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Volunteer management session set for May 25
free volunteer management training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown. The session is presented by the HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley Center for Nonprofit Innovation and Leadership, in collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative and Janus Small Associates. Manager Kristy Boyles said the training will support organizations in their efforts to effectively utilize volunteers. “The program, based on best practices and featuring the latest resources, will provide volunteer coordinators with strategies and tools to increase the capacity of their volunteer program,” Boyles said. Sessions are free and open to the public. For information, contact Boyles at 330-782-5877 or kboyles@ hovn.org.
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Right: This undated postcard depicts the Thompson Pottery in East Liverpool.
First Night Canfield announces new director
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Left: This undated postcard image depicts the offices and factory building of Republic Rubber on Albert Street in Youngstown. Above: Spring Common in Youngstown in 1906.
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Right: The General Fireproofing Co. in an undated postcard. Note the sparse residential environment around the complex.
arb Smith, a veteran of non-profit management, will head the 14th annual First Night Canfield New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts this year. Smith has 20 years of experience with Camp Fire Council and involvement with other youth-oriented organizations. “We are fortunate to have had several very qualified candidates apply for the position,” said Dr. Tom Bowser, DDS and president of the FNC Board of Trustees. “Barb’s experience with managing an organization, working with the youth and organizing volunteers stood out in our efforts to attract a younger generation to organize the event.” Volunteer opportunities with selecting entertainment, developing marketing efforts, arranging logistics, organizing fund-raising and auction items will be filled over the next few months. To get involved, call 330-533-2290 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 Black Men to host member drive on May 5
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Right: 1906 baseball team from Republic Rubber in Youngstown
he 100 Black Men of Greater Youngstown Warren will celebrate its fifth year anniversary with a social mixer on May 5 at Squaw Creek Country Club. Tickets are $15. Local chapter president M. Mike McNair is spearheading a drive to reach 100 members. “If we can attract and engage 100 in our small market, it speaks volumes to the level of commitment found here,” McNair said. Membership requires a $45 application fee, a background check, and an interview with the membership committee. Former members who have let their membership expire can renew without a reinstatement fee until June. Call 330-322-4383 for more information.
Grant to fund digitization of city planning negatives
he Mahoning Valley Historical Society has received a grant to allow the digitization of a significant collection of negatives from the Youngstown City Planning office. The collection documents the central business district, the campus of what is now Youngstown State, neighborhoods impacted by urban renewal, and development in the Lake Milton area. Local businesses, structures no longer standing, and developments within the infrastructure of the city are represented. The negatives primarily date from 1956-1964, and include identifications. Digitization of the 1,900 negatives will make the collection accessible to patrons at the Historical Society’s Archival Library, while providing for increased preservation of the originals. Thumbnails and a resulting index will also be made available on the Historical Society’s Web site. Historical Society staff and volunteer interns will have the project completed by Dec. 31. For more information, call 330-743-2589 or visit www. mahoninghistory.org. Compiled from local reports.
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HandsOn offering volunteer situations
andsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley mobilizes volunteers, promotes leadership and transforms communities. For more information, call 330-782-5877 or visit their Web site at www.HOVN.org. At any time during the year, organizations have specific needs for long- and short-term volunteers. If you are involved in a group that would like to adopt a charity, call the HandsOn Volunteer Network and they can help you maximize your contribution. Many nonprofits need specific skills and talents that you may have. Looking for something meaningful to do? Check out our over 330 volunteer opportunities at www.HOVN.org. Some opportunities appear below. Youth Volunteer Corps – If you are a student looking for service opportunities and a chance to develop leadership skills, consider joining the HOVN Youth Volunteer Corps. The organization is accepting applications from student 13 to 18 years of age. Call Gretchen Brown at 330-782-5877 for more information.
