Welcome, Melanie! The famous and much-anticipated 300th member at The Wild Geese! Congratulations on winning the book for that little milestone.
Anyway, just wanted to say "welcome aboard," and that I hope to have the opportunity to interact with you here. It's a great site with loads of resources, information, and discussions about all-things Irish. Hope to hear your own "Irish story" at some point.
No, Melanie, I don't know anyone in Youngstown, but I remember the mayor in recent history was a real working-class guy, bootstrapped I think to his post, and the city votes heavily Democratic. A college chum lives in Hudson. Goodyear Rubber has (had) a plant there, no?