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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...

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...