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TAG Displays the Art of Partnerships

By Jeremy Lydic WARREN, Ohio -- On the last day of Summerfest 2019, five students sit at a table in the lobby of the Trumbull Art Gallery in downtown Warren, putting the finishing touches on their projects – knightly shields made by using paper, crayons and markers. For 14 years,...

In Retirement, Art Feeds Sferra’s Creative Soul

By Jeremy Lydic WARREN, Ohio -- In the basement of the Trumbull Art Gallery downtown, six artists sit at long tables working on pottery and ceramics projects. Mugs, small bowls and windchimes are painted as the artists chat among themselves, surrounded by shelves full of finished projects, pottery supplies and...

Piggyback Supports Families Facing Adversity

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By all accounts, Landen Fitzgerald is a typical 8-year-old boy. He plays football during recess at McGuffey Elementary in Youngstown, likes making sandcastles and enjoys playing games with his siblings. For about four years of Fitzgerald’s life, however, playing at a public park was...

When Warning Signs Surface, They Intervene

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Aubryanna and Preston Traenkle are your average 9- and 7-year-old siblings. They enjoy hot dogs, getting their faces painted and immediately are curious why their mother is talking to a reporter. But they have already endured much more than other kids at their young...

Warren Family Mission Offers Shelter, Food, Recovery

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By Jeremy Lydic WARREN, Ohio -- On a bitterly cold morning in late March, some 500 area residents stood in a line snaking around the Packard Music Hall parking lot, waiting for a chance to bring home some extra food. One of those residents, Erin Sekerak of Newton Falls, was...

Common Wealth Plants Sustainability on Elm Street

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Shannon Blackshire had all but given up hope on making her passion into a business until a conversation with a neighbor changed everything. Six years ago, Blackshire and her family moved from Lake County to the Wick Park neighborhood on the north side of...

Art Education for Those ‘Who Need it the Most’

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- On a Tuesday evening, long after working professionals have gone home for the day, the first floor of the Ohio One building in downtown Youngstown bustles with activity as students fill the classrooms and workspaces at Students Motivated by the Arts, or Smarts. Voices...

Nonprofits Reassess Impact, Funding Sources

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Come 2019, changes to the way nonprofit organizations report the results of grant-funded programs will demand higher accountability – and directors say that’s a good thing. At least, it’s good in that it will lead organizations to reassess how the money is spent and roll out more focused programs […]

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Come 2019, changes to the way nonprofit organizations report the results of grant-funded programs will demand higher accountability – and directors say that’s a good thing. At least, it’s good in that it will lead organizations to reassess how the money is spent and...