focal points is getting a much-needed sprucing up, thanks to donations from the Niles Beautification Committee and a local contractor.



New career and technical center opens

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/4/06

New classrooms filled with state-of-the-art equipment will greet students at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center's new adult education building when they begin classes later this month. TCTC officials and local dignitaries celebrated the opening of the $6.4 million, 44,000-square-foot facility today.

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From the 8/8/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Petition on zoning battle exceeds signature needs


CANFIELD — Residents who are fighting a planned unit development in their neighborhood have turned in a petition to bring the issue to voters in November...


Plans for new school take shape at meeting

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/8/06

Plans to build a new middle school-high school probably started to come into sharper focus for those who attended a special Jackson-Milton school board meeting set up to address the subject...

City reopens Borts Pool

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/7/06

Youngstown's only public pool is reopened after the city spent about $77,000 for the emergency replacement of filtration tanks at the facility...


Landfill battle to begin

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/7/06

A company fighting for the right to build a landfill in the township will participate in a Columbus meeting Tuesday, the first step in an appeal process to gain approval...


Street and parking lot work begins in Struthers

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/6/06

The city's 2006 resurfacing program is under way, with several streets slated for repair, Mayor Daniel Mamula sai.d...


Cortland to annex Bazetta property

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/5/06

The city will grow by more than one acre Monday when City Council accepts the annexation of 1.0292 acres of land from Bazetta...

Auditor seeks details on Oakhill purchase

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/5/06

Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino has told the county commissioners he needs more information before he can verify that money is available to pay for Oakhill Renaissance Place...


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From the 8/9/06 Youngstown Business Journal:



Cafaro Says County Must Make $879K in Repairs to JFS

Aug 9, 2006 7:29 a.m.

By Andrea Wood


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Cafaro Co. is tightening the screws on recalcitrant Mahoning County officeholders -- hoping to nail down continued lease payments for its Garland Plaza on the east side of Youngstown -- by demanding as much as $879,000 in repairs to its building that houses the county’s Department of Job and Family Services...


Loan approved for new library

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/9/06

Voters appear to have approved borrowing $1.45 million over 25 years to build a new Leetonia Community Public Library...


Old gym to become warehouse

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/9/06

In a few months, work is likely to get under way that would breathe new life into the last remaining portion of the old Liberty High School.


At Tuesday's school board meeting, schools Superintendent Lawrence Prince said school officials are seeking to rehabilitate what was once the gym in the former high school on Church Hill Road. To that end, the board hired Ricciuti Balog & Partners Architects, of Youngstown, to do architectural and improvement work on the structure...


Landfill debate winds toward final rulings

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/9/06

Both sides in the Hubbard Township construction demolition and debris landfill debate have about two weeks to file motions on whether the Ohio Environmental Review and Appeals Commission should become involved in the matter...

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From the 8/11/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Hurdles mount for sale

The attorney general says rules for buying nonprofit holdings weren't followed.




YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon and the Ohio attorney general's office both have questions about the county's purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.


The treasurer fears the county won't be able to afford Oakhill if the county's sales tax fails when it's up for renewal next year...


From the 8/10/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Residents seek school construction info

By ANGELIQUE McKOWAN Tribune Chronicle


WARREN — A representative of the residents of Laird Avenue and surrounding streets expressed concerns about the effects the construction of Warren G. Harding High School is having on the area...amckowan@tribune-chronicle.com



Lakeshore cleanup plan gains support

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/11/06

Cleanup of the long-standing Lakeshore Drive neighborhood pollution situation appears to be on track after a public hearing on a solution Wednesday...


Wellness center is proposed

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/10/06

Mayor Ralph A. Infante is proposing the construction of a nearly $3.7 million wellness center in Waddell Park on the city's west side...

Historic family farm is moved

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/10/06

Standing on the grass behind his great-grandfather’s house, James Gates smiled as he watched the home that has been in his family for at least four generations be moved from its site 10 feet from the edge of Tod Avenue back 410 feet...



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From the 8/16/06 Youngstown Business Journal:



Cafaro Sues County for $1.1M in Repairs to Garland Plaza

Aug 16, 2006 7:38 a.m.

By Dan O’Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Nineteen years ago, Mahoning County signed a lease agreement promising to occupy and maintain offices at Garland Plaza on the city’s East Side. Instead, the county “trashed” the place.


So alleges an attorney representing The Cafaro Co., which filed a $1.1 million lawsuit Tuesday against the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners that claims officials breached the lease signed in 1987 that enabled the relocation of the county’s welfare department to the plaza owned by Cafaro...



From same:



Cafaro vs. County; County vs. Cafaro: Today and Yesterday

Aug 16, 2006 12:51 p.m.

