This week in history

99 years ago in 1917:

¯ Close to 2,000 Roumanians in Warren were interested in the laying of the cornerstone of the new church on South Vine Street, and the affair also attracted many from neighboring towns.

More than 1,000 belonged to the church for which plans had begun on last Easter Sunday. The lot was purchased for $2,400 and $2,000 more was added to the fund.

The morning’s exercises began at 8 a.m. when the Rev. John Podea of Youngstown had charge of divine services in Woodman Hall. At the completion of the services, a parade formed in front of the hall and led by the band marched to the church site. There, Mayor W. B. Kilpatrick made some very fitting remarks urging the people to buy Liberty bonds and to help the Red Cross. He complimented them on their church and said Warren city needed just such sort of good citizenship. The Rev. Podea then translated the mayor’s remarks into his own language.

After the cornerstone laying ceremony, the parade again formed and marched out Market Street to Main, where at 1:30 p.m. a fine banquet was prepared by Roumanian women. The Rev. Podea raised $2,000 for the church and a collection for Christmas presents for soldiers was raised. It amounted to about $25.

50 years ago in 1966:

¯ The West Warren Lions Club sponsored the Warren and Trumbull County observance of White Cane Days being celebrated in Ohio by proclamation of Gov. James Rhodes.

The white cane is the symbol of blindness and that one had the right of way in traffic. It was unlawful for anyone other than a  blind person to use a white cane.

Warren Allen, chairman of the club’s safety committee, demonstrated the use of the white cane in a downtown Warren intersection. Allen, sightless, was aided by city patrolman James Teeple and Capt. Harry Thomas, city traffic commissioner.

Warren police were aiding in the drive to make the streets safer for those persons having a deficiency in sight.

25 years ago in 1991:

¯ The allergies of a little girl made local news as it became a battle with the local school system.

Janet Woods described what it is like to stay up all night with 6-year-old daughter Katherine, who often could not breathe because of severe allergies and asthma.

“Her nasal passages close and then the glands of her throat swell to the size of marbles,” she said.

“Katherine tells me she can’t breathe. And it only gets worse before it gets better.”

The problems became a conflict over whether the girl should be picked up by a school bus at her home. Woods said she had medical proof that Katherine’s condition could be worsened by walking 700 feet to the bus stop, a problem solved by a temporary agreement between the first-grader and the LaBrae Local School District that agreed to make an exception to the busing route. The change was enough to keep her from missing school in the previous year. School officials said allowing the bus to  pick up Katherine was only a temporary measure.

Woods renewed the plea to the school board at the beginning of the year, hoping the decision would be extended. She was forced to drive her daughter to school every day, convinced that should her daughter walk (to the bus stop) again, her condition would worsen.

10 years ago in 2006:

¯ $200,000 is lost for the Girard cleanup.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was out of patience and pulled its long-standing grant for cleanup of the former Ohio Leatherworks site in Girard.

After learning of the action, the Trumbull County Planning Commission removed from its agenda an item referring to the grant that had lingered for years.

The Planning Commission obtained a $200,000 grant in 1999 from the EPA to clean up the property on U.S. Route 422. The grant stayed on the planning commission’s agenda while litigation between Girard and owners of the former tanning plant property dragged on over how cleanup would be conducted.

In 2004, Girard officials looked at transferring the grant to another contaminated area of Trumbull County. Approval for the use of the money was never received from the EPA.

The EPA informed local officials the money would be used for another cleanup and no longer be available to the county and Girard, Planner Trish Nuskievicz said.

Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.

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