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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. TEACHERS SUSPEND LUNCHEONS: The Mahoning Retired Teachers ...

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

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 ...

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. All classes are free on Zoom video conference. Operating hours: ...

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Entertainment calendar

Art BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown: “Ron Barren & Ed Hallahan: Earth Air Water Fire,” through March 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. www.butlerart.org and 330-743-1107. HOYT ART CENTER, 124 E. Leasure ...

Dating horrors delivered online

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l It’s been just over a year since Rust Belt Theater Company staged a show in front of a live audience. That — like dating — sucks. Rust Belt founder Robert Dennick Joki is bringing “Dating Sucks: The Musical,” one of its ...

MTC’s ‘Last Five Years’ a joyful event

One (the only?) positive about entering year two of COVID-19 is that performers have had plenty of time to hone the new skills needed to keep working during a pandemic. There was a lot to like about Millennial Theatre Company’s first online event, “Songs for the New World,” which ...

BWR releases 2 online performances

Ballet Western Reserve will present two programs online this weekend. The mid-winter performances will feature dancers from BWR’s company and school in “A Classical Gala” at premiering at 7 p.m. Saturday and a young dancer showcase called “PANDEMonIumCreates” will premiere at 3 ...

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Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital CORLL, Cheryl and David, of Youngstown, a daughter March 3 CUNNINGHAM, Amber and Anthony Sandstrom, of Masury, a daughter March 3 DILLARD, Shawntae, of Youngstown, a son March 3 JELM, Maria, of Youngstown, a son March 3 MIRANDA, Gina and Alberto, of ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital HAAG, Erika and Austin, of Canfield, a daughter March 2 RAWSON, Tarah and George, of Youngstown, a son March 2 STEVENS, Erilynn and Shawn Cooper, of Alliance, a daughter March 2 SUNDERLIN, Lyndsay and Benjamin, of Youngstown, a son March 2 WILLARD, Alezandra ...

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital FOSSACECA, Lillian and Anthony, of Salem, a son March 1 LANTERMAN, Ciera and Dylan McAvoy, of Newton Falls, a daughter March 1 RIDZON, Autumn and Kyle Cordell, of New Springfield, a daughter March 1 RONCI, Alexandria and Jacob Longchamps, of Niles, a son March 1

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BERKHOUSE, Julie and Douglas, of Cortland, a daughter Feb. 26 HORSLEY, Kaitlyn and Douglas Bonetti, of Campbell, a son Feb. 26 WILLIAMS, Cara and Randall Rodgers, of Youngstown a daughter, Feb. 26 St. Joseph Warren Hospital DEAL, Kristien and Timothy Boyce, ...

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‘Wrap rage’ keeps reader tied up

Faithful reader Ron Reid cried out for help. He probably meant to send his urgent plea to someone else. Generally, I’m the last person someone in trouble hollers to for rescue. “Help! Save me!” a person dangling from a limb mysteriously growing out of the side of a cliff would yell. ...

Frogs inspire hoppy thoughts

We tiptoed to the ditch, then counted the number of frogs leaping from the grassy bank into the water. We always stopped to study the frog ditch on our summer walks. “That was the life,” I sighed. “Sunning myself in the grass, snapping flies out of mid-air, and snoozing ...

The check’s not lost … just give it time to materialize

Dear County Property Tax People, My check might be a little bit late. See, I put it in a safe place so I wouldn’t lose it and, well... I’m having a bit of trouble finding it. It’ll turn up. Possibly when I’m digging through the refrigerator to find the ketchup or when I’m pawing ...

Oh look, a horse, and a truck — here comes an idea

“How do you come up with an idea for your column every week?” she asked as we walked to our cars. I tried to blush. “You’re amazed by all my great ideas?” She shook her head. “If you have great ideas, how come you don’t use those instead?” “Yes, well...” I cleared my ...

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Just a girl missing her dad as he sends signs

Well, it’s here. The day I’ve been dreading for exactly one year. It is the anniversary of the day my Pop died. Anniversary doesn’t seem like the right word to use, does it? That generally connotes happy feels, no? That ain’t any part of today, yo. It’s been, all at once, an ...

Best big brother’s birthday? Better believe it

Do you know what Wednesday was? Well, yes, Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Let the fish fry and pierogi sessions commence! It also happened to mark the one-year anniversary of my gig at my day job. And what a sweet little situation it is. My work peeps are fab, and I’m ...

Searching for fulfillment in a frozen February

Ah, February. For me, it’s such a complicated calendar contribution, ’kay? First of all, the whole there’s that whole “not enough days”-ness of it. Who the heck decided that and why? I’m missing something here. In fact, we all are — like a couple of earth axis rotations. Except ...

Wanted: Area columnist seeks happiness hacks

I’m a happy person. Really. Ask around. I’m a smiler. A hugger. A well-wisher. I’m the say-“I-love-you”-before-hanging-up-with-fam girl. Every. Single. Time. I’m also a world-class empathizer. I’m seriously all about the other humans, especially the ones in my particular ...