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Go back to bed, read the paper and just be uninspired

Maxims take minimal effort. And provide no help whatsoever. You know what I mean. It seems that no matter what you’ve been up to, there’s some pest buzzing around ready to tag you with an inspirational quote. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” the would-be motivator ...

If you’re reading this, bring coyote repellent and Pop-Tarts

I’m going camping. Actually, by the time you read this, I should have re-emerged from the deep and dark of the woods. If you don’t see me, please send a search party. Armed with chocolate and Pop-Tarts. “Relax, Pop Pops,” my camping guide says. “I’ll teach you everything you ...

Grownups would know more if they watched cartoons

The world is full of zany, colorful characters who don’t make a lot of sense. I learned that 55 years ago watching Saturday morning cartoons. Back in the 1960s, Saturday mornings meant giant bowls of cereal with the word “sugar” in the name, and five solid hours of life lessons — er, ...

On a quest for gold, silver, insight

According to ancient wisdom (dating back to at least last Tuesday), to become old and wise, one must first be young and stupid. As my driver’s license will attest, I’m chugging right along on the becoming old part. Not one misstep there. I’m getting better at it all the time. When I was ...

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Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital GADDIS, Khymoni Honzu, of Warren, a son Sept. 23 GATTA, Lindsey and Vincent, of Niles, a son Sept. 24 GILGER, Leah and Noah, of Cortland, a son Sept. 24 MARTELL, Noelle and Christian, of Hubbard, a son Sept. 24 THOMAS, Lindsey and James, of Southington, a ...

Wagner 50th anniversary

James Wagner and Paula Grubbs were united in holy matrimony on Oct. 3, 1970, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Niles. They are the parents of two sons, Jeff (Brandie) of Cortland and Gary (Brenda) of Louisiana; and grandparents to Miles, Nicholas (deceased) and Chloe. Jim is retired from ...

Bradford 50th anniversary

LeRoy and Jackie Bradford of Kinsman celebrated their 50th anniversary. The former Jackie Martin and LeRoy Bradford exchanged their wedding vows Sept. 19. 1970, at the Kinsman chapel. Jackie retired from Packard Electric. Leroy retired from Trumbull County Highway Department and works ...

Bodajlo 50th anniversary

George and Donna Bodajlo of Niles celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 26, 2020. George Bodajlo Jr. and the former Donna J. Martin were married Sept. 26, 1970, at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren. They are the parents of four children, Stephanie, deceased in 1974, ...

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2020 is scary enough; let the kids have candy

I set off some spooky speak the other day by asking some pals: “Does anyone know if we’re still having trick or treating?” I unwittingly sparked a controversial candy convo in zero flat, as in the Zoom glares zapped my way were anything but Zen, ya dig? Suddenly, it was: “Of course ...

Christmas every day instead of Groundhog Day

It’s taken all this time, but they’ve finally taken hold. My quarantine quirks have officially become habits. According to the wellness site “Healthline,” “it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to ...

2020 needs to, like, take a chill pill right about now

Well, it was bound to happen. It is, after all, the worst year, like, out of all the years. OK, maybe not EVER in the history of people-kind. But it’s got to be up there in at least the top three or so. I mean, how can anyone deny that we have been truly living life on one gigantic hamster ...

Join the boycott against the despicable H-word

It’s the ugliest word in the English language. I realize that’s a fairly bold statement — especially from a self-proclaimed words girl. But let’s face it, there’s hardly a more offensive, explosive, dangerous and destructive word than “hate.” Sure, there are a gazillion ...

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Pressing flowers can be rewarding hobby or kids’ art

Making pressed flower art is a fun, easy way to preserve some of your garden and landscape favorites. Both children and adults can enjoy doing this simple hands-on art project. For the minimalist, all you need are common household items, including brown paper bags or newspapers (not the ...

Growing pole beans reveals surprises

It is time for a change. After 40 years of back-breaking work planting and harvesting bush beans, I am a convert to pole beans. This year I elected to plant some royal purple pole beans at the perimeter of my garden space in full sun. I also planted some bush beans for comparison as usual. ...

Fake news creators are a lot like hackers

Fake news creators are a lot like computer hackers. To understand the comparison, we need to look at hackers’ motives. The problem here is that hackers — like fake news creators — have many motives. Plus, there are many types of hackers. In a post to the blog Infosec, a site devoted ...

Senior news

NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE: The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at seven locations in the county. Meals will be delivered to county residents 60 and older who are homebound, unable to cook ...

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Theater-film hybrid works for YSU’s ‘Glass Menagerie’

What used to be normal felt so strange. Getting a ticket for a live theatrical production. Having to be in my seat at a specific time. Not being able to hit pause if nature called or if I wanted to check the Cleveland Indians score. A 15-minute intermission I couldn’t fast-forward ...

Gray Areas: Lack of product hurts movie theaters’ return

I’ve spent a good portion of my life in movie theaters. For decades I saw at least 100 movies a year or more sitting in dark theaters in close proximity to strangers. It was my job, but I was one of those people who was lucky enough or smart enough to find a job that let me do things I ...

Austintown park extends concert series into October

AUSTINTOWN — The outdoor concert series at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road, is adding three October performances. October shows are planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, and admission is free. The lineup will include Cin City & the Saints on Oct. 4, Leather and Lace on Oct. ...

Hopewell Theatre sale starts Friday

YOUNGSTOWN — Hopewell Theatre is streamlining its collection of furniture and other items. An open house sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Furniture, vintage clothing, costumes, holiday decorations and other ...