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Using gloomy days to study recipes

As this is written, it is another gloomy day (AGAIN!) and makes one wonder whatever did we do to cause Mother Nature to be so mean! Now, I know “April showers make May flowers” but enough is enough. The flowers now blooming are having a hard time staying alive. I have faith that we will see ...

Hints for eating out

When you are eating out and away from home it may be a little more difficult to determine the amount of fat and cholesterol in the foods you order. It is probably the best to avoid all fried foods, creamed dishes and those that contain a lot of egg and cheese. Fruits and fruit juices make a ...

Southern meets Mexican in new cookbook

Southern dishes get a Mexican twist with the collaborative efforts of Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett in “Turnip Greens and Tortillas.” Hernandez, executive chef of Taqueria del Sol in Georgia and Tennessee, and Puckett, a former food editor and food writer, have teamed together in a ...

Chamber spotlight: Becky Nichols Portrait

I am pleased to introduce you to a brand new business and brand new Chamber member, Becky Nichols Portrait. Becky has recently opened the doors of her new studio, though being in business since 2014. According to her recent press release, “Becky is best known for magazine style portraiture ...

10 billion people, can earth support them?

At the World Petrochemical Conference in Houston last month that is what we heard the world population will be by 2050. Current world population is 7.6 billion people. That is an increase of 2.4 billion people in just a little over 30 years. Most of this growth will be in India, China and the ...

Thrillers delve into family secrets

Family secrets, life changing moments and unreliable narrators are the theme of several new thrillers! First loves and a missing woman is told in “Our Little Secret” by Roz Nay. Angela Petitjean was an awkward teenager who was “rescued” by her best friend and all around cool guy H.P. ...

Earth Day thoughts

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 sowed the seeds that triggered a national environmental consciousness. Today, 48 years later, we stand on the threshold of environmental disaster. ...

Community sale planned

The Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce announces its annual Community Sale for May 3-6. This is both a business and residential sale and everyone is invited to participate. Participants are encouraged to let the chamber help advertise your yard sale. Sign up today at B ...

The Oak Ridge Boys a Mid-Ohio Valley favorite

The Mid-Ohio Valley loves The Oak Ridge Boys. In what some event officials are calling a unique situation, The Oak Ridge Boys will be performing at a soldout Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta on April 29 and then return five days later for another show at the Marietta theater. As of Thursday, ...

Look Back: Public projects offer recreation and education

City to have another park; Stephenson Triangle is being beautified as public plot by RFC workers Workers under the direction of George Abels, superintendent of streets and parks are improving a small triangular plot of ground on Liberty Street near Seventh opposite the Stephenson Memorial M. ...

NAEP results — be cautious in interpretation

Are West Virginia students really not as “smart” as students in other states? One could conclude that by looking at the most recent test scores of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). The West Virginia scores were lower than the national average in most cases — but ...

Give veterans a choice

On a chilly evening in December 2014, I stepped outside from an international military gala in Washington, D.C., to take a call from my best friend’s wife. Sherry stammered in a broken voice, “Tom, they found Kwesi ...” My Ranger buddy from Basic Training and best friend, a Ranger School ...

Trapped in subsidy wars

Americans who rely on low-cost, reliable electricity from coal-fired power plants are trapped in what we might think of as subsidy wars. So are the miners and communities that rely on such generating stations as markets. Here’s the question about that: If you have to pay more for something, ...

Your input made difference

Sometimes it seems the more a government agency says “We hear you. We want to serve your needs,” the more you can count on them doing precisely the opposite. But at least in the case of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the voices of more than 100,000 members of the public who chose to ...

Time to codify Parkersburg’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy

In February 2017, one month before Parkersburg City Council proposed the Non-Discrimination Ordinance, the City updated their Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This update is reasonable and in keeping with the EEO policies of most modern ...

Will we finally see spring or go to summer?

Is spring really coming? This April Fool’s joke has gone too far! Everyone is tired of the up and (mostly down!) temperatures and the snow we would have preferred to see on Christmas. There is the possibility of missing spring and going right into the high heat of summer if Mother Nature has ...

Is cholesterol a bad word for you?

When I was younger and hearing older people talk about their cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and aches and pains, I really was not interested in hearing them and couldn’t understand why they talked about aches and pains when they would get together. How dull and boring! However now that ...

Point Park concert seats now on sale

Downtown PKB’s Point Park Concerts on the River kick off Friday, June 1 with Sounds of Summer, a tribute to the Beach Boys. The summer concert series is one of the events that Downtown PKB’s Promotions Committee takes pride in offering to the community as a great way to spend a Friday ...

Labor myth busted at World Petrochemical Conference

Since I became involved with Shale Crescent USA almost two years ago and began talking about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the MOV the issue of higher labor cost and availability here compared to the U.S. Gulf Coast always came up. Last year at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) ...

Mixed bag of books

It’s a mixed bag of books this week as we look at paranormal romance, Amish romance and young adult fantasy! First is a book that captured everyone at the newspaper’s immediate attention, New York Times bestselling author Shelly Laurenston “Hot and Badgered,” part of her Honey Badgers ...