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Slow reopening of Family Recovery Center

As the state of Ohio began to open up slowly this week, Family Recovery Center focused on its plan to open slowly while helping clients through, not just the Covid-19 crisis, but the opioid epidemic that has taken a back seat to the virus. The goal is public safety and the agency will operate ...

The stimulus Ponzi scheme

The government is giving us $1,200. What is not to like? But how many of us have contemplated where that money is coming from? There is a famous quote attributed to many different economists that tell the story. “The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not ...

Ongoing battles: Addiction and COVID

Does it really matter why a person has become addicted to something harmful to the human body? Isn’t the important thing when they reach out for help because they want recovery, to have their lives back? They live tenuously. Relapse is a very real possibility on any given day. But these days, ...

Exercise, it’s good for your health

Editor’s Note: Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

COVID-19: Lethal to our rights

In the movie “Kelly’s Heroes,” the character Oddball, played by Donald Sutherland, railed against his fellow soldiers’ negative waves. Oddball asked why they couldn’t say something hopeful for a change. Well I’m here to point to the silver lining of the COVID-19 scare. ...

Coping with a crisis

Think for a moment about how stressed you are right now. Our lives have changed so suddenly. Now think about the little ones and the teens in your family. How are they handling the stress right now? Gov. Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, are telling us ...

Working for Ohio during the coronavirus pandemic

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has changed every facet of life in a short span of time. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that unemployment for this quarter could rise to over 10 percent. According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nine ...

Preventing suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

BY JENNIFER THORN Director of Outreach and Community Relations, Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board We are living through a global pandemic, with no firm idea how long it will last, whether or not we or our loved ones will be infected by this virus (or worse, die ...

Working together to make a better place

Do you remember the effects of retirement on one or both of your parents? Some retirees love retirement and thrive. Others don’t adjust so well. Is it because they identify themselves by their jobs? And when they choose to remain in the workforce, how do they interact with the younger ...

Living during these stressful times

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Firestone Pavilions get a landscaping upgrade and new names

Spring is everywhere, crisis acknowledged and guidelines respected, but work at Firestone Park is continuing as we anticipate the Phase 1 projects from Terra Design Studios as well as sports courts work by HRG. It is wonderful to see so many residents walking around Mirror Lake and through ...

State Rep’s message: Been actively involved

As your state representative I believe it is important that the people I serve know that I have been, and continue to be, actively engaged in the battle against COVID-19 in Columbiana County. Due to my position, I have had the unique opportunity to be a part of the inner circle of high-level ...

A message from city’s new public health commissioner

It is an honor to be appointed commissioner of public health for the City of Salem. As the Director of Nursing, which is a position I will retain, I will continue to care for the residents of the city. As commissioner, I will serve the city to the best of my ability. As the Director of Nursing, ...

Pushing for victory – gardening can help

How are you holding up? The situation becomes more and more personal, doesn't it? But look around your neck of the woods. See the hope. It won't be long before everything is in full bloom. Red buds cluster on maple trees, daffodils and jonquils are in full regalia. Blackberries and ...

Salem Parks & Recreation asking residents for help

Schools are closed. Churches are closed. Banks are closed. Most businesses are closed. The Salem Community Center is closed. Restaurants are closed. Local clubs and organizations are closed. The Salem City Parks are open! Well, sort of. The coronavirus, COVID-19 is real, and it’s here in ...

Citizens should be represented not governed

Who decides? Is this not the quintessential question that the American experiment is attempting to answer? Are decisions made “by” the individual or “for” the individual? Is it the individual or is it the collective who decides how we live your lives, conduct our affairs, control ...

Technology helping with treatment

If you are a patient of Salem Regional Medical Center and its health care providers, you likely have a "follow my health" account. You can access your medical records, review the proceedings of your office visits, and communicate with your provider at any time. This is an example of ...

Guidance from County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board

With news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak everywhere, many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents ...

Getting a toe hold on the situation

The goal, starting out, was to address anxiety, fear, and alleviate some of the stress of the situation affecting the global community. Looking at online sources took a turn toward anxiety disorders, symptoms and treatments. Heavy stuff when the world – you and me included – is trying to ...

Beware the dangers of carbon monoxide

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...