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Nonprofit Helps Salem See the ‘Brightside’

By Mike MoliternoSALEM, Ohio -- Once a month a line of people can be seen stretching down the sidewalk of Broadway Avenue in Salem and around the corner. Whether it’s raining or snowing, hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. Families by the dozens wait patiently for their turns to go...

Hile Does It for the Smiles

SALEM, Ohio — Jamie Hile works full-time as a registered nurse and has three children, so it’s safe to say her time is at a premium. Still, for the past six months, she has volunteered at least twice a month for the giveaways held by The Brightside Project in Salem. Hile heard about the nonprofit’s […]

SALEM, Ohio -- Jamie Hile works full-time as a registered nurse and has three children, so it’s safe to say her time is at a premium. Still, for the past six months, she has volunteered at least twice a month for the giveaways held by The Brightside Project in Salem....

Down Syndrome Association Was Born from Need

Down Syndrome Association of the Valley

By Michael MoliternoBOARDMAN, Ohio -- Seven years ago, Sandee Timmerman’s niece came to her with what had become a bittersweet announcement: her newborn son had Down syndrome. “My husband and I screamed. We were so excited,” recalled Timmerman.  “Then I said, ‘Wait a minute. I’m sorry. How are you doing...

Marlena Timmerman Brings Greetings, Hope

Down Syndrome Association of the Valley

By Michael Moliterno It’s understandable if a new parent expresses worry over the responsibility of raising a child. It’s a lifelong commitment and you’re guaranteed to make mistakes. That worry is compounded if your child is diagnosed with Down syndrome. So it’s no small amount of responsibility that 23-year-old Marlena Timmerman carries along with her […]

By Michael Moliterno It’s understandable if a new parent expresses worry over the responsibility of raising a child. It’s a lifelong commitment and you’re guaranteed to make mistakes. That worry is compounded if your child is diagnosed with Down syndrome. So it’s no small amount of responsibility that 23-year-old Marlena...

Hearing Missions Reconnects People

Hearing Missions Foundation

By Michael MoliternoYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Wanda Drahos sits quietly in her chair while Dr. Megan Annis sets her hearing aids and her family watches with anticipation. “They’re turned on. Can you tell?” asks Annis. “Yes,” Drahos replies, but the word is unnecessary. Her tear-filled eyes say it all. The two...

Giving Back Is More Than a Job for Ball

Hearing Missions Foundation

By Michael Moliterno While interviewing for a job at the Centers for Hearing Care in Boardman, Gibby Ball found her interests being pulled away from her future employer and toward the nonprofit with which it was affiliated. “I wound up asking more questions about the [Hearing] Missions Foundation than I did the job,” she recalls. […]

By Michael Moliterno While interviewing for a job at the Centers for Hearing Care in Boardman, Gibby Ball found her interests being pulled away from her future employer and toward the nonprofit with which it was affiliated. “I wound up asking more questions about the [Hearing] Missions Foundation than I...

Hoyt Center Mixes the Arts with Purpose

Hoyt Center

By Michael MoliternoNEW CASTLE, Pa. -- It takes several minutes of walking – mostly uphill – for Carol Daviei to get from her car to her watercolor class at the Hoyt Center for the Arts. Using a walker, she moves slowly down the sidewalk to the front door. From there...

Wildlife Artist Keeps Students Coming Back

By Michael MoliternoNEW CASTLE, Pa. — With a pale fall sunlight filling the classroom, all attention is on Jocelyn Beatty and the lesson she’s giving. “This will take you about 15 minutes to fill in,” she says, demonstrating to the class how to paint individual kernels on an ear of corn. This is the water […]

By Michael MoliternoNEW CASTLE, Pa. -- With a pale fall sunlight filling the classroom, all attention is on Jocelyn Beatty and the lesson she’s giving. “This will take you about 15 minutes to fill in,” she says, demonstrating to the class how to paint individual kernels on an ear of...

Walnut Grove Provides Place for All to Play

By Jeremy Lydic CANFIELD, Ohio -- If ever there is a question why the board members for The Walnut Grove spent five years working to build a playground “in the middle of nowhere,” the reactions from parents on social media serve as constant reminders. “I see a Facebook post about...

Butler’s Docents Serve as ‘Face of the Museum’

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — From school children to senior citizens to babies in strollers, volunteer docents serve the mission of The Butler Institute of American Art by bringing art to regional residents who otherwise don’t often get to the museum. That means a great deal to Hannah Moses, who has been a docent […]

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From school children to senior citizens to babies in strollers, volunteer docents serve the mission of The Butler Institute of American Art by bringing art to regional residents who otherwise don’t often get to the museum. That means a great deal to Hannah Moses,...