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Join the Great American Smoke-Out this Thursday

“I wish you wouldn’t bring that up again, Mom. I’ll quit when I’m ready.” “I don’t know why I started again.” “Melissa” has concluded that there’s no point in bringing up the subject of smoking cessation to either her husband or their 20-something daughter. She went ...

Sometimes the change of seasons brings SAD

Something was wrong. Sheila could feel it but she just couldn’t define it. She should be happy. She had a husband who went to work every day. She had two children she loved with all of her heart. They bought their first home. What more did she want? She was 26 years old and certain that, by ...

The choice is ours

Let us cut through the lame-stream media crap.  This election, plain and simple, is about the soul of America.  Please don’t allow the sensationalized headlines to direct your attention away from what is at stake on Nov. 8. The top five issues in my opinion are as follows: Seventy ...

No tricks: Alzheimer’s Month begins Tuesday

I was at my desk working. The phone rang. When I answered my mother spoke. By the tone of her voice I knew something was terribly wrong. She said her doctor wanted to talk to me. I asked what was wrong. “He says I have Alzheimer’s.” Her voice broke. She was devastated. My mother was a ...

SCT brings a cult classic to life just in time for Halloween

“The Rocky Horror Show,” written and composed by Richard O’Brien, has become a cult classic thanks to the 1975 movie starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. It is also known for its audience participation which will be a part of the Salem Community Theatre’s ...

GUEST COLUMN: Let’s protect our first responders

Last month we marked the 15thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, and remembered the bravery of the first responders who risked their lives to keep others safe that day. Police, firefighters, and medical personnel from the state, local, and federal ...

Overcoming adversity produces resislience

“Sissy” has a memory. She was just little, perhaps 5 years old. She and her brother played with building blocks Daddy had made for them. Angry voices in the kitchen captured her attention. She went to see why Mommy and Daddy were so angry. Mommy was washing dishes and crying. Daddy said ...

DV: ‘Alive and well in Columbiana County’

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELDFamily Recovery Center publicistFact: It is less about every 12 seconds a woman is abused in this country. It is more that she takes a stand against what a man is doing to her and she ends up in the ER or the morgue.Fact: 75 percent of women killed by their partners ...

GUEST COLUMN: Honoring a legend: Thomas Alva Edison

There have been a lot of remarkable Ohioans in our history: eight presidents, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and 22 other accomplished astronauts, Jesse Owens, and two brothers named Orville and Wilbur. Ohio has produced a lot of leaders; the list is long.Each state gets to honor two of their own ...

Substance abuse: Is it really a choice?

Does anyone get up in the morning and decide that today is the day they will become addicted to drugs? Not likely. An individual may have a choice of trying a drug that first time, but what happens next may not be their choice at all. Everyone will not become addicted. But there is no way to ...

Tiptoeing through Hillary’s America

Hillary Clinton's campaign platform has promised to change America in ways many of us vehemently oppose. Let us tiptoe through Hillary's America and see what is hidden behind the rhetoric.Hilary has promised to eliminate tuition for in-state students at public colleges. America is $20 trillion ...

ADHD drugs risky competition with opioids

When "Eddie" shared a story with his parents, and they repeated it to friends, it sounded amusing. But it indicated a growing problem: abuse of ADHD drugs. He and his friends were studying for final exams and, given the nature of college studies for many students, a night of cramming was on ...

National Recovery Month celebrated

Every year, during the month of September, National Recovery Month is celebrated.The purpose is to raise awareness about behavioral health conditions and promote the belief that behavioral health is essential to health, and that treatment is effective.People do recover from mental illness or ...

National Recovery Month: Getting a toe hold

If you visit the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) website, you can find a lot of information about National Recovery Month which traditionally is observed during the month of September. One of the links will take you to stories from people who have struggled ...

‘Through the Woods’ offers fun yet sincere look at meaning of family

SALEM - "Over the River and Through the Woods" is a heartfelt story of two sets of Italian-American grandparents as told by their grandson Nick.Nick, played by Paul Dahman, is an energetic young man of 29, who receives a promotion at work, and decides to take it, even though it means moving ...

Remembering a friend of the Salem Schools

My colleague and friend Al Hays, head custodian at Salem High School, passed away on Labor Day, and our school district is a lonelier place without him. No headlines on the nightly news, no obituary in national journals or newspapers reported Al's passing, but his legacy will extend for a long, ...

A community affair: Drug wars

These are not false truths: Lives matter. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Drugs kill.Here are some recent headlines:"Cincinnati had 78 overdoses in two days." (Salem News, 8-28-2016)"Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year." (Salem News, 8-27-2016)"Ohio County Seeks ...

Overdoses: Heroin and fentanyl combo

A conversation came up about the number of overdose deaths in Columbiana County. "And fentanyl is involved!" Maybe it's a good idea to take a closer look at fentanyl.Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid, defines the Drug Enforcement Administration. It's been around a while, since the 1960s and ...

Addiction: Why heroin?

In the 1960s, society was not as open as it is today. Everyone at school knew there were kids who "experimented," but nobody talked about it, and certainly people did not approach other students they were sure would not want to "try it." With the eruption of rebellion against "the ...

Steelers legend to attend this year’s Taste of HOF

CANTON-They might want use "Terrible Towels" for napkins at this year's Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The reason? For the first time in its nine-year history, a former Pittsburgh Steeler will be among the Gold Jacket guests.Demomti Dawson, class of 2012, heads an impressive foursome of ...