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Thoughts on getting older

As we get older things that were important to us and didn’t bother us when we were young seem to change as the years pass . For instance, we were petrified if we didn’t make good grades in school and afraid of getting punished when we took our report card home to our parents to see. We ...

Hungry Girl gets simple

The popular “Hungry Girl” brand by Lisa Lillien has released a new cookbook, “Hungry Girl Simply 6.” This book focuses on the healthier dishes, this time with all-natural recipes with 6 ingredients or less. In her 13th cookbook, Lillien says in the introduction that she wanted to ...

Partners in Education Luncheon set for May 14

Not a day goes by in the Chamber world that there isn’t some kind of connection or discussion about the relationship between the business community and our education system. And no activity is more visible than the Partner in Education program when it comes to the partnership between ...

Our young people are better than we think

Since we returned from San Antonio and the World Petrochemical Conference my focus has been following up with the people and organizations we contacted WPC. A lot of follow up is needed because of the number of contacts we made. Our lunch event had every seat filled and people were standing to ...

Taste of Parkersburg Planning underway

The Taste of Parkersburg steering committee has been working since January planning for this year’s event. This year marks the 14th anniversary of our unique wine, beer and food tasting event that in recent years has seen attendance upwards of 2,500 people. Not only is the Taste of Parkesburg ...

Saying goodbye to Bill Thompson III

Some things are just plain wrong, and there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do about it. Last fall my friend, Bill Thompson III, editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD), began feeling poorly. In mid-December he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 57 when he ...

Cozies for spring

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some new cozy mysteries! First from J.D. Griffo’s Ferrara Family series is “Murder in Tranquility Park.” Alberta has been living in her aunt’s Cape Cod cottage in the small town of Tranquility with her cat and spending time with her granddaughter, ...

Helbling to speak at Fort Frye High School

Adam Helbling, nationally known advocate for mental health and disabilities and the author of “Well… I Guess I’m Not Jesus,” will be speaking in the Fort Frye High School auditorium Wednesday evening, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Helbling’s book focuses on his own struggles with both ...

Circus theme for Camden Clark Foundation gala

Camden Clark Foundation is bringing the big top to Parkersburg Country Club next Saturday night. The country club will be transformed into a vintage circus theme for WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation’s “Under the Big Top” Charity Gala beginning at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to the ...

Look Back: Fun and fishing on the rivers

The Little Kanawha Fishing Club will go into camp next Tuesday, a short distance above Leachtown. They own a splendid permanent camp there. The object of this camp is fun and fishes, and we are sure the members will have plenty of both. Among those who will go up Tuesday are Otto Lehman, E.C. ...

Life Through the Lens: Animation with depth and breadth

“Perhaps you rely too much on your dragons and not enough on one another.” *** “I know you can do it” are some of the scariest words in the English language. It implies so much. It implies that, although the task remains unfinished, there is utter-belief that it CAN be done. It ...

Back Issues: Formerly known as Captain Marvel

After “Captain Marvel” took the box office by storm last month, Warner Brothers is hoping lightning strikes twice as “Shazam!” premieres today, starring... Captain Marvel? He goes by Shazam now, and in his early days, his greatest foe wasn’t on the comic book page but in the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Signed, sealed and delivered

CHARLESTON — With Gov. Jim Justice’s signatures and vetoes, we can now truly tie a bow on the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. During the 60 days between Jan. 9 and March 9, a total of 1,823 bills were introduced and 294 bills passed both the Senate and House of ...

Bipartisanship just the way it’s done, around here

These days, quite a few politicians seem to believe the key to success is pandering to one’s so-called “core constituency.” It appears most Democrats consider that to be the 20-30 percent of the people with very liberal views, while most Republicans appeal to the 20-30 percent with very ...

Barriers made to be broken

Last week I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at West Virginia University at Parkersburg with inspiring women at the college and throughout our region who are making their mark — no matter what stage they are in on their journey. “The Climb Symposium: A Celebration of Women’s History ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals working to rebuild trust

Thomas Paine once said that “character is much easier kept than recovered.” Throughout 2018, events involving our State Supreme Court of Appeals rightfully shook our citizens’ confidence in the integrity of our State’s highest Court. However, 2019 is a new year and we have a new ...

Loosen union grip on public schools

An op-ed by Simon Hargus last Sunday began with, “I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the ...

Do you monitor your children’s diet?

I am sure most of you can relate to what I am going to tell you now, that we have grown and years have passed. Going to the grocery stores back years before, one did not find all the tempting sweets, junk foods and variety of sugary drinks and novelty items. It may be advisable not to take ...

Even beginners can make bread

I have had trouble ever making bread. My struggles have been widely chronicled. So when “2-Ingredient Miracle Dough Cookbook” came along, I thought surely even I can’t mess this up! A lower-carb book by Erin Renouf Mylorie, the two ingredients are self-rising flour - which you can buy ...

New study confirms why come here

John Chambers, Former Executive Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems, now Venture Capitalist said “If you don’t innovate fast, disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, you’ll be left behind.” We have all seen this happen. Walmart disrupted small businesses on Main Street. Amazon disrupted ...