Clarence Smith Jr. Donated Living Fossils That Now Grace Landscape At Boardman Park – Dawn Redwood

Clarence Smith Jr. Donated Living Fossils That Now Grace Landscape At Boardman Park – Dawn Redwood

Did you know that Boardman Park, the Green Oasis, offers visitors the chance to see a living fossil? No, it isn’t a topiary of a dinosaur. The living fossil is the tree Dawn Redwood, or Metasequoia Glyptostroboides.

From fossil data, the Dawn Redwood is known to have existed as many as 50 million years ago. It is the sole living member of the genus Metasequoia, which literally means ‘almost a sequoia.’

The Dawn Redwood is closely related to the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). All redwoods are cone-bearing trees and get their common name from their reddish-brown bark and heartwood.

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The Dawn Redwood is a large, fast-growing, deciduous (the tree loses its leaves in the fall), pyramidal evergreen tree that grows up to 100 feet tall with attractive, feathery foliage. It has spreading branches that droop with age. New growth is light green, maturing to a deep green in the summer, and eventually turning red-bronze and falling off in autumn. While the bark and foliage of the Dawn Redwoods are similar to the other redwoods, it is distinct in that it is deciduous and develops a widened trunk-base as it matures. It is the shortest of the Redwoods. The tree prefers moist, deep, well-drained soils that are slightly acidic. It is tolerant of wet soils and has minimal pest and disease problems.

This tree was once one of the most widespread tree species in the northern hemisphere during the Tertiary period (from 66 million to 2.6 million years ago). The Dawn Redwood was first described in 1941 based only on fossil evidence. It was believed to have been extinct for millions of years.

However, six years later in 1947, during an expedition to Southwest China, T. Kan, a Chinese forester of Beijing National Central University, found three strange deciduous trees he had never seen before. These trees were found to belong to the fossil species of Dawn Redwood. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University made arrangements to collect seeds from the discovery site. The seedlings grown from these seeds were then distributed to universities and arboreta around the world in an attempt to preserve the species.



In 2012 Boardman Park was very fortunate to be the proud recipient of ten Dawn Redwood trees that were most graciously donated by the late Clarence R. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith, who had a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and was quite knowledgeable about plants and landscaping, sadly passed away in April of 2021, at the age of 93. It is definitely a tremendous benefit to have these beautiful and unusual specimens added to the landscape of the Boardman Park.

This article, by Daniel Slagle, executive director of Boardman Park, is one of several stories The Boardman News will provide this year as the park observes its 75th anniversary. This article is being republished with the permission of the Boardman News.

High School Volleyball Finals from September 27th

High School Volleyball Finals from September 27th

Western Reserve beats Lowellville 3-0

Scores are 25-13, 25-14. 25-11. Lisa Eichert had 12 kills Raelynn Meyer had 20 assists. Alyvia Hughes had 4 Aces Angelina Cappabianca had 4 blocks Ally Jones had 17 digs and Dailen Brown had 10 kills for a great team effort to improve our record to 12-4.  For Lowellville  Savannah Procick had 10 digs. Carli Cappoli had 5 assists and Aryanna Roman had 4 kills.

Lowellville s JV won 2-1 with scores18-25. 25-20. 25-16. WR JV record is 6-10

 

Note: Information is provided by the school districts.

High School Volleyball Finals from September 27th

High School Volleyball Finals from September 26th

Western Reserve beat Mooney 3-0

Scores. 25-11. 25-17. 25-14.

Improving their record to 11-4. Madison Leone had 13 assists. Lisa Eichert had 13 digs 7 kills and 3 Aces.  Alyvia Hughes had 12 Kills and 3 blocks. Angelina Cappabianca had 3 blocks 4 kills 14 service points. For Mooney Addison Stacy had 16 assists. Marissa Bowman had 7 kills and 6 digs. And Maia Fire had 4 total blocks. JV WR won 2-0  scores 25-16 and. 25-19 improving their record to 6-8

 

Note: This is information provided by the schools.

