Doing good deeds; celebrating the Indians

Let’s just say the weather was less than ideal for hundreds of local volunteers who headed out Saturday to take part in the 14th annual Trumbull County Make A Difference Day.

And while the cold rain likely caused some folks to rethink their plans, hundreds still turned out to do their part on this fourth Saturday of October on projects that help the lonely or needy, make the neighborhoods a little brighter or simply make the Mahoning Valley a better place to live.

In all, more than 60 projects were registered for the day that’s been sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle for more than a decade. Many folks I work with at the Tribune offices also turned out, like they have for more than a decade, to serve up burgers, hot dogs and other picnic fare at the Warren Community Amphitheatre for a free celebration for the volunteers — many who were cold and wet.

You can read all about the hard work done throughout the day on today’s front page and then again in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle, with a little more detail on the success of each of the projects and photos of volunteers.

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In keeping with pleasant thoughts, sports fans all over northeast Ohio are rejoicing in their Indians.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers took home the trophy just a few months ago, who would have ever thought this city that has been in a championship drought for decades would be back in the spotlight again so soon?

Of course, it starts Tuesday evening with the first game of the 2016 World Series in downtown Cleveland. It’s the first time Cleveland has ever hosted the opening game of the Fall Classic.

In response, the Tribune Chronicle will be doing what we can to capture the moments and preserve them. That will begin with a special section Tuesday morning previewing the teams, the history, the stats and the excitement.

After that, we will wrap our paper in a special World Series sports section the morning after each game.

Our sports department and newspaper designers have been working hard since last week laying out plans and stories for these commemorative sections that we are certain Tribe fans will want to collect and treasure for years to come — win or lose.

We also are looking for great fan stories to include. If you are a longtime season ticket holder, have crazy amounts of Tribe collectibles or have some other interesting fan story to tell us, please call the newsroom or email me. We may want to share your story with our readers.

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Win or lose, area sports fans have lots to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

And of course, we know there is much more to praise than just sports.

As we’ve done for decades, the Tribune Chronicle wants to hear your thankful thoughts. We will publish them — all of them — beginning with the Thanksgiving Day edition so you and all our tens of thousands of readers can take time out and enjoy them before and after the turkey, stuffing and the NFL games.

Please clip out the form that has been running regularly in the Tribune Chronicle, and send it back telling us what you are most thankful for. The challenging part is keeping it short — 25 words or fewer — so we have enough room for everyone’s. Mail it to Giving Thanks, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483. Or email your thoughts to givingthanks@tribtoday.com. Include your name, community and a phone number in case we have questions.

We encourage teachers to use the opportunity as a class project. Because of the volume, though, we ask that teachers send those to us electronically.

Deadline is Nov. 11.

blinert@tribtoday.com

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