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Welcome new year with new recipes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope you had a happy and sane New Year as you greeted 2016! Now, it is back to our regular routine as we start another year. For many of us, hopes for a better year are foremost in our thoughts. It is a good time to leave the less than happy happenings stay with last ...

Cookbook can help with weight loss

New Year's is always a good time for resolutions, and many people's involve weight loss of some sort. Now would be a great time to check out Rocco Dispirito's "The Negative Calorie Diet."This diet book and cookbook offers weight loss by eating high-quality whole foods instead of low-quality ...

Welcome 2016 with new books

Ring in the new year with some new books!First get some pet related laughs with a some romance in "Pet Friendly" by Sue Pethick.Todd wasn't looking to adopt a dog, but when his uncle dies he seems to have inherited Archie, much to his girlfriend's dismay. She wants him to give the dog to his ...

Happy, healthy New Year

I remember a Greek song growing up a song that lyrics were (I will attempt to translate into English) "time for old year to leave - that your turn is over - and now the New Year is here with song and dance and excitement."With going into the New Year, I hope it brings hope and health to all ...

This, that to start year

As I write this week, the temperature is 70 degrees and it is continuing to rainas it's been doing for, it seems, days. I saw a picture on Facebook of 2 cats sitting on a board, surrounded by water, and holding an umbrella with the caption, "Noah called. The ark will be here in 10 minutes." ...

A letter of gratitude

A lady always writes a note of thanks as it is in good taste and shows proper manners. Therefore, let me extend my sincerest appreciation for the holiday hospitality provided by the Victorian Christmas Tour and Tea held in Parkersburg on December 5, 2015. What a joyous afternoon of nostalgia ...

New year brings new cycle of life for animals

A new year is a time for beginnings. And the natural world is replete with examples. Though the plant world is presently dormant, a variety of animals have already begun a new cycle of life.Black bears mate in early summer when food is abundant, but embryos do not implant on the uterus until ...

The knitting project and the Russian join

I recently found myself working on a knitting project with a lot of color changes required in the pattern.As this was not traditional color work, where two colors are knit into a pattern at the same time, but rather long stretches of color A, followed by long stretches of color B, I did what ...

Clark excited to perform

Michael J. Clark, singer, dancer and actor based in New York City, is excited about performing next month at the newly restored Peoples Bank Theatre in his hometown of Marietta.Clark, 24, is portraying Joey in the national touring musical production of "Saturday Night Fever" at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at ...

Putting the ‘Park’ in Parkersburg

City is beautifying grounds of Point ParkPoint Park, an unofficial name applied to Murphy's Park because of its designation value, promises to be a real beauty spot of which the city will be justly proud, according to plans being executed by Vinton Murphy, superintendent of public safety.Twelve ...

No time left to ‘just teach’

It's been awhile since I've heard a public school educator utter the plea, "Just let me teach." That may be because most of them realize they don't have enough hours in the day to comply with all the state and federal mandates, so why worry about silly extras like teaching?It's true. Between ...

Forgetting a safety lesson

Before I make too light of a situation out of New Jersey this week, I want to make clear I am writing only after seeing the latest reports, which indicate Boy Scout Leader Christopher Petronino was not seriously hurt, and is recovering from his injuries. Petronino leads a troop of Scouts in ...

Protect religious freedom in West Virginia

The fruits of the last legislative session's near myopic commitment to creating a firm foundation of tort law in West Virginia paid off in spades several weeks ago when West Virginia was upgraded from "Judicial Hell-Hole" status to "Watch List" status by American Tort Reform Association.We were ...

Food to kick off New Year’s correctly

Where did 2015 go? It seemed to run faster than any year before it. Did you accomplish everything you had planned last January? I surely didn't. I know one gets a little slower as the years fly by, but they don't have to go so fast. I have worn the soles off the bottoms of my feet by ...

Tasty food delights for holiday season

Christmas is over and I hope you all had a wonderful experience with your family and friends and Santa Claus was good to you and your little ones. Personally I am in the stage of life that I like to give rather than to receive, although I love to shop and believe me I did my share which I hope ...

Look at the best books of the year

It's time to take a look back at the best books of 2015!Romance: "Put a Ring on It" by Beth Kendrick (New American Library, $15) - Readers return to the madcap town of Black Dog Bay, where everyone goes to heal a broken heart, so much so that an entire tourism industry has been created for it, ...

In the kitchen with Giada

Giada De Laurentiis releases a new cookbook, "Happy Cooking."In this book, she says she wanted to make eating well a daily thing for home cooks and balance healthy and delicious.The recipes are divided into 10 chapters: First Things First: Breakfast; Snacks & Small Plates; Salads ...

Custom sewing dummy — part three: finishing touches

After what seemed like hours of physically stuffing the duct-tape version of myself with fluffy cloth stuffing, I was finally able to start working on the bottom seal.Before I started creating the bottom seal, though, I wanted to make sure the stuffing was as thick and uniform as I could make ...

Getting to know local feeder birds

The best time to learn how to identify birds is now. The best place is at the feeders in your backyard. Typically, fewer than 25 species visit winter feeders. The key isn't memorizing a field guide, it's simply knowing which birds to expect.Here's a list of common winter feeder birds and a ...

Spelling bee winners announced

Beverly-Center held their school spelling bee Wednesday, December 16. Each grade sent 10 classroom winners to the school-wide bee.It took 33 rounds and words such as 'idiosyncratic', 'xenophobic,' 'vituperative,' and 'WYSIWYG' for a sixth grade winner to be named. 'Surviving' to take first ...