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BUSINESS UPDATES | Group to launch solar co-op in Youngstown

Among the business updates this week: Boardman Subaru and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley; Wedgewood Pizza Boardman; Kravitz Deli; GetGo; and Farmers National Banc Corp.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors will launch four solar co-ops in Youngstown, Akron, Cuyahoga County and Dayton to help homeowners and small-business owners learn about solar energy and purchase solar panels and electric vehicle chargers at a group rate from a single installer.

Solar United Neighbors will host an online event to launch the four solar co-ops at 6 p.m. May 9. The event, hosted on Zoom, is free and open to the public. It will include a virtual solar home tour and a presentation about solar technology and economics.

Those interested can sign up here for the virtual launch event or join one of the solar co-ops with no cost or commitment.

“Now, more than ever, Ohioans interested in going solar need trustworthy information and access to competitive pricing,” Tristan Rader, Ohio program director for Solar United Neighbors, said in a news release.

Co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to obtain competitive pricing and quality solar installations, according to the release. Joining a co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar panels or chargers.

Boardman Subaru to donate
$14,000 to Second Harvest

BOARDMAN — Boardman Subaru is donating $14,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley today (May 1).

The donation will enable the food bank to provide 140,049 meals to Mahoning Valley residents. 

“We want to be more than a car dealership,” Rob Fellman, owner of Boardman Subaru, said in a news release. “We have a commitment to our community and to our customers.”

“We greatly appreciate this generous donation from Rob Fellman at Boardman Subaru to help feed our community during this time of unprecedented need,” Michael Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, said.

Wedgewood Pizza Boardman donates
105 pizzas to Success After 6 students

BOARDMAN — Wedgewood Pizza Boardman, 6200 South Ave., on Thursday donated 105 pizzas to students participating in United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley's Success After 6 virtual after-school program. 

United Way staff picked up the pizzas and delivered them to the students’ homes.

Anthony Pellegrini, owner of Wedgewood Pizza Boardman, said he wanted to give back to the community, so he reached out to the United Way.

When schools were shut down in March, the United Way's Success After 6 staff worked with the Youngstown City School District to offer the virtual after-school program. The students use a Facebook group, Zoom and FaceTime to engage with the Success After 6 staff from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. They work on academics as well as enrichment activities.

Kravitz to kick off celebration
of 50 years on Belmont Avenue

YOUNGSTOWN — Kravitz Deli is celebrating 50 years on Belmont Avenue.

The celebration will kick off Tuesday (May 5) with a $5 sale on its corned beef and Swiss cheese sandwiches for the first 1,970 customers.

Owner Jack Kravitz said he had planned to celebrate the golden anniversary with promotions and giveaways in the summer but decided people needed a reason to celebrate now.

“Sure, it’s a depressing period in our history, so that’s why we need a little bit of a party right now,” Kravitz said in a news release. “Can’t be a traditional party, so instead it will be a curbside party.”

GetGo locations now offering
curbside pickup, home delivery

CLEVELAND — GetGo is making fresh, made-to-order meal solutions more accessible through the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing both home delivery and curbside pickup options.

“As we all continue to stay home and practice social distancing, we recognize that people are craving variety in their meal planning,” GetGo spokeswoman Jannah Jablonowski said in a news release. “We are very excited to give our guests convenient, contactless access to all the delicious food and beverage combinations that GetGo has to offer.”

The entire GetGo menu is available for home delivery through the DoorDash app and website. Delivery will be free on a guest’s first order of $15 or more through May 13. Guests have the ability to customize their orders, and both payment and delivery will be contactless.

To find a participating location, view the full GetGo menu, or place an order, go to

Farmers National Banc Corp.
announces first-quarter results

CANFIELD — Farmers National Banc Corp. on Wednesday reported financial results for the three months ended March 31.

Net income was $8.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, which compares with $8.4million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and $9.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the linked quarter. 

Net income excluding acquisition costs for the quarter was $9.7 million, or $0.34 per share, compared with $8.4 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same quarter in 2019, and $9.8 million, or $0.35 per share, for the most recent quarter. 

“As we all experience the pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused around the world, the people at Farmers remain actively engaged and are focused on helping our clients navigate through this challenging time,” Kevin J. Helmick, president and CEO, said in a news release.

Gas prices down slightly in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio was 5 cents cheaper this week at 1.38 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area was $1.22 per gallon.

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