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ALZHEIMER’S CONFERENCE: The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, a global forum to advance dementia science, is going virtual this year July 27-31. Not only is the conference free and open to the research community, but the public. To register, go to ...

Original Lovina writes about her daughter’s wedding

July 15 was our 27th wedding anniversary. Lots of memories throughout the years since Joe and I were married. This is what my mother wrote in her column in July 1993 about our wedding: ● ● ● The weather was ideal for the wedding of daughter Lovina to Joe Eicher. Lots of work at such a ...

Health notes

ALZHEIMER’S CONFERENCE: The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is going virtual this year July 27-31. The conference is free and open to the research community and public. To register, go to: www.alz.org/aaic. ADDICTION HELP: Parkman Recovery Center, 4930 ...

Butterfly gardens cater to colorful, picky eaters

Butterflies are loved by most people, young and old. They seem to float through the air while displaying their many beautiful colors. Butterfly gardens allow us to see more of these lovely creatures while giving us the additional benefit of enjoying the various flowers that will attract ...

Confessions of a plantaholic

I love flowers. Being a farm girl, one of my favorite memories is picking anything that bloomed, weeds included. I loved having a bouquet of flowers in my bedroom, and still do. I am now in my seventh decade and I need to make some major decisions and changes in our landscape. I have been ...

Container plants need the right soil

Q: My containers and baskets are wilting faster than I can water them most days. Are there any tips for better watering? Less time consuming? Adding to soil? Anything that will help! — Darlene from Poland A: You are not the only one asking these questions and experiencing lots of ...

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. Good Bugs and Bad Bugs in the Garden When: 10 a.m. July ...

Sports prove difficult without instructions

I never was much of a sports fan. At Garfield Elementary in good old Warren in the early 1940s, we never played either football or basketball. I suppose that, since our playground was all gravel, football was out of the question. And we never had a basketball hoop. I suppose, due to wartime ...

Senior news

ALZHEIMER’S CONFERENCE: The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, a global forum to advance dementia science, is going virtual this year July 27 to 31. Not only is the conference free and open to the research community, but the public. To register, go to ...

Planning for fun in summer

It’s another hot day with high humidity here in Michigan. Every day the temperature has been in the 90s. Yesterday afternoon we did get a much-needed rain shower. We would have needed to start watering the garden, so the rain was much appreciated. Because our house is surrounded by shade ...

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 ...