Lifestyles

54-year-old med student living her dream

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Suzanne Watson couldn’t help but laugh when she received her AARP card and her acceptance letter from Wake Forest School of Medicine in the same week at the age of 50. “I sold my SUV and bought a convertible, and I got the license plate REV DOC,” said Watson, who ...

Cold cures cause issues

Recently, columnist Burton Cole wrote in “Burt’s Eye View” about his problems in dealing with a bad cold. Frankly, I think all colds are “bad,” but we like to use that word if we are the ones fighting the pesky problem. Anyhow, Burt was getting all kinds of advice about how to cure ...

Senior news

717 RETIREES MEET: The 717 Packard / Delphi Retiree meeting will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the union hall. Installation of officers will take place. RETIREES BREAKFAST: St. Joseph Hospital Retirees monthly breakfast will be 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at Wayside Restaurant in Champion. Attendees are ...

Start new year with traditional Bok Choy

If you tend to fall into cooking ruts, one easy way to snap out of it is to check out the holiday calendars of different cultures. Next up on my list of inspirations is the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, which this year falls on Jan. 28. I love cooking Chinese and Asian food all year, ...

Fish and chirps?

At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm in Williston, Vt., you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It’s one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for ...

Getting to work in snow and ice when you’re Amish

We are having a thunderstorm this morning — not at all normal weather for January. The temperature is hanging around 34 degrees so some places could be icy. Daughter Susan has to be at work by 9 a.m. She was going to drive the buggy but called a driver instead (“drivers” are non-Amish ...

Use treadmill for more than a boring walk

MIAMI — Just because it’s too cold for your normal three-mile outdoor run doesn’t mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall. Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. ...

Fitness Challenge

Teams tickle the scales on Thursday for the initial weigh-in in the 2017 Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge. Five-member teams from across the Mahoning Valley then will spend the next eight weeks losing weight to benefit area service organizations. The teams that lose the ...

Health notes

GRIEF SUPPORT: Church Hill UMC, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road, Liberty, will begin another 13-week session of “Grief Share” on Thursday. Meet at 6 p.m. in the church parlor on the second floor of the educational wing. This 13-week session is a Christian-based, Christ-centered program and all ...

Collector of castoffs finds beauty and value in repurposing

AUGUSTA, Maine — OK, I admit it. I pick up castoff gloves I find along the side of the road. You never know: These gloves that have blown out of the backs of pickup trucks can, if you’re patient, be useful. You just need to hold onto that lonely left until you can match it up with a ...

Program teaches parents how to teach their toddlers

SEATTLE — Nearly a decade before Seattle voters agreed in 2014 to subsidize a preschool program for the city’s families, a small, pilot effort for even younger children debuted in 106 living rooms across King County. Organizers approached parents with a simple sales pitch: Did they want ...

Versatility is key in the rec room

When asked to build a luxury home for a house tour this year, designer Kenyon Woods opted to include a rec room — but not the rec room of his childhood. Unlike old-time rec rooms with their wood paneling, ceiling tiles, box TVs and cast-off furniture, this one measures about 800 square feet ...

Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent scary allergy

WASHINGTON — New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods — starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic. The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, ...

Recommended reads

From the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library staff “New York: The Novel,” by Edward Rutherfurd (Adult Fiction) At the very beginning of New York history, when it was still known as New Amsterdam, Thomas Master, an immigrant from England, meets the Van Dycks and marries one of their ...

Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the U.S.

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012. “I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security,” she said. “The ...

Senior news

CENTER TRIP: The Niles SCOPE Senior Center is planning a trip to Covelli Center for a Phantoms Hockey game on Monday. Game time is 1 p.m. and the bus will leave at noon from Niles. The cost is $25 per person. Grandchildren are welcome to come with their grandparents. The deadline for payment ...

New year full of unknowns

A great New Year’s Eve party where we rang in the New Year and (some) gladly rang out the old year was followed by a delicious feast on New Year’s Day. What is in store for our brand new bouncing baby New Year 2017? After the bubbly was all consumed (burp!), we see a year of ...

Pull out stir fryer

At the same time many of us are packing away our noisemakers and Champagne glasses, people all over the world are just beginning to prepare for the new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the lunar new year — the first day on a calendar based on the phases of the moon. The lunar new ...

Reduce sugar in morning

The smoothie has become ubiquitous because it makes healthy eating sound easy and attainable. Smoothies also will help you keep those New Year’s resolutions about eating healthier and losing weight. I’ll admit to you right here: I love smoothies — throwing a bunch of things into a ...

Eichers usher in new year by doing puzzles, coloring

A brand new year — 2017 — awaits us. What will it hold for everyone? Although it doesn’t have to be a new year to make resolutions, it’s a good time to start. It amazes me how fast one year after another goes. When the children were younger, winters seemed to last forever. Now it ...