Local columns

Health department inspects facilities

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly series of articles about programs at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The articles are written by the health department. *** PARKERSBURG — One of the many ways the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s Environmental Health Program works ...

Shower mom with books

Shower mom with some romance books in a variety of genres! A woman feels a bit ‘Gone with the Wind’ as she moves to Ireland and must choose between two men in “You’ll Always Have Tara” by Leah Marie Brown. Tara Butler (heh heh) is a spoiled Southern belle who finds herself ...

The best of migration

Choosing the best of anything is both subjective and debatable. I consider the following birds the best of spring migration because: 1) they are easy to see, 2) they are easy to identify by sight and/or voice, and 3) they are spectacularly beautiful. Scarlet tanagers top my list because they ...

Beverly-Waterford pool kicks off season

The Beverly-Waterford Community Pool begins its season May 26. Hours of operation will be daily from noon until 5 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday during the months of July and August. Daily admission to the pool for children 4 and older is $4, with children 3 and under ...

Jazz replacing historic garden tour

The Julia-Ann Square Historic District has canceled its Victorian Spring Home and Garden Tour & Tea usually held on the first weekend in June. In its place the first Julia-Ann Jazz event will be 6-9 p.m. June 2 at 112 13th St. in Parkersburg at the historic district home of Bob and Melissa ...

Look Back: Passing of families leaves no one to tend graves

The following was written by Wood County historian and genealogist, John A. House, 1854-1938: “Since a child, I have had a fancy for visiting the Silent Cities of the Departed ‘where heaves the turf in many a moldering heap’ and where from time to time, are gathered back to the bosom of ...

Life Through the Lens: Marveling at a comic book vision

“The hardest choices require the strongest will.” *** Consequences. There I was, seven years old and in a rage. I had lost my girlfriend — the love of my life, the reason for my existence, the air beneath my adolescent wings. I had her, but she was stolen from me. Stolen by one that I ...

Thoughts on 2018 theater festivals

Editor’s Note: David Grapes is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School, Glenville State College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has worked in and written about professional and academic theater for the past 40 years. Grapes is director of the School of Theatre ...

Primary just the start of Manchin’s fight

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., should be very concerned about two numbers showing up in public opinion polls regarding the Republican nomination for the Senate. Manchin is expected to win his party’s nomination handily. That would mean that in November, he would face the winner of the May 8 ...

Finding fun in West Virginia

Image-makers at the West Virginia Department of Tourism have a tall task on their hands — but one well worth pursuing — as they work to bring more visitors (and their money) to our beautiful state. We may have to accept, however, that some things will always be out of our control. For ...

Getting ready for graduations and summer

It is so great to look out the window and see sunshine! Maybe May will be kinder to us than some recent months. We have to take whatever Mother Nature gives us, but we can be thankful that spring seems to finally be here and we can enjoy warm breezes instead of bone-chilling cold winds. Now, we ...

Apps that will boost your health

Many use the apps on our cell phones to play games, check the weather and even for driving directions. There is also an app that many are using today to help them stay healthy. In case you do not know, an app is an abbreviation for “application” and is a software product that is downloaded ...

Author looks to help home cooks conquer kitchen

In his new book, “Just Cook It!” (Houghton Mifflin, $30) culinary director of Food & Wine magazine, Justin Chapple, hopes to bring everyday cooks super recipes, but simplified. Classically trained at the French Culinary Institute, Chapple has, through is work at the magazine and in his ...

Is a 4-year college the best choice?

Graduation season is starting. It is a time for congratulations on accomplishments whether it is a high school or college graduation. Some students will be moving into the real world of work and careers including the military. Others will be heading to college or graduate school. Another group ...

Who do I contact from Mid-Ohio Valley organizations?

I do a version of this column every couple years and now that summer is just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to touch on these hints again. For the two of us that work at the Chamber office, we are honored that people think we know all the answers about everything going on in ...

Meet the blackbirds in our area

Sometimes bird names can be confusing. For example, not all blue birds are bluebirds. Indigo buntings and blue jays are blue birds, but they are not bluebirds like the beloved cavity-nesting eastern bluebird. Similarly, not all blackbirds are black. Red-winged blackbirds and brightly colored ...

Mysteries to get cozy with

The month of May welcomes plenty of new books in the cozy mystery genre! A food columnist is invited to a swanky Fourth of July party only to overhear plans for a murder in “Death of a Cookbook Author” by Lee Hollis. Hayley is excited to be invited to author and TV celebrity Penelope ...

Youth fishing derby to be held

AEP ReCreation Land is hosting a “Hooked on Fishing…Not on Drugs” Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, May 19 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The derby will be held at Campsite A, or Hook Lake, and weigh-ins will take place all morning with trophies being handed out after lunch. ...

Look Back: Call to remember rural cemeteries not a new one

In 2013 at the request of the WCHPS the Wood County Commission declared May as Remember a Rural Cemetery Month. Since that date, the Wood County Rural Cemetery Alliance, a committee of the historical society, has worked to locate, identify and bring attention to the scores of rural cemeteries ...

Stopping violence before it starts

A funny thing happened on the way to the Board of Education election scheduled for May 8 in Ohio County: People started talking sense about school violence. Four candidates are vying for three spots on the school board. They participated in a public forum last Thursday, during which they were ...