Vindicator file photo | Cold temperatures and fresh snow kept the crowd small for this Girard parade in the late 1970s, but the weather couldn’t keep Santa from making an appearance.

November 26

1994: Youngstown State University Penguins romp over Alcorn State 63-20 in front of a record home crowd of 17,795 to advance to the NCAA 1-AA quarterfinals. Penguin Quarterback Mark Brungard completed 11 of 14 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Alcorn's Steve "Air" McNair threw three touchdowns, but was sacked six times, fumbled once and threw three interceptions.

Coach Jim Laut's West Branch Warriors score two touchdowns in the final three minutes for a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over Steubenville in the Division II state semifinal game in Canton. 

Bishop James W. Malone of the Youngstown Diocese will be a panelist on ABC's "This Week with David Brinkley" discussing welfare reform. 

1979: Local and FAA officials have been unable to identify the pilot of a single-engine airplane that crashed on the runway of New Castle Airport. The pilot, apparently uninjured, fled the scene. 

Girard Mayor-elect Joseph J. Melfi announces the appointment of Joseph F. Christopher as the city's service director.

The remains of three blast furnaces built in the first half of the 1800s loom like ancient temples in the woods of Western Pennsylvania: the Rockland Furnace on Shull Run in Venango County, the Mill Creek Furnace near Emlenton and the Victory Furnace near Victory Creek.

1969: At least six Youngstown district bookmakers are among 60 such spots in Northern Ohio raided by a federal anti-rackets squad. 

American Finance Corp, 2739 Market St., is robbed, 11 days after being burglarized. A man scooped money from the cash register and fled, with assistant manager Gary Cunningham and Lou Scali in pursuit down Hylda Avenue. 

Burglars strike nine times in one day, making off with a quantity of clothing from a downtown store and $800 in cash, guns, watches and appliances from eight residences.

1944: Vindicator industrial editor George Reiss writes that a "short canal" on the 35-mile stretch from Struthers to the Beaver River would become the busiest waterway in the nation, more than paying for its cost in lower transit charges and business growth. 

Leo Vasu, 28, of E. Marion Ave., is sending home an astonishing "souvenir" of the war, a 3-year-old French girl whose parents were killed by the Nazis. She was found wandering in "no man's land" after the German retreat.

Paul Lucas, Hollywood film star and stage artist who won the 1943 Academy Award for his role in "Watch on the Rhine," will make a personal appearance in Youngstown for the Sixth War Loan Drive.