At the May 7 meeting of the Austintown Rotary Club, Vocational chairperson Vince Colaluca introduced Fitch track coach T.J. Kanowski and two outstanding athletes, Jay Jakovina and Gabby Figoroa from Fitch. Both athletes competed in the National Indoor Track Finals in New York City in March, with the Rotary Club's support, as the school cannot use their funds for such programs. Jay scored runner up in the nation as a high school senior, Gabby scored fifth in nation as a sophomore. In recognition, the club presented each with $200.
In other business at the meeting, it was noted that Rotarian Carol Fye and her helpers brightened the corner of Norquest and Mahoning Avenue on May 5 by planting and pruning the Welcome to Austintown sign. Last Saturday, the club conducted its semi-annual Roadside Cleanup on Kirk Road combined with cleanup of the Celebration Grove in Austintown Park.
Brian Frederick spoke about the Austintown Relay for Life on June 1-2.
The Mahoning Avenue sign beautification project included Rotarians President Elect Ron Carroll, Gary Reel, Brian Laraway, and Kristopher Speery who worked to clean up the area around the sign by picking up debris and pruning bushes. Not shown, but part of the team, were Carol Fye and Tony Cebriak.
"We will have a tent, walker team, also help serve the Survivors Dinner on Friday night and Caregivers Lunch on Saturday noon," he said.
Debbie Liptak from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, asked for a $500 donation for the Summer Reading Program at Austintown Library, which will run June 1 through August 15, and encouraged members to get many children signed up.