Boy Scout completes Eagle project

HOWLAND – Township park commissioners recognized the Eagle Scout project of Michael Manginelli of Troop 28 in Howland, who completed a sign and website about the Howland Township Park boardwalk.

Manginelli addressed the park commissioners about his project at their December meeting explaining the sign and website include information on plant and animal life and nature and other highlights about the boardwalk area of the park, which is a popular attraction area for park visitors.

The sign was placed at the entrance area to the boardwalk located in the southwest section of the park.

He said Randy Divens helped him with the website, which also has information on nature in the park.

Manginelli is a senior at Howland High School and plans to study chemical engineering next year at Youngstown State University. He is the son of Lori and Steve Manginelli and has been in scouting since sixth grade.

Also, the park commissioners reported in the spring the pergola and garden area in the northeastern corner of the park will be completed.

Park Commissioner Jackie Mills said there are plans to have a brick walkway by the pergola and garden with people able to purchase bricks in honor or memory of someone.

Commissioner Jim Brutz said the garden area will have trees added to it.

James LaPolla, who attended his last meting before becoming a trustee, said the new additions with the sign and garden will add to the park. LaPolla served two years as a park commissioner.

Mills said there is an area by the garden that can be used by master gardeners as a work station.

Commissioners reported that during the winter months the park roads will be open for walking during daylight hours only.

Allen Seman will be sworn in by Judge Thomas A. Swift as a new park commissioner for the park board at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 in the Trumbull County Probate Courtroom. Seman will fill the remainder of LaPolla’s unexpired term through December 2015.

Also, Mills has been reappointed a park commissioner, and will take her oath of office at the same time.

The commissioners also approved contracts for the following: Vivian McDowell, deputy clerk, $10 per hour; Barbara Giovannone, reservation, $8 per hour; Arlene Rodgers, reservations, $599 per year; Roger Hermison, groundskeeper-supervisor, $11 per hour; and Terry McDowell, groundskeeper assistant, $10 per hour.