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Look Back: Revelry, charity, comedy mark Christmas festivities

Christmas in Parkersburg, 1865 Christmas day this year was an exceedingly merry one. The streets, though very muddy, were all day filled with happy people — some felt rather too much so. The saloon keepers took the hint, and to prevent any violation of the sacred day, closed in time their ...

Start your own butterfly effect

You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, I suppose. It was on display in all its glory — and I mean that — a couple of weeks ago. About a hundred years ago, a little girl in Wheeling, Daisy Scott, died. She must have been a wonderful, kind child, to judge by what her family did. They gave a ...

Truth Seeker: Putting hauntings on hold

A week from Christmas and we are scattering around with a long list of things to do. Our list contains anything from attending Christmas parties and performances to getting everything on the wish list checked off before time runs out. While putting more pressure on ourselves we make it feel as ...

Protecting national parks

When news came earlier this month that President Donald Trump had signed proclamations shrinking public lands in Utah — specifically, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ear national monuments — my knee-jerk reaction was “No way. Why? Public lands are important. Preserving our natural and ...

Time to put up tree and decorations

This is the third Sunday in Advent — light the Rose candle. In the traditional Advent wreath, there are three purple candles and one rose colored one. In the wreaths used as decorations in German homes that have limited space, the Advent wreath was the main Christmas decoration, along with a ...

Christmas is upon us now

The countdown is continuing and we are geared up on a high pace to get our shopping, decorating, baking and entire menu for the coming week ready. The biggest holiday will be here next week with all Christians all over the world celebrating — from the smallest to the largest countries. Can ...

Find your next sweet treat in new cookbook

Now is the time that a lot of people decide to make one of my favorite sweet treats in the world — the cookie. Cookies are fun to share, make for others and make for yourself. They are small and give you a dessert without being too many calories. Baking is also something I do to try to ...

MOV Chamber Member Spotlight: Wax and Beyond

This week, we would like to spotlight a new business who has recently placed their membership with our Chamber. In addition to being new to our Chamber, Wax and Beyond is also new to its Grand Central Mall location. Wax and Beyond creates hand dipped, hand carved, reusable glow candles and wax ...

Bringing jobs back: Give greatest gift

When I teach my students or people in industry about effective communication I tell them you have two ears and one mouth so you should listen twice as much as you talk. Listening is the best way to learn about another human being. It is a way of treating them with dignity and respect. Another ...

Books for kids this year

Though the shopping days keep ticking down, there is still time to run out and buy a book or two for your favorite kid! For young readers is a story of friendship and wanting to hang out in “Come Home Already!” by Jory John with illustrations by Benji Davies. Duck wants to hang out with ...

Seen any gulls lately?

Large groups of birds usually attract attention and curiosity. If several thousand crows roost in trees above someone’s driveway, I hear about it. Or if during a mid-January thaw 400 robins show up and begin hunting for earthworms in a backyard, I’ll get a call. The frigid cold air that ...

Spelling bee held

Beverly-Center Elementary School held its annual school spelling bee December 5. Students in first through sixth grade competed to be their grade-level champion, with the top four spellers in fifth and sixth grades qualifying for the district bee to be held January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the ...

Christmas dinners raise money for Ohio Valley University

Christmas dinners in Vienna and Belpre raised $12,300 for Ohio Valley University. The Belpre chapter of Stepping Stones raised $6,500 at a dinner Dec. 2 at Belpre Church of Christ that 150 people attended. The Parkersburg chapter of Stepping Stones raised $5,800, with a capacity crowd of 140 ...

Look Back: Timber industry keeps rivers, workers busy

Parkersburg mill now running The old reliable Parkersburg Mill Company had some trouble for a time with the costly new machinery they lately put in, but it is running smoothly now, and they are working full time to catch up with their orders. They are shipping immense quantities of sawed ...

Back Issues: Comics fill ‘Star Wars’ blanks

PARKERSBURG — Want to know when Darth Vader found out Luke Skywalker was his son? Or how Captain Phasma escaped the trash chute on the now-exploded Starkiller base? There’s a comic book for that. Even with Disney apparently set to release at least one new “Star Wars” movie a year and ...

Bureaucracy flexes its muscles in D.C.

Most people probably viewed this week’s duel over leadership of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as merely one more fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress. It wasn’t. It was the fourth branch of government flexing its muscles. In establishing the three ...

In a pickle over Christmas

I’m in a pickle. Or rather, I need to find a pickle — a glass one. Until very recently, I had no idea there was such a thing as a traditional glass pickle at Christmastime, let alone how important the tradition has become to some families. It seems there is an ...

GOP tax reform bill is no favor to the middle class

Once again Republicans in Congress are planning to flimflam the lower and middle classes by asking us to play the fool yet one more time. They think we are mindless peons and all they have to do is label a giant tax gift for the super-rich and giant corporations as a “middle class” tax ...

December goes fast

Today we light the second candle in the Advent Wreath. In two weeks, it will be Christmas Eve! December is such a magical month, so why does it have to gallop through the days so fast? I have watched the hands on the clock and they seem to go at a normal rate, but the days just disappear. So, ...

The sounds of Christmas

With the passing of each day, we are getting closer and closer to Christmas. Every morning I see the “countdown of days “ on the front page of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. For some, this causes mixed emotions, for some of us can’t wait for Christmas to be here for various reasons ...