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Truth Seeker: Get permission before exploring

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are up and decorated, houses are covered with lights and yards are filled with blown up characters. The Christmas Spirit is in the air. Children are behaving their best in hopes that Santa will leave them a gift. People will scan the sale fliers ...

A Christmas Blizzard gift

Christmas past isn’t always a ghost. Sometime it is alive and well in the memories of those who keep telling their stories —keep reminding us about the true joys of Christmas. Last week, a gentleman named Harold Eaton, 88, of Vienna, stopped by my office. He’d been going through some ...

Defining ‘alarmism’

On Dec. 9, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel published a piece by syndicated columnist, Mona Charen. Ms. Charen spoke of climate alarmism and how many environmental and climate activists were resorting to fear-based tactics in their climate and environmental messaging that are over-the-top and ...

Experiencing a Christmas miracle

Christmas miracles come when you least expect them! This week started out like any other in our office. It’s approaching year end, we have less than 100 days until the annual campaign closes, we have two major fundraising events on the near horizon, the agency funding cycle is about to begin ...

Is generosity your calling this season?

We all have so much to be thankful for and this is the right season to show your generosity, especially during this Christmas season, but also practiced all year round. Christmas is a time of excitement, sharing and giving, and be sure to look around and count your blessings plus be ready to ...

Make your family a cheesecake at home

Now is the perfect time to try out a sweet treat that you’ve always wanted to make. And “The Cheesecake Bible: Second Edition” by George Geary has 300 recipes for you test! Included in the book are recipes for no-bake, vegan, gluten-free and more from the bestselling author and ...

What a team!

This was an important week for Shale Crescent USA and our Region. We had our first company visit from our marketing efforts. We have had other companies visit from the leads of Jobs Ohio, AEP or the WV Development Office. They got the lead and we supported their efforts with our Study and other ...

Mysteries for holiday gifts

For those who enjoy a good mystery, there are several new ones for gift giving! First Margot Hunt tells a chilling tale of a marriage and a family in “For Better and Worse.” Natalie and Will met back and law school and have had 15 years of marriage, some of them rocky. But their family ...

Shortest day of the year

The first day of winter, December 21st, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night. The good news is that days get just a bit longer each day thereafter. The first day of winter is often called the winter solstice, but the solstice is actually a moment in time, not an entire ...

Second Polar Express Run deemed a success

The second annual Polar Express 5k Fun Run and Walk was held Saturday, December 1. More than 100 racers braved the cold, rainy day to take place in the event. Winning racers were: Women to age 18: Denise Young, Ana-Sophia Beardsley and Emma Miller; Women 19 and over: Cathy Borich, Phyllis ...

Teddy bears to be tossed at basketball game

Fans are invited to throw new teddy bears and other stuffed toys onto the basketball court at the Parkersburg High School Fieldhouse on Dec. 22. The toys will be gathered up and given to children at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. Parkersburg’s version of the teddy bear toss will ...

Look Back: On the hunt in Wood County

Game is said to be very plentiful in the picturesque hills and vales of Wood County, and rabbits and possums tempt the rural youth in every copse and clearing. Both game and furs find ready sale at good prices in our market. The Parkersburg Orthopolitan Dec. 26, 1874 *** Sabbath ...

Back Issues: ‘Spider-Verse’ infested with wall-crawlers

How many Spider-Men and Women does it take to save the day? According to Sony’s new animated feature, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and recent Marvel comics, a lot. While Peter Parker will naturally play a major role, the film is shifting focus onto Miles Morales, a younger ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Appointments and commissions

It looks like with several appointments last week that Gov. Justice has mostly a full deck to play with now. Anyone who has been reading my work knows the topic of having a secretary for the state Department of Commerce has been a focus of mine. In a state with an abysmal, but improving ...

Release of names just beginning for church

Among the tragedies of the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Roman Catholic Church is that trust in the institution can be restored only by adding names to the lists of predator priests being released all across the country. Undoubtedly, some of the clergy responsible for ...

Rethinking Christmas gifts

I had an idea the other day, as I was cleaning out a closet and found an unopened gift received probably more than a year ago. How much have Christmas and birthdays become about the gift-givers showering someone with more ... stuff ... than they could ever want or need? I started rooting around ...

Beware of package deliveries to home

This time of the year with all the shopping that takes place with Christmas right around the corner, it becomes a big competition between various online companies. Many companies offer a variety of items that you cannot find in local stores, and also at a discounted price. Many enjoy this ...

Greenspan brings cooking her way

Five-time James Beard award winner and author of thirteen cookbooks Dorie Greenspan brings a new cookbook just in time for the holidays, “Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook.” Written as a book for how she cooks for family and friends, in the introduction, Greenspan says the recipes are ...

West Virginia University at Parkersburg joins Downtown PKB program

West Virginia University at Parkersburg joined the downtown PKB Partner Program earlier this year. Downtown PKB’s Partner Program is “designed to move our organization forward into the future in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our ...

Having a global impact is possible

Is it possible for a small non-profit organization based in the Marietta- Parkersburg area to have a GLOBAL impact? YES! We know that when the Shale Crescent USA IHSMarkit Study comparing an Ethane Cracker built here in the Shale Crescent Region to one built on the US Gulf Coast was released in ...