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NECA-IBEW Electricians help kick off Scrappers’ season

It was all smiles for Bonnie Esposito on Friday night.

Esposito, office manager for Mahoning Valley NECA, took the mound and threw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ opening night festivities.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was an awesome experience,” Esposito said.

Esposito was selected to throw the ceremonial first pitch due to her support of U.S. Armed Forces.

Bonnie Esposito, office manager for Mahoning Valley NECA, was one of four people who threw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ opening night...

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CR Electric gives back to Liberty-McDonald Relay for Life

Giving back to the community is a cornerstone philosophy for Girard-based CR Electric Inc. For the last 18 years, they’ve lent a helping hand with the electrical services for Relay for Life events.

On Thursday, members of the CR Electric team were at Woodland Park in McDonald donating their time to help set up generators for this weekend’s event.

(From left to right): Nikki Copenhaver, Jason Rubin, Korey Cooper and Tom McCleery were on hand Thursday at Woodland Park to help set up generators for the Liberty-McDonald Relay for Life.


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Faces of the Trade: Dave McGoogan

For Dave McGoogan, his path to becoming an electrician started with a simple idea – helping his family. As one of eight siblings, money was tight growing up. He recalls overhearing his parents discussing the need for electrical repairs around their house.

“I had brothers that did flooring and were carpenters,” McGoogan said. “I can remember thinking ‘Nobody does electrical work. I’m going to do that, so my parents don’t have to pay to get that done.”

In addition to his duties as a journeyman electrician, Dave McGoogan gives back as a...

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Three Tough Mothers: Kayla Chipps

This is part three of a three-part series.
Part 1: Jordan Palumbo
Part 2: Renee Meadows

Second-year commercial electrician apprentice Kayla Chipps truly believes she has found her niche in the electrical field.

“It helped grow this hunger inside of me to want to do better.”

Chipps, of Austintown, was previously working in the medical field. After her husband, Joe, got a job as a cable puller, she was searching for the same career happiness he had found.

“I applied on a whim and was accepted into the apprenticeship. I’m learning more every day and excited and confident in what I’m learning.”

Three Tough Mothers: Renee Meadows

This is part two of a three-part series.

After her life changed five years ago, Renee Meadows of Champion was looking for a new path to travel next.

“I was a stay at home mom and had to reintegrate myself into the workforce. I had a family member who was an electrician out of IBEW Local 573. He made a good living, and I thought, ‘What the heck, I’ll give it a try.’”

As she advances in her fourth year of the commercial electrician apprenticeship, Meadows reflected on her experience so far in the program.

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