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This undated photo provided by CB2 shows Mirrored mosaic ornaments. These turn a 70s-era disco ball into a holiday tree and retro décor is a popular trend this season for those who prefer a less traditional but no less evocative holiday display. (CB2 via AP)

Midcentury-Modern Motifs Shine This Holiday Season

Midcentury and 1970s-’80s motifs are strong players on the home decor stage, and that includes holiday decor too. These retro styles have a different kind of energy from traditional, nostalgic, holiday decor does. No deep and evocative snowy forests here; no minimalist yet rustic urban ...

This Oct. 16, 2017 photo shows a Pumpkin Cheesecake with Crystallized Ginger Crust. This recipe is adapted from Natalie Dupree's companion cookbook "Nathalie Dupree Cooks for Family and Friends" to her PBS show, "Food for Family and Friends," published in 1991. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

Whip Up a Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin is so popular today that there is hardly anything that hasn’t had a pumpkin variation. Some of them are no-brainers, others are so far-fetched that I don’t understand who is buying them, much less eating them. Back in the day, a pumpkin cheesecake would have been unusual; today ...

This historical family photo belonging to Dr. Heather R. Parker, left, is an example of how looking at the background of a photo provides insight into the family and the time period. Pictured are    Parker’s grandfather John Pitts, who owned the barber shop where the picture was taken in the early 1950s; her         grandmother Isabelle Pitts and her mother Sharon Pitts.

Talking Turkey About Family History

By MELISSA RAYWORTH Associated Press When extended families lived closer together, it was easy to pass on family stories and anecdotes, maybe while cooking dinner or putting children to bed. “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” was essentially how people ...

Tips for Air Travel: How to Find Deals and When to Book

By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor NEW YORK — Booking air travel is stressful. How far in advance should you book? Did you get the best fare? That anxiety is magnified this time of year as travelers finalize holiday plans and look ahead to winter getaways and spring break. In an interview ...

Ruthy Kirwan, of Percolate Kitchen, puts a layer of fresh sliced mushrooms in a gratin dish as she prepares her version of the classic Thanksgiving favorite Green Been Casserole, in her apartment kitchen in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Before actors perform a play for an audience, they run a dress rehearsal to look for kinks that need fixing before the show opens. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a big production that can benefit from rehearsal, too, say some veteran hosts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Hosts Benefit From A Turkey Day Trial Run

Before theater professionals perform a play for an audience, they run a dress rehearsal to look for kinks that need fixing before the show opens. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a big production that can benefit from rehearsal, too, say some veteran hosts. Cortney McLellan grew up ...

This January 2017 photo shows thyme and Yukon Gold potato gratin in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Laura Agra via AP)

Get to the Root Of Side-dish Deliciousness

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the routine by combining the two, adding a little cream and topping off the hybrid with some crunch. It’s heartier that way and tastier, ...

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Santa Claus greets Jana Lu Schodzinski at the 2016 Ho-Ho-Hope for a Cure. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at River City Restaurant in Wheeling. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Search for a Cure.

Meet Santa And Make a Difference For Diabetes

WHEELING — The seventh annual Ho-Ho-Hope for a Cure event, to promote awareness and offer support to children with type 1 diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be held from 9 a.m.to noon on Saturday at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St. According to founder and ...

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Hair receivers, like this celluloid version, are an odd bit of social history and were used by Victorian women who saved hair for use in pin cushions, pillows and hair ratts. It is shown with an antique button hook and a delicate razor, all part of a dresser set.

Saving Hair Was a Practical Practice

A friend of mine came across a “what is it” antique and called me to take a look at the strange little dish she inherited not long ago. The monogramed bowl was made of a plastic-like ivory material and seemed to go with two small tools. When I explained to her that she had a lovely little ...