From Our Print Edition

By Dan O’Brien


YOUGNSTOWN, Ohio -- The hallways are narrow, the carpeting is in disrepair and water leakage from the roof has browned some of the ceiling tiles. During the spring and summer, the woods surrounding the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services complex unleash bugs that creep into employee offices.


After nearly 20 years of maintaining JFS at Garland Plaza on Youngstown’s east side -- a former shopping complex owned by The Cafaro Co. -- some county officials say enough is enough...




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From the 8/17/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Groups in Warren push revitalization

One group plans to start a capital campaign to raise $720,000.




WARREN — Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp. members are asking city council to help take the first steps to make downtown Warren a nationally recognized historic center.


WRAP director Anthony Iannucci Jr. asked city council at a caucus meeting Wednesday to pass a resolution approving the naming of Warren as a Main Street Community by Downtown Ohio Inc., which is a branch of Ohio's division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Through Downtown Ohio, the city will also be able to seek certification as a National Main Street Center from the National Trust.


The project is being spearheaded by Warren GROWS (Grassroots Revitalization of Warren), an umbrella organization of WRAP.






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From the 8/18/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



County officially gains ownership of Oakhill

The county awarded a tax abatement to a wheel distribution business.




CANFIELD — As of 4 p.m. today, Mahoning County will take over operations and security at the Oakhill Renaissance Place from Sodexho Associates Inc., George Tablack, county administrator, announced Thursday.


To maintain continuity of building operations, Sodexho, of Wexford, Pa., was retained by the county commissioners as the building manager at $8,500 a week when the county acquired Oakhill late last month, with the provision that the county could terminate its services upon one week's notice...




Bond papers signed for court project

East Liverpool Review, 8/16/06

The Columbiana County Commissioners signed more paperwork Wednesday for the courthouse renovation project, this time dealing with the bond financing.


Court Administrator Amy Ondrejko said the hope is that construction can begin in early September...


Volunteers repair school stadium

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/15/06

Armed with paint brushes and hometown pride, members of the Struthers community tackled repairs to Wildcat Stadium over the weekend.


Wildcat Stadium Committee chairman Bill Polis said 25 to 30 volunteers arrived to fix up the high school athletic facility at 8 a.m. Saturday...


Chief: Building will help with levy

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/15/06

Schools Superintendent Rocco Adduci says he doesn't believe the proposed construction of a city community center will interfere with the passage of a school building levy...


Old, storied buildings to undergo renovations

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/13/06

The oldest brick building in Ohio is being renovated to help preserve the village's heritage.


The Jacob Picking building, constructed in 1803, is now surrounded by scaffolding three floors high and partially wrapped in plastic...


Niles schools to be put to vote

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/13/06

Sophomore Caitlin Tedrow says she thinks the school district’s proposed plan to replace Niles McKinley High School, and two elementaries, is a good idea...


Ryan shows concerns over landfill plan

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/12/06

U.S. Rep Timothy J. Ryan has written the Environmental Review Appeals Commission about potential consequences of a landfill proposed for Hubbard...


Fourth fire station needed, chief says

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/12/06

Fire Chief Ken Nussle says a fire station in the southeast quadrant of the city could have generated a faster response to this week's Candlelight Apartments blaze.


"We've always felt, to provide adequate protection, that a fourth fire station was needed" on the southeast side, perhaps in the vicinity of Ridge Avenue and Youngstown Road, Nussle said...


Warren Amphitheatre's renovations almost complete

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/12/06

The $609,000 Warren Community Amphitheatre stagehouse and roof installation project is nearing completion, and city officials will conduct a dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 31...


Company wants to know how county will pay for jail operations

Salem News, 8/12/06

Columbiana County Jail operator CiviGenics recently asked for "written assurances" that the county will pay its bills for housing prisoners, regardless of what happens with the sales tax...


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From the 8/21/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Renovation to Oakhill Place to cost less than was expected, offical says

Much of the building is in move-in condition, one commission member said.




YOUNGSTOWN — Renovation needed at Oakhill Renaissance Place before Job and Family Services Department's 400 employees can move in will likely be below the $5 million estimate, said Joseph Sylvester Jr., building commission member...



Renovated schools are ready to open

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/21/06

Kirkmere Elementary School pupils who attended classes in the old West Elementary on Hazelwood last year will be back in the new and improved Kirkmere on Kirk Road this fall.


Renovating Kirkmere and adding a gymnasium to the building were part of the Youngstown City School District's $182 million rebuilding program. The Kirkmere project alone had a price tag of $7 million...


Church project in need of donations

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/20/06

Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Road, seeks donations of material, equipment and labor to accomplish its goal of building the Big Reach Center of Hope. Construction is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 15...


