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How to Fertilize Your Garden Organically

In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived ...

The Baby Imposition

Dear Annie: I find myself in an uncomfortable situation with a friend who just moved to our town this year with her husband and baby. Besides her two sisters who live here, we’re the only friends they have so far. I feel that she’s been taking advantage of me by asking for constant help ...

To my mom friend who always seems self-conscious

To my friend who always seems self-conscious: I don’t care if you are dressed to kill or wearing pajama bottoms in public. I don’t care if your hair is salon-coiffed or your roots are showing. I don’t care if you are made up like a TV anchor or if your recent sleepless nights are ...

Hargro To Offer His View 

Edward Hargro, a former Wheeling resident and the son of a Tuskegee airman, is slated to speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The title of his presentation is “African American Life: A Personal Perspective.” The program is ...

Mental Health Issues in College Students on Rise

Last semester another professor and I were talking about how student needs and expectations have changed over our 20-plus years of college teaching. We both agreed that the single biggest difference is the need for mental health support and intervention, something neither of us had been ...

Forced to Quit?

Dear Annie: My girlfriend (of a year) and I are both in our mid-20s and are both smokers. In fact, that’s how we met — on the smoking patio of a bar, both out there alone because none of the friends we were there with smoked. We’ve both always talked tentatively about quitting, but in a ...

Try a Little Kindness and Discover Benefits

I saw a billboard with a message, the gist of which was this: “Life is too stressful. Let another driver in ahead of you.” Not rocket science, but it had an impact. Don’t you remember the driver in a long line of traffic who let you go in front of him? Or the person who held the door ...

Man Learns He’s Not First

DEAR ABBY: I met the love of my life eight months ago. Everything about our relationship is perfect. We both love our families, fine food, games and, most importantly, each other. We met at an antique store and now have an extensive stamp collection together. Wanting this joy to last ...

Unsavory Health Issue On Display

DEAR ABBY: A dear friend has been battling cervical cancer. Her condition has left her dependent on a colostomy bag. She’s not shy about discussing it on Facebook and in public, where she speaks loudly. I have tried to be understanding and supportive, but there are limits. My problem is, ...

Couple Disagree About Adoption

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been happily married for two years. We both want biological children later, when the timing is right. A while ago, some friends adopted a little girl from Russia. The girl was orphaned and badly in need of medical treatment. Our friends got her everything ...

‘As You Wish’

You can’t always get what you want. But I have discovered with some proactive effort, sometimes you can get what you wish. Like most modern moms, I have many responsibilities both inside and outside the home, all of which require 100 percent of my attention and effort, 100 percent of the ...

Knoblich Scores Award

Wheeling storyteller Rich Knoblich has been honored by his peers in the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. The group presented its Bob McWhorter Achievement Award to Knoblich recently. The award is actually a clock, which is a rather ironic symbol to represent the timeless art of ...

Secret History of Molestation Makes Dad an Ongoing Threat

DEAR ABBY: My very best friend growing up was repeatedly raped by her father from around age 13. She told me when we were 17. I reported it to a policeman, but back then, they couldn’t do anything unless she reported it. She refused in order to protect her mother. Her mom is gone now, but ...

Full STEAM Ahead At Summer Camp

“I’m a genius!” exclaimed one middle schooler participating in Ohio County Schools’ first ever middle/high school STEAM Camp. The scene is remarkable; students are fully engaged, offer assistance to each other and persist with difficult challenges — all while smiling and ...

Control Weeds With Variety of Tactics

The summer solstice is on its way with our longest day of the year on June 21 and then the slow slide of the sun down the horizon. The hills are vibrating the green of the trees and foliage into our brains. The change is such a wonder from the pall of winter. Our gardens are filling up ...

Medical Issues Prompt Concern And Contempt

Dear Annie: This concerns unwanted reactions by others to my husband’s and my medical problems. My husband has balance and coordination problems, for which we have been seeking answers for years. He sometimes stumbles or falls. I have experienced a degeneration in tendons of both hands and ...

Dad’s Rocky Relationship Causes Bumps

DEAR ABBY: I’m turning 17 and live with my dad and his girlfriend. They have broken up four times, causing my dad and me to retreat to the basement where we live the peaceful, happy life we did before he met her. When they first started dating, she was very nice, and I liked her. However, ...

Classic Books Teach Lifelong Lessons

As an AP English language and composition teacher, I’m used to giving summer reading assignments to my incoming seniors. This summer, I decided to give the readers of this column three (Yes, I said three! No whining, please.) summer reading assignments. Your tasks: 1. Watch the PBS series, ...

Cheating Stems From Loneliness

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are both active duty military. We have been married for three years and have an 18-month-old daughter together. My husband is sweet, handsome and a great father. We got married very quickly, and I think that’s where our problems began. He isn’t good at ...

Healthy And Safe Grilling

Grilling is fun and flavorful and can be one of the healthiest ways to cook, but did you know that an estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized with food poisoning each summer? Foodborne illness can be prevented by taking precautions. When purchasing any raw meat, poultry or seafood, ...