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Burton Cole column | VIEW ALL

Running away as a grown up is just too much work

It’s been decades since I last ran away from home. I was 3. I wriggled through the tunnel my beagle burrowed under the backyard fence and set out to celebrate freedom with my cousins Dale and Gary. My career as a runaway thumped to an abrupt halt when my dad caught up to me on the ...

I do not think that word means what you think it means

I make my living building pictures with words. It’s an inexact science. Remember how in beginning wood shop you built a spice rack and someone said, “Oh, what a cute duck”? (There’s a reason I am not a carpenter.) Words can slap you with the same kind of disastrous results — ...

Cow therapy costs a lot of moola

People pay up to $300 to calm their nerves by cuddling with a cow just like that one over — LOOK OUT! Sorry. I’ve been a bit jittery around bovines since one jumped on me. It was at our farm, and teenage me bent over the watering trough to clean out floating bits of hay — cows are ...

I saw a man, he danced on an earworm with his wife

Among the greatest pestilences, plagues and pesky problems known to mankind — to womankind, too — is the earworm. An earworm is created when a bouncy song with lots of rhythmic repetition floats on the airwaves, gains too much altitude, freezes, and a chunk of the tune breaks off. ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BRETT, Kristen and Joshua, of Youngstown, a daughter Sept. 20 BROWN, Emilie and David, of Hubbard, a daughter Sept. 20 DURR, Olivia and Tremayne Rosasco, of Warren, a daughter Sept. 20 LOCKER, Jennifer and Eric, of Columbiana, a daughter Sept. 20 RACCO, ...

Galbreath – Schaepe

Victoria Galbreath and Robert Schaepe were united in marriage during a wedding ceremony held June 29, 2019, at the Seven Vines Winery in Dellwood, Minn. The ceremony was officiated by David Fleischer, cousin of the bride. A reception was held following the ceremony, also at the ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital ALWANNI, Naser and Manar Ibrahim, of Girard, a son Sept. 18. GARRON, Brianna and Thomas Mills, of Youngstown, a daughter Sept. 18 LIGGETT, Randa and Andrew, of Enon Valley, Pa., a daughter Sept. 18 MILLER, Paige and Devon, of East Palestine, a daughter Sept. ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital FALCONE, Leigh and James, of Youngstown, a daughter Sept. 17 FRENCH, Jamie and Anthony, of Youngstown, a daughter Sept. 17 IRIZARRY, Liz, of Youngstown, a daughter Sept. 17 MILLERLEILE, Alexis and Dan Cox, of Mineral Ridge, a daughter Sept. 17 SAVAET, ...

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

PK: The apparent homo sapien whisperer

I’m good with the people stuff, as it were. No, I’m not bragging. I’ve never thought that was a very good look. Tooting one’s own horn = bad form, egotistic, patently rude and just kinda icky. Now, if I’m gushing about the sheer wonderfulness that is my child, well, that’s ...

The actual, bona fide, fish-killing last straw

Remember the original Flo? No, not the Progressive Insurance gal. I’m talking about the factionary waitress who worked for the pretend boss Mel at the made-up diner of the same name in the 1970s / ’80s sitcom “Alice.” I loved that show. It’s the story of a young widow who scoops ...

Kimerers have been standing in lines for 129 years

Remember that “Seinfeld” episode when Jerry rented a car at the airport but, upon trying to pick it up, was told, “There aren’t any cars. We ran out.” Jerry built an entire schtick about how anyone can TAKE a reservation, but it’s really the HOLDING of the reservation that’s the ...

Celebrating Memorial, Er, I mean Labor Day

Well, clearly, I am in denial. If I’ve done it once, I’ve done it two dozen times. In fact, during the course of the weekly e-bulletin I write at my day job, I did it thrice. THREE TIMES in a single newsletter! Yep. Just as I do every year around this time, I keep accidentally referring ...

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Facebook post ‘like’ counts could vanish

We like when people “like” our posts on social media. For others, however, the “likes” their posts receive, or more specifically don’t receive, could lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Apparently, Facebook wants to help alleviate those feelings. In what appears to be a ...

Health notes

FREE SCREENINGS: Mercy Health and Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Nursing Guild are sponsoring free health screenings 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Warren City Health District, 258 E. Market St., 3rd floor, Warren. Men 40 and older can have their prostate blood work performed ...

Best apps to use for your side hustle or ‘gigs’

I had a good side hustle for the last few months. What’s a “side hustle” you ask? My hustle was mentoring writers online. I received papers, suggested edits, and sent them back for students to revise and submit for a grade. It was easy work for not a lot of pay, but it helped ...

Senior news

FIREFIGHTER TO SPEAK: Johnston Township firefighter Jamison Conley will present a program 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at the Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, Cortland, on the history of the Johnston Township Fire Department, the current services, and safety topics for in and out of the ...

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Shelton brings his ‘Voice’ to Youngstown

Some only know Blake Shelton from his television gig trading barbs with Adam Levine as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.” But Shelton landed that gig by being one of the most successful country artists of the 21st century, and that’s the role he’ll be playing Saturday when he headlines ...

Butler director speaks at Tyler History Center

YOUNGSTOWN —Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art, will speak at noon today at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown, as part of its Bites and Bits of History series. Zona will speak to the relationships many U.S. Presidents had with art ...

Calendar

Special Events Local B&O STATION, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown: Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, 8th Mahoning RiverFest, noon to 5 p.m. BOARDMAN PARK, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman: Canine Carnival, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, free. BUTLER INSTITUTE OF ...

Kent-Trumbull offers free theater workshops

Actor / director James “Joey” Caverly will host free theaters workshops Saturday and Sept. 28 at Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion. Caverly appeared on Broadway in “Children of a Lesser God” and on the television series “Chicago Med.” He is directing Kent-Trumbull’s ...