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Trendy tiny homes put big hurt on collectors’ style

The big trend in houses is tiny. The smaller the home, the better. This is yet another reason why Terry and I won’t be turning trendy anytime soon. I’ve got too many books. I can imagine the scene if we tried to downsize to fit into a tiny home: “Seriously, I think it’s safe to toss ...

Fat birds fly furthest, proving hefty guys are physically fit

Editor’s note: The jolly ol’ elf is taking the week off. But he sent this Cole Classic first published Nov. 4, 2001, by a chubby carrier pigeon. I am not trying to disrupt any healthy habits in which otherwise normal Americans may be participating. I only offer this as a point worth ...

I’m the silver-haired youngster in the oldsters set

I’ve reached those awkward years — old enough to be showered with senior discounts but too young to retire. I qualified for AARP about a decade ago, but Medicare won’t look at me for another five years — possibly seven. And I hear that the customary retirement age could jump to 70 or ...

For a happy marriage, you may not want to read this

Ten years ago this month, two kids barely in their 40s (we were about to turn 50) stood before a congregation full of witnesses and said those famous matrimonial words: “Sure, why not?” No, no, no. Like I said, we were hitting the half-century mark. There was no time to waste on ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital WILSON, Nicole and Wilder Smith, of Warren, a son Nov. 15.

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital MYERS, Desarae and Ryan Hixson, Girard, a son Nov. 14. St. Joseph Warren Hospital FIFE, Lyndsay and Justin Bretsik, Warren, a daughter Nov. 9. FLAVIANO, Nicolina and David Cross, Girard, a son Nov. 12. GOEHRING, Malia and Trent Jones, Warren, a son Nov. ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital MARTIG, Christina and Roger, of Youngstown, a daughter Nov. 12. Sharon Regional Medical Center RUSHWIN, Kayla and Zachary, of Sharon, Pa., a daughter Nov. 6.

Lowdown on the wedding wagon

November is bringing cold rainy weather. Leaves are all over our front yard from all the big trees there. The beauty of the season is upon us. Congratulations to niece Emma and Menno. They set Dec. 7 for their wedding date, when they will exchange vows in holy matrimony. Wedding services ...

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PK: Virtual vampire or insightful insomniac?

Remember when you were a little kid and one (or more) of your grandparents would talk about never sleeping? For me, it was my paternal grandmother, my Nonna. “No, I never sleep. One or two hours a night is all I need,” she’d say. Wait. What? What homo sapien could survive on such ...

Ponderings on meaning of life and a family man

The meaning of life. Hmm. No shortage of theories out there. Everybody from Einstein to Col. Sanders has offered opinions on the great mystery of human existence. Who’s to say which concept is right? Well, that one Big Guy, but He’s sorta letting us try to figure things out down here ...

Grandpa or grand theft paws — you decide

I’m no perfect person, yo. Clearly. I make more gaffes, blunders and mistakes than “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw has Jimmy Choos in her oversized walk-in closet, you dig? It’s just that even a dunderhead like me knows that you don’t steal. Like anything. Ever. It’s a ...

Plus fries? That’ll be $917 at Window 2

I know that convenience doesn’t come without a price. Need something from Waterford Crystal overnight for a Saturday wedding ’cause you got sidetracked and never grabbed the vase at the mall and now it is out of stock? #ItHappens You can drive 10 1/2 hours, round trip (assuming you can ...

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Senior news

RETIREES TO MEET: St. Joseph Warren Hospital retirees will hold their monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Nov. 26 at Wayside Restaurant in Champion. Retirees are requested to bring nonperishable items for food bank donation. YARN NEEDED: Area SCOPE Centers are in need of yarn and fabric for their needle ...

Not too old to BMX race — maybe

A series of recent events had me rifling through my notebook of old columns that I had written over the past years. There it was: On Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, I had written about my son Matt’s first BMX race and how he had won it. If you don’t know what BMX racing is, here’s a definition ...

Keeping the turkey crispy and moist

Unless you have access to multiple ovens, only a very large turkey will do when you’ve got a crowd coming to dinner. But finding a container large enough to brine a gargantuan bird can be tricky, and turning the bird in the oven (our usual method for evenly cooked meat) can be tricky. We ...

Lowdown on the wedding wagon

November is bringing cold rainy weather. Leaves are all over our front yard from all the big trees there. The beauty of the season is upon us. Congratulations to niece Emma and Menno. They set Dec. 7 for their wedding date, when they will exchange vows in holy matrimony. Wedding services ...

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Butler-Trumbull displays

Fourteen area artists received awards at the Butler Institute of American Arts’ 80th Area Artists Annual Exhibition. The show is open to artists who live in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. Works in all media are eligible, ...

‘Madama Butterfly’ lands once more at Stambaugh Auditorium

Opera companies tend not to let “Madama Butterfly” flitter too far away before bringing it back again. “People like to see the ‘Carmens,’ the ‘Bohemes,’ the ‘Butterflies’ whenever they can,” said David Vosburgh, founder and production director of Opera Western Reserve, ...

WPO seeks Strings of Joy students

The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra is accepting applications for its Strings of Joy program, which provides free violin lessons for students in grades 3 to 7 in Trumbull County. The orchestra will loan each Strings of Joy student an age-appropriate violin and provide individual, 20-minute ...

Dana Opera Ensemble holds concert

American composers will be the focus of the Dana Opera Ensemble concert this weekend. The ensemble is instructed and accompanied by Anthony Ruggiero and features Lindsay Heavner, Sara Eckenrode, Emilio Sanchez, Sarah Hunter, Geena Badalamenti, Alexander Kluchar, and Amanda Bertilacci. The ...