Kossuth Exhibit Moving

This coming Friday is the closing day for the Wheeling 250 photography exhibit in the atrium of the U.S. District Courthouse on Chapline Street.

The free exhibit, “Listening Through the Lens,” may be viewed during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Visitors are required to show a photo ID for entry to the Federal Building.

This show features examples of work by Wheeling’s premier photographer, the late George J. Kossuth.

However, if you can’t make it to the Federal Building’s atrium gallery this week, don’t fear because there will be more opportunities to view “Listening Through the Lens” in a different venue later this year.

Wheeling 250 officials said the Kossuth exhibit will be installed in the Driehorst Gallery of Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum at Oglebay Park in May. The show will be on display at the Mansion Museum through October.

Kossuth, a 1980 inductee in the Wheeling Hall of Fame, has been called “a self-made man of accomplishment.”

From infancy until his death in 1960, he resided in Wheeling, where his life became “interwoven with that of the community by photographing generations of his fellow residents and becoming a leading force in Wheeling institutions,” Wheeling 250 officials said.

Describing Kossuth’s work, organizers of the exhibit commented, “These portraits are a sort of ‘diary’ of Kossuth’s own influences, aspirations and personal passion that capture the inner personality and qualities of his subjects.”


When 2019 History Hero Barbara Pirhalla of Wheeling attended the History Hero ceremony and other West Virginia History Day festivities at the state Capitol in Charleston on Feb. 21, she obtained an old copy of Goldenseal magazine.

Upon perusing the periodical, she was pleasantly surprised to find an article, titled “Growing Up in Wheeling,” in the winter 2015 issue.

The magazine article was written by James Bernardin, a Glen Dale native who spent his formative years in the Friendly City. He graduated from Triadelphia High School in 1947 and attended the University of Michigan’s Architecture and Design School.

In the article, Bernardin recalled his early years in Elm Grove from the Great Depression through World War II. He recounted experiences on Triadelphia’s football team, along with describing his first summer job at the A&P supermarket and a brief stint working at the Continental Foundry.

After leaving Wheeling and moving to Michigan, Bernardin entered the advertising field in Detroit. During a successful 40-year career, he developed many ads for Chevrolet and other companies.


Do you have an air fryer? I don’t (nor do I have any desire to own one of the devices), but apparently lots of folks in Ohio and West Virginia have (or want) the gizmo.

According to Real Simple magazine, the air fryer was the most searched-for kitchen gadget by residents of Ohio and West Virginia last year. This conclusion is based on Google “shopping search interest data” collected in 2018.

Incidentally, the air fryer ranked third nationwide in terms of Internet shopping searches.

Pennsylvanians were more likely to seek online information about coffee makers in 2018, according to Real Simple’s report.

Meanwhile, the top gadget sought in the nation last year was the spiralizer, while the food processor finished second in the measurement of popularity.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net


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