Control board funds business upgrades

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/18/06

The city's board of control agreed to pay a portion of exterior improvements to two businesses moving to Youngstown.


Chartwell Ohio LLC will receive $20,000 from the city for exterior improvements at its Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard business. The company is spending $45,950 of its own money for the work. ..


Wellness Center approved

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/17/06

City council has given its backing to Mayor Ralph A. Infante to go ahead with construction of an indoor athletic facility.


Lawmakers gave the mayor the OK on Wednesday to proceed on his proposal to build the Niles Wellness Center, which would be open 15 hours a day and located in Waddell Park...


Mount Union College Opens Renovated Dining Center

Youngstown Business Journal, 8/16/06

Officials at Mount Union College believe the residential nature on campus must meet the current needs of students -- national trends indicate that prospective college students and their families want comfort as well as strong academic programs when considering college choices. “Today’s students require nice places to live, a car nearby, the kind of food they want and the ability to get it when they want it,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president. “An enhanced dining center is necessary if we want to remain a competitive force in higher education.”...

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From the 8/23/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



War of words waged

By JOHN GOODALL Tribune Chronicle


WARREN — The recent spate of sparring among Trumbull County commissioners continued Tuesday — this time over the Park-Porter building, which the county purchased this spring to house the Department of Job and Family Services...



Industrial park road project closer to becoming a reality

East Liverpool Review, 8/23/06

An access road from the railroad area of the Intermodal Industrial Park in Wellsville to Clark Avenue has been let for bids by the Columbiana County Port Authority...


Commissioners grilled about Oakhill and jail

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/23/06

When Mahoning County commissioners brought their meeting to Goshen Township, residents had plenty of questions.


Commissioners met Tuesday night at the township community building, and some residents and the trustees questioned commissioners and Administrator George Tablack about the plans for Oakhill Renaissance Place and the operation of the county jail. ..


Youngstown Vindicator: Gains to file motion in battle over Oakhill buy (8/22/06)

KSU to buy junior high building

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/22/06

The Salem Board of Education will sell its closed junior high school to Kent State University.


The board and university have reached a sale price of $50,000, said Superintendent Stephen Larcomb...


Bond issue for schools to go before Hubbard voters

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/22/06

Hubbard school officials hope district voters will allow them to borrow $18 million for new school buildings so they can get $40 million from the state...

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From the 8/25/06 East Liverpool Review:



Abatement sought on courthouse asbestos

By MARY ANN GREIER (mgreier@salemnews.net)


LISBON — A Common Pleas Court spokesman said officials hope to abate an asbestos problem on the second floor of the Columbiana County Courthouse before courtroom renovations begin.


County Commissioners approved a contract Wednesday with L.A. Markasky & Associates consulting engineers of Hubbard to complete the design work and oversee the removal of the hazardous material, which was found in the floor tiles...




From the 8/25/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Grants to buy land for parks

Close to 450 acres will be added to the parks system.




WARREN — Less than two months after plans were revealed for expanding the Trumbull County MetroParks system, officials have learned that $1.2 million in grant funding has been approved to more than double the system's size...




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From the 8/28/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Landmark Rayen facing final days

By JOE GORMAN Tribune Chronicle


First of two parts on Youngstown high school closings.


YOUNGSTOWN — Doreene Carson and Tiffany Fields-Williams graduated from The Rayen School and each made sure her daughter followed in her footsteps.


Field-Williams daughter received her diploma this spring, and Carson’s daughter will be a freshman in Rayen’s final year as a high school when it opens Sept. 5.


The school, which also produced three Rhodes scholars, a major league baseball manager, several mayors and a governor of Guam, is to be demolished this year as part of the district’s school facilities plan...





From the 8/28/06 (YSU) Jambar:



New name, new menu, new food court

Maysoon Abdelrasul

Issue date: 8/28/06 Section: pageone


The grumbling stomachs of Youngstown State University students and faculty will be in for a surprise when lunchtime rolls around the corner this fall. The Market Place Café has a new name, and new menu to match.


Located in the lower level of Kilcawley Center, the newly renovated food center will now be known as the KC Food Court, featuring KFC Express. Selected as a favorite among students surveyed by the Dining Hall Association and YSU's Student Government, KFC will replace Peck's for the chicken-seeking diner...




District to form panel to study three buildings

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/26/06

Change is imminent at South Range School District, and school officials said they're looking for district residents to help them make a few decisions.


After touring Greenford Middle School recently, the board of education agreed to look into a proposal to renovate its buildings and, if necessary, construct new facilities. ..

