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Novel collection, romance Amish books available now

There are a few new Amish releases this month!First is a collection of the first three books in Marta Perry's "Pleasant Valley" series with "At Home in Pleasant Valley." The books "Leah's Choice," "Rachel's Garden" and "Anna's Return" are all collected in one big volume.In "Leah's Choice," ...

Signs of November everywhere

My calendar tells me it's November, but I have doubts. On Tuesday and Wednesday (November 3rd and 4th), the thermometer on my back porch read 80 degrees. I wore shorts and a T-shirt. As I write this on Thursday November 5th, it's already 70 degrees by mid morning. It feels more like mid-June ...

Beverly-Center honor roll announced

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period:Kindergarten Super Skills - Edie Baker, Abby Bishman, Breanna Fouss, Cheyenne McKinney. Harrison Miller, Taylor Moore, KeAndra Quimby, Haiden Schaad, Ashton Schultheis, Laken ...

News from around Pennsville this week

Last Monday afternoon visitors of Leo and Dorothy Clark were Betty Ray of McConnelsville, also nephews, Mike and Irwin of San Diego, Calif. Mike enjoyed the beautiful fall colors of Ohio, he also visited in Columbus.Dorothy and Jacequeline Clark attended a weiner roast at Cindy Wilsons home for ...

Winter scarf: part four — Mari helps make yarn ball

Regardless of how much effort goes into the attempt at not letting home-made yarn tangle while it is being washed and dyed, it always happens. Untangling it can be problematic, at least until a system is worked out to prevent the tangles from happening.Any crafter who has used yarn for any ...

Tall Oaks opens in city

The former Temple B'nai Israel on 20th Street in Parkersburg has been transformed into Tall Oaks Event Center.But a religious presence remains in the former Jewish temple.Carole Hanlon of Parkersburg received a use of building variance from the city this summer to open an events center, subject ...

From Argyle to Blennerhassett

Shall it be a hotel? The Chancellor block may be used for that purposeThere is a strong probability that Hon. W. N. Chancellor's elegant new block at the corner of Market and Fourth streets will be used for hotel purposes. Mr. Chancellor has not fully determined upon doing this but seriously ...

Organized crime: Flash’s Rogues

Fans of Batman and Spider-Man might argue their heroes have a better rogues' gallery than the Flash, but the Scarlet Speedster's is certainly the most organized.For years, the Flash's most frequent sparring partners have worked together - sometimes loosely, sometimes in close union - as the ...

Whipping drug abuse in America

We whipped tobacco, so we can beat heroin and pain pills. That's what President Barack Obama said last month in Charleston.But he's wrong. Very, very wrong.Obama visited West Virginia to talk about drug abuse, especially that involving prescription painkillers and illegal opioids such as ...

Fighting drugs with creativity

I had the privilege, again this year, of judging decorated doors at Hamilton Middle School, as part of Red Ribbon Week festivities. The idea was to determine which class had done the best job of decorating classroom doors in creative, positive, anti-drug themes. The students did a fantastic ...

Starting a new business in the area

We get several calls each month at the Chamber office from people wanting to take their passion and start a business.Each call is unique and very specific to the type of business the person is considering.Some are buying an existing business and seeking financing. Many are at the very early ...

Welcoming November and the holidays

Hello to November. The leaves are turning; craft fairs are everywhere; the air is chilly; football and NASCAR are both in high gear, and Moms are busy trying to get a head start on the Thanksgiving cooking. Some of us "slower moving" ones are still trying to get all the winter clothes out and ...

Get your pumpkins and enjoy recipes

Living in the U.S.A., the best country in the whole wide world, means everything to me and my family and I hope all you readers feel the same way.Traveling yearly to Europe after a few short weeks I am ready to come back home to the good old U.S.A. and Wild Wonderful West Virginia. Let's all ...

Get seasonal fast with new cookbook

The cohost of ABC's "The Chew" and bestselling author Michael Symon brings a seasonal cooking book, "Michael Symon's 5 in 5 For Every Season."Using seasonal produce and 5 ingredients (beyond pantry items) and 5 minutes of cook time, these 165 dishes are meant to get a home-cooked meal on the ...

Funny and romantic women’s fiction to read

New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns to her Shopaholic series in "Shopaholic to the Rescue."This time Becky isn't the one in trouble - her father and her best friend's husband have both taken off to track down someone. Both told their respective spouses not to worry - but ...

Winter scarf: part three — cleaning and dyeing

One thing that must be kept in mind when making yarn is that the fiber is not clean.Granted, it is a fair bit cleaner than when it came off the animal, but it is by no means actually clean. Any spinner can recount tales of horror about the filthy water that rinses off of freshly spun yarn the ...

Frosty nights signal persimmons to ripen

On October 18th and 19th, temperatures dipped well below freezing for the season's first hard frost. That sent me to check on a small grove of persimmon trees not far from the house.Frosty nights signal persimmons to ripen, turn from bitter to sweet, and lose their astringent nature.Persimmon ...

The story of Miss Hattie’s Cart

The company had spent a lot of money to send them, as a group, to this three days sales seminar. The speakers in their silk suits and ugly neckties had not worn well with him. Each had their own unique style and as long as their scenario fit a particular situation, their approach would ...

It’s story time at Beverly library

The Beverly Library will hold its preschool story time this Wednesday, November 4, from 11 a.m. to noon.This week's topic is the snowy owl. Stories and crafts will be provided for the preschool-age children, and the children must be accompanied by an adult that must remain with the child ...

Annual fish fry slated Nov. 7

Trick or Treat was held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Weiner roast was held at the Pennsville Fire House following and was sponsored by the Pennsville Volunteer Fire Department.Time change was today. Hope you set your clock back an hour at 2 a.m. so you got to church on time.Penn Township ...