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Community Stars in the spotlight

WARREN — The 18th annual Community Star awards dinner on March 19 will shine a light on 10 of the best examples of those who perform good deeds and community service in Trumbull County.

Co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100, the Community Star program celebrates local volunteers who go above and beyond to make a measurable impact in the lives of others without expecting anything in return.

Ten awards will be given this year, chosen from a pool of 40 nominees.

“The judges always have a difficult time choosing each year’s community stars,” said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator at the Tribune Chronicle. “Their stories shine with inspiration, dedication and true commitment to making their community a better place.”

The 2019 class of Community Stars includes:

• Linda Aggarwal of Warren, who helps her neighbors in various ways, is active with Blessed Sacrament Church and takes part in activities with the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley.

• Robert Berk of Howland, past president of Warren Rotary and a Trumbull 100 member. Berk donates many items to the Warren Family Mission and spearheads a winter coat collection there.

• Mike Bollas of Howland, past president of Warren Rotary, Rotary district assistant governor, Guardian Angel volunteer and Someplace Safe treasurer.

l Donna Fowler of Warren, organizer of the Warren G. Harding High School Band’s Relay For Life team. Fowler has tailored Harding band uniforms for more than 40 years, and has acted as a mentor for students.

• Dr. Lance Grahn of Cortland, member of ASAP, or Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Grahn teaches a Junior Achievement class and has been active with the United Way of Trumbull County.

• Miles “Jay” Johnson of Warren, Men of Distinction mentor for students at Jefferson PK-8 and co-creator of “Chess is Life,” which provides free chess lessons in several area schools.

• Dave Luther of Howland, chaplain and member of American Legion Post 700, a first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, and an organizer of the annual Pearl Harbor & Beyond ceremony at Kent State University at Trumbull. Luther helped build a Wall of Honor, which lists the names of veterans who died from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, and also conducts a weekly Bible study at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

• Lisa Ramsey of Warren, treasurer of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and member of the Trumbull County Historical Society Board Of Directors. Ramsey specializes in writing grants for FACT and the historical society, and volunteers at the annual Ghost Walk in downtown Warren.

• Janet Schweitzer of Howland, a Harriet Taylor Upton Association trustee, vice president, docent and grant writer for the Trumbull County Historical Society trustees, and officer for Mary Chesney Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Schweitzer has been a member of the Warren Rotary for 30 years and is active at Christ Episcopal Church.

• Barbara Vingle of Warren, an advocate for the Trumbull County Alzheimer’s Association, and a Relay For Life team captain for more than 10 years.

Full profiles of each person will be featured in a special section that will be published March 20, following the annual Community Stars dinner at St. Demetrios Community Center in Warren.

Tickets for the dinner are available at the newspaper office, 240 Franklin St. SE, by phone or with an order form that will run frequently in the Tribune Chronicle print edition. For more information, contact Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or at 330-841-1696.

avugrincic@tribtoday.com

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