July Full With Activities

With the first full week of summer drawing to a close, we’re definitely entering the busy part of the summer season, as evidenced by the articles on today’s Life cover and the myriad of events listed in the July Calendar (appearing on Page D8).

An active June is ending, with the second annual Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival concluding at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling today and with several musical and theatrical events on tap throughout the area this week.

Meanwhile, Oglebay Institute’s much-anticipated Secret Garden Tour and Market was set to take place yesterday, and other events crowded the weekend calendar. So, get out there and enjoy the festivities of your choice!

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Belmont County is featured in the current issue of Southeast Ohio magazine. Disability services and the Willow Grove miners’ memorial are profiled in the summer-fall issue, available now.

Officials of the magazine say that Southeast Ohio is the only student-produced regional publication in the country. Published three times a year, the magazine covers 20 counties in southern Ohio.

About 25 students enrolled in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism produce an issue of the magazine every fall, winter and spring, according to university officials. The staff generates story ideas, conducts interviews, writes stories and designs the magazine in 10 weeks.

The magazine has won several Regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, officials added.

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Speaking of writing, Huntington native Glenn Taylor’s second novel, “The Marrowbone Marble Company,” was named by Amazon.com as one of its best books of May. The novel was released in May by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Taylor spoke at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books series in Wheeling and delivered the Hughes Lecture at West Liberty University Tuesday, March 23.

During his appearance at the library, the author read selections from his first book, “The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart,” and he read the prologue of “The Marrowbone Marble Company,” which take place from 1941-68.

Taylor, who grew up down the street from an Owens-Illinois glass plant, said his second novel is about the marble and glass industry. He acknowledged that his fictional Marble City is based on Marble King in Paden City.

His first novel, “The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart,” was a 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers selection and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net