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Bailey starting programs at YMCA

Tara Bailey said she wanted to bring changes and programs to the YMCA of Parkersburg when she took over as executive director/chief executive officer in September. Changes and programs are already taking place at the YMCA facilities on Broad and Market streets. The YMCA of Parkersburg ...

Recalling the talk of the town

After dinner talk about things common and uncommon * “Shall the World’s Fair be kept open on Sunday?” is a question which will continue to cause many persons to pass sleepless nights until the thing is settled one way or the other. It doesn’t matter to us how the matter is ...

ATRA uses threat of label to blackmail lawmakers

For more than 10 years now the American Tort Reform Association, a front group bankrolled by America’s most powerful and wealthy CEOs, has attacked West Virginia with its widely discredited “Judicial Hellhole” report. It’s been debunked by everyone from the media to legal experts as ...

Dems dislike strategy because it works

Strange, isn’t it, how a strategy used by an icon of progressivism suddenly has become idiotic and irresponsible in the eyes of many progressives? “Progressive” is the new/old term for the people we used to call “liberals.” The change is intended to convey the subliminal message ...

Fine, Christmas. You win.

I just wasn’t into it this year. It has been a busy — sleep-deprivingly busy — couple of months. The thought of dragging out my sad two or three boxes of Christmas decorations and throwing away an evening on putting up everything just to tear it down again in a few weeks seemed ...

Santa will come, he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

Have a Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Did you get all the cookies and candy made that you planned for this celebration? As this is written, mine aren’t done but we have excellent grocery stores that have just what I had planned to make, so the goodies here on the hilltop might just be “store bought”! The plan ...

Merry and delicious Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, Mid-Ohio Valley, and everyone everywhere! The big day is finally here and all the weeks of preparation, shopping, what to buy, who you will have for Christmas dinner and hopefully you are not as crazy as me and have 16 Christmas trees in your house. If you are reading this ...

Best books of the year

Here is a look back at a few books that were the best of 2016! Memoir: “Thanks for the Money” by Joel McHale (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27) — TV star of “Community” and “The Soup” takes the reader through a tongue-in-cheek look at his life and celebrity-dom with his trademark ...

Wisdom of conservation

People often ask me why ornithologists band birds. A complete answer could fill a book, but here’s a start. Long-term banding efforts allow us to understand the distribution and migration of birds and to monitor changes in population sizes.  And banding allows us to learn how long birds ...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all who have chosen to read my ‘ramblings’ today.  I had another topic in mind but, as I typed the date, I realized that today was Christmas Day and I couldn’t help myself.  Underneath the piles of wrapping paper, the meal preparation, visiting, and general confusion ...

Men give ‘Jesus Dollars’ to churches

VIENNA — “Jesus Dollars” continue to flow into Wood County churches from McFriends Fellowship Group. This past Wednesday morning at St. Michael Catholic Church in Vienna, the Christian men’s fellowship group contributed $2,956 toward the charitable cause. McFriends Fellowship ...

Christmas Eve story to share

Far away and not so long ago there lived an old moose. His lifelong dream was to be a reindeer. Not just any reindeer but one of Santa’s special reindeer that pulled his sleigh across those beautiful winter skies delivering toys to all the children of the world on Christmas Eve. The ...

Christmas kindness and a little luxury

His first pair of shoes Several weeks ago the unions associated with Central Trades and Labor Union Council sent a box of clothing, shoes and other supplies to the suffering miners and their families of the anthracite region of Pennsylvania. In one pair of boy’s shoes Mr. J.H. ...

What will Trump, Manchin do?

With ballot counting still in progress from the Nov. 8 election a few weeks ago, some other newspaper folks and I had already moved on. Our topic: Who would the Republicans run against Joe Manchin in 2018? No one in their right mind would challenge Manchin, unless something changes ...

A ray of sunshine is gone

I previously wrote a column about the fact that my wife and best friend has Early Onset Alzheimer’s, a crippling disease which has rendered her essentially a quadriplegic over the course of a few, agonizing years. She has gone from a vibrant and athletic and witty lady to someone who ...

‘V/H/S 2,’ a streaming movie review

What’s the deal with VHS? I mean, what is VHS? I mean, seriously folks! Cue the pre-recorded laughter. I do remember VHS. Some don’t. I heard of a millennial that couldn’t work a rotary phone, so all bets are off on figuring out technology that pre-dates existing. I couldn’t figure out ...

‘Daniel Boone,’ another classic television western

Fess Parker struck ratings gold again in a coonskin cap, this time as “Daniel Boone.” Like his previous hero, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone was one of American’s greatest real life folk heroes. He hunted, trapped, fished and explored the frontier of the American Southeast. Daniel’s ...

Archive of the Afterlife

This time of the year most are thinking about the holidays and making plans to visit family and friends. Some will be having guests at their own homes while some will be traveling afar, enjoying each others’ company. There will be laughter along with heartache as stories are told around the ...

Parade of Christmas cheer

I know I’m a little late on this one, but it would have been tricky to write about last weekend’s Parkersburg Christmas Parade in time for last Sunday’s edition. And, anyway, my fingers would not have been thawed out enough to type. It all started with a recognition that we needed a ...