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Wood County Schools, MOVHD offer free dental program

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools and the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department since 2008 have been partners in providing free dental services to area students. The Oral Disease Prevention Program between the school system and the health department provides a mobile dental unit to visit schools ...

MOV Parent: ArtCart expansion continues

The ArtCart Program will continue its 5th grade expansion this year making the necessary adjustments depending on school codes. ArtCart will be teaching in all 15 schools without art instruction in every 4th and 5th grade class. ArtCart Program Creator and Director Kate Hushion graduated from ...

MOV Parent: A non-candy Halloween tradition

Halloween. The day where children dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for treats. Trick-or-treating has been around in some form or another for centuries. It didn’t become a door-to-door candy hunt until the 1930s. Communities, tired of Halloween’s pranks and tricks, began to ...

MOV Parent: Halloween treats for kids

With Halloween festivities on hold for this year, a different way to celebrate with kids or family is making some spooky delicious baked goods. Simple Mills, a whole-food ingredient company that uses nothing artificial, put together recipes that are not only good for you, but taste great. In ...

Williamstown High School selects homecoming court

WILLIAMSTOWN — The 2020 Homecoming Court at Williamstown High School will be crowned on Friday during halftime at the football game against Tyler Consolidated High School. Eight students are in the court. Candidates for king are Garret Hill, Leewood Molessa, Brayden Modesitt and Caleb ...

Virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop kicks off holidays

MARIETTA — The Castle will kick off the holidays with its virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop from 10 a.m..-noon Nov. 14 on Zoom. Complete gingerbread house baking and decorating kits will be available including materials and instruction booklet with recipes for gingerbread, icing ...

Fall Festival at the Lakes scheduled for Friday

RIPLEY — The Cedar Lakes Conference Center will be celebrating the autumn season with its Fall Festival at the Lakes on Oct. 16 with a historical stroll through a pumpkin patch and more at the facility near Ripley. The $5 admission includes a pumpkin for participants to take home and a round ...

Children’s Home Society art exhibit opens Thursday

PARKERSBURG — An art exhibit featuring the work of youth clients, staff and associates of the Transitional Living Program of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Parkersburg Art Center on Market Street The show, SOAR TLP, ...

Parkersburg artist has piece in national exhibit

PARKERSBURG — Artwork from a Parkersburg artist has been selected for the National Watercolor Society’s Centennial International Open Exhibition, a juried exhibition. Christine Rhodes’ painting “Under Pressure” also has received four awards in the show including the Blick Art ...

Blennerhassett DAR, Grand Central Mall ready to host blood drive

VIENNA — The Blennerhassett Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a community blood drive 1-6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Grand Central Mall. All donors will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and also will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Face coverings ...

Car donation fuels Wood County woman’s hope

PARKERSBURG — Tears of joy were shed when Alice Mullins learned she was receiving a car from the Good News Mountaineer Garage. Jobs and Hope, an organization helping those in recovery get back into the workplace, partnered with the Good News Mountaineer Garage to provide some of their ...

‘Always…Patsy Cline’ going online

PARKERSBURG —The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present “Always...Patsy Cline” in a live-streamed show 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. Local singer and performer Sherry Wilson Braid performs at the famous country and western singer whose hits include “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” ...

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers

COLUMBUS — The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Ohio is looking for volunteers during the pandemic. The program has an urgent need for volunteer ombudsmen to advocate for excellence in long-term care, to call residents and their families to give them a voice in this time of crisis and ...

Artist Walk event continues Saturday

VIENNA — The Artist Walk sponsored by Artsbridge continues Saturday at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. Held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot by J.C. Penney, the show of local artists will be held every Saturday in October. It features 15 artists and their handmade art, with different ...

MOV Players to present classic radio show ‘The Hitch-Hiker’

MARIETTA — “The Hitch-Hiker” by Lucille Fletcher will be presented by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in the 15th installment of WMOVP Radio Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday on Zoom. To view the performance, join on the webinar link at 8 p.m. at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93626779110 or call ...

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards pandemic response grants

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has awarded its fifth round of COVID-19 pandemic response grants totaling $38,241. In March, the foundation began raising money for its Safety Net Fund and Hunger Fund to provide COVID-19 relief grants to nonprofit agencies impacted by ...