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From left, Dr. Naba Goswami, president of the Belmont County Medical Society, Marlene Henderson of the American Red Cross and Dr. Rene Dela Cruz, event co-organizer, pose during the festivities at a costume party fundraiser for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The event took place at the Belmont County Country Club in St. Clairsville on Oct. 19.

Docs Dress Up For Hurricane Relief

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The members of the Belmont County Medical Society held their Charity Halloween Party on Oct. 19 at Belmont Hills Country Club. Money was raised to benefit the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The event was organized by Dr. Naba Goswami, society president, and Dr. ...

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Ronni Lundy,  author of an award-winning new cookbook, “Victuals,” speaks at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday. Her presentation was part of the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books.

‘Victuals’ Explores Appalachian Cooking, Culture

WHEELING — Award-winning author Ronni Lundy’s new book, “Victuals,” explores how the past of Appalachian home cooking and the present trend of sustainable farming and traditional food come together for a modern view of the region. Lundy, winner of this year’s James Beard Cookbook ...

Put Your Feet Up

Footstools, also called footrests, are not a new idea, but there are many different types, shapes and sizes. The most popular style today is the small, short, four-legged rectangular stool, often padded and upholstered, which is placed in front of a chair. The footstool raises the legs of the ...

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Margi Roberts provides tender loving care for her Garden of Hope at East Ohio Regional Hospital. She works in the hospital pharmacy, is a 32-year cancer survivor and also serves as the facilitator of the hospital’s breast cancer support group.

Garden Of Hope Honors Patients

MARTINS FERRY — Margi Roberts calls it the Garden of Hope in honor and memory of all the breast cancer patients she has met during her 27 years as the facilitator of the breast cancer support group at East Ohio Regional Hospital. Roberts is a 32-year cancer survivor. She donates her time to ...

Study: ER Patients Rate OTC Pain Meds Vs. Opioids ER Patients

CHICAGO — Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin ...

This undated photo provided by Rejuvenation shows a midcentury-style starburst doorbell which would complement a contemporary home. (Rejuvenation/www.rejuvenation.com via AP)

Whether Retro or High-tech, Modern Doorbells Summon in Style

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair — think Downton Abbey’s elaborate system to summon staff, but on a smaller scale for the masses. The electric doorbell was invented in 1831, and by the ...

Birth Announcement

Jameson John Samuel McFarland was born at 3:07 p.m. Oct. 10, son of James McFarland and Brandi Vein of Steubenville. He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. He is the brother of Camden and Markie. Paternal grandparents are Barbara McFarland of Bellaire and the late John ...

From left, Sons of the American Revolution George Washington Chapter members gather at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County, Pa., prior to the 2016 laying of the wreaths for Wreaths Across of America. From left are chapter president Larry Ridgway, Gary Timmons, Ron Miller, Michael Merryman and Larry Perkins.

Art Informed by Industry on Display at WLU

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery now features the works of Pittsburgh artist, curator and educator Chris McGinnis. The exhibition, titled “Ridges and Shafts,” opened on Oct. 25 and will remain on display through Nov. 16. “The ‘Ridges and Shafts’ ...

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Chris McGinnis stands with one of his works of art on display at the West Liberty University Nutting Gallery through Nov. 16.

Art Informed by Industry on Display at WLU

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery now features the works of Pittsburgh artist, curator and educator Chris McGinnis. The exhibition, titled “Ridges and Shafts,” opened on Oct. 25 and will remain on display through Nov. 16. “The ‘Ridges and Shafts’ ...

Best Sellers

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Orgin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 3. “Deep Freeze” by John Sanford (Putnam) 4. “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks (Knopf) 5. “Sleeping Beauties” by King/King (Scribner) 6. “Fairytale” by ...

Back to the Grind: Collecting Coffee Mills

Morning coffee has been a necessity for centuries, and there have been numerous patents for coffee-making machines. The first American patent was given to Thomas Bruff Sr. in 1798. Coffee grinders, also called coffee mills, were needed to grind the coffee beans to cook with water to make ...