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  50 Years Ago, Boardman Man Was Reported As A Missing Person And Was Never Seen Again  
  What Ever Happened To John Robek?:   June 13, 2024 Edition  
     BY JOHN A. DARNELL JR.
      associate editor
      50 years ago, John Robek, 24, of 7033 Amherst Ave., left his home about 8:30 a.m. on May 31, 1974 to go groundhog hunting in Greenford, Oh. with his friend, Ken Swartz.
      Robek and Swartz were undercover agents who made drug buys for the Youngstown Police Department under the supervision of then Det. Jack Lynch, of the YPD.
      Robek was never seen again by his family. His father, John, and mother, Marian, died without ever knowing what happened to their son.
      According to Swartz, he drove himself and Robek to a site off Robbins Rd. in Greenford. After shooting a groundhog and placing it on a fence rail, the pair returned to Boardman and Swartz said he dropped-off Robek in the driveway of his home, sometime between noon and 12;30 p.m. Swa...Read More >>
  Boardman’s 120th Annual Memorial Day  
  May 30, 2024 Edition  
     “My prayer is that we are able to keep this incredible country that has been preserved by those who gave their lives for us”
     
      BY JOHN A. DARNELL JR.
      Associate Editor
      Boardman Township’s 120th Memorial Day observance was held Mon., May 27 and began the parade from Center Intermediate School to Boardman Park, led by the Boardman High School Spartan Marching Band. In the footsteps of his predecessors J.W. Minter, Richard Bame, and Thomas A. Groth, director Thomas Ruggieri led the 2-mile trek to Boardman Park.
      Weather forecasts cancelled the traditional Memorial Day service at the park’s Maag Outdoor Arts Theater, and Parade Grand Marshal and featured speaker, local talk show host and military veteran Dan Rivers, delivered his address inside the Lariccia Family Center.<...Read More >>
  Brock Farris, 4x800 Relay Team Qualify For State Track Meet  
  May 30, 2024 Edition  
     The Boardman High School boys track team will be represented in two events at the 2024 OHSAA State Championship this weekend at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Oh.
      The Spartans will be represented on the track Friday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the 4x800 relay after the team of junior David D’Altorio, senior Brock Farris, sophomore Adam Nigro, and senior Ethan Boots posted a season-best time of 7:54.72 to place third overall at the OHSAA Northeast Regional.
      On Saturday, the Spartans will be represented in the 800 meter run by Farris following his school-record time of 1:52.82 that earned him third overall in the regional championship. Farris will race at 4:45 p.m.
      “This group has had such a great year starting way back in June when they began training for cross country,” explained Spartan Head Coach John Phillips, adding “they have remained f...Read More >>
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