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Lunch made easy with new cookbook

Lunch can be the most difficult meal to make because everyone tends to be away from the house, so frozen food, fast food or plain sandwiches tend to be what gets made. In “Let’s Fix Lunch” by Kat Nouri, planet-friendly meals with delicious flavor are a feature. The book also includes ...

Face of the United Way campaign

Each year our United Way invites a community leader to serve as our Campaign Chairperson. It is an annual selection where we seek to find a “face of the campaign” ... someone who has been our champion and advocate. Someone who truly understands what we do and the importance of our work. ...

Scary thrills with zombie teens

It’s fall and that means it is a perfect time for scary books! What better way to get in the holiday mood by reading a zombie story? A small town starts seeing violence from its teenagers in “The Loop” by Jeremy Robert Johnson, in this story of biotech gone wrong. Lucy survived years of ...

Recognizing WesBanco for 150 years

When you invest in Downtown PKB, you are investing in your entire community. WesBanco, Inc. has been a big supporter of Downtown PKB over the years by sponsoring our events, joining our Partner Program, and encouraging their employees to volunteer at our events like the Taste of Parkersburg. ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Gaming the system

Alright folks, allow me to continue my weekly countdown to the 2020 general election. As of today, we are less than 30 days away from Tuesday, Nov. 3. By the time you read this, I will have written campaign profiles of every Board of Public Works race except for the governor’s race (I’m ...

Will we do what it takes to save lives?

By Jan. 1, nearly 0.1 percent of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio not far behind, predicts a scientific think tank at the University of Washington. That translates to 1,747 people in the Mountain State and 10,270 in the Buckeye State. As of Monday, the death tolls ...

An embarrassing ‘debate’

The vast majority of parents, were they to observe their children taking part in a discussion in which they lied (or greatly stretched the truth), insulted, interrupted and generally behaved badly to the degree that was on display Tuesday evening during the first presidential debate, would ...

Look Back: Keep it cool in the MOV

Ice We observe with pleasure that several of our citizens took advantage of the floating down on the Ohio of a large mass of floating ice from the Allegheny River; they were hauling it in quantities as fast as their teams could do it. It is clear, crystal-pure ice, some of it over 18 inches ...

Fall baking that is vegan, gluten-free

As we enter fall, and the pumpkin craze is upon us, many may want to start baking. Those following a vegan or gluten free (or both) diet may find some difficulties finding products that taste good but still work for their needs. But luckily there are new products out right now that can ...

Take pride in and support our community

We all come from different backgrounds, customs, beliefs, all received from our parents’ ways of raising and teaching our children, ways of eating healthy or not eating healthy, taking pride in our families, religion, community, activities, schools and government. Of course at the present ...

We have power we must use

A couple of years ago I did a radio interview for the University of Colorado student radio station. We talked about energy, petrochemicals and manufacturing in the U.S. In the middle of the interview the host totally shut down and said, “Did you hear what he just said, dear friends?” I ...

Backyard Gardener: Great garlic for the garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! October is here with some beautiful fall weather. Summer is in the rearview mirror as we prepare for winter. Local farmers are harvesting corn silage and soon will be shelling corn and harvesting soybeans. Pumpkins and other long season squash are ...

48 hours left for 2020 Census

The content for this week’s Chamber article is courtesy of Senator Joe Manchin’s office: This week, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced a target date of Oct. 5 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Every individual in West ...

Book celebrates France, cooking

Since travel is out, travel with a book to France! A lovely story of chefs, cooking and the French countryside is told in “The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux” by Samantha Verant. Sophie is a chef in a famed restaurant in New York until a rival frames her for a terrible ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston odds and ends

CHARLESTON — I feel like a walking countdown clock, but we are now 36 days away from the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election. October starts on Thursday. Absentee ballots are already being sent out by county clerks across the state. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, ...

Develop local solutions to help homeless

We can’t solve every problem. Ask the families and friends of the nearly 940,000 human beings killed by COVID-19. But we ought to ask whether we’re doing all we can for people who need help. Are we? Could we do more to help the homeless people who have taken up residence in Wheeling? If ...

Op-ed: A history of Supreme Court nominations

To discuss a proposed U.S. Supreme Court nomination in 2020, I think the discussion breaks down into three areas: 1. What is the history of these types of nominations? 2. How did 2016 change things? 3. A prediction as to how a Democratic President would handle it if he/she were in office ...

Ginsburg’s lessons live on

It has been more than a week since U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, but the wound to this nation is still just as raw. It further exposed (though it hardly seems such a thing is possible) the divide in this country. Some mourned and were anxious about the future of the ...

Look Back: Keeping the home fires burning

Coal The undersigned have established a coal yard on the corner of Juliana and Littleton [Fifth] sts, and are now prepared to furnish to the citizens of Parkersburg with the best quantity of Wheeling and Pittsburgh coal for family use, at the lowest price. They will also keep on hand a stock ...

What are your expectations dining out?

Even though I excessively cook and love doing so, I must admit I also enjoy dining out and not having to worry what to prepare for dinner and the stress of selecting something the family or guests like. When we entertain we go way out and beyond normal preparation for a dinner which carries ...