Church offers basement for YMCA

99 years ago in 1919:

• The basement of Central Christian Church was offered to young men of the city as a social center pending the institution of a new YMCA.

The official board of the church offered the use of their basement “a commodious room, well lighted and covered with rubber carpet.”

The room was to be free to all young men of the city without regard to church. As there was no room in the city used for such purposes, the young men were expected to “undoubtedly be glad to accept the offer of the church board.”

• The transportation committee of the Board of Trade in a communication to the City Council and County Commissioners, protested strongly against a proposed franchise for the M.V. Lines. The committee spoke expressly on the rate of fare between Leavittsburg and Warren and between Niles and Mineral Ridge. The proposed rates were inconsistent, they claimed.

“A transportation company should keep clearly before it the business of serving the public at whose hands they get their franchise rights to operate. The compensation for that service must be such as to net them a fair return on their investment as a whole, rather than on the investment of each mile of track operated,” read a letter submitted in protest, written by the board of trade to the council.

The claim asked that the rate be reduced as many employees of Warren manufacturers residing in these areas were unfairly charged to work within the city affecting business and imposing a “disproportionate burden on a portion of our citizens and employees.”

50 years ago in 1968:

• Glenn Schotten, well-known education writer for the Tribune, was honored at the Warren Education Association for “outstanding service to education in Warren through his accurate and informative reporting on the services and needs of the Warren City Schools.”

In honoring Schotten, the WEA pointed out it was paying special tribute to the Tribune for its service to education. Schotten was presented a plaque by the education association president-elect.

• While local residents battled single-digit temperatures, one local family waited to be reunited.

A Warren osteopathic surgeon and his 13-year-old daughter were treated in a New York hospital for minor bruises following the forced landing of his newly purchased plane in a snow-covered cornfield near Clyde, N.Y.

Dr. John Damaini, chief surgeon at Warren General Hospital, and his daughter, Mary Ann, an eighth-grade student at Blessed Sacrament School, had not arrived back in Warren. Mrs. Damaini said her husband was delayed in New York while making arrangements to have his single-engine Cessna 205 dismantled and taken to a dealer in Seneca Falls, New York.

Damaini told New York State police the trouble with his plane’s fuel system developed, the engine stopped and he brought the ship down in the cornfield where it skidded in a foot of snow before coming to a stop.

The doctor and his daughter had gone to Maine to fly the plane, which was several years old and had recently been purchased by the family.

25 years ago in 1993:

• Three Howland women were injured when the van they were riding in crashed into an auto on Stillwagon Road, just south of Niles-Vienna Road.

The women, ages 52, 40 and 32, all of Brookfield, were northbound on Stillwagon shortly before 2 p.m. when a car driven by a 42-year-old Bazetta man pulled out of a driveway. Troopers said the van hit the car and went off the right side of the road and into a tree.

The driver of the car was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

• A new Middlefield librarian was managing with not enough space.

The Middlefield library was not large enough to accommodate a growing community. The Geauga Library System had built two libraries in 10 years and were not likely to build another.

The Middlefield branch, actually the second library in the county system, went from a storefront to a new building in 1977.

“We’re going to be doing some inside work as a stop-gap for now,” Barbara Luther, the new library manager, said.

10 years ago in 2008:

• The Lakeview Board of Education approved $500,000 in cuts, including five teachers regardless of the result of a 7.5-mill emergency levy on the March 4 ballot. They took a look at what it would face if the levy — meant to bring in $2 million annually — failed, potentially requiring another $400,000 in cuts.

“This is a work in progress,” Superintendent Robert Wilson said of the levy that would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $260 per year. Cuts were expected to help ease an expected $900,000 deficit to take effect in June of that year.

• A 33-year-old woman of Warren pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property in Warren Municipal Court.

A two-month investigation into the woman’s store revealed the owner told shoplifters to steal videos from various businesses and sell them to her for half their retail value. She would then sell the videos at full price to make a profit.

The thieves hit stores in Niles, Warren, Howland and Boardman and several of them were charged as well. The woman was charged with receiving stolen property and had been brought up on previous charges, including felony drug possession.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart