Each month, our staff shares their favorite “picks” of the month, whether they be TV shows, movies, books, podcasts, recent events, recipes they’ve tried, dishes from restaurants, places they’ve visited or a mix of a few.
I’ve avoided boredom during the pandemic by doing lots of hiking (while practicing social distancing, of course)! My boyfriend and I made it our mission to see as many waterfalls as possible, so we’ve been regulars at nearby state parks and state nature preserves. I’m sharing a couple of our favorite Stark County walks and hikes in this month’s “Summer in Stark” section on Page 27. We usually follow up that hiking with cooking dinner or baking a treat, and it’s made for some pretty great days off.
I’m not a big fan of summer weather in Ohio. It’s muggy, sweaty and many times, it feels like you’re wading through a swimming pool when leaving the air-conditioned office on a humid day. As someone who has naturally frizzy hair—think Monica from “Friends” when she visits Barbados—I’m not big on dealing with humidity. I prefer to spend my time indoors when the weather gets that torturous.
I may be in the minority, but when winter hits, I get excited to get outside. Whether it’s shoveling snow as soon as it’s fallen, walking on the Hoover Trail followed by a hot chocolate or running on the Towpath Trail, being outside is where I like to be.
Tina L. Biasella is the director of external affairs and community relations at Kent State University at Stark, where she oversees marketing, public relations, The Corporate University, special events and other nonacademic campus outreach functions through a team of administrative, professional and support staff.
Rich Desrosiers has been executive editor of GateHouse Ohio Media for the past 20 months. He’s constantly reading something, from books, magazines and newspapers to cereal boxes and even an occasional owner’s manual. He likes recommendations.
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