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Phone books had all the answers

I miss telephone books. They could level a chair with a short leg, help little kids sit tall enough to join the big people’s table at Thanksgiving, and they’d swat flies like nobody’s business. The coolest thing of all — they were chock-full of phone numbers. Or turn to the Yellow ...

Look before you leap without hesitation at dueling proverbs

Aesop was confused. The guy credited with cooking up a Crock-Pot full of fables packed with wisdom couldn’t make up his mind. The sages who followed did little to untangle the wacky webs he weaved. We’re left with dueling nuggets like these: Look before you leap, but he who hesitates is ...

Eat popcorn with chopsticks? Don’t tell mom

Researchers at The Ohio State University offered advice last week on how to turn old and boring into exciting and new. Get weird. They worded it a bit more scholarly than that, but weird is what they meant. For example, they suggest eating popcorn — a known and habitual hand food — with ...

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, what a wonderful shape

Walking, I suppose, is a wonderful workout. Also, I can’t afford to fill my gas tank. According to the annoying herd of health cranks, walking’s good for you. Really good. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, my-oh-my-what-a-wonderful-day good. I’d jump in the car and speed away from these exuberant ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital HUFFMAN, Emily and Nicholas Watson Sr., of Niles, a son July 16. KRAML, Jacqueline and Anthony, of Warren, a daughter July 16. St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital GOZUR, Taylor and Dillon Monroe, of Warren, a daughter July 17.

Verena offers her view of camping vacation

This is Verena, 20, writing for Mom this week. Mom isn’t home and I know she needs this written. I’m off work on Wednesdays every week. I work the other four days for my cousin Emanul. He owns a woodworking shop and I work in the office. I really enjoy it and it seems to be working so far ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital CULVER, Leann and Kyle Showers, of Warren, a son July 15. KNOWLTON, Rachel and Cory, of Warren, a daughter July 16. PETTENATI, Nicole and Dustin, of Leavittsburg, a son July 16. WATKINS, Tara and Dale Jr., of Warren, a son July 15.

Get ready for juicy rack of lamb

Rack of lamb and the grill have great chemistry. The intense heat of the coals produces a bold crust and melts away the meat’s abundance of fat, distributing flavor throughout while imparting a smokiness that’s the perfect complement to lamb’s rich, gamey flavor. But the rendering fat ...

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Let’s try love lessons of the canine variety

As I pulled into my driveway after work the other day, I paused. I waited. I watched. This is what I always do. Because every day when she is outside at my arrival, without fail, my 7-year-old Boxer Monnie will slowly lift herself from her carefully-selected sunning spot in our yard, toss her ...

Open letter to ‘stupid’ boy, from Mama Kimerer

ter than 90 MPH Last Tuesday Night, Hello. You don’t know me. You likely never will. But I know you — sorta. And watching you zip past me on the highway at what I’m estimating was about 96 miles per hour gave me some good insight, yo. You didn’t see me — or the man you nearly ...

Fighting through the funk to get to the funny

I feel so badly for folks with no sense of humor. I mean, to never see the funny in everyday situations? #BummerExistence Like my Pop always says, “That’s a heckuva way to go through life.” Pop doesn’t say heck. I digress. Granted, sometimes you have to seek out humor. Like, under ...

Some things need Dad’s rough-and-tumble touch

To be clear, there is no one on planet Earth who loves you like your Mother. Period. I know it sounds like I’m advocating on behalf of my kind, but that’s simply not the case. Rather, I’m basing my theory on the example of my own Mom. She is the quintessential mother. Look, I’m sorry ...

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Health notes

FREE SEMINAR: Dr.Thomas Gudaitis, DC, from Pinnacle Integrated Health Care LLC and Accelerated Medical Weight Loss, along with the Niles Wellness Center, is hosting a free seminar ”4 Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger” 1 to 3 p.m. today in the conference room at the Wellness Center. ...

‘The Cereal History Exhibit’ opens in Battle Creek

ber the purple-and-green Reptar Crunch cereal that was released for just a couple months in 1999. It was a Post Consumer Brands cereal released as a tie-in to the popular cartoon series “Rugrats.” Some of us might even remember “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” or Rugrats in Paris ...

Career bookends

WARREN — As he enters his seventh decade, Warren native Jay Wonders is returning to a childhood recreation. He is, once again, at the pool and sitting in the lifeguard chair. “We had a pool right across the street from my parents’ house in Palmyra Heights SW. I would go there and swim ...

Senior news

VALLEY LEGACY AWARDS: The Valley Legacy Awards, which recognize outstanding seniors and senior advocates from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, is accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards. The awards honor people for a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley and ...

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George Clinton brings P-Funk to Packard

George Clinton is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Parliament-Funkadelic mother ship — his most famous prop (outside of the multi-colored braids he wore for decades) — is on permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. That ...

Kent State profs, Packard Band in concert

A couple of Golden Flashes will join the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its next performance. Returning as guest conductor will be Jesse Leyva, an associate professor of music at Kent State University and conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force Band ...

WaterFire Sharon returns

SHARON, Pa. — WaterFire Sharon returns Saturday for the first of three events in 2018. This is the sixth season for the art and music festival, where the centerpiece is the lighting of more than 50 blazing bonfires on the Shenango River at dusk. “Magical Moments” is the theme for the ...

Grohl’s nod gives band something to Strut

It helps to have a high profile fan. The Struts have one in Dave Grohl. The Warren native and Foo Fighters frontman has called the British band the best opening act the Foos ever have had, and they will open for the band tonight at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and Wednesday at Blossom ...