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Burton Cole column | VIEW ALL

Get ready to hurry up and wait

“Wanna hike through the woods?” “That’s a great idea,” my wife said. “Just give me a minute to gather up a couple things.” “No!” I cried. “We’ll never get there.” “Don’t be silly,” Terry said. “Once upon a time, when we decided to do something, we got up ...

Science says men do stupid things to have good story

Never ask a man how he got that scar. Not because it’s impolite. But because he’ll tell you. Repeatedly. In glowing, gory detail after detail after detail. The only relief from total monotony is that the stories usually improve over the years — the alley cat morphs into a mountain lion, ...

I could really use dum-dum-dumm background music

I’ve figured out why I’m in trouble so often — no background music. At first, I thought it was me. Maybe I am an insensitive clod. A clumsy oaf. A lazy laggard. Don’t be ridiculous. She was just having another bad day at the exact moment when I opened my mouth or spilled the ...

3 boys, or one husband, equals no help

The great Canadian philosopher Red Green (Steve Smith) once said, “The smart handyman knows that your best projects are done alone. That way, there’s nobody there trying to tell you how stupid or impossible they are.” I have tested this axiom and found it true, as both helper and ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital KEMPINSKI, Christa and Mathew, of Columbiana, a son Aug. 6 PERSIN, Amanda and Michael, of Poland, a daughter Aug. 6 WALLACE, Kerisha, of Campbell, a son Aug. 6 Sharon Regional Medical Center JOSEPH, Alison and Christopher, of Hermitage, Pa., a son July 29

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BENITZ, Danielle and Jonathan, of Wellsville, a daughter Aug. 5 CERCONE, Victoria and Cory, of Poland, a son Aug. 5 CROUSE, Danielle and Timothy, of North Lima, a son Aug. 5 SEIDERS, Megan and Brandon, of Youngstown, a daughter Aug. 5 St. Joseph Warren ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital EASTERDAY, Hannah and Glen Dixon, of Lisbon, a son Aug. 4 FERRALL, Katie and Michael Demarco, of Youngstown, a son Aug. 4 FRIDLEY, Jennifer and Tim Webb, of Washingtonville, a son Aug. 4 HOLLOBAUGH, Brianna and Michael, of West Farmington, a son Aug. ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital DOUGLASS, Amanda and Mark, of Youngstown, a daughter Aug. 3 GAYLE, Tiffany and Marquis Hawkins, of Youngstown, a son Aug. 3 RAGAN, Kalah and John, of Youngstown, a daughter Aug. 3 SHREVE, Heather and Arthur, of East Liverpool, a son Aug. 3 WALKER, ...

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

Ups and downs of quarantine … mostly downs

I know, I know. I’m sort of shifting direction. Last week I gave you lots of suggestions for avoiding certain topics related to a certain issue dominating certain lives. Like, um, the lives of all those of all the humans currently residing on the third rock from the sun. In my last ...

Find a book to read, letter to write, reason to smile

You need not be particularly religious, spiritual or faith-filled to have heard of them. You don’t necessarily have to be predominantly good or bad, either, BT dubs. They are likely as identifiable in the secular world as the pious one. So, surely you’ve heard of the seven deadly sins, ...

Regrets, I’ve had a few, but too few to mention

There are a lot of things in my life about which I’m pretty sorry. For instance, I’m sorry for still going to my senior high school prom with the boy who dumped me on my 18th birthday three weeks earlier. I mean, I already had the dress and everything. Besides, I thought for sure it’d ...

Patience is a virtue many of us don’t have

I can hear him now. Clear as a bell. He always said it twice, con mucho gusto in the second iteration — for emphasis, natch. “I hate to wait. I HATE to wait,” Pop always lamented in a long line or between extended pauses of meal courses at restaurants. He was really just voicing a ...

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Every clock in a home has a story attached to it

Would you believe that we have four clocks in our living room? Maybe that suggests we are clock watchers. Or it could be that we enjoy clocks. Each one of them does have a history that is part of why we have and enjoy them. One that we especially enjoy is a small mantle clock that sits on our ...

Senior news

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, formerly Area Agency on Aging 11, is looking for ombudsman volunteers who are willing to advocate for residents and families during this time of isolation and separation that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will reach out ...

Former business editor reaches bottom of his bucket list by writing novel

WARREN — When longtime newspaper business editor Larry Ringler took early retirement, he attacked his bucket list with gusto, traveling the country, often living out of his van during his adventures. At the bottom of the bucket was the oldest item on the list — write a book. On July 20, ...

Family spreads out but together celebrates milestone

It’s Wednesday morning and the humidity has gone, leaving us with a much cooler morning. We had a light shower this morning, which we needed. Our hay was out last night, and hopefully the rain didn’t affect it too much. It seems quiet around here this morning with Mose, Susan, Jennifer and ...

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OWR announces an online concert series

Soprano Marian Vogel will be the first performer in a new online series presented by Youngstown’s Opera Western Reserve. “OWR Presents:” allows opera fans and those curious about opera to enjoy local opera while staying safe at home or wherever they stream. “Summer Songs with ...

Movie coasts on Gillian Jacobs’ appeal

In some ways, “I Used to Go Here” is a more introspective and far less bawdy version of “Old School.” Both are about characters looking to escape some of the harsh realities of adulthood by returning to the lack of responsibility (and the seemingly limitless possibilities) of college. ...

Soap Gallery opens photo show Friday

The photography show “Click” opens Friday at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown. The exhibition features the work of Diane Beatty, George Nelson, Stephen Poullas and Liz Cooper and will be on display through August in the gallery. It also will be featured on Soap’s ...

YSU prof creates Pittsburgh audio walk

Dana Sperry, an associate professor of digital media in Youngstown State University’s art department, created “The Why Here: 1877 Railroad Strike,” a self-guided audio walk that explores and contrasts the historical events of Pittsburgh’s 1877 railroad strike with swift technological ...