News, notes & opinions: December 2017

“What would you like for (fill in looming “gift-receiving” day)?” In a typical year, I hear that question three times (Father’s Day, birthday and Christmas) from family members, particularly from my children, because my wife knows asking for such guidance is a lost cause. Hey, a recent present was agreeing to go halvsies on a new stove. Perfection. (The idea and the stove! And the old one went to someone who really needed it.)

How nonprofits use virtual reality to tackle real-world issues

You meander around the supermarket loading a basket with goods—breakfast tea, sugar, milk. Along the way, though, you become befuddled. You struggle to recall the items on the shopping list. When you arrive at checkout, you discover several items in the basket that you do not recall picking up. Then it comes time to pay the cashier and you can’t seem to count out the proper sum.

Tips on raising charitable children

Many of us take the opportunity during the holiday season to reinforce to our children the concept of giving. But are we doing enough to make sure this concept gets woven into their everyday behavior? Sometimes it’s tough to involve children, particularly young ones, in charity.

First Taste: Menches Bros.

From the inventors of the hamburger, Menches Bros. has three locations, with two in Stark County. Stop in the Massillon location and try a Juicy Lucy Burger top with crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, lettuce and honey mustard ($8.39), or make it a combo with a drink and french fries (an additional $3.89) or onion rings ($4.89).