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Trendy tiny homes put big hurt on collectors’ style

The big trend in houses is tiny. The smaller the home, the better. This is yet another reason why Terry and I won’t be turning trendy anytime soon. I’ve got too many books. I can imagine the scene if we tried to downsize to fit into a tiny home: “Seriously, I think it’s safe to toss ...

Fat birds fly furthest, proving hefty guys are physically fit

Editor’s note: The jolly ol’ elf is taking the week off. But he sent this Cole Classic first published Nov. 4, 2001, by a chubby carrier pigeon. I am not trying to disrupt any healthy habits in which otherwise normal Americans may be participating. I only offer this as a point worth ...

I’m the silver-haired youngster in the oldsters set

I’ve reached those awkward years — old enough to be showered with senior discounts but too young to retire. I qualified for AARP about a decade ago, but Medicare won’t look at me for another five years — possibly seven. And I hear that the customary retirement age could jump to 70 or ...

For a happy marriage, you may not want to read this

Ten years ago this month, two kids barely in their 40s (we were about to turn 50) stood before a congregation full of witnesses and said those famous matrimonial words: “Sure, why not?” No, no, no. Like I said, we were hitting the half-century mark. There was no time to waste on ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital MARTIG, Christina and Roger, of Youngstown, a daughter Nov. 12. Sharon Regional Medical Center RUSHWIN, Kayla and Zachary, of Sharon, Pa., a daughter Nov. 6.

Lowdown on the wedding wagon

November is bringing cold rainy weather. Leaves are all over our front yard from all the big trees there. The beauty of the season is upon us. Congratulations to niece Emma and Menno. They set Dec. 7 for their wedding date, when they will exchange vows in holy matrimony. Wedding services ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital STOLTZFUS, Emma and Steven, Middlefield, a son Nov. 7. PUGH, Melissa and Jon, Cortland, a daughter Nov. 7. CONVERSE, Melissa and Alexis, Warren, a daughter Nov. 7. BUBE, Breanna and Timothy Sigley, Niles, a son Nov. 8. CALLIHAN, Ashley and Marcus Bryant, ...

Callahan 60th

William R. and Betty Callahan of Leavittsburg celebrated their 60th anniversary Oct. 31, 2018. William and the former Betty Louise McCune were married Oct. 31, 1958, at Southington Christian Church by the Rev. Doris Brumbaugh (deceased). The couple have five children, Doretta, Linda, ...

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PK: Virtual vampire or insightful insomniac?

Remember when you were a little kid and one (or more) of your grandparents would talk about never sleeping? For me, it was my paternal grandmother, my Nonna. “No, I never sleep. One or two hours a night is all I need,” she’d say. Wait. What? What homo sapien could survive on such ...

Ponderings on meaning of life and a family man

The meaning of life. Hmm. No shortage of theories out there. Everybody from Einstein to Col. Sanders has offered opinions on the great mystery of human existence. Who’s to say which concept is right? Well, that one Big Guy, but He’s sorta letting us try to figure things out down here ...

Grandpa or grand theft paws — you decide

I’m no perfect person, yo. Clearly. I make more gaffes, blunders and mistakes than “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw has Jimmy Choos in her oversized walk-in closet, you dig? It’s just that even a dunderhead like me knows that you don’t steal. Like anything. Ever. It’s a ...

Plus fries? That’ll be $917 at Window 2

I know that convenience doesn’t come without a price. Need something from Waterford Crystal overnight for a Saturday wedding ’cause you got sidetracked and never grabbed the vase at the mall and now it is out of stock? #ItHappens You can drive 10 1/2 hours, round trip (assuming you can ...

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Keeping the turkey crispy and moist

Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you’ve got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly cooked meat) can be tricky. We ...

Lowdown on the wedding wagon

November is bringing cold rainy weather. Leaves are all over our front yard from all the big trees there. The beauty of the season is upon us. Congratulations to niece Emma and Menno. They set Dec. 7 for their wedding date, when they will exchange vows in holy matrimony. Wedding services ...

Health notes

PAIN SUPPORT MEETING: The Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. Speaker will be Don Hyde on the topic of safety forces. For more information, call Judy at 330-872-7206. AUTISM SUPPORT: The Autism Society of ...

Health notes

GRIEFSHARE: Heaven is the topic for the next GriefShare meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Life Church, Leavittsburg Campus, 610 S. Leavitt Road. For information, call Life Church of God, 330-898-1131. For information about GriefShare or to register online, go to www.griefshare.org PAIN SUPPORT ...

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Good Life Singers perform program about holidays

The Good Life Singers will present “Merry Mayhem and Holiday Hullabaloo!” 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. The group, directed by Bridget Sherman, will explore the harried, chaotic, fun and family-filled events that come in the ...

Mahoning Valley Historical Society seeks volunteers

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help staff the Arms Family Museum during the “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibit. The exhibit has become a holiday tradition for families through the Valley. Volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors, and assist ...

Tyler History Center hosts orchestra concert Sunday

Joseph N. Rubin’s Orchestra will perform “Over There: The Music of World War One” 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The concert will transport audiences on a musical journey through popular music of the war years of 1914-18 — “Over There,” ...

‘Rock This Town’ is photo-filled history of Belkin Productions

No rock concert souvenir is more ubiquitous than the concert T-shirt. Millions wear them — many who never saw the bands that adorn them. But there’s a good chance you’ve never seen the shirts in “Rock This Town!” (Fran Projects, $18.95) unless you worked for Cleveland concert ...