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From the 8/30/06 East Liverpool Review:



Major city development to be announced Friday

By FRED MILLER (fmiller@reviewonline.com)


EAST LIVERPOOL — A major economic development announcement affecting East Liverpool — the first of several — is planned Friday morning.


“We have an absolutely huge economic development,” said Dr. Marc Hoffrichter, economic development assistant to the mayor. He has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Friday at his office on Forsyth Place. He declined to provide details in advance, but promised it is a significant development...



From the 8/31/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Details given on senior housing complex

By MARLY KOSINSKI Tribune Chronicle


NEWTON TOWNSHIP — By this time next year, a new senior citizen housing complex could be welcoming its first tenants.


Trustees were given a presentation Wednesday by Denise Blake of Miller Valentine Group and James Hunley of Sunset Development, who are co-partnering to build The Woods, a 42-unit development off Selkirk-Bush Road. ...





Will impasse on covered bridge end pact?

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/31/06

Trumbull County commissioners are expected to vote Friday to end their contract with BECDIR Construction Co. of Berlin Center, the general contractor working on the $1 million Newton Falls Covered Bridge restoration project.


Jason Earnhart, assistant county prosecutor, said John Latell, county engineer, asked for a meeting of the commissioners so they could vote to end the contract because negotiations with BECDIR have reached an impasse...


Park plan progresses

East Liverpool Review, 8/31/06

Liverpool and St. Clair township trustees say they like the idea of forming a recreational district whose primary purpose would be to support and improve Thompson Park...


City to demolish North Side school

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/31/06

The city is prepared to get rid of another vacant school building that now is termed a nuisance.


The city Board of Control is set to approve a bid today to demolish the old Tod Elementary School on Dupont Street in the Brier Hill part of the North Side...


Salem panel votes to approve sale of last lot in industrial park

Youngstown Vindicator, 8/30/06

City council's economic development committee voted Tuesday to approve the sale of its last lot in its industrial park...


Niles votes to demolish 10 condemned homes

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 8/30/06

The city Housing Board of Appeals voted Tuesday to demolish 10 condemned homes and other structures...

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From the 9/2/06 East Liverpool Review:



New downtown facility

NNDS to build, BOSS to occupy

By FRED MILLER (fmiller@reviewonline.com)


EAST LIVERPOOL — “Education is an industry that is catching on fire and we are right in the middle of it.”


So said Dr. Marc Hoffrichter in explaining the importance of the announcement that the BOSS cyber school will be the main tenant of a new two- or three-story building to be constructed by NNDS on the former Buckman (Mountain) Chevrolet dealer lot along Walnut Street between Fifth and Sixth streets...




From the 8/31/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Elm Street Bridge reopens

Dorm residents on the North Side of the bridge must cross it to get to class.




YOUNGSTOWN — About 14,000 cars pass under the Elm Street Bridge over U.S. Route 422 daily, and 1,000 college students walk across it each day.


The rebuilt structure was officially reopened Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with the bridge being touted as a major gateway for both Youngstown State University and the city...




Stagehouse dedication planned for Tuesday

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/3/06

The city will dedicate the new Riverwalk Stagehouse at the Warren Community Amphitheater with opening festivities Tuesday.


The evening will kick off with Elvis impersonator Mark Lee Pringle performing at 6 p.m. as the "Hillbilly Cat..."


Rescue Mission eyes park facility

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/1/06

The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley wants to use Southside Park to build a new facility.


William D'Avignon, city deputy director of planning, told members of the city's park and recreation commission Thursday that the Youngstown 2010 plan identified Southside Park as one of the city parks that could be put to better use...

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From the 9/3/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



PHOTO: David Taylor of TaylorMaid Hauling and Chimney Repair in Champion, smooths out a new concrete bench at the site of the Frederick Gillespie Memorial near the Warren Community Amphitheatre downtown.  Tribune Chronicle / Steve Schenck


Funding questions grow

By AMY McCULLOUGH Tribune Chronicle


WARREN — With nearly two-thirds of the year complete, an organization formed to help revitalize downtown Warren has collected only about a tenth of its total budget for the year.


Warren GROWS, or Grass Roots Revitalization of Warren, budgeted expenses of $250,000 this year — $181,000 for 31 specific revitalization projects and $69,000 for administrative costs. But a campaign to raise money for this year’s expenses and those in the next two years isn’t even expected to kick off until this month.


‘‘If they are collecting money, and it’s for administrative cost and they are not telling people, that’s an issue. I have not written a check and I don’t expect to until it’s separate,’’ said Patty Limperos, chairwoman of GROWS promotions and marketing committee.


Limperos and several volunteers said they did not know an administrative budget existed and believed the donations already being collected were going to Warren GROWS projects.






