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Comfort foods to enjoy in autumn season

What happened in Las Vegas this past week is beyond understanding. Of course, terrorism is a concept that is always hard to understand, and especially when it happens in our own country by our own people. What happens to people who want to destroy others even when it is destroying them, too? ...

Eating at four Greek Islands

This week I will tell you about our visit to four Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea — Paros, Antiparos, Naxos and Aegina —which are not on the top of the tourist list of the islands to visit, like Mykonos and Santorini. However, I must say that those islands are incredible and gorgeous and ...

Get cozy with mysteries

There are several new books out on the cozy mystery scene that will get you in the mood for the spooky holiday of Halloween! First is a story of a cat groomer who turns sleuth in “The Persian Always Meows Twice” by Eileen Watkins, the start of the Cat Groomer Mystery series. When Cassie ...

Bringing jobs back — do you believe?

Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or think you can’t you are right?” Mr. Ford understood that success starts with the belief that you can. As a high school soccer coach for over 20 years most of what I have to do is to convince my players that they can. They usually have the skill. ...

Chamber launching fun activity

I know everyone doesn’t like the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but in the Chamber world, it holds pretty true. My Chamber peers from across the state love sharing ideas and events that are working in their respective areas in hopes that another Chamber might find ...

Nature transitions

October brings predictable and noticeable changes to the natural world. Day-length shortens, and temperatures dip. The first frost is imminent. Reds, oranges, and yellows brighten the leaves on trees. Chipmunks cluck as they scurry about searching for food. Bird migration peaks. Nocturnal ...

Fort Frye Invitational held

The sounds of music filled the air around Beverly on September 23 as the Fort Frye Invitational stepped off. After an absence of several years, the Fort Frye High School Band and Fort Frye Band Boosters once again hosted a marching band competition. The Fort Frye Invitational was part of ...

Floridians thankful for shelter in Parkersburg

When Hurricane Irma roared toward Florida’s Gulf Coast last month, a family of five fled to Parkersburg. Sharona Robinson, her children Ja’Niya, 10, Za’Riah, 6, and Keyshawn, 5, and Sharona’s mother, Brenda Robinson, received a warm welcome in Parkersburg after leaving their home in ...

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Look Back: The opening of the railroad bridge

Photo notes: Saturday last [Jan. 7, 1871] was quite a gala day in Parkersburg. Besides the deep interest that was centered in the local election, our citizens were on the qui vive to witness the passage of the first engine over the mammoth bridge. It was given out that she would start from ...

Life Through the Lens: Not all experiments yield positive results

“All I’m trying to do is bring life into this house!” *** I am a big proponent of art. Movies, music, books, writing — you name it! If it can teach me, I am as willing of a student as you can find. I like to be challenged and strengthened. I want my movies to teach me something. ...

Back Issues — ‘Gifted:’ All in the X-Family

The world of the X-Men returned to the small screen Monday with the premiere of “The Gifted” on Fox. Neither the X-Men, nor their adversaries, the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants, are expected to appear — at least early on — but the show will feature multiple characters from the ...

Tolls become political hot potato

You have to feel a little sorry for Gov. Jim Justice, who has been painted into a corner by the West Virginia Legislature. Whether he likes it or not, he’s been handed authority that has become a hot potato regarding the Oct. 7 referendum on whether the state should sell $1.6 billion in bonds ...

Puerto Rico needs our help

Broadcast coverage of the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has been marked by a sharp divide. The folks in Texas and Florida will be struggling for months to come, no doubt; but the scene in Puerto Rico looks almost too much to overcome. It seems impossible that an American ...

Get in kitchen and relieve stress

The Fall Equinox is past and the final quarter of this year is starting. If you have not completed what you had planned for this year, you still have three months left to do it. Those are usually the busiest months of the year though, so take your vitamins and roll up your sleeves and take each ...

Enjoyable vacation, food

I am very excited to be back home after traveling and being on vacation for almost three months this summer. There is no place like home — I kept singing, “Country Roads take me Home” last week on my return trip to the states from Athens, Greece. This was my second trip this summer to ...

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Sisters create cookbook together to celebrate year

Owners of a popular blog take it to a new format — the cookbook with “Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters’ Stuff” by Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Steph, Lauren and Kendra. With chapters organized by month, the siblings share recipes, tips and ideas to bring a celebration to every month ...

Historical fiction brings a familiar face home

Something happened in our home that changed everything not too long ago. The “Hamilton” soundtrack was discovered. And no one has ever been the same. So it is with this in mind that we look at some historical fiction books, including one with Eliza! The story of Alexander Hamilton’s life ...

It’s time to fill the bird feeders again

If the weather forecasters are right, the October cool down should have begun by now. After days of unseasonably late September heat, I’m ready to concentrate on feeding my backyard birds. Here are some tips. The single food that attracts the greatest variety of birds to feeders is black-oil ...

American Legion chili cookoff nearing

The 8th annual American Legion Post 389 Chili Cook-off is coming Saturday, October 14 at 4 p.m. In this competition, the chili will be blind judged, meaning no one knows the identity of the cook, and scorecards will be based on 6 characteristics: Texture — the meat cannot be tough or ...

Pickering Associates joins partner program

Pickering Associates in Parkersburg joined our Partner Program in April of this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission,” says Wendy Shriver, executive ...