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Place focus on your strengths

We have all heard that we should determine our strengths and weaknesses. Some people might tell you to focus on your weaknesses and try to fix them. The crowd that I run with says just the opposite. As a leader, work on your strengths to make them stronger. Find someone whose strengths are your ...

Backyard Gardener: Beets for the fall garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! It is amazing how fast the summer slips away. Many schools and colleges are back in session so I hope everyone got those last minute vacations in before now. As summer slowly fades (I am sure we have plenty of hot days left) our thoughts turn to ...

Plenty of mysteries to astound

There’s a lot of suburban noir stories going around to make readers wonder about their neighbors and friends! A woman makes herself into the perfect girlfriend for a man — so she can destroy him in “Jane Doe” by Victoria Helen Stone. Jane is a quiet woman at the insurance company ...

Signs of seldom seen summer insects

Insect population size is directly related to environmental temperatures. As springtime temperatures warm to reach summer highs, insects become increasingly abundant. Recall the drone of cicadas on hot summer days. Most insects thrive in summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar. Myriad ...

Teachers name award winners

With the 2018-2019 school year ready to kick-off, there’s still a group of students that finished the 2017-2018 with a ‘bang’ that need recognized. These 2nd grade students received honors from teachers Cathy Borich and Paige Greathouse: Most Improved — Edie Baker; Most Helpful — ...

Astorg retiring from Colonial House

As she prepares to retire as director at the Colonial House next week, Esther Astorg said the organization’s board of directors has been wonderful, “supported me all the way.” Earl Johnson, Colonial House Board president, said Astorg has been a “great blessing there.” Astorg of ...

Look Back: Progress in Parkersburg

Railroad meeting We learn that it is contemplated to hold a Railroad Meeting on Monday, provided our country friends can forego attendance upon those everlasting Constable’s Sales, long enough to attend to matters of really great concern to this section. Let the meeting be a ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Swift justice in Charleston?

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

West Virginia Supreme Court spending redefines extravagance

How is it possible for five people to spend $114,788 on picture frames during a seven-year period? Ask justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court. They did it. Criminal behavior by two justices has been alleged by federal prosecutors. One, Allen Loughry, is charged with 23 crimes and may be ...

Puerto Rico still needs help

A friend of mine threw an idea at us the other day. For her upcoming milestone birthday, she would like to combine her celebration with a chance to do some good in the world. Her hope is to take enough people with her to join one of the volunteer efforts in Puerto Rico, where officials are just ...

Future headline: Shale Crescent leads in income a third year

Imagine this headline on the front page of the Parkersburg News & Sentinel on August 12, 2025, just seven years from now; Fantasy? Not at all. It won’t be easy. Nothing good ever is. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it. You can do it!” I believe we can make this happen. For ...

Cookbook brings taste of Mexico, Amish Country

Back in July, I attended the Cookbook Extravaganza in Berlin, Ohio. A yearly event, it brings regional cookbook authors together to show off their popular dishes, sell copies of their books and meet and greet members of the community as well as those who travel just for the event. The ...

Time to go back to school children

I think we had a very unusual summer — it started from winter straight to a hot summer — not sure what happened to the so called four seasons. I think we actually skipped spring this year, which made the trees, grass, flowers and gardens as well as myself confused as to what was taking ...

Women’s fiction covers variety

Women’s fiction offers historical, fantasy and Amish stories of romance and adventure! Kelly Irvin returns to her Every Amish Season series with “Through the Autumn Air.” Mary Katherine is a mother to 10 children and a widow and has kept busy with all of her children, as well as her ...

Loving aquatic turtles in nature

I’ve always loved turtles. Since I was about 10 years old, I spent many summer days on foot or on my bike exploring streams and farm ponds near my home in southeastern Pennsylvania. Some days I’d get home for lunch, some days not. I loved getting wet on hot summer days; catching ...

Ice cream social planned

The 9th annual Ice Cream Social to benefit Special Olympics and the Beverly Masonic Foundation Charities is today, Sunday, August 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Dodge Park in Beverly. The menu includes all you can eat sloppy joes, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato and macaroni ...

Telling the story of a little red balloon

It was a perfect summer night in the hills of West Virginia. Graduation was always a sellout at the stadium in this one red light town. A tradition for years, the class would release balloons with tags that included their name and their dreams for the future. This time of year was always ...

Criss wins two of three prizes in golf ball drop

Vernon Criss won two of the three prizes in Monday’s golf ball drop during the 31st annual Camden Clark Charity Golf Classic, hosted by Camden Clark Foundation. Criss won the first-place prize of $2,500 and the third-place prize, a family membership to the Camden Clark Health & Wellness ...

Look Back: A couple of strong women come to town

A female slugger A big-fisted and big-bodied female, weighing not less than 250 pounds, came here a few days ago from Columbus, Ohio. Her name is Frances Rice and she is a dandy. Yesterday she went into a saloon, got a couple drinks and a cigar and went down street smoking like a volcano. ...

Life Through the Lens: How much is too much praise?

“There are two kinds of pain in this world: the pain that hurts and the pain that alters.” *** What’s the deal with praise? At times, it seems a natural craving. At other times, it seems insatiable and selfish. It can provide a healthy-boost when digested properly or a gluttonous-feast ...