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Backyard Gardener: Healthy transplants for a high yield garden — part two

It is important to consider that some crops do not transplant well. Generally speaking, root crops such as turnips, beets, radishes, and carrots need to be direct seeded. Gardeners usually do not benefit from starting fast growing crops, like peas, cucumbers and summer squash indoors as these ...

Backyard Gardener: Healthy transplants for a high yield garden — part one

Hello Backyard Gardeners and Farmers! It is hard to believe Memorial Day has passed and summer has officially started. Although April was cold and wet May has more than made up for it. It seems that summer hit the second week of May and we skipped spring altogether. I am sure many of you ...

That forgotten legion

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

Where have all the soldiers gone? I asked myself this morn. There must be a reason, so quiet, so still. I look out my window and listen for the drummers rolling beat. Not even a tent Or marching of a single soldier’s feet. And then I see a sunray from the corner of my eye. A ...

A collection of thoughts

Maybe it is the warmer weather and the pollen-coated cars; maybe it’s the switch in gears that we all make when the school year is over — even those of us who have been out of school for (ahem) years ... but my mind isn’t staying very long in one place at the moment. Here, then, is a ...

The power of good policy

For those who feared that partisanship and politics always trumps policy in Washington, I have good news! Thanks to the power of grassroots advocacy and the support of pro-community bank elected officials, including every member of our West Virginia Congressional delegation (Sens. Capito and ...

Barbecues sauces and marinades for grilling

HAPPY MEMORIAL WEEKEND! This is the “real” beginning of summer, the season of the year students and teachers alike have been looking forward to since Christmas. The rest of us just look forward to warmer days and summertime in general. This is a very busy weekend for so many folks and a ...

Homemade pies for your friends, family

Anyway you look at it, a piece of pie is a terrific treat - either if it is traditional, old fashioned or unusual and deliciously different. The wonderful wedges delights people and their taste buds. If you try the recipes of the pies below, your family and company will flock around the table ...

Chef brings family-friendly meals

Jenn Segal, a culinary school graduate and chef in several restaurants brings her skills home for with 100 recipes that families will enjoy in “Once Upon A Chef.” Named after her popular blog, these chef tested and family approved recipes will bring flavor with easy-to-find ingredients to ...

Kicking off summer in downtown Parkersburg

We are less than a week away from kicking off this year’s Point Park Concerts on the River and our signature event — Taste of Parkersburg. The Point Park Concert Series is a free-admission concert series located at Point Park in Downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia. Hosted on the first ...

How is our first impression?

In January, when we were in Japan, one of my first impressions was how clean the country was. The city of Tokyo alone has over 14 million people. This compares to slightly over 2 million people in the entire state of West Virginia. I expected Tokyo to be like New York or other large American ...

A mixed bag of books

Start preparing for summer with a few new books! #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz continues her series about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler in “Love and War.” In the second part of the series, the Revolutionary War is going on just as the pair are married ...

She’s the Lord of Flies

As days get warmer and summer approaches, many natural events are inevitable. Birds nest, bullfrogs bellow, and bats patrol our backyards at night. Another certainty is that insects become a dominant life form. Most are harmless, but a few can make life miserable. Today let’s focus on ...

Remembering importance of Memorial Day holiday

So, Memorial Day weekend is here. Just what does that mean for you? The unofficial beginning of summer? For students around the area, it signals the end of the school year and the beginning of almost 3 months of ‘freedom’. How about pools, parades, and special sales? It wouldn’t be ...

Nehlen, Pruett tee up at Parkersburg Country Club

Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett are expecting big things from the West Virginia University and Marshall University football teams this season. As the winningest football coaches at their respective universities, Nehlen and Pruett have a keen eye for successful football teams. Nehlen, with 149 wins ...

Look Back: Rural Cemetery Month coming to close

As perhaps began with the California “gold rush” in the 1849 and continuing into the 1930s and 40s, when families relocated for employment or opportunity purposes, too often, entire families left this area. Their leaving left the care of early burial grounds to others. The “others” ...

Life Through the Lens: Ray Bradbury’s future has arrived

“I don’t talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.” *** My first literary addiction was Michael Crichton. As a 12-year old, there was no other author in the world. Literally. My expanding shelf had one author and one author only. Michael Crichton was literature for me. His grip ...

Back Issues: Deadpool brings old friends to film

Deadpool is back in theaters, along with two of his longtime comic contemporaries — Cable and Domino. In “Deadpool 2,” the Merc with a Mouth forms a team called X-Force to stop Cable, a time-traveling soldier. That’s almost a full 180 from the comics, in which Cable debuted with a ...

Consider message sent by votes

Years ago, when approval of tax levies for public schools required 60 percent of voters to say yes, the $42.2 million bond issue for Ohio County schools would have squeaked through — barely. Under the new rules, requiring only a simple majority of votes, the bond issue won handily, ...

Some advice for graduates

Hello, graduates! (Or soon-to-be graduates). Are you tired of getting advice yet? Too bad. High school grads, it’s time to go become you. Don’t let someone else’s idea of the perfect college experience, or what makes THEM happy, weigh you down. Don’t let anyone tell you the next ...