Community Columnists

U.S., U.K. politics mirror images

LONDON - It's remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ.Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories, the Labour Party appears ready to elect as its next leader, one Jeremy Corbyn, a hardcore ...

El Rio was landmark on Strip

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second installment of a two-part story about the family-owned El Rio / Fiore's Ristorante.On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1946, Vincent Fiore and Tony Prince opened the El Rio restaurant and lounge for business. It was one of the first to provide air conditioning back ...

El Rio / Fiore’s Ristorante: Part 1

Some time when you're driving southeast on Youngstown Road (422) downhill from Pat Catan's at Ridge Avenue and before you get to Cafe 422, keep glancing to your right. You just might spot a forlorn little red maple tree looking over a newly-leveled and filled-in plot of land. At first, you may ...

Joyful times with Mary Joyce

The little boy in this story had a wonderful playmate named Mary Joyce when they were both 3 and 4 years old. She had a very deep voice, straight dishwater blonde hair, hazel eyes, a hint of dimples on her cheeks, and a pointy nose. He had very curly hair and was yet to experience his first ...

The tale of glass bottles, tractor tires and one angry farm girl

Last week, I walked up and down the side of the road, getting continuous honks, beeps, waves and even a few semi toots.Was it my suave fashion sense eliciting all those noises? I doubt it; my rubber muck boots, shorts and dirty T-shirt were hardly a fashion statement.Could it have been my ...

Memorial bike ride to be held

MEMORIAL RIDE TO BE HELD: The fifth annual Larry Furniss Memorial Bike Ride will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Western Reserve Greenway at the Sunside Trailhead, Route 305, Champion. The memorial ride is to raise awareness for bike safety.In July 2010, Furniss was traveling on the Greenway ...

Stories of three Lu Lus

We all make mistakes. Perhaps I can alleviate some of your misgivings about mistakes you have made by telling you about a few made by my friend, Ron.l No. 1:Ron was in the ninth grade at East Junior. One of his best friends, Charlie, phoned him and invited him to a party at his home the next ...

Remembering dad’s good deeds

Sunday is Father's Day. Stories about our dads, whether they are living or have passed away, can be great and memorable, especially when - filtered through the sieve of time - they take on the rich patina of slightly faded ones.The Christmas of 1913 was a very tough but memorable one for my ...

‘Gray’ — or the purple crayon

The little boy didn't go to kindergarten. His mother really didn't want him to go. Maybe she didn't want to be left alone at home. When the day came for him to enter the first grade at Garfield Elementary, his mom got him into the car first thing in the morning and drove around until ...

The sounds of bygone times

There's a theory that states that sounds never truly disappear - that all sound in some way is still somewhere in the atmosphere. For example, it is theorized that the reverberating sounds of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address still exist out there. It's an intriguing idea.Some time, when you're ...

Fight poverty to save the county

For most of my career as a community columnist, I've sought to share the good news about our community, because the bad news gets significantly more attention. At times, I've tried to flip the bad news on its head and show how it could be taken as good news.There are some pieces of bad news ...

Planting season begins; help near

Hello, Tribune Chronicle readers. So very glad that May is here. Hopefully, our April showers bring May flowers and lots of warmer and drier weather. A lot of progress was made in the fields over the past 10 days. This was a great way to start May.Today, I would like to offer information on a ...

Remembrances for Mother’s Day

Sometimes we think of the stereotypical mom as that little old lady in the purple dress that wears a tiny purple pillbox hat with a fake daisy on it standing up like a periscope. We're going to celebrate Mother's Day Sunday, and I'd like to put the lie to some of our preconceived notions about ...

Show respect during elections

Well, it's here. Election season has begun. Even though the presidential election is more than a year away, already candidates from both sides are declaring their desire to become the next president of the United States. Before the rhetoric really ramps up, before the politicking perplexes us ...

Farming: Not a Disney adventure

Let me start off by saying this is a clean article. No swear words, I promise. However, a few weeks ago I had a friend tell me she thought growing up and working on a farm sounded fun. She told me how she pictured idyllic days riding on a tractor, soaking up the sunshine, plaid and denim, ...

Stand Against Racism at YWCA

VIOLINIST TO PERFORM AT EVENT: The YWCA of Warren will be hosting world renowned violinist Jerald Daemyon today at the Stand Against Racism event. Daemyon will perform for children and youth in the YWCA's After School Child Care and mentoring programs. Daemyon is a native of Detroit and a ...

The story of the Quarter Pipe

Maybe you haven't heard of a quarter pipe. Wikipedia says that "A quarter pipe is a ramp used in extreme sports which resembles a quarter of the cross section of a pipe"As you may have read here before, back in the 80s, my younger son, who was in his early teen years, was into BMX or Bicycle ...

The bus company, part 2

This is the second installment of my community column about the Warren Transportation Company and my dad, Haven X. Mumford.World War II was the high point for the Warren Transportation Company in terms of its service to the community. It had to handle a burgeoning number of riders while facing ...

Noteworthy

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS: The Portage County Parents Without Partners Chapter 600 will hold its monthly dance 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. today at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, Tallmadge. Music will be by disc jockey Mel.Monthly dances are open to the public. The theme for April's dance is "Spring ...

Reunions

USS TARAWA REUNION: The USS Tarawa Veterans Association is looking for mates and announcing its 26th annual reunion April 16 to 19 in Norwich, Conn.Contacts for membership and reunion information are Lester Ward, president, 101 Meadow Lane, Randolph, Mass. 02368; 781-961-2583, or Walter ...