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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 ...

A message from the new city health director

To the great citizens of Salem and surrounding communities: I would like to start by saying that I am truly honored to be appointed as the new medical director for the Salem City Health District.   Having been raised in Canfield, it has always been my goal as a physician to return locally ...

Words from the Salem Health Commissioner

Dear Salem Citizens, Currently, in the state of Ohio we have 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus, nine of those cases being within a 70-mile radius of Salem. This number will continue to rise due to the recent availability of our state laboratory in Reynoldsburg, being able to test more people ...

Youth suicide: The Silent Epidemic

Parents hold their new babies and hope that they will be able to provide what their children are going to need, physically, emotionally, materially. New parents make a lot of mistakes with the first child because this is such a huge change from everything they have ever known. However, parents ...

‘Yes’ for renewal of Salem Parks and Recreation levy!

Pretty soon you will hear sounds like “hey batter, batter” and birds chirping melodic songs. You will hear laughter and cheers. Sometimes you won’t hear a thing which can very soothing in its own way. You will see folks using the nature trail. Some using the ballfields. Parents and ...

A glimpse of the plans for the Lordstown plant

It’s been about five years since I walked inside the sprawling Lordstown auto assembly plant that was, at that time, where General Motors workers built passenger vehicles. I was the Tribune Chronicle business editor at that time, writing stories about production of the then-hot selling ...

Hard worker or workaholic?

Several decades ago there was a television commercial brought about by a church regarding the importance of family connection. The mother and kids packed the camper, and when they were ready to hit the road on an adventure, they tricked Dad into getting into the camper, shut and locked the ...

Driving: Knowing when to give up keys

It’s a decision that none of us wants to face as we age – the decision to give up driving. An even harder decision is to take the keys away from a loved one who may no longer be safe behind the wheel. But as we age, the senses, reaction time and decision-making skills needed to safely ...