Vindicator File Photo / Mar 16, 1997 | Joanne Rock wrapped her arms around her 22-month-old daughter, Gina, to protect her from the cold during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 25 years ago. The Rock family, originally from Youngstown, returned from Latrobe for the parade.

1997: The Brainard Rivet factory in Girard, where fasteners were manufactured for 46 years, will close with the loss of 70 jobs.

For the second time in 1997, a thief hits the Citizens Banking Co. branch on State Road 9 in New Garden.

The Ohio Department of Insurance rejects the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield to the nation’s largest hospital chain, Columbia Healthcare Corp., saying it’s unfair to policyholders and not in the public interest.

1982: Brakes fail on a Boardman School bus en route to Stambaugh Auditorium, causing the bus to crash into the back of another bus on Glenwood Avenue. A 17-year-old student was taken to South Side Hospital.

Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital is filing a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stop the state from interfering with the operation of the hospital’s new $268,000 CT scanner.

Reverend John R. Selders, pastor of Greenford Christian Church for 15 years, is appointed pastor of Wickliffe (Disciples of Christ) Christian Church in Austintown.

1972: Sandra Churchey, better known to Youngstown burlesque fans as “Busty Russell”, is one of three women arrested by Youngstown vice officers led by Sgt. Randall Wellington for nudism at the Palace Theater on Market Street.

Governor John J. Gilligan withdraws his objection to a state lottery subject to a popular vote. He opposed a lottery on the grounds that it is a tax on the poor.

Zayre’s opens its new department store on Rt. 422 near North Road in Niles. Robert D’Alesandro of Youngstown is the manager.

1947: Michael Preskia, 63, a laborer employed in the track department of Charles Shutrump & Sons, dies shortly after being hit by a locomotive near Stop 5 while on his way to work with a group of men .

Judge Peter J. Mulholland, Youngstown Municipal Court judge for 20 years, dies of heart disease. He was 63 years old.

Warren Industries joins the effort in an attempt to retain some of the Berlin Reservoir’s capacity to supply water for industrial use and generate electricity. The Army Corps of Engineers wants the reservoir kept low for flood control.