Local columns

Parkersburg’s Klondike saga continues

Last week's item about the men from Parkersburg on a quest for Alaskan gold continues with a letter from Dr. Rolla Camden sent from St. Michaels, Alaska, Sept. 15,1897; the men were then in a quandary. They had sailed from Seattle to St. Michaels. From there they were to travel overland, ...

X-Men’s popularity has shifted

History has repeated itself, and been rewritten, in the "X-Men" movie franchise.Now the series looks to soar to new heights with its biggest spectacle yet in "X-Men: Apocalypse," arriving in theaters tonight.The X-Men debuted in 1964 as a team of teenage "mutants," given extraordinary powers by ...

Bring on the school grades

Many parents don't understand the gobbledygook bureaucrats use in evaluating the quality of schools. But they understand the A-to-F grading system perfectly. A means really good. F means unacceptably bad. Simple.That's why state officials are right to be implementing an A-to-F labeling system ...

My advice to Donald Trump

This election cycle has been unlike any we've ever seen. Many of our fellow Americans are justifiably angry, and they've spoken with their votes. They know that sound bites and practiced political rhetoric haven't gotten us anywhere - except more divided. They're crying out for ...

‘The Second Arrival,’ a review of a streaming film

I don't understand the allure of Charlie Sheen. But Charlie Sheen has a brother. Maybe a few. I dunno. I do know that Patrick Muldoon plays Charlie's brother in "The Second Arrival," the sequel to "The Arrival."Take a few seconds to research Patrick Muldoon's career. If a dog or a holiday or a ...

Teachers make a difference

Last week, I was asked to speak during the Wood Whispers awards luncheon in Parkersburg. The young writers and artists were being honored for their work in poetry, short stories, essays, drawing and photography; so my first thought, upon being asked, was, "Me?"But then the memories started to ...

Fewer tariffs would boost U.S. industry

Just over 50 years ago in a river town in southeastern Ohio, a high-tech polymer called Udel PSU was produced for the very first time. NASA applied the shiny gold film to the visor on Neil Armstrong's helmet. It protected his eyes from glare when he famously took those first steps on the lunar ...

Is it time for summer/grilling season yet?

Is everyone okay? No frozen fingers, ears or nose? Who would have thought that Mother Nature would be so mean as to slap us with some of those temperatures the last couple of weeks. Here I go, back out with ALL the winter clothes! The exercise of going up and down the stairs was a plus, but one ...

Guides for great grilling for all cuts meat

Continuing from last week's article on grilling -I don't want you to think that I am an expert on grilling, but I do read a lot about cooking and baking, and one is never too old to learn. I just wish the days were longer with more hours than just 24.Back to grilling:Below I will share with ...

Shibori Dyeing: Part Two: Into the dye

In the shibori dyeing class I was taking at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, we had each worked to create a variety of strange-looking cloth bundles during the first hour of the class, and we were now eager to see what the dye would do to them.When it came time to finally dye the ...

Suspense novels to keep the guessing

Get some new suspense and mystery for your spring and summer reading!New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline tells a story of genetics and donors in "Most Wanted" (St. Martins, $27.99.)Christine and her husband, Marcus, are coming to terms with the fact that he won't be able to help ...

17-year periodical cicada has returned

It's not often insects make news, but for weeks I've been hearing and reading about the imminent emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas. By the end of the month, they will be impossible to miss in parts of Ohio, West Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and western Virginia. 2016 is an ...

Sycamore Station

The scarecrow moved. In fact, he was doing a dance of sorts. Half running across the young field of corn, he fell several times. Laughing and jumping, the little boy turned and ran away only to be tackled and tickled by Mr. Scarecrow. Life for Tommy had been one big game of fun and play ...

Art show winners named

The Fort Frye High School Art Department held its annual student art show Thursday, May 12 in the high school's small gym. Students in Ms. Kathy Allen-Bidwell's Art I, II, III and IV classes contributed artwork to the show.Winning "Best of Show" for the 2016 presentation was Alexandra Dixon ...

Money being raised to help students

What began nearly 10 years ago as a small golf tournament has grown into an effort to raise $100,000 annually to help Parkersburg High School students.Members of "Alumni for Athletics" pledge $100 a year to assist students at PHS in participating in sports, cheerleading, band and Red Wings. The ...

Parkersburg’s gold rush

Want to go to Alaska: Senator Camden deluged with applicationsSenator Camden is not going to Alaska to dig gold.He has no intention of becoming a placer digger and never has had since the Klondike excitement was started. Yet, notwithstanding this he has been deluged with letters from all parts ...

Trump-Kasich could be a winner

Don't hold it against Ohio Gov. John Kasich that so many in the national media pundit class have suggested he'd be a good running mate for Donald Trump. They've been wrong about so many things during the past year - dismissing Trump, for one - that it would be easy to ignore them on Kasich.But ...

Not everyone left Fort Boreman Park

A good location to seek for the unknown can be hard to find at times. Some are not willing to allow people on their property, or the cost that some locations charge is to high to attend. But even when permission is granted or one is able to pay the cost, it does not mean seekers are guaranteed ...

Shibori Dyeing: Part one — experimentation

For me, crafting is so much fun because it gives me an excuse to constantly learn new skills and put them to the test. Learning new skills is sometimes carefully arranged and planned out, but then sometimes it starts when I randomly sign up for a class after reading a brief description.And so ...

Value of a good night’s sleep

I tossed and turned all night unable to fall asleep. First, it was too hot, then too cold. Never finding the just right for a solid slumber. My mind raced heavy with worries and woes. Or maybe it was all the sweet tea I drank earlier in the day. At sunrise, I'll be faced with much to do, ...