With the economy being the way it is it may be time to think through some one-tank trips to enjoy what Trumbull County has to offer and to save some money.
In the past year my wife and I have traveled throughout the county meeting people and having fun, adventures and learning experiences. We are convinced that Trumbull County has more to offer everyone than most people realize.
We have been to the four corners of the county on more than one occasion. We have been to library book sales, church rummage sales, weddings and receptions, not to mention historical sites, learning activities and the homes of new friends. Along the way we have met and talked with a diverse group of people.
While traveling we have found that for the most part it really is easy to get around here. Routes 534 and 7 will take you north and south. Routes 87 and 88 will take you east and west through the northern part of the county. You have to be much more creative to go east or west through the southern part of the county, but it can be done.
A part of the fun in these adventures is stopping to eat. We have been to the Emerald Diner in Hubbard. We liked both the food and the atmosphere. Then while in Kinsman we stopped at Nancy's Cafe because some locals suggested it. We weren't disappointed with the simple decor and food.
Part of the adventure for us is asking people where the locals like to eat. These two restaurants are very different but they are both local, small businesses and we appreciate their contribution to their communities.
All of our travels are not far from Champion. Two restaurants in Champion that we like are the Post House and Wayside Diner. Both offer good food at a fair price. A couple of restaurants we've found in Cortland are the Four Star Diner and Vasilio's Restaurant and Pizzeria. I am going to have to go back to Vasilio's and try a pizza burger some time.
We don't just drive around looking for places to eat, but we do like to eat and support local small businesses at the same time. There is so much to offer around here. I know I've said that before, but I mean it. There is so much to see and do around Trumbull County that boredom is not an option.
In the two-week stretch between columns I do a lot of driving. Most of it is for work and some of it is for fun. There are a lot of interesting people here and a lot of interesting happenings. Just look around and see what local communities have to offer, then get a map and plan a one-tank trip.
In closing I want to congratulate the girl's softball team of Champion on winning their second straight state tournament title and good luck next year on a three-peat.
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.