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Your Morning Matters: Be a miracle

Local school districts looking to vaccinate adult staff against coronavirus are getting backup from vaccinating retailers like Giant Eagle and Marc’s.

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters.

It’s Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, and on this day in 1937, 1961, 1981, 2009 and 2017, Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Donald Trump were inaugurated.

Today, Joe Biden takes the oath. And, like in 1937, 1961, 1981, 2009 and 2017 and, frankly, anytime that a president is inaugurated, people on the other side fear the worst. 

After the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, "the worst" has a new definition. Certainly, the bar for “worst” has been lowered. And the soon-to-be-former president, for the first time since 1869, won't attend the inauguration ceremony of the soon-to-be-inaugurated president.

In 1981, Reagan observed, "The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.”

George Bernard Shaw told us, "A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle."    

Divided? Sure. But goodwill, sanity, truth and the nobility of the human spirit endure more often than not. That's always been what has given us the potential to be miraculous, no matter how many times we’ve confronted frauds.

Go create some miracles. And let's be careful out there.

And here are more of the things you need to know about what's happening in the Mahoning Valley:

Local school districts looking to vaccinate adult staff against coronavirus are getting backup from vaccinating retailers like Giant Eagle and Marc’s to meet Gov. Mike DeWine’s goal of having kids back in the classroom by March 1.

Though it seems an “unrealistic” goal, the new private partnerships may make all the difference, educators said. During a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response, DeWine announced nearly all of Ohio’s K-12 school districts have resumed in-person learning or are committed to resuming, on at least a part-time basis, by March 1.

Pandemic facts

  • In the U.S.: 23,780,389 confirmed cases; 396,209 deaths, according to at 9 p.m. Jan. 19.
  • In Ohio: 836,055 confirmed or suspected cases; 10,336 deaths.
  • In Pennsylvania: 777,186 confirmed cases; 19,467 deaths.
  • In the Mahoning Valley: 16,931 confirmed or suspected cases in Mahoning County; 12,515 in Trumbull; and 7,164 in Columbiana.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 30,930.52, up 116.26 points, or 0.38 percent.

Other matters

Today's Business Updates includes these titans of Valley industry: Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Kravitz Delicatessen, Gallery 18, 898 Marketing, Phoenix Physical Therapy and Brouse McDowell. Mahoning Matters

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown answered questions from Youngstown City Council on Tuesday night about increased security for Inauguration Day in the city. Mahoning Matters

State Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, encourages businesses across Mahoning County to apply for assistance through the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Mahoning County has more than 100 businesses that have not yet applied for the grant program, he said. Mahoning Matters

On Wednesday night, the JAC Management Group will light the Huntington Bank Community Alley in pink and green in honor of the country’s first female vice president, Kamala Harris. WKBN

Matthew Perna of Sharon, Pa., has been charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and other charges in connection with the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. WFMJ

The Carl A. Nunziato VA Clinic, named for the local decorated Vietnam War veteran, will open today. The Youngstown clinic is one of 18 VA locations in Northeast Ohio. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]

For all the trials and tribulations that 2020 brought, it may end up being the year that charted a new course for local media, here in the Mahoning Valley and across the country. The Business Journal [May require registration.]

In case you missed it

The Train Station Fitness has teamed up with local health, wellness and fitness professionals to launch The YOU Project this month. The six-week program is aimed to "help you identify the best version of yourself and train lifestyle habits based around fitness, nutrition, mindset and overall wellness." Mahoning Matters

This story was made possible by Farmers National Bank.

Your comments matter

“Well said, Geno DiFabio.”

— Lynn Maizel, on comments from Geno DiFabio, a President Donald Trump supporter and Valley surrogate for the Trump campaign, who said the actions of a violent minority do not reflect the sentiment of Trump supporters largely.

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Event of the day

Mill Creek MetroParks is hosting a free virtual lecture, “Naturalist Series: Weird Things Bugs Do!” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The speaker will be OSU Extension educator Ashley Kulhanek. To register and receive log-in information, click here.

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