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Women’s fiction touches heart

There are some heart-warming and thought provoking books out right now in women's fiction!First is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debbie Macomber's "A Girl's Guide to Moving On."Nichole and Leanne are both at a crossroads in their lives - they have both recently discovered ...

Environmental cues trigger behaviors

The ultimate environmental cue that triggers many behavioral changes in the natural world is photoperiod. Longer days in late winter signal that it's time to breed. Shorter fall days mean it's time to prepare for winter. Because changes in day length always proceed at the same time and rate, it ...

Kindergarten registration set

Registration for children in the Fort Frye School District who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 is scheduled for this week. Children turning 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2016 may be registered. All registrations will be at the Central Registrar's Office, located in ...

Downtown PKB launches website

One obstacle that many executive directors of non-profit organizations face is keeping up with the communication aspect of their organization's website and social media accounts. Most local non-profit executive directors wear many hats, doubling as their organization's accounts payable clerk, ...

City Park run in memory of Kunze

Infectious Smile. Caring. Positive. Motivating. Inspiration. Happy.These are a few of the words friends use to describe Jennifer "Jen" Campbell Kunze, who died on Sept. 25, 2015, while hiking near her home in Alberta, Canada.Jen was 32 and worked for Chevron. She and her husband, Nick, loved to ...

City Park a green getaway

Parks in AmericaPublic parks in this country, where land is so abundant and nature so magnificent, have not until recently received much general attention.The writer of this item goes on to describe large parks in Boston, Philadelphia and Central Park in New York City. He also mentions that ...

Dealing with our fiscal crisis

When West Virginians face tough financial times at home, they cut back and live within their means. As a successful small business owner, I constantly focus on controlling my costs so that we don't outspend our revenues while still paying our bills. While these seem like practical principles ...

Vertigo making mark on TV

DC Comics is best known as the home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, but it's also where a darker and decidedly stranger set of comics known as Vertigo has been on the cutting edge of the medium for more than two decades.Three Vertigo characters have recently headlined their own TV shows ...

Helping children in need

West Virginia has the highest percentage of children who get their breakfast at school of any state in the nation. More than four of every five Mountain State students eat their morning meal in school.That's great news - in terms of improving public schools academically.Here's why: We know ...

Taking each muddy step

Do any of you have that one friend who can get you to act on impulse in a way no one else can? I sure do. Last week she sent me a quick note telling me that registration was open for a half marathon in Florida (in April), that she had found us a flight for $89 each way, and that I should hurry ...

Get ready for strawberry season

March marches on. Slow down year - we want to enjoy this year, not just race through it.We all seem to live too fast and only a few folks have learned to take life a little easier. Scary, isn't it? Did all you single girls take advantage of Sadie Hawkins Day? It won't come for another four ...

Recipes from the Orange State

A few months ago our families decided we should all take a family vacation and get away from all the cold to Florida and Disney Parks. The eight grandchildren especially enjoyed the idea, so last week all sixteen of us flew to Orlando.We visited all the Disney Parks, The Magic Kingdom, ...

Skirt project, part six: Scraps to applique treasures

After last week's borderline fiasco while trying to attach the green stripe to the bottom of the skirt, I needed the next phase of the project to be much less stressful.I studied the pattern on the skirt for some time, trying to decide on the perfect shape for appliqued pieces along the green ...

Amish reads for March

There are several new books in the Amish genre for fans to enjoy!Charlotte Hubbard starts a new series with "Promise Lodge."Three Amish sisters and their families decide to make a fresh start away from their former bishop at Promise Lodge. They hope to open a lodge, produce stand and have ...

Vernal pools are busy places in March

A walk in any deciduous forest in early March is certain to reveal a variety of vernal pools. Every depression, large and small, fills with snow melt and rain. At night these pools become hubs of activity for a variety of amphibians and aquatic invertebrates.Vernal pools can be as small as a ...

NED Show makes stop at Beverly-Center

Fort Frye Schools recently brought The NED Show to Beverly-Center as part of their on-going program to focus on the importance of character and developing moral strength and integrity to do the right thing. Produced by All for KIDZ Inc., The NED Show is an innovative character education ...

And The Band Didn’t Play

Shadowy figures darted from tree to tree in the late evening fog. A year earlier, Leon was just the name of a city in France somewhere in his history book. Now he was there ready to engage in a battle with retreating German soldiers. He felt it a little ironic that he would be comparing this ...

Full speed ahead into spring 2016

It's hard to believe that March has already arrived and that winter is soon to be over (actually I'm really glad that winter is soon to be over because it disrupts our planning and too many of our Chamber events.)We have already added 12 new members to the MOV Chamber over the past 2 months! (I ...

A Successful Negative Campaign

With election time right around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on our political campaigns. This poem unfortunately never grows old.A Successful Negative CampaignI won, I wonHe looked so surprisedAfter all the mud and vicious liesI showed them allEspecially himI get in the ...

PHS grad named top leader

Parkersburg native Greg Devereaux had just boarded an airplane at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, bound for Washington, D.C., when he received the distressing news on Dec. 2, 2015.The sheriff called Devereaux to tell him there was an active shooting event, with people shot, in San ...