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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...

Charm Rules Olde Courthouse Building

By Dan O'Brien CANFIELD, Ohio -- There’s a certain charm – and some would even say a haunting appeal – about the Olde Courthouse Building in Canfield, a steadfast example of 19th century Classical Revival architecture that has anchored the south end of the city’s green since 1848. Shortly after...

Canfield’s Village Green Focus of Growth Plans

CANFIELD, Ohio – Canfield’s new mayor, Richard Duffett, and city manager, Wade Calhoun, envision a more vibrant Village Green, as the city’s center is known. City officials are working toward balancing the downtown’s historic nature with developing a space that regularly hosts family-friendly activities and events. That area would be...

Ironwood Commons Brings Back Familiar Name

After spending nearly a decade at Tippecanoe Country Club, chef Tony Scacchetti will open Scacchetti’s Ironwood Grille later this year

CANFIELD, Ohio — Growing up on his family farm, Mike Naffah says there wasn’t much to the area that would become a commercial corridor leading into Canfield. U.S. Route 224 was still just a two-lane highway that ran past the Naffah farm, today’s Ironwood Commons. “My brother and I would just wait to see a […]

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Growing up on his family farm, Mike Naffah says there wasn’t much to the area that would become a commercial corridor leading into Canfield. U.S. Route 224 was still just a two-lane highway that ran past the Naffah farm, today’s Ironwood Commons. “My brother and I would...

Canfield Township Eyes a Busy Summer

CANFIELD, Ohio – From public works infrastructure projects to plenty of residential and commercial development, Canfield Township is “a busy place to be,” says the chairman of its board of trustees, Brian Governor. Evidence of activity can be seen while driving the U.S. Route 224 corridor that leads into the township. Workers prepare the five-acre […]

CANFIELD, Ohio – From public works infrastructure projects to plenty of residential and commercial development, Canfield Township is “a busy place to be,” says the chairman of its board of trustees, Brian Governor. Evidence of activity can be seen while driving the U.S. Route 224 corridor that leads into the...

‘Millennial Moments’ Would Invest $100M in Canfield

CANFIELD, Ohio — If Canfield city and township officials approve the proposed Millennial Moments joint economic development district agreement in August, development of the huge mixed-use project could begin as early as next spring. That’s the word from Frank Amedia, owner of FJA Developers Inc., the project’s developer. Starting with infrastructure, such as soil preparation, […]

CANFIELD, Ohio -- If Canfield city and township officials approve the proposed Millennial Moments joint economic development district agreement in August, development of the huge mixed-use project could begin as early as next spring. That’s the word from Frank Amedia, owner of FJA Developers Inc., the project’s developer. Starting with...

Small Towns Reveal Character, Culture of Lawrence County

The Character and Culture of Lawrence County

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. – There’s not much left in the heart of the small borough of Wampum, Pennsylvania, except its heart – its big heart. A good number of storefronts sit empty along Main Street in this town of about 700 people, sandwiched between state Route 18 and the west bank of the Beaver River […]

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. – There’s not much left in the heart of the small borough of Wampum, Pennsylvania, except its heart – its big heart. A good number of storefronts sit empty along Main Street in this town of about 700 people, sandwiched between state Route 18 and the west...

Businesswoman Attacked in Park Now Helps Others

businesswoman attacked in Mill Creek Park now helping others

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After a local businesswoman was attacked in Mill Creek Park, she’s turned the negative incident into a positive motive to share her story and bring awareness to the measures that can be taken to prevent a similar incident. “You need to be prepared. You need to be able to protect yourself,” she […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After a local businesswoman was attacked in Mill Creek Park, she’s turned the negative incident into a positive motive to share her story and bring awareness to the measures that can be taken to prevent a similar incident. “You need to be prepared. You need to be...

CityScape Kicks Off Welsh Church Renovation July 20

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape is kicking off its campaign to relocate and renovate the Welsh Congregational Church at 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Noble Creature Cask House.  The Welsh Congregational Church is 157 years old and the oldest in the city. It is currently on Elm Street. Youngstown CityScape would like to move the […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape is kicking off its campaign to relocate and renovate the Welsh Congregational Church at 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Noble Creature Cask House.  The Welsh Congregational Church is 157 years old and the oldest in the city. It is currently on Elm Street. Youngstown CityScape...

War Memorials Dot Lawrence County

War Memorials Dot Lawrence County

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Tucked away at the back of New Castle’s Greenwood Cemetery, down a dirt path, is a large stone block. Surrounded by tombstones and American flags, it reads “In Memoriam. Lest We Forget. The Old Stone Church Graveyard.” All around are graves, each adorned with a flag and a metal plaque commemorating […]

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Tucked away at the back of New Castle’s Greenwood Cemetery, down a dirt path, is a large stone block. Surrounded by tombstones and American flags, it reads “In Memoriam. Lest We Forget. The Old Stone Church Graveyard.” All around are graves, each adorned with a flag...