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Sometimes, duct tape serves as best spousal communication tool

My wife stewed. And I don’t mean making a hearty soup in the kitchen. Oh, no. She glowered from her chair in frosty silence — which isn’t easy to pull off when there’s steam rolling out your ears. Husbands fear this moment. So I took her hand and cooed, “Is supper ready yet?” No, ...

More than the dogs can celebrate the days of August

Let me be the first to wish you a happy National Root Beer Float Day. What, you didn’t know? Probably not, if your wall calendar is like mine. August appears to be pretty bland in the holiday department. Blank, in fact. There’s nothing to do in August but melt. Not so, according to the ...

Burt says Burt can do this illeism thing as only Burt can

Burt read a report that illeism — that annoying trait of referring to oneself in the third person — might actually be healthy and beneficial. This is good news because until now, Burt thought it would be unhealthy to the extent that someone would slap him silly if he didn’t cut it ...

Sew, jest hau due ewe spill thet wurd, anyweigh?

I saw the most amazing thing on Facebook the other day. Under the photo of a cuddly kid, someone commented, “Aw.” Finally, someone got it right! “Aw,” as in “how cute,” is the interjection social media misspellers usually mean when they type “awe.” The noun “awe” depicts ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital HOLT, Robin and Michael Cunningham, of Williamsfield, a son Aug. 17. WEAVER, Marianne and John, of Orwell, a son Aug. 18. St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital SHASTEEN, Marissa, of East Liverpool, a son Aug. 12.

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BARKER, Megan and Aaron Delo, of East Liverpool, twins, a son and daughter Aug. 14 St. Joseph Warren Hospital BYLER, Viola and Norman, of Middlefield, a daughter Aug. 16 LEE, Erin and Jason, of Cortland, a daughter Aug. 17 Wajda, Kelly and Thad, of ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital WILSON, Bridgett and Jason Sr., of Andover, a daughter Aug. 15

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital DUNCAN, Stephanie and Bruce, of Southington, a daughter Aug. 13. JEWELL, Heather and Patrick Nidel, of Warren, a daughter Aug. 12. SHEPLER, Sharayah and Shane Smith, of Farmdale, a son Aug. 14. TOLER, Amber and Dustin Kubacka, of Niles, a son Aug. 12. St. ...

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It’s unconditionally a doggie dog world out there

Last Father’s Day, I told you about some funny, poignant and prolific words of wisdom often uttered by my father — not to mention the saucy and sidesplitting ones. #myfatherishilarious Again, shameless plug for the future here but stay tuned for more to come on a book about the stuff my ...

Hang up camera … err, texter, and just talk

The evolution of the telephone is very well documented. Everyone knows that in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made history when he used his new invention to summons his assistant, Thomas Watson, to his side from another location in the house where they’d been working on the world’s first ...

Birds seem beautiful until flights of frenzy

There is this little sparrow who visits me every workday. He (or she, I really don’t know, to be fair) swings by around 8 a.m. or so and then again about 9ish, typically. He sits on the ledge of my windowsill and sings. Sometimes he even turns his head and chirps straight into the office, ...

Advanced course in teen-speak translation

About two years ago, I wrote a column entitled “Consult this Handy Translator for Teen-Speak.” You may recall it as a tongue-in-cheek guideline to maneuvering through the minefield known as conversations with teenage boys. It was an overview of “Communicating with Teen Boys 101,” an ...

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August brims with events both mild and august

August has seemed to me to be a busy month in many ways. Lots of community and county events that provide opportunities for something to do depending on what interests you. Nearby county fairs provide entertainment of many different kinds, with a chance to see some of what agriculture is like ...

Senior news

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty Township residents 60 and older are invited to sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program. For more information, contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315 or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102. 911 SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY: The ...

North Korea threats revive nuke fears

LOS ANGELES — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares — of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack — seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into ...

Canning, cleaning, and ‘flying’ horses fill Lovina’s week

It is 10 p.m. Wednesday evening. Everyone has headed to bed except the girls and me. I forgot all about writing this column until after daughter Elizabeth, Timothy and Abigail left for home. They came over for a while after supper. We had so much fun with Abigail. I was helping her walk ...

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Ticket

Hating hypocricy while having an opinion Hating hypocricy while having an opinion I hate hypocrisy. I am a hypocrite. I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I watch various debates play out on Facebook, from assorted political atrocities to whether a registered sex offender should be ...

Akron Art Museum displays ‘Heavy Metal’

“Heavy Metal,” an exhibition focusing on all things metallic, opens Saturday at the Akron Art Museum. The show pairs internationally known artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Lorna Simpson with artists who live in the northeast Ohio community. Kusama’s popular “Infinity Mirrors” ...

Butler-Trumbull displays Cicourel exhibition

The work of artist Merryl Berner Cicourel opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch. “Retrospectively Reimaging Cultural Landscapes” features wall-mounted sculptures fabricated from heavy gauge aluminum and works in other media. In her artist statement, ...

Eclectic musical mix on tap at Pabstolutely

Pabstolutely continues to pour an eclectic musical mix in its 10th year. “We try to keep it interesting for the multiple people who have supported us over the years,” said Joe Stillson, a volunteer with Golden String Inc., beneficiary for the event. “The music lineup is all over the ...