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Senior news

GIRARD CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard, is offering its Fitness Stretch Plus classes beginning the week of Aug. 7. Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday classes will be held at 1:15 p.m. Healthy ...

Elizabeth hosts the family

My arms are sore this morning from all the painting we did yesterday. Sister Emma and I helped paint three rooms at our sisters Verena and Susan’s house yesterday. The new floor will be put down next week, so we wanted the painting done before that. Tuesday evening, Verena and Susan moved ...

E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found. Nicotine patches, gums and medications are known to aid smoking cessation, but there’s no consensus on whether vaping devices can help anti-smoking efforts. The U.S. research is the ...

Buy happiness — if you spend it to save time

WASHINGTON — Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time. People who dole out cash to save time on things like housekeeping, delivery services and taxis are a little bit happier than those who don’t, new research finds. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 ...

Health notes

BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS: In support of this year’s theme for the 2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Trumbull County WIC is hosting “The Big Latch On” event 10 a.m. Friday at the Trumbull County WIC office, 258 E. Market St. Suite 201, Warren. Women gather together to breastfeed and offer ...

August events

1 — Vienna National Night Out at township gazebo at 6 p.m. 1 — Blue Siren at Austintown Township Park at 7 p.m. 1 — alt-J, SOHN at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, at 8 p.m. 1 — Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, PVRIS at KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa., at 7 p.m. 2 — ...

August events

1 — Vienna National Night Out at township gazebo at 6 p.m. 1 — Blue Siren at Austintown Township Park at 7 p.m. 1 — alt-J, SOHN at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, at 8 p.m. 1 — Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, PVRIS at KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa., at 7 p.m. 2 — ...

Nice cream

BETTER VEGAN SOFT SERVES FIND NEW FANS NEW YORK — Nice cream: It’s what they call vegan ice cream. But with creamier bases and more interesting flavors, it’s not just for vegans anymore. Dairy-free ice cream options have come a long way thanks in part to meat-eating folk looking to ...

Shrimp Tacos baked, not fried

From taco trucks to Mexican restaurants, tacos are just about everywhere these days. And why not? A taco is exactly as handy, versatile and filling as a sandwich, and crunchy to boot. Lots of folks dream of making these fried corn tortillas at home, but some pull up short at the prospect of ...

Summer vegetables makes meal planning easier

Our weather has been hot and humid this week. This morning it is looking like it could rain. We need rain and it would also cool everything off. Daughter Elizabeth and sweet little granddaughter Abigail came yesterday to spend the day. We did laundry, which seemed extra huge with bedding and ...

Combine yoga with outdoors for calming health booster

Editor’s note: Warren-based travel writer Jennifer Martinek this week shares her discovery of a way to combine healthful destressing with natural settings — destination yoga. BAZETTA — Mosquito Creek Reservoir spreads over both Bazetta and Mecca townships in the center of Trumbull ...

Health notes

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211. For information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit www.trumbullmhrb.org or call ...

‘Little Mermaid’ proves to be a crowd pleaser

CHAMPION — If an ocean vacation is out of reach this summer, Kent State University at Trumbull Summer Stock and the Millennial Theatre Company are offering an appealing trip “Under the Sea” this month. “The Little Mermaid,” adapted from the 1989 Disney animated feature, is this ...

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Loretta Ecklund of Bazetta, center, returns a volley during a pickleball match as teammate Stan Tamburro of Niles watches. The courts at Bolindale Park in Bazetta were full of players last week.

Boomers bounce pickleballs over Trumbull County courts

HOWLAND — Hollow-sounding “ponks” — mixed with a few higher-velocity “pinks” — popped across the six pickleball courts. Perforated plastic balls, propelled by square, short-handled paddles, sailed in arcs of orange and yellow across yard-high nets. On a far court, a pickleball ...

Keeping the brain sharp doesn’t have to be costly

TRENTON, N.J. — While there’s nothing you can do or take to ensure you won’t get Alzheimer’s disease, experts say there are some strategies that might help keep your brain sharp. And you don’t need to dole out a lot of money to do it. “Does one have to spend their life savings on ...

Fountain of youth has its drawbacks

As the years fly by quite briskly and as we peer into our favorite mirror wondering what happened to our youthful appearance, we do in fact realize that we are getting old. Could there be a fountain of youth out there? A fountain that with one precious drink, we would reverse this terrible ...

Senior news

CENTER TO HOST SUMMER EVENT: The Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, Cortland, is hosting local singer Caitlin Overton in a free performance noon to 1 p.m. July 31. Refreshments will be offered. To reserve a lunch or for information, call the center at 330-924-0412 by noon July 27. ...

Hopeless millennial or a senior having moments?

I’m a lot younger than I feel. Or than the calendar claims I am. I chanced upon this happy news reading a newspaper article in which researchers rate millennials as hopeless when it comes to basic life skills. I thought I had life skills down pretty well. The truth is, I don’t have life ...

Livin’ dream life is complete opposite of daydreams

I was hemming and hawing the other day (Gosh, does anyone even say that anymore? #iamold) debating with myself about this week’s column topic. I thought of springboarding off from a theme I stirred up in one of my blogs from the past week entitled “Life is Just Like a Head of Lettuce” ...

Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the senior care set

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Amy Bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until Parkinson’s and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall. Bernard is happy with her mother’s nursing home care, but it comes at a steep ...