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Welcome January with thanks

The first few days of January of this new year, I think is trying to impress us weather wise. We can not complain about the weather this winter so far, because we actually have been having some very nice cool weather, but also sunny days and no snow as of yet. I am sure many of you probably ...

World has changed, what didn’t happen

Everything is relative. Today was a big day. I walked a half mile without my walker. I still have my knee immobilizers on. For a guy who was been running half marathons, walking a half mile shouldn’t be a big deal. For a guy who was in a wheelchair three weeks ago it was huge. My success is ...

‘I have a problem’

What would you do if you had an issue with a local business? Maybe the product or service you purchased wasn’t delivered or didn’t meet your expectations? Let’s use today’s column to review some options when you encounter this situation. (Notice I said “when” not “if” — ...

Who decides where the money goes?

Every year your United Way works diligently to raise a hearty campaign that will help to support nonprofit organizations and initiatives in the coming year. We spend an inordinate amount of time conducting community needs assessments and determining the most acute and critical needs across the ...

Thrillers in small towns

Thrillers set in small towns bring some scary thrills in several new books. A historical thriller follows two women as their lives evolve around an artistic mural in “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain. In 2018, Morgan is finishing up a three-year sentence in jail and looking ...

Birds of a feather

On a cold March afternoon in 1983, I sat in a blind on the banks of the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska and watched seemingly endless lines of sandhill cranes, Canada geese, snow geese, and many species of ducks descend into the shallows to roost for the night. The parade continued well ...

Mom Prom tickets on sale

Tickets for the 7th annual BrAva Mom Prom, scheduled for Friday, April 17, go on sale this Friday, January 17, at 7 p.m. Go to bravamomprom.com and click on the ‘tickets’ link and get ready to click! Tickets -either printed or mobile — are required this year. A printed ticket or an ...

Junior League of Parkersburg to celebrate 95 years

The Junior League of Parkersburg is bringing an “Anniversary Ball” to the Blennerhassett Hotel on Feb. 15. The semi-formal event will celebrate 95 years of community service performed by the Junior League of Parkersburg since 1925. The theme is “Love Is In The Air” to coincide with ...

Look Back: Trip across Ohio River concludes

Part two of the trip across the Ohio River found the trio in the skiff directly in the wake of a huge steamboat. Their plight continues: “Our mirth was interrupted by a roaring and jarring downstream, and looking about in that direction, we perceived another large steamboat directly ...

Life Through the Lens: The price of everything and value of nothing

“When people get desperate, the knives come out.” *** I’m sure every parent has had this thought: am I totally messing up my children? To a large degree, the people they become will be because of the person I am. Talk about pressure! I don’t get to hand-pick the traits they receive ...

Reporter’s Notebook: A chorus of yawns in Charleston

The 2020 legislative session starts Wednesday, Jan. 8, and I’m struggling with what I can fill this column up with. Based on what media heard last week, this is not going to be a very exciting session. It’s understandable. It’s an election year, with all 100 House of Delegates seats and ...

Democrats losing the ‘Solid South’

The Democratic Party’s Solid South lasted much longer in West Virginia than in the nation as a whole. For generations, Democrats could count on winning in the southern coalfield counties. Voter registration numbers made their dominance obvious. A political operative remarked to me recently ...

No place for Nazi salutes

Can any of my readers — ANY of you — pretend, with a straight face that you do not understand the historical and racial implications of a supervisor ordering a class of corrections department cadets to be photographed giving the Nazi salute, over a caption that says “Hail” anybody? ...

Suggestions for 2020 diets

We are now four days into 2020 and the New Year, so now the question is what were the New Year’s resolutions that you have personally made? The majority of the resolutions that people make going into a New Year is DIET, EXERCISE and lose weight. The word diet is spelled with the ...

Have some fun with astrological cookbook

Whether or not you are into astrology, it can be fun to read horoscopes and see what they say for you — much like those quizzes that go around on Facebook and the like. Out now is “Your Astrological Cookbook” by Catherine Urban, who is an astrologer and writes themed horoscopes for ...

What are your limits in 2020? Maybe none

I was walking around the house the other day looking for my walker. I asked my wife if she knew where it was. “It looks like you don’t need it” was the reply. Lynnda is partially right. I gave up the wheelchair for the walker two weeks ago. I can walk without any support easily for short ...

Suggestions for your New Year’s Resolution

The holidays have wound down as we have all stepped a few days into a new year and a new decade. For me, that time always triggers the dreaded New Year’s resolution practice. Exercise more, eat less, more self-care, less overtime….the annual list that we hope will create the best version of ...

Cozies to kick off New Year reading

Welcome to the new Roaring ‘20s! There will be plenty of new books to enjoy, I’m sure! There are a few new cozies out now for fans of the genre. From USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower comes a spin-off of her Amish Candy Shop series, “Matchmaking Can Be Murder.” Set in the ...

Meet the sapsuckers

On a recent episode of Jeopardy, the correct question to an answer was, “What’s a yellow-bellied sapsucker?” My ears perked up because I notice when birds get favorable attention on national TV. And it’s a great question. To the uninitiated, yellow-bellied sapsucker may sound like a ...

Thirty-One Bingo is planned

Beverly-Center Elementary School P.T.O.’s Thirty-One Bingo is back! The games are scheduled for Sunday, February 2, in the school’s gymnasium. Doors will open at 12 noon and playing begins at 1 p.m. Tickets go on sale, tomorrow, January 6. Tickets purchased in advance with the Early ...