Community Stars merit honor

Mark your calendar for March 19. The 2013 Trumbull County Community Stars have been chosen and will be honored on that date at the W.D. Packard Music Hall, Warren. This is the 12th group to be selected from nominations sent in by readers.

We started this program in 2002 and along the way, the local organization called Trumbull 100 became a partner in the annual event, and will again this year. The idea is to honor ”ordinary” people in the area who quietly go about making life better for other people and have who made a positive impact in our community.

We received more than 50 nominations, and they were reviewed and selected by a group here at the newspaper. I am one member of the group, and I look forward each year to looking at the nominations.

The 2013 honorees include Carolyn Andrews of Warren; Rhonda Bennett of Warren; Lisa Banks-Booze of Leavittsburg; Cathy Carney of Niles; Caryn Covelli of Warren; Roberta Cykon of Fowler; Doug Herlinger of Newton Falls; Flo Hutton of Cortland; Robert Sauer of Warren; and Steve Zerefos of Warren.

Last year’s group saw 11 stars. They were Ali Bashir of Warren; Martin L. Cohen of Cortland; Michele Jones of Warren; Helen Ruth McKenzie of Vienna; James J. Mariano of Warren; David Moore of Cortland; Nancy Olds of Bazetta; Carol Olson of Howland; Ricky and Mackenzie Pasco of Hubbard; and Geneva Reid of Warren.

We again will be printing a special section to be distributed the day after the banquet. The section features stories and photos of each honoree, and their stories are heartwarming. It’s amazing how humble they are. We also will be posting stories, photos and video of the event on our website.

So mark the date and get a ticket. The cost is $20, and includes dinner. You can use the fill-in-the-blank form in the paper to get tickets, call our community events coordinator Sue Shafer at 330-841-1696 or contact her by email at You will be glad you did.

We put together a presentation and project it on a screen. Over the years, honorees have ranged from from 10-year-olds to one person last year who was 94 years old.

As Shafer puts it about this year’s group, ”They have done everything from rescue animals to plan bike trails.” And they are not looking for any kind of recognition. That’s why they, and this event, are so special.

Robinson is editor of the Tribune Chronicle. You can reach him at