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With much gratitude and thanks

Finally one of my major events came to an end last Saturday evening with the "Celebrity Chef Cooking School" fundraiser for the West Virginia Symphony League — Parkersburg. Local Celebrity Chefs taking part in the event were: Steve Peters, Yancy Roush, Kiki Angelos, Autumn Moore, Chris ...

Go Paleo with new Instant Pot cookbook

There are several specialty diet cookbooks out right now, including ones for if you have my favorite appliance, the Instant Pot! For those following the Paleo diet, and those that forget to dethaw their protein, there is “No-Thaw Paleo Cooking In Your Instant Pot” by Dr. Karen S. Lee. The ...

The show must go on during virus

Last weekend when I was in Houston for our National Speakers Association (NSA) Winter Conference, one of the topics discussed was the coronavirus. For professional speakers, it is a big concern since speaking at conventions or conferences is a major source of their income. Canceled meetings ...

Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members

I’m proud to announce that we have added 14 new Chamber members to the Chamber member directory since the first of the year. One of our Chamber mottos is “Chamber members support Chamber members.” When new members join the Chamber we communicate this information to our existing ...

It’s the seventh inning

It feels like we are in the seventh inning of a very long baseball game. The “game” is our annual campaign and the wind up pitch was delivered back in September. Like a four seam fast ball, we came out firing, energized and ready to go the distance. Our team was prepared, well-conditioned ...

Dig into some spring cozy mysteries

It’s time for some cozy mysteries designed to put a little spring in your step! Kirsten Weiss returns to her Pie Town Mystery series with “Pies Before Guys.” Val’s employee Abril is thrilled to be hosting a poetry slam at the bakery, especially to try to gain the attention of local ...

Open gym offered for toddlers on Mondays

The Gym Factory in Beverly is now offering an ‘open gym’ time each Monday from 9-11 a.m. at its building located at 23507 State Route 339 in Beverly. The program is for toddlers, preschoolers, or homeschool students. Cost is $5 per hour per child and a family rate is also available. ...

Look Back: Volcano erupts in the late 1800s

Volcano Letter — Volcano, Aug. 2, 1881 Editors State Journal — Mr. H.A. Stiles of Philadelphia, President of the Volcanic Oil & Coal Co., arrived here on Thursday last, with his family, and is the guest of W.C. Stiles, Jr., at Thornhill. Mr. T.J. McGill, together with the many ...

Purposeful family living

“Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.” This is rule 7 in Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life.” It is a strong recommendation to build your life on principles instead of just doing what is easy for the moment. There are two general ways to go through life; ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week eight at the Legislature

Here we are folks, ending week eight and starting week nine — the final week — of the 2020 legislative session. I'm not ready to do a look-back yet. That will come in next week's column. But I can at least say that my predictions of a boring session have been mostly on the money. Outside ...

Remembering historical anniversaries still important

Seventy-five years ago last Sunday, a young West Virginian, Hershel “Woody” Williams, lifted his face from the black volcanic sand of a small island in the Pacific, wondering why many of the men with him were standing up, cheering and firing their rifles into the air. Then he saw the ...

Missing a good instructor

Last month, a former high school band and percussion instructor of mine died. He was too young, of course — and in fact, looking at the age printed in the obituary, many of us were surprised to realize he wasn’t nearly as much older than we were as we thought he was, at the time. Maybe ...

Op-ed: Solar energy — West Virginia’s path to a brighter economic future

The time is now for West Virginia to seize the opportunity to capture some of the 240,000 jobs and the billions of dollars of annual investment in the United States’ growing solar energy sector. Surrounding states-from Virginia to North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Kentucky-have already taken ...

Honored to be chosen as celebrity chef

When we are young, we have dreams and during life some dreams come true and some do not. It is nice to have dreams and hopes, that helps makes life worth living an a goal for one to achieve. As for me personally, I am a person that had and has many various dreams, and so far, I feel fortunate ...

Cooking low and slow with chef

Robyn Almodovar has been a chef on several cooking-related television shows, including winning both “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” as well as being a finalist on “Hell’s Kitchen.” So she may be a familiar face to those that enjoy those programs. Almodovar also has her own ...

Tasty food at Savor Saturday

The end of winter is in sight and March will be here before we know it! While we’ve been fortunate to have a pretty mild winter so far, I’m betting all of us are looking forward to the start of spring and the chance to enjoy some time outside. Well, Downtown PKB wants to help you get out ...

Make a bigger pie

Growing up in Pittsburgh we had a big family. I have 5 brothers. On Sundays, we always had a big family dinner. Mom would cook all afternoon. We all sat down for dinner and said grace together. I wish there had been video back then so I could see what it must have looked like. As soon as we ...

2-1-1 for Mid-Ohio Valley information, resources

We all know that dialing 9-1-1 will connect you to emergency services in your local community. We know it’s the best resource if/when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger.  Many people know that you can dial 4-1-1 for directory assistance (although most ...

New Amish fiction for the genre fans

Two new books bring a variety of authors’ Amish fiction to readers. First from New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter comes the first book in her Amish Greenhouse Mystery series, “The Crow’s Call.” When a terrible accident takes the lives of Amy King’s father, brother ...

Community Lenten services scheduled

The Beverly-Waterford Ministerial Association has announced its Community Lenten Services schedule. Each Wednesday evening service will begin at 7 p.m. The complete list of dates, churches and pastors is: March 4, Smith’s Chapel, Russell White; March 11, Waterford Nazarene, Jerry Penrod; ...