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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: ...

Kids can learn with online summer camp

In mid-March, when schools closed over COVID-19 fears, I was in denial. I thought, “These kids aren’t going to be home all day long, are they? This can’t be happening. It’s like a never-ending snow day.” In April, when my kids were home all day long watching lessons on Zoom and ...

Senior news

SCOPE CONSULTATIONS: SCOPE Senior Services offers free consultations during the COVID-19 crisis on reviewing changes to retirement health insurance. For issues or questions dealing with Medicare, prescriptions and hospitalization benefits, call Marge Haley at the Warren Senior Center at ...

Early summer brings garden growth and baby chicks

It is Tuesday evening here in Michigan at the Eicher homestead. All is quiet with only son Kevin and daughter Loretta home with Joe and me. The rest of our children here at home went to a wedding for supper. Daughter Susan and Mose are making living quarters in the finished side of our pole ...

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, ...

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, ...

It’s a murder hornet — only if you’re a bee

Last December, the Washington State Department of Agriculture confirmed for the first time the presence of the Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) in the United States. They were found in northwest Washington State and also in neighboring British Columbia. The Asian giant hornet is the ...

Ohio sweet on onions

Are you surprised like I am to learn that onions are the most popular vegetable in Ohio home gardens? The onion plant (Allium cepa), also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. Garlics, leeks, shallots and chives are related to ...

How do I deal with asparagus beetles?

Q: I am having trouble with little black bugs on my heads of the asparagus / any suggestions? — Nick from the Mahoning Valley A: I have the same problem! When my husband and I built our house, the first items we planted were asparagus roots. We had both been reared on asparagus, mostly ...

New dating app makes things safer

If you’re single and trying to date during a pandemic, you likely have the sympathy and admiration of most of the nondating world. Many of us can recall how hard it was to date in pre-pandemic days. Even with apps like Match and Tinder, dating was still weird — or at least it seems weird ...

Fired up for a different kind of retirement

HOWLAND — Dr. Bill Finnigan, 85, had planned to retire 20-some years ago. Then his grandson said, “Gramp, you don’t mean retirement. You mean ‘refirement,’ don’t you?” Getting fired up for new challenges is how Finnigan ended up moving to Howland and becoming a Bible teacher ...