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The Beatles crossing Abby Road are depicted in the Europe section of the Gulliver's Gate exhibit, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in New York. The indoor 49,000-square-foot diorama includes scale models of structures and landscapes from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids of Egypt and China's Forbidden City, along with the Taj Mahal, Mecca, Niagara Falls and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gulliver’s Gate: A World of Tiny Landmarks

NEW YORK — A new attraction called Gulliver’s Gate opens just off Times Square this month depicting 100 world landmarks in miniature. The indoor 49,000-square-foot display includes scale models of structures, cities and landscapes from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower to the ...

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St. Clairsville High School students in the cast of “Mary Poppins” strike a pose during a break from rehearsing for this week’s opening performance of the group’s 2017 spring musical.

‘Mary Poppins’ Brings Theatrical, Musical Magic to St. C. Stage

Musical theater will spring to life in St. Clairsville starting this week when the St. Clairsville High School Players present their 2017 production of “Mary Poppins.” The spring musical will take place at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and next week on Wednesday, Thursday ...

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Wheeling Herb Society Welcomes ‘Dynamic’ Speaker

With the new Garden Bistro preparing to open for its second season in the Oglebay Park Wheeling Civic Garden Center’s lower level, the Wheeling Herb Society has moved its annual Herb Luncheon across the park to the Pine Room, a venue they hope to fill with patrons attracted by guest speaker ...

From left, Claudia Raymer, Ron Scott Jr. and Melody Osborne are the recipients of the 2017 Deborah Doleski Allen Champion of Children Awards. The ceremony took place Friday in the Catholic Charities ballroom in Wheeling.
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Champions of Children Accept Awards in Ohio County

At a ceremony in their honor in Wheeling on Friday, three people who work tirelessly to help children and families in Ohio County live safer, healthier, happier lives cited the support of their own families as instrumental in their quests to serve others. The Deborah Doleski Allen Champions ...

Wheeling Jesuit Gaudiosa Highlights Student Talent

Wheeling Jesuit University will highlight the talents of students and alumni during Gaudiosa 2017, the university’s annual gala to support student scholarships, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the McDonough Center. In addition to great food and fabulous entertainment, a silent auction will be held ...

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“Beethoven Lives Upstairs” actors Natalie Berg, left, and Jeff Kuhl, right, take a curtain call with Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Andrew Grams.

WSO Young People’s Concerts Bring Beethoven to Students

Thousands of area elementary students will have the chance to travel back in time to Beethoven’s day and experience the Wheeling Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts, as Classical Kids Live! and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra present “Beethoven Lives Upstairs.” “The Young ...

WLU students rehearse for the musical, “Seussical,” from left, Horton the 
Elephant played by 
Brady Dunn, the Cat in 
the Hat played by Amanda Tamplen and JoJo, played by Kerstin Bommer.

Kelly Theatre Transforms Into World of Seuss

West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players will delight audiences with the fantastical musical, “Seussical,” opening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Additional show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and aturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday. “Dr. Seuss creates a world where we learn that being ourselves and ...

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Preparing for this year’s French dinner at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Wheeling are, front row from left, Sister Carol Hannig, CSJ, director of community life and services; Bob Gaudio and Clare McDonald; back row from left, Jeff Freshwater, executive chef of Cura Hospitality; Anna Marie Troiani, executive director of St. Joseph Retreat Center, and Chad Calissie, assistant chef for Cura Hospitality.

French Dinner Celebrates Heritage

In France, family meals are always an occasion. For the sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, special meals are also a celebration of their French heritage. To commemorate the sisters’ rich French history, the annual French dinner will be held Thursday at St. Joseph Retreat Center, ...

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Fabio’s Pizza Satisfying Customers for Nearly 25 Years

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Located just inside the front entrance of the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Fabio’s Pizza can now be ordered online by visiting www.eatinnow.com. Offering a variety of Sicilian, Napolitana and Chicago styles pizza, calzones, ...

WVNCC Employee Wins National Marketing Award

Rita Lyons, graphic arts technician at West Virginia Northern Community College, has been awarded the bronze in this year’s Paragon Awards contest of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Lyons, of McMechen, won the national recognition in the outdoor media category for ...

