Local Columns

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 ...

Veterans need community support

All give some. Some give all. Some military veterans still suffer from the injuries, physical and mental, that they experienced while defending our nation, things that civilians may never really understand. Our warriors need support and encouragement to be at their best, physically and ...

GUEST COLUMN: November is good time to learn about lung cancer

By LEEANN JOHNSON Lung cancer is a brutal disease—and we can do far better in preventing it and detecting it early. Screening rates for lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.—are much lower than screening rates for other cancers. November is Lung Cancer Awareness ...

Family caregivers can’t do it alone

Generally speaking, when the term “family caregiver” comes up most people think about elderly who need help at end of life. But care giving isn’t limited to end of life issues. Think about the sandwich generation, the women and men who are taking care of elderly loved ones and raising ...

We need better schools not more spending

Strong schools, strong community. I doubt anyone can argue schools are an integral part of the strength of a community. The argument arises from how to achieve such a worthy goal. The United States already spends more per student than any other industrialized country on the planet, yet we ...

PLAY REVIEW: Salem Community Theatre rocks ‘The  Toxic Avenger’

In 1984, little known Troma Entertainment released a campy, grotesque horror film filled with comedy and over the top gore that for the most part went wildly ignored. “The Toxic Avenger,” a film centered on a mop pushing geek who gets pushed into a vat of Toxic sludge who comes out as a ...

Stigma: It holds people back from getting help

Taking time to pause and think before speaking is a good characteristic. It isn’t hard to understand people who give their harsh opinions whether they are well-informed or not. Case in point: Addiction. It is a disease, but it isn’t easy to get people to grasp why it’s a disease. They ...

Gear up for the Great American Smokeout

“Liz” hadn’t known what to say when the doctor told her why she was short of breath. She had been a smoker for a very long time when she stopped smoking 15 years ago. She remembers how she used to get into her car and go anywhere she wanted or needed to go. She scrubbed down the walls ...