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"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 ...

Hitting 80 no big deal anymore

It was June of 1939. It was my grandmother's birthday. I was nearly four years old and my sister would be nine years old soon. I was out playing and accumulating the usual dirt when a Warren Tribune Chronicle photographer with a huge flash camera arrived at our house on York Avenue. Mom wasn't ...

Thoughts from Warren doc

Some time ago (July 1, 2014) I wrote a community column about a quadriplegic friend of mine, the late Sid Latcham. Almost immediately, Dr. Rolf Nissen wrote me a note that he, too, was a good friend of Sid's. He filled me in on Sid's later life, and I subsequently included that information in a ...

Study of ‘moral psychology’

An article recently appeared in our local Tribune announcing a $155,747 grant given for the creation of an institute on "Moral Psychology and Education." The proposed four-week institute geared for college teachers will be co-managed by Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religious ...

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 ...