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Muttering through upper middle age

“Sweetie, can you come here a minute?” I think that’s what she said. The older my wife gets, the harder she is to hear. “Be right there.” I rocked my easy chair once, twice, three times. When I reached sufficient momentum for launch, I fumbled out of the old thing amid much ...

Pondering the imponderable

If Wile E. Coyote could afford all those rockets, anvils, skates, skis and cannons from the Acme Co., why didn’t he just order dinner? What would the speed of lightning be if it didn’t zigzag? By the way, what’s the speed of dark? How did that “Keep off the grass” sign get ...

October has much more to offer than Halloween

Oh, those crazy, hazy days of October silliness. Allow me to be the first to wish you a happy Mad Hatter Day! Now go do something silly. Mad Hatter Day isn’t marked on your calendar? You need a new calendar. The year is jammed full of weird, odd, unusual and otherwise quirky celebrations ...

Drive minus athletic ability equals disaster

When it comes to sports, I possess tons of competitive drive. But I misplaced my only ounce of athletic ability. In an elementary school football game, I was wide open for a touchdown pass. I ducked. On my junior high basketball team, I charged the lane and leaped. But I’d lost the ball ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital FLOOD, Kimberly and Joseph, of Austintown, a son Oct. 21 KRIECH, Hannah, of Youngstown, a daughter Oct. 21 McDOWELL, Jazmyne and Victor Rios, of Youngstown, a daughter Oct. 21 MONYPENNY, Rachel and Levi Schlegel, of Canfield, twin sons Oct. 21 PARKER, ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CAMPBELL, Emilee and Evan, of Beloit, a son Oct. 20 CURL, Rachel and David, of Girard, a son Oct. 20 ESTES, Olivia and Gavin Clark, of Niles, a daughter Oct. 20 KLEIN, Megan and Bill, of Youngstown, a son Oct. 20 SAWNIER, Christine and Bradley, of Salem, ...

Briggs 50th

Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Briggs enjoyed a 50th anniversary celebration with family and friends on Oct. 5, 2019, at the Ali Baba Hall in Warren. Allen L. Briggs and the former Rosetta Sue Cobb were married Oct. 4, 1969, at the Leavittsburg Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Richard King. Mr. ...

Ritch 50th

Carl Ritch and the former Edith D’Altorio were married Oct. 18, 1969, at St. Pius Catholic Church, Warren. The couple are now members of St. Thomas the Apostle in Vienna. Mr. Ritch retired from J & R Glass and Paint Company in 1996. Mrs. Ritch retired from Thomas Steel Co. in 1982 and ...

Patty Kimerer column | VIEW ALL

Apparently, old chicks get crabby about stuff

After glancing down the other day, it occurred to me the life I’d known to that point, had ceased to exist. There they were. Live, in Technicolor and unmistakable — my grandma’s ankles. Gulp. I’m not sure why, but I remember what they looked like. Strange. I just recall looking ...

Cursing and now curing the cursive curse

My friend’s second-grader isn’t learning it yet — but I guess that’s not odd since my other pal’s kids didn’t hear about it from their teachers until the third grade. But even then, the entire lesson lasted for the equivalent of like, oh, I don’t know, three periods or so. Um, ...

Out of all nicknames to be called, mom is best

I’ve been called many things in my life. Several of which are unfit to print … or even post to social media … or speak in front of your priest. But that was mostly when I was little and sparring with my sister, Gina. Okay fine, when I was getting whooped on by her, whatever. ...

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 ...

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Temps drop, treats rise

Hello to all my mother’s readers! This is Elizabeth, Lovina’s firstborn. Once again, I’m taking the pen in my own hand and writing this for Mom. She is having surgery on Wednesday — again. This is her second surgery this year. The first one was in February. Both surgeries have been to ...

Health notes

HEALTHIER AT HOME: Mercy Health will present “Healthier at Home” 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Howland Medical Center, 1932 Niles Cortland Road NE, Warren. All participants receive a copy of “Healthier at Home: Your Complete Guide to Symptoms, Solutions & Self-Care.” This book ...

Hiding your birthday on all social media

Celebrating birthdays on social media is a mixed bag of kindness and obligation. Friends and others are kind enough to post celebratory messages as you reach another annual milestone. In return, those celebrating birthdays often feel obligated to reply to each message. Some feel compelled ...

Marking wedding, birthday and travel

We are having nice weather, but temperatures are in the 40s and 50s in the morning, which makes the house feel chilly. We haven’t bought any coal yet, so I hope we can soon to get some heat in the house if this chilly weather continues. Last night we were at Mose and daughter Susan’s ...

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Jewish Community Center gallery displays Debra DeGregorio show

YOUNGSTOWN — The work of mixed media artist Debra DeGregorio will be on display through Jan. 5, 2020, at the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. DeGregorio’s work ranges from large, ...

Opera Western Reserve gets foundation grant

YOUNGSTOWN — Opera Western Reserve has received a $7,000 grant from the Monday Musical Club Fund of The Youngstown Foundation. The money is designated to support the OWR’s fall production of Verdi’s opera “Macbeth” on Nov. 15 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The Monday ...

Chorus sponsors Night at the Races fundraiser

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Chorus will sponsor a Night at the Races on Oct. 25 in the ballroom at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave. A $25 donation includes admission to the event, dinner catered by Saratoga Restaurant and play funds for betting on the races. Cash betting is strictly ...

Arts on Atlantic season kicks off with gala

WARREN — The Arts on Atlantic concert series at Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, will kick off its 2019-20 season with a gala called “A Night at the Ball.” The event will start 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a silent auction and drinks and hor d’oeuvres. It will be followed by ...