The Update | Sweet Memories Raises $46K for Hospital; Youngstown Flea Season Begins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sweet Memories Vintage Tees, Toys & Candy on Friday presented a check for $46,557 to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The store raised the money through the sale of its merchandise.

Sweet Memories is celebrating customer appreciation weekend through Sunday. The event will feature free samples and giveaways, said Linda Barton, owner.

The store gives $5 from the sale of every T-shirt to a charity.

Youngstown Flea Plans Market on Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The 2024 season of the Youngstown Flea, a market for makers, will open Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The market brings together dozens of regional artists and artisans who show and sell their wares in the Youngstown Flea building, a former industrial structure at 356 E. Boardman St., downtown.

Saturday’s market will also include a “sweets and treats” market with 25 makers of cookies, cakes, pies, popcorn, brownies, bread and other baked items.

To learn more, go to

Auditions for ‘I and You’ at Kent Trumbull Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Auditions for Kent Trumbull Theatre’s production of “I and You” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. March 3 and 4.

The theater is on the campus.

There are two roles: Caroline, a cynical girl; and Anthony, a neat and mature boy.

The characters are high school age, so actors must be able to portray that age group.

As per the playwright, Lauren Gunderson, the only essentiality is that the characters are not of the same race.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will tentatively begin March 6. Performances will be April 26-28 and May 3-5.

For information, email director Eric Kildow at

Presentation on Black Hand at Tyler Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local historian-author Sean Posey will present “Beware the Black Hand: A History of Early Organized Crime in Ohio and Pennsylvania,” at noon Feb. 15 at the Tyler History Center, downtown.

The event is part of the Bites and Bits of History speakers series, presented by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Admission is free.

Posey will explore the beginnings of organized crime and trace the evolution of the Black Hand secret society and its reign of terror in Ohio and Pennsylvania during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pictured at top: Linda Barton, center, is flanked by employees of her store, Sweet Memories Vintage Tees, and representatives of Akron Children’s Hospital at Friday’s check presentation.

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