Armstrong’s Avenge Hunger Campaign Begins

Armstrong’s Avenge Hunger Campaign Begins

Armstrong announces their Fifth Annual Avenge Hunger Month campaign to fight hunger across their service territory. The 2022 Avenge Hunger Month collection window begins on August 29 and continues through October 2. The timing for Avenge Hunger Month is deliberate; September is National Hunger Action Month and the need for food is higher during the last quarter of the year.

Local Armstrong stores will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for local feeding programs. The resources collected help to supply over 200 community feeding programs throughout the Armstrong footprint in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Armstrong has also donated thousands of branded commercials to promote this need in our communities, as well as via social media, email and the Armstrong Neighborhood Channel.



[Mahoning Valley] Much of the success for Avenge Hunger Month comes from community partners who help to collect donations. Breaking Bread successfully raised hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food plus over $3,000 in monetary donations for Second Harvest Food Bank and Gleaners Youngstown Community Food Center in 2021.  Donation sites for 2022 include Armstrong in North Lima, local Sparkle Markets, Giant Eagle in Canfield, Nemenz IGA in Struthers, Davis Family YMCA, High Octane Coffee in Boardman, Glista Agency in Canfield, Gateways to Better Living in Austintown, Eastwood Mall and HMS Mfg. Co. in Youngstown. Please plan to stop at one of our food drives at Austintown Park Summer Concert August 30th with band Blue Siren 7-8:30pm, Boardman Fire Station 71 on Market St. September 10th from noon-3pm and at our Armstrong North Lima office September 23rd from 9am-5pm.  You can enter for a chance to win a new Chromebook at the Austintown Summer Concert or our Armstrong food drive!  We will draw a winner that day.

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Armstrong’s Breaking Bread initiative began in 2010 with the purpose of feeding those who are food-insecure within the communities Armstrong serves. It is a four-pronged approach that includes collecting food and money, volunteering time plus creating public awareness.  The first Avenge Hunger Month was held in September of 2018 to help bring more awareness to Breaking Bread and generate more donations to help local feeding programs.

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Queen Nation #1 Tribute to the Music of Queen coming to the Robins Theatre!

Queen Nation #1 Tribute to the Music of Queen coming to the Robins Theatre!

WARREN, OHIO – Queen Nation #1 Tribute to the Music of Queen is coming to the Robins Theatre in downtown Warren, Ohio on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Queen Nation’s live production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure” and many more!



Tickets will range between $15 and $35 plus applicable fees. All tickets are reserved seating.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.robinstheatre.com and at the Robins Theatre Box Office located at 160 E. Market St., Warren, Ohio. The Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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There will be a presale on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. This presale is accessible to “Friends of the Robins Theatre” only. Information regarding “Friends of the Robins Theatre” memberships can be found at www.robinstheatre.com and at the Box Office.

Queen Nation is the West Coast’s longest running most authentic fully costumed re- creation of a Vintage Queen concert. The show consists of four musicians who all sing and perform in character and in period costumes while playing live note-for-note renditions of Classic Queen songs.  Featured front man Vocalist Gregory Finsley who is an amazing singer with an uncanny tone that matches the late great Freddie Mercury to a tee. Gregory also is an excellent concert trained pianist which allows him to accurately re- create what Freddie Mercury magically did live on stage in Queen’s original four-piece lineup. Queen Nation has been crowned by their loyal legions of fans as “The People’s Choice Tribute to Queen Champions ” and rightly so because arguably they are one of the hardest working tribute bands in the US. They did 150 shows across the US in 2019 alone. They have also been blessed by being recently inducted into the California Music Hall of Fames 2020 inaugural class. and voted The Best Live! Band at the 2020 VCMA’s.

Queen Nation consists of: Gregory Finsley on vocals & keyboards as Freddie Mercury, Mike McManus on guitar as Brian May, Pete Burke on drums as Roger Taylor and Parker Combs on bass as John Deacon. The mission of the show is to carry on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts.

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