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Ohio Valley Chefs Stir Up Funds for Health Right

As organizers prepare for Wheeling Health Right’s Chefs’ Auction, they also are taking a moment to reflect upon the origins of the nonprofit agency’s major annual fundraiser. The 24th annual Chefs’ Auction takes place at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling on May 5, with a timely ...

Back to Work After Having a Baby and Seeking Tips

Dear Annie: My husband and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world three months ago. She’s our first child and the love of our lives. I was blessed with 12 weeks’ leave from work after she was born, and I cherished that time immensely. I’ve now returned to work and been back for ...

Liquor Found in Teen’s Car Was Bought by Dad

DEAR ABBY: I have a 16-year-old stepdaughter, “Candy.” My wife recently discovered three bottles of liquor in the car Candy drives. When confronted, she told my wife the booze was for an upcoming party. We grounded her. My wife called her ex-husband to tell him their daughter is ...

New Study Aims To Stop Disease Before It Starts

DEAR ABBY: More than 10,000 baby boomers in the U.S. turn 65 every day, and enter the “age of risk” for Alzheimer’s disease. I have witnessed the devastating effects of this disease in my work as a neurologist, as a clinical researcher, and sadly, in my own family. The good news is ...

Questions About Blood Thinners

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I received excellent care, and the cardiac doctors recommended a blood thinner, with a clear preference for apixaban. The pluses of apixaban are no dietary restrictions related to the medication and no need for regular, frequent ...

There’s Value in High-quality Early Ed

Recently, while visiting my daughter, her husband and new grandson in Minneapolis, I ran across an interesting article about high-quality early education, which I found interesting, enjoyable and in some ways, unusual. Many times, we hear and read that students entering preschool, elementary, ...

Choices Affect Your Health

The choices you make in life are not always simple. However, at the very least, consider the following life choices in relation to your health. 1. Where You Live You may not feel as if you have a choice, but you do. And it matters. For instance, a study published in the American Journal of ...

Ex-wife’s Anger at Her Friend’s Betrayal Spills Over to Daughter

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband had an affair with a woman who was one of my dearest friends. My heart is broken; my marriage is over. I have lost my home and my friend. It has been a struggle for me to recover. My daughter, with whom I am very close, continues to have a relationship with this ...

College Student With Autism Seeks Relationship Advice

Dear Annie: I am a college-age male and in desperate need of your advice. There is in my class a wonderful young woman, someone with whom I have talked often but never deeply. I want to get to know her better but simply do not know how; in fact, I do not even know whether she is as interested ...

Perennials Provide Good Food

Spring is the perfect time to slip in perennials for your tasty years ahead. This year we are adding 200 asparagus, 50 rhubarb and 150 strawberry to our stock of perennials. You should consider adding smaller amounts to your gardens. We prepared our beds last year with a cover crop of barley ...

Swinging Wife Feels Attached

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been into swinging for 20 years. Everything has always been “no strings attached.” I was with one man several times before he married his current wife. She’s very religious, not into swinging and doesn’t know he is. I’m so attracted to “Nick” ...

What to Do When HR Is The Problem

Dear Annie: We work in a small office with just over 20 employees. It has recently become common knowledge that the human resources manager, “Melissa,” is sleeping with the principal in our firm, “Larry.” Throughout her eight years with this private firm, the closed-door huddles were ...

Transparent Solution To Roommates’ Opaqueness

Dear Annie: Help! My coffee table is slowly being ruined, and I don’t know how to prevent it without seeming like a control freak. This table was my first big furniture purchase, after years of Ikea bargain pieces and Craigslist freebies. I got some really cute coasters right away, hoping ...

Nerve-sheath Tumors Can Cause Pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: For several months, I’ve been suffering with severe lower-back pain while standing. It radiates down my leg, into my buttocks. Several weeks of physical therapy was not helpful, and I can’t take many medications because I have atrial fibrillation. An MRI showed arthritis in ...

She’s Leery Of Boyfriend’s Leering Ways

Dear Annie: I just do not know the best way to handle this situation. I have been living happily with my partner for six years. He is kind and, for the most part, considerate. But the following scenario has been going on almost from the beginning. Often when he notices a woman he finds ...

Everything Set For Divorce Except Fee

DEAR ABBY: I’ve always been a self-sufficient woman. I grew up in an abusive household, moved out at 16, and cut off contact with my family a couple of years later when it became apparent nothing would change. Nine months ago, my husband walked out on me and our 3-year-old son. He has no ...

Open the Floodgates

Dear Annie: I have an embarrassing problem. Whenever I feel an extreme emotion — positive or negative — I cry. Stressed, elated, depressed — the tears start welling up whether I want them to or not, and I pretty much never want them to. Though I don’t mind shedding a few tears, I ...

Period Players Perform

Following up on last year’s multi-venue series of events related to the First Folio’s 400th-anniversary exhibition in Wheeling, the observance will have a “second act” next weekend. Building on the success of the Madrigal Feast offered in 2016, Oglebay Institute is presenting an ...

Intrusive MIL Must Be Set Straight

DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law recently moved close to us. She has a nice home and has lots of friends in the area, but she doesn’t want any of them to come visit. Abby, her entire focus is on us! She walks right into our home, although she has been asked several times not to. She goes ...

A Letter to a Young Special Education Teacher

I know we just met. You participated in the professional development workshop I presented today. You eagerly took notes and asked me about additional resources. At one point, when you leaned forward to watch one of the video clips, I caught a glimpse of my younger self in your excitement. I ...