At a glance

Youngstown Road project proposed

WARREN — A $3.5 million construction project to improve Youngstown Road SE between Laird Avenue and Ridge Road is being proposed by the city.

Officials are looking to mill and resurface 1.33 miles, including full-depth repairs, from approximately 150 feet east of Laird Avenue to approximately 150 feet east of Ridge Road. There will be curb and sidewalk replacement, reconstruction of driveway approaches and repair or replacement of catch basins.

The improvements are scheduled to begin the summer of 2017.

All public comments, questions and / or concerns should be directed to Paul Makosky, director of the city’s engineering, planning and building department, 540 Laird Ave. SE.  He can be reached at 330-841-2973 or at Questions or comments must be submitted by Dec. 23.

Holiday tree lightings set

Numerous communities throughout the area have set holiday tree lightings, including:

• McDonald, 6:30 p.m. today, fire station

• Howland, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, gazebo

• Bristol, 6 p.m. Sunday, township center park

• Niles, 6:30 pm. Monday, fire station

• Austintown, 7 p.m. Thursday, Wickcliffe fire station

• Youngstown, 7 p.m. Friday, Central Square

• Warren, 7:45 p.m. Friday, Courthouse Square

• Brookfield, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, township center green

• Southington, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 3, township gazebo

• Weathersfield, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, township gazebo

• Hartford, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, township park

Sensors to gauge game ‘fan quakes’

COLUMBUS — Ohio Stadium is sure to be rocking today when the rival Ohio State and Michigan football teams take the field.

Geologists will find out just how much.

They’ve planted sensors around the stadium this year to measure the seismic activity created by fans.

Ohio State and Miami University professors teamed up with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to devise the “FanQuakes Magnitude Scale.” It converts the shaking coming from fans into the perceived magnitude of a naturally occurring earthquake.

So far this season, the biggest quake came after Curtis Samuel’s touchdown catch at the beginning of the second half against Nebraska. The shaking reached “magnitude 5.2”