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Most action-packed, dangerous time of the year

Christmas is the most action-packed time of the year. December is the only month that I’m permitted to handle real tools. True, the tool is only a handsaw. Even at Christmastime, I am forbidden power tools. My sweetie fears she’d lose too much decorating time driving me to the emergency ...

I spy with my little eye and whopping checkbook…

My ambition as an 8-year-old boy was to become a spy. The TV lineups in the 1960s brimmed with spy shows. My course of study included “Mission:Impossible,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “I Spy.” Unfortunately, my greatest inspirations were Maxwell Smart, Secret Agent 86 of ...

Rolling across the parking lot at speed of snails

Somehow, Terry tricked me into going shopping with her. I’m sure a candy store was mentioned, but we never got to one. “Let me drive,” I said. “I know where the candy store’s at.” “The last time I let you drive, we ended up at the zoo.” I smiled. “Yeah. I know.” “We ...

Give thanks for that crazy gobble, gobble, gobble song

I don’t know many Thanksgiving carols. For that blessing, anyone within listening distance can be grateful. Or maybe they wish I knew different turkey songs. Only one comes to mind, and it jiggles around my brain like a glob of cranberry sauce: “A turkey sat on the backyard fence / and ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BOYLES, Laura and Christopher, of Youngstown, a daughter Dec. 9 St. Joseph Warren Hospital BAIRD, Yvonne and Dominik Boyce, of Newton Falls, a son Dec. 7 CALLAHAN, Kellie and David, of Warren, a daughter Dec. 8 DIBELL, Erica, of Cortland, a son Dec. ...

Meier – Rech

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rech of Lordstown, and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Meier of Strongsville are announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Nathan Rech and Alyssa Meier Ms. Meier graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital NELSON, Kayla and Andrew Gough, of East Liverpool, a son Dec. 3. St. Joseph Warren Hospital GRAY, Brittany and RyLand, of Youngstown, a daughter Dec. 1. LOTH, Samantha and Stephen Strawderman, of Leavittsburg, a daughter Dec. 2.

Carter – Shaw

The engagement and approaching marriage of India Ashley Carter to Keylin Dawain Shaw are being announced by the bride-elect’s parents, Ylain Carter of Warren and Julius Tremaine Singleton of Danville, Ky. Parents of the groom-elect are Catherine Blackmon of Augusta, Ga., and the late ...

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Student teaches you and thing or two… thousand

Nineteen years and three days ago, the world got a whole lot brighter, yo. And not just mine. #ThisKidsGoingPlaces But for my husband and me, that’s when the son — er, sun — came to rest over our little casa. His name is Kyle. Yep, that bundle arrived in dramatic fashion circa 1999, ...

A comes before I — and I’m not sure why

Remember back in the good old days when AI was simply a reference to two of the five (and sometimes six) vowels in the consonant-heavy English alphabet? These days, those two little vowels are weighing down on humanity like a sumo wrestler on an all-you-can-eat buffet, you dig? Artificial ...

November asks, ‘Who you callin’ ordinary?’

Well, this is it. The last Sunday in November. In the Catholic church, we take note of this particular one as the last Sunday in “ordinary time.” As if poor November hasn’t been through enough already from all that overshadowing by its adjacent months with their flashy holidays that ...

Thanks. Giving. Enough said? Apparently not

Thanksgiving. That poor, put-upon little holiday that gets lost amid the scary creepiness of Halloween and the lights, glitz and glorious splendor of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the other winter holidays. Sigh. Poor little old, neglected, practically skipped-over, ...

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Health notes

FLAG MEETS: Youngstown Area PFLAG will hold its monthly support meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Youngstown Area PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends and Allies) is a support, education and advocacy group for friends and family of LGBTQ ...

Use the slow lane when choosing Christmas gifts

NEW YORK — The world is fast and furious. Why not slow it down for the holidays? Ways to achieve that lofty goal are plentiful. Here are some ideas on how to give Christmas gifts of slow living: THE SLOW HOME PODCAST The podcast is hosted by the Australian Brook McAlary, a mother of two. ...

Senior news

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: Alcan / Novelist Retirees Christmas luncheon will be noon Dec. 11 at DiLucia’s Banquet Center, 2610 Elm Road, Warren. Lunch is $15. Reservations are needed as soon as possible. Call or text Bob at 330-397-3789, or leave your name with Bob Kovach at ...

Lovina shares family’s favorite cookie, candy recipes

We are still busy getting prepared for niece Emma’s wedding next week. So this week, I will share some recipes that we use over the holidays. Sour cream cut-out cookies are still our favorite Christmas cookie to decorate. Enjoy. God bless you all. Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies This is an easy ...

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Christmas show performed at mall

The Trumbull Senior Production Co. will present a Christmas show 1 p.m. Saturday at the center court of Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. The troupe of singers and dancers will perform holiday favorites with a finale that features 30 dancers doing “The Parade of the Wooden ...

Calendar

Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 14-16 and midnight Dec. 15, $15. 330-507-2358. FAIRVIEW ARTS & OUTREACH CENTER, 4220 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown: ...

‘Frozen’ arrives on ice

With her father and brothers playing hockey and her mother an instructor, the decision to start skating came naturally to a 2-year-old Emma Astrup. Soon, she discovered the most desirable aspect of moving along a sheet of ice on a hollowed-out blade of steel less than an inch wide was the ...

Let’s jazz it up a bit

YOUNGSTOWN — Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn replace Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as Ballet Western Reserve adds a Jazz Age twist to a holiday favorite. The dance company and the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble are collaborating on a production of “The Nutcracker,” which will ...