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From the 9/4/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Bridge replacements set in Youngstown, Canfield

A landmark downtown bridge will get a $4 million, 18-month upgrade.




YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Engineer's Office is planning two major bridge projects for next year, one in Youngstown and the other in Canfield.


The larger of the two projects is the replacement of the entire concrete deck, any necessary repairs to the structural steel and concrete abutments, and painting of all structural steel on the Spring Common Bridge...



Improvements planned at Austintown intersection

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/4/06

A high-accident intersection is scheduled for a $250,000 traffic signal improvement late next year or early in 2008.


Cameras are to be installed to govern the changing of signals at Four Mile Run Road and Mahoning Avenue based on the traffic the cameras observe, explained Jack Krompegel, traffic engineer with the Mahoning County engineer's office...

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From the 9/6/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



School board views early stadium plans

A bond issue would fund the project.




NORTH JACKSON — School board members got an idea of what a finished stadium complex that would be built near a proposed $13.5 million middle school-high school might look like.


At a special Jackson-Milton Board of Education meeting Tuesday, school officials heard a presentation detailing components of the project. A schematic outlining what the stadium might look like when completed also was shown...





Residents hear details about improvements

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/7/06

Construction on South Broad Street from the village green to Fairgrounds Boulevard will improve storm-water runoff and street lighting, but will not include any additional traffic lanes...

Amphitheatre’s new look

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 9/6/06

About 200 people came out Tuesday to see the Warren Community Amphitheatre’s new look.


The $609,000 project, funded with federal transportation dollars secured by U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, includes a unique, wood-framed roof, white pillars, new restrooms and dressing rooms for the performers, a new stage that sits 15 feet closer to the audience, drainage ditches in front of the stage, and handicap accessible cement pods at the top of the stairs...


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From the 9/8/06 Business Journal:



New Neighborhood Offers Tax Abatements

Sept. 8, 2006 7:01 a.m.


EAST PALESTINE, Ohio – The community’s newest residential development, The Vineyards, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday and unlike most new neighborhoods, features incentives more often associated with new business.


Consumers buying homes in The Vineyards are entitled to a five-year tax abatement, reports Coldwell Banker First Place Real Estate’s Mary Callahan-Cunningham, managing agent for the development...



Apartment complex will open to serve needs of the mentally ill

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/8/06

A new apartment complex that provides housing for homeless people recovering from mental illness will have its grand opening at 1:30 p.m. today.


Joey's Landing will provide safe, decent, affordable housing and supportive services to people who desperately need help, said Nicola Ceglia, executive director of Trumbull LifeLines, which is sponsoring the complex...

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From the 9/9/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



American Way opens factory in Lordstown

By LARRY RINGLER Tribune Chronicle


LORDSTOWN — Already holding nearly 40 percent of the national market for deck railings and fasteners, American Way owner Robert Platt is gearing up for even more growth with a larger building and work force.


Most important to Lordstown Mayor Michael Chaffee and other area leaders is that Platt will do it from his home turf...



From the 9/9/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Event marks completion of Hospice House facility

The facility's purpose is to meet the needs of terminally ill patients and their families.




POLAND — Hospice of the Valley is having an open house Sunday to celebrate completion of Hospice House, the area's first inpatient hospice care center.


The open house at the $7 million facility at 9803 Sharrott Road, located on the grounds of the Assumption Village, begins with a blessing and dedication at 1 p.m. Tours and refreshments follow until 4 p.m...



Pupils break ground for gym

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/9/06

The 400 children wearing yellow hard hats and sporting paper cutouts of small yellow shovels dangling from their necks were in a jovial mood.


After all, it isn't every day that schoolchildren get to be the centerpiece of an $850,000 groundbreaking for a new building.


The children, pupils at St. Christine Elementary School at 3125 S. Schenley Ave., attended a special Mass commemorating the event in St. Christine Church. They then donned their hard hats to march from the church to the location of a new gymnasium that will be added to the school...

Complex to offer housing help

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 9/9/06

Joseph Marando Jr. moved from one apartment to another for most of his adult life. Marando suffered from schizophrenic personality disorder.


‘‘Many landlords didn’t want his kind in their homes,’’ said Jean Baker, Marando’s sister. ‘‘So, typically, it did not take long before he had to move.’’...

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From the 9/12/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Eye on Lordstown for upscale housing

By RAYMOND L. SMITH Tribune Chronicle


LORDSTOWN A contractor plans to build up to 160 upscale homes in the village.


However, Danco General Contractors needs the help of village officials.


The Lordstown Zoning Commission Monday heard from Dan Wilson and Dan Cuckovich, who recently purchased 119 acres in Woodridge Way in Lordstown where they hope to develop homes worth between $180,000 and $225,000...



