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Lifestyles

Beetles return to terrorize gardens

The beetles are here and I’m not talking about the Fab Four. On the recent check of my gardens, I discovered Japanese beetles on my hops, zinnia and rose plants. Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is one of a few beetles that cause damage in both adult and larval stages. The adult is one ...

No plant space? Not a problem

When I visit local garden centers and greenhouses anytime from April to now, I lose control. I want to try growing all those new varieties of vegetables and glorious flowers. Well, I’ve shopped a lot — and I keep shopping for new things. It might be July, but there’s still time for me ...

How to control crabgrass

Q: I’m seeing crabgrass in my lawn again this year. I’ve tried several crabgrass killers in the past, but nothing seems to work. Help! Also, why does crabgrass always seem to grow better in hot weather than my grass? — Robert in Boardman A: Crabgrass is a bane for many homeowners. This ...

Valley Grows Calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, at 330-533-5538. Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic When: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays What: ...

92-year-old discovers new life as author

POLAND — It was a trip to Kelleys Island more than 40 years ago and hearing the story of the area’s only unsolved murder mystery that planted the seeds that flowered into a 92-year-old Mary Alice Baluck’s first novel. “Heaven’s Doorway” traces the lives of three generations of ...

Only Twitter can prevent forest fires

Smokey the Bear’s PSAs occasionally aired during Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid. “Remember, only you can prevent forest fires,” Smokey would say, reminding us to be sure our camp fires were properly extinguished. The problem was that my family didn’t do much camping, so ...

Finding comfort: Program hires family, friends as caretakers

Sherri Mamounis, 56, of Youngstown, gets paid to be the live-in caretaker for her twin sister, Sheryl Lasky, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Mamounis officially works 42 hours per week in her own home for about $300 per week under a state-approved program that allows family ...

Senior news

SCOPE SERVICES: While all SCOPE Senior Services centers remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest organization of seniors in Trumbull County is streaming fitness classes through Zoom Meetings technology. Karen Rutan Fitness, SCOPE’s SilverSneakers FLEX instructor, ...

July is a busy month

It’s July 1 as I write this. Today we enter the month of July, and 2020 is already halfway over. It has been quite a year to remember. I do not think many of us want to repeat such a year. When I see people in town shopping with masks on, what I miss the most is not being able to see a ...

Students push to save planet

BOARDMAN — The brightly colored pictures and lettering on Kelsie Rudolph’s placemat also acted as an imprint of sorts to explain her stance on the importance of recycling. “At home, we recycle milk cartons and pop bottles — those are the main two things,” the Boardman Glenwood Junior ...

Facebook now prioritizes original news reporting

For more on Facebook’s plan to use more credible sources for news stories, click here. In a win for original news reporting from reputable media organizations, Facebook launched a change in the kinds of stories you should see in your News Feed. Activating this much-needed update to their ...

Changes come throughout a lifetime

We keep hearing a lot of talk about returning to “normal.” But we don’t seem to know what normal will be like. The term “new normal” keeps coming up. Many changes have taken place in the last several months. Some folks have not been happy with all of them, but we are told that they ...

Senior news

SCOPE SERVICES: While all SCOPE Senior Services centers remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest organization of seniors in Trumbull County is streaming fitness classes through Zoom Meetings technology. Karen Rutan Fitness, SCOPE’s SilverSneakers FLEX instructor, ...

Capri Cafaro trying to unite world with food

Capri S. Cafaro knows the unifying power of food. As an Ohio state senator from 2007 to 2016, she often would celebrate legislative accomplishments on bipartisan bills by baking a pie to share with her colleagues from both parties. The Youngstown native, who lived in Hubbard when she was in ...

Blessed to have the rain

Recently, we received more than an inch of much-needed rain. The grass was turning brown, so the rain will help the grass and the crops in the fields. The irrigation system has been running in the big farmers’ fields. In some places, the water from the irrigation flies over the road. When ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: Submit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. VIRTUAL WALKING PROGRAM: The American Heart Association and Sharon Regional Medical Center are providing a free, virtual community walking program that gets people moving during the pandemic. The initiative, ...

Tomato wars

I was at a Zoom videoconference meeting last week, and the tomato wars have begun. We all have that neighbor or relative we compete with each year for the “first” or “largest” tomato. By practicing these growing guidelines, you should have a bountiful harvest and might even win your ...

Keep an eye out for bees

Q: I saw bees on my crabapple tree in April — loads of them. Now, not a single bee anywhere. There’s lots of the bee’s favorite flowers blooming along with clover. Not a honeybee, mason bee or bumblebee. I am beyond sad. Why bees in spring but not summer? — Anonymous from Struthers ...

Crossing off items from your gardening to-do list

There is no getting around it — our lives have changed. I am so grateful that I have our yard. What a great retreat! What great body and mind treatment for us. I am betting you have changed how you look at things in your yard, too. There has been more time for day-to-day observation. ...

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. Making garden art • When: 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday • What: ...