Title billiard match planned

99 years ago in 1915:

l As a result of considerable rivalry existing between parlors of the Granite Cigar Store and Murray & Ryan’s Opera Cigar Store as to ability at pocket billiards, a challenge has emanated from the Granite store and has been promptly accepted by the poolists of Murray’s billiard emporium.

The challenge is from four of the best players who frequent Louie James’ Store and addressed to the four champion men of the Opera Cigar Store.

It is planned to hold a series of contests, each evening’s play to constitute a contest and the winners of three out of five will be declared the champions. The matches will alternate as to playing location, and will be of 125 points each.

l Judy Mountain of Sharpsville, Pa., 25, wanted for the abduction of Effie Becker, 15, was arrested about three miles north of Warren by Sheriff Thomas and Chief of Police Flowers. The girl was with him at the time.

According to the story told by Pennsylvania authorities who came for the couple, they had been together for four nights. The girl is the adopted daughter of a Sharpsville couple. Sometime ago, Mr. Mountain worked for the parents, and he became smitten with the girl.

Four days ago, he drove to their home, where he met the girl, and they left together, stopping in several cities along the way.

50 years ago in 1964:

l That children should not play around windows is something Chris Showers Jr., 3, learned the hard way.

Chris was playing at an open window sill when, according to the family, his 4-year-old sister, Pam, playfully pushed him out. The boy rolled down the porch roof and fell eight feet to the ground.

The boy’s mother rushed outside to find him on his feet, and none the worse for his fall. “Mommy, you should have catched me,” he said.

Chris put in a plea for his sister, “Don’t whip my best girl,” he said.

l William Shields, 23, of Newton Falls, arrested in Warren in 1959 for carrying a concealed weapon, was named by the FBI as the gunman who robbed the Mantua branch of the First National Bank of Ravenna of $494.

The getaway car was identified through its license plate as one rented from an agency in Warren. A Warren police investigation disclosed Shields was the person who rented the car.

The FBI filed a bank robbery charge in Cleveland federal court against Shields. FBI Cleveland Chief Earl E. Brown said Shields, his wife, Peggy, and their infant sons may still be driving the 1963 green Valiant sedan. The FBI said Shields is armed and dangerous.

25 years ago in 1989:

l Couples in Trumbull County hoping to adopt an infant may have a wait of two to six years. Those engaging in a private, independent adoption may wait fewer than nine months, but until the adoption is filed, they face losing the baby if the birth parents have a change of heart.

It is for those couples who want an alternative that the Cooperative Adoption plan was created. A joint effort of Catholic Community Service Inc., the Family Service Association and the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, the plan is way for birth parents and adoptive parents to work together towards the placement of a specific child.

A task force was found more than one year ago to address the issues of adoption. The program went into effect in December 1988, but as of yet, no babies have been placed.

l Going from street corner to churches, AIDS outreach workers say they are trying to be like the disease – not overlooking anyone – in their efforts to offer assistance and education.

Michael Write of the Mahoning County Chemical Dependency Programs Inc. in Youngstown, along with fellow outreach workers, go from inner-city street corners to truck stops distributing condoms and bleach to prostitutes and intravenous drug users in an effort to prevent the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Their work is funded by a three-year state grant. Also included are counseling services for AIDS patients and their partners.

Last year, Ohio ranked 13 in the nation with 1,097 reported cases of AIDS. Mahoning County has 23 cases, and Trumbull County reported eight cases.

l Architect Arthur F. Sidells, who designed some of Warren’s most recognized structures, has been named one of America’s leading architects.

The American Institute of Architects announced that Sidells has been admitted into the College of Fellows. Only 44 architects from across the nation were selected for this year’s honors, and Sidells is one of only two from Ohio. The award is the highest achievement possible in the profession.

Sidells lived in Warren most of his life, but moved to San Mateo, Calif., late last year. He designed Western Reserve High School, many of Warren’s elementary schools, Kent State University Trumbull Campus, W.D. Packard Music Hall and the Second National Bank of Warren.

10 years ago in 2004:

l The violence of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was evident in the small fragment of metal. Spectators at City Hall looked on in reverence at the warped and frayed piece of steel from the World Trade Center that arrived at the township this week.

The 7-inch square fragment was sent from New York State Museum in Albany and will be the centerpiece to a monument honoring the victims of the terror attacks.

Local business owner Pat Connolly, who is head of the Austintown Beautification Committee, had been working for the past two months to acquire the artifact. He said the museum donated the piece to the township, and he plans to raise money to build a 7-foot-tall memorial at Trustee Park.

l Mother Nature tried, but even an April Fools’ Day blizzard couldn’t stop the inaugural Vacation Express flight to Orlando, Fla., from lifting off at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

The 118 passengers of the flight – just two shy of full capacity – lifted off in a driving snowstorm that caused the jet to be de-iced two times before take-off.

Airport Manager Steve Bowser said the start of four flights each week to the Sanford / Orlando International Airport and two flight a week to the Myrtle Beach, S.C., International Airport heralds a new day for the facility that lost Northwest Airlink flights to Detroit more than a year ago.

l A West Farmington boy will be among students from across Ohio competing in the state level of the 2004 National Geographic Bee.

Caleb A. Wright, a seventh-grader, is among those scheduled to compete at The Ohio State University Mansfield Campus.

Wright is home-schooled through the Trumbull Education Association of Christian Homes.

Wright took the 100-question test and scored the highest of all the students. Up to 100 students in each of the 50 states will take part in the events.

The winner of each state receives $100 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals.