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Parkersburg Art Center showing Christmas spirit

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will be throwing open its doors on Nov. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the opening of the Artist Tree Display and Holiday Artist Market. There will be free admission, grab-and-go snacks and a craft project for kids to take home with ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players Youth Theater to present online show

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players Youth Theater will present its first streaming show, “Gothic Ghost Stories” by Lindsay Price, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Presented through a grant from the Marietta Welfare League, tickets are $8 available at https://movp.booktix.com/. Click on view ...

Belpre Rotary Club changes date of Wreaths Across Ameirca event

BELPRE — The Belpre Rotary Club has changed the date Wreaths Across America will be observed to 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at Cedarville Cemetery off Cross Street on Cemetery Drive in Belpre. Rotarians, a veterans honor guard, Mayor Mike Lorentz and two buglers from the Belpre High School Marching Band ...

Aetna Better Health makes $15K donation to Children’s Home Society

CHARLESTON — Aetna Better Health of West Virginia, a CVS Health company, has announced a $15,000 donation to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia in celebration of National Adoption Month. The funding will go toward the purchase of winter coats, hats, gloves and other essential items ...

United Methodist youth invited to drive-in event

VIENNA — The West Virginia United Methodist Youth Council Conference on Youth Ministry will hold a live drive-in style event at 18 sites across West Virginia from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The two sites in the Little Kanawha District are Wayside UMC in Vienna and Epworth UMC in Ripley. “This ...

Belpre cancels reverse Christmas parade

PARKERSBURG — Belpre became the latest Mid-Ohio Valley community to cancel its annual Christmas parade Thursday, but some plan to continue with their events, adapted to reflect the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Main Street Marietta and the City of Williamstown made the calls earlier, ...

West Virginia philanthropic groups work to dull COVID’s impact

PARKERSBURG — A spring campaign that raised more than half a million dollars is just one way West Virginia’s philanthropic community is trying to help the state’s residents weather the storm of COVID-19. The results of May’s Take 5 to Give 5 campaign were discussed at a virtual press ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players presenting ‘Father Knows Best’ online show

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players WMOVP Radio Theatre returns to cyberspace with a Thanksgiving episode of “Fathers Knows Best” at 8 p.m. today on Zoom. WMOVP Radio Theatre was created early in the pandemic when live theater was closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 ...

Ohio trains offer Polar Express fun

The volunteers at The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville, Ohio, hope that everyone is staying safe by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. On Thanksgiving Weekend in November, Santa trains start the holiday season. Santa will board the train and talk with the children as ...

Marietta Community Foundation announces Annual Nonprofit Challenge winners

MARIETTA — Winners were announced Wednesday in the Marietta Community Foundation’s Annual Nonprofit Challenge sponsored by Superior Toyota Hyundai in Parkersburg. The O’Neill Senior Center came in first place and received $7,000 while Washington County 4-H came in second and Building ...

The Castle cancels Holiday House Tours

MARIETTA — The Castle Historic House Museum has canceled holiday house tours effective Monday out of an abundance of caution due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Ohio, an officer of the organization said. “As disappointing as it is, we feel it is important to cancel in-house ...

Washington Works Nature Trail gets birding upgrades

PARKERSBURG — The Washington Works Nature Trail south of Parkersburg is getting the attention of a local Boy Scout for his Eagle Scout initiative. Scout Bryce Himelrick with several scouts and volunteers have installed new owl and bluebird nesting boxes to improve habitat and encourage ...

American Pops Orchestra, Artsbridge plan virtual concert

PARKERSBURG — The American Pops Orchestra will present “Henny Penny,” a live virtual tour for Artsbridge Artists-on-Tour in local elementary schools this week The performance, which is suggested for K-3 students, will be presented at schools in Wood, Pleasants, Jackson and Ritchie ...

United Way, Blennerhassett Hotel to host Festival of Trees

PARKERSBURG — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Blennerhassett Hotel have joined together to hold the 2020 Festival of Trees celebration, representatives have announced. The event will be held Nov. 20 through Dec. 10 and will feature numerous themed Christmas trees ...

Mid-Ohio Valley native makes major mark in Hollywood industries

LAS VEGAS — Julia Hapney, a Mid-Ohio Valley native, has always been a horror movie enthusiast. In fact, some of her earliest memories were of sitting on the couch watching horror films at the age of 9 after she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as a way to distract herself from the pain ...

Parkersburg Art Center readies ‘Masked Media’ exhibit

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center will hold an exhibit opening on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The show features work by members of the Innovative Arts Alliance, a group of artists from Ohio and West ...

Belpre Elementary School offers drive-thru Veterans Day display

BELPRE — Unable to hold their annual Veterans Day assembly inside Belpre Elementary School on Wednesday, students and faculty still showed their appreciation to veterans by decorating the school and offering a Veterans Day drive-thru Thursday evening. On display was artwork done by the ...