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Watching your cholesterol

In the world of plenty that we live in, we are exposed to and offered so many tempting and delicious foods and automatically we forget that so many of those foods are not good for us. We should know better and avoid many of the ones that are bad for us, but it is a natural tendency for many of ...

Make desserts the easy way with cookbook

A new book aims to make desserts that are tasty and simple with “Super Easy Sweets” by Natacha Arnoult. The second in the “Super Easy” series, this book has 69 recipes for desserts that will serve your sweet tooth and won’t be too overly complicated for novice cooks. Arnoult, a ...

Celebrate the wins with positive attitude

I learned from personal experiences a positive attitude is much more effective than a negative attitude when it comes to success. As a young manager in Ohio I inherited a facility that was one of the top revenue producers in the country. Our employees were proud of this and expected to succeed ...

Mid-Ohio Valley chamber seeking new team member

The only constant thing in life is change and the MOV Chamber is not immune to changes in our team. Megan Hardway, our Membership & Events Specialist, will be leaving in a couple weeks to take a newly-created position with Williamstown Bank. Please join me in thanking Megan for the great ...

Romance stories for fall evenings

There’s several new romance and women’s fiction books out now. A historic small town is holding some secrets in “You Belong with Me” by Tari Faris. Hannah Thornton lives in the small historic community, Heritage, and works as a realtor there, even though she may not be very good at ...

Many-legged creepy-crawlies

One of my first childhood memories is getting ready for a bath and finding a two-inch long “thousand-legger” in the tub. My reaction was to catch it and put it in a jar, but mom always grabbed some tissue paper, squished it, and flushed it down the toilet. If she had just scooped it out of ...

Getting to know the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature, the regional council promotes, advances and improves the community and economic well-being of the region. It has multiple programs focusing on community development, ...

School hacks for all ages to use right now

By now everyone is back in class and more or less settled into a routine. I saw these suggestions on Facebook — and many of you may have as well — and thought now was a good time to share them. Some of these are new ideas and some of them I have actually tried, so they aren’t exactly ...

Rev. Hyde named Hope Recovery Manor director

Hope Recovery Manor in Parkersburg received good news this week. The Rev. Shauna Hyde was hired as the executive director of the Market Street facility that will provide a two-year program for women recovering from substance abuse. And Hope Recovery Manor received approval for 501 (c) (3) ...

Look Back: Sportsmanship goes on the road

Another baseball club The Elberon Baseball Club was organized yesterday and is composed of boys all under 18 years of age. They are ready to play like clubs from Ohio or West Virginia, or any other state for that matter. The club is composed of the following members: Bert Silcott, c.; John ...

Life Through the Lens: 20 years of mischief, mayhem and soap

“The things you own end up owning you.” *** I was a normal teenager — and by “normal” I mean backward, embarrassed about everything, fixated on the wrong things, concerned about appearance, dumb-struck around girls, a tad too sweaty. You know the type. Sporting my pined-after and ...

Back Yard Gardener: Rosemary is a versatile herb

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The first week of September brings back some summer time heat as we continue the harvest from local gardens. Sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans are brought in fresh from the garden for great homemade meals and for canning and freezing to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The specter of Blankenship

We’re all waiting with anticipation, for as soon as tomorrow U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin might decide to hang up his congressional hat and try for a third term as governor of the great State of West Virginia. But Manchin’s decision might trigger the entrance of an unlikely candidate in the May ...

Bringing young people back home

If we West Virginians can just find a way to solve the riddle U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey put into words, we’ll be all right. Anyone want to take a shot at it? Bailey, of Wheeling, sat down for a long interview with the Wheeling newspaper. One question was why he has remained in ...

Football is back, so be adults

Football season is upon us — thank goodness. And whether you enjoy this time of year for the sports or simply the soon-to-arrive cooler temperatures, there are plenty of good things on their way: changing leaves, Halloween, pumpkin spice everything (if you’re into that). Let’s not ruin ...

Casseroles for company dinners

Casseroles are dishes that you can prepare ahead of time and bake them an hour or so before you plan to serve them. That makes it easy for a person and a casserole with a side salad, veggie you have a meal ready to serve. Depending on the cook and time you have, you can make a dinner simple or ...

Work with bread at home

Two new books are coming out Sept. 10 that will get you making bread at home for different lifestyles. For those following the Keto diet but still want some delicious bread there is “Keto Bread” by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger. There are seven chapters in the book, including an ...

Let your light shine

It was 20 years ago this month that we began teaching leadership to the seniors on our high school soccer team. We always talked about “senior leadership”. We assumed somehow when our boys became seniors they would figure out how to lead. I approached Bruce, the head coach at the time, with ...

Point Park concert series in review

With our last concert on the horizon, Downtown PKB will be wrapping up the 2019 Point Park Concert Series this coming Friday on September 6. Tom Watt, The Buffettman m the icon himself has been entertaining audiences around the U.S. and Canada, Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas for more than 20 ...

United Way set to launch campaign

Do you remember the early morning, night before the first day of school, nervous stomach feeling? I sure do! That feeling of jitters in the pit of my stomach. A hybrid of excitement and edgy anticipation. An eagerness to return yet the slightly apprehensive feeling that you weren’t sure ...