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Lifestyles

‘A will to live’

Since being diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 1986, Dr. Bernadette Kutcher lost almost everything — her medical career appeared to be over before it began, her fiance backed out of their engagement, friends and family stayed away, and her ability to live what would be considered a normal life. ...

‘There is always hope’

A patient deals with doctors’ appointments, tests and the miseries from the symptoms of the diagnosed disease. To make matters worse, the patient must endure answering the same questions that are asked every time he or she relates the diagnosis made by the doctors — sarcoidosis. ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. MOM’S HEALTH: In celebration of National Women’s Health Week being held through Saturday, Buckeye Health Plan is spotlighting the need for moms to put their own health first, by ...

The artistry of solitary wasps

While doing some gardening last summer, I noticed a tiny mud structure attached to the branch of a serviceberry tree. First of all, I was impressed with myself that I even saw it, and secondly, that I knew what it was — that tiny structure was the work of the female potter wasp. Most of us ...

Jumping worms are real thing

Q: What is the deal with these so-called jumping worms? Are they a real thing? — Sam from Boardman A: Yes, they are a real thing. There have been so many invasive organisms with the potential for decimating effects to our habitats, and yet here comes another one. Actually the jumping ...

Dandelions: A love / hate relationship

I look out my window and see the yellow flowers of spring. My daffodils look great in the landscape. However, my lawn once again contains dandelion flowers. My father enthusiastically looked forward to this time of year. He even had a special knife he reserved for cutting the tender early ...

Quit the clutter

The Warren woman couldn’t park her car in her garage. She’d filled that space with crafting project materials and bunches of things for her plants. “It’s embarrassing,” said Jackie, who declined to give her last name. “I don’t know that I’m a hoarder — I’m a ...

Senior volunteers recognized

NILES — Seniors who have been giving back to their communities got some well-deserved acknowledgement April 30 as AmeriCorps Seniors took over Eastwood Field for its Volunteer All-Stars recognition event. Approximately 75 local volunteers with the Foster Grandparents and RSVP — Retired ...

Unsavvy tech user faces up to FaceTime

About once a week we do “FaceTime” with our family. Just what is FaceTime you might ask? It is a program that, as recent as five years ago, I had not heard of. Using the computer or iPad, we can see and talk with our family in several parts of the country. Someone sets up a call, usually ...

Senior news

VOLUNTEER PACKERS / DRIVERS NEEDED: Trumbull Mobile Meals, a community-based service agency dedicated to providing a home-delivered meal service to Trumbull County residents who are homebound, is delivering meals five days per week. The agency needs volunteer packers and volunteer drivers. ...

Warm days for tilling, planting

Today was our first day of 80-degree weather this year, and we enjoyed the great outdoors. Daughters Susan and Verena and grandchildren Jennifer and Ryan came last night and are staying again tonight. Susan and I worked on getting everything organized for the garage sale we are having here ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. MOM’S HEALTH: In celebration of Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week, May 9 through 15, Buckeye Health Plan is spotlighting the need for moms to put their own health first ...

Take a stroll

I think at this time of year, we’re all eager to get out in the sunshine. Here in Ohio, we have to enjoy each day as it comes. The sun can shine one day and snow the next. So when the sun shines, we have to get out into the sunshine and take a walk. For me, it’s the lily pond at Mill ...

Still time to plant potatoes

Q: Is it too late to plant potatoes? — Ed from Struthers A: Anytime in springtime is a good time to plant potatoes. Potatoes are cool season plants. As soon as the soil warms, potatoes may be planted. While they could have been planted a couple weeks ago, nearly any type can be planted now ...

Southern cannas can grow up north

Cannas (Canna generalis) were a common sight growing up in the South, but with a little care, they can be grown here and saved each year for another round of beauty in the garden. There are so many cannas to choose from these days. Cannas can range from yellow to orange to red, with bright ...

Healthy endeavor

NILES — Dressed in stylish gray workout gear, Marge Pestrak 92, of Warren, cooled down after a Thursday morning SilverSneakers exercise class. Four or five classmates — in their 70s and 80s — hovered in the hallway, waiting to finish a conversation so they all could go to lunch. “I ...

Senior news

VOLUNTEER PACKERS / DRIVERS NEEDED: Trumbull Mobile Meals, a community-based service agency dedicated to providing a home-delivered meal service to Trumbull County residents who are homebound, is delivering meals five days per week. The agency needs volunteer packers and volunteer drivers. ...

Appreciating God’s creation in a cold spell

It was snowing most of the day yesterday, although there was not much accumulation. It really does feel good to have heat in the house again. We had let the stove go out over the warmup. I have been busy sewing this week, and that is my plan for today. The wedding in which daughter Loretta ...

Health notes

ADDICTION HELP: The Trumbull County Combined Health District urges residents to help slow the increase of overdoses in the community by taking advantage of free Narcan (naloxone) available through the Trumbull County Combined Health District. Narcan quickly reverses the effects of opioids ...

Finding snakes in garden is good

My niece Angie and I were sitting on my deck when she calmly asked, “Is that a stick or snake in your shrub?” Sure enough a large garter snake was just hanging out in the branches sunning itself. They are very shy and prefer to avoid contact with us, but often you’ll see them out sunning ...