1919: 7th, 8th graders in contest of expression

99 years ago in 1919:

• The pupils of all the seventh and eighth grades in the city under the direction of Miss Marjory Rice, supervisor of expression, held a contest in Sutliff Hall. The eighth-grade students recited “Soldiers of Freedom” by President Woodrow Wilson and the seventh-grade pupils gave the poem, “In Flanders Field,” by Lt. Col. John McCrae. The judges for the contest were Mrs. Arner Clark and Dr. S.B. Salmon.

• Outdoor Sunday services were to be held during the summer and the evening church goers were to have the opportunity to hear the sermons while comfortably seated in the shade. At the Monday meeting of the Warren Ministerial Association, plans were getting under way for public services for Sunday evenings during July and August in the city park. The city band was to cooperate with the churches in these outdoor meetings, to get the best song leader in the city and to have the church choirs form a large chorus. Seats were provided for the large audiences, to induce the people of Warren to get together for an inspirational hour in God’s great out-of-doors.

50 years ago in 1968:

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1090 will host the 4th annual meeting of the Ohio 8th District of the VFW.

The district is comprised of 54 posts throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Summit and part of Portage counties. Many VFW celebrities were expected for the meetings.

The program started with registration at the Post Home with a dinner for about 200 persons who had made reservations. After dinner, awards were given from the VFW District and the Ladies Auxiliary of the district were given out to individuals at the Posts.

• Albert Morris, of Atlantic NE, was retired from Anderson Ford Sales as auto parts manager and was honored at an open house surprise party given by his wife to celebrate the combination of his birthday and retirement. Over 100 relatives and friends attended the open house and many gifts were presented to the guest of honor.

Morris had worked in the auto parts department for over 40 years and planned to do a lot of traveling.

25 years ago in 1993:

• Newton Falls started what police Chief Robert Carlson called a rolling band of volunteer public relations-information enforcement officers. These reserve squad patrols were to be riding bicycles when out on patrol in the village.

Carlson, who had been trying to get the city’s patrols started for about three years, said one of the project’s goals was to improve public relations.

Carlson and Sgt. Jim Lane were enrolled at Kent State University to become certified in the training of other officers in the handling of the special modified mountain bikes built with all-terrain suspension and tires.

In addition to fighting theft and vandalism on the streets, the patrol would serve different duties.

“These will be sort of information booths on wheels,” he said.

• Nobody noticed a wrong street sign in Warren. North Park Avenue, the dividing line between side streets northeast or northwest might have misdirected citizens on the corner of North Park and Washington St. NE, if anyone had noticed.

Employees at a Dairy Mart nearby said no one had stopped in to ask directions. One young man who had worked there four days said he didn’t know anything about the street or the signs.

Neighbors asked about the sign just raised their eyebrows at the questions. One said, “We know where we live.”

10 years ago in 2008:

• Two John F. Kennedy seniors enjoyed the first day after high school, but not by moving from graduation party to party. Neither Jackie Kolovich nor Ali Rossi had even attended their graduation parties, but they were getting plenty of congratulations.

“It’s starting to sink in a little bit,” Kolovich said, not of receiving her high school diploma but, instead, along with the other members of the Eagles softball team, defeating Windham in the Division IV regional final and advancing to the state final four.

“This has been such a great experience,” Rossi said of going to the state softball tournament — the first time in history a Kennedy softball team made it that far in the postseason. The softball team was the only girls team at Kennedy to make it that far in postseason competition since the 1999 girls golf team.

• A Kia Rio sat on the south side of U.S. Route 422 just west of Laird Avenue in Warren as its driver, a Newton Falls resident, explained how she had avoided an accident. The car seemed to speed up as she applied pressure to the brakes, the driver said. It was a successful effort to stop (the car) from hitting the vehicles ahead of her, she said.

She swerved to the right, onto the grass grass embankment and against a tree.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.