Community Columnists

All I want for Christmas is … haircut?

It was a few days after Thanksgiving, 1939. Mom, Dad, my five-years-older sister and I were at Higbee’s department store in Cleveland. Santa Claus was there, and it was my first clear recollection of him. There was a short line of kids, and I was soon on Santa’s lap. He seemed friendly ...

Enjoyed your feast? Thank a farmer

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! If you’re reading this, you either got lost while looking for the ad section, or you want to know what is going on in with agriculture in Trumbull County. If you’re here for the latter, I’ll let you know that most farmers wrapped up their harvest before the ...

Use winter to relax

Here it is, right in the middle of November in good old Warren. Most of the reason we call fall “fall” is behind us, because most of what falls has already fallen. Many of us have finished our raking and mulching. We’ve stuffed many sturdy brown paper leaf bags with the last remnants ...

It’s time to play the knee replacement law of averages

George was having lunch by himself at the Mocha House a while ago. Beside his chair was his folded up walker. He was recovering from knee replacement surgery from just the week before, and was progressing very well. He had just come from physical therapy and could drive his own car. A friend ...

Let me tell you about ‘Beggars’ Night’

Trick or Treat? I get the treat part, but I can’t quite grasp the trick part. After all, Trick or Treat is kind of a new term. At least, it is around here. It is that afternoon and evening before Halloween when kids, often accompanied be their parents, go out — usually in broad daylight ...

The thrill of piloting over Warren

I logged my first flight instruction on May 15, 1946. My dad and his friend had partnered to purchase a tired old high time1940 Luscombe 8B. It was a silver two-place high-winged aircraft with fabric-covered wings and an aluminum fuselage. It had a little 65 horsepower Lycoming engine which ...

What do you tell national media?

It's great being a Valley native in New York City in the last few weeks.That's because all my colleagues and friends keep coming up to me and saying: "Hey, your hometown was on TV again."Ah, you just have to love presidential elections when every candidate and reporter around the globe focus on ...

Errant clock favored the Tigers

It was early afternoon Friday, October 25, 1957. I was a senior at Ohio University. I hopped into my tired old 1947 Lincoln and headed toward Massillon. I had to cut my afternoon classes, but I felt it would be worth it.The Washington High School's Massillon Tigers were going to meet with my ...

Reliving fall Friday nights in 1945

This Friday night, the Warren G. Harding Raiders will once again face Massillon's Washington High School Tigers. The rivalry dates back as far as I can remember. In fact, a little research shows that it goes back as far as 1932.Let's journey back to 1945. What a thrill it was back then - just ...

Reminiscing is part of a near-perfect Warren day

How about this for experiencing a near-perfect day around Good Old Warren?It's been just a little more than two weeks now since the 4th Annual Wings-n-Wheels car, truck and airplane show at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and Airport on North River Road, held Aug. 7.I brought my car to show, and ...

When play period became recess

Perhaps I should preface this little epistle with the observation that not very many kids in my class at Garfield Elementary ever became varsity anythings or even became intramural anybodys when we progressed into East Junior and Harding high schools. There were a few outstanding exceptions, ...

When play period became recess

Perhaps I should preface this little epistle with the observation that not very many kids in my class at Garfield Elementary ever became varsity anythings or even became intramural anybodys when we progressed into East Junior and Harding high schools. There were a few outstanding exceptions, ...

High cost of staying in Warren

Sometimes residing in good old Warren, where the cost of living is relatively low, exacts a pretty high price. I'm not talking about dollars and cents, I'm talking about the cost of not seeing those family members and friends who have gone away to other places for greater opportunities or maybe ...

Trade-offs of ‘good ole Warren’

"Just how old are you, Don?" asked a younger friend. At least he didn't say sir.I hesitated for a moment because my mind had quickly gone back to a time when I could flash a few fingers to show my age. Now, I would have to flash a whole handful of arthritic fingers (and a thumb) 16 times to ...

Baseball, Truman among first on TV

It was May 15, 1948. Each Saturday morning, after catechism class at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on the west side of Warren, I would walk down to the bus company garage at Buckeye and West Market where Dad worked a half day. I would wait around until he was ready to leave. We would then drive home ...

Hot Dog Shoppe’s first patrons recalled

It was almost exactly 70 years ago - June of 1946 - when J.R. and Bud, both Harding High School buddies, were looking for their friend, Ralph Costantino. They walked into a little frame building eatery. It was up the hill on West Market Street across from the Hudson garage and next to the West ...

What war was then, and what it is now for young Americans

Our motley little neighborhood gang of kids knew how to wage war during the Second World War. The older kids had pocked some of the open fields in the 88 acres behind our houses with foxholes that were useless to us because they had filled with water. An occasional garter snake didn't help ...

Kite-making now lacks goosebumps

It was March 1944. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to get what you want - especially when you're a kid. Take having a kite, for instance. Why should an 8-year-old spend a hard-earned quarter to have a store-bought kite when he can make one on his own?Frank Fabrizio, a Warren city ...

Bill holds e-schools accountable

Bill holds e-schools accountableDEAR EDITOR:The public needs to know about a critical online school (e-school) reform bill in the Ohio Senate. The bill, S.B. 298, would require Ohio's online schools to accurately track each student's login times.Why does this matter? Online charter schools ...

Life’s work, dreams can be enjoyed by all auto enthusiasts

It was the direct result of the community column that I have had the privilege of writing for the Tribune: I received a large manila envelope in the mail via the Tribune office. Inside was a note from my Cousin Jim whom I had not seen or heard from in about five decades. He had been reading my ...