United Methodist Community Center in Youngstown and Warren – Opportunities range from tutoring and mentoring children to setting up and tearing down at events. Big Brothers and Big Sisters – These organizations are looking for male and female mentors. Each asks that you sign up for a minimum of one year and that you see your little brother or sister at least two times a month. Meeting with a child even a few times a month will make a positive impact on his or her life. Junior Achievement – Volunteers are needed to teach Junior Achievement’s “Success Skills” class at Choffin Career & Technical Center on Feb. 9 from 8-11:30 a.m. E-mail Nicole at email@example.com or call 330-539-5268.
Mahoning County Dog Warden and Trumbull County Dog Kennel – Dog walkers are needed to exercise and socialize with dogs awaiting adoption. Weekday and weekend hours available. To volunteer in Mahoning County, call Trish at 330-740-2205. For Trumbull County, call Gwen at 330-675-2787. United Way of Trumbull County – Volunteers will assist United Way’s communications and marketing committee with activities, special events, materials design and preparation, Caring Club enrollments, and the group’s golf tournament. Contact Brian Musick at 330-369-1000. Centers for Dialysis Care – Volunteers will call bingo for patients receiving dialysis treatment. This popular patient activity is fun and meaningful for volunteers. Call Kristen Gallagher at 330-540-0102.
HandsOn Volunteer Award Committee – Each year, HandsOn Volunteer Network hosts a community volunteer awards celebration. We are looking for talented and engaged volunteers to assist us in the planning and implementation of the awards celebration. If you have an interest in helping us recognize community individuals and groups for their commitment to service, call 330-782-5877 or email at info@HOVN.org Reading Buddies Wanted – Reading Buddies spend time one-on-one with students in first, second, and third grade helping them improve reading and comprehension skills. Volunteers work flexible schedules during the school day at Kirkmere, Paul C. Bunn, McGuffey, Williamson, or Taft elementary schools. If you are looking for an opportunity that has definite impact, this is the one. Contact Marlene at 330782-5877 or mbraunlich@HOVN.org for more information. Goodwill Industries – Goodwill Amblyopia Screening volunteers visit pre-schools to perform” lazy eye” vision screening on 4- and 5-year olds and report any problems to the Amblyopia Program Coordinator.
Compiled from local reports.
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Downtown Youngstown’s Central Square in 1958
National Preservation Month Metro Monthly publisher to host downtown architectural tour on May 18
he Metro Monthly will commemorate National Preservation Month 2011 with an architectural walking tour of downtown Youngstown. It will occur at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in the downtown area. The tour will begin at the Civil War monument, located on Central Square. Mark C. Peyko, publisher and editor of the Metro Monthly, will lead the free tour, which will cover the history and development of the central business district. In addition, the tour will focus on historic landmarks in the area. Peyko has a master’s degree in historic preservation planning from Eastern Michigan University. His degree focused on architectural history, preservation planning and American settlement. The architectural tour will be presented in memory of local musician and political activist Robert D. Fitzer, who died in 2007 after an extended illness. Citizens in Youngstown will join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month. This year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Throughout the nation’s communities there are sig-
The architectural tour will be presented in memory of local musician and political activist Robert D. Fitzer, who died in 2007 after an extended illness. nificant places that have contributed to the American experience – whether it’s a battlefield, a ship, church or house museum. Through the support of programs like “Save America’s Treasures,” thousands of preservation projects in cities and towns from coast to coast have worked to preserve these irreplaceable and tangible reminders of America’s roots. Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance homes, neighborhoods and communities. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of American cities and towns, and enables citizens to become involved in the growing preservation movement. Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed
by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization that seeks to bring people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, sparks economic development and promotes environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving and preserving historic places. For information about National Preservation Month, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/preservationmonth.
