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Back Issues: However you spell it, Hellstrom hits Hulu

While we’re still waiting on the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to push through pandemic delays, a series inspired by one of the company’s more obscure characters sneaked onto Hulu in time for Halloween. “Helstrom” is based on Daimon Hellstrom, who was created after ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia political potpourri

With just over a week from the general election on Nov. 3, early voting has continued apace with lines and enthusiasm. You still have until 5 p.m. Saturday to cast an early vote. You can still request an absentee ballot until Wednesday, Oct. 28. I don’t want to say it is too late to mail in ...

When do we get back to accountability?

If COVID-19 persists, even intensifies, it may be early spring by the time many Americans feel safe sending their children to school. For millions, that would mean a full year of classes missed. So when do public schools resume holding students and parents accountable? As schools reopened, ...

Food donations are needed

We don’t want to think much about it, but there are families here in the Mid-Ohio Valley who struggle with food insecurity, who are hungry. There are parents who eat a little less, maybe skip a meal or five, so their kids will get enough to eat. There are older folks and those who are ...

Look Back: Looking back at Belpre

Of [Aaron] Burr few reminiscences can be obtained. The present elder Mr. Geo. Dana informed us that he can recollect of his father speaking of him as a pleasant, bland gentleman; and his celebrated act of treason was looked upon, and generally believed by all who knew the man and his schemes, ...

We are one country, even when divided

Our annual family reunions were a full day of fun. We had a large family. Almost everyone lived in the Pittsburgh area and most showed up. We could field two full teams for softball. In the evening the men gathered at the keg. As a boy, it was a rite of passage when we were allowed to stay with ...

Sparks fly in new romances

Two opposites meet at a retreat where everyone uses an assumed name and hit it off in “Love Your Life” by Sophie Kinsella. While the sparks fly immediately, “Dutch” and “Aria” can’t help falling in love. They are determined to make it in the real world as Matt and Ava, and ...

Backyard Gardener: ‘Get your gourd on’

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! As I write today’s column were are experiencing a beautiful autumn day here in the Valley. We had a few rainy days but we could definitely needed the moisture. As we continue fall harvest watch for farmers on the road hauling harvested grains ...

Making sourdough bread at home

When everyone was in lockdown, breadmaking became a thing again. And Elaine Boddy, founder of the blog foodbod Sourdough, is ready to give homebakers a master class on all things whole grain in her new book, “Whole Grain Sourdough at Home.” But in a world where many see carbs as the ...

Freeing diets from the gluten in our lives

Growing up as a child and even adult I have never heard much about Gluten free foods until just lately ... Either I was too busy raising my children and running business or maybe I was just too young and didn’t pay attention. It is amazing how when we are young we act differently and do not ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘The Social Network’ and cultural rift

“We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!” When the subject of “our modern culture” comes up, something happens to me. This 36-year-old quickly ticks to 91. My back hunches, my knees ache, and my eyesight goes dim. The Old Coot in me ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding the Big House

CHARLESTON — Mark it down, folks. There’s just 15 days until the 2020 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Early voting starts Wednesday and continues on every day except Sundays until Saturday, Oct. 31. Of course, absentee ballot voting has been going on since September. According to the ...

Help came from more than government, after floods

Strange, isn’t it, that when many out-of-staters think of West Virginia, the Hatfield-McCoy feud, with all its senseless brutality, pops into their minds? That isn’t who we are. Ask the people in 252 households in some of our southeastern counties. They know who their fellow West ...

Thinking about Christmas

It’s not even Halloween yet, and I got a Christmas catalog in the mail the other day. Well, a “holiday toy catalog,” to be precise. But whatever it is called, it brought back a flood of memories. I flipped through it, wondering whether there were any ideas for the youngsters in my life, ...

Look Back: Notes from across the river

Our next neighbor; notes of much interest gathered in Belpre Belpre, March 9 — The spring birds are already singing in the branches of the old trees, at Belpre; the soft winds are, daily at morn, coming with cheerfulness and warmth, and the much abused “flowers that bloom in the spring, ...

Two cookbooks for the Keto diet

Two new cookbooks are here to help those who follow the Keto diet find a delicious variety of foods to make. First is “One-Pot Keto Cooking” by Charlotte Smythe, founder of food blog Clean Foodie Cravings. This collection of 75 low-carb meals are easily made that will also make clean-up a ...

The reality of Celiac disease and gluten-free food

It was interesting when my niece in Europe called me several years ago with a huge concern. She knew I was into cooking and did a lot of reading about cooking and food articles and shared what she seemed to think was a eating problem with her teenage daughter. It seemed that after every ...

Let’s have a conversation about ‘fracking’

If you have been following the presidential race you are aware the topic of “fracking” has come up. My career started as an engineer with Halliburton. I designed frack jobs and was on the well site when they were pumped into the well. I gained a lot of experience in the oil and gas industry ...

Backyard Gardener: Hard freeze marks end of growing season

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. Most likely we will say goodbye to the growing season this week in the Valley. A hard freeze is in the forecast so any late squash, tomatoes or other vegetables need to be harvested quickly. Tender herbs such as basil should be gathered up as well. ...

National Chamber of Commerce Day

Did you know that Wednesday, Oct. 21, is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day? Observed annually on the third Wednesday of October, National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day celebrates the invaluable work being done by chambers of commerce nationwide to strengthen the ...