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Differing opinion on state song

Flag of the state is seldom seen; only two of them are known to be in existenceHow many West Virginians have seen their flag unfurled on West Virginia soil? How many have seen it unfurled at all, and how many state flags are in existence today?There are only two in existence today-one in the ...

Captain America twist not the last word

Captain America is not the first marquee comic book hero to break bad, and if there's one thing you can count on, it's that he'll be back.Normally, I'd put a spoiler warning in front of a sentence like that, but even people who have never cracked open a comic seem to know about the big twist at ...

What is a voter to do?

I suspect I fall in line with many Americans when I say I am having a difficult time deciding how to handle my vote for president in November. I am being told that, because I am a woman, I am practically contractually obligated to vote for Hillary Clinton.I don't think I can do that. She is ...

Welcome summer with strawberries, salad

Summer has finally decided to join us for a season! Let's enjoy every day of this happy season. The aroma of new-mown hay and honeysuckle blossoms are some of the pleasures of living in the country and the sweet smell of petunias can be around for everyone, even if you do live in town. (Some ...

Memories of Olympic Deli

If you grew up in Parkersburg I am sure you would remember "Angelos's Brothers Confectionary" at the corner of 7th and Lynn Streets, which was established by George and Pete Angelos around 1918 and served our area for almost 50 years. Then if you were here later, say around 1977, you may ...

Who’s your customer?

I had the great honor to meet with a group of local college students last week that are participating in the Community Foundation's Civic Fellows Program.At first glance, the goal of the program is to provide valuable and meaningful internship opportunities at various businesses and ...

Time for summer vacation reads

It's the time of year for relaxing in your backyard, by the pool or grabbing something fun to read while on vacation. With that in mind, here are several new books that would be perfect "beach" reads!First is a historical fiction novel concentrating on Britain of the late 1920s and early 1930s ...

Volunteers honored

It was said many years ago that it 'takes a village' to raise a child. Through the willingness of many Fort Frye High School students and parents at Beverly-Center during the 2015-2016 school year, that's exactly what happened. From volunteering in the classroom, to being room parents, to ...

Shibori dyeing, part five: Dyeing bathtub

Once the shibori dyeing class was over, I was sent back to my hotel with a plastic shopping bag full of still-wet, bunched-up cloth that had yet to be fully rinsed of the indigo dye.This was on a Saturday. I knew we would not be leaving the hotel room until Sunday afternoon, and I did not want ...

Make memories this summer

When my daughters were little girls, cool summer evenings sent them into a tizzy. "Can we have a camp fire tonight?" they'd ask. They had learned on their first trip to the hayfield as toddlers that nature shared many secrets under a dark summer sky.My wife and I enjoyed campfires as much as ...

Alt returns; North Hills club energized

Linda Alt has returned as swimming pool manager at North Hills Swim and Racquet Club.Now, Alt and the club's board of directors are working hard to rejuvenate the Wood County recreational facility that is facing economic challenges.Alt, of Parkersburg, was named the first pool manager and swim ...

Telling time in Parkersburg

Town clock vs. big whistleThe Parkersburg Gazette editor talks strongly to the citizens of that little village about the necessity of having a Town Clock. They must have a little longer purse in that town, with its decreasing population, than we have, with our increasing population, if they are ...

Spending it or losing it in W.Va.

During the past several weeks, I've been told by two moderately high-ranking officials that what I'd written about state spending was incorrect. We're not spending anywhere near the amounts of money I wrote, they insisted.They were wrong. My information was correct, taken from state budget ...

Conquering a bug phobia

Cicadas are deadly. No, hear me out.My aversion to bugs is well documented, but in most circumstances, I can become accustomed to (non-biting/stinging) bugs after enough time. I can pick up a stink bug and toss it out the window now without flinching. That is a testament to the number of stink ...

Recipes are family favorites

Vacations are always nice, but getting home is better! It seemed that half the population of the country was at Myrtle Beach while we were there. On top of the hordes of people who usually go there, it was "Bike Week," also. We stayed an extra day for a "Concert on the Beach" and it was so ...

Veggie recipes for summer gardens

Last week we talked about planting vegetables and now this week I will send you some additional veggie recipes that I thought you might enjoy.Before you know it with the weather and the way it has been raining, your garden will have so many vegetables, like zucchini, that you will need to do ...

Get grilling with ‘Meathead’

Now is the time to fire up those grills and do a little barbecuing! And become a better griller with "Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling" by Meathead Goldwyn (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35.)A combination of a cookbook and an instruction manual, "Meathead" walks you through ...

Amish romances for fans

Several popular writers in the Amish genre are back!First is Charlotte Hubbard continuing her Promise Lodge series with "A Simple Vow."Edith gets into a strange situation when she has baby twins thrust at her to care for while the alleged father seeks the actual one. Her father and everyone ...

Summer reading planned in Beverly

Sign-ups for the Beverly Public Library's summer reading program begin tomorrow at the library. Programs are available for children and adults of all ages, and last from June 6-July 16.Read to Me is for all pre-readers ages 2-6. Story Time is held on Wednesday from 11 a.m.-noon. Children ...

Shibori Dyeing: Part Four: Large-scale dyeing

With approximately one hour left in the three-hour shibori dyeing class, most of my classmates seemed happy with their sample pieces dyed in various patterns.Even with the samples done, I saw only one thing: a yard and a half of undyed muslin, and the opportunity to make a large shibori dyed ...