Local columns

Knotts to perform in Ohio play

When the newly formed Lancaster (Ohio) Playhouse needed a Jonathan Brewster this week, Bill Knotts of Parkersburg gladly agreed to fill the role.It is a part in a play he knows well.Knotts, a longtime participant at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, is portraying Brewster in the dark comedy ...

Creative solutions to alcohol problems

We (the Editor) witnessed a spectacle from our window on Thursday afternoon that should call for the exercise of some moral agency to prevent forevermore the recurrence of such a sight on our streets. A little boy, apparently about six or seven years of age, was passing up Market Street, ...

Justice, debating a debate

So, how do you feel about the Democrats' debate?Not the one last Tuesday. The one proposed for Wheeling, between Democrat contenders for governor of West Virginia. Should it happen? Will it occur?State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, is eager to debate his chief primary ...

Seeking the next surprise

One of the wonderful things about my job is that no two days are the same, and a boring day is extremely rare. The past couple of weeks in the office have been no exception. Some people might believe my job consists of simply writing editorials and columns each week; some take the word "editor" ...

Quality and value

Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy good wine, and in my career, I've had the opportunity to taste several wines considered really fine. Considering a wine "really fine" usually implies that it's also expensive. Not always, but most of the time.Those that know me also know that I have daughters ...

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the fight for the future

My friends believe we have already passed the climate change tipping point and are ultimately toast (or roast). However, solid science establishes that it is still theoretically possible for mankind to wake up and avoid catastrophe. First, however, we would need to get past the kind of ...

Turning West Virginia toward economic prosperity

After Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, he went right to work fixing an economy that was in tatters. The crown jewel of Reagan's recovery was the tax cut package (ERTA) created by then-Congressman Jack Kemp. The central thrust of the tax reform was a 25 percent across-the-board tax cut of ...

Business grows in our downtown

Downtown Parkersburg has good news for all you toy lovers out there. Classic Plastics Toy Store opened its doors for business on Friday and greeted their first customers in their new retail space. The new toy store provides "toys for all ages" and is located at 406 Market Street.Store owner ...

Florida’s 2016 python challenge

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for a few fearless hunters. But if you're afraid of snakes, stay home.From January 16 through February 14, Florida will host the 2016 Python Challenge. According to FWC Public Relations Specialist Lisa Thompson, the purpose ...

Girl Scouts holding food drive

The Girl Scouts of Beverly and Waterford are holding a food drive from October 19 through November 13. The girls are asking all community members to participate in donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to help those in our community who are less fortunate. There will be ...

Trick or treat to be held on Thursday night

Trick or Treat will be held in Pennsville Thursday, October 29 at 6-7 p.m. Leave your porch lights on if giving treats. Weiner roast following at the fire house. Sponsored by Pennsville Volunteer Fire Department.Pennsville Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the ...

Value of labor unions

It was a dark and stormy Halloween night. Actually, it was a dreary March afternoon and hundreds of factory workers were sewing women's blouses for the last time at the Asch Building. Minutes before quitting time at 4:40PM, a roaring fire engulfed a scrap bin under a cutter's table. A scrap ...

Winter scarf: part two – Making stronger yarn

Not all of my spinning activities take place at my home.My spinning wheel is a mobile variety, wherein the large, wooden wheel is positioned under the device itself, and the pieces that help with the spinning are stationed above and slightly in front of the wheel.What was once a large piece of ...

Books for kids to fall in love with

It's kids' books week!A lazy dog has some crazy adventures in "Lazy Dave" by Jarvis.Like most dogs, Dave loves to sleep. But he does it everywhere - in the bath, in the laundry, in bed with Lilly, who wonders why he's constantly sleeping! As soon as Lilly goes to school, something funny happens ...

Spice it up with Indian cookbook

Home cooks can get a taste of Indian food with the new cookbook, "Made in India" by Meera Sodha.With more than 130 recipes, Sodha brings three generations of dishes to cooks with the advice to taste everything you make at the beginning, middle and adjust ingredients accordingly.There is a ...

Make list to keep track of your holiday chores

End of October already! And guess what - exactly two months and it will be Christmas Day! These two months will go even faster than the last two months, so get out your planning board and try to get an early start by listing what you HAVE to do, what you WANT to do, and when each item needs ...

Make list to keep track of your holiday chores

End of October already! And guess what - exactly two months and it will be Christmas Day! These two months will go even faster than the last two months, so get out your planning board and try to get an early start by listing what you HAVE to do, what you WANT to do, and when each item needs ...

Gardner supports PHS

Paul Gardner spent this week in Wood County talking to community leaders about the Parkersburg High School Foundation.Gardner's visit followed visits here last week and in September by Walt Eilers, managing partner of Gardner & Associates of Searcy, Ark., a company Paul Gardner owned ...

Female seminary comes and goes in Parkersburg

Hospital To CloseThe United States (Civil War) hospital in this place is to be suspended in a short time. Dr. Banks, surgeon in charge, to whom the country is largely indebted for his efficient and faithful service, is to return, we believe, to his home in Maine.Parkersburg GazetteJune 1, 1865* ...

Supergirl: Variations on a theme

"Supergirl" debuts Monday on CBS, and with multiple Supergirls throughout DC Comics history, the creative minds behind the show will have no shortage of material from which to draw.The best known version of Supergirl debuted in "Action Comics" #252 in 1959. She was Superman's cousin whose home, ...