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Doubt remains over Mahoning County’s sole execution from 1877 BY GORDY MORGAN
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This pamphlet was published following the trial and conviction of Charles Theodore Sterling.
n April 21, 1877, a Canadian drifter named Charles Sterling became the first and only person to be executed in Mahoning County. Tried and convicted for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, Sterling was sent to the gallows entirely on the basis of circumstantial evidence. The trial was covered by local and regional newspapers. The case also garnered national attention and the hanging was even reported on by The New York Times. Joshua Foster, who grew up in Liberty and graduated from Youngstown State University, has done in-depth research on the case and sees many problems with both the evidence presented and the legal proceedings that condemned Sterling to hang. Foster, who graduated from YSU with a degrees in religious studies and fine art, said he would some day like to write a book on the case. On the morning of Jan. 21, 1876, the lifeless body of 14-year-old Elizabeth Grombacher was found strangled in a thicket of trees on Loveland Hill, an area just north and east of the presentday Center Street Bridge in what was then Poland. News of the horrific crime sent shock waves throughout Mahoning County. Elizabeth, or “Lizzie,” was last seen that morning leaving for the home of a local family for whom she worked as a housekeeper. According to reports, a few people who traveled through the Loveland Hill area that morning remembered seeing a drifter walking along the road and it wasn’t long before a group of men on horseback, acting on the information given them by one of the witnesses, took after him. Around 4 p.m., Charles Sterling was in Boardman Center chatting with one of the locals. That morning, he had come to Youngstown looking for work and took several meals in Poland before heading west. Because of heightened suspicion, a constable, seeing a stranger in town, asked Sterling if he had just been in Poland. When he replied that he had, the constable arrested Sterling on suspicion of murder. Although he denied having any knowledge of the crime, the constable took him in handcuffs to Canfield to be held. (Canfield at the time was the seat of government for Mahoning County.) Sterling’s trial was held in June of that year, and it was quite a sensation, according to Foster. Although most people had a good sense of justice, Foster said many wanted Sterling to be found guilty because of the heinous nature of the crime. The vote was 8 to 4 in favor of con-
victing and the trial ended with a hung jury. Foster believes that it would have been “extremely difficult” to find an unknown drifter innocent of such a heinous crime, so the evidence against Sterling must have been “incredibly flimsy” for one third of the jury to vote the way they did. Foster also pointed out that the four jurors who didn’t vote to convict were actually very adamant about their doubts. However, the lack of a guilty verdict outraged many of the locals. According to Foster, there was “high sentiment that another trial should take place.” A second trial, held six months later in Youngstown, the new county seat, greatly concerned Sterling’s attorneys, who complained that an impartial jury could not be found in Mahoning County. They also argued that witnesses recalling details from almost a year earlier could not reliably testify about the all-important time line. Nonetheless, that November the proceedings began. William Shaw Anderson, Sterling’s new lead attorney, immediately brought the bias issue to the judge’s attention. But when Anderson asked for a change of venue to allow his client to get a fair trial, Judge Phillip B. Conant, who presided over the first trial, denied the request. The second trial only lasted a couple of weeks and on Nov. 16, the jury found Sterling guilty of murder. Following several failed attempts to secure a new trial, he was sentenced to hang in March of 1877. Foster, who has a long-standing interest in the case, has questioned the trial and
verdict. While researching the case, he had examined primary documents from several venues, most notably the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, to piece together an opposing view which casts doubt as to whether Sterling was fairly tried and convicted. When asked if he believes Sterling murdered Grombacher, Foster said that right now, “it’s inconclusive.” However, “there was enough reasonable doubt, and there was enough irregularity, that I don’t think he would have been convicted today.” Foster’s doubts begin with the time line. “No one could really pin down the exact times to a shadow of a doubt that this gentleman had been at these various places.” Next was the blood found on Sterling’s shirt, which Foster says was evidence that a lot of people couldn’t get past. However, because the technology of the day was lacking, the most a prosecution expert could conclusively state was that the small amount found was, indeed, blood—not whether it was Grombacher’s, or Sterling’s, or whether it was, in fact, human blood, even though the expert, a chemist, testified otherwise. Finally, there was no physical evidence linking Sterling to the crime—he had no scratches or any kind of defensive wounds that would indicate that Grombacher, who Foster says was described as being “strong” and “robust,” put