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Free-range Parenting Laws Could Catch On

SALT LAKE CITY — After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled ...

Teacher, Detective, Volunteer Accept Champ Awards

WHEELING — Ohio County prevention professionals on Friday recognized a detective, a volunteer and a teacher for going above and beyond for Ohio County children. Presented by the Ohio County Family Resource Network Partners in Prevention Team, this year’s trio of Deborah Allen Doleski ...

Wedding Wild Cards: The Speeches

Today’s weddings are often planned down to the tiniest detail, sometimes at great expense, to create a truly “perfect” day. But for better or for worse, one random element remains: the speeches and toasts that honored guests stand up and give. Often they’re sweetly, if awkwardly, ...

LGBTQ Couples Shake Up Wedding Industry

Traditional weddings are deeply rooted in gender-based rituals, but the growing LGBTQ wedding industry is reimagining that. Many couples are engaging with centuries of tradition but crafting their own way to the altar. “Structurally, what is required in the wedding planning process is the ...

Science Fair Inspires Scientific Discovery

WEST LIBERTY — The annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair will take place on Saturday. Open to inquisitive minds in grades 6-12, all competition and poster displays take place in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. The springtime format is a result of the recent ...

Spouses Boost Early Detection for melanoma patients

CHICAGO — There’s an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal ...

Brightening Up The Bedroom

Colored, textured and patterned comforters and duvets are telling a dramatic bedtime story these days. “Bedding acts as a narrator to set the tone of the room,” said Anthropologie’s home textiles buyer Brittany Peacock. “As the focal point of the room, the bed is a natural location ...

Spaghetti Squash a Tasty Alternative to Pasta

Spaghetti squash is a large round squash that forms spaghettilike strands when it’s cooked. Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace spaghetti in the recipe of your choice. This is especially good news if you’re searching for an alternative to pasta, either ...

Nights Out Planned For Mothers, Sons

Mother’s Day weekend offers moms and sons two opportunities to “just dance, dance, dance.” The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley kicks off the weekend on May 11 with a mother-son dance at Grand Vue Park Banquet Hall in Moundsville. The Ohio County Family Resource Network will host ...

Get Lost in the Book Loft’s 32 Rooms in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you are longing to lose yourself in a good read and happen to find yourself in this capital city, you might consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German Village. The independent bookstore, which opened more than 40 years ago, is a maze of ...

Reviving Wright: Library Brings Back Poetry Fest For One Time Only

MARTINS FERRY — A one-time renewal of the James Wright Poetry Festival is being offered to mark publication of a long-awaited biography of the Martins Ferry native and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. A free, one-day edition of the festival is planned Saturday at the Martins Ferry Public ...

Individual Flair Marks Bridal Fashion For 2018

Individuality is in when it comes to bridal fashion and accessories. “Brides today want to look and feel like themselves — their most beautiful selves,” says Amy Conway, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. “That means bringing their own style into their look. They’re ...

WJU Prof Earns Fulbright To Study German Army

WHEELING — A member of Wheeling Jesuit University’s history department is one of 500 U.S. teachers — and the first WJU faculty member — to receive funding from the Fulbright Scholars Program. Jeff Rutherford, WJU associate professor of history, has received a substantial grant to ...

Calm Cool Collected: Architectural Digest Design Show Full of Fresh Ideas

NEW YORK —Last month’s Architectural Digest Design Show offered winter-weary attendees a breath of fresh air with many design ideas that were calm, cool and collected. Some highlights: CALM Brooklyn textile design firm Eskayel put founder Shanan Campanaro’s painterly watercolors of ...

Soup Uses Brisket Leftovers

If you are preparing brisket this spring, you may well have leftovers. You can, of course, just heat up those leftover slices and have yourself another small, lovely brisket dinner, or perhaps make a thick and probably messy sandwich. Good choices, both. But if you want to stretch those ...

Pasta Salad Adds ZING to Spring

A great pasta salad is a beautiful thing. It anchors a picnic, potluck or buffet with aplomb. It’s portable, flexible, and easily and often vegetarian. Pasta salads are also such a nice way to play around with seasonal vegetables, so you can change things up all year. Spring and summer ...

Angel Food Cake Gets a Makeover

Is there anything dreamier than the tender crumb of a light-as-air angel food cake? I’ve loved angel food cake ever since I first tasted it as a child. It reminded me of cotton candy. No wonder: angel food cake is essentially a fluffy blend of a super-sugary meringue laced with just enough ...

Appalachian Rhapsody: Wheeling Native Eager for Hometown Premiere

WHEELING — Wheeling native Nate Strasser is excited about this week’s Wheeling Symphony premiere of “Appalachian Rhapsody,” a work that he and a friend co-wrote. The orchestra will perform the composition on a pops program at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “This piece ...

Popular Paint the Town Pink Returns

WHEELING — After a hiatus, Crittenton Services Inc. is resuming its popular Paint the Town Pink fundraising event. The pink gala will take place at Glessner Auditorium in Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge at 7 p.m. Saturday. Explaining the reason for the event’s return, Kathy Szafran, ...

Ohio University Eastern Lauds Women Leaders

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University’s Eastern Campus invites the community to attend Women in Leadership, an open forum featuring local female leaders, on Tuesday in the Shannon Hall Theater on campus. The event, which is part of OUE’s 60th anniversary celebration, is free and open to the ...