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Episode 25

Railroad Heritage and Presidential Quotes

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Tent City Youngstown and the Inner City Garden will be teaching folks how to make their own potting soil and planting a bunch of different peppers on Feb 19. from Noon to 3PM. Come on out and help fill up a green house full of peppers! Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, even Jalapeno's!


This is a public event, that anyone can come and learn how to make your own potting soil and help us feed 100,000 people here in Mahoning County.


There will be a short private tour at the end of the workshop of the Youngstown Food Forest, Youngstown Inner City Gardens and the Steel Valley Vineyard. 3411 Idlewood Ave. or 3406 Hillman (park on street), walk through the gates towards the greenhouses.


The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Society General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Feb 18 at the Dennys in Austintown on Mahoning Avenue. This an important meeting since we will be having our election for officers & trustees. There will be other items to discuss since 2017 is looking to be another fun & busy year so please try to attend if at all possible. Lunch is at noon with the meeting itself starting at 1:00.


According to their website, in 1984, as members of the Youngstown Model Railroad Club, Rich Melvin and George Seil were assigned the task of looking into sponsoring a steam passenger excursion as a fund raiser.


The train was to consist of the ex-Nickel Plate Berkshire #765, which is owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and 20 passenger cars owned by various private owners, museums and historical societies. The capacity of the train was 1,000 passengers for each of the two trips. The Ft. Wayne group would bill for the entire train and pay the car owners.


The dates of June 1st and 2nd 1985 were scheduled and the train would arrive the week before. When the train did arrive, many of the P&LE employees took time to see a steam locomotive actually under steam. Nearly all had never seen one before. The road foreman was given a chance at the throttle. Employees of the P&LE were no longer qualified to operate a steam locomotive. The P&LE had retired their last steam engine in the late 40's or early 50's. Rich is a qualified steam engineer and was allowed anywhere other than in the yards. Servicing facilities, including the turntable, were in operation.


On Friday before the trips, many activities were taking place all day. The engine was washed, the tender filled with coal and water, and the passenger cars were washed and cleaned. The concession car was stocked and those staffing the car were given a chance to see the train.


Friday evening, a pre-trip meeting was held with the car attendants. After leaving the rail yard, we realized that a tornado had gone through the area. We had no idea how serious this had been and found out Saturday morning that we came close to having to cancel the trips. Fallen trees had blocked several miles of track we were scheduled to use.


The trips ran on time and were a great success. Because of the success, an interest grew in what we had done, and Jim Marter and a few others joined in and a formal organization was formed. Now that we had an organization, we decided to schedule another set of trips in 1986. The same trip would be run except we would depart from Lowellville.


The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association vision is to offer a welcoming railroad experience for families and visitors of all ages through enriching, entertaining, and educational activities, programs and exhibits at the Steel Valley Railroad Museum. The Museum will provide a positive environment that cultivates knowledge of our industrial heritage and offers a repository of information for future generations to draw upon. The Museum will be a place where older generations can capture the nostalgia of days gone by, and younger generations can be encouraged to meet the challenges of the future.


Loving Touch Ministries will be working at the Community Kitchen to help feed some people. And they are looking for volunteers for Saturday Feb 18.


Please click this link for more information.


The YSU Economics Club is sponsoring a Penguin Waddle through downtown Youngstown. Enjoy special discounts on food and drink at a variety of downtown locations, including Avalon Downtown, Circle Hookah & Bar, One Hot Cookie, O’Donold’s Downtown, Tap House, Draught House, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, Imbibe, and Rye’s. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Ursuline Sisters HIV/Aids Children's Ministry. First 25 to register get a free T-Shirt! Enjoy a night out in Youngstown while supporting a great cause! That will be on Saturday Evening. Make sure to let them know you heard about it on the Mahoning Valley Podcast.


Meals on Wheels of Mahoning Valley PSA


I just wanted to take a moment or two to let you know about some of the Black History Month Events that are still taking place in the Valley. I think that participating in these events can be an important part of anyone’s evolution as a resident of this Valley. African Americans have made numerous and important contributions to the Valley and appreciating these contributions is important. Please visit the Vindicator here to find out more.


One of the most active venues is the Beulah Baptist Church at 570 Sherwood Ave with Black History Month programs at 4 p.m. every Sunday during the month of February. This Sunday there will be talent show with church choirs, mime groups and readings on Black History.


A Celebration of African American History and Culture with Jocelyn Dabney. She is a storyteller in the African American oral tradition, incorporating music, call and response, and participatory stories into her dynamic performances. She is often accompanied by her husband, Robert Dabney, with his drumming and singing talents. This free interactive storytelling event is for all ages! Ms. Dabney is a storyteller, actress, and a retired high school librarian from Youngstown, Ohio. She is a charter member of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. Among her many professional affiliations, she is also a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers.


She will be appearing at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library 444 Mahoning Ave. Warren, OH 330-399-8807 on Saturday Feb 18 at 2PM.


In honor of President’s Day, I thought it appropriate to share some presidential quotes. Courtesy of Brainyquote.com


Abraham Lincoln, “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”


“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.”


Andrew Jackson, “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”


Andrew Johnson, “If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrats at the other, all would be well with the country.”


Barack Obama “Now, as a nation, we don't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That's an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.”


George Washington, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”


John F Kennedy, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”


Theodore Roosevelt, “The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.”


Lyndon B Johnson, “The noblest search is the search for excellence.”


Richard Nixon, “Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”


Ronald Reagan, “Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”


William J Clinton, “When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.”


William H Taft, “Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.”


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