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Lifestyles

Cicada killer wasps emerge

We are starting to see the most impressive wasp found in Ohio. Eastern cicada killers (Specius speciosus) are large, solitary wasps. The cicada killer is one of the largest wasps in North America. Adults are approximately 1 and 1/8 to 1 and 5/8 inches long, very robust, with a black body ...

Discourage moss growth by changing lawn conditions

Q:Even with this dry weather, I’m fighting moss in my lawn. Is there a way to get rid of this completely? What can I do? — Carson from Boardman A: Like you, I have always tried to have some control over what grows around my home. You may have heard of native plants or invasive varieties ...

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. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for ...

It’s not so easy to rank video call platforms

About two weeks ago, one of my bosses sent an email asking me to rank order my preferred video conferencing platforms. There were four options: Zoom, Cisco’s WebEx, Microsoft’s Teams, and the video platform for our learning management platform. There are many other options, but these are ...

Religion notes

PASTOR SURVIVES COVID: Faith Fellowship Church of God in Christ in Youngstown will welcome the return of the Rev. Jonathan Mitchell and his wife Joyce at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Mitchell survived COVID-19 and is returning to preach for the first time since March. Mitchell served for 44 ...

Online video games help kids socialize

Although my kids have full reign over our backyard kingdom, they still lament feeling imprisoned by COVID-19. They want to go places and do things with other people, preferably with friends, not their parents or siblings. I can’t blame them. I’m always on the lookout for an escape, even ...

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 ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. ALZHEIMER’S CONFERENCE: The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a global forum to advance dementia science, is going virtual this year on July 27 through 31. ...

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 ...