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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 ...

Trapping the Devil

He finally got to see him face to face. All of the other guards had seen him and now it was his turn. Bill was disappointed, to say the least. The killer of seven young women, the mass murderer looked just like an ordinary man. The haunting difference was his piercing blue eyes that saw ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg moving two shows

The next two Actors Guild of Parkersburg shows are being moved from the theater on Market Street. Because of theater renovations at 724 Market St., performances of “Madagascar Jr.,” Jan. 24 to Feb.1, will held at Blennerhassett School auditorium, 444 Jewell Road, and performances of ...

Look Back: Trip across the Ohio River continues

The item from last month, titled “Wave Riding,” chronicling a perilous boat ride across the Ohio River in 1847, from Belpre back to Parkersburg, continues as the author describes the view from the middle of the river; she is looking toward and describing the Virginia shore: *** “Farther ...

Reporter’s Notebook: 2020 starting in fast forward

Wednesday is the start of a brand-new year, and if you thought 2019 went fast, expect the first half of 2020 to go even faster. There is a lot going on in a short amount of time, so I’m here to give you the important dates. * Jan. 8: The start of the second session of the 84th Legislature. ...

Displays are joy in light

With all due respect to Oglebay Park and its million or so LEDs in dozens of beautiful displays, the reason for the season is on glorious, if private, display elsewhere. Take a drive this evening, virtually anywhere in the valley. At some point, you’ll be nearly blinded by a private home ...

Gift that makes a difference

A few days before Christmas, I had the opportunity, because of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, to ring a bell at one of the Salvation Army red kettles for a little while. We were so fortunate the weather was wonderful that day. I have done it in years past when the weather was not so friendly, and ...

Happy New Year to the Mid-Ohio Valley

Hope you all had a happy and healthy Christmas and survived all the hustle and bustle! Just think of the dedicated and hard-working men that work on the trash removal, especially the pick up after Dec. 25 with all the many boxes and extra items from Christmas morning. As we are getting ready ...

Might as well start getting healthy now with cookbooks

As the new year looms, many people’s first New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, eat healthier, etc. Everyone seems ready to see the end of all the sweets and treats the holiday has brought. So with that in mind, here are two new cookbooks to go ahead and get into the mindset of ...

Let go first, then move forward

It was a sunny, cool fall afternoon. A great day for soccer. I love the game and being part my adult league team. For years our adult league played on rough grass fields. I was thrilled to be playing on our new turf fields. Playing in the second half I felt strong and was having fun. I chased ...

Highlights and accomplishments

“There’s just 2 of you?” I get that question a lot when asked how many employees the MOV Chamber has in the office. (And many of you know that there were a couple months this fall when we only had ONE employee as we were in hiring mode to replace our Membership & Events Specialist. ...

Best books of 2019

2019 is ending and we’re getting ready to welcome another set of Roaring 20s, so here are my favorite books of the year! SUBURBAN NOIR: (Tie) “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing (Berkley) and “Those People” by Louise Candlish (Berkley): In “My Lovely Wife,” Millicent and her ...

A tale of animal tails

Animal tales often occupy this space. As the year comes to an end, thoughts of animal ends also come to mind — their tails. So, here’s a tale of tails. Animal tails are fascinating appendages that come in a variety of forms and serve a variety of functions. Tails help animals move, ...

Beverly-Center Elementary holds spelling bee

Beverly-Center Elementary School held its annual school-wide spelling bee Friday, December 13. After winning their classroom bees, students from first through sixth grade participated in the grade-level school spelling bee. First, second, and third place winners in each grade were: First ...

Veteran visits Vietnam wall for Christmas

One of Ralph “Gig” Morris’ Christmas presents this year was a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit to the memorial on Dec. 21 coincided with the 50th anniversary of Morris returning home after serving in the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1969. The Christmas ...

Look Back: Worries of a by-gone era

Bird feathers The campaign against the slaughtering of birds for ladies hat ornaments is not a very profitable one. If the ladies yield an inch in this fight who can tell where it will stop? If they give up birds they will next be asked to give up feathers; for what can be said in regard to a ...

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 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Some thoughts on Christmas

Christmastime is here, helping usher in the end of the second decade on the 21st century. I've been thinking a lot about the traditions we keep, whether they be your standard Christmas traditions handed down from times of old, or simply personal traditions created with family, friends, and ...

Consequences of leaving history out of lesson plan

Well, heck, World War II was a long time ago. Why do we even need to know about those “Nazi” people? Ask the 30 or so West Virginia prison guard trainees who are in trouble after touching a raw nerve regarding the Nazis. Some of them probably wish they’d learned more about the horror of ...