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TCMH SCHEDULE: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board will hold a Recovery House meeting 2 p.m. today online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89657292652?pwd=ZVVSb3pPMjBTcFoyZ2Rsb2JSMVJlQT09. Use meeting ID 896 5728 2652 and password 792109. The dial-in numbers are 312-626-6799 or ...

Pressing flowers can be rewarding hobby or kids’ art

Making pressed flower art is a fun, easy way to preserve some of your garden and landscape favorites. Both children and adults can enjoy doing this simple hands-on art project. For the minimalist, all you need are common household items, including brown paper bags or newspapers (not the ...

Growing pole beans reveals surprises

It is time for a change. After 40 years of back-breaking work planting and harvesting bush beans, I am a convert to pole beans. This year I elected to plant some royal purple pole beans at the perimeter of my garden space in full sun. I also planted some bush beans for comparison as usual. ...

Fake news creators are a lot like hackers

Fake news creators are a lot like computer hackers. To understand the comparison, we need to look at hackers’ motives. The problem here is that hackers — like fake news creators — have many motives. Plus, there are many types of hackers. In a post to the blog Infosec, a site devoted ...

Senior news

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 homebound, unable to cook ...

Autumn brings pumpkin torte

We are having very cool mornings with temperatures around the upper 40s to lower 50s, and then warming up gradually. Next week autumn begins, so we can expect cooler weather. Our hay has been cut for the last time this season. Hopefully, we will get it in the barn before there’s any rain. ...

The hardy hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus (Hibicius moscheutos) is commonly called rose mallow. With large tropical flowers, it can be a showstopper in your landscape. My pink hibiscus is in the middle of a flower bed with a large hydrangea behind it, surrounded with layers of morning lights grasses, an arbor with ...

Learn more about the chipmunks in your yard

They are quick, loud at times and can be destructive, but they are also very cute and entertaining to observe. Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) seem to be everywhere in our yards and gardens, yet many of us know very little about their habits. Breeding takes place twice per year, in spring ...

Many wildflowers do well in shade gardens

Q: My yard is mostly shade. I need help planting something new — maybe wildflowers? I’m tired of the same old. — Loretta from Boardman A: Wildflowers are a great option for the shade garden. While researching plants for shade gardens for my own garden early this year, I realized the ...

Social media doesn’t let you forget to vote

The 1988 U.S. presidential election was the first time I cared about politics. George H. W. Bush, the incumbent vice president, was running against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. But that’s not why I cared. I didn’t care if Bush or Dukakis won. I didn’t fancy myself a Democrat or ...

Picnic table serves plenty of memories

It was a challenge. My fellow mask-wearing friend Deb had come over to help me wash down my vinyl fence. During a break, as we sat at the proper social distancing, Deb took a look at a forlorn picnic table that sat next to her in my carport. It was dirty, and half the white paint that I had ...

Senior news

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 are delivered to county residents 60 and older who are homebound, unable to cook for ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: Purple Alzheimer’s shirts will be seen all over Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties on Sept. 26, as participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s show ...

Bring unusual birds to your backyard

Birding has become one of the most popular pastimes. People travel thousands of miles to see rare and unusual birds in exotic habitats. These days, that isn’t as easy as it once was. Our backyards offer opportunities to observe birds on a daily basis. It is always exciting when we see ...

Lightning beetles light up fairyland

Imagine our amazement when summer came to our new house and we discovered hundreds of lightning beetles in our “backyard.” Let me explain. Bill and I downsized and now have a little more than 2 acres — down from 10 1/2 — but we have a 100-plus-acre farm field in our backyard. This ...

Buds go brown

Q: My hydrangea blooms have all turned brown. I have more than one kind like you suggested, but my blooms are already gone for the season. Help! — Angie from Youngstown A: This has been a challenging year for hydrangeas in the garden. Unlike last year when we had a slow warm-up in ...

Google and Waze maps have a lot in common

Popular mapping apps Google Maps and Waze have a lot in common. In many ways, they’re like sisters raised by the same parent company (Google). Like families with multiple children, where one kid might get more attention than the other at times, they’re both equally loved. Well, ...

Senior news

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 homebound, unable to cook ...

Happy birthday to son Kevin

A happy 15th birthday to the last of our eight children! Son Kevin’s birthday is today as I write this. It’s amazing how the years fly by. I thought it would be interesting to share the column daughter Elizabeth wrote to help me out after Kevin was born. She was 11 years old and in fifth ...

Blueberry bliss

Blueberries (Vaccinium) are one of the most popular fruits in the United States for several reasons. According The Ohio State University Extension, blueberries have a great amount of healthful properties — from low calories to low sodium, no cholesterol and having a great amount of fiber, ...