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  • Motorcycle club hosts ride to remember a Warren man

    Motorcycle club hosts ride to remember a Warren man

    WARREN, Ohio - Friends and members of the Warren community are mark the Easter holiday weekend with a tribute to a man who was fatally gunned down at a gas station last fall.Members of the Boogie Down Warren Motorcycle Club took to the valley's streets to raise money for the children Richard Rollison IV left behind. The 24-year-old died after he was shot at a gas station in the city in October.Instead of celebrating his 25th birthday Saturday, Rollison's father spent the afternoon with the bi...More >>
    WARREN, Ohio - Friends and members of the Warren community are mark the Easter holiday weekend with a tribute to a man who was fatally gunned down at a gas station last fall.Members of the Boogie Down Warren Motorcycle Club took to the valley's streets to raise money for the children Richard Rollison IV left behind. The 24-year-old died after he was shot at a gas station in the city in October.Instead of celebrating his 25th birthday Saturday, Rollison's father spent the afternoon with the bi...More >>
  • Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline.The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. That's the lowest rate since October 2008.The national jobless rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent last month.The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force - or the number of people working or searching for work - rose last month by 12,000.Overall, the number of unemployed res...More >>
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline.The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. That's the lowest rate since October 2008.The national jobless rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent last month.The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force - or the number of people working or searching for work - rose last month by 12,000.Overall, the number of unemployed res...More >>
  • Another Pa. school stabbing victim is improving

    Another Pa. school stabbing victim is improving

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A second critically-injured student from a mass stabbing at a Pittsburgh-area high school has been upgraded to fair condition.Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville said Friday that only one student there remains in critical condition and two are now in fair condition.Earlier Friday, another student was upgraded from critical to fair condition at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh.The student, identified by family and friends as 17-year-old Jared Boger, appeared...More >>
    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A second critically-injured student from a mass stabbing at a Pittsburgh-area high school has been upgraded to fair condition.Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville said Friday that only one student there remains in critical condition and two are now in fair condition.Earlier Friday, another student was upgraded from critical to fair condition at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh.The student, identified by family and friends as 17-year-old Jared Boger, appeared...More >>

Preparation is the key to a successful trip... and planning can make all the difference.

  • Involve your kids in the trip planning.  If your kids are old enough, let them help you plan the trip.  Teach them how to read a map.  Allow them to choose some of the stops (you may want to see the Ball of Twine... they may want to see The Toilet Seat Museum ).  Find a book they can read about where you're going.
  • Check and double-check everything.  Remember the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation"?  Could you relate when the Griswolds arrived at Wally World and found out it was closed?  Don't let this happen to you!  Figure out where you want to go and call to make sure you've got the hours, locations and availability all confirmed. 
  • When will you be leaving on your trip?  Your first instinct may be to get an early start, but, you'll want to be careful to avoid rush hour.  It doesn't do anybody any good to get up early and leave the house only to sit in traffic as you try to get on your way.
  • Work around your kids' schedules instead of expecting them to change everything for the big trip.  Think about setting out right around nap time or bedtime; the kids will sleep in the car and you'll have some peace and quiet.  If you leave during playtime or right after they wake up, you'll have restless kid with lots of energy to spend on your hands.

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