John Mellencamp may be better known for his song, “Jack and Diane,” than for his painting, “Gun Control,” but his latest exhibit at the Butler Institute of Art’s Trumbull County branch may change that.
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People who go through the hard work of developing saving as a habit end up having a happy retirement, both mentally and physically.
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Baby Boomers may be concerned with the financial aspect of retirement, but they should also be concerned with the social side as well.
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Baby Boomers are starting to reach retirement age at the rate of 10,000 a day. Many are putting off actually retiring because of debt and loss of assets.
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For years, people in the Mahoning Valley and the rest of Ohio have been using Osage oranges to repel spiders. The spread of this fruit from the West to the East is a direct result of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in the 1800s.
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Across the nation, parents are re-evaluating their children’s participation in youth football especially after the reports of concussions and brain injuries on a professional level. Pop Warner Football reports a decrease of 9.5 percent in players from 2010 to 2012.
Tree farms in the Mahoning Valley offer many options when it comes to the centerpiece of Christmas decorating. Whether they are sold by the foot or by the tree, these evergreens are a fixture for many families.
While retailers get all the attention when it comes to holiday sales, other businesses get a surge of customers as well. Mahoning Valley butcher shops see sales increase by 35 to 40 percent from right before Thanksgiving right up into the New Year.
During the holidays, retail stores in the Youngstown area go on a hiring spree. At Southern Park Mall in Boardman, J.C. Penney increased it’s number of workers by about 85 percent, while others, such as Dillards, hired 10 percent more workers. Besides an added boost to their wallets, these employees may find themselves with jobs after the holiday season.
While the National Retail Federation projects a 3.5 percent increase in sales this holiday season, local retailers at Eastwood Mall in Niles predict the actual gain to be between 2 to 3 percent, although they would welcome more.
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