Community Columnists

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 ...

Community commitment big part of being in business

In February, I received the Whitney M. Young Award from the Laurel Highlands Council, Scoutreach Division of the Boy Scouts of America. I am thrilled by the honor, but it has also prompted me to think about why I received it and the social role and responsibility of businesses.Please allow me ...

Wheaties planes still find use

I could hardly wait. I found myself checking the mailbox every day in eager anticipation. How many years has it been? Seventy-two?Finally, it came. There it was - a hand-addressed white envelope about 8 by 11 inches and about a half inch thick. I hurriedly but carefully opened it and slid out ...

Are you liberal or conservative?

About 20 years ago, when the syndicate that represents this column was preparing to pitch it to newspaper editors, I was called in for a meeting with the sales staff and somebody asked me this question:"Are you liberal or are you conservative?"I said, "Yes."I wasn't trying to be a wiseguy. OK, ...

Post-wartime Easter recalled

It was Easter, 1946: World War II had been over a bit more than six months. Mom, Dad, my sister and I went to Easter services at Emmanuel Lutheran that Sunday morning. I had a brand new powder blue suit with beige plaid inserts on the coat. It was the first time since before the war that I had ...

Missing days of cereal serials

It was 1945. It was just about that time at Garfield Elementary on Montclair Street. I put my bicycle clip on my pant leg. Five more minutes. I wore my webbing traffic belt with its silver AAA badge. My homeroom teacher called us traffic boys to the door and dismissed us five minutes early so ...

Handkerchief uses were broad, back in the day

Let's go back a ways in time to York Avenue NW here in Warren. A few readers of this column have encouraged me to once again hark back to those innocent (?) pre-World War II days when I was a not-so-angelic (Mom and Dad thought otherwise) child of 5 or less.My older sister was on to me, though. ...

Drinking water struggles not new in many parts of the world

Water has been in the headlines a lot recently. Sebring, Ohio, and Flint, Michigan have had more than their share of attention about it. It's gratifying to know that our local public water suppliers say that our water supply is free of lead.Let's think about the water we're accustomed to in ...

Night owls need naps now and then

I have this terrible habit of sleeping only in short spurts. I 'm not sure how it formed.Perhaps it all started when my now 16-year-old son Kyle was a baby and had to be perched upright for an hour after every feeding because of his severe reflux disorder.Poor little guy.There we were, two ...

Sjodin- Hancharenko

Sjodin-HancharenkoEmily Elizabeth Sjodin and Martin Thomas Hancharenko Jr., both of Minnetonka, Minn., were united in marriage during a ceremony Oct. 3, 2015, in The Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Minn. The Rev. John Bauer officiated.Following the ceremony, a reception was held at ...