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Let’s get ready to laugh — or groan

Hey, it’s National Humor Month! Let’s celebrate with grins and giggles — or possibly with corny groaners. Author and humorist Larry Wilde founded National Humor Month in April 1976 to bring public awareness to the therapeutic value of humor. And really, after 2020, we need a couple ...

The peril of spring cleaning

The great philosopher William Morris once advised: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is probably why the two most dreaded words in the English language for me are “spring cleaning.” I never know if I’m going to make the ...

Lessons learned in the driver’s seat of an old Allis-Chalmers

Everything I needed to know in life, I learned driving an orange Allis-Chalmers tractor. At the time, it felt like some of the most boring, sweat-soaked days of my teenaged life. Dad refused to trade in the old Allis for a modern farm tractor with an air-conditioned cab and built-in stereo ...

Sour, salty and hot: Jelly bean favorite flavors reflect the national mood

This may sound un-American, but I detest jelly beans. A few decades ago, we elected a U.S. president who kept a jar of Jelly Belly beans on his desk. I have been suspicious of politicians ever since. “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans,” ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital ALBERINI, Angela and Thomas Rater, of Warren, a daughter April 16 DICKASON, Erica and Tyler Staton, of Youngstown, a son April 16 GOSSELIN, Emily and Miguel Tyson, of Columbiana, a son April 16 HARRIS, Katrina and Chris Henderson, of Niles, a son April ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BADDELEY, Alectra and Christopher West, of Salem, a son April 15 DiTOSTO, Christy and Anthony Jr., of Canfield, a daughter April 15 McQUEEN, Cariasiah and Taurean McCullough, of Austintown, a daughter April 15 MILLER, Samantha, of Youngstown, a daughter ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital LUDE, Cinda and Nathan, of Hanoverton, a son April 14 PURNELL, Emily and David Drouhard, of Youngstown, a son April 14 VICARS, Ann, of Youngstown, a daughter April 14 St. Joseph Warren Hospital ANTHONY, Jessica and Charles Black IV, of Kinsman, a ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CINTRON, Destiny and Derrik Henderson Jr., of Youngstown, a son April 13 JONES, Taleisha and Brandon Johnson, of Youngstown, a son April 13 NERONE, Rebecca and Donato, of Youngstown, a son April 13 SZYMANSKI, Breana and Garett, of Warren, a daughter April ...

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Let’s take a stroll down food, er, memory, lane

It’s amazing, really, what triggers memories in the humans. Frankly, even the faintest of feels can spark total recall in the average earth-dweller. At least, that’s what I’ve noticed in my 53 years of observing, I dunno, about a gazillion or so of them. I mean, give or take a zillion, ...

Adversity builds character and dippy proverbs

You know how they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? I think that’s true. You know how they say adversity is the foundation of virtue? I think that’s also pretty accurate. I mean, after all, it’s like they ALSO say: “Into every life, a little rain must fall.” Right? ...

Answer: Chocolate; Question: Uh, um — yum?

I like chocolate. I like it ... a lot. We’ve been seeing each other for a very long time now. As long as I can remember, actually. And, I’m not going to lie, it’s gotten pretty serious. Our relationship has truly been one of the greatest sources of warmth and joy, consistently, over ...

Spending COVID-19 birthday on an island

So, yesterday I finished my 52nd rotation of the sun. Started the old 53rd. It’s funny how, the older you get, the less you care about outwardly observing the day you made your big debut to the other humans, no? Well, that’s how it is for THIS human, anyway. I’d much rather celebrate ...

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Valley Grows calendar

Great Plants, Great Networks When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday What: Learn how to select the best plants to benefit pollinators and other beneficial species when space is limited. Where: Zoom video conference Cost: Free Info: 330-533-5538; register at ...

Plant, pest clinic reopens

We’re back! That’s right, after being closed all of last year due to COVID-19, the Mahoning County Extension Office’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic is back for 2021. What does this mean for you? The clinic is here to help you with gardening, landscape and pest questions. The clinic ...

How do I deal with moss?

Q: I have moss in lawn and in my flowerbeds. What can I do about this? — Lyndsey from Canfield A: Moss is a sign of shade and high moisture. Thus, improving air circulation in the affected area or increasing sunlight exposure may lead the way to reduce the amount of moss. Most of us notice ...

Yes, you can grow asparagus

If you wish to grow asparagus, now is the time of year to get started. Because it is possible to have a bed of asparagus that will produce for 20 years, it is important to choose a location that will be useable for that length of time. The site you choose should be sunny and have soil that ...

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‘Tangled Up in Blues’ show finds new home

Blues fans have a reason to smile. “Tangled Up in Blues” returns to the airwaves Sunday, although local music fans will have to listen online. Cornel Bogdan, who hosted the Sunday night blues show for 20 years on WNCD-FM and WKBN-AM, was furloughed as a senior account manager in March ...

YSU will present art lecture

Youngstown State University’s art department will present an online lecture at 1 p.m. Monday by Robyn O’Neil. O’Neil is known for her large-scale graphite on paper drawings. Her work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including ...

Entertainment calendar

Art ASHTABULA ARTS CENTER, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula: Julie Cook exhibit, through April. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ashtabulaartscen ter.org and 440-964-3396. BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Dorothy ...

Youngstown native wins literary award

Youngstown-born poet Ross Gay won the 2021 Jean Stein Book Award and its $75,000 cash prize. Gay, who moved to the Philadelphia area at a young age, won the award for “Be Holding, A Poem,” which was published in 2020 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. It is described as a book-length ...