Lifestyles

Bill, left, and Carol Harrison weed lamiastrum among their three acres of manicured grounds full of flower beds in Mecca. The Harrisons said they’ve enjoyed gardening together since they married in 1969 but were able to kick it into high gear after they both retired in 2003.
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Backyard beauty

WARREN — There is always something blooming at the Harrison house. Bill and Carol Harrison work three beautiful acres of mostly perennial flower beds at their Mecca home. They grow blueberries and grapes out back. They also have a koi pond, and a covered bridge sitting area over their ...

Health notes

GRIEF SHARE: Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road in Liberty Township, will offer “Grief Share” to those who have had a loss in their lives, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. Grief Share is a 13-week program that offers videos that pertain to “Is This ...

Are you cheating on your gym membership?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As upscale fitness boutiques are exploding in popularity, some of the nation’s largest big-box gyms are opening small studios with high-end amenities, “it” trainers and specialized workouts that consumers can pay for on a class-by-class basis. Big-box gyms make ...

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A+ Teacher Kathleen Bronson, center, discusses literature with eight-grade students Ally Potts, left; Alexa Motichko, right; and Dezaray Dietrich, back to the camera, at Champion Middle School. Branson is one of 20 educators who were selected for the 27th annual A+ Teacher awards, which honor outstanding teachers in Trumbull County.

2017 A+ Teachers marked by caring, compassion, life lessons

A+ Teacher award winner Diane Holland believes in encouraging students. But sometimes, it’s the student who bolsters the teacher with lessons on how to face life. And death. In this case, the student was Rose Strother, and her mother was very sick. Rose talks about meeting Holland in her ...

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A+ Teacher Kathleen Bronson, center, discusses literature with eight-grade students Ally Potts, left; Alexa Motichko, right; and Dezaray Dietrich, back to the camera, at Champion Middle School. Branson is one of 20 educators who were selected for the 27th annual A+ Teacher awards, which honor outstanding teachers in Trumbull County.

2017 A+ Teachers marked by caring, compassion, life lessons

For a slideshow of the honored teachers, please visit our Multimedia page, under the Local News section. A+ Teacher award winner Diane Holland believes in encouraging students. But sometimes, it’s the student who bolsters the teacher with lessons on how to face life. And death. In this ...

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Ten-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera plays her violin with her new prosthetic at the engineering department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. A group of five bioengineering students designed a new prosthetic for Isabel to play the violin.

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but ...

Amazon’s software powers new smart TVs

NEW YORK — Amazon’s streaming TV software will appear on a new line of smart TVs designed to blend streaming TV services and over-the-air channels, but not cable packages. The TVs from Element Electronics will be sold under the Element and Westinghouse brands and will cost more than ...

Stay healthy, active after 90, entertainers advise

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mel Brooks made it clear that he was not paid to appear at the premiere of the new HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” “They never pay, they never pay,” he joked. “How funny I was tonight and I don’t get a penny.” Brooks ...

Ohio man opens up business at age 98

DAYTON (AP) — Showing no signs of slowing down, a 98-year-old Ohio man is starting his own consulting firm for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Nick Sabatino plans to launch Say It With An Idea, a business that will use the wealth of knowledge from retirees such as former businessmen, ...

Beware! Summer pests on the way

To arms! To arms! The pests are coming! As temperatures rise, so do many pests. Ants awake from their hibernating slumber and invade pantries, cabinets, closets and anything just resembling food. Stink bugs, mosquitoes, spiders, house flies, moles, mice and yellow jackets have the signal to ...

Senior news

717 RETIREES TO MEET: Robert Fenn will discuss Social Security and surviving-spouse benefits at the next 717 Packard / Delphi Retirees meeting, 11 a.m. Wednesday at the union hall, 2950 Sferra Ave. NW, Warren. OMBUDSMAN LUNCH AND LEARN: The Johnston Senior Center will host a Lunch-and-Learn ...

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In this combination photo of images provided by Ronnie Brower, Brower is seen before and after losing 458 pounds. For four years, Brower dieted and worked out three hours a day. His efforts earned him the admiration of a woman who was on her own weight loss journey. The couple who lost a combined total of 578 pounds married Saturday.

Couple wed after losing nearly 600 pounds together

Frustrated with his ever-growing weight that peaked at 675 pounds, Ronnie Brower began dieting and working out on his way to losing an astounding 458 pounds. His four-year fitness journey, chronicled on Facebook, earned him the admiration of a woman at his gym who similarly was trying to lose a ...

Health notes

LIFELINE SCREENINGS: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St., Warren, is sponsoring Life Line Screening health screenings Wednesday at the church. Residents living in and around the Warren area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, ...

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Jay and Erin Gaskill, front of line, and their wedding guests order food from Boston-based food truck, Mei Mei, at their wedding in Sagamore Beach, Mass.

Just say ‘I do’ to food trucks

Bobby Hughes’ family was worried about the food truck. They were used to sit-down wedding dinners with towering cakes. But Hughes and his Colombian bride, Angelica, were opting for a more relaxed approach when they asked the owners of a local food truck to cook up a South American-inspired ...

Retired 911th Airlift Wing mechanic helps restore museum aircraft

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — Pat Findlay got hooked on aviation in high school and served as an engine mechanic and crew chief with the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station for more than 36 years. Jack McMahon, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, was a fighter pilot who flew in ...

Club keeps music alive

The Warren Music Club awarded Aaron Sutton of Howland a $500 scholarship this week as a part of the Crusade for Strings program of the National Federation of Music Clubs. The Warren Music Club encouraged and supported Aaron during his years of classical guitar study to fulfill one part of ...

Senior news

ANGELS NEEDED: Guardian Angels of Trumbull County, a volunteer program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, is looking for volunteers. Angel volunteers receive training to become advocates who reach out as friends to seniors who may need a phone call, a visit in a nursing home or a visit at ...

This Mother’s Day: Stay in or go out?

NEW YORK — Leslie Young is the California mom of four kids 9 and younger. For her, Mother’s Day is far from serene. “Just because it’s Mother’s Day doesn’t mean the nurse, chauffer, chef, janitor, hair stylist or activity coordinator get the day off,” she said of all the hats ...

Everyone helps after lightning strikes sisters’ home

Oh, how good to see the sun shining this morning! We had rainy, dreary weather all weekend and until this morning (Wednesday). We had a nice time in South Holland, Ill., over the weekend. The book signing at Peace Church was a success due to the many helping hands of the recipe testers for ...

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Austin Frazier, center, removes the caliper on a 2003 Lexus during his automotive class last month at Ivy Tech in Evansville, Ind. He loves the work, but having spina bifida — a birth defect that prevents the spinal cord from fully developing — makes it difficult to walk long distances or stand to work on car alignments or tires while the vehicle is on a lift.

Students build modified wheelchair for classmate

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Austin Frazier likes to fix things. When Frazier got his driver’s license at 18, his “old” truck often broke down. Frazier, now 22, didn’t want to spend a fortune to constantly fix it, so he decided to learn how to do it himself, according to the Evansville ...