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A Family Legacy Begins With a ‘Z’

There was something warm and friendly in that broad smile that made me feel at home as I arrived at the Zeidler farm last week. As Henry Zeidler made his way toward the wooden footbridge I had to cross to reach his homestead, his dog Klondike barked a greeting ahead of my arrival. Both man ...

Dancing Wheels Physically Integrated Dance Company to Perform April 1-2

WHEELING — If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities. That is the fundamental belief behind The Dancing Wheels Company & School of Cleveland, the first and foremost physically integrated dance company in the world. Oglebay ...

Traditional Irish Craft Results in Delicate Collectible

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What collectible do you think of when thinking of the Irish? Of course, there are glass and pottery, shamrocks and shillelaghs, but I think of lace. The fragile beauty of this collectible makes it a study in contrasts since it is both delicate and powerful. Lace ...

Phrenology Head Used as ‘Map’ of Zones

Medicine has come a long way since the early 1800s, when phrenology was an accepted theory of diagnosis. It was said the head covered a part of the brain that controlled a personality trait, like self-esteem, a destructive tendency or religious interest. The bumps might show a criminal ...

Scott to Mark 100 Years

Thelma “Happy” Scott will celebrate her 100th birthday on March 22. She was born in Wetzel County, West Virginia on March 22, 1919, the daughter of John and Laura Roberts. On June 5, 1937 she married William Scott who died in 1999. Thelma is the mother of two daughters, Beverly (James) ...

Hartley to Celebrate 90th

In honor of her 90th birthday, the family of Laura Mae Hartley will be hosting an open house at the Waymans Ridge Methodist Church from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The family requests no gifts; however, cards will be welcomed.

AmeriCorps, Volunteers Worked To Serve Freeze Shelter Patrons

WHEELING — On a recent winter day, local AmeriCorps members and community volunteers came together to chop, saute and simmer, crafting a large batch of wholesome, hearty chili for patrons of the Youth Services Systems Freeze Shelter in Wheeling. The event was organized by Preserve WV ...

‘Great Train Raid’ Rolls Out Civil War Railroad Heritage in May

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and national recording artist Ray Owen is on tap to perform at the fourth annual Great Train Raid festival and fundraiser at the historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Martinsburg Roundhouse, May 4-5. There is a modest admission to the ...

Special Activities

Program A program, Hand Sewing 101, will be presented at the Martins Ferry Public Library, 20 S. Fifth St., at 6 p.m. Monday. Participants will learn how to fix a garment or fabric piece with basic hand sewing techniques. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch With Books Jerra ...

Narrative Medicine: Telling Life Stories To Improve Care for Cancer Patients

WHEELING — Award-winning creative writer and West Virginia University assistant professor Renee K. Nicholson has dramatically changed the face of health care in West Virginia through her work with Narrative Medicine-a medical approach that utilizes patients’ individual life stories to ...

Towngate Theatre Presents Irish Play “The Shaughraun”

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre continues its main stage season with a production of Dion Boucicault’s Irish comedy/melodrama “The Shaughraun.” It will be staged March 15-17 and 22-23. The story revolves around a wrongly accused convict, Robert Ffolliott, who has ...

Conductor Focuses on Music Education, Programs

By LINDA COMINS Staff Writer WHEELING — Conductor John Devlin is eager to visit the Friendly City this week and meet music leaders and other members of the community. Devlin, who holds two positions in Hawaii, is one of five candidates for music director of the Wheeling Symphony ...

Local Volunteers Are Making A Difference for Poor Haitians

MARTINS FERRY — The Haiti Fund is a group of volunteers from the Ohio Valley who join together to make a positive difference in a community far from theirs — the area around Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince. Since 1987, the director of this group, Georgia A. Kurko, Ph.D., a resident of ...

Sewing Treasures Remain Sharp for True Collectors

Sewing collectibles are a surprisingly popular category of antiques. Vintage sewing baskets, pin cushions, needleboxes and spool caddies are just a few of the attractive items in this group of treasures. In previous eras, darning and repair work was done by every woman and household ...

Rine Celebrates 95th

PROCTOR — Gladys Rine celebrated her 95th birthday on Thursday, March 7. She was born in Proctor, West Virginia in 1924, the daughter of the late Susie and Frank Henry. She was married to Marion S. Rine for 49 years until his passing in 1993. Gladys was blessed with six children: ...

Gardening Lecture Series Starts March 25

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center, in partnership with the Ohio County Master Gardeners, presents its 2019 “Public Gardening Lecture Series” line-up. To kick off the program series March 25, “Ticks & Lyme Disease” will feature local ...

Roosevelt Portrayer To Address Woman’s Club

WHEELING — The Woman’s Club of Wheeling will meet Friday at Monument Place, 91 Kruger St., with a portrayal of the 26th U.S. president planned. A book review will be presented at noon. Judy Szymalis will review “Doc” by Mary Doria Russel. Each year, the club’s arts community service ...

Special Activites

Newcomers Club The Wheeling Newcomers Club will meet at Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The program will feature area author Karina Garrison who will discuss her recent book and review her evolution as a writer. Luncheon will be served after the program. ...

Kamin to Explore the Comedy of Charlie Chaplin

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink will present “Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin” at the Lincoln Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The program is hosted by Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in “Chaplin” and created Johnny Depp’s ...