Local columns

Bird’s eye view of reading

Whether on a beach, a cabin back porch, or even a hammock at home, nothing beats relaxing with an entertaining book on summer vacation. For the last 20 years I've favored mysteries and thrillers with conservation themes.It began with Gator Aide, the first in a series of wildlife mystery ...

A trip back to ‘use to be’

The taxi pulled up in front of the house. Startled for the moment as she looked out the bay window, she rushed to the front door. It couldn't be but here she was, from out of the past - someone as loving as a grandmother, as close as a mother, and as dear as a child. How could it be? She ...

Kindergarteners receive awards

Beverly-Center Elementary kindergarten students were honored at the school's end-of-the-year awards assembly for their achievements during the school year.In Mrs. Fryman's class, these students earned 10 out of 10 'Super Skills' during the year: Lucy Baker, Zachariah Holliday, Abigail Huck. ...

Pennsville seeing an active summer

The Church of Christ hosted a gospel sing July 17 in the evening beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone was welcome and refreshments served afterward.Pennsville United Methodist Church board meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.Pennsville United Methodist Women met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 ...

Church’s tomato crop gone

The inconsiderate actions of others have resulted in changes at First Lutheran Church's Community Garden.Volunteers recently discovered an unauthorized person or persons had picked all the large green tomatoes growing in the fenced garden, situated at 19th and Liberty streets in Parkersburg. An ...

Lighting Parkersburg was a gas

To gas consumersWe are requested to say to persons intending to use Gas, that the first few days after the gas is turned on in the pipes it will be very impure and unilluminating. Consumers will be compelled to turn it on at the burners and let a considerable quantity escape before it will ...

Ant-Man: The forgotten Avenger

Despite being a founding member of the Avengers alongside Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the Wasp (that's right, Captain America came later), Ant-Man's never been one of Marvel's stars.Heck, he even changed his codename to Giant-Man and added growth powers by "Avengers" #2, one of numerous identity ...

‘Bread and circuses’ nation

After most of what now is England was pacified by Roman conquerers, many of the region's inhabitants were happy to settle in as subjects of the empire. They adopted Roman ways, established cities for the first time in the isles, even learned Latin.Around 2,000 years ago, Publius Cornelius ...

Getting tricky with surveys

I got a call from one of those survey companies the other day. The very polite young woman on the other line was reading from a script with which she was not familiar, and started out by saying she had been trying to reach someone else at this phone number, but because the number has since been ...

Local partisan politics

Recently I attended a local Wood County Republican Party meeting to see how they were going to address some embarrassing leadership issues. While the meeting was decisive, I've now read that the issue is not settled and the chastised individual may well win the immediate battle on a state ...

Networking in unique ways

One of the challenges for every business person in our community is finding more hours in the day to do the "nice to-do" activities. If your weekly calendar is like mine, it's likely full of meetings and activities; many of these are "have to do" since it impacts your ability to get paid. Huge ...

Weaving table runner: part 13 – Finishing touches

The home stretch of any project is both rewarding and exciting. To me, finishing a weaving project is the ultimate crafting joy.When I have finally finished the piece and turned it into whatever it was made to be, I always feel a sense of accomplishment. Here is a piece of cloth that I created. ...

New Mexico — Land of Enchantment

My wife and I recently enjoyed eight days visiting friends in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jan Brydon and Terry Canup promised to show us some of their favorite places and feed us great food. And I hoped to see some great southwestern birds. Jan and Terry's beautifully landscaped backyard ...

New variety in women’s fiction releases

There's variety in several new women's fiction releases.First is a story of two star-crossed foodies in "The Coincidence of Coconut Cake" by Amy E. Reichert.Lou bumps into Al on the street as she is taking her fiance a coconut cake for his birthday.They exchange pleasant conversation and move ...

Pennsville United Methodist Women set to meet Tuesday

Gary and Joshua Sealock of Marietta were Monday night visitors at the home of James and Beverly Sealock.Wanda and Bob Mizer have been in the hospital and would like to hear from friends from our community.They would appreciate getting cards and letters to cheer them up. Their address is 910 ...

Beverly students receive awards

These Beverly-Center fourth and fifth graders were honored at the school's end of the year awards program by school principal, Megan Miller.Earning Perfect Attendance for the 2014-2015 school year were Astin Clark, Shannon Cooper, Stone Dixon, Sam Garvin, and Austin Powell. Earning Almost ...

Slaws and sides for your picnic, cookout

I hope you had a roaring good time over the Fourth of July weekend. The rain didn't seem to prevent all of us from the things we like best: parades, fireworks and food. The Fourth is a true day to celebrate all that is good with our country, and there are lots, in spite of what is going on in ...

‘Southern Gentleman’ brings home flavor

From Southern Living comes Matt Moore's "A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen."Moore, a food writer and Southern gentleman, tells stories of his background and family in Georgia and Mississippi, as well as his family's Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ancestry. Moore encourages more men to get in the ...

Troubled bridges over water

The Longest BridgeIn The WorldThere having been some dispute as to which is the longest bridge in the world, a correspondent was thus answered by the Scientific American, one of the highest authorities on such matters. "Parkersburg, W. Va., has the longest bridge in the world (the Ohio River ...

The Backyard Gardener: Japanese beetlemania

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Gardeners. As the rainy weather continues, I am reminded of the movie "Groundhog Day." The main character, played by Bill Murray, experiences the same day over and over. It seems the same in the valley, raining nearly every day like we are stuck in a holding pattern. The ...