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Just chillin’ while my friends write my vacation column

I harbor big travel plans for my vacation week. I plan to wander from the bedroom all the way to the living room — but not every day. Some days, I’ll do nothing at all, except maybe take a side trip to the refrigerator. Not that I won’t leave the house at all on vacation. It’s that I ...

We’ll be back to sleep after jingles from our sponsors

Gimme a break, gimme a break, the advertising jingles are jangling creases in my cranium. I popped awake the other morning in mid-jingle: “Fat kids, skinny kids / Kids who climb on rocks / Tough kids, sissy kids / Even kids with chicken pox.” My bride blinked. “Why are you singing ...

Nothing succeeds like failure — and power naps

My life didn’t end when I failed. It just felt like it. There are only so many times a person gets knocked down before he says, “While I’m lying here, I might as well take a nap. I’ll get back up and try again later. Maybe. We’ll see.” I grew up in an era when failure “built ...

World’s most dangerous question: Are you busy?

Perhaps the world’s most treacherous question is, “Are you busy?” Danger, Will Robinson! You’re about to be in trouble. Way back when I was a cub reporter and dinosaurs roamed the earth, my editor caught me leafing through that day’s edition of the stone tablets. He tugged on his ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital LESKOVEC, Alexandra and John, of Girard, a daughter July 31 TOTIN, Ashley and Matt, of Youngstown, a son July 31

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital ANTIL, Natalie and James, of Warren, a daughter July 28 BURKHOLDER, Eve and Marvin, of Southington, a daughter July 30 CHRISTINE, Katilyn, of Farmdale, a daughter July 27 FARCAROS, Fotini and Theologos, of Chagrin Falls, a daughter July 28 FORTSON, Shar’mira ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital DUNCAN, Rebecca and Dan Grendel, of Youngstown, a son July 29 FLOYD, Lindsey and Manuel Ignacio Murillo, of East Liverpool, a son July 29 LEWIS, Jordan and Donavin Hanna, of Leetonia, a daughter July 29 PERKINS, Nyah, of Youngstown, a daughter July 29

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BARRIOS, Rebecca and Brian, of Niles, a son July 28 RICOTTILLI, Cara and Steve Susany, of Struthers, a daughter July 28 WELLINGTON, Shante, of Youngstown, a daughter July 28

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What goes around always comes around

There’s this newer show on Bravo aka one of my new “only-viewing these channels” channel. The others include: the History Channel, the Food Network, E! and, natch, my all-time favorite -or- “it could only happen this way in the movies” network, Hallmark. Well, those and pretty much ...

Snarky Patty alert: You have been warned

Sometimes life gives you lemons. Sometimes it gives you limes. Or Lyme disease. Snarky Patty alert: This past week did not go well for me, my friends. In fact, it’s been one that not only has been the absolute Stink-A-Palooza 2021, but also has been one I would not wish on anyone. Except ...

Remembering a sweet, quirky, funny runner

I can still remember it as if it happened this past Christmas. I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I got the call from my niece / goddaughter / No. 1 girl-on-the-planet, Kelly Marie. “Aunt Patty, I need to tell you something…” her voice trailed off the phone for a ...

This columnist endured a week from cell

How was your week? Probably, like mine, a little wonky from the start, right? Let’s face it, whenever there’s a legal holiday that, in essence, causes Monday to become Sunday, the whole week is just off. You head back into the office feeling like it’s the day it should be, not the day ...

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Valley Grows calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the OSU Extension Office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. ...

Larkspur, delphinium same but different

Q: Are larkspur and delphinium the same plant? — Alice from Poland A: The two plants look similar, but the answer is, no, in fact they are different species, but they are related. Delphinium tends to be a perennial and larkspur is an annual that will reseed, making it appear as if it ...

Dig in for plant exchange

Need a midsummer pick-me-up garden activity? The Mahoning County Master Gardeners have a fun one for you. Yes, a plant exchange in August. August is a great time to relocate and split perennials that have finished their bloom for the season. That is any perennial that bloomed in the spring ...

Church prep and July birthdays

Another week has passed already since I wrote my last column. It is a nice cool morning as I sit here writing. I was invited to a coffee break at our neighbor Wilma’s house with the other neighbor ladies this morning. Samuel and Wilma moved into our community recently. I have so much to do ...

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Salem federation hosts Hywett curator

The Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs will have a luncheon with the curator of Akron’s Stan Hywett Hall at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 436 E Second St., Salem. Julie Frey, curator and director of museum services, will give a presentation on the Tudor revival style mansion, ...

JCC gallery offers vase-making class

The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering a four-week vase making workshop Participants will create a vase of any shape, size and color of their choosing to match their space at home. The class meets from 4 to ...

OH WOW! admits grandparents free

OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology will offer free admission to grandparents on the last Thursday of the month. The deal is sponsored by Briarfield and allows grandparents to explore the center with their families. The July date is today and ...

Entertainment Calendar

Art ASHTABULA ARTS CENTER, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula: “Barbara Martin: Somewhere Between Royalty and Rubbish,” through July. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ashtabulaartscenter.org and 440-964-3396. BUTLER ...