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Look Back: Fun and games in Parkersburg

How to be an early riser “I can’t get up early,” said a poor victim to his doctor. “Oh! Yes you can,” was the reply, “if you will only follow my advice. What is your hour of rising?” “Nine o’clock.” “Well, get yourself up an hour later every day, and in the course of a ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Seven at the Capitol

We are under two weeks out from the end of the 60-day 2019 legislative session, which means things speed up significantly now. In fact, toward the end of last week both the House of Delegates and Senate started having morning and evening floor sessions to keep the calendar of bills moving, ...

The ends do not justify the means, even for Trump

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Truth Seeker: Paranormal activity travel wish list

Just like every other person out there who is interested in the unknown, I too have a wish list of locations that I want to visit someday. Some I have more desire to visit than others. Some of the locations are not because of the paranormal activity but due to the unusual characteristics of ...

Rain forest infrastructure

I looked it up. To be considered a rain forest, annual rainfall in an area must be at least 65 inches. We’re not quite there — yet. But, according to the National Weather Service, in 2018 Parkersburg got 53.48 inches. So far in 2019, we’ve gotten about 10. Basements that have been dry ...

Liberty is under attack

Well isn’t it nice to see the return of the “Fairness group,” trying to incite the same militant, rowdy crowd that took over Parkersburg City Council chambers last year. Op-ed writer Jeanne Peters is a member of Fairness Parkersburg, serves as Steering Committee Chair of Our Children Our ...

It’s in the seventh inning…

It feels like we are in the seventh inning of a very long baseball game. The “game” is our annual campaign and the wind-up pitch was delivered back in September. Like a four-seam fast ball, we came out firing, energized and ready to go the distance. Our team was prepared, well-conditioned ...

Air travel on trips

I will share a few experiences as I and part of our family traveled to Las Vegas last week by air. First of all, traveling by air anymore is not as pleasant for many people as it used to be. You can leave me out on that, however, because I love to fly and don’t really care if I have two or ...

Get out slow cooker for some easy dishes

Get out your slow cooker once again for some easy meals that will make you fall in love with that appliance again with “3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook” by Drew Maresco. I haven’t used my slow-cooker for a while since my love affair with the Instant Pot began. But when I got this book, I ...

Member spotlight with Balsimo Strategic Marketing

This week, we would like to highlight Balsimo Strategic Marketing who joined our Chamber at the end of last year. Balsimo Strategic Marketing (BSM) may be a new member to the Chamber, but owner Mike Balsimo certainly isn’t a stranger to the Mid-Ohio Valley. After 13 years in corporate ...

Own it, then fix it

It seems like a long time ago in a career far far away. I was working for a Service Company on the Project Team for one of our large customers who was doing a major expansion. As part of this Team I got to sit in on my customer’s company meetings. This particular meeting is memorable to me ...

Thrillers to scare

A nightmare of a thriller that will keep you up all night — or possibly never sleeping again comes in C.J. Tudor’s “The Hiding Place.” You can’t go home again — or maybe you shouldn’t. Joe never wanted to come back to his hometown where his father and little sister were killed in ...

Why plants are green

Gaze across any late winter landscape as February winds down, and you’ll soon notice small patches of fresh greenery. Longer days, warmer temperatures, and frequent rainfall promote lush plant growth. Because plants — grass, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees — are such ubiquitous parts of ...

Beverly Elementary names Students of the Month

Beverly-Center Elementary School has named their students ‘Student of the Month’ for January. These students were chosen for going ‘above and beyond’ in demonstrating honesty: Kindergarten — Iziah McNight and Skyla Offenberger; First Grade — Taytum Skinner and Raylan Wickham; ...

Pat Carder writes article about Volcano

Pat Carder and Mike Naylor are spotlighting the historic significance of Volcano in eastern Wood County. Carder, of Vienna, wrote an article titled “William Cooper Stiles, Jr., and Thornhill Mansion” about oil boomtown Volcano and “the father of Volcano,” William Cooper Stiles Jr. The ...

Look Back: From park to beer pump, Fries livens up Parkersburg

Gusty Fries has a force of men at work making a road to his summer resort on the South Side. He will soon have the place in readiness for business. The Parkersburg Sentinel April 26, 1892 *** A resort Gust. Fries’ resort across the river will be opened to the public next Sunday, and ...

Public loses out when government makes it harder to find out what it’s doing

Reading public notice ads in the classifieds is about exciting as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary reading for some. In Carmel, California, a 99-year-old woman was able to stop the bank from foreclosing on her house after someone read the notice in the local paper and shared it with ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Six at the Capitol

As of Sunday, there are 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...

Education bill may have financial benefit for counties

The “omnibus education bill” that has made Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate so many enemies during the past few weeks isn’t what it used to be. House of Delegates members tinkered with a new and improved version — and there may be a lot for some area educators to like in ...

Reading makes a difference

I was small-talking with some folks the other day when the daughter of one of the women slunk toward us, having just recalled a homework assignment she needed to finish, and proclaimed “I hate reading!” My heart broke a little. How can anyone hate reading? But she wasn’t the only one; ...