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Scouring the planet for a lick of common sense

I don’t suppose you’ve noticed, but the world’s gone crazy. I suspect that’s because we’ve misplaced our common sense and can’t find it anywhere. We’ve checked under the rug, behind the dresser, in the couch cushions, even on the floor of the car, and there isn’t a scrap of ...

Standing at edge of crankiness

It’s not your imagination. People really are angrier these days. Why are we so downright crabby? For starters, politics, the pandemic and persnickety people. Possibly parsnips too, but no one’s tried to feed me any of those things lately. Parsnips make me cranky. Just about anything is ...

Quoth the dreary year of 2020: ‘Nevermore’

It’s the most listful time of the year. By that I mean we are pummeled by plenty of lists popping up everywhere reviewing the year that was 2020. Top songs of the year, top stories of the year, movies of the year, books of the year, events of the year, famous people departing in the year... ...

Coconut has largest house mammal as pet

We have a cat. Rather, my wife has a pet. The cat has me. Last night, I sat in my easy chair watching wildlife on Animal Planet when our all-white, barely-more-than-a-kitten named Coconut issued an order. “Ah, listen to her cute little meow,” Terry said. There was nothing cute or little ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BACON, Ashley and Jason Call, of East Liverpool, a son Jan. 20 ENGELHARDT, Allison and Evan, of Campbell, a son Jan. 20 GOWDY, Amanda and Zachary T. Booth, of Cortland, a daughter, Jan. 20 HANLON, Sierra and Eric Hoas, of Youngstown, a daughter Jan. 20

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital DELONG, Sarah and Adam, of Youngstown, a daughter, Jan. 19 KEATON, Heidi and Glenn, of Salem, a son, Jan. 19 MILADORE, Cherri and Michael, of Poland, a daughter, Jan. 19 TRIMACCO, Virginia and Paul, of Campbell, a son, Jan. 19.

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CONNER, Sara, of Mineral Ridge, a son Jan. 18 GAUDET, Kelcey and Dylan, of Youngstown, a daughter Jan. 18 WILLIAMS, Shelby and Tyler, of Hubbard, a son Jan. 18

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital RILEY, Brittany and Josh, of New Castle, Pa., a daughter Jan. 17 SWETKO, Krystan and David Butcher, of Youngstown, a son Jan. 17

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2020 continues to keep us in its clutches

Well, we’re two weeks deep. Whatcha thinking? Yeah, me, too. Meh. For all intents and purposes, as they say. Oh and hey, BT dubs, why do they say that? I mean, if you’ve got to preface a statement with “For all intents and purposes,” are you just assuming a certain level of distrust ...

Blood sucker doesn’t make MTHFR any fun

Quick shout out to the demon with the yellow eyes, venomous fangs and forked tongue moonlighting as a phlebotomist at my local lab. BT dubs, you may want to invest in a more appropriate disguise, er, I mean uniform? I’m thinking a smile and some scrubs might play a little better with the ...

Don’t let January take away the holiday joy

Well, that’s it. It’s all over, done. Terminado. Kaput. Finito. Sigh. You know how, toward the end of “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie laments how the Bumpus Hounds robbed the Parkers not only of Christmas dinner but also so much more after they burst into the kitchen and devoured — or ...

If 2020 was a house, it would be condemned

Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah, hey HEYYYYYY, GOODBYE! I challenge you to find a single Homo sapien living on this big round ball who isn’t over the flipping moon that this year is ending. Show of hands? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Zippo. It would be so easy to 2020 all over the ...

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Senior news

RETIREES HOPE TO LUNCH IN MARCH: Howland Schools Retirees will not meet in February. Tentative plans are for the lunch meetings to resume the first Tuesday of March. Donations to the Howland Community Scholarship Foundation are requested by the end of February. Use the form included in the ...

Support for family appreciated

Another week has gone by. We have a big beef carcass hanging in our pole barn needing to be cut up and packaged for our freezer. We raised it, so it was a project we knew we would need to get done during these cold months. Our minds are far from our work, but life goes on. Daughter Susan and ...

Health notes

VACCINES THIS WEEK: Vaccines will be distributed to older Ohioans, starting with those 80 and older. Each week after that, the minimum age for vaccinations will drop five years until all Ohioans age 65 and over have access. A vaccine provider search will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov, ...

Planting symbolized pandemic life

After the holidays pass, my colorful seed catalogues arrive just in time to help combat winter blues. I have a yearly tradition of finding a novel plant to grow. Last year, I chose Job’s Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), not knowing how timely and symbolic this plant would come to be in the wake ...

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Labor center unveils new website

YOUNGSTOWN —The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor has launched its new website at www.youngstownohiosteelmuseum.org. The enhanced site is a joint effort between YHCIL staff, graduate student interns in the history program at Youngstown State University and the AmeriCorps ...

Jazz Alumni Spotlight program features YSU professor Lalama

YOUNGSTOWN — Jazz pianist and professor Dave Lalama will be featured in a Jazz Alumni Spotlight program presented online as part of the Youngstown State University Alumni Lecture Series. Lalama, a 1976 Dana School of Music graduate, is professor of music at Hofstra University and is a ...

Society’s cookies, cocktails fundraiser presented online

Mahoning Valley Historical Society supporters will have to settle for virtual cookies in 2021. The ninth edition of its Cookie Table and Cocktails fundraiser will take place online through MVHS’s website and social media platforms. A weeklong basket raffle and silent auction will precede a ...

McDonough hosts 2 shows

Two exhibitions open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art. The 84th annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition is yearly tradition featuring works by students enrolled in the Youngstown State University art department. Local businesses and individuals support the exhibition by ...