As the class-A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have prepared rising stars for the big leagues since 1999. The feisty squad has worked their way through some tough seasons in the New York-Penn League, including four appearances in the league finals and a league championship in 2004. Now entering their 15th season, the Scrappers still play their home games at Eastwood Field, which showcases a view of verdant woods and the sasquatches living in peace beyond the outfield wall for crowds of up to 6,300 fans.
Vernon's Café hosts feasts of classic Italian and American dishes in a warm family atmosphere. The dinner menu is populated with hearty starters such as the steamed mussels in a white-wine-garlic-butter sauce ($7) and a selection of fresh salads ($6.50–$10.50). Try the veal marsala ($17.50)—veal medallions sautéed with marsala wine and mushrooms—or entertain the handmade jumbo cheese ravioli which, like eccentric Italian uncles, are always stuffed with ricotta and spinach and bathed in a meatball-tomato sauce ($11). The lunch menu lights flavor flares with well-seasoned plates such as a bruschetta gamberetto caprese of chopped shrimp on tuscan bread with marinated tomatoes, basil, and olive oil ($8). Forge a peace treaty over a harmonious dish of cavatelli and sausage in a classic tomato sauce ($7.50) or delight enemies with a declaration of war folded in the ciabatta bun of a chargrilled chicken sandwich with roasted peppers and provolone ($7.50).
In business for 33 years, Fitness One offers budget-friendly prices with the quality equipment and personal attention typically associated with pricier private gyms. Reap body benefits with solo workouts, or join group fitness classes. Class-goers can pop and lock pounds off during hip-hop dance sessions, or use core-strengthening workouts to forge solid abs that can ricochet even the nastiest dodge balls. High-energy Zumba classes for all experience levels fuse Latin rhythms with dynamic moves for intensive cardio, and daily spinning sessions pummel fat and tone legs with the aid of stationary bikes. After a hard-core workout, gym junkies can also take advantage of Fitness One's tanning services to highlight rippling flesh with a golden glow sure to catch the eye of any wandering leprechauns.
For 50 years, linksmen have surveyed the ins and outs of the nine-hole, par-36 design of Hidden Oaks Golf Course. After getting in the groove on the practice grounds and new driving range, stick wielders venture through the course's 100 acres of wooded vistas, filling the cups of par 3, 4, and 5 holes.
Twenty years ago, the founders of Med Health Services were fraught with frustration. Avoidable health emergencies such as strokes and heart attacks were killing too many people nationwide. They pondered how to shift medicine's emphasis from treatment of acute symptoms to disease prevention and early detection. Their answer was an OSHA-certified outpatient facility that partners with physicians to perform diagnostic medical tests.
Today, at more than 50 area locations, Med Health Services’ team of pathologists, radiologists, and cardiologists addresses problems plaguing the American health-care system. Many patients undergo expensive tests at hospitals when they're already very sick, and many doctors don't have the right equipment to perform these tests in their offices. By taking some of these tests out of the hospital, Med Health Services helps doctors and patients catch serious problems in their early stages. Appointments are easy to schedule, and results turn around quickly, like a somersaulting carousel.
Assessments range from ultrasounds and x-rays to blood and nerve-conduction tests. Board-certified physicians and registered technologists perform the tests and analyze the results to ensure accuracy and peace of mind. To make the tests as accessible as possible, Med Health Services works with a wide range of health plans and Medicare providers.
Children's Music World melodiously molds the minds of children ages 0–7 by integrating rhythm into their daily lives. Kids ages 3–5 can get their groove and buff on during Dancercice (an $80 value), and toe-tapping infants in the Kindermusik Village gain exposure to dance, safe instrument-playing techniques, and an eclectic selection of songs (a $120 value). Thanks to the magic of computers and web-dwelling lawn gnomes, potential pupils and their elders can view a full list of courses, pricing, and class times on the Children's Music World website.