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Backyard Gardener: Making jams and jellies

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and Gardeners. Labor Day weekend is upon us. We are officially saying goodbye to one of the hottest summers in memory and welcoming fall. Needed rains and cooler temperatures are here so enjoy. Many home gardeners and others are making homemade jams and jellies ...

Lest we forget

This week was the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is hard for me to imagine what it was like to live through a war where the very existence of our country is at stake. My understanding of that time comes from my parents. My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific. He was ...

Facing campaign launch jitters

Do you remember the early morning, night before the first day of school, nervous stomach feeling? That feeling of jitters in the pit of my stomach. A hybrid of excitement and edgy anticipation. An eagerness to return yet the slightly apprehensive feeling that you weren’t sure exactly how this ...

Romance novels as pick-me-up

A librarian discovers a baby in a bathroom stall and puts her in the path of the town’s handsome sheriff in “No Offense” by Meg Cabot. Molly is enjoying her new life as the children’s librarian in a small town in the Florida Keys after her breakup with her ex-fiance. Whether its ...

Back Issues: ‘Bill and Ted’s’ excellent comics journey

Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan return to theaters (and at home on demand) last week with “Bill and Ted Face the Music.” But this isn’t the first time in nearly 30 years the time-traveling duo has continued their excellent adventures and bogus journeys. The others happened ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Two months until the election

CHARLESTON — As of this writing, we are 64 days from the Nov. 3 general election, with the traditional start of campaign season coming next week on Labor Day. Of course, candidates have been trying to get out and around the state now for weeks since they mostly couldn’t do it during the ...