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Mystery photograph

Eric Templeton found the crinkled, black-and-white picture of kids with guitars while going through a box of family photographs. He recognized the boy in the front row as his father. But names of the other players and the circumstances of the photo remain a mystery. Templeton is asking ...

Senior news

SCHOOL RETIREES TO MEET: The Howland Schools Retirees will resume their monthly meetings 11:30 a.m. April 6 at Enzo’s Restaurant. This will be the first meeting since the beginning of the pandemic. All retired Howland Schools employees, and their spouses or guests are welcome. All COVID-19 ...

Mourning another sad death

The mercury dipped down below zero degrees this morning. Brrr! It is cold outside and even colder with the wind chill. Yesterday, we woke up to more than 10 inches of snow, which canceled work for everyone. Daughter Susan and her children Jennifer and Ryan were here since Sunday. She ...

Look for the signs

FOWLER — “I had a rough year in 2019,” heart patient Carol Prokop, 58, of Fowler said. It began in August with an injury that sent her to the emergency room. That’s when doctors detected her high blood pressure. Prokop ended up on medication for that. “It went good for about a ...

Health notes

MENTAL WELLNESS ART FUNDRAISER: Mental Health is Vital has partnered with The Ryan Giambattista HELMS Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for its annual art fundraiser. This year’s event will be a hybrid event with a public viewing followed by an online art auction and raffle. The public art ...

Houseplants provide space-saving greenery all year long

If you would like a plant that stays green all year long, never needs weeding and doesn’t require much space, try growing a houseplant. Over the years I have bought many different varieties and had many successes and also some failures. Some people must have flowering plants and others ...

Grow a better garden with a wood mound

Q: Recently, someone told me about burying wood to grow a better garden. Is this a real thing? — Robin from Ellsworth A: Yes, it is! It is called Hugelkultur Gardening. It is a lot of work but has some great benefits. If you are looking for a way to recycle those downed branches and logs ...

Senior news

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (formerly Area Agency on Aging 11) is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities. Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive ...

Remembering touching acts of kindness

Last month I wrote about kindnesses. It brought on a few very positive comments and had me scrounging through my memory bank to recall some more of the kindnesses I either received or witnessed: • A cherished memory I have was of what my grandmother did for the poor and homeless men who ...

Good Lord knocks on door again

“Yes, the good Lord has knocked on our door again.” Those words are from a song cousin Ernest wrote after losing his mother and brother in accidents years ago. Those words came to my mind tonight. Our hearts ache again as we laid my dear sister Susan, age 44, to rest beside Mose. My ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. VACCINE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers with various medical licenses who are actively practicing or are retired with an active license are highly encouraged to support response efforts to ...

Ground cherries provide sweet treat

Every year I try something new in my veggie garden and this description caught my attention: What tastes like a cherry tomato injected with mango and pineapple juice and looks like an orange pearl encased in a miniature paper lantern? That would be Physalis pruinose, aka ground cherry. They ...

Valley Grows calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the Extension Office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. All are free and held on Zoom video conference. Office hours, 8:30 ...

Q&A: Why won’t my mulberry trees produce fruit anymore?

Q: I have two black mulberry trees that I dug up and transplanted in my backyard. Now they don't produce much fruit. I've tried pruning with no luck. I had a few berries three years ago. I fertilize them in spring with horse manure and then mulch with wood chips. Could there be a fruiting ...

Senior news

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3. RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These ...

In loving memory of Susan

Our hearts are once again mourning the loss of a dear loved one. Sister Susan, age 44, lost her battle and passed away on Jan. 31. Three years ago on the same day, brother Amos died unexpectedly at age 56. Please keep praying for God to give us the strength we need to go on. Sisters Susan and ...

Cardiac rehab delivers revived life to retired postal worker

BAZETTA — The heart attack six months ago turned out to be an odd blessing for Michael Swiatkwich. The 68-year-old diabetic from Bazetta had retired early from the U.S. Postal Service because of injuries. One knee was replaced totally; the other is bone on bone. He developed arthritis. Years ...

Health notes

VACCINE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers with various medical licenses who actively are practicing or are retired with an active license are highly encouraged to support response efforts to the COVID-19 vaccination program by signing up for the Mahoning County Medical Reserve Corps. Non-medical ...

Why grow yarrow?

My family moved into a newly built home near Canfield in 1997. We had always established landscape and lawns at our homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. My wife and I had to choose what plantings would suit our needs at our new home. After researching and some nursery tours, we made our ...

How can I identify birds at my feeder?

Q: I started bird watching during the pandemic. I love it. I would like more help on telling which birds I am seeing. Can you help? — Peggy from Youngstown A: Watching the birds at my feeders is such a fun and relaxing pastime. Glad you are enjoying it, too. When my grandchildren are ...