Wheeling Native Named Truman Scholar

Wheeling native Vincent O’Leary, a junior environmental science major at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has been named a 2017 Truman Scholar, the only scholarship winner from West Virginia. Former Secretary of State Madeline K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship ...

In this Dec. 1, 2010 photo provided by Stichting Kunstboek, Laura Dowling completes a holiday arrangement of peach and coral roses in a magnolia leaf vase in the Vermeil Room, before the launch of the White House Christmas season, with the Aaron Shikler portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the background at the White House in Washington. The photograph is featured in the book "Floral Diplomacy: At the White House," by Laura Dowling. (Chuck Kennedy/The White House/Stichting Kunstboek via AP)

‘Floral Diplomacy’

Laura Dowling’s new photo book, “Floral Diplomacy at the White House” (Stichtung Kunstboek), gives a behind-the-scenes look at White House flower decorations, including the traditions, design concepts and logistics that go into them. “Flowers are so universal ... that the messages ...

Roasted carrot hummus, with pita chips, and crudite are shown at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel.

Put Spring in Hummus With Roasted Carrots

Hummus generally contains five basic ingredients; chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic and olive oil. Once you have these ingredients combined, it is easy to add other herbs, spices and even roasted carrots — like I do here — to flavor and season basic hummus. In the early spring, I love ...

Burrata and prosciutto pizza is shown in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman.

Try Creamy Mozzarella On Pizza

If you haven’t had the chance to try burrata, I would be honored if this recipe became the first occasion. Burrata is a semisoft, white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. It is like the silkiest, creamiest fresh mozzarella, with a rich molten cream filling as a bonus. And ...

This photo shows Dijon and sherry chicken tenders in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian.

Mustard, Sherry Inspire Chicken Tenders

I mentioned to my husband recently that I had mastered an oven-baked chicken tender recipe, and his response was a little underwhelming; dismissive even. It sounded like a healthier version of a restaurant kid’s meal, and frankly, he wasn’t interested. At the dinner table, however, I ...

Nanny Wants To Teach Kids To Be Kind

DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time nanny for a family with two children, ages 7 and 9. The mother is wonderful, and so are the kids. But the father, who is absent due to work travel most of the time, teaches his children attitudes I strongly disagree with. It is not often I must interact with him, but ...

In this Aug. 22, 2015 photo provided by Amy Hunter, John and Amy Hunter are pictured with their dogs, Apollo, left, and Rubi, a black Labrador retriever, in Brown County State Park south of their home in Indianapolis, Ind. The couple lost two sons and their daughter is about to graduate from college. Amy is a stay-at-home pet mom and finds healing in her connection with their dogs. (Amy Hunter via AP)

Dig Deeper Before Mocking Devoted Pet Parents

NEW YORK — It’s easy to jump directly to “crazy cat lady” or poke fun at “stay-at-home dog moms” when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets. But for some who spend the bulk of each day with their animals, it’s more like a two-way healing labor of ...

Sophie joins other wolves in a round of howling during our tour as sirens wailed in the distance. The Wolf Sanctuary of PA offers tours year-round. For tour information, or to sponsor a wolf, visit www.wolfsanctuarypa.org or find them on Facebook.
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Sanctuary Answers Call of the Wild

It was a wet and chilly Tuesday morning in March when a volunteer at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA near Lititz, Pa., directed me to park in the grass and pointed out the small wooden building where my daughter, her friend and I could check in for that day’s tour. As we walked past a large green ...

Tomato Pie Cafe is located on Broad Street in downtown Lititz, Pa.
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Lititz Takes Lancaster County To New Level

As the mother of a wolf-obsessed 11-year-old, I at first was dismayed to discover the closest place I could take her to see them was near Lititz, a small town in north-central Lancaster County, Pa. For us, that meant a five-hour trek on the dreaded Pennsylvania Turnpike, to Amish country. ...

Emma poses with Jerry, left, and Jean has Jed near the entrance to Airy Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast in Manheim, Pa. 
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Mini Farm, Mini Horses, Big Hit

Hazel Nestleroth raised five daughters and spent 26 years teaching math to middle-schoolers. Retirement and an empty nest didn’t suit her. “I was used to noise, and this house was too quiet. So I brought the noise in.” She and her husband, Mark, a retired pig farmer and insurance ...