Community Columnists

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 ...

Evans – Tenney

Shelly and Ronnie Roberts and Daniel Evans are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Evans, to Jason Tenney, son of Don and Brenda Tenney.The bride-elect is a preschool teacher at The Wonderzone of Champion.Mr. Tenney is employed at Excel Enterprises Plus of Mineral Ridge.The ...

Cardon – Chick

The engagement and approaching marriage of Katherine Cardon of Austintown and Dante Chick Jr. of Hubbard, are being announced by the couple.Miss Cardon is a 2009 Austintown Fitch High School graduate who is attending Youngstown State University for nursing.Mr. Chick graduated from Hubbard High ...

Couple must approach infertility as a team

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been trying to conceive for three years, with no luck. I've tried almost everything there is over the counter, and I can't seem to bring myself to see a doctor. I'm afraid he'll tell me there is something wrong with one of us and we'll resent each other.As time ...

Recall innocent times with Greenaway items

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), an English artist, often is called the creator of picture books. As a young girl, she drew watercolor pictures of children dressed in old-fashioned clothes in a nearby village. She created a pattern, made the dresses and bonnets, and dressed models to pose for her ...

Soap Opera Summaries

"THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL": Bill, Katie, and Brooke get used to working together side-by-side at Spencer Publications. Sasha overhears a private conversation between Nicole and Rick regarding the new modeling position at Forrester Creations. When given the opportunity to fess up to Sasha ...

Happy here for a lifetime

It's nearly three weeks into the New Year. It's my 81st New Year. I've been a Warren resident for all of my 80 years. That's a lot of years to string together living in one burg. I was considered a Warren resident when I went away to college and when I was in the U.S. Army.I belong to the ...

Remembering New Year’s past

I don't decorate much for Christmas anymore. This year, I haven't decorated at all. After all, it's my 81st New Year, I'm no longer married, and my children and grandchildren are in California and China.That's not to say I don't appreciate Christmas decorations. My neighbors and friends have ...

Remembering Christmas 1944

It was December 1944, and World War II was winding down (we hoped). My mom and dad picked me up after my friend Drew's birthday party to get a Christmas tree. We dropped it off at the bus garage, because Dad had made arrangements for one of his employees to spray paint it in bus white enamel. ...

Recalling a wonderful high school trip to Cuba

It was right after Thanksgiving 1951. Our family was celebrating Christmas early for me because I was going on a high school student trip to Florida and Cuba over the Christmas and New Year vacation for Warren City Schools.Two trips were scheduled. Raymond Crawford, a zoology teacher, and ...

1942 train collision revisited

It was early in the morning of Saturday, November 14, 1942. Mike, a friend of the family's, had been having his usual early morning coffee at the Colonial on South St. At exactly 5:35 a.m., he heard a heavy, rumbling, bumping sound on the railroad tracks running right down the middle of South ...

Whatever happened to happiness?

It's not been too long ago that the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin was a hit. Who could find any problem with this message seeing that everyone wants to be "happy;" and who among us doesn't want to conquer "worry?" The issue is, how is this achieved? Who's found the remedy? Just ...