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Zucchini at farmers’ markets — use it now

June is almost over! Did you do the things you hoped to do this past month? Don't put off any activities you plan with your family such as picnics and vacations. This June 2016 is almost over and will never come again. Housework, gardens, and home projects will all be around when we and our ...

Dive into summer fun with kids’ books

It's kids' books week!Summertime is a good time to keep up those reading skills. Instead of playing a video game, why not read a good book?Coming July 5 is the second book in the middle-grade DC Super Hero Girls series, "Supergirl at Super Hero High" by Lisa Yee (Random House, ages 8-12, ...

Ready to ‘launch’ next great idea?

By now most of the civilized world has seen an episode of "Shark Tank." An entrepreneur is launching a new business or posing the next great invention to a panel of judges, hoping one of them will approve of the concept and invest in the venture.What if you had the chance to do that ...

Meet the Red Eft in backyard

If you've ever doubted that water is the wellspring of life, pay attention the next time it rains. Birds flock to puddles and birdbaths to drink and bathe. Box turtles become active and can be seen crossing roads. Drive slowly on back roads at night to see a steady parade of frogs and toads.And ...

Meal program available

The Washington Morgan Community Action program is once again making free meals available for children ages 1-18 through their Summer Feeding Program. This program continues Monday through Friday through August 12. Lunch is served at noon at John Dodge Park in Beverly. The only 'requirement' ...

Sigman, Coulson help each other

Scott Sigman never forgot the support and encouragement he received from Kelly Coulson more than 30 years ago.Sigman got an opportunity to "repay a debt" to Coulson beginning three years ago in Charlotte, N.C.Sigman, a 1984 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, was 14 years old when he ...

‘Mother’ Jones jailed for first time in Wood County

"Mother" Jones and other agitators are now confined in the Wood County Jail"Mother" Jones, of national fame as an organizer and agitator among the mine workers, together with twelve miners are now confined in the county jail in this city, on the charge of violating an injunction issued Thursday ...

Evolution, creationism, classrooms

In 1925, the Tennessee legislature passed the Butler Act, making it illegal to teach any theory of creation as truth besides what happened in the Bible. Later that year, biology teacher John Scopes was found presenting Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to his class and was put on trial. ...

Ali matured into a role model

After the late Muhammad Ali refused induction into the armed forces, 42,322 Americans died in Southeast Asia, during the Vietnam War. Tens of thousands of others were wounded severely, some maimed for life.Writing about Ali has been a struggle. It was tempting during the couple of days after ...

Another classic western TV shows — ‘Laramie’

"Laramie" was one of the better westerns on television during its five-year run. It was produced by Revue Productions for NBC, and dealt with the trials and tribulations of running a stagecoach relay station and combined cattle ranch near Laramie, Wyo., in the 1870s. The two Sherman brothers, ...

Chateau Laroche on paranormal wish list

Many paranormal seekers spend a lot of time looking for locations to search for the unknown.Some want to visit cemeteries or abandoned houses while others want to seek in theaters and museums. But not very many would refuse the opportunity to visit a prison or castle, even if it was just to ...

Good fishing, some streaming entertainment reviews

I believe you can and should make fun of everything. Sure, there are morals like the Hippocratic Oath ... which comedians DON'T have to sign; even so, one can try to limit the harm done.People like to take things personally and call "offensive" with jokes. So, is an article that pokes fun at ...

Reputation for stubbornness

"If o'er sea o'er land I roam, Still I'll think of happy home, And my friends among the West Virginia hills ...""The West Virginia Hills" is usually credited to Ellen King, who was born in what was then Glenville, Va., in 1846. It sounds as though it is being sung by someone remembering West ...

Recipes for dad on Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day! This is the day you get to be pampered. I almost said "more than usual", but husband Norm was looking over my shoulder and reminded me that he is usually the first one up and gets the coffee going. If you do that at your house, I can promise you that it is appreciated!Dads ...

‘Eat What You Love’ with less fat, calories

From QVC guest star and bestselling author Marlene Koch is "Eat What You Love Quick & Easy: Great Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat and Calories" (Running Press, $27.)This book's goal is to shave off the calories, fats and sugar from your favorite recipes so you can still enjoy them and not ...

Learn about your herbs and spices

Have you planted your herbs yet? I know it is much easier to go to the grocery store and buy little bottles of the various spices and herbs, and they do the job just fine.I always rub the spices between my fingers or palm of my hand in order to bring more flavor out.I, along with many of my ...

New mysteries to keep pages turning

Now is the time to grab a new mystery and get reading!Bestselling author David Bell releases a story of a missing woman and a friendship in "Since She Went Away."Jenna was to meet her friend, Celia, one evening at midnight like they used to in high school. But when Jenna arrives late, Celia is ...

Safety Town program teaches local children

From May 31 through June 10, old friends and new gathered at Beverly-Center Elementary School to help incoming kindergarten students from Fort Frye and Wolf Creek Schools learn how to be safe. Muskingum Valley Safety Town met for its 30th year to bring a message of safety to the children ...

Concert series rock Point

Downtown PKB's Summer Concert Series kicked off on June 3 with the U.S. Stones, a tribute band to the Rolling Stones. The summer concert series is one of the events that Downtown PKB's Promotions Committee takes pride in offering to the community as a great way to spend a Friday evening by the ...

The milkweed and monarch connection

Of all the animal on the planet, insects are among the most feared and reviled. Some sting (wasps, and bees) and some bite (mosquitoes, horse flies, and blackflies). Others are agricultural pests or just annoying (gnats) or disgusting (cockroaches, fleas, and lice). But many insects, such as ...