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Eye-opening childhood truths turn into messy myths

I hate it when truths that I hold to be self-evident turn out to be mere myths. It ruins my whole day. Did you know that maximum speed for a road runner is 20 mph while a coyote tops out at 43 mph? That means Wile E. Coyote could have caught the Road Runner without breaking a sweat — or any ...

I-llama-nating young grandson

A guy learns a lot having a 10-year-old grandson. Mostly, a guy learns that he can’t run, jump, climb or wrestle more than seven seconds without gasping, wheezing and collapsing. The second thing a guy learns is that he’s become horribly out of touch. I remember watching the Grammy Awards ...

Guys don’t let truth get in way of good conversation

The great philosopher Patrick F. McManus once wrote, “No greater bond exists between two male friends than shared ignorance.” In his 1995 essay “Hunting the Wily Avid,” McManus asserts, “Shared knowledge is fine as far as it goes, but one friend invariably knows more about a given ...

Sound alarm on stupid stunts

I awoke this morning in the usual way — to the whooping of my alarm. Or maybe it was to the microwave beeping to let my wife know her mug full of coffee was heated. I blipped, beeped and blooped my way through the morning routine. The timer on the oven bip-bip-bipped when the oatmeal was ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital MAGGIO, Selena and Elijah, of Niles, a daughter July 13 EMMETT, Andrea and David, of Burghill, a daughter July 12 JACOBS, Demilee and William, of Cortland, a son July 14

Birth

St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center HAGER, VICTORIA and Timothy Day, Girard, a son July 13.

Rodomsky – Scheckelhoff

Lauren Rodomsky, daughter of Cathy and David Rodomsky of Girard, and Chris Scheckelhoff, son of Lori and Tom Scheckelhoff of Canfield, are announcing their engagement and approaching marriage. Miss Rodomsky graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical ...

Grabosky – Robey

Jim Grabosky of Warren and Nikki Green of Mineral Ridge are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Julia Grabosky, to Zach Robey, both of Akron. Parents of the groom-elect are Deborah Robey of Elyria and Deb Bryan of Avon. Ms. Grabosky graduated from Kent State ...

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Confusing concepts continue to clear my cerebral clutch

I like to think of myself as reasonably, marginally bright. You know, clever enough to string together a sentence, sharp enough to follow concise directions. Unless they are in any way relating to geography. In that sense, I am far below average intelligence. Like, really far. But as ...

Mama ‘Murica lets freedom ring for 243 years

Looks like our motherland might be having a little 243-year-itch, you know what I’m sayin’? What with it being the weekend of Independence Day and all, I thought I’d give her some love ... or at least a bit of a scratch. I really can’t blame the old girl for being a little put off ...

Unknown relative needs to crawl away now

An open letter to my “son” (or are you my “nephew”?): Hi, You don’t know me, although judging by your claims, I either birthed you or one of my siblings did. So I guess that makes us family. And, since we’re kin and all, I’m going to have to give you some tough ...

Mom is tops because the details tell us so

I’ve become quite used to it, frankly. In fact, I cannot recall a single occurrence when it’s been guessed correctly. And people always suppose the same wrong answer. ALWAYS. Not that it’s not a nice middle name. It is. It’s just not mine. But whenever folks see or hear my name — ...

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Who wants to cook when temperature tops 100?

It is a hot, humid July evening. I am sitting outside on our porch but can hardly feel any breeze. The mercury on the thermometer still shows 95 degrees at 8 p.m. We hope it will cool off soon. My husband, Joe, is doing much better, and the doctor had good news for him. All the tests came ...

Watch out for extreme heat

Gyros and sausage sandwiches may be fair food favorites, but for the second straight year, extreme heat is the sizzling topic among most fairgoers. It’s summer all right. The heat is making conditions stickier than fingers covered in cotton candy. Older adults and people with chronic ...

Senior news

SHEPHERD HOSTS SHOW: Shepherd of the Valley Howland residents are hosting an Antique Tent Show 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at their Howland community, 4100 North River Road NE, Howland. The show will be modeled after the popular television program “Antiques Road Show,” with appraisers of many ...

Happy birthday, daughter Loretta

We have entered the month of July. The year 2019 is halfway in the past. July 1 was daughter Loretta’s birthday. She turned 19 years old. Son Benjamin is also 19, until his birthday on July 14. It always brings back memories from that year they were born. My dad passed away at age 69 six ...

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Youngstown amp hosts jazz, gospel events

Tribune Chronicle Two events previously held on Central Square in downtown Youngstown move to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre this weekend. Grammy winner Norman Brown will perform at the Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival on Saturday and Grammy nominee James Fortune will headline the ...

The Straw Hat Theatre shows ‘Freaky Friday’

A musical version of “Freaky Friday” is the next attraction in Ashtabula’s Straw Hat Theatre summer season. It features songs by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning duo responsible for “Next to Normal,” and a book by Bridget Carpenter, who has worked on ...

Funk-N-Flow fest serves up Lettuce

Lettuce got more than one salad from its last recording session. The band released “Elevate,” its sixth studio album, last month, but drummer and songwriter Adam Deitch said they recorded 30 songs — enough for two more albums — during the sessions with engineer Russ Elevado, who’s ...

Photography show chronicles superstars and local stars

It helps to have talented friends. I get the title of guest curator, but it’s the work of some of the area’s best and most experienced concert photographers that will be the lure when “First Three Songs, No Flash: From Hometown Heroes to Hall of Famers” opens Saturday at Trumbull Art ...