The Vindicator file photo / November 1987 | The “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opened Nov. 20, 1987, at the Youngstown Playhouse.  Singing “Happy Birthday”   were Heather Jacobson, Erica Brown, E’Angele Brown and Jacob DiCarlo to M. Joyce Colla (Big Mama) and Ron Riegler (Big Daddy). 

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1994:  Scott Camuso, 19, of Austintown, cries as Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Charles Bannon sentences him to 45-years-to-life for the robbery and beating death of Rose Bertolini, 72, in her home. Two other youths have been charged. 

John Taylor, president of Paige and Byrnes insurance and chairman of the Trumbull County United Way campaign says the effort is within a few thousand dollars of its $3.2 million goal.

At the Mahoning County Medical Society's annual meeting, U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Poland, proposes a tax credit for doctors who treat poor, uninsured patients.

1979: The body of Lois Ann Stevenson, 46, of Struthers, wife of Struthers policeman John Stevenson, is found in a van submerged in Crystal Lake near New Castle, Pa., a year after she disappeared. She was last known to be driving the van. 

Area winners of the Great American Smoke-out essay contest sponsored by the American Cancer Society are Peggy Reed, Mahoning County; Martin Shultz, Trumbull County, and Clarita Glasser, Columbiana County.

Comedian Milt Moss, who gained fame in an Alka Seltzer commercial saying, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing," was the speaker at the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce dinner, appearing in disguise as Ramon Aguerra, purported deputy minister of oil production for Venezuela.

1969: Lawrence County commissioners, who were reconciled to a tax increase in 1970, may now reconsider after an encouraging financial report from the controller of a $401,736 budget balance.

A predicted deficit for Trumbull County of $500,000 will actually be closer to $600,000. Some $422,750 remains to be paid by the end of the year for salaries and outstanding bills. 

Ten new members from Youngstown are among 40 people at a meeting of District 5, Little People of America, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Saul Friedkin on Fifth Avenue.  Among the new members were Pat Bilon, Gary Friedkin and Victor George.

1944: Mahoning County's annual Christmas Seal sale will begin Nov. 27. Ray Hagstrom, president of the Mahoning County Tuberculosis and Health Association, said 50,000 letters will be sent to Youngstown residents in an effort to raise $40,000.

Members of the Youngstown Federation of Women's Clubs are enthusiastic over the lecture on the "Power of a Point of View" given by Mary Sandell, noted psychologist, at the November meeting at the Ohio Edison auditorium. 

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Ficocelli welcome renowned violinist Carroll Glenn as the orchestra's guest artist at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets for good seats are available ranging from 90 cents to $3.60.