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Spit-shined and ready to grow up with wife’s advice

I am my wife’s oldest son. I don’t know when the transformation happens but it’s an affliction most husbands suffer. One moment, our wives chat about how they fell in love with our boyish charms. The next, they’re spit-washing cereal off our cheeks and ordering us to tuck in our ...

’Tis the season for baggy pants

’Tis the season to break out the holiday wear. I don’t mean ties imprinted with Santa’s chubby cheeks and red and green sweaters littered with snowflakes. Let’s wait until December for that. I’m talking about pants that are two sizes too large and sweatshirts marked 3XL. If they ...

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 ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BENDER, Amber, of Youngstown, a son Dec. 5 BILAS, Jessica and Jared, of North Bloomfield, a son Dec. 5 CRYTZER, Tesla, of Alliance, a daughter Dec. 5 RIDGLEY, Brittany and DeAndre Flowers, of Youngstown, a son Dec. 5 TURKOVIC, Nicole and Rizaldy Costa, ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CUSHMAN, Anne and Brian, of Salem, a son Dec. 3 PATTERSON, Erica and Justin, of Youngstown, a son Dec. 3 RHODES, Shannon and Nicholas Young, of Youngstown, a son Dec. 3 SKIBA, Kellee and Tom Spack, of Salem, a daughter Dec. 3 VANPELT, Kara and Lyndon, of ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital ESHELMAN, Christina and Michael, of North Lima, a son Dec. 2 ESKER, Tracy and Les, of Youngstown, a daughter Dec. 2 GUY, Allison and Rickey, of Salem, a son Dec. 2 KELLER, Marie and Scott Patton, of Wellsville, a daughter Dec. 2 PETRUSKA, Michelle and ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CARRABBIA, Brooke and Joseph, of Youngstown, a son Nov. 30 CIAPALA, Marie and Kevin Summerville, of Warren, a daughter Dec. 1 FIGUEROA, Keilicha and Jonathan Alvira, of Youngstown, a daughter Dec. 1 HUFFMAN, Callie and Kristian Coons, of Girard, a son ...

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Let Ralphie’s story lead you into holiday hustle

Well, this is it. Crunch time. T minus 23 shopping days and counting. Or would it be T-minus 24 days? I mean, technically there ARE stores open on Christmas Day. Hmpf. As fictional matriarch Marie Barone of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” often told her son: “I don’t like that, ...

‘Twas the night before Black Friday, and I’m staying home

I’m breaking with tradition a little … and rushing the seasonal theme a tad, I know! But I thought I’d take a humorous angle on Turkey Day ala Clement Moore’s, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Don’t worry, you’ll still get saddled with that one next month, too. I digress. ‘Twas ...

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 ...

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Senior news

MATTER OF BALANCE: The Girard Multi-Generational Center is offering a series of classes to help older adults deal with “A Matter of Balance.” The class is an award-winning program designed to help seniors manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes at the center will be 1 to 3 p.m. ...

Upgrades make houses cozy for holidays

Another year is nearly over and I also have a birthday coming up soon. Since it is close to Christmas, any parties that I had were also Christmas gatherings. Now we get together at my daughter Teresa’s home for a family dinner that usually includes my birthday — a good way to ...

Health notes

IMMUNIZATIONS: Warren City Health Department will hold a immunization clinic 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the health department, 258 E. Market St., Suite 327, Warren. All clinics are walk-in. The child should be well, and free of fever, rash or illness. Bring the child’s updated ...

Health notes

IMMUNIZATIONS: Warren City Health Department will hold a immunization clinic 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the health department, 258 E. Market St., Suite 327, Warren. All clinics are walk-in. The child should be well, and free of fever, rash or illness. Bring the child’s updated ...

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38th ‘Nutcracker’ opens

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula’s 2019 production of “The Nutcracker” opens Friday at the Ashtabula Arts Center. This is the 38th year for the production, and it will feature new costumes choreography and characters. According to Director of Dance Clover Robinson, “We’ve introduced the ...

First Snow will be first act at Robins

WARREN — The musicians in First Snow are no strangers to tribute acts. Founder Kevin Bennett and several other members play in the Heart tribute act Straight On. Others play with tributes to Pat Benatar and Pink Floyd. However, trying to do the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes with ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • “Jagged Little Pill,” a musical built around her music, opens on Broadway tonight, and Alanis Morissette is returning for her biggest tour in years in 2020. Morissette will play Blossom Music Center on July 23 with Garbage and Liz Phair. Tickets will go on sale at ...

Chorus to perform ‘Messiah’

Hae-Jong Lee calls George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” one of the greatest orchestral compositions in the history of western music. The Warren Civic Chorus will continue a tradition that dates back more than 60 years, performing the oratorio at two concerts Sunday at Blessed Sacrament ...