Lifestyles

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
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 ...

Hartford man recalls life in Chile

Elliot Broadhead of Hartford traveled the southern half of Chile in 2010 through 2012 when he was 19 to 21 years old. He called the country scenic, with beautiful lakes and rivers. He said he could see the smoke from some of the many active volcanoes at almost any time. Chile is a long, ...

Senior news

AWARDS TO RECOGNIZE SENIORS: The Valley Legacy Awards, recognizing outstanding seniors and senior advocates from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties, is accepting nominations for honorees for the 2017 awards. The awards honor people who deserve recognition for a lifetime of working to ...

‘Drip irrigation’ can help your plants

The gardener who can do a thorough job of watering with hose in hand is rare indeed. Assuming that the hose spews out about 3 gallons per minute in a circle about 4 feet in diameter, I roughly calculate that said gardener would have to stand immobile for more than two minutes before moving on ...

Spanish tortilla has fewer calories

Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos. I was in my 30s before I visited Barcelona, Spain, and was served a Spanish tortilla — a completely different dish — and I fell in love instantly. A Spanish tortilla is something ...

Vacation yields extra recipes

With husband and children on vacation, Lovina serves up extra recipes for readers. We recently butchered our old laying hens and canned around 50 quarts of chicken broth. My husband, Joe, and our children are home on vacation the week of July 4. So this week I’m sharing some extra recipes. ...

Health notes

CANCER CENTER CELEBRATES AWARD: St. Joseph Warren Hospital’s Cancer Center earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award for Cancer Care. Created to empower women to make smart health care choices by identifying the country’s best health care institutions, the Women’s Choice Awards are based on ...

Visitors to the Spillway in Pymatuning State Park sit on benches and watch waterfowl on the reservoir.

Tribune Chronicle photos / Jennifer Martinek

Different kind of fish bowl

LINESVILLE, Pa. — Driving down U.S. Route 322 toward Andover, the scent of freshly cut grass suddenly fills the car. Breathing in deeply, I take in as much of the country air as possible. The moving scenery is speckled with farm houses and large, newly plowed fields. Every once in ...

Feels like the 1st time

HOLMDEL, N.J. — It’s more than a feeling: Many of the rock ‘n’ roll bands that were huge in 1977 comprise a big part of the summer concert market 40 years later. Queen, Foreigner, Boston, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel and Rod Stewart are among those on major tours even ...

Farm work, firecrackers highlighted past July 4

Independence Day, July 4, has come and gone and I hope it was a good holiday for you. Sometimes I think we forget the real meaning of the day. That is declaring our independence from England, our freedom, something we must never forget. Did you do something special on the Fourth? Many of us ...

Feeling fancy

NEW YORK — Water that packs a hydrogen punch, snack bars as sticks and confections more savory than sweet are among innovations to emerge from hundreds of purveyors at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The annual showcase hosted by the Specialty Food Association last month in New York featured ...

That time the toddler conspired to free baby from playpen…

Another week has gone by. Half of 2017 is now history. We are invited to a wedding in Berne, Ind., tomorrow for Lana, the daughter of one of Joe’s cousins. She is getting married to my cousin’s son, Abe. It doesn’t look like it will work for us to go. It will be Joe’s last day of work ...

Funeral directors face emotional burden from flood of overdose victims

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Bill Harris was preparing the body of an 18-year-old high school student for an unimaginable moment last year when he noticed six words scribbled in ink on the palm of one hand. BORN A KING DIED A SLAVE The moment was the young man’s funeral. And the slavemaster — ...

Health notes

DIABETES CLASSES: Mercy Health — Youngstown will offer Diabetes Self-Management Education classes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 11-13 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 25-27, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. Additional class dates are 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 11-13, at ...