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‘Wrap rage’ keeps Burt from helping struggling reader

Faithful reader Ron Reid cried out for help. He probably meant to send his urgent plea to someone else. Generally, I’m the last person someone in trouble hollers to for rescue. “Help! Save me!” a person dangling from a limb mysteriously growing out of the side of a cliff would yell. ...

Frogs inspire hoppy thoughts

We tiptoed to the ditch, then counted the number of frogs leaping from the grassy bank into the water. We always stopped to study the frog ditch on our summer walks. “That was the life,” I sighed. “Sunning myself in the grass, snapping flies out of mid-air, and snoozing ...

The check’s not lost … just give it time to materialize

Dear County Property Tax People, My check might be a little bit late. See, I put it in a safe place so I wouldn’t lose it and, well... I’m having a bit of trouble finding it. It’ll turn up. Possibly when I’m digging through the refrigerator to find the ketchup or when I’m pawing ...

Oh look, a horse and a truck — here comes an idea

“How do you come up with an idea for your column every week?” she asked as we walked to our cars. I tried to blush. “You’re amazed by all my great ideas?” She shook her head. “If you have great ideas, how come you don’t use those instead?” “Yes, well...” I cleared my ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CORLL, Cheryl and David, of Youngstown, a daughter March 3 CUNNINGHAM, Amber and Anthony Sandstrom, of Masury, a daughter March 3 DILLARD, Shawntae, of Youngstown, a son March 3 JELM, Maria, of Youngstown, a son March 3 MIRANDA, Gina and Alberto, of ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital HAAG, Erika and Austin, of Canfield, a daughter March 2 RAWSON, Tarah and George, of Youngstown, a son March 2 STEVENS, Erilynn and Shawn Cooper, of Alliance, a daughter March 2 SUNDERLIN, Lyndsay and Benjamin, of Youngstown, a son March 2 WILLARD, Alezandra ...

Services

ANITA DENNISON, 67, Warren. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, Community Family Outreach Center, Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ, Warren. CALLING HOURS: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Outreach Center, COGIC Warren. ALFRED M. ENGLISH, 92, Niles. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Thursday, Holeton Yuhasz Funeral ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital ROBINSON, Denise, of Hubbard, a son Feb. 27. BUTCH, Valerie and Michael, of Youngstown, a son Feb. 28. HUSTON, Bridget and Matthew, of Salem, a son Feb. 28.

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

Just a girl missing her dad as he sends signs

Well, it’s here. The day I’ve been dreading for exactly one year. It is the anniversary of the day my Pop died. Anniversary doesn’t seem like the right word to use, does it? That generally connotes happy feels, no? That ain’t any part of today, yo. It’s been, all at once, an ...

Best big brother’s birthday? Better believe it

Do you know what Wednesday was? Well, yes, Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Let the fish fry and pierogi sessions commence! It also happened to mark the one-year anniversary of my gig at my day job. And what a sweet little situation it is. My work peeps are fab, and I’m ...

Searching for fulfillment in a frozen February

Ah, February. For me, it’s such a complicated calendar contribution, ’kay? First of all, the whole there’s that whole “not enough days”-ness of it. Who the heck decided that and why? I’m missing something here. In fact, we all are — like a couple of earth axis rotations. Except ...

Wanted: Area columnist seeks happiness hacks

I’m a happy person. Really. Ask around. I’m a smiler. A hugger. A well-wisher. I’m the say-“I-love-you”-before-hanging-up-with-fam girl. Every. Single. Time. I’m also a world-class empathizer. I’m seriously all about the other humans, especially the ones in my particular ...

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Senior news

NARFE CANCELS MEETINGS: National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 14, is canceling its March through June meetings due to COVID-19 concerns. Meetings should resume in September. Refer questions to Nancy at 330-953-0077. CENTER DELIVERS BLANKETS: Johnston Senior Center, 5922 ...

Creating a new normal amid 2020’s upheavals

It’s the last week of February. Time does not stand still. It is much warmer than it was a week ago. It’s 40 degrees and the eastern sky is full of pink, so I hope it will be another sunny day like we had yesterday. Son Joseph, 18, is still off work from his construction job since his ...

Health notes

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. All classes are by ...

TLC for the big guys

I live on what would be called a wooded lot, and we have quite a few large trees. So often when we are thinking about our landscape — ornamentals, perennials, annuals, groundcovers, flowers and vegetable gardens — we overlook some of the most important plants around our homes — our ...

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‘Boogie’ puts new spin on familiar story

“Boogie” draws from several movie formulas. It’s the story of a teen pulled between his own dreams and his family’s expectations. It’s a sports story about an accomplished athlete who can’t achieve true greatness until he learns to be a team player. And it’s an underdog story as ...

Entertainment calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Ron Barren & Ed Hallahan: Earth Air Water Fire,” through March 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. www.butlerart.org and 330-743-1107. HOYT ART CENTER, 124 E. Leasure ...

Paintings of Lynn Anderson on exhibit at JCC beginning Friday

The paintings of Lynn Anderson will be featured in an exhibition opening Friday at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery. “What I Hear” includes acrylic works on canvas that are inspired by the Youngstown artist’s love of music. “Part ...

Dating horrors delivered online

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l It’s been just over a year since Rust Belt Theater Company staged a show in front of a live audience. That — like dating — sucks. Rust Belt founder Robert Dennick Joki is bringing “Dating Sucks: The Musical,” one of its ...