Grants for Projects in the Valley; Props Museum in Warren

This week started where last week left off.

A regional partnership consisting of Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Western Reserve Port Authority, Columbiana County Port Authority and Ashtabula Port Authority celebrated Dec. 8 after submitting an application for $155 million to support projects in a four-county region. On Monday, the 41 projects covered in the Appalachian Community Grant Program application were unveiled.

In a separate grant request this week, the Mahoning County Land Bank and Western Reserve Port Authority teamed up with several other local partners to request $7 million in state funding for 11 brownfield cleanup projects across Mahoning County, including nine in Youngstown.

From grant requests to a grant award, the city of East Liverpool received nearly $30 million in federal infrastructure funding for the city’s East End neighborhood. “This is really a game changer,” Councilman Tom Beagle said. 

While most proposed projects in the Mahoning Valley are looking toward the future, one project in Warren is looking to travel back in time. From The Business Journal’s December print issue, George Nelson, deputy managing editor, offered a detailed look at the Trumbull County Historical Society’s planned sci-fi props museum. Nelson also discussed the museum in this week’s episode of “Byline Breakdown.”

Also from the December print issue, Entertainment Editor Guy D’Astolfo highlighted holiday beers on tap from local breweries.

Here’s a look at those stories and other top stories this week from

41 Projects Included in Appalachian Grant Application

Derrick McDowell, founder of Youngstown Flea.

Youngstown Flea founder Derrick McDowell’s request for $5.2 million in grant funds is among the more than $155.7 million being sought in an Appalachian Community Grant Program application to leverage projects in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties.

The 41 projects covered in the grant request funding for initiatives ranging from workforce development and downtown revitalization to streetscape enhancements and redevelopment along the Mahoning River. READ

Movie Props Museum in Warren Coming into Focus

Meghan Reed, executive director of the Trumbull County Historical Society, and Beverly Nelson, science fiction and fantasy coordinator for the historical society.

Meghan Reed admits her favorite items in the collection of Hollywood props donated by John Zabrucky to the Trumbull County Historical Society are the ones from “Men in Black.” These include four of the egg-shaped chairs featured in an early scene of the 1997 science fiction-action-comedy film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

The items from “Men in Black” are part of the collection that Zabrucky, a prop maker who grew up in Warren, donated to the historical society. The collection will form the basis of a museum in Warren. READ

YSU Interim President’s Early Exit Wasn’t Her Idea

Helen Lafferty, YSU interim president.

Helen Lafferty calls serving as Youngstown State University interim president one of the most “phenomenal experiences” of her life. Leaving early wasn’t her idea.

“It was just decided upon that I would be leaving in December because they wanted the new president to spend some time here,” she said. READ

Last Hurrah: Arno Hill Reflects on 30 Years of Public Service

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill.

The Finns have a word: “sisu.” And while there’s no precise translation in English, the term loosely refers to an inner force that demonstrates “perseverance” or “grit” – essentially the ability to overcome adversity.

After more than three decades of public service, outgoing Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill says he’s often had to summon his “sisu” and Finnish heritage as he’s navigated political life in the village and Trumbull County. READ

Local Breweries Have Holiday Flavor on Tap

Chris and Mara Palipchak, owners of Croaker’s Brewing Co. in Sharon, Pa.

Holy cannoli! There sure are a lot of holiday beers on tap this year.

Everything from Door Busters Stout to Airing of Grievances Festivus Ale is being poured at brewpubs in the region. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, the seasonal brews are festive and flavorful. READ

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