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Your Morning Matters: Singing Singer's praises

An error on behalf of a Cleveland-area printing company caused 238 Boardman voters to receive their three-page ballot between two separate mailings.

Good morning and welcome to your Morning Matters.

It's Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, and on this day in 1908, artist Clyde Singer was born in Malvern. Research on the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County website tells us he studied at the Columbus Art School and the Art Students League in New York City. 

After exhibits at the National Academy of Design and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Singer caught the eye of Joseph Butler III, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, who asked him to assist with curating and teaching at the Butler in 1940. He later became assistant director and curator, as well as art critic for The Vindicator.

Through Jan. 3, the Butler is exhibiting a collection of Singer's art, "Clyde Singer’s World." The museum says, "Clyde Singer was an institution in our town. The longtime curator of the Butler who died in 1999 was everybody’s favorite artist." Among his locally famous works is “Minor League,” which features a ball game played at the old Idora Park ball field. To visit the Butler, keep in mind these coronavirus protocols

You can find more details about the show here. If interested in learning more about Singer, who lived a marvelous life, Kent State University Press has published "Clyde Singer’s America."  

Meanwhile, congrats to Dawn Harnutovsky! The 44-year-old registered nurse won the $200 Eastwood Mall gift card in our one-year anniversary giveaway. Isn't it nice to read about good things happening to good people?

And let’s be good — and careful — out there.

Here's what you need to know about the Mahoning Valley today:

An error on behalf of the Cleveland-area printing company contracted to print Mahoning County’s general election ballots caused 238 Boardman voters to receive their three-page ballot between two separate mailings, county elections officials confirmed Monday.

Boardman absentee voter Abby Auman told Mahoning Matters she received what appeared to be two ballots in the mail last week, which arrived two days apart and in two separate envelopes. We asked officials to tell us what went wrong.


  • In the U.S.: 8,085,383 confirmed cases; 220,528 deaths, according to at 10 p.m. Oct. 19.
  • In Ohio: 183,624 confirmed and suspected cases; 5,075 deaths.
  • In Pennsylvania: 183,315 confirmed cases; 8,500 deaths.
  • In the Mahoning Valley: 3,605 confirmed and suspected cases in Mahoning County; 2,208 in Trumbull; and 2,096 in Columbiana.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Closed at 28,195.42, down 410.89 points, or 1.44 percent.

Other matters

City council members discussed plans for a $225,000 grant during Monday’s finance committee meeting. The grant will allow the Youngstown City Health District to provide more PPE equipment as well as care for low-income families. Mahoning Matters

Mahoning County Public Health will offer a rabies vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road. Cost is $8 per shot (cash only), and no appointment is necessary. Mahoning Matters

Valley health officials already are planning how to distribute a potential vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Vindicator [May encounter paywall.]

While this year has been nothing to celebrate for Valley banquet halls, the industry has made a small rebound in the past two months, after Gov. Mike DeWine allowed venues to reopen with limits on capacity. The Business Journal [May require registration.]

The former Walgreens building on Midlothian Boulevard is now a site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone 18 and over, with or without symptoms, can get tested, though online appointments are required. WKBN

A City of Youngstown proposal to demolish the 78-foot steel girder bridge that spans an abandoned railroad just west of West Rayen Avenue along Crescent Street could close Crescent Street for up to four months. WFMJ

In case you missed it

Dash and Verve Design — which specializes in home decor, event rentals and custom orders — uses hand lettering and wood burning to add personal touches to ornaments, coasters, signs and more. Megan Factor, who started the company in 2018, said she initially made custom artwork for friends and family. Now, she’s a seasoned vendor at The Youngstown Flea and other local holiday flea markets. Mahoning Matters

This story was made possible by Farmers National Bank.

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Event of the day

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library is offering a free, online Test Prep and Resume Writing Workshop at 2 p.m. A reference librarian will demonstrate how to prepare for common tests such as the GED, ACT and NCLEX and how to write a resume with free tools found on the library’s website. The session also will look at using resume templates, finding job openings and getting interviewing advice. For more information or to register, call 330-399-8807, ext. 200.

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