Niles Times

McKinley library director in line for new post

YOUNGSTOWN — The director of the McKinley Memorial Library in Niles is a finalist in the search for the next executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Michelle Alleman is among four finalists named after recent interviews. Alleman, who has more than 18 ...

Police blotter- Girard

Police activity reported Sept. 25-Oct.6: Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. — A vehicle break-in at 831 Gary Ave. Oct. 5, 3:36 p.m. — Burglary at 1144 Patricia Ave. Oct. 4, 8:36 a.m. — Telephone harassment at 326 Williams Court. 12:35 a.m. — Aaron L. Clinkscale, 24, 235 E. North Heights Ave., ...

Property transfers

Property transfers recorded Sept. 27 to Oct. 5: Girard Anthony R. Canterino and Richard J. Ragozine to Samuel Milligan, 313 Prospect, $53,900. Joseph M. Krizancic to Benny Yarber, 26 Elruth, $87,000. James McCune to Amy Drennen, 658 Brunstetter Road, $141,000. Cabrera Ventures LLC, ...

McKinley sits for a portrait with Swiss artist

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. In the fall of 1897, President William McKinley took time out of his busy schedule to have his portrait painted. This idea did not originate with him, but with ...

Young Niles students get free meals

NILES — For the first time in its history, the Niles City School District is providing free breakfasts and lunches to every student in kindergarten to fifth grade at the Niles Primary and Niles Intermediate school buildings. Holly Hanni, food service director for Niles schools and a ...

Billing office faces criticism

NILES — Even as the city struggled through fiscal emergency over the last three years, the former administration and service directors handed out discounts on utility bills, the service director said. “I don’t know if it was an administrative oversight. I don’t know if it’s ...

Former McMenamy’s owner gets probation

WARREN — The owner of a former banquet facility in Niles received two years’ probation Sept. 18 on a misdemeanor conviction of attempted workers’ compensation fraud. Robert Leonard, 68, of Cynthia Court, Niles, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos, who ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...