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Introverts unite! Separately. At home. With a nice blanket.

My phone rang the other day. I held it in my hand and stared at the screen. “Aren’t you going to answer it?” my wife asked. “I... I...” I gulped. “No.” “You don’t recognize the number?” she said. “Sure. It’s Ralph. But I need at least 30 minutes to psych myself up to ...

The war wages for control of coveted thermostat

Terry snugged the hoodie around her head and burrowed her hands deep into the pockets of her quilted vest. “You look comfy,” I said as I zipped my parka and pulled on ski gloves. “It sure has gotten cold,” she said. Puffballs of steam rolled across the frigid air with every ...

Pogo and friends speak words of wisdom

“We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.” So commented Walt Kelly, the genius behind “Pogo,” one of the all-time great newspaper comic strips featuring both satire and wordplay. Pogo Possum, Churchy LaFemme, Porky Pine and the rest of the Okefenokee Swamp gang butchered ...

When women get too big for Barbie, they look at you

Terry shook a bundle of clothes loose from the whopping plastic bag. “You wouldn’t believe the bargains I found at the rummage sale today.” I groaned. “How many times have I explained this? Buying a $20 shirt at 25 percent off doesn’t save you $5. It makes you spend $15 that could ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boadman Hospital MITCHELL, Akeera and Alexander Kelley, of Youngstown, a son Nov. 17 JOHNTONY, Audrey and Mitch Callahan, of Youngstown, twin sons Nov. 17 LYONS, Jenna and Christopher Felgar, of Salem a son Nov. 17 TSCHAPPATT, Taylor and Tyler, of Niles, a daughter Nov. 17

Births

St. Elizabeth Boadman Hospital STEFENCIN, Candace and John, of Youngstown, a son Nov. 16. CORSO, Brooke and Patrick, of Struthers, a son Nov. 16. STOFFER, Sharnique, of Youngstown, a daughter Nov. 16. POLIS, Dycra and Joseph, of McDonald, a son Nov. 16.

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CROSS, Emily and Albert Paige III, of Youngstown, a son Nov. 15 GRANDSTAFF, Stephanie and David Kent, of East Palestine, a son Nov. 15 JAMES, Crystal, of Youngstown, a daughter Nov. 15 MARTIN, Beverly and Michael, of Salem, a daughter Nov. 15 SPEECE, ...

Gustovich – Sekola engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffry Gustovich of McDonald are announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarella Gustovich, to Sean Sekola, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sekola of Girard. Miss Gustovich is a graduate from Youngstown State University with her associate’s and ...

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

An open letter to those not freezing to death in Ohio

An open letter to my family members and friends who live in snow-free locations: Hello! I hope this note finds you well and happy. Gosh, who can believe we’re almost done with 2019. It’s been another whirlwind year at Casa Kimerer! Say, as a special favor in the spirit of the ...

College life is good for the kid, but not so good for mom

It’s such a huge adjustment, really; going from high school to college. I mean, the move alone is a major modification to life as you know it. Everything you knew before of regular old existence at the homestead is turned completely upside down, physically and, you know, in the ...

Everything I need to know, Elle Woods taught me

Everything I need to know, I learned from “Legally Blonde.” Well, not really. To be fair, I’ve gone down this path before with some of my OTHER all-time fave flicks, including, “Moonstruck,” “Shawshank Redemption” and “Shrek.” Yes, “Shrek.” It’s surprisingly ...

Apparently, old chicks get crabby about stuff

After glancing down the other day, it occurred to me the life I’d known to that point, had ceased to exist. There they were. Live, in Technicolor and unmistakable — my grandma’s ankles. Gulp. I’m not sure why, but I remember what they looked like. Strange. I just recall looking ...

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Keep diabetic dining simple during the holidays

Will diabetes ruin the holidays? If you have the disease, does that put you on the sidelines while the rest of the family chows down on mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie? Absolutely not, said Linda Tominey, Trumbull Regional Medical Center diabetes coordinator and ...

Health notes

DIABETES EDUCATION: The Mahoning Valley is considered to fall into the “Diabetes Belt” with more than 12 percent of the adult population diagnosed with diabetes. Trumbull Regional Medical Center is hosting “Living Well with Diabetes,” a free interactive and educational event focused ...

Top 3 must haves for your LinkedIn profile

Registration has opened for the spring semester at my school. This often leads to late but inevitable questions from a handful of students about finding internships for the new term. They’re late because most employers have already identified new hires. They’re inevitable because most ...

Point of relief: Dry needling offers alternative to pain medications

Physical therapist Vincent Ragozine slid another long, thin needle into Lori Clark’s knee. The needle inserted at the joint line where one bone meets another. Lying on her back on the therapy table in the TuDor Physical Therapy office in Cornersburg, Clark said, “It’s really not painful. ...

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YSU’s ‘Cabaret’ is bold, impressive

YOUNGSTOWN — The musical “Cabaret” conjures images of the seedy Kit Kat Club, sultry dancers and decadence in the shadow of looming danger. Youngstown State University theater’s production of the John Kander / Fred Ebb / Joe Masteroff musical has all of that. But the element that may ...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra dazzles with tour stop in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been doing this for 21 years now, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra proved to packed houses Friday it still has much more to offer fans — and even as some of the group’s founding members age, they have not missed a beat. More than two dozen new and seasoned musicians, ...

Ticket Calendar

Theater Local CALVIN CENTER, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Rust Belt Theater Company — "The Rockin' Horribles," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15 adults and $10 students and senior citizens. 330-507-2358. FORD FAMILY RECITAL HALL, DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., ...

Ticket Window

* ON SALE THIS WEEK * Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are back together, and the Black Crowes will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its debut album, "Shake Your Moneymaker," with a tour that includes shows Aug. 1 at KeyBank Pavilion and Aug. 18 at Blossom Music Center. The band will play ...