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Business grows in our downtown

Downtown Parkersburg has good news for all you toy lovers out there. Classic Plastics Toy Store opened its doors for business on Friday and greeted their first customers in their new retail space. The new toy store provides "toys for all ages" and is located at 406 Market Street.Store owner ...

Florida’s 2016 python challenge

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for a few fearless hunters. But if you're afraid of snakes, stay home.From January 16 through February 14, Florida will host the 2016 Python Challenge. According to FWC Public Relations Specialist Lisa Thompson, the purpose ...

Girl Scouts holding food drive

The Girl Scouts of Beverly and Waterford are holding a food drive from October 19 through November 13. The girls are asking all community members to participate in donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to help those in our community who are less fortunate. There will be ...

Trick or treat to be held on Thursday night

Trick or Treat will be held in Pennsville Thursday, October 29 at 6-7 p.m. Leave your porch lights on if giving treats. Weiner roast following at the fire house. Sponsored by Pennsville Volunteer Fire Department.Pennsville Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the ...

Value of labor unions

It was a dark and stormy Halloween night. Actually, it was a dreary March afternoon and hundreds of factory workers were sewing women's blouses for the last time at the Asch Building. Minutes before quitting time at 4:40PM, a roaring fire engulfed a scrap bin under a cutter's table. A scrap ...

Winter scarf: part two – Making stronger yarn

Not all of my spinning activities take place at my home.My spinning wheel is a mobile variety, wherein the large, wooden wheel is positioned under the device itself, and the pieces that help with the spinning are stationed above and slightly in front of the wheel.What was once a large piece of ...

Books for kids to fall in love with

It's kids' books week!A lazy dog has some crazy adventures in "Lazy Dave" by Jarvis.Like most dogs, Dave loves to sleep. But he does it everywhere - in the bath, in the laundry, in bed with Lilly, who wonders why he's constantly sleeping! As soon as Lilly goes to school, something funny happens ...

Spice it up with Indian cookbook

Home cooks can get a taste of Indian food with the new cookbook, "Made in India" by Meera Sodha.With more than 130 recipes, Sodha brings three generations of dishes to cooks with the advice to taste everything you make at the beginning, middle and adjust ingredients accordingly.There is a ...

Make list to keep track of your holiday chores

End of October already! And guess what - exactly two months and it will be Christmas Day! These two months will go even faster than the last two months, so get out your planning board and try to get an early start by listing what you HAVE to do, what you WANT to do, and when each item needs ...

Make list to keep track of your holiday chores

End of October already! And guess what - exactly two months and it will be Christmas Day! These two months will go even faster than the last two months, so get out your planning board and try to get an early start by listing what you HAVE to do, what you WANT to do, and when each item needs ...

Gardner supports PHS

Paul Gardner spent this week in Wood County talking to community leaders about the Parkersburg High School Foundation.Gardner's visit followed visits here last week and in September by Walt Eilers, managing partner of Gardner & Associates of Searcy, Ark., a company Paul Gardner owned ...

Female seminary comes and goes in Parkersburg

Hospital To CloseThe United States (Civil War) hospital in this place is to be suspended in a short time. Dr. Banks, surgeon in charge, to whom the country is largely indebted for his efficient and faithful service, is to return, we believe, to his home in Maine.Parkersburg GazetteJune 1, 1865* ...

Supergirl: Variations on a theme

"Supergirl" debuts Monday on CBS, and with multiple Supergirls throughout DC Comics history, the creative minds behind the show will have no shortage of material from which to draw.The best known version of Supergirl debuted in "Action Comics" #252 in 1959. She was Superman's cousin whose home, ...

Doing the Republicans a favor?

President Barack Obama seems incapable of merely savoring his victories in the knowledge they set the stage for new ones in the future. No, this president enjoys pushing his foes' faces into the mud once they're down.He did it after House Speaker John Boehner announced he is retiring. Some ...

Some stories of hauntings are true

October is here and Halloween is around the corner. This is a time when many ghost stories will be told by children and adults. Some may be tales that have been passed down through the years and have no truth to them at all. While others are true but too hard to believe. When it comes to a true ...

The Westerner: Classic Western TV shows — ‘Gunsmoke’

The longest running western in TV history was "Gunsmoke," with an unprecedented run of 20 years and over 600 episodes on the CBS Network.The show debuted on Sept. 10, 1955, and 6' 6" James Arness kept the rowdies in check around Dodge City, Kan., as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon. Other major cast ...

Oil industry’s boom, bust

Growing up, I was often a passenger in vehicles traveling through Sistersville. I don't know how many times I asked someone to tell me about why there were, in the midst of the working-class Tyler County I was used to, gorgeous mansions sticking out here and there. I would be told "Oh, those ...

Learn how to vote well

For years I've encouraged automobile drivers to have driver's licenses, gun owners to be trained in firearms, and physicians to have medical degrees. So, following that simple reasoning, I've decided to encourage the uneducated and uninformed to not vote, knowing many shouldn't because they ...

Recipes for cooler weather

Happy October! This has been such a beautiful fall season. Although the weather forecast has warned us that we can expect cooler temperatures soon, we can always hope we will have delightful days for a little while longer, at least. Of course, Old Mother Nature doesn't ask us what we want, ...

Get to homemade baked goods quick with new cookbook

Baking season is almost upon us and now would be a great time for new baking cookbook finds. Creator of the blog Bake or Break Jennifer McHenry has what you need with her new cookbook, "Quick-Shop-&-Prep 5 Ingredient Baking."In her introduction, McHenry outlines the plan for her book - ...