Lifestyles

032417...R FISH 2...Warren...03-24-17...Kleanthes (Chris) Tsapos of Howland cooks fish at the St. Demetrios Community Center fish fry...by R. Michael Semple

Fridays call for fish

WARREN — The secret’s in the breading. That’s what keeps people lining up for the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Friday Fish Fry, parish council member Mary Ann Raptis said. So what mixture of herbs and spices go into the breading? Head cook John Vrontos shrugged, grinned and ...

Heartfelt sympathy for family after tragic death

The calendar tells us spring is here but the weather thinks differently. It has been cold so far this week. Son-in-law Mose is boiling maple syrup as fast as he can keep up in the evenings. Son Benjamin keeps the fire under the cooker going all day and adds more sap as it cooks down. The ...

Heart patient Patricia Bolchalk of Howland talks about her heart procedure with a portrait of her family over her shoulder...by R. Michael Semple

Procedure eliminates open-heart surgery

HOWLAND — At first, Patricia Bolchalk thought it was her lungs. At the mall, the Howland woman found she needed rest breaks between anchor stores at the mall. At home, while putting a load of laundry in the washer in the basement, she had to sit down after coming back up the stairs. Her ...

Health notes

GRIEFSHARE: The GriefShare session “The Journey of Grief, Part 1,” will be held 5 to 7 p.m. April 2 at Leavittsburg Church of God, 610 S. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg. For information, call the church, 330-898-1131, or go to www.griefshare.org. MAMMOVAN AT SCOPE: The Niles SCOPE Center, 14 ...

Fitness Challenge champions: Now U C Us

Now U C Us say you better not see them defending their Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge championship next year. “This has got to stay off,” said team member Nick Latiano, who finished the Challenge 40 pounds lighter. The five guys on Now U C Us shed 16.9 percent of their ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Real winter returns — a bonus when preserving meat for next year

LOVINA'S AMISH KITCHEN We are having real winter weather again here in southern Michigan. The temperature has been staying cold. It sure was nice to have cold weather to get our beef all cut up. As much as I would have liked spring-like weather, I was glad for some cold weather because of ...

Fitness Challenge wraps

And the winner of the 2017 Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge is ... Oh, come on. You didn’t think I was really going to give it away, did you? Not if you’ve followed us the previous 15 years of this annual community weight loss competition to benefit local charities. Come ...

Fitness Challenge wraps

And the winner of the 2017 Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge is ... Oh, come on. You didn’t think I was really going to give it away, did you? Not if you’ve followed us the previous 15 years of this annual community weight loss competition to benefit local ...

Health notes

HYPNOSIS SESSION: A group hypnosis session for weight loss and to stop smoking will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at A Moment for Me Yoga Center, 8309 High St., Howland. A free CD will be given for use at home. For registration, call 330-647-0399. GRIEFSHARE SESSION: The GriefShare session “The ...

Health notes

HYPNOSIS SESSION: A group hypnosis session for weight loss and to stop smoking will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at A Moment for Me Yoga Center, 8309 High St., Howland. A free CD will be given for use at home. For registration, call 330-647-0399. GRIEFSHARE SESSION: The GriefShare session “The ...

Taking technology to the school gym floor

EDINBORO, Pa. — Physical education teachers at Parker Middle School are noticing a little extra hustle from their students. When a volleyball rolls across the gym floor during drills, several students chase after it. Sometimes they start doing jumping jacks between relay races. “It’s ...

How to find a job with a liberal arts degree

ASK BRIANNA Q: I’m a liberal arts major, and it feels like there’s no clear line of work for me to pursue. How can I use my degree to get a job when I graduate? A: The older I get, the more fiercely I defend unduly maligned liberal arts majors. I’m the proud recipient of an English ...

Italian men’s club thriving through younger membership

MADISON, Wis. — The Italian Workmen’s Club, a staple of the old Greenbush neighborhood, was dying out. A club that stood the test of time for more than 100 years saw its membership aging and declining, but a recent uptick in younger members elevated the club from surviving to thriving, ...

Let’s try electing president by lottery

The 2016 election went on and on, spreading much misery on behalf of We the People. There were continuous debates that seemed a lifetime of torture as various candidates went into name-calling and many dirty, slimy remarks even involving the families of the candidates. Should we take the same ...

Senior news

MAMMOGRAM MAMMOVAN: The Niles SCOPE, 14 State St., Niles, is taking appointments for mammograms 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 21 on the Mercy Health Mammovan. Each appointment will be approximately 15 minutes. Insurance will be accepted. Those with no insurance will be eligible for a free ...

Librarian teaches culinary skills to young chefs

LIBERTY — When it comes to cooking, everyone has to start at the beginning. That includes television chefs like Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Cleveland native Michael Symon. Perhaps they were taught basic cooking skills by a parent, older sibling or grandparent. Locally, young chefs can ...