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Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

PARKERSBURG — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it’s her front porch. “I love my front porch,” she said. “It’s a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I write. “I have this open-porch policy,” Parker said. ...

Christmas dinners set across the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...

Hope for the Holidays vigil set for Sunday in Marietta

MARIETTA — Sunday a pause in the holiday frenzy will honor the families who have lost a loved one to suicide. “The suicide awareness alliance has been around since 2010 but in the last three years we’ve really ramped up the services offered for what’s called postvention,” said ...

Camden Clark Medical Center honors lost loved ones with luminaria ceremony

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and the Camden Clark Medical Center Foundation Thursday held their annual Lighting the Way tree lighting and luminaria ceremony. The 10th annual event is an evening of honoring and remembering loved ones this time of year. Each candle ...

McGirr, Knopp to dance at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Velma Schrader is happy that two of her former students, Emma McGirr and Christian Knopp, will be returning home to perform in a Christmas holiday program at the Smoot Theatre. Schrader Youth Ballet of Parkersburg, with Velma Schrader as founder, teacher and artistic director, ...

Red Cross volunteers discuss their experiences

PARKERSBURG — Local Red Cross volunteers talked about personal experiences during a press conference Wednesday at the agency office in Parkersburg. “I think all the thank yous and hugs I got...It makes me feel so good,” said Susan Hughes, who was deployed to the Carolinas for Hurricane ...

Spirit of Giving fundraiser reaches goal, awards grants to local groups

VIENNA — The PM Company announced its 11th annual Spirit of Giving fundraising reached its $100,000 goal this year, with the total raised from the community exceeding $50,000. PMC is matching those dollars raised in the community, bringing the total to be given to local charities to ...

Marietta students visit The Arbors for Christmas caroling

MARIETTA — The reedy voices of children echoed softly down the hallways of The Arbors assisted living home on Seventh Street Wednesday afternoon as Washington Elementary School revived a Christmas tradition. The fifth-grade and kindergarten classes at the school walked to the facility, ...

Peoples Bank Theatre to present holiday events

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre will present a pair of holiday-themed events through the second half of December. Peoples Bank Theatre will present its annual Hometown Holiday celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the theatre on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta. Tickets are $12. Full ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers to present Christmas concert

PARKERSBURG — The Mid Ohio Valley Ringers will present their Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St. in Parkersburg. Admission is free but freewill offerings will be collected. The offertory will be a piano duet by Jimmy Sundquist and Jane Irvine. The ...

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Biana Ryan to perform at The Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg will host another appearance by America’s Got Talent winner and West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. at 8 p.m. Saturday at the theatre at 213 Fifth St. Murphy will be joined by fellow AGT winner Biana Ryan. Tickets are ...

Live Nativity opens Saturday in Warren Township

Live nativities provide more context to the biblical story of Christmas. “I think you really feel it in your heart, you’re more a part of the story when you watch and interact with a live nativity rather than just reading it in scripture,” said Amy Peckens, 69, of Warren ...

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Christmas Concert ATHENS — The Local Girls will perform their annual Community Christmas Concert at the Southeast Ohio History Center on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Local Girls, featuring Mimi Hart, Gay Dalzell and Brenda Catania, will be joined by special guest, local singer and songwriter ...

Junior League of Parkersburg meets for Christmas Brunch

VIENNA — The annual Christmas Brunch of the Junior League of Parkersburg was held at the Parkersburg Country Club featuring a review of the growth and achievements during the past year, according to Jane Burdette, president. The Christmas Brunch was organized by Priscilla Leavitt and ...

Indoor tennis tournament helps Red Cross

VIENNA — Greenmont Racquet Club will be conducting a charity indoor tennis tournament with proceeds going to support the American Red Cross. It will be held Jan. 4, 5 and 6, 2019, at the Greenmont Racquet Club in Vienna. This is a non-sanctioned event designed to provide local tennis ...

Marietta radio station hopes public stuffs annual Christmas Zoo

MARIETTA — One of the most precious things a parent can see is their child cuddling with a plush animal as they fall asleep. But for many families in Washington County, this simple pleasure is something they can rarely partake in. WMOA radio’s Christmas Zoo stuffed animal toy drive is ...

All Aboard: Grand Central Express adds new train

VIENNA — All aboard the new Grand Central Express. The owners of the miniature train that carries passengers around the mall recently put a new Wattman train into service during the Santa Arrival Parade. The colorful all-new Grand Central Express has realistic locomotive sounds, wheels in ...

Blennerhassett Hotel to host Gingerbread Festival

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 Gingerbread Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel kicks off a variety of tasteful — and tasty — displays beginning Monday and running through Dec. 26. The displays will be placed throughout the hotel’s public areas today in preparation for the ...

Sisters Health Foundation holds luncheon to honor community groups

VIENNA — A total of 63 organizations, programs and agencies were recognized Friday by the Sisters Health Foundation for their work this past year to complete projects and programs for which they received funding from the SHF. The annual Grantees Luncheon was held Friday at the Grand Pointe ...