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Go ahead, get lost for peace and adventure

“We never get lost anymore,” she said. “Why don’t you ever take me some place where we’re lost?” It’s true. The adventure, the excitement, the romance of getting lost is, well, lost. “This neighborhood doesn’t look familiar,” Terry said. “I must have taken a wrong ...

Sick days spoiled by upset tummy and queasy brain

I called off sick the other day. It was a horrible experience. Plus, I felt lousy. The worst thing about calling off sick when you actually are is feeling far too yucky to enjoy the yearned-for day off. The second-worst thing is that one’s brain tends to be as unreliable as a queasy ...

Critical spirit shows lack of critical sense

Some people get paid to be critics. The rest of us offer the service for free. It’s easy to do, because the less we know about a thing, the more confidently we can lecture someone else how to do it. This is why, for example, the people who know parenting the best are the critics who never ...

Everybody’s talking about the weather …

One of the greatest quotes ever uttered about life in northeast Ohio is this: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Never has a philosophical platitude proved to be so true. And perplexing. I am writing this column two hours after my wife and I took a lovely spring walk on ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital CROSS, Rebecca and Robert, of Warren, a daughter March 22. SAUSE, Linzi and James, of Niles, a son March 22. WILLIAMS, Ophelia, of Warren, a daughter March 21.

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital BUTLER, Lori and Ryan Sr., of Niles, a son March 21. FEAR, Amy and Cody Fairbee, of Garrettsville, a daughter March 21. JOHNSON, Sierra and John Bruce Sr., of Warren, a daughter March 21. NELSON, Lindsey and Ronald, of Warren, a son March 21. St. ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital MOORE, Rebecca and Jason, of Warren, a daughter March 20. PRICE, Kathryn and Abram, of Jefferson, a daughter March 19. St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital LINK, Crystal and Jeff Kinnamon, of Niles, a son March 20.

Births

St. Joseph Health Center SEXTON, Regenia and Michael Ferry Jr. of Warren, a girl on March 17. ZEPERNICK, Alizabeth and Nathan, Warren, a daughter on March 17. SHEASLEY, Kendra and Jason, Brookfield, a daughter on March 19.

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

If I weren’t so peaceful, I’d poke her right in scanner

You know her. She’s the nameless, faceless, no-bodied voice at the self-checkout aisle in the grocery store. She is pushy and intolerant and terse. Not only does she yell at me to place items on the belt that are clearly rolling down the lane like a steamroller (and flattening the hot ...

Am I too old for long hair, Forever 21 clothes?

I remember some years back a very smart gentleman in our circle of friends named Tom penned a song for his beautiful wife, Paulette. If memory serves, the official title was “Is 40 Too Old for Pigtails?” The song and couple were and remain, adorable. As my husband, Kerry, celebrates his ...

Proud mama stays afloat with praises for team

I can’t swim. I am not being modest or exaggerating for emphasis. I can’t swim. I am 48 years old, the daughter of a man who was a longtime YMCA swim instructor and rescue diver for the sheriff’s department, and a woman who spent many of her formative years on the shores and in the ...

Brother’s birthday luncheon is no party

I have the world’s sweetest big brother. The kind of guy who will buy a magazine for me because it contains a story about my childhood obsession, James Dean. The sort of person who will insist on walking me to my car if we leave an event simultaneously. The teddy bear of a dude who will ...

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Simple toys offer more fun

Do you remember some of the fun you had while growing up with very simple toys? Just think, no batteries to go dead or no electrical outlets needed. No “smart” gadgets that required a course in how to operate it or a 250-page instruction book. We found ways to enjoy simple toys that ...

Senior news

RETIREES TO MEET: St. Joseph Hospital Retirees will meet for breakfast 9:30 a.m. Monday at Wayside Restaurant in Champion. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable donation for the food bank. COPPERWELD RETIREES TO MEET: Copperweld Steel Melt Shop retirees and support employees are welcome ...

Joe Silva takes a shot during a game of pool on Feb. 2, 2017 at the Selinsgrove Senior Center in Selnsgrove, Pa.  The number of seniors like Maurer who are aging alone without a spouse or close family nearby is on the rise, senior advocates say.  (Robert Inglis/The Daily Item via AP)

Seniors without family are not alone

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Before Robert A. Maurer’s wife passed away 15 years ago, she asked a neighbor family to watch over him in her absence. “I have one son in California and another in Delaware, so I’m thankful for my ‘adopted’ family that promised my wife while she was dying that ...

Bristol grad competes for chance at chef contest in San Francisco

Janice Campbell learned to cook on the family farm in Bristol. Now her skills could send Campbell to San Francisco to compete in the Ultimate Culinary Clash. As one of three regional finalists, she will prepare a three-course dinner April 1 at Table 45, a chic restaurant in the ...

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Radio station celebrates 330 Day with Kent concert

Last year on March 30 — or 330 Day — The Summit public radio station premiered the330.net, a digital radio channel devoted exclusively to music by artists from the 330 area code and surrounding area. This year the station will celebrate its first anniversary with a concert featuring ...

Frontwoman returns with new band

Cincinnati’s Flying Underground will be playing its first area gig on Saturday, but those lead vocals will sound familiar to local music fans. The band’s lead singer is Kelly McCracken, former leader of The Kellys and a Maplewood High School graduate. She moved to Cincinnati in 2012 and ...

Ticket stubs

Kent-Trumbull hosts music program Priwan Nanongkham will lead a performance and demonstration of traditional Thai music at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kent State University at Trumbull auditorium, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Champion. Born in Thailand, Nanongkham is the director of Kent State University ...

Kent-Trumbull concentrates on Czech play

By ANDY GRAY Tribune Chronicle CHAMPION — “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration” is a door-slamming farce with a twist. Nearly every time one of those doors slams, the scene changes. Sometimes it springs forward several hours; other times it jumps backwards to the beginning of ...