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Olivia gets a furry holiday surprise

Olivia hadn’t felt this happy on Christmas morning in years. Somehow, everything felt perfect, from her mom’s traditional breakfast of French toast casserole and bacon to Sam jumping around, unable to contain his excitement over the pile of gifts waiting for him under the tree. She ...

Magical ornaments hold tales of campers past

Their last day at Camp Secret Santa was filled to the brim with activities. Olivia had finally gotten her chance to help at the Post Office, and it was every bit as magical and amazing as her friends said. After lunch, she’d been able to spend a bit more time with the reindeer and was pleased ...

Olivia rediscovers her Christmas spirit

Sadly, Chewbacca couldn’t return to camp with Olivia and saying goodbye was difficult. But Simon the elf explained to her that her schedule was going to be too busy to watch over him at camp. So she promised Chewbacca she would come visit him once she was back home with her mom. Elaine, ...

Girls get visit from their parents at camp

“I think this floor is as clean as it’s gonna get,” Gia said, leaning against her broom. Chewbacca was sitting patiently by the registers, obediently waiting where Olivia told him to stay so he wouldn’t run through their piles of dirt. “I think you’re right. Why don’t we ...

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It is what it is — reader begs to cancel overused words

I’m so over it. Let’s circle back and deep dive into overused words and phrases. At the end of the day, don’t you think we should be woke enough to cancel them? Asking for a friend. Wait, what? Every year, groups and institutions such as Lake Superior State University issue their ...

Junk pile is like Lego blocks for do-it-yourselfers

“What’s all this junk?” my visitor asked. I shrugged. “What junk?” “This ...” — he pointed at a lawn mower without wheels — “... that ...” — a hunk of PVC pipe jagged at one end — “... those ...” — a couple chairs each missing legs and seats — “... and, ...

January: Out with the old, in with the sequel

Welcome to January, the month of empty pockets, icy roads, and freshly made / freshly broken promises. January, as one meme described it, is the worst month. “You’re fat and broke from the holidays, paler than ever, and you can’t feel your own face when you walk outside.” It’s the ...

Beauty is in the eye of the camel and spider holder

In the Saudi Arabia this month, more than 40 beauty contestant were sent packing from the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia for sporting Botox injections, face-lifts and other cheater-cheater-pumpkin-eater artificial enhancements. Yep, camels. According to an Associated ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BATES, Jaclyn and Avi Schiowitz, of Canfield, a daughter Jan. 17 PHILLIPS, Nicole and Cody, of Leetonia, a son Jan. 17 RICHEY, Melinda and Johnathan Sarkkinen, of New Waterford, a daughter Jan. 17 SPELLMAN, Jessica and Ian, of Canfield, a daughter Jan. 1 ...

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital MAST, Katie and Andrew, of West Farmington, a daughter Jan. 15 SLUSHER, Cain and Kyle Poponak, of Warren, a son Jan. 15 WEILACHER, Abby and Randall Schornack, of Warren, a daughter Jan. 15

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital ALTIERO, Shannon and Gene, of Canfield, a son Jan. 15 BURNS, Lindsey and Bryan Boye, of Canfield, a daughter Jan. 15 LYDA, Kaylin and Sebastian Baddeley, of Salem, a son Jan. 15 MILLER, Samantha and Zachary Kasner, of Warren, a daughter Jan. 14 PIXLEY, ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital FUSCO, Jennifer and Anthony, of Youngstown, a son Jan. 13 HALL, Kareena, of Youngstown, a daughter Jan. 13 KIBBY, Amanda and Todd, of Youngstown, a daughter Jan. 13 KLUCHER, Sara and Andre Givens, of Youngstown, a son Jan. 13 REDMOND, Ariana and Brian ...

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January in northeast Ohio: Are you up for it?

Well, here we go. January in northeast Ohio. Heaving, desperate, soul-crushing SIGH. I find myself sympathizing with the fictional Joey Tribianni of the sitcom “Friends.” You may recall the episode (aptly titled “The One Where Everyone Turns 30”) when he’s questioning why the Big ...

PK Facebook friending — to accept or deny?

Consider this my formal invitation. You are, of course, entitled, encouraged and empowered to accept or decline said appeal solely of your own volition. That is to say, the authority to grant or deny permission is entirely yours. Feel free to “yay” or “nay” me as you wish. Ah, the ...

All I want is monotony, to see your smile again

Well, here we are, friends. A new year. It’s day two of brand new ‘22. Hmm. How do you think it’s going so far? Yeah, I agree. Too soon to tell. I don’t know about you, but I’m actually pinning all my hopes on 2022. OK, maybe not every single one of them. But a significant ...

‘Home Alone’: Is it a quarantine forecaster?

Here we are, less than a week away from the New Year. hurrah. No, I really mean it. Sorry, I should have probably proclaimed that point more passionately. Let me try that again: I’m solidly, and significantly super-stoked to say sayonara to this stinking stretch. Seriously. Ah, ...

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Caring for loved ones during illness

The menfolk just left for work, so I decided to write this column while all is quiet. Dustin and daughter Loretta and daughters Verena and Susan and grandchildren Jennifer and Ryan spent the night here. Loretta wasn’t feeling the best last night, so they decided to stay. I’ll try to be a ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Class is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4000 W. Market St., Leavittsburg. Call 330-898-4295 for information. HEALTH ...

Valley Grows calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the extension office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, at 330-533-5538. Plant and pest clinic hours vary during the winter months. Stop by or ...

Check out these houseplants

Q: What are your favorite houseplants that I can try at my house? — Shelly from Boardman A: Considering all the houseplants I have had over the years, four favorites come to mind, not because of their beauty, but because of the person who gave them to me many plant generations ago. The ...

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Al Stewart, Motown tribute set for Robins

Robins Theatre announced upcoming shows featuring Al Stewart and a tribute to Motown. The Scotland-born Stewart had several hits in the late ’70s, including “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages,” “Song on the Radio,” “Midnight Rocks” and “On the Border.” He will be backed ...

Auditions set for ‘Annie’ at Oakland Center

YOUNGSTOWN — The Oakland Center for the Arts’ “Kids First” program will hold a second set of auditions and call backs for the musical “Annie” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its theater at Trinity Fellowship Church, 4749 South Ave., Boardman. A large cast is required. Especially needed ...

Millennial Theatre Company’s ‘Heathers’ slays at Hopewell Theatre

YOUNGSTOWN — Millennial Theatre Company’s production of “Heathers the Musical” is a killer. A talented cast filled the stage with songs and snark, and the opening night audience filled the Hopewell Theatre with laughter and applause. “Heathers” is based on the 1989 movie of the ...

Calendar

Art ASHTABULA ARTS CENTER, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula: “Artists for the Earth,” through Jan. 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ashtabulaartscenter.org and 440-964-3396. BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 ...