Community Stars represent the area’s finest

The very best examples of community service and the people who do those good deeds will soon be honored again as part of the 17th annual Community Stars awards.

It’s amazing how many people do good in our community. More than 40 nominations this year were narrowed down to 12 people selected to be recognized as Community Stars March 20 by the Tribune Chronicle, Trumbull 100 and, of course, their friends, family and recipients of the blessings they have bestowed selflessly on their communities.

Being honored this year are:

• Andrew Bednar of Warren, president of the Warren Rotary Club. He was chairman of the Howland Local Schools Community Collaboration Committee that led to the creation of the Howland Community Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to seniors graduating from the district.

• Sam Covelli of Warren, owner / operator of Covelli Enterprises, who was nominated for his philanthropic efforts, which include his work for the Panerathon that has raised more than $2 million to support the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

• Debbie Hayes, clothing coordinator for Basement Outreach Ministries, an organization that provides community outreach to local residents. She also volunteers at the Sahara II Community Resource Center, St. William Church in Champion and Friends of the Greenhouse Consortium at Packard Park.

• Katylu Herriman of Warren. Her volunteer activities include giving time at First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Trumbull County Historical Society, the Upton Association, Sutliff Museum and Trumbull Mobile Meals.

• Joyce Jones of Kinsman for her work as a member of the auxiliary at American Legion Post 506 in Kinsman, her effort to bring the circus to town and Christmas in Kinsman, which was Jones’ idea. She also volunteers at American Red Cross blood drives and coordinates the effort to make sure the graves of veterans in Kinsman Cemetery are decorated with flowers and flags before Memorial Day.

• Bonnie Loomis of Warren. Loomis has been a troop leader in the Girl Scouts for more than 50 years, sometimes for as many as four troops at once.

• Mary Lou and Sal Mormando of Warren, who have spent nearly 25 years ministering to inmates at the Trumbull Correctional Institution.

• Joyce Polenick and Jennifer Economos Sudzina, who created Light up the Square in downtown Warren, a project created to honor and carry on the memory of Jennifer’s father, longtime Warren businessman Jim Economos.

• Teresa Webb of Bristol. Webb’s volunteer work includes time at Bristolville United Methodist Church, for which she raises money through an annual craft show. She was also instrumental in raising more than $8,000 for a local family who lost their home in a fire.

• Jay Wonders of Warren. He organized a bike ride in Trumbull County to raise money for scholarships for local students after his son, Garrett, was killed in 2004 while on a training ride for the 2004 Olympic trials. He also campaigns to keep the roads safe for bicyclists and encourages drivers to share the road.

It is truly inspirational to be in the company of such giving folks who sacrifice their time and efforts, asking for nothing in return.

Congratulations to them all. Readers who would like to help recognized these fine members of our community may attend the March 20 dinner at St. Demetrios Community Center, Warren. Tickets may be purchased at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, or by an order form that publishes frequently in the pages of the Tribune Chronicle. For more information, contact Shafer at or at 330-841-1696.

And remember, it’s never too early to begin thinking about who might be a good nominee for next year’s event.