Niles Times

Remembering POWs with annual display

NILES — Prisoners of war and military members still missing were remembered with an annual 24-hour display set up by local veterans at Circle Park in Niles. Bill Weiser of Negley, one of the event organizers, said the POW / MIA Recognition Day remembers those who never came home and those ...

McDonald decision to close basketball courts now final

McDONALD — The Woodland Park basketball courts will remain closed for the rest of the year and Village Council gave final reading Sept. 20 on legislation allowing the mayor and village administrator to set and regulate the days and hours when the courts and other parts of the park will be ...

Weathersfield BOE approves contract

WEATHERSFIELD — The Weathersfield Board of Education has approved a new five-year contract for treasurer Steve Haynie, effective for the 2018-19 school year. Haynie, who has been treasurer for the past two years, is now paid $53,000. He will receive $55,000 the first and second years, ...

McKinley Memorial ready for centennial

NILES — The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial will hold a centennial re-dedication and time capsule opening Oct. 14. The event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the memrorial, 40 N. Main St., Niles. There will be free tours of the National McKinley Birthplace Museum in the auditorium wing ...

McKinley Memorial Library book sale set

NILES — The Friends of the McKinley Memorial Library will hold their annual book sale Oct. 5-8 in the McKinley Auditorium. A preview sale for Friends members will be 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4. The sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8. ...

Friends remember Parise; ex-mayor died Sept. 3

NILES — The city lost a legend with the Sept. 3 death of a former mayor of Niles who stayed active in the city decades after his term ended. Joseph Parise, 87, served one term as an independent before he was voted out in 1991, but he never faded to the sidelines, said Niles City Councilman ...

Group does mission work in Ky.

NILES — Teens and adults from First Christian Church of Niles spent part of the summer doing mission work in Covington, Ky., an effort that was organized by Group Mission Teams. Stacy Gaugler, leader of the church’s Christian Youth Fellowship, said six people, including herself, Don ...

Collections will make a difference Oct. 28

NILES — Every year for nearly a decade, Niles Community Services has held a community-wide food drive as its Make A Difference Day project. And every year, the community responds generously to the cause, said director Jean Williams. Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Tribune ...

MVSD to keep consulting firm during transition

MINERAL RIDGE — A consulting firm will stay on at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District during the transition to a new chief engineer, who begins Oct. 1, according to a member of the board overseeing the water treatment plant. “We don’t want to pull the plug on MS Consultants just yet, ...

Niles fire chief warns of scam

NILES — Residents have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Niles Fire Department, asking for money in exchange for smoke detectors. But it’s a scam, said fire Chief David Danielson. The department is not selling detectors and does not have any ongoing fundraisers, ...

Reunion set for Class of 1955

NILES — The Niles McKinley High School Class of 1955 will hold its 62nd reunion 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland. Those attending can pick from the menu and everyone pays for their own meal. There will be a discussion about the regularity and timing of future ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox
Donovan Brown, 9, and A.J. Jenyk, 9, helped their parents clean up a lawn Saturday on Ann Avenue in Niles.

Family reaches out to residents shamed online

NILES — When someone started posting pictures of lawns and houses online and shaming the residents for high grass, weeds and other things over the last few weeks, one married couple decided it made more sense to offer a helping hand than to complain from behind a screen. Adam Jenyk and ...

Tribune Chronicle / Andy Gray
Mariann O'Halloran, fiscal officer for the McKinley Memorial Library, hangs entries for the McKinley Art Contest Show, which opens Friday at the Art Outreach Gallery at Eastwood Mall in Niles.

Gallery displays McKinley-inspired art

NILES — Art inspired by President William McKinley is on display at the Art Outreach Gallery. About 30 works were created by artists ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens. The exhibit is part of a yearlong celebration of the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in ...

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Mason St. Clair, 15, of Niles holds a bust of President Richard Nixon, which is part of his presidential memorabilia collection.

Niles teenager collects presidential memorabilia

NILES — Despite being a student at Niles McKinley High School, Mason St. Clair’s favorite president is not the school’s namesake, William McKinley. That honor belongs to Jimmy Carter, who Mason recently met in Georgia. Mason, 15, a sophomore, has amassed a collection of 4,500 to ...

President McKinley returns to Ohio in 1897

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. President William McKinley, looking fit and well-rested, according to newspaper accounts, boarded a train Aug. 22, 1897, in upstate New York near Lake Champlain ...

State auditor has reservations about MVSD refunds

WARREN — The Auditor of State has reservations about some $5 million in refunds the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is scheduled to give to the cities of Youngstown and Niles and the village of McDonald. In a letter dated Aug. 25 to the two judges charged with overseeing the MVSD, state ...

Officers cleared in fatal shooting of suspect

WARREN — The two Howland police officers involved in a February fatal shooting in the Howland Giant Eagle parking lot have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said no charges will be ...

Friendly Squares celebrate 7th anniversary with dance

NILES — The Niles Friendly Squares celebrate its seventh anniversary at its monthly square dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St. Dress is casual and there is a $6 per person donation at the door. Gene Hammond will be the caller. A new year of weekly ...

Auditorium project moves ahead

GIRARD — The Board of Education has been interviewing architects for the planned auditorium complex at the Girard junior / senior high school building off Shannon Road and will likely name the chosen firm later this month. Board President Mark Zuppo said at the Aug. 30 meeting the board has ...

Italian voices block KKK’s arrival

NILES — Talk to almost any Italian-American living in Niles and they have a story about one of their relatives who participated in the effort to stop the Ku Klux Klan from entering the city and holding a parade on Nov. 1, 1924. Even the curator of the National McKinley Birthplace Museum, ...