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‘Chasing Ice’ documentary is compelling

“Chasing Ice” is the best and most important documentary you’ve probably never seen or even heard of. Period. For years I’ve been debating climate change with deniers who simply will not listen to science or reason. My best strategy has been to ask them to google aerial photographs of ...

This week at the Beverly Library

Fall activities are continuing at the Beverly Library. Wednesday, a very basic introduction to the E-Library will be presented. A look at the available databases will be covered as well as use of the on-line catalogs and digital downloads. The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. The Snap-Ed ...

Pink by Poolside expands party area

This year’s Pink by Poolside fundraiser on Sept. 8 in Vienna will be even bigger and better — thanks to Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi. The Ghodsis, as hosts, requested the fifth annual event be moved from its previous Thursday night date to Friday night to attract more people at the start ...

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The Midgets baseball team was formed in the spring of 1904.  It was members of the Midgets who were arrested for playing ball on Sunday. Shown in the photo above is Archie Cook. The Cook family was well represented in the first decade of the 20th century when in addition to Archie, his brothers Lynn, Roland, Lee, Bob and Dan all represented themselves well in league play.

Look Back: Putting an end to Sunday baseball

No Sunday ball at the City Park Yesterday some ball players went to the City Park to play the only game. Every Sunday, almost, during the season, the boys of two local teams have played ball there with precedent in their favor. It may be wrong to play ball on Sunday, but whether it is or ...

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Back Issues: Lockjaw — Canine could be ‘Inhumans’ star

ABC’s next Marvel series, “Inhumans,” won’t premiere on TV until the end of September, but the first two episodes will actually debut Friday in IMAX theaters. That’d be even cooler if the nearest IMAX theater wasn’t in Grove City, Ohio, but it still gives me an excuse to write ...

Getting over ‘fake news’

Whatever happened to the news? These days, it seems most people believe much of what is printed, broadcast and posted is “fake news.” What is, or should be, troubling is the dichotomy regarding what constitutes “fake news.” One faction of Americans, tens of millions strong, regards ...

A change in perspective

When was the last time you heard someone say “There is so much to do here!” “This is such a nice area, the people are wonderful, and there are so many volunteers involved in all of this?” It’s probably been a while, but if you had been sitting near me at the pizza lunch after the ...

Op-ed: Internet access is essential

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. ...

Bringing jobs back — Location

The Mid- Ohio Valley has a lot of economic advantages that many people may never have thought about. We are close to half of the markets in North America. New York City, Toronto, Chicago and Atlanta are all within a day’s drive. What this means is that if you make a consumer product the cost ...

Mountain River Physical Therapy talks about goals

This week, we would like to highlight a third year MOV Chamber member, Mountain River Physical Therapy. Mountain River Physical Therapy has been an active member since joining, becoming involved with our Chili Cook-off event and our Partner in Education program with Parkersburg Catholic High ...

Back to school with cookie recipes

Wow! What a show we got on last Monday! I didn’t get much accomplished with watching the sun and the moon on TV. Those who traveled to one of the areas where there was total eclipse had an experience they will remember the rest of their lives. In the 70s, husband Norm had experienced a ...

How about ‘kabobs’ for dinner?

Looking for a way to make a simple yet special dinner entree? Kabobs are not only easy and quick to fix, they are fun to make and very tasty also. Plus they can be used in many different ways from appetizers, desserts or for a main dish. You can make the kabobs look very attractive also by ...

Books for kids to learn and enjoy at home

As kids go back to school, now is the time to look for books for reading lists and enjoyment. *** The New York Times bestselling series Who Was continues with our now infamous forefather in “Who Was Alexander Hamilton?” by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso. A biography for the middle-grade ...

Difficult to find some marsh birds

It’s impossible to prove a negative, but not finding something does not prove it is absent. For example, at least one species of rail (an elusive group of marsh birds that are notoriously difficult to find) can probably be found in large cattail marshes. But good luck finding one. Rails, ...

‘Happy Trails’ event planned

The Beverly United Methodist Church Women will hold their annual women’s retreat Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Beverly United Methodist Church, 700 Park Street, in Beverly. This year’s theme is “Happy Trails.” The day will feature workshops, speakers, and a ...

Ohio stadium named for Paul Starr

The Newark High School football stadium in Ohio has been named after Parkersburg native Paul “Hoss” Starr. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, just before the Newark vs. Mount Vernon high school football game, a ceremony will be held to dedicate Paul “Hoss” Starr Stadium at White Field. White Field ...

Photo from the 1913 Commencement issue of “The Quill”
1913 Senior Class Officers of Parkersburg High School, from left,  Edmund J. Crowe,  Eva Hall,  Francis S. Gibson, and Charles Daniels. This would have been one of the last classes to graduate from the high school at Seventh and Green streets. There were 64 graduates that year. In October of 1913, two photographs were taken of students in front of the school.  One was a panoramic photo and the other was a “moving picture” photo that was to be exhibited in a local theater.

Look Back: Need for new high school acknowledged

At last! After many, many attempts to convince the Board of Education of our need for a new High School, it was brought very forcibly before them when the sub-freshmen were ready to enter in February, and there was no place to accommodate them, so they have decided upon a $300,000 bond issue ...

Life Through the Lens: Comedic genius in a jester’s suit

“It’s no good. You’re a person, and I’m a people.” *** Growing up, for me, Jerry Lewis was it. He was the pinnacle of funny – the apex of comedy. I have many fond memories of going to Blockbuster - you know…that place with all the VHS tapes! The place was always a minor-Mecca ...

What’s good for Jim Justice…

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

Truth Seeker: Ohio State Reformatory explored

Over the past several years I have visited numerous locations in search of paranormal activity. So I am always looking for more locations and enjoy hearing the stories around it. I know some places are out of my range of being able to visit due to different reasons but I still like to listen to ...