Local Eatery Featured In ‘Zine

Another notable Wheeling eatery is being featured in PARADE Magazine. In today’s issue of PARADE – inserted in the Sunday News-Register -nationally-known food writers Jane and Michael Stern take readers on tours through the nation to unveil some of the best food-friendly itineraries.

The Sterns’ “Summer Food Road Trips” article mentions the.famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling’s Centre Market. They describe the lunctime favorite as “one of the best fried fish sandwiches around.” The food writers state, “Bite into it and the crunch can be heard across the table!”

Readers will recall that a few months ago, DiCarlo’s Pizza in Wheeling was cited in PARADE Magazine’s honorable-mention listing of the best pizzas in the country.

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We heard through the grapevine that Edgar Hooper of Bethlehem was inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame this past week during the organization’s meeting in Charleston, S.C.

The honor is well deserved for Hooper, a longtime West Virginia University extension agent who worked in both Ohio and Marshall counties. He is also one of the founders of the Ohio County Country Fair, a popular event held in connection with Oglebayfest in Oglebay Park every October.

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In celebration of the Mountain State’s 149th birthday on Wednesday, June 20, Blenko Glass Co. continued its tradition of providing the West Virginia University art collection with the latest piece of limited-edition glass from the West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection.

The gift to the university’s art collection has become an annual occurrence. According to the Blenko Project website, WVU houses one of five known complete sets.

The West Virginia Birthday Blenko Glass Collection, which began in 1980, celebrates the state’s birthday by creating and selling the exact number of pieces as the state’s age.

This year, Blenko Glass, located in Milton, W.Va., produced 149 original pieces to celebrate “the drama of West Virginia valley landscapes,” WVU officials stated. “Moved by the power and beauty of Mountain State scenery, Blenko artist Arlon Bayliss has created a swirling vase form in turquoise, wrapped in zigzag yellow, brown and green lines.”

The university received a majority of this collection from Hillary Homburg, a former WVU dental student. In 2007, she decided to donate her family’s personal collection of the commemorative birthday pieces to WVU.

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The celebration of West Virginia Day at the state’s birthplace, West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, included the opening of a new permanent exhibit documenting the nearly 50-year process of reclaiming and restoring the building to its 1859 appearance.

The exhibit, tracing the building’s transformation from a deteriorating, garish structure into a National Historic Landmark, can be viewed on the second floor of the museum, in a newly-restored room adjacent to the Civil War battle flags exhibition rooms.

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Meanwhile, West Virginians can be thankful that President Abraham Lincoln broke a tie in his Cabinet and signed the statehood bill creating the 35th state in the Union in 1863.

If we were to believe the premise of a new movie opening this weekend (and based on a recent novel), it’s especially amazing that Lincoln had time to sign the statehood bill since, according to this fictional account, while he was governing the war-torn nation, he also was kept busy hunting vampires!

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net