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Your Morning Matters: Bogie and Bacall and Ohio

Superintendents at Valley schools said students and staff are adjusting well — so far.

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters.

It’s Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and on this day in 1924, Lauren Bacall was born.

And until I did a little research, I had no idea that the Hollywood legend married Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart just two hours away at Malabar Farms in southern Richland County.

The farm was owned and managed by Bogart friend and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Louis Bromfield, who often brought his celebrity friends to the 600 acres. Picture James Cagney driving a tractor and you've got a good idea of the farm and the times.

There was a great excerpt about the wedding this past May in Vogue magazine, published as an excerpt from the book "The Planter of Modern Life" by Stephen Heyman. He noted, "On May 21, 1945, one of the greatest celebrity weddings of all time took place not in a castle in Europe or a ballroom in Hollywood but on an experimental farm in rural Ohio."

Malabar Farms, now a state park, was called "America's most famous farm" by author and Youngstown State University alum Tom Bachelder, who served as a naturalist at the park before retiring. He serves on the Malabar Farm Foundation Board of Directors. 

His book, "These Thousand Acres: The Story of the Land That Became Malabar Farm," is available on

And it sounds like a heckuva day trip as we head toward fall.

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:

Despite the many changes with the 2020-21 school year beginning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, superintendents at Valley schools said students and staff are adjusting well — so far.

Mahoning Matters checked in with superintendents in Boardman, Canfield, Howland, Jackson-Milton and Western Reserve to find out how the new school year has gone so far. 


  • In the U.S.: 6,520,907 confirmed cases; 196,054 deaths, according to at 10 p.m. Sept. 15.
  • In Ohio: 139,485 confirmed or suspected cases; 4,506 deaths.
  • In Pennsylvania: 146,214 confirmed cases; 7,875 deaths.
  • In the Mahoning Valley: 2,966 confirmed or suspected cases in Mahoning County; 1,823 in Trumbull; and 1,900 in Columbiana.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 27,995.60, up 2.27 points, or 0.0081 percent.

Other matters

"I don’t think Ohio's unique," Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday in discussing the harassment that drove one ODH health director from office and may have thwarted a successor. Health directors throughout the country have been targeted by opponents to shutdown measures and mask orders. One official said Ohio is among the worst states for harassment. Mahoning Matters

Derrick McQueen has joined the Burgan Real Estate team as its newest Realtor. That's among the news in today's Business Updates. Mahoning Matters

If you are paying municipal income taxes even though you are still working from home, pay attention: Legislation in the Ohio General Assembly seeks to change the state’s 60-year-old income tax structure. Mahoning Matters

Bob Giering, of Bazetta Township, has written a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine seeking permission to visit his dying mother, who is currently at Shepherd of the Valley in Liberty. WKBN

Youngstown City Council will vote today on legislation to appropriate $2,922,024 in CARES Act funding “for payroll expenses for public safety, public health, human services and similar employees whose services were substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency” to help close its budget gap. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]

DiamondPeak Holding Corp.’s share price has nearly tripled since it announced its acquisition of Lordstown Motors Corp. in August, suggesting a drive among investors to get their foot in the door to what many see is a future boom market for electric vehicles. The Business Journal [May require registration.]

Marine Corps. veteran Kenneth P. Jakubec from Mahoning County will be among 20 women and men to be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Nov. 5, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. WFMJ

In case you missed it

A superstar Dietetics Team — made up of YSU grads Jacquelyn Oddo and Gabrielle Monk of ONE Health Ohio — recently was awarded a $20,000 grant to improve the health and wellness of Youngstown through a community garden initiative. The garden and greenhouse are tentatively aimed to be completed sometime during 2021. Mahoning Matters

This story was made possible by Eastwood Mall.

Your comments matter

“I had the honor of meeting him. What a gentleman.”

Rebecca Banks, on Carl Nunziato, a Youngstown native and veterans’ rights advocate. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan urged U.S. House leaders to pass his bill renaming the Youngstown VA clinic after the Army veteran.

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Event of the day

Salem Public Library will host a free online meditation class at 6:30 p.m. Meditation techniques will be taught by Master Douglas Nybell, owner and instructor at Crystal Dragon Family Martial Arts of Columbiana. For more information and to register for the class, click here.

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