Stepping Up: Chrystal’s, Smarts, KSU Volunteer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Jeffrey Chrystal Catering is offering a variety of Easter dinner a la carte selections available for takeout.

“During this time of uncertainty, we want to give people an opportunity to continue celebrating the Easter holiday without the added stress of cooking as well as the convenience of picking up everything directly from us,” said Jeff Chrystal. “We’ve offered hams in the past but felt this year it was important to expand and help people enjoy the traditional food they love without any of the stress.”

Orders, which must be placed by 6 p.m. April 8, can be picked up from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 12 at 2315 Belmont Ave. To place an order, call 330-743-8062.

Available items include:

  • Slow Roasted Smoked Ham with Traditional Glaze, Boneless Leg of Lamb, and Smoked Boneless Turkey Breast all over a Cherry Wood Fire; entrees feed approximately 10 people.
  • Au Gratin Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Bowtie Pasta in Creamy Pink Sauce, and Garden Salad; Accompaniments are available in full pans, feeds approximately 10 people, or half pans, feeds approximately five people.
  • Homemade Loaves of Bread
  • Cherry or Apple Pie and Irish Cream Almond Torte

Kent Student Volunteers with Fire Department

WARREN, Ohio — After a COVID-19 related layoff, Kent State Trumbull psychology major Krysta Forrest is using her spare time to put out fires, literally.

The 2018 LaBrae/Trumbull Career & Technical Center graduate has been volunteering for the Braceville Fire Department for two months. She volunteered sporadically while attending classes and working full-time as a cleaning technician. She was also set to begin a fire class to become a firefighter. Then came COVID-19 and Forrest was laid off from her job.

“In a matter of a week, you find out that you do not have a job and all of your classes will be remote,” she says. “That’s stressful. However, it warms my heart knowing that I am helping someone on their worst day.”

Kent State Trumbull student Krysta Forrest in a 2018 graduate of LaBrae High School and the Trumbull County Technical Center.

“She is doing a great job,” says Braceville Fire Chief Todd Garland. “She has great energy and we are happy to have her.”

Now, she spends most of her spare time working with the department to treat injuries, health issues and put out the occasional fire.

Firefighting comes easily to Forrest. Her father, Charles Forrest Jr., is a retired Warren Township firefighter. Her grandfather, Charles Forrest, was Warren Township firefighter, Her grandmother, Katherine (Kathy) Forrest, was the first female firefighter in Warren Township history.

After graduation, Forrest wants to become a social worker for a children’s services agency. Until then, she will be finishing her classes, helping her community, and waiting for the fire tone to drop.

Smarts Goes Virtual

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Smarts, the community-based art school that provides curriculum-focused programming for visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing, has created a site for virtual learning.

Virtual Smarts enables students to continue to learn and stay connected with the program. Students that were enrolled in Smarts spring 2020 classes can continue their assignments, share their artwork, and connect to each other virtually.

“If you haven’t taken a Smarts class before, see if you can jump in on these lessons and let us know how you are doing,” says Executive Director Becky Keck.

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