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Help keep Wikipedia free so we can be smart

My kids think I’m a genius. In truth, I probably sound a lot smarter than I really am. Thanks, Wikipedia. My “smart dad” charade has been tested lately. Like many parents, I’m forced to be a pseudo-homeschool teacher’s assistant, answering endless questions about second-grade ...

Health notes

MERCY HEALTH OFFERS DIABETES INFORMATION: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if not controlled. People who are at high ...

Onions — Not just for cooking

CANFIELD — Flowers that take on a second life as the bloom begins to fade and dry out are a double bargain and a two-season wonder. My favorites are ornamental onions of the genus Allium. I have a number of these orbs of color growing in my flower beds. As fall is the best time to plant ...

Prepare your soil for winter with these crops

Have you ever thought of using cover crops to overwinter your garden? Cover crops are plants that are planted to cover the soil for benefits besides that of harvesting. It can be an inexpensive way to help with garden soil during your off-harvesting seasons. They can be planted before or ...

Still time to fertilize the yard

Q: I’ve been busy this year and never did fertilize my yard. Is it too late to put lawn fertilizer down? And should I add some grass seed now or later? — Aaron from Poland A: Aaron, you did miss the best time to fertilize your yard, which was late August into September. But there is ...

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. Events are free on Zoom. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ...

Cultivating friendships through social media

We’re good at celebrating friendships on social media. Although the act of friending might seem little more than adding someone to a list of contacts, we cultivate friendships on social media with likes and shares, images and tags, greetings and comments of love and support. Calling ...

The end of World War II exciting, thrilling

As promised in my Oct. 16 column, I’m going to tell you more of my memories about good old Warren in my 85 years of living here. Also, again I’m asking you not to criticize my memories too much for their slip-ups on accuracy. I want to tell you the way I remember it and felt about it. For ...

Senior news

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers who wish to be part of this organization. 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 ...

Verena tells her story

Over the years, I have written about my daughter Verena’s brain concussion and the almost seven years that she had post-concussion syndrome. I also wrote about our children who have limb girdle type 2 muscular dystrophy. Readers have asked why my daughters use mobility scooters. Here is ...

Trio of cancer

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of survivor stories to run on the Health page in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Examples of occurrences with nearly impossible odds include hitting the correct set of Mega Millions lottery numbers, winning an Olympic gold medal, being ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. TRAUMA SEMINARS: New Life Christian Fellowship in Liberty Township has scheduled “Building Trauma-Informed Community Care,” seminars to be able to help and equip those struggling with ...

Take ‘thyme’ to find your favorite plants

What are my five favorite perennial herbs? I guess my favorite is monarda didyma (bee balm). It also goes by the name of bergamot and Oswego tea. Interesting story: It is one of the “freedom teas” dating back to the Boston Tea Party, when patriots threw the highly taxed English tea ...

Plant your own garlic

Four years ago, our son-in-law Rick introduced me to planting garlic. He brought over a garlic bulb, fertilizer, gave me instructions and said go for it. My first harvest was 12 bulbs, and I thought, “What will I do with 12 garlic bulbs?” Now I’ve doubled how many I plant each ...

Evergreen trees need water

Q: Last winter I had some evergreen shrubs that had more and more brown needles by the end of winter. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? — Bill from Salem A: Unlike deciduous trees and shrubs, evergreens have a continuous need for water during fall and winter. When the ground ...

Instagram not media of choice for news

Launched in October 2010, Instagram celebrates its 10th birthday this month. Like other popular platforms, Instagram grew up fast. One million users subscribed by December 2010, and within a year, Instagram celebrated 150 million image uploads, thanks to 10 million daily active users. It was ...

Senior news

MEDICARE CHECK-UP FOR SENIORS: The deadline to change Medicare Advantage managed-care plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans is Dec. 7, and changes will take effect Jan. 1. Staff at Direction Home of Eastern Ohio offers free telephone or video Medicare Check-Ups to discuss plans ...

One tough cookie

HUBBARD — Hubbard resident Debbie Fay already had been dealing with multiple sclerosis for years when she was diagnosed three years ago with breast cancer. “‘You’re a tough cookie!’ That’s what people said when they found out that I had cancer,” Fay said. “You see, they’ve ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. DRIVE-THRU TESTING: ONE Health Ohio will be offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing to those in the Warren community 5 and older from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lloyd McCoy Community ...

Beautiful bean climbs high, tastes great

Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus) is grown as an annual in our Zone 5 location. This vigorous climber can be grown for its flowers, tender green pods or dried beans that resemble colorful limas. Scarlet runners grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in sun. I have mine growing on a ...