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How I spent my summer vacation — will there be cookies?

Remember those first essay assignments of the school year? Teachers tried to ease us kids back into the school year by assigning us to write how we spent our summer vacation. It was the very topic most of us jabbered about right up to the ringing of the class bell. We’d jammed and packed ...

Phone books had all the answers

I miss telephone books. They could level a chair with a short leg, help little kids sit tall enough to join the big people’s table at Thanksgiving, and they’d swat flies like nobody’s business. The coolest thing of all — they were chock-full of phone numbers. Or turn to the Yellow ...

Look before you leap without hesitation at dueling proverbs

Aesop was confused. The guy credited with cooking up a Crock-Pot full of fables packed with wisdom couldn’t make up his mind. The sages who followed did little to untangle the wacky webs he weaved. We’re left with dueling nuggets like these: Look before you leap, but he who hesitates is ...

Eat popcorn with chopsticks? Don’t tell mom

Researchers at The Ohio State University offered advice last week on how to turn old and boring into exciting and new. Get weird. They worded it a bit more scholarly than that, but weird is what they meant. For example, they suggest eating popcorn — a known and habitual hand food — with ...

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Engagement: Wakefield – Buzzelli

Danny and Valerie Wakefield of Niles are announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Abigail Wakefield, to Christopher Buzzelli, son of Garry and Terri Buzzelli of Edinburg. Abigail attended the University of Akron, where she focused on multidisciplinary studies in ...

Birth

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital DENNIS, Jennifer and Garett Freeman, of Cortland, a girl July 20.

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital EDINGTON, Jelisa and Christopher Simon, of Warren, a son July 18.

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital THOMAS, Lindsay and Sean, of Youngstown, a son July 18. St. Joseph Warren Hospital BYLER, Maria and William, of Middlefield, a son July 17. CAMPBELL, Marisa, of Warren, a son July 17. CIUBA, Krystal and Giovane, of Warren, a daughter July 17. CLUCKEY, ...

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

What NOT to say to a soon-to-be empty-nester

In 2016, it wasn’t as prevalent in my life. It only occurred quarterly, I’d say. Last year, it was becoming more regular — monthly, at the very least. By January 2018 it was definitely weekly. And now? Multiple times a day. Every single day. Without fail. No, I’m not talking ...

Let’s try love lessons of the canine variety

As I pulled into my driveway after work the other day, I paused. I waited. I watched. This is what I always do. Because every day when she is outside at my arrival, without fail, my 7-year-old Boxer Monnie will slowly lift herself from her carefully-selected sunning spot in our yard, toss her ...

Open letter to ‘stupid’ boy, from Mama Kimerer

ter than 90 MPH Last Tuesday Night, Hello. You don’t know me. You likely never will. But I know you — sorta. And watching you zip past me on the highway at what I’m estimating was about 96 miles per hour gave me some good insight, yo. You didn’t see me — or the man you nearly ...

Fighting through the funk to get to the funny

I feel so badly for folks with no sense of humor. I mean, to never see the funny in everyday situations? #BummerExistence Like my Pop always says, “That’s a heckuva way to go through life.” Pop doesn’t say heck. I digress. Granted, sometimes you have to seek out humor. Like, under ...

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Goats for rent

LUNENBURG, Mass. Fitchburg landlords Neil and Julie Brown said they used to have plenty of time to landscape their rental property. But now, with two young children, the two-family property’s yard had become an eyesore of overgrowth. Also, Julie Brown said the last time they tried to ...

Getting line on laundry day memories

A few days ago, I was driving down a street in my neighborhood and saw a sight that I hadn’t seen in ages. A young woman was hanging her sheets and other laundry on a clothesline in her backyard! This scene could have been from 80 or so years ago except for one glaring difference — she ...

Senior news

and spiritual services. 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 ...

Trek to seek good in people

YORK HAVEN, Pa. — At a little after 9 a.m. Monday, July 9, James Smith took a knee on the sidewalk outside the Rutter’s on West Market Street, at the intersection with Route 116, as a couple of friends worked on strapping a small backpack, containing his laptop and notebooks and such, to a ...

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Grohl shows salesman skills with Foo Fighters

PITTSBURGH — Esquire magazine did a profile of Wayne Newton in the early ‘80s that dissected the popularity of his Las Vegas act. Newton would talk to the audience between songs about throwing out the setlist, scrapping the rules and playing all night, creating the impression that this ...

‘Addams Family’ fills Kent-Trumbull

CHAMPION — “The Addams Family” clearly was a popular choice for this year’s Summer Stock musical at Kent State University at Trumbull. Folding chairs were set up at the back of the theater to accommodate the demand for tickets at Friday’s sold-out performance. It should remain ...

‘Hamilton’ is as good as advertised

CLEVELAND — After the multiple Tonys, a Pulitzer and the near universal acclaim by everyone from history buffs to hip hop fans, it’s hard not to go into “Hamilton” without a chip on one’s shoulder. It can’t be that good, can it? Or maybe it was in its original Broadway ...

George Clinton brings P-Funk to Packard

George Clinton is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Parliament-Funkadelic mother ship — his most famous prop (outside of the multi-colored braids he wore for decades) — is on permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. That ...