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House ghost pulls pranks, collects mail

The ghost who lives in our house is about to retire. I know, because his junk mail last week included an offer to supplement his brand new Medicare eligibility. Donnell is our ghost. His junk mail’s been showing up in our box for about as long as we’ve lived in our house. Or possibly his ...

A Burt by any other name is just as confused

I need a name change. It seems that to succeed in life, one needs great talent, a delightful personality, stunningly good looks or a really cool name. My option was obvious. A nom de plume it is. Mom and Dad planned to name me Martha Louise, but I didn’t cooperate. So they settled on ...

Unmarked boxes, butter bowls add adventure to storage

There’s treasure in my garage. Well, there might be. It’s hard to tell. I never finished unpacking when I moved in 20 years ago. When we ran out of room in the house, I shoved the final unopened cardboard boxes into far corners of the garage. They’re still there. These days when we ...

Reader’s joke file filled to top with chuckles

A message was penned on the back of the envelope: “If I was meant to pop out of bed, I would sleep in a toaster.” I opened the 6-by-9-inch packet and shook out a sheaf of papers. The sender, Marcie Danyi of Niles attached a note: “Look what I found in my joke collection.” Now this is ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital WILSON, Jennifer and Bryant, of Warren, a son April 27. LEBERT, Kerrisha and Aric Jackson, of Youngstown, a son April 27. St. Joseph Warren Hospital HOLLIE, Cassondra and David Sr., of Warren, a son April 27. SMITH, Emily and James, of Leavittsburg, a ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital DURST, Deja and Tyrin Blackwell Sr., of Warren, a son April 25. GILLESPIE, Jennifer and Thomas, of Warren, a daughter April 26. KOEHLER, Danielle and Bryant Thompson, of Warren, a son April 26. TEED, Emily, of Warren, a son April 26.

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital GEDDES, Meranda and Nicholas Phelps, of Warren, a daughter April 24. GREGORY, Lisa and Douglas, of Bristolville, a son April 26. McLAIN, Marcia and Matthew, of Niles, a son April 25. MILLER, Judith and Ervin, of West Farmington, a daughter April 26. PRUITT, ...

Births

BURGERMYER, Alicia and Patrick Fritz, of Warren, son April 24. GRABILL, Hope and Brandon King, of Warren, a daughter April 24. JOHNSON, Desarae and Alexander Givens, of Newton Falls, a son April 24. SANFREY, Desirae and Mitchell Smith, of Warren, a daughter April 23.

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Basketball playoffs demonstrate life lessons

As I sat biting my nails watching my Cavs play the Pacers the other night, it occurred to me that the NBA Playoffs are really a metaphor for life. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m a LeBron Loyalist, an Irving Addict and an absolute Lover of Kevin Love (well, duh) … but I really do believe I’m ...

Celebrating a love that saved us all

Today is one of celebration for a whole heck of a lot of folks. For those of the Hebrew faith, it is the seventh full day of the Jewish feast called Passover, which is a commemoration celebrating God’s freeing of the Israelites from the Egyptian Pharaoh who enslaved them. As part of the ...

They grow up so fast — and so smarty-pants smart

No one likes a smarty pants — especially those of us with plain old, average trousers, you know what I mean? Well, except, of course, when the smarty pants in question belong to your son, and you’re watching him walk across the stage in them, as he is inducted into the National Honor ...

Technology turns tendencies toward texting

As I sat with my son Kyle at a restaurant the other night, I couldn’t help but notice that very few of the humans were interacting with those seated beside or across from them. Or at adjacent tables. Or in the building. Except for their server, of course, but only when they needed ...

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80 years later

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Nearly 80 years after she played her last note, 94-year-old Mary Grindstaff has started taking lessons again to play violin, decades after her family was forced to sell her prized possession to help support them during the Great Depression. Grindstaff lives most of the ...

In this Feb. 28, 2017, photo, UW-Madison grad student Julia Kreznar tends mice housed as part of a microbiome study in the university's Microbial Sciences Building in Madison, Wis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Madison microbiome research aims to help health, environment

MADISON, Wis. — From diabetes, asthma and tooth decay to lake algae, dairy production and panda reproduction, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are studying how tiny bugs in our guts, our mouths and a variety of ecosystems help or harm. A new initiative on campus will award up to ...

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Yoga for youth

Toddlers like to imitate what their parents or older siblings are doing. “We do yoga at home,” Michelle Moran of Farmdale said. Her 5-year-old daughter, Addison, and 2 1/2-and-a-half-year-old son, Joshua, attend the Mommy & Me Yoga class at the Howland Branch of the Warren-Trumbull ...

032217...R NASA/TERRY 1...Howland...03-22-17...Olivia Oliver Terry of Howland talks about her years working for the U.S. government...by R. Michael Semple

‘Hidden Figures’

HOWLAND — When Olivia Oliver Terry saw the movie “Hidden Figures,” it felt a little like watching her own life story unfold on the big screen. “I was amazed at the similarities,” said Oliver Terry, 82, a retired auditor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of ...

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Fest raises funds for autism

Last year, Joshua “Mike” Owens played the drums for 24 hours to raise money and awareness for autism. This year, he’s getting some help from other drummers, musicians, singers and comedians. Several area acts will take part in Blue Daze, a two-day music festival at the Warren ...

Brooks, DiPiero on stage

Tribune Chronicle Liberty native Bob DiPiero returns with some of his fellow songwriters for the fourth “American Made” Country Music Songwriters Series concert at the Ford Family Recital Hall. For this year’s concert, he will be joined by Kix Brooks of the duo Brooks & Dunn, ...

Calendar

Film Regional CANTON PALACE THEATER, 605 Market Ave. North, Canton: Canton Film Festival, today, Friday and Saturday. cantonfilm.org. CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART CINEMATHEQUE, 11610 Euclid Ave.: The films “The Settlers” (2016), 6:45 p.m. today and 8:40 p.m. Sunday; “The Human Surge” ...

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Film Regional CANTON PALACE THEATER, 605 Market Ave. North, Canton: Canton Film Festival, today, Friday and Saturday. cantonfilm.org. CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART CINEMATHEQUE, 11610 Euclid Ave.: The films “The Settlers” (2016), 6:45 p.m. today and 8:40 p.m. Sunday; “The Human Surge” ...