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Community Stars banquet canceled

WARREN — The 19th annual Community Stars banquet has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, event co-sponsor the Tribune Chronicle announced over the weekend.

The event, which honors the very best examples of community service and the people who do those good deeds, is co-sponsored by Trumbull 100. It originally was planned March 18 — shortly after the pandemic began — and at that time was postponed with no new date set.

Sponsors decided to cancel this year’s event due to Gov. Mike DeWine’s guidelines after the pandemic showed no signs of letting up.

“This year’s class of Community Stars will be honored at the 2021 banquet,” Tribune Chronicle community events coordinator Sue Shafer said.

“The cancellation of the banquet in no way diminishes the contributions our winners have made or the good they have done,” Shafer said. “It is with a heavy heart that the decision to cancel was made.”

Those who paid for tickets with a check or credit card automatically will be refunded. Those who bought tickets with cash should call Shafer at 330-841-1696 to arrange their refund.

The 2020 Class of Community Stars includes:

• Cindy Angelo of Warren, who has been volunteering at the Camelot Riding Center in Southington for more than 20 years. She now is board president and organizes fundraisers to keep the facility afloat, as well as cares for the horses.

• Beverly Gartland of Warren, who helped Basement Outreach Ministries secure a $50,000 grant and nine computers and also helps distribute food on behalf of the organization.

• Basil and Mary Lou Jarrett of Cortland, who are caretakers of the flags on the state Route 11 overpass on King Graves Road. The couple started the flag project. They also volunteer at the Cortland Lions Club french fry trailer at Lakeview football games. Both also are involved individually in numerous volunteer organizations, including the garden club, Warren Junior Women’s Leauge, Lions Club and the Cortland Street Fair.

• Pastor George Johnson of Warren, who volunteers at the Hope Center and does prison ministry and inmate counseling.

• Virginia Logan of Kinsman, who volunteers for numerous activities at Gustavus Federated Church, including going on mission trips to Liberia.

• Terry Mascioli of Cortland, who is on the board at the Warren Family Mission and donates many hours at Hannah’s House.

• Ellie Monchak and Jean Potashnik, both of Warren, who put in many hours for the Warren Civic Music Association. Both also are involved at their respective churches.

• John Payiavlas of Warren, founder of AVI Food Systems, who is very involved in local Greek organizations and donates money to various schools, hospitals and other institutions.

• John Streitferdt of Warren, who is a lifetime honorary member of the Champion Fire Department, volunteered with the Boy Scouts and visits veterans at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Clinic as part of the American Legion.

• Carole Wiley of Cortland, who is very active at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Lakeview Outreach and Fellowship. She was nominated by four different people, receiving the most nominations this year.

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

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