Vindicator file photo/ January 1944 | The Mosquito Creek Dam looked like this 76 years ago.  The 6,000-foot earthen dam and this concrete overflow were built in just six months during the height of World War II and dedicated on Jan. 15, 1944. The reservoir the dam produced in central Trumbull County provided drinking water for Warren and water storage needed to guard against floods or drought so that the Mahoning Valley steel industry had the water it needed.

January 15

1995: Don Curry, labor market analyst for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, says Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties added 5,000 jobs in 1994, making it the best year in the last five. 

After spending 25 years abroad singing opera, Warren native Irene Oliver leaves her home in Rome to return home, where she is teaching at YSU's Dana School of Music and singing with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Advertisement: The Wick-Pollock Inn presents the Mill Creek Ramblers, a quartet featuring Judy and Brendan Minoque, playing Appalachian music, Celtic music, and original songs. Buffet dinner and music, $25 per person.

1980: Mahoning County's sheriff's deputies recover $8,000 in loot stolen from homes in the North Jackson area and arrest three teenagers. 

Construction of a shopping center is being considered for the site of the Howland Drive-In Theater on Youngstown-Warren Road, across from Woolco's department store. 

Straight As was earned by 195 students during the fall quarter at Youngstown State University. An additional 734 students made the dean's list.

1970: Edward C. Miller, 76, dies of a heart attack while shoveling snow at his home on Narcissa Avenue in Struthers. 

A budget of $20.8 million for 1970 is approved by Youngstown City Council

Final arrangements are scheduled before a panel of three judges in Cleveland to decide whether the controversial Swedish movie, "I am Curious Yellow," should be allowed to be shown in Youngstown.

1945: George L. Oles presents a check for $500 of the infantile paralysis drive to Robert E. Manchester, Mahoning County co-chairman of the polio drive.

Monroe Sanders, 59, proprietor of a small store on Wilson Avenue, is arrested on a charge of possessing gambling devices when Police Sgt. Martin Cannon found two slot machines on the counter. Sanders were fined $50 and costs. 

John Cumisky, 42, of Youngstown dies in South Side Hospital of injuries he received when he was struck and run over by two hit-skip drivers, becoming the city's first traffic fatality of 1945.