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Parenting skills needs from the start

New babies are tiny, snuggable, huggable, sweet-smelling bundles that most everyone thinks are adorable. But they also make messy diapers, spit up all over you, cry a lot when they are uncomfortable or unhappy – and often when you want to get some sleep. They are in a constant state of change ...

Marijuana: Just how safe is it?

A writer receives interesting pieces of mail, sometimes on controversial issues like marijuana. You have the right to disagree with the information we are going to share today, but please read with an open mind, reality based. Before you roll your eyes, ask yourself who your sources are and if ...

Teens: Relationships aren’t supposed to hurt

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. You might not think that domestic violence is a part of teen dating, but it is. One in 10 high school students reported in a survey that they have experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year, according to the CDC ...

February: Show how much you love her

February is Women’s Heart Health Month. On the first Friday of February, everyone is encouraged to wear red, dress up buildings in red, go all out for red to bring attention to the health and well-being of the women who are important in our lives. Although the symbols of love on Valentine’s ...

God bless America and God bless the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Coal entering a new era in 2019

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are under way, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...

Stalking Awareness Month: Should you be afraid?

Stalking happens. Stalking is linked with sexual assault and domestic violence. Stalking has been experienced by approximately one in six women and one in 13-17 men, depending on the source to which you refer. Stalking is behavior directed at someone that is intended to cause fear for ...

Recognizing those serving the district

January is School Board Recognition Month, and it is my honor to acknowledge the five sitting members of the Salem Board of Education, as well as all of the many citizens who have served on Salem’s board over the past 165 years. In a recent press release, the Ohio School Boards Association ...

Some birth defects can be prevented

One in 33 babies are born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January is Birth Defect Prevention Month across the U.S. Though all birth defects cannot be prevented. With knowledge and prevention in mind, some can. Every preventative measure ...

More grandparents raising children

Have you given any thought to what kind of grandparent you would like to be one day? Or, if you are a grandparent, is it all you had hoped it would be? When you think of your grandparents, what do you like to recall? What things are important to you about your grandparent-grandchild ...

Center for Hope celebrates joy

It’s time to “ring in the new.” A new year, a new start, a clean slate. Family Recovery Center’s Oxford House has been given a new name: The Eloise V. Traina Center for Hope, named for Eloise V. Traina, former executive director for FRC. “A lot of people find hope here,” Mrs. ...

Manchin, Kasich could be options

Democrat Party leaders have a problem leading up to the 2020 presidential election. They’ve been so busy following their hearts — toward socialism, that is — that they aren’t using their heads. Running someone like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders against Donald Trump — or, even ...

As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you

As we say goodbye to 2018, thank you Happy Holidays from Family Recovery Center. The season promotes good will to all, something everyone wishes would last for the whole year long. Some new faces have joined the FRC staff this year. Stephen Vega began the duties of executive director of the ...

SRMC doctor offers holiday eating tips

SALEM — The holiday season is often a time filled with family and friends, festivities and ... food. With savory meals and sweet treats tempting at nearly every turn, it can be hard to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays. “On average, Americans gain approximately one to two ...

Holiday blues or SAD: Either presents challenge

We have been talking a lot about depression this month. Today we will touch on the holiday blues and seasonal affective disorder. A person just doesn’t always realize they are in that place. It can creep up without notice, subtle in taking over. Kay’s blues came on suddenly as the days of ...

SCT’S production of ‘Annie’ is heartwarming

Smiles. That’s what every audience member seated in the auditorium of the Salem Community Theatre has on their face the minute a young actor named Gram Zamarelli walks across the stage making his entrance. And you would have to literally be Ebenezer Scrooge himself to not smile as the ...

Depression not a normal symptom of aging

As we get older we know more of those whose names appear on the obituary page … acquaintances, friends, family, public figures. The road ahead of us doesn’t stretch out as far as it used to do. There are so many dreams yet to try. The spirit is willing but the body is weak (and weakening) ...

Safety first during the holidays

The countdown is on. There is traffic on the roads, traffic in the stores. Patience wears thin at times. And everyone has an extra long list of things to do before Dec. 24. Some of the issues people talk about most with their therapists at holiday time, according to www.wellandgood.com/, ...

Coping with holiday stress

Stress? Did somebody mention stress? Thanksgiving is behind us and one month from today all of the excitement of Christmas will be past as well. Everyone will be thinking about New Year’s Eve. Will you drive to the Big Apple to watch the ball drop at Times Square or stay at home and watch ...

Think smart, exercise caution for safety’s sake

What started with an acquaintance who met someone online and invited that individual to her home too quickly turned into a major search about human trafficking. Every day people go missing. Films portray ‘fatal attraction’ arising from moving too fast into a relationship with someone who is ...