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Casiha and Andy Felt take a ride on the Valley Gem this summer with their 3-year-old daughter Tilly.

Seize the summer: Still plenty to see and do while weather is warm

MARIETTA — Though there are plenty of days of summer ahead on the calendar, that summer feeling is coming to a close soon for families who will be back on a school-time schedule in just a few weeks. But it’s not too late to get in some last-minute trips, treats and warm weather ...

Marietta College receives historic paintings

MARIETTA — When Ben Wilton visited Marietta College’s Legacy Library in 2013 to donate a manuscript by Northwest Territory pioneer Samuel Prescott Hildreth, he was impressed with everything he saw that day. “Marietta College has a wonderful library,” said Wilton, who lives in Buffalo, ...

2017 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition

MINERAL WELLS — More contest results from the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition: Spitting Contest Male 10 and under • First: Josiah Swiger • Second: Jaxson Swiger • Third: Jansen Swiger Male 16 and under • First: Mason Chevraunt • Second: Dakota ...

Inland Waterways Festival slated

MARIETTA — The 2017 Inland Waterways Festival will be Aug. 5-6 at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. Held every two years by the Friends of the Museums in partnership with the Washington County Public Library, the goal of the free event is to educate the public about the historical, ...

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Stretching her left leg, Tara Foster begins a rehab session to help repair the left knee at the North Hills pool.

Change of Plans: Injury sends Tara Foster down another of life’s paths

PARKERSBURG — Tara Foster had a life plan. It was a good plan. It was a well-thought out plan. It was a helping people plan. It has involved: * Volunteer EMT and Level II firefighter with the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department for the last three years. * Joining the West Virginia ...

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Chief Warrant Officer five Mark Parr, right, receives a copy of the Command Chief Warrant Officer Charter from 8th Theater Sustainment Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, left, in April as part of the Command Chief Warrant Officer Change of Responsibility ceremony.

Parkersburg High School graduate reaches highest warrant officer rank

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Stories are often told of people who follow dreams ... dreams they have had for years ... dreams they have planned. Raised and educated in Parkersburg, Command Chief Warrant Officer Five Mark Parr, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, said he doesn’t fit that ...

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Linda McClead holds a copy of her new book.

Parkersburg church to host free health coaching, book signing event

PARKERSBURG — Dave Hawkins, owner of Mother Earth Foods, and lifestyle coach, personal trainer and author Linda McClead are offering a free Healthy Living Series event at First Christian Church of Parkersburg, 1400 Washington Ave., on Thursday at 7 p.m. Learn how a holistic approach and ...

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Instructor Alison Cressey, right, leads a group of students in a song and dance routine Friday at the Smoot Theatre’s annual Camp Vaudeville. The students will perform an original musical at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Smoot.

Students enjoy Camp Vaudeville at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Camp Vaudeville has taken to the water this summer, teaching kids about music, dance and the heyday of the showboat era. Forty-five students in grades 2-9 have spent the week learning song and dance at the historic Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg, said Smoot Director ...

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Families visit the giraffes at Hovatters Wildlife Zoo.

Two-hour Trips: Morgantown more than just college town

MORGANTOWN — Named “#1 Dreamtown in the Country” by, the greater Morgantown area is home to West Virginia University, the Cheat River rapids and more. Outdoor adventures are aplenty with ziplines and rafting. In Bruceton Mills is Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center, ...

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A variety of carnival rides and games will be provided by Gambill Amusements during the 2017 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Butcher Bend Road at Mineral Wells. This year’s fair runs from July 18-22.

West Virginia Interstate Fair to be held

MINERAL WELLS — The 2017 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will feature five days of live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair, which begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday, will also feature track ...

Youth Expo scheduled for July 21 at City Park

PARKERSBURG — The 10th annual Youth Expo will be July 21 at Parkersburg City Park from 4-7 p.m. Wood County youth ages 5-21 and their families are invited to attend the free event to learn about area resources such as education, recreation, health and wellness, and other services and ...

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Sweet corn ice cream and other flavors will be available, as well as other food, fun and entertainment.

Marietta Sweet Corn Festival opens today

MARIETTA — Corn on the cob, sweet corn ice cream and corn hole are just a few of the corn-related food and fun activities at this year’s Marietta Sweet Corn Festival. Today and Saturday, fans of the staple crop will gather in Muskingum Park in Marietta to listen to music, enjoy a magic ...

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Elvis Presley tribute artist Jim Forshey of Parkersburg will be performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 4, rain or shine, in Parkersburg City Park’s horseshoe shelter.

Elvis Presley tribute set for City Park

PARKERSBURG — Elvis Presley tribute artist Jim Forshey of Parkersburg will be performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 4, rain or shine, in Parkersburg City Park’s horseshoe shelter. The performance commemorates the 40th anniversary of Presley’s passing on Aug. 16, 1977. Admission is free. Bring a ...

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Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta will welcome back Missoula Children’s Theatre for the production of “Cinderella.”

‘Cinderella’ set for Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta will welcome back Missoula Children’s Theatre for the production of “Cinderella.” The production will feature local school-age children. The production begins with auditions on Monday, July 24, and culminating with performances on ...

Friendship Park block party slated

PARKERSBURG — A dedication of new improvements and block party at Friendship Park is slated for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the park in the 400 block of 13th Street. Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with comments from city officials. In addition to light refreshments, families will have an ...

Parkersburg man named national Sons of the American Revolution leader

PARKERSBURG — A local man will be taking on a national leadership role with the Sons of the American Revolution. Robert B. Fish of Parkersburg was installed Wednesday as vice president general of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution in a ceremony as the Society inducted ...

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Within the Cranberry Glades area, there is a 0.5-mile boardwalk which moves along the edge of bogs and a small wooded area.

Cranberry Glades offers scenic retreat

HILLSBORO — The Cranberry Wilderness encompasses the nearly 50,000-acre Cranberry Wilderness and within that huge expanse of land is a cluster of five small, boreal-type bogs called Cranberry Glades. Located in southwestern Pocahontas County, the 750-acre area of peat bogs is high in the ...

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Harpist Daza to perform at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be hosting traditional Colombian harpist Hildo Aril Agurra Daza today, as part of a multi-city tour. From 10:20-11:00 a.m., he will be leading a group lesson and short concert for the 30 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders attending Camp Creativity at the ...

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Military historians consider Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson one of the most gifted tactical commanders in history. A program on Jackson (portrayed by Doug Riley) will be presented at the July 20 Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley meeting.

Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley to meet July 20

MARIETTA — A discussion on the issues leading up to the American Civil War, from the perspective of a Confederate general, will be the focus of the next regular meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. July 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal ...