New traffic lights on way in Niles

NILES — Traffic lights and street lamps in Niles all will be replaced as a part of the light department’s capital improvements budget over the next few years.

Replacing the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs in traffic lights and in street lamps will save the city half the electricity it provides for the fixtures, light Superintendent Jim Newbrough said.

About 300 traffic lights and several pedestrian signs at a cost of $49,000 will be installed on Main Street between Third Street and North Road by an outside company this summer, Newbrough said. The job will be bid out. To get a discount on the equipment, the city needs to sign up for the state purchasing program. The rest of the lights will be changed out in coming years.

The department also budgeted $25,000 to replace street lamps on portions of Robbins Avenue and state Route 46. City workers will do the work. A model hasn’t been selected.

Historical society seeking members

McDONALD — The Historical Society of McDonald is sponsoring a membership drive to March 1.

A membership costs $5 for students, $10 for individuals, $50 for patrons and $100 for businesses.

The nonprofit organization collects and preserves historical artifacts of McDonald Village.

President David Martin leads the monthly meetings at the Community Center. The group has a curator who works with the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown to learn techniques that ensure artifacts are preserved properly.

Membership money should be sent to Historical Society of McDonald, P.O. Box 411, McDonald, OH 44437. Checks should be addressed to the Historical Society of McDonald.

For more information, call 330-530-4878. Membership is open to the public.