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Lifestyles

Oh fiddle leaf dee

Now that our holidays are over and the pretty Christmas trees are gone, you may want to fill in those empty spaces with interesting, colorful houseplants. They can boost your spirits, add oxygen to the environment and give us a sense of purpose and joy as we watch them grow. This is a good ...

No need to fear coyotes

Because of the rapid expansion of house and condo construction, wildlife is displaced and finds urban areas attractive. The coyote (Canis latrans) is no exception, using urban settings as his home to live, mate and raise families. Because most of us have limited knowledge of the coyote, we ...

Q and A: Explore potential for garden spaces

By MARILYN MCKINLEY Master Gardener Q: I’m looking for some ideas for a new garden area. Do you have anything that can help me? — Mary from Canfield A: Yes, I do.! This is something I’ve been thinking of myself — something to keep me busy this winter. Are you up for a ...

Austintown church adds prayer wall

AUSTINTOWN — The West Austintown First United Methodist Church has a new addition with the construction late last year of a prayer wall featured in the front of the sanctuary. The Rev. Jeff Harrison, church pastor, said that early last year he and other ministers with the Methodist ...

Senior news

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (formerly Area Agency on Aging 11) is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities. Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive ...

Learning to trust God through time of grief

This column will wrap up my columns written in 2020. We wish all of you God’s richest blessings in the new year, 2021. I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and were all safe and healthy. Our Christmas was extra quiet, and we really just appreciated the gift of having each other. Mose is ...

Make it mint

I was recently reviewing my plans for the garden for next spring. One of my success stories in the garden has been my mint harvest. I grow apple mint in a rocky area and chocolate mint in containers. Mint has health benefits, and I use it to help chase away the winter chills. Often as I settle ...

Explore Ohio’s best gardens

The year 2020 has been unlike any other year. Filled with sadness, fear, the unexpected and so many other emotions. The thing that has really helped me through this has been the ability to be outdoors. I got things accomplished in our gardens, things I had thought about doing for years. I took ...

Q&A: Hardy hollyhocks offer variety in the garden

Q: Any tips on growing hollyhocks? This is something I’m planning to grow this spring. — Jane from Columbiana A: Yes, indeed. Actually, I have a sentimental attachment to hollyhocks. The house in which I grew up did not have formal flower beds and landscaping such as now surrounds our ...

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. Operating Hours: Curbside Service for soil samples, plant and insect ...