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Lifestyles

New pest

First it was the emerald ash borer; then the Asian long-horned beetle; and now we have the hemlock woolly adelgid. Years ago, my husband and I visited the Smoky Mountains National Park specifically to understand the hemlock woolly adelgid infesting the park. We spoke at length with rangers ...

Prints reveal critters afoot in your yard

Q: Can you help me find resources to identify the wildlife that are visiting my backyard? I have footprints in several areas. — Ben from Youngstown A: This is a great time to get more connected to nature. Ohio is noted for its abundance of wildlife. Besides your backyard, we have numerous ...

Valley Grows calendar

Attracting and Raising Monarch Butterflies What: 10 a.m. Tuesday What: Discuss the plants you should have to bring in monarch butterflies for egg-laying, how to move the eggs into cages for safekeeping, and how to nurture them for their transformation. Butterfly releasing will also be ...

Senior news

NARFE CANCELS MEETINGS: NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NA Chapter 14 is canceling its spring meetings (March through June) due to COVID-19 concerns. Meetings should resume in September. Refer questions to Nancy at 330-953-0077. NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE: The Trumbull ...

Taking 1 day at a time

Another morning of sitting here watching the sun rise with tears rolling down my face. I’m wishing that I could turn the clock back to Dec. 8, the day before our life so drastically changed. Back before that awful tragedy, back before our dear son-in-law Mose was in that terrible accident ...

Floating row covers extend growing season

The past year brought change in the way many of us got our groceries. Safe deliveries and curbside pickup are convenient for pantry staples. But wouldn’t we rather choose our own produce? Better yet, grow some. A floating row cover is an inexpensive multiuse garden tool that extends the ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. HEALTH OHIO OFFERS VACCINE: The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine will be available at two of the ONE Health Ohio health centers. Vaccinations will be scheduled by appointment only from 8 a.m. ...

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. Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call ...

Senior news

NARFE CANCELS MEETINGS: National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 14, is canceling its March through June meetings due to COVID-19 concerns. Meetings should resume in September. Refer questions to Nancy at 330-953-0077. CENTER DELIVERS BLANKETS: Johnston Senior Center, 5922 ...

Creating a new normal amid 2020’s upheavals

It’s the last week of February. Time does not stand still. It is much warmer than it was a week ago. It’s 40 degrees and the eastern sky is full of pink, so I hope it will be another sunny day like we had yesterday. Son Joseph, 18, is still off work from his construction job since his ...

Health notes

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL: St. Joe’s at Eastwood Mall’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, next to JCPenney and Kay Jewelers. All classes are open to anyone with a St. Joe’s at the Mall membership. Screenings and programs are open to the public. All classes are by ...

TLC for the big guys

I live on what would be called a wooded lot, and we have quite a few large trees. So often when we are thinking about our landscape — ornamentals, perennials, annuals, groundcovers, flowers and vegetable gardens — we overlook some of the most important plants around our homes — our ...

Climbing into popularity

One year, Bill and I ran away. We started in Charlotte, N.C., and went on down the East Coast to Florida. In Homestead, we visited the Fruit and Spice Park. It was amazing to see all the fruits normally seen in groceries, and to taste so many exotic and wonderful fruits. Among these delicious ...

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 classes are free on Zoom video conference. Office hours, ...

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 ...