From the 9/9/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Second courtroom to close for renovation


LISBON The second courtroom in the Columbiana County Courthouse will be closed at the end of next week as part of a renovation project...



EMA gets new base in Lisbon

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/10/06

Columbiana County this year opened its new, state-of-the-art Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management headquarters, a block south of the Columbiana County Courthouse...

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From the 9/13/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Developer: End the referendum

The elections director is recommending the protest be rejected by the board.




YOUNGSTOWN — The developer of a proposed Canfield Township planned unit project is asking the Mahoning County Board of Elections to remove a citizens referendum from the Nov. 7 ballot that seeks to stop the development.


The board will meet at 8 a.m. Friday to consider James DiCioccio's formal protest against the zoning referendum petition. Board Director Thomas McCabe said he is recommending the board reject the protest...



From the 9/14/06 Business Journal:



2 North Jackson Companies to Expand

Sept. 14, 2006 7:18 a.m.

By Dan O’Brien


NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -- A steel-service business and a company that hauls petroleum are planning to expand operations here, retaining more than 50 jobs, officials say.


Liberty Steel Inc. is planning to construct a 50,000 square-foot addition to its facility while Hilltrux Tank Lines will be moving operations from Boardman to a new building at the Youngstown Commerce Park...



Salem Community Center to add gym, field

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/14/06

The Salem Community Foundation has announced a $2 million expansion project at the Salem Community Center.


The project, announced today, will add another gymnasium and an indoor soccer field with an artificial-turf floor...


Society seeking upgrades for its thrift store

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/13/06

The St. Vincent de Paul Society was to seek approval of the city's Design Review Committee today for its plans to make $120,000 in improvements to its thrift store, closed since May 26...

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From the 9/14/06 Business Journal:



Home Savings Begins Façade Project

Sept. 14, 2006 7:19 a.m.

By George Nelson


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Officials at the Home Savings and Loan Co. are looking at completion by year’s end on a façade renovation for its downtown headquarters.


Work has begun on the new canopy and façade, estimated to cost $337,400. The Youngstown Board of Control is expected to approve a $20,000 façade renovation loan for the project at its meeting this morning...



From the 9/15/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Canfield referendum stays on ballot

Elections board members say the map shows the development's location.




YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Board of Elections unanimously ruled today that a citizens referendum to stop a proposed Canfield Township planned unit development will remain on the ballot...



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From the 9/14/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Housing project takes shape

Twenty of the 30 homes are finished in Arlington Heights.




YOUNGSTOWN — It probably doesn't take more than a perfunctory observation to notice that a major transformation is under way in a section of the city's North Side.


That was one of the main messages brought up Wednesday at a meeting of the Youngstown Arts & Entertainment District Association to describe what's being done in the Arlington Heights neighborhood.






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From the 9/15/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



District needs funds for new schools

The school board must reduce the scope of building projects.




WARREN — The Warren City School District needs more money for the locally funded parts of its effort to build five schools.


The district already has begun to replace all 13 old school buildings with five new ones in the massive project co-funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission...



From the 9/15/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Panel wants to swap parcel for 6 schools

No land swap could mean the school buildings wouldn't be demolished.




YOUNGSTOWN — Despite concerns expressed by city officials, Youngstown council's education committee unanimously recommended that the full legislative body approve a land swap of a 1-acre city parcel for six school properties...



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From the 9/15/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Council backs bid for Main Street plan

By AMY McCULLOUGH Tribune Chronicle


WARREN — Another obstacle was overcome Wednesday for the grassroots organization working to add Warren into a network of 32 other Ohio Main Street Communities for neighborhood revitalization programs.


City Council voted 9-1 Wednesday in favor of a resolution supporting the Warren GROWS bid to make Warren a Main Street city. The resolution is a requirement for Main Street applicants.


Ohio Main Street is a partnership with the National Trust Main Street Center. Although there is no money available for revitalization through the program, member communities can network with each other to work out problems and are guided to available funding sources.


Over the last eight years, almost $300 million has been invested statewide, more than 300 businesses started, 1,118 buildings rehabilitated and almost 3,000 jobs created through the program, state program officials said.






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From the 9/15/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Doctors seeking to build hospital

By RAYMOND L. SMITH Tribune Chronicle


YOUNGSTOWN — A group of local physicians who planned to form a partnership with Forum Health to build a for-profit surgical center in Mahoning County say they still intend to build the 100-bed hospital, with or without help from the financially strapped health care chain.


Muransky Companies, an investor group of physicians and businessmen, has been exploring the possibility of building a new hospital in southern Mahoning County...





From the 9/16/06 Business Journal:



County to Choose From Three Architects for Oakhill Project

Sept. 16, 2006 7:14 a.m.

