Ali Baba Grotto circus visited Warren

99 years ago in 1923

One of the cleanest, moral and high class attractions which had been presented in Warren for some time was the Ali Baba Grotto society circus, which opened a week’s engagement at the Main Street show grounds.

Sections were reserved during the performance for members of the Lions Club and the Knights of Pythias, and long before the show started, an enthusiastic crowd was waiting to get into the tent.

From the time the Grotto band struck up the opening number of the program till the last act, enthusiasm and applause were in order and when the impersonator of Charlie Chaplin appeared and did a number of clever stunts, the assembly was in the best of humor. He was the comedy all during the event and his stunts called forth much applause and merriment from the onlookers.

Little Jean Kinsley, 16-month-old son of the manager of the show cleverly costumed, toddled around the ring and in keeping tab on his daddy did a number of clever baby stunts.

50 years ago in 1972

Terry November of Cortland was in New York City to begin three days of competition in the “Miss American Teen” pageant.

The pretty 17-year-old won the “Miss Teen Ohio” crown in competition with 14 other finalists from across the state at the Eastwood Mall. Selection was based on poise, grooming, academic ability and personality.

A senior at Lakeview High School, where she was a straight-A student and head majorette and feature twirler with the Lakeview Band, the 5-foot-5 brunette represented Warren in state finals.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete November of Cortland, Terry November also was the director of her own baton corps, the Twirling Terry-ettes.

In the national competition in New York City, Miss November competed with other state winners for $25,000 in prizes, including a college scholarship and a chance to appear on several television shows.

25 years ago in 1997

The Children of Chernobyl kids were heading home.

After two months in the United States for medical treatment and relief from their nuclear contaminated surroundings in their home country of Belarus, 80 children were set to be flown out of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to New Jersey and then to Belarus.

More than 30 pilots from Air-LifeLine, a national nonprofit organization with pilots who donate their time, aircraft and fuel, were taking the Belorussian children to New Jersey.

The kids, including several who stayed in the Mahoning Valley, came from an area in Belarus that was more devastated by the 1986 explosion at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

10 years ago in 2012

John F. Kennedy’s boys golf team scores had been on par with its expectations.

After a two-point victory over Walsh Jesuit, Kennedy shot 332 at its inaugural JFK Invitational at Trumbull Country Club — beating Mentor Catholic by five strokes.

Eagles coach Jim St. George said while he was pleased with the win, he felt his team didn’t play up to the standards he had set for it.

“We underachieved,” he said. “I think we have better potential team than that. It was just one of those days. As a team, w were able to pull it out. Our magic number was 320, so shooting 332 was not up to our standards.”

The first JFK invitational attracted 10 teams and 50 golfers. Rounding out the 10 teams were Girard (338), Poland (341), Cardinal Mooney (345), Villa Angela-St. Joseph (348), Trinity (383), Warren G. Harding (388) and South Range (412).


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