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Immigrants know how great America already is

What a shame it is that so many Americans don’t take real delight in our nation. With Independence Day just past, we ought to think enough about what the Founders gave us — and what our ancestors and, yes, we managed to hold onto for so long. How sad it is that so many among us have ...

Bureaucracy stuck in a loop

Modern technology is a wonderful thing, but sometimes you just need to unplug. I got a chance to do that for a few days last week and it was fantastic ... until it was time to return to reality. I had intentionally avoided reading the news, checking emails or texts — I didn’t want to worry ...

Vacation duties of grandparents

I am sure all of you have experienced duties like the one I am about to tell you about today. The last two weeks, our son and his family all went on a two-week vacation to Japan and Thailand. Right before they left, here the grandkids came to the house, bringing their pet fish for us to take ...

Cookbooks to make some summer treats

There are several new cookbooks out now that will teach you how to make ice creams, sorbets and fruit desserts for your summer parties! “La Grotta” by Kitty Travers features recipes for ice creams and sorbets from Travers’ ice cream shop in London. And these aren’t your usual cookies ...

Celebrate our independence and protect it

“Montani Semper Liberi” (“Mountaineers Are Always Free”). We cherish our freedom. Freedom is never free. There is always a price to pay. We celebrated the USA’s independence this past week. Americans had to fight and some died to gain our freedom and to keep our freedom for over 200 ...

Make an impact

What does impact look like? Last week on our annual day of action, we saw more than 350 of our neighbors out in the community giving their time and sweat equity to projects all over the community. They probably wore their shirts that said Live United. They were lugging shovels. They were ...

Cozies for July

There are several new cozy mysteries that are waiting to be read! First is the continuation of the Amish Candy shop series by USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower with “Toxic Toffee.” This time, Bailey is finishing up a shoot in New York for her cable TV show and heading home to ...

Getting wet and wild

Relief from the dog days of summer is as close as the nearest spring-fed stream. With just a facemask, a snorkel, and an old pair of sneakers, you can observe aquatic life on its own terms — underwater. Snorkeling is a great way to introduce children to the cool side of nature. First, just a ...

Summer reading wraps up this week

The Summer Reading Program at the Beverly Public Library ends this week and reading sheets are due by Saturday, July 13 for all programs. Baby Book Worms Lap Time for children up to age 2 meets Monday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m. Their final topic is ...

Women’s golf group celebrates milestone

Worthington Women’s Golf Association is celebrating its 70th anniversary with activities marking this milestone. The local women’s golf association, founded in 1949 and believed to be the oldest in West Virginia, will feature an anniversary theme at its annual “Fun Day” July 18. About ...

Look Back: Fourth of July celebrations

Fourth of July dinner Wm. Hart will set one of his nonpareil dinners on Monday next, to which lovers of good things may repair with the certainty of satisfying their gastronomical yearnings. Hart’s public dinners can’t be beat. The Parkersburg Gazette July 2, 1853 *** Glorious for a ...

Back Issues: Spider-Man swings back into spotlight

Another studio held the movie rights to Spider-Man as the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew around Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and (this still sounds weird) the Guardians of the Galaxy. But in the comics, he was — and perhaps on some level will always be — the biggest star. As part of an ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Making the grade in West Virginia

House Bill 206 was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, bringing an end to the education reform saga that started officially on Jan. 24 — a nearly six-month struggle. The governor was supposed to hold a couple of bill signing ceremonies today — one in Kanawha County and one in ...

More research needed, even amid rules pullback

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Where are you, Gov. Justice?

Communication is essential. That can’t happen, of course, if there is no one with whom to communicate. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s residence aside, I have heard over the past couple of years an increasing frustration — not just from reporters — about the difficulty in ...

Happy 4th of July

We celebrate the independence of our wonderful country and the birthday of the United States of America making us an independent nation. July 2, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress actually decided and declared America independent although we celebrate the occasion on July ...

Chamber answers who do I contact?

I do a version of this column every couple years and now that summer is just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to touch on these hints again. For the two of us that work at the Chamber office, we are honored that people think we know all the answers about everything going on in ...

See it as it CAN be

This week was the end of our three-week spring period where we as coaches can work with our high school soccer players. We got to see the boys that will be our freshmen in August for the first time. Our next opportunity is in August when fall practice starts. I haven’t seen most of our ...

Eastern Hercules Beetles found

Kids love dinosaurs. I did more than 55 years ago, and so did many of my friends. We collected and played with hard plastic toy models with long, hard-to-pronounce and spell names imprinted on them. Names like Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Plesiosaurus. The size, ferocity, and fear of real ...

Science fiction stories create stark what-ifs

Science fiction and dystopian worlds collide in the young-adult novel “Eve of Man” by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. One day, only boy babies were born. And this continued for 50 years, making it look like mankind was going to die out. Finally, one day, a girl baby was born, named Eve. Now, ...