By Dan O'Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A building commission charged with overseeing the redevelopment of Oakhill Renaissance Place will choose from three architectural firms for the project, despite a flurry of legal disputes related to Mahoning County's effort to renovate and relocate offices to the facility...



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From the 9/16/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Project's developer won't appeal decision

Elections board members say the map shows the development's location.




YOUNGSTOWN — The developer of a proposed Canfield Township planned unit project won't appeal a decision that keeps a referendum to stop the project on the Nov. 7 ballot...





From same:



Tourism ideas are heard in meeting

Many of the lake's visitors might stay overnight if they had the option, some said.




CORTLAND — About 30 people attended the meeting of the Mahoning River Consortium to brainstorm on what type of tourist attraction would be popular along the banks of Mosquito Lake.


Many of the ideas focused on wildlife and the role it might play in attracting people to stay overnight in a lodge or other facility...






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From the 9/19/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Work on libraries to begin in spring

Library trustees approved agreements with two Youngstown architects.




POLAND — Work on new East and South libraries should begin next spring, said Carlton Sears, director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.


The library board of trustees' building and sites committee approved agreements Monday with two Youngstown architects, the 4M Company, Glenwood Avenue, and Ronald Cornell Faniro Architect, East Boardman Street, for East and South library projects, respectively...




From the 9/19/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Budding electricians to get new center

By RAYMOND L. SMITH Tribune Chronicle


CHAMPION — Future generations of residential and industrial electrical workers will learn their craft in a $2 million, 20,000-square-foot training center going up on land adjacent to the Trumbull campus of Kent State University.


The new facility will be about a 13,000-square-foot improvement over the existing center in International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ building at 2430 Parkman Road N.W...




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From the 9/21/06 Business Journal:



The Business Journal: Gains, Betras Spar in Media Match Over County Acquiring Oakhill Place (9/20/06)


Bankruptcy Judge to Attorney General: You Want Me to Do What?

Sept. 21, 2006 6:33 a.m.

By Dan O'Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kay Woods described as “reckless” a motion filed Tuesday by the Ohio Attorney General asking the bankruptcy court to vacate an order approving the sale of Oakhill Renaissance Place to Mahoning County.


As lawyers were digesting her displeasure with the legal manuevering, the state also withdrew a motion it filed last month calling for the Chapter 7 trustee to provide information it says is necessary to determine whether the sale of the property is valid...



From the 9/15/06 Salem News:



RENDERING: This artist’s rendition shows the Salem Community Center’s new field house and gym addition that were unveiled Thursday. This perspective is looking from the northeast. (Graphics contributed by Payto Architects)


SCC project includes $2 million field house, gymnasium addition


Salem News staff writer


Construction will begin as soon as possible on a $2 million field house and gymnasium addition to the Salem Community Center.


The 31,280-square foot addition will provide the North Ellsworth center with a 22,880 square foot field house, a 5,400-square foot gym and a small rest room and vending area, according to John Tonti, president of the Salem Community Foundation, former president of the SCC and board member...



Board accepts bid for replacing field

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/20/06

Fitch High School's stadium is getting new field turf in November so the district can use the field more often, and its visitors bleachers are also getting reinforced...


Work on South Range offices under way

Salem News, 9/19/06

Work on the new board offices at the old North Lima library building next to South Range High School is finally getting under way, Superintendent Dennis Dunham told the board of education at their meeting Monday night...


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From the 9/20/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



KSU board of trustees OKs purchase of former school

The new facility will mix education and arts.




SALEM — The Kent State University board of trustees has approved the purchase of the school district's former junior high school.


Dr. Jeffrey Nolte, the dean of the KSU Salem campus, said the move will give the university a presence in Salem. The trustees approved the purchase Tuesday...





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Ohio schools commission to fund five buildings in Warren district


WARREN — The city school board has amended its agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission.


The new version calls for the commission to fund five buildings at a cost of $152 million...



New administration building to be viewed during open house

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/22/06

After months of planning and construction, a new township administration building soon to be ready for business will be the site of an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday ...

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From the 9/21/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Officials explain plan for schools

Voters must approve the issue in November.




HUBBARD — Dozens of residents gathered Wednesday night for a glimpse at the Hubbard school district's potential future facilities and to discuss the taxpayer dollars needed to build them.


The Ohio School Facilities Commission has agreed to fund 68 percent of the total cost of completely replacing the district's three school buildings. The school board wants to borrow $18 million through the sale of bonds to cover the 32 percent local share. Voters must approve the borrowing, and a 6-mill 28-year bond issue will be on the November ballot...





From the 9/19/06 Business Journal:



Metalcrafts Moving to Ohio Works Park

Sept. 19, 2006 6:08 a.m.

