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Spending it or losing it in W.Va.

June 6, 2016 During the past several weeks, I’ve been told by two moderately high-ranking officials that what I’d written about state spending was incorrect. more »»

Conquering a bug phobia

June 5, 2016 Cicadas are deadly. No, hear me out. My aversion to bugs is well documented, but in most circumstances, I can become accustomed to (non-biting/stinging) bugs after enough tim. more »»

Recipes are family favorites

June 5, 2016 Vacations are always nice, but getting home is better! It seemed that half the population of the country was at Myrtle Beach while we were there. more »»

Veggie recipes for summer gardens

June 5, 2016 Last week we talked about planting vegetables and now this week I will send you some additional veggie recipes that I thought you might enjoy. more »»

Get grilling with 'Meathead'

June 5, 2016 Now is the time to fire up those grills and do a little barbecuing! And become a better griller with “Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling” by Meathead Goldwyn (Houghton Mifflin... more »»

Amish romances for fans

June 5, 2016 Several popular writers in the Amish genre are back! First is Charlotte Hubbard continuing her Promise Lodge series with “A Simple Vow. more »»

Summer reading planned in Beverly

June 5, 2016 Sign-ups for the Beverly Public Library’s summer reading program begin tomorrow at the library. Programs are available for children and adults of all ages, and last from June 6-July 16. more »»

Shibori Dyeing: Part Four: Large-scale dyeing

June 5, 2016 With approximately one hour left in the three-hour shibori dyeing class, most of my classmates seemed happy with their sample pieces dyed in various patterns. more »»

California dreaming — Bug Fair

June 5, 2016 In 2011, I recommended a nonfiction book titled Winged Obsession: the Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart. It’s a riveting nonfiction account of how a U.. more »»

Graduation promise kept

June 4, 2016 Jim Pappas was determined to attend Madison Hill’s graduation. On May 21, Pappas, 92, of Walker was in the crowd at Michie Stadium as Hill of Parkersburg graduated from the U.S. more »»

All that glitters is not gold

June 4, 2016 For the party of Alaskan gold-seekers from Parkersburg, decision time was near; do they push on into the Yukon or return to the states? A letter written Sept. more »»

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles born in comics

June 2, 2016 The merchandising juggernauts that are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to the big screen this week, but the characters got their start in some comics with which many of their most ardent... more »»

That forgotten legion

May 30, 2016 Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. more »»

Clinton plan for coal states not believable

May 30, 2016 Apparently a substantial number of West Virginians actually believe Hillary Clinton plans to help us after she completes the project Barack Obama began — wrecking the coal industry and driving... more »»

Honoring those who gave all

May 29, 2016 Ah, here I sit, at home in the middle of a three-day weekend (I hope ... I am writing this at an unnamed point earlier in the week. more »»

Struggling with the updates

May 29, 2016 This is being written by a very irritated female. I have been fighting for days with the nasty computer that lives in my office. more »»

Plant seeds of generosity too

May 29, 2016 I have always heard that the best time to plant your veggies and flowers is after Mother’s Day. This year it is a little different with all the rain and cool days that we have been having. more »»

Shibori dyeing, part three: Green first, then blue?

May 29, 2016 When the sample pieces of shibori came out of the dye vat, they were initially an odd shade of green. more »»

'A Day at the Playground' theme in busy life

May 29, 2016 * Roll out of bed around 5:45 a.m. and put final touches on an email to the MOV Chamber members. more »»

Painted bunting excites Okla. hunter

May 29, 2016 I’m often asked why I love birds. The answer is simple: they please my eyes, ears, and brain. Even common backyard birds are eye candy. Give me chickadees, or give me death. more »»



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