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Red squirrels: Six ounces of nastiness

A walk through an evergreen forest on a cold late fall or winter day calms the soul. Wind whispers through the limber boughs overhead, and the fragrant aroma of conifers completes the experience. In such settings, I usually find a log, sit, and drink in the scene. Often, however, a loud ...

Beverly ready for Christmas

Beverly is ready to kick off the holiday season tonight at 5:30 with the Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade. The parade forms at Waterford High School at 4:30 p.m., steps off at 5:30 p.m. and ends at Dodge Park.   The park lighting ceremony will follow the end of the ...

Downtown prepares for Winterfest

Downtown PKB is gearing up for the holiday season and preparing for the second annual Winterfest. Winterfest helps to promote downtown and the great businesses and culture we have to offer. Winterfest has been created to draw people to downtown for an evening of family fun. Several downtown ...

The Butterfly Garden

He roamed the many rooms of the beautiful mansion in a drunken stupor day after day and disappeared for months at a time.  He had a son, a son born without the use of his lower body – the same little “bastard” that had taken the life of his beautiful wife in childbirth.  “So God”, ...

Airfield proves an important resource for Wood County

Wind-sock Flying is fun, is what two Akron girls announced when they nosed down onto the Parkersburg municipal airport here last Saturday afternoon. Both held private licenses and each took turns at the controls of the plane. It was a high-wing, cabin monoplane, a two-place, tandem job ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Trump supporters rich with grievances

It has been said and written that Donald Trump was elected president by “forgotten” voters tired of Americans being pushed around by leaders of other countries. I don’t think that gets to the heart of the matter. Tens of millions of Americans voted for Trump and others would have if ...

Some streaming recommendations

We all are fans of “Making a Murderer” and “Jinx.” I think. You’re not? Check out the first one, as it is streaming; the second one is, too — I think — but you might have to have a pay channel, too. I like documentaries just fine, and here are three that I particularly like. If ...

Don’t give up after an uneventful visit

When seeking out the unknown I usually do not take someone with me that has not been around the paranormal very much. The reason is because I am uncertain as to what they may or may not do if they encounter something out of the ordinary. Perhaps they will overreact to the floor creaking or ...

So many books, so little time

A friend of mine invited me to take part in a social media effort to circulate books — pick one well-loved book and send it to a stranger. Sure, no problem ... but just one? I’m not the kind of person who can name my favorite book. Just can’t do it. How do I choose the one I want to ship ...

Build the wall and drain the swamp

My father used to say, “Son, never let them see you coming ...” Mr. Trump, president-elect, was indeed incognito as he swept through traditionally Democratic states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Indeed, nobody saw him coming! In the ...

Give thanks for holiday

Thanksgiving Week! Have you looked at the Cookbook? There are so many neat recipes for you to try, but don’t do all of them this week or you will be too tired to shove that turkey into the oven! Try to pick one or two for the big dinner and keep the rest until you have more time. It is a ...

Happy Thanksgiving ‘y’all’

“Y ALL”  do I sound like a southern lady like Paula Deen  (who is one of my favorite cooks) or like a Greek southern lady? I admit I do have an accent and better learn to accept it because it is here tp stay. All that really counts is if you can understand me. Next Thursday is ...

Books are a good holiday gift for kids

Now may be the time many are starting to think of holiday gifts and what better gift for the kid in your life than a book? A princess who just wants a pet keeps having a funny problem in “The Princess and the Frogs” by Veronica Bartles with illustrations by Sara Palacios (HarperCollins, ...

It’s time for Project FeederWatch again

Cornell University’s Project FeederWatch, sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, is one of the continent’s most popular citizen science projects. New volunteers are always welcome. FeederWatch project director Dr. Emma Grieg, reminded me recently via phone that anyone can participate. ...

Beverly-Center honors veterans

Students at Beverly-Center Elementary School honored veterans at their annual Veterans Day assembly on November 10. Presentation of Colors began the program, led by members of Russell Chadwick Post 389.  Participating members were Steve Wainwright, Dennis Walburn, Tom Leach, Vic Smith, Jerry ...

A one-eyed biscuit

It had been ten years since his dad passed…an old truck driver until his dying day.  Not a day went by, as he drove up and down the interstate, back roads, and side roads, that he did not think of Pop.  He went to kindergarten in the front seat of his Pop’s “Big Red” and spent every ...

Time to celebrate with awards banquet

This year’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet for the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with social time, followed by dinner and the awards presentations. Members and friends of ...

Clay paves way for Parkersburg

Where are the bricks? The Council laid the curbstone for the Kanawha street pavement long ago, but for some reason the bricks have never made their appearance. Can’t the City Fathers compel the property holders to do their duty and put the pavement down immediately? The Parkersburg ...

Back Issues: New identity for Jimmy Olsen in CW’s ‘Supergirl’

James Olsen made his costumed debut as the Guardian this week on the CW’s “Supergirl,” joining a long line of journalists who moonlight as superheroes. The first and most famous of course is Superman. The last (more or less) son of Krypton has been making the news as Superman and ...