By Dan O’Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Works Business Park is expected to bring in two new tenants soon and potentially add more by the end of this year, officials say.


Metalcrafts Inc., a Hubbard manufacturer of steel stairs, fire escapes and pipe railings, and GLI Inc., a Youngstown manufacturer of pools coverings, are planning to relocate operations to the park, formerly the site of U.S. Steel’s Ohio Works operations...



Habitat sets work at two new houses

Warren Tribune Chronicle, 9/23/06

For the first time in its history, the Trumbull County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be constructing two homes simultaneously for local families in need.


While the work may take a lot of volunteer hours, getting to the two homes should be easy since they are next to one another in the 2100 block of Plaza Drive behind the Elm Road Plaza...


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From the Business Journal, 9/22/06:



Tablack Says Rental Income Surpasses Expenses at Oakhill Renaissance Place

Sept. 22, 2006 8:06 a.m.

By Dan O’Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Rental income should far surpass utility costs at Oakhill Renaissance Place for the first month the building was operated by Mahoning County, reports the county administrator, George Tablack.


“I’m pleased to report that our operating expenses are about $25,000, on operating income of $40,000,” Tablack announced Thursday during a meeting of Mahoning County commissioners...



From the 9/22/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Board will borrow for new school

The state has again rated the school district as 'effective.'




NORTH JACKSON — The Jackson-Milton school board has voted to borrow an estimated $13.5 million to build a new middle school/high school.


The facility will house about 500 pupils and will be built on more than 100 acres the district owns between Mahoning Avenue and Interstate 76. Many residents have said they want a new school to replace the 93-year-old high school, which has undergone a series of costly repairs in recent years...




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Both from the 9/24/06 Warren Tribune Chronicle:



Possible locations debated

By MARLY KOSINSKI Tribune Chronicle


CORTLAND — Mayor Curt Moll says one of the city’s long-range goals is to get a lodge built at Mosquito Lake State Park.


And although it would bring a smile to his face to see such a facility in Cortland, he said the location is not as important as the concept...



Lake Erie site may be model for local facility

By MARLY KOSINSKI Tribune Chronicle


When the $21.2 million Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva State Park opened in 2004, a five-year vision became a reality on the shores of Lake Erie.


Planning and construction had been fraught with controversy centering largely on financing, but now the facility operates as Ohio’s first park lodge funded and managed locally on state-owned land...






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From the 9/26/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



Projector is 'star' of planetarium's show

YSU's planetarium is back on the cutting edge of science, its former director says.




Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!


YOUNGSTOWN — When Jane Taylor wrote those lyrics in 1806, star gazers wondered about the mysteries of the universe. Technology began to unravel the enigmas — bringing the twinkling bits of light and their secrets into better focus.


Updated technology at the Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University now offers a more realistic view of the twinkle but with no less wonder...



Youngstown will open proposals for North Pool

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/29/06

The city will open proposals next week for the construction of a new North Pool, closed this past summer for the first time in its 67-year history...

District wants input on improvements

Youngstown Vindicator, 9/29/06

South Range School District officials are looking to determine whether local residents see a need to improve the district's facilities...

Storybook Museum’s building project gets $10,000 boost

Salem News, 9/22/06

The Salem Preservation Society presented the Salem Storybook Museum with a $10,000 check on Thursday...


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From the 9/29/06 East Liverpool Review:



PHOTO: Workers lay the foundation for CrossRoads, an assisted living and Independent Village community being constructed on Bell School Road at Echo Dell Road. (Submitted photo)


Construction begins

By LUCILLE HUSTON, lhuston@reviewonline.com


Construction has begun on CrossRoads, a 54-unit assisted living and Independent Villa community near Beaver Creek State Park...



From the 10/2/06 Youngstown Vindicator:



City community health center to undergo a $1.5M expansion

The biggest financial challenges involve the uninsured and dental care.




YOUNGSTOWN — A $1.5 million renovation and expansion project doubling the size of the Youngstown Community Health Center comes at just the right time, given the potential for more patients because of Forum Health's uncertain future...




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Demolition funds make their mark

The city plans to demolish 375 structures this year.




YOUNGSTOWN — The goal set at the beginning of the year was rather ambitious.


City officials, led by Mayor Jay Williams, wanted to demolish up to 300 vacant and dilapidated structures, primarily houses, in 2006. In past years, the city typically demolished 100 to 200 structures annually, most of them vacant houses without problems such as asbestos and lead paint.


That sometimes did little to improve many neighborhoods, Williams said. Only a house or two on a street would get torn down and two or three houses with asbestos or other major problems on the same street would remain standing because of the extra cost of demolishing them, he said.


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