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Yo-Yo Ma Visit Stresses Importance of Local Arts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The visit to the Mahoning Valley by one of the most acclaimed cellists of the modern era reflects the power and importance the arts has in even small communities, say area leaders. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join New York Times columnist David Brooks along with selected arts, government, business and civic leaders […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The visit to the Mahoning Valley by one of the most acclaimed cellists of the modern era reflects the power and importance the arts has in even small communities, say area leaders. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join New York Times columnist David Brooks along with selected arts,...

Recreational Amenities Boost Salem’s Culture

SALEM, Ohio – On any given day, the Salem Public Library will see 500 or more people walk through its doors. Some come to borrow one of its 85,000 books, DVDs or magazines, while others build plastic models on a 3D printer or participate in daily free programs, says Brad Stephens, director and fiscal officer […]

SALEM, Ohio – On any given day, the Salem Public Library will see 500 or more people walk through its doors. Some come to borrow one of its 85,000 books, DVDs or magazines, while others build plastic models on a 3D printer or participate in daily free programs, says Brad...

To Revitalize Salem, Their Work Is Vital

By Josh Medore SALEM, Ohio – The work to make Salem a better city isn’t limited to time or place. While much attention has been paid to the changes in downtown over the past few years, organizations across the city have been spearheading efforts for decades. Groups like the Salem...

At a Turning Point, Salem Enjoys Renaissance

At Turning Point, Salem Revitalizes

By Josh Medore SALEM, Ohio -- The streets of Salem are alive with the sound of business. Over the past three years, the city’s central business district has gone through a renaissance as new businesses have moved in and thrived. And where there aren’t storefronts with customers streaming in and out,...

Valley Ranked 2nd Most Food Insecure in Nation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area has been ranked the second highest food insecure area in the nation, according to a report released by the Food Research & Action Center.  The report, “How Hungry is America?,” found 22% of all households in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area struggled to buy enough food for themselves and their families […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area has been ranked the second highest food insecure area in the nation, according to a report released by the Food Research & Action Center.  The report, "How Hungry is America?," found 22% of all households in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area struggled to buy enough food...

Buhl Park Named ‘Great Public Place’ in Pa.

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association has named Buhl Park as one of the winners of its Great Public Places award. “We’re thrilled and it’s certainly an honor, but more importantly it’s a real success for the community,” said Mary Lynn Reid, Buhl Park’s director of development. “There are a […]

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association has named Buhl Park as one of the winners of its Great Public Places award. “We’re thrilled and it’s certainly an honor, but more importantly it’s a real success for the community,” said Mary Lynn Reid, Buhl Park’s director...

Bike Culture Motivates Riders to Overcome Obstacles

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For years, Dave Drabison was a key member of the region’s triathlon community. He was a member of the Steel Valley Triathlon Club and an Ironman athlete. “Everyone had a ‘Dave story,’ ” says Lisa Inhouse, the club’s social director. He always had a smile, a kind word to say and would […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For years, Dave Drabison was a key member of the region’s triathlon community. He was a member of the Steel Valley Triathlon Club and an Ironman athlete. “Everyone had a ‘Dave story,’ ” says Lisa Inhouse, the club’s social director. He always had a smile, a kind...

Go Ride Your Bike at a Trail Near Here

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For many people, their first true taste of freedom is when they learn to ride a bicycle. They typically are introduced to bicycles as a shiny new birthday or Christmas present, just put on the training wheels. The bike eventually leads children to venture out of the yard and later out of […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For many people, their first true taste of freedom is when they learn to ride a bicycle. They typically are introduced to bicycles as a shiny new birthday or Christmas present, just put on the training wheels. The bike eventually leads children to venture out of the...

One-Room Schoolhouses Keep a Part of History Open to Explore

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Once a year, Phyllis Jeswald files her second grade class into the Poland Little Red Schoolhouse. As the students arrive, they carry their lunches in pails and are dressed in clothing resembling what children wore in the 1800s. During the school day, they’re versed on reading, writing and arithmetic. For recess they […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Once a year, Phyllis Jeswald files her second grade class into the Poland Little Red Schoolhouse. As the students arrive, they carry their lunches in pails and are dressed in clothing resembling what children wore in the 1800s. During the school day, they’re versed on reading, writing...

Voices of Former Slaves Preserved in the Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – One summer day in 1937, an employee of the Works Progress Administration – the WPA – ascended the porch steps of a small bungalow at 1671 Jacobs Road in the Sharon Line district of Youngstown’s east side. Frank M. Smith had a singular task: to track down and interview former slaves who […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – One summer day in 1937, an employee of the Works Progress Administration – the WPA – ascended the porch steps of a small bungalow at 1671 Jacobs Road in the Sharon Line district of Youngstown’s east side. Frank M. Smith had a singular task: to track down...