up a fight. Foster indicated several procedural irregularities, starting with unrestricted public access to the crime scene. “Contamination alone would have precluded any kind of evidence being used,” he said. There was also the issue of possible bias, stemming from a prejudicial comment that the foreman of the second jury made. Foster says that after the verdict was announced it was discovered that, prior to being empaneled, the foreman had been overheard saying that he believed Sterling was guilty and should be hanged. This prompted Anderson to request a new trial. The judge, however, disregarded the comment, because of the “context” of the discussion in which the man made it, Foster said. “There are all kinds of reasonable doubt that can be inferred, unfortunately, that did not save Sterling.” According to report, just days before the
The 1877 trial was covered by local and regional newspapers. The case also garnered national attention and the hanging was even reported on by The New York Times. March execution date, a woman from Maxwell, Ontario, arrived in Columbus to plead to Gov. Thomas L. Young to allow a reprieve for Sterling, claiming the condemned was her son. Feeling sympathy for the woman, the governor delayed the execution one month to April 21. The woman traveled to Youngstown to see Sterling, but in a dramatic, tearful jailhouse meeting, Sterling, not wishing to cause his mother shame or misery, told the woman that he was not her son. Foster says that throughout the two trials, Sterling, because he never really thought he was going to be found guilty, was “fairly cheerful, even amused at the attention he was receiving.” However, when the verdict was handed down and he realized that he was, in fact, going to be put to death, he became despondent and at one point tried to escape. It took several guards to overpower him and end the episode, but when one of them pulled a gun, the condemned man begged him to shoot. Foster relates that as Sterling stood on the gallows, he asked to speak to one of the Gromabachers, telling him that he was very sorry for what happened to his sister, but that he had nothing to do with her death. Foster said the brother told Sterling that he did not believe him because the evidence said he was guilty. The execution was gruesome. According to Foster, whoever tied the noose did not tie it well. The knot slipped from the back of Sterling’s head to under his chin and he dangled helplessly gasping for breath for five to 10 minutes before dying. Foster said spectators looking for vengeance were horrified by what they saw and begged for Sterling to be taken down. But his executioners could do nothing more than watch and make sure that the sentence was carried out. Investigating the crime 135 later, Foster maintained that “whether or not Sterling was guilty, we’ll never really know, but it can be fairly well-assumed that he did not get a fair trial.” He concedes that there was “decent circumstantial evidence,” but that it was “circumstantial nonetheless.” Without physical evidence linking him directly to the murder, Charles Sterling might have been convicted and hanged simply because he was in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” Foster concluded.
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Alzheimer’s diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades The updated guidelines will now cover the full spectrum of the disease as it gradually changes over many years.
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or the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. The National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Association Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease outline some new approaches for clinicians and provides scientists with more advanced guidelines for moving forward with research on diagnosis and treatments. They mark a major change in how experts think about and study Alzheimer’s disease. Development of the new guidelines was led by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association. The original criteria were the first to address the disease and described only later stages, when symptoms of dementia are already evident. The updated guidelines will now cover the full spectrum of the disease as it gradually changes over many years. They describe the earliest pre-clinical stages of the disease, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia due to Alzheimer’s pathology. Importantly, the guidelines now address the use of imaging and biomarkers in blood and spinal fluid that may help determine whether changes in the brain and those in body fluids are due to Alzheimer’s disease. Biomarkers are increasingly employed in the research setting to detect onset of the disease and to track progression, but cannot yet be used routinely in clinical diagnosis without further testing and validation. “Alzheimer’s research has greatly evolved over the past quarter of a century. Bringing the diagnostic guidelines up to speed with those advances is both a necessary and rewarding effort that will benefit patients and accelerate the pace of research,” said National Institute on Aging Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “We believe that the publication of these articles is a major milestone for the field,” said William Thies, Ph.D., chief medical and scientific officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “Our vision is that this process will result in improved diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s, and will drive research that ultimately will enable us to detect and treat the disease earlier and more effectively. This would allow more people to live full, rich lives without -- or with a minimum of – Alzheimer’s symptoms.” The new guidelines appeared online on April 19, 2011 in “Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.” They were developed by expert panels convened last year by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Preliminary recommenda-
