Lifestyles

What’s your holiday cooking disaster story?

Did the dog run off with the Christmas ham? Did the New Year’s sauerkraut go up in smoke? Did the Hanukkah brisket need to be dropped into the wastebasket? We’ve all had holiday cooking disasters. Share your story with the Tribune Chronicle and compare yours to tales from other readers in ...

A healthier, delicious holiday option

If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies. Your friends and family will, too. But you’ll have to plan ahead because the batter is so soft it needs to chill overnight before scooping. The main ingredient here is 1 1/2 ...

Woman has stomach removed after testing

LINCOLN, N.D. — Heather Huus, of Lincoln, has been adjusting to her “new normal” ever since she had her stomach removed in August 2016. After receiving unfavorable results from a genetic test, which indicated she was at risk for an inherited cancer syndrome, Huus, 32, made the fateful ...

Exercise every day during the holidays

Yes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends and the ...

Woman helps those who have been there with cleft lip, palate

ST. LOUIS — Before Dana Kiley was born 38 years ago, her parents didn’t know she had a cleft lip and palate. Kiley would go on to have 18 surgeries to correct the birth defect, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Today, babies with cleft lips or palates are usually diagnosed by ...

Health notes

GRIEFSHARE: GriefShare sessions are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE. Attendees may visit at any point as each session is self-contained, but weekly attendance is encouraged. Call 330-856-3463 for more information. GRIEFSHARE: Churchill ...

Christmas activities in Ohio

The Associated Press Six-foot-tall nutcrackers, a life-size Nativity display and a Dickens Victorian Village: These are some of the ways Ohio says “Merry Christmas!” Here are some of the offerings a traveler can find if taking a trip outside of the Mahoning Valley for Christmas sights and ...

Reluctant writer reads works in St. Louis

SOUTHINGTON — Mathew Mitchell didn’t want to write. When he was 17, “My mom kind of forced to me to attend the Emerging Writing Camp at Hiram,” the 19-year-old Southington man said. “I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to do studio art.” The college offered an art camp at the ...

Spiritually fun evening with family and friends

Supper was later than usual tonight. The men were working on Mose and Susan’s house, sanding drywall. Mose and Susan bought the paint for the house today. We hope we can start painting by Friday. Daughter Elizabeth, granddaughter Abigail and Nikiah, the little girl Elizabeth baby-sits for, ...

RSV mimics common cold but can have serious effects in kids

BOARDMAN — Mariah Jordan’s 3-week-old daughter, Legacy, was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus. She spent three days in Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman. “I was nervous. It was scary in the hospital,” Jordan, 25, of Boardman said earlier this month. Respiratory ...

Diabetes drug that combats weight loss approved by FDA

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. regulators last week approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose significant weight. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said the Food and Drug Administration approved its once-a-week shot for people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug, ...

Health notes

NATURAL THYROID BALANCE: Balancing Your Thyroid Naturally Seminar is being offered by Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, Boardman. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 330-729-1350 or go to ...

Tribune Chronicle photos / Michelle Jones
Rebecca Brothers of Niles stirs Chicken Fajita Soup in the slow cooker just before serving.

Niles cook dishes up more than just food

NILES — Want to feel the love? Go to Rebecca Brothers’ house and sit at her table. Brothers said that growing up Italian taught her to show her love through cooking. “I love to entertain,” she said. “I love to make people happy.” Friends, family and guests who are fed at her ...

Health notes

HILLSIDE GROUP MEET: The Hillside Stroke Support Group will hold its annual Christmas Party from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, in the boardroom. All stroke survivors and family members are welcome. For more information, contact Cindy at 330-841-3891. TRUMBULL COUNTY CARES: Trumbull County CARES, a ...

Therapy poodle filling many roles in the Liberty Schools system

LIBERTY — The black poodle stretched out on the cool tile hallway floor at W.S. Guy Middle School. Her head rested on the blue-jeaned leg of Janiya Brown as the 12-year-old girl ran her fingers through the soft, tight curls on the dog’s head. “She’s, like, soothing,” Brown, a ...

Seniors’ radio station keeps the past alive

DENVER — A typical Friday morning inside the Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial, Colorado, sounds like an era from long ago, Colorado Public Radio reports. “Dick’s Big Band Hour” fills residents’ rooms with the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Duke ...

Look forward to first big snow

When we get that first major snowstorm of the year, it causes a lot of problems for many people. Getting to work, getting children off to school, picking up milk from the farm or anything involving outside travel are all more difficult. Yet there is something about that first heavy snowfall ...

Senior news

BLACK TIE GALA: Gracewoods Senior Living in Niles is hosting a black tie gala for residents to be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. For more information, contact Jan Gilliland at 330-652-4177. HOWLAND RETIREES MEET: Howland Schools Retirees will meet 11 a.m. Tuesday at Enzo’s Restaurant in ...

Bug puts crimp into holiday plans

It’s Wednesday morning and we have lots to do today. I think I have some kind of stomach flu. It makes me feel weak, so I haven’t moved too far from my recliner yet. I hope I will feel better soon. I do not have time to be sick! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and I need to be well for my ...

Health notes

HYPNOSIS SESSION: A group hypnosis session for weight loss and smoking cessation will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at A Moment for Me Yoga Center, 8309 High St., Howland. There will be a free CD for use at home. For registration, call 330-647-0399. GRIEFSHARE IN HOWLAND: GriefShare sessions are 10 ...