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Your Morning Matters: Just a decade ago, we saw the snowiest February

Today we begin a three-part series detailing the results of our review of area nursing home inspection reports.

Good morning and welcome to Your Morning Matters.

It's Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, and on this day in 2010, we saw the start of one of the snowiest Februarys.

According to, the month kicked off on Feb. 5, 2010, with 20 inches of snow that fell into the wee hours of Feb. 6. We then sustained another hit Feb. 9-10, again on Feb. 15-6 and again Feb. 22. By the end of the month, we had amassed 36.3 inches, and the National Weather Service in Cleveland declared "this ranks number 1 in the top 10 monthly snowfall amounts ... and replaces the previous number 1 record of 37.1 inches from 2008."

That is a record that remains until this day. I remember that era well, as snow and slush covered the roads deep into March. And while I had purchased my new license plate sticker, I had not displayed it, because my car needed to be cleaned of the gray ice and salt and overall blech. 

And that was the explanation I gave the nice Boardman police officer who pulled me over that St. Patrick's Day morning, presumably on saturation patrol looking out for the "kegs & eggers." I was on my way to work fueled by nothing stronger than my black coffee.

He let me go with a polite admonition that I put the sticker on after I got home that night. 

Today will be chilly, with a chance of freezing rain, followed by a dark, gloomy rest of the week that will see  a "wintry mix."

Here's hoping no records will be broken. And display those stickers!

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

For weeks, Mahoning Matters has reviewed inspection reports on file for the 46 nursing home facilities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Today we begin a three-part series detailing our results and providing readers with easy access to look at the reports themselves. 

Today we focus on Trumbull County facilities. In the past three years, White Oak Manor in Warren has been subjected to 20 inspections and cited for 68 deficiencies. This earned the facility a spot on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Special Focus Facilities list, making it one of the most scrutinized nursing homes in Ohio.

Other matters

Despite Ohio's steady economic growth, a new report shows many Ohioans are still vulnerable to financial hardship. The 2020 Scorecard from the group Prosperity Now is a snapshot of financial security among states, and ranks Ohio 44th overall. Mahoning Matters

In collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Feb. 29 Cookie Table and Cocktails event, Penguin City Brewing Co. will release Peach Champagne Ale., based on last year’s winning cookie, Pesche Con Crema by Christy Fullwood. Peaches by White House Fruit Farm in Canfield were used for the festive ale. Mahoning Matters

General Motors was among more than three dozen companies attending the kick-off event for the YSU/IBM IT Workforce Accelerator. GM was represented by Kathy Clegg, vice president of Workforce Development. GM recently announced a $2 billion battery plant partnership to be located next door to the Lordstown Motors Corp. plant. WFMJ

City Law Director Jeff Limbian sent a letter to Mayor Jamael Tito Brown stating the work of Terrill Vidale  “to be effective.” At its Jan. 15 meeting, council voted 7-0 not to renew the former downtown events and citywide special projects coordinator’s annual contract. The Vindicator

A lifelong passion for tabletop and video games has led Robert Simkins to open the Watchtower Game Lounge in Austintown Plaza. The shop provides gamers a space to test games they’re interested in — but maybe not ready to buy. The Business Journal

In case you missed it

Two Ohio state lawmakers want to limit the government’s use of eminent domain to take land for recreational trails. State Reps. Don Manning, R-New Middletown, and Steve Hambley, D-Brunswick, introduced House Bill 476, which would restrict unelected government officials from using eminent domain to take private property. Mahoning Matters

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“I am a U.S. Navy veteran. [I’m] all in. The Mahoning Valley is my home. Let’s fix the place up.”

Andrew Bishop, on the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation seeking donations to help revitalize a property as a Neighborhood Action Center.

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