caused by Alzheimer’s. For example, some older people are found to have abnormal levels of amyloid plaques in the brain at autopsy yet never showed signs of dementia during life. It also appears that amyloid deposits begin early in the disease process but that tangle formation and loss of neurons occur later and may accelerate just before clinical symptoms appear. To reflect what has been learned, the National Institute on Aging/ Alzheimer’s Association Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease cover three distinct stages of Alzheimer’s disease: ◆ Preclinical – The preclinical stage, for which the guidelines only apply in a research setting, describes a phase in which ELECTRONIC IMAGE COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS brain changes, including amyloid buildup Alzheimer’s disease also has been receiving in- and other early nerve cell changes, may alternational attention. Greg Mulholland, British ready be in process. At this point, significant politician and health spokesman, speaks dur- clinical symptoms are not yet evident. In ing “Dementia Decade: a cure by 2020?” at the some people, amyloid buildup can be detected with positron emission tomography Bournemouth International Centre in 2009. (PET) scans and cerebrospinal fluid analysis, but it is unknown what the risk for progrestions were announced at the Association’s sion to Alzheimer’s dementia is for these individuInternational Conference on Alzheimer’s als. However, use of these imaging and biomarker Disease in July 2010, followed by a com- tests at this stage are recommended only for research. These biomarkers are still being developed ment period. Guy M. McKhann, M.D., Johns Hopkins and standardized and are not ready for use by clinicians in general practice. University School of Medicine, Baltimore, ◆ Mild cognitive impairment – The guidelines and David S. Knopman, M.D., Mayo Clin- for the mild cognitive impairment stage are also ic, Rochester, Minn., co-chaired the panel largely for research, although they clarify existing that revised the 1984 clinical Alzheimer’s guidelines for MCI for use in a clinical setting. The mild cognitive impairment stage is marked by dementia criteria. Marilyn Albert, Ph.D., symptoms of memory problems, enough to be Johns Hopkins University School of Medi- noticed and measured, but not compromising a cine, headed the panel refining the MCI person’s independence. People with mild cognicriteria. Reisa A. Sperling, M.D, Brigham tive impairment may or may not progress to Aldementia. Researchers will particularly and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical zheimer’s focus on standardizing biomarkers for amyloid School, Boston, led the panel tasked with and for other possible signs of injury to the brain. defining the pre-clinical stage. The jour- Currently, biomarkers include elevated levels of nal also includes a paper by Clifford Jack, tau or decreased levels of beta-amyloid in the reduced glucose uptake in the brain as deM.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., as CSF, termined by PET, and atrophy of certain areas of senior author, on the need for and concept the brain as seen with structural magnetic resonance imaging. These tests will be used primarily behind the new guidelines. The original 1984 clinical criteria for by researchers, but may be applied in specialized clinical settings to supplement standard clinical Alzheimer’s disease, reflecting the limited tests to help determine possible causes of mild knowledge of the day, defined Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment symptoms. ◆ Alzheimer’s dementia – These criteria apas having a single stage, dementia, and based diagnosis solely on clinical symp- ply to the final stage of the disease, and are most relevant for doctors and patients. They outline ways toms. It assumed that people free of de- clinicians should approach evaluating causes and mentia symptoms were disease-free. Di- progression of cognitive decline. The guidelines agnosis was confirmed only at autopsy, also expand the concept of Alzheimer’s dementia when the hallmarks of the disease, abnor- beyond memory loss as its most central characteristic. A decline in other aspects of cognition, such mal amounts of amyloid proteins forming as word-finding, vision/spatial issues, and impaired plaques and tau proteins forming tangles, reasoning or judgment may be the first symptom to be noticed. At this stage, biomarker test results may were found in the brain. Since then, research has determined that be used in some cases to increase or decrease the level of certainty about a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s may cause changes in the brain dementia and to distinguish Alzheimer’s dementia a decade or more before symptoms appear from other dementias, even as the validity of such and that symptoms do not always directly tests is still under study for application and value in everyday clinical practice.
