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Brain fog’s morning musings

I am not at my mental best in the morning. Actually, I’ve never been at my mental best, but mornings rank even lesser best than my normal less best. See what I mean? It’s morning. Even if a proper thought tries to latch onto my brain, it slides off in the shower suds and gurgles down the ...

Ice cream: Science says it’s what’s for breakfast

I’ve championed ice cream for breakfast for years. “But why can’t I have a banana split this morning, Mom? Bananas are fruit. Ice cream’s got milk. Eggs, too, I think. And chocolate’s made from beans. It’s healthy.” “Shut up and eat your oatmeal, kid.” Mom wasn’t ...

PA systems crackle memories of principal’s office

Before the PA system’s final crackle, I’d burrowed beneath the table. “Will Burton Cole please come to the front desk. Burton Cole, please come to the front desk.” I whimpered, and perhaps sucked my thumb a second or two. I might be 40 years removed from the cold, steel door ...

Senior discount doesn’t match how old he feels

It happened again. “That cost less than I expected.” The pretty young fast-food clerk never bothered to glance my way as she handed over the receipt. “Your order number is 22.” I slipped off my bifocals and squinted at the receipt to find the pricing error. There it was. The ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital FICK, Jennifer and Joshua, of Kinsman, a son Feb. 21. HOFFMAN, Kristen, of Warren, a daughter Feb. 22. KIMBROUGH, Brionna and Anthony Tutt, of Niles, a daughter Feb. 22. MACK, Jacqueline, of Warren, a daughter, Feb. 22. MEZAKOWSKI, Christina and Timothy, of ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital BAILEY, Amber and Adam, of Warren, a son Feb. 16. DURIG, Savannah and Kyle, of Niles, a daughter Feb. 17. MORGAN, Channell and Leonard Bryant, of Hubbard, a daughter Feb. 16. SPRAGUE, Miranda, of Brookfield, a son Feb. 17.

Birth

St. Joseph Warren Hospital THOMPSON, Maranda and Chandler Mort, of Fowler, a son Feb. 15.

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Engagement — Diorio – Davidson

Diorio - Davidson Gary and Anna Marie Diorio of Boardman are announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Melanie, of Morrisville, N.C., to Justin Davidson of Durham, N.C. Parents of the groom-elect are David and Kellie Levy of Whittier, N.C. The bride-elect is a ...

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Unreal lives of ‘Real Housewives’ not worth trading for

I’m not proud of it. But I don’t deny it, either. Fine. I watch The “Real Housewives of New York” … and the one set in Orange County (the original) … and the one based in Atlanta … and the one shot in New Jersey … and of course, the granddaddy of ’em all, in my opinion, ...

Why is it still looking a lot like Christmas?

It’s been nearly 50 days. That’s getting dangerously close to two full months, people. In that time, we’ve already inaugurated a new president, said goodbye to beloved actors Mary Tyler Moore, John Hurt and Miguel Ferrer, and watched Tom Brady win yet another Super Bowl. Sigh. The ...

Ironies, fiery Crock-Pots pepper life with twists

First there was the fact that the (arguably) two NFL teams I care the least about in the entire league are playing in tonight’s Super Bowl. Frankly, I’m just watching for Lady Gaga at halftime and to check out this year’s commercials. Speaking of which, I saw a commercial encouraging me ...

Moves to head of class with failing grades

You know, ever since Kyle entered high school three years ago, I’ve had passing thoughts of what it must be like to be a teenager these days. I mean, as I see him maneuvering the process so effortlessly, it occurs to me every now and again that this talent of his might be a recessive ...

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Black history runs rich in MV

The month of February is Black History Month, a time to pay tribute to black pioneers in the fight for equality and justice. Frederick Douglass (1818-95), who visited Warren several times in his lifetime and spoke to a packed house here, is a renowned activist who is much recognized and so ...

Senior news

RETIREES BREAKFAST: The retirees of St. Joseph Warren Hospital will hold their next breakfast meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Wayside Restaurant. Attendees are asked to bring items for the food bank. BOOK DISCUSSION: The Niles SCOPE Senior Center will host a Book Discussion Group at the center ...

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Avoid becoming a scam victim

With tax season upon us in full swing, be aware of the dreaded IRS scam. This is the time that scammers start calling, pretending to be IRS agents. Also with spring right around the bend, be aware of the home repair sam artists who start preying upon victims. Both scams are active in Trumbull ...

IRS impostor scam robs elderly of life savings

WASHINGTON — It’s the top complaint to a U.S. Senate hotline for seniors: fraudsters posing as IRS agents, threatening arrests and demanding money. Treasury Department official Timothy Camus told the Senate Aging Committee last week that more than 10,000 people have reported falling prey ...

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Calendar

Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company – “Dating Sucks: The Musical,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. 330-507-2358. VICTORIAN PLAYERS, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: “Vaudeville at the ...

Art on Park covers walls with art

The walls of the Art on Park Building will be covered with subjects that are mostly bare in a one-night-only exhibition. “Nude on Park” is billed as “a celebration of the human form” and will feature more than 50 works by nearly 20 artists from the Mahoning Valley and western ...

Get out to see ‘Get Out’

On the Comedy Central series “Key and Peele,” Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key proved skillful at exploring issues of race and also displayed a love for the conventions of horror movies. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that Peele’s directing debut isn’t a comedy but a ...

Ticket stubs

Church hosts Society lecture The Youngstown Chapter of Carpatho-Rusyn Society will sponsor a lecture by Richard Custer on “Uncovering and Publishing the History of Pennsylvania’s Carpatho-Rusyns” at 1:30 p.m Saturday at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 2230 Highland Ave., ...