Community Columnists

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 ...

‘Bites and Bits of History’ set

STORIES OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present a program on the Underground Railroad ''Bites and Bits of History'' noon Thursday at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Traci Manning, curator of education for MVHS, will ...

Howland, Lakeview collect for needy

BAZETTA - Students from Howland and Lakeview school districts teamed up with Thomas Shortreed and Associates Ameriprise Financial for the National Day of Service recently by collecting food items to feed families in the Mahoning Valley.Last week, the two school districts spent time placing ...

Primary deadline approaching, consider running for an office

Now that Tuesday's general election is finished, congratulations are in order.Not just to the winners. Congratulations, and thank you, should be extended to everybody who ran.I congratulate everybody who ran because they conquered the apathy that seems to prevail throughout the community. The ...

Autumn — A strange name for Fall

Fall. My first involvement with autumn leaves that I remember was when two of the York Avenue neighbor boys, Roger and Stacy, buried two giggling boys I didn't know in a huge pile of leaves. I screamed bloody murder when Roger struck a match and started toward the occupied pile of leaves. At ...

West Farmington revisited

I had read a prepublication draft of the column (Oct. 6) I had written about the West Farmington farm experience to my sister, who had been there with me back then. We both wondered how that place would look after 70 years, although I had seen many changes when I had driven by about ten years ...

City boy spends time on a farm

WEST FARMINGTON - The farmhouse is still there, albeit without its front porch. The barn, the chicken coop, the pig sty, the outhouse and the corn crib are gone.It was 70 years ago, in the summer of 1945, when my sister and I were literally farmed out to this place in West Farmington while our ...