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Master’s program adds nurse-practitioner degree
oungstown State University’s master’s program in nursing will begin offering this fall a new option for family nurse practitioner, one of the fastest growing fields in health care. The number of nurse practitioners nationwide has inFamily nurse creased 75 perpractitioners are cent in the last advanced practice five years, said nurses prepared to Patty McLean Hoyson, profesfunction in collabo- sor and chairration with physi- woman of YSU’s cians and other nursing department. New state health care disciplines in providing laws expanding the scope primary health of practice, precare in a variety of scriptive authorambulatory setity, third-party tings. Graduates reimbursement, and the nawill be prepared to serve as health tional effort to improve health care providers for care access, has children and adults resulted in an with common acute expanding role and chronic health and increased demand for conditions. nurse practitioners, she said. Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses prepared to function in collaboration with physicians and other health care disciplines in providing primary health care in a variety of ambulatory settings. Graduates will be prepared to serve as health care providers for children and adults with common acute and chronic health conditions. Health promotion and disease prevention as well as teaching and counseling of individuals, families and groups are emphasized in the FNP curriculum. Graduates will be eligible to sit for national certification as an FNP. The new program at YSU is approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. YSU now offers five specialty options for nurses seeking a master’s degree – chronic illness clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, school nurse, nurse educator, and family nurse practitioner. The FNP curriculum option is 52 credit hours of study over five, full-time semesters. A part time study option will be available. For more information about graduate study in nursing at YSU, including the new family nurse practitioner option, contact Nancy W. Mosca at 330-941-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in applying should contact the graduate school at 330-941-3901. The deadline is June 6 to submit applications for fall 2011 classes. Applications for graduate study can also be found online at YSU’s Web site, www.ysu.edu.
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Local cancer survivor trains for Senior Olympics
ocal native Kim N. Hines has continued to train for his second competition in the 12th Semi-Annual National Senior Games, despite recent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his brain last December. Previously, Hines brought home the silver twice in state competitions and is now going for the national gold. He underwent surgery at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown in late December after a brief illness in which doctors discovered a malignant tumor. Radiation treatments were finalized in March and proved successful. This encouraged Hines, who has competed in the games since 2004, to resume his training regimen. The National Senior Games Association was formed in 1985 and hosted their first event in the fall of 1987 in St. Louis with 2500 competitors. It was viewed by over 100,000 spectators with Bob Hope as a featured celebrity. Hines became interested in competing in 2003. For more information on the National Senior games, visit www.nsga.com.
YMCA unveils new logo, plans outreach campaign
he YMCA of Youngstown recently installed Timothy M. Hilk as CEO of the Youngstownbased health and fitness organization. In addition, the local YMCA is actively embracing a new brand strategy as part of a larger overhaul of the national organization. This is the first time in 43 years the YMCA has made such changes. Through its new brand strategy, the nonprofit also plans to extend its reach into communities to nurture the potential of youth and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and HILK provide opportunities to support neighbors. Part of the rebranding campaign includes a revamped logo, which will be used nationwide.
Bleggi opens counseling practice in Columbiana
ancy A. Bleggi, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, (LPCC), has opened a private practice at 319 North Main St. in Columbiana. Sessions will be available for children, adolescents and adults. She will help clients deal with personal, family, and marital issues including anger, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, grief and other concerns. Bleggi has a master’s degree in counseling and several years of one-to-one therapy and group sessions. She most recently worked as a counselor at Catholic Charities Regional Agency.
Hospital seeks nominees for outstanding nurses
orthside Medical Center, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital are seeking to honor one of its nurses from each hospital through its “Patient Choice Award” program. The hospital is asking for input from the community, and a nurse from each facility will be chosen from the nominations. The winner will be announced the end of May. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 11 and can be made online at the hospital system’s Web site at www.valleycareheallth.net. Nominations can e-mailed, mailed or faxed (as long as it arrives by May 11). E-mail nominations to email@example.com, mail to: Trish Hrina, marketing director, ValleyCare Health System, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44501, or fax to 330-884-5742. Compiled from local reports.
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