Vindicator file photo / October 28, 1986 | Atty. Paul Dutton, chairman of the Youngtown Area United Way campaign, thanked workers who helped the campaign reach its goal of $2.6 million 36 years ago.
 
October 28
 
1997: Organizers of the English Festival at Youngstown State University say they have tried to avoid controversy over this year's book selection, a reaction to Youngstown Bishop Thomas Tobin's call for Catholic schools to withdraw from the 1996 event because one of the books contained the F-word. 
 
Youngstown and Mahoning County officials cut a ribbon opening the new Mahoning Avenue Bridge, which has been renamed to honor Frank Sinkwich, a Chaney High graduate who won the Heisman Trophy while playing at the University of Georgia. 
 
In an effort to deter street-corner drug sales and prostitution, Girard City Council passes an ordinance prohibiting loitering. Councilman Louis Adovasio says it is a preventative measure. 
  
1982: Patrick Duffy Jr., president of the Idora Amusement Co., says the 87-year-old Idora Park is for sale with an asking price of $1.5 million. 
 
The viaduct over the Shenango River on the west side of West Middlesex, which has been closed since mid-July, reopens.
 
Youngstown Councilman George McKelvey says he's fed up with the city's spending money to send councilmen to the National League of Cities Congress and votes against allocating $3,500 for a trip to Los Angeles. Other councilmen say attending the convention is not a vacation and that councilmen bring new ideas home. 
 
1972: Lykes-Youngstown, the parent company of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., posts a net loss of $7.5 million for the third quarter of 1972.
 
Amil Dinsio, 38, and two others are convicted in one of the largest burglaries in history, the $3.3 million looting of a bank in Laguna Niguel, a Los Angeles suburb. 
 
Thousands of Mahoning Valley residents begin gathering along the 84-mile route that will be followed by President Richard Nixon's motorcade from Cleveland Hopkins to the Youngstown Municipal Airport.
 
1947: Gloria Marie Rusch, 24, of Grove City, is among 44 people killed in the crash of a Swedish airliner into a mountain near Leopesi, Greece.
 
Campaign charges dominate Mahoning Valley news: Charles Henderson, the Youngstown mayoral candidate,  alleges that John Vitullo, the Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, is running Youngstown. Radio reporter James Maxwell charges that Warren is being run by George Mustakes, the owner of the Hollyhock Restaurant on S. Pine Ave. 
 
Joe Malek's bookie joint at 43 Central Square in Youngstown is up and  running only a day after it was damaged by fire.