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Community’s brightest stars sought

For the Community Star nomination form, click here.

WARREN — It’s time again for the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 to recognize those individuals who embody excellence throughout Trumbull County.

The Community Stars program, now in its 19th year, celebrates those who go above and beyond volunteering their time, talents and resources to make the community better. As in past years, 10 people will be recognized for their efforts. This is the 10th year that Trumbull 100 is a co-sponsor.

“The mission of Trumbull 100 is really to improve the quality of life within Trumbull County, so the projects we co-sponsor or fund are always aligned to the mission. Community Stars is an example of where people are doing the kinds of things that are significant projects that are going to better the lives of people within the community,” said Nathan Mullen, president of Trumbull 100.

Last year’s honorees included a veteran who works tirelessly for other veterans, a man who created a mentorship program for boys in the Warren City School District and a woman who has tailored the Warren G. Harding band uniforms for more than 40 years.

“It is important to recognize those in the community who make important contributions and to recognize them for their service,” said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle. “We ask the community to nominate someone who volunteers in the community and who has made a significant impact or someone who has touched a lot of lives.”

Shafer said the people nominated for the award generally “fly under the radar” and do not expect recognition, which is why nominations from the community are sought.

The Tribune Chronicle is accepting nominations now through Jan. 20. The nominations should explain what the nominee does to stand out from the rest.

Last year’s winners were:

• 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.

• 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 the 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.

Nominations can be made by filling out a submission form that will run periodically in the Tribune Chronicle and mailing it to Tribune Chronicle, c/o Sue Shafer, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483. Submissions also can be emailed to Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or by clicking on this story and the attached nomination form at www.tribtoday.com.

Based on the submissions, judges will pick 10 people to be recognized. A person can be nominated more than once, but they only can win one time.

The winners will be chosen Jan. 30 and announced Feb. 2 in the Tribune Chronicle. They will be honored at a dinner March 18 at St. Demetrios Hall on Atlantic Street in Warren and will be featured in a special section of the paper.

This year’s class of winners will bring the number of people recognized to more than 200 since the program started in 2002.

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