Opinion

Get in kitchen and relieve stress

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The Fall Equinox is past and the final quarter of this year is starting. If you have not completed what you had planned for this year, you still have three months left to do it. Those are usually the busiest months of the year though, so take your vitamins and roll up your sleeves and take each ...

Enjoyable vacation, food

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I am very excited to be back home after traveling and being on vacation for almost three months this summer. There is no place like home — I kept singing, “Country Roads take me Home” last week on my return trip to the states from Athens, Greece. This was my second trip this summer to ...

Sisters create cookbook together to celebrate year

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Owners of a popular blog take it to a new format — the cookbook with “Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters’ Stuff” by Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Steph, Lauren and Kendra. With chapters organized by month, the siblings share recipes, tips and ideas to bring a celebration to every month ...

Historical fiction brings a familiar face home

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Something happened in our home that changed everything not too long ago. The “Hamilton” soundtrack was discovered. And no one has ever been the same. So it is with this in mind that we look at some historical fiction books, including one with Eliza! The story of Alexander Hamilton’s life ...

It’s time to fill the bird feeders again

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If the weather forecasters are right, the October cool down should have begun by now. After days of unseasonably late September heat, I’m ready to concentrate on feeding my backyard birds. Here are some tips. The single food that attracts the greatest variety of birds to feeders is black-oil ...

American Legion chili cookoff nearing

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The 8th annual American Legion Post 389 Chili Cook-off is coming Saturday, October 14 at 4 p.m. In this competition, the chili will be blind judged, meaning no one knows the identity of the cook, and scorecards will be based on 6 characteristics: Texture — the meat cannot be tough or ...

Pickering Associates joins partner program

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Pickering Associates in Parkersburg joined our Partner Program in April of this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission,” says Wendy Shriver, executive ...

Bringing jobs back to the Mid-Ohio Valley — what now?

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For the past several weeks we have discussed the reasons why the Mid-Ohio Valley is the place for manufacturers and petrochemical companies that use large amounts of energy to relocate or expand if they are already here. We have cheap abundant energy. Over a third of the natural gas production ...

Road bond would help area tourism

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Access equals usage. I have spoken several times recently on the topic of how increased access is an indispensable ingredient in realizing the full economic impact of a tourism resource. Whether it is the recently completed river access at Point Park, or the proposed extension of the North Bend ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the easing of restrictions on fireworks in the city of Parkersburg, which should not only give residents an opportunity to celebrate — hopefully with safety in mind — but also lift some of the burden on law enforcement to respond to calls. The new ordinance lifts the restriction on ...

Marietta College wins on Mid-Ohio Valley Day

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Last Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Valley Day at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta was successful and fun — despite the scorching temperatures. A large contingent of area Marietta College alumni, many from Wood County, attended a picnic-style luncheon and auction under the tent behind the end zone at ...

Look Back: Bridge over Ohio River waters

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The railroad bridge Until within the past few days we supposed the matter of the railroad bridge down Washington Street [Sixth Street] was entirely settled, and at an early day the structure would be commenced under the agreement made between the city and the Baltimore Co. It is rumored now ...

Betrayal: Republicans need to get their act together

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama and his followers might be forgiven if they are tempted lately to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “ ... even despite our ...

Get Excited: Hino’s presence should be a new starting point

Editorials

Get excited, Mid-Ohio Valley. Last night, one of Wood County’s best employers announced it intends to greatly expand its operations here — revitalizing a long-empty facility and bringing an important shot in the arm to our local economy. Imagine the good things that could come if we all ...

‘Let’s Go’: West Virginia must solve its own problems

Editorials

It is not your imagination if you are getting the feeling West Virginia has been bypassed by the upward trend for the U.S. economy. According to the Economic Innovation Group’s 2017 Distressed Communities Index, the Mountain State has more than one-third of its citizens living in economically ...

Drug Prices: Ohio ballot measure does not add up

Editorials

Issue 2, the so-called “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” on the November ballot in Ohio makes a good first impression, but does not stand up to any real scrutiny. According to its proponents, it would save taxpayers a lot of money by requiring state agencies and those receiving funds from the ...

Terrorism: Giving in to fear is no way to live

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If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel last week, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly ...

Baxter will make for an interesting race

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Long before Donald Trump turned politics inside-out by trash-talking the establishment, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was using the strategy to win a seat in Congress from our state. Trouble is, the political establishment then was the Democrat Party. Now, it’s the Republicans. Democrat ...

Addiction: Economic revitalization would help problem

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in the Mountain State last week, courtesy of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Sessions was speaking as part of West Virginia on the Rise: Rebuilding the Economy and Rebuilding Lives, but his focus was the substance abuse epidemic that has ...

Anthony Bourdain’s positive visit

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There is a reason some West Virginians are suspicious and even wary of outsiders. Celebrity chef and Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain understood that when he decided to visit the Mountain State, and thank goodness he did. The message he sent to the rest of the country after he was finished ...