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Foster Parents Needed in W.Va.

The National Youth Advocate Program is seeking qualified foster parents to help care for the many foster children in the state of West Virginia. Statistics from a 2015 Department of Health and Human Resources report indicate that children are entering care in West Virginia at a rate of 8.5 ...

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 Eric Freeland examines the fruits of his labor in one of the berry gardens at his Windsor Heights farm.

It’s a ‘Berry’ Good Day On the Farm

WINDSOR HEIGHTS — High atop Windy Hill in Windsor Heights, Eric Freeland is working a little magic on a couple of acres once farmed by his grandparents. For 40 hours a week, Freeland works a construction job. He is known for building some of the best model railroad displays in the tri-state ...

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Reggie Watkins, third from left, performs on the trombone with the Steeltown Horns, which will headline the 2017 Wheeling Arts and Culture Fest at Wheeling Heritage Port Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The free concert caps two days of continuous live musical entertainment from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Art, Music and More At Wheeling Culture Fest

Wheeling Heritage Port will be abuzz with arts and cultural offerings Friday and Saturday for the 2017 Arts and Culture Fest. Events include but are not limited to hands-on art projects and free classes, games from around the world, diverse musical acts, culinary demonstrations, random acts ...

Brenda Crow, co-founder of the Marshall County                 Childhood  Cancer            Awareness Group, right, helps volunteer Brynna White prepare hot dogs at                 an Alex’s Lemonade Stand          fundraiser in Moundsville. 

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Local Cancer Group Turns Lemons Into Research

MOUNDSVILLE — Last summer, a school secretary and local mother united to combat childhood cancer and remember a young life lost. This winter, their goals came to fruition when they presented a sizable donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a national organization dedicated to finding a ...

Smokies, Dollywood ‘Still Standing Strong’

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — When Dolly Parton dreamed up the idea of an amusement park in East Tennessee, she said it would be “a fantasy city, a Smoky Mountain fairyland.” Over the next three decades, Dollywood became the state’s biggest ticketed attraction, with nearly 2.5 million visitors ...

US First Lady Melania Trump steps out of a car as she arrives at Chierici Palace, part of a visit of the G7 first ladies in Catania, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. On Friday and Saturday, for the first time all seven are around the same table, including also newcomers Emmanuel Macron of France, Theresa May of Britain and the Italian host, Paolo Gentiloni, forging a new dynamic after a year of global political turmoil amid a rise in nationalism. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Controversy Blooms Over FLOTUS’ Jacket

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — Melania Trump’s first outing in the Sicilian sunshine was in a colorful floral applique jacket by Dolce & Gabbana that sells for $51,000, or several thousand dollars below the median U.S. income in 2015. She also carried a matching clutch to lunch with spouses ...

Raf Simons, winner of the awards for menswear designer of the year and womenswear designer of the year, poses in the press room at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 5, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Calvin Klein Chief Named Top Designer For Men and Women

NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Raf Simons of Calvin Klein scored a rare double win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony on Monday, winning both womenswear and menswear honors at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. The ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, had an activist ...

Market Teaches ‘Lil’ Farmers’

The Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market has begun its five-month-long market season and again is featuring a children’s program called the Lil’ Farmers Club on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in Bellaire. Children are encouraged to meet at the two raised-bed gardens at the back of the market on 32nd ...

Decorators Offer Homes an Olive Branch

Olive trees, native to the Mediterranean region, are among nature’s oldest trees, and they look it. Gnarled, brawny trunks, a crown full of silvery leaves, and clusters of tiny green fruit give olives an interesting Old World look. Designers have lately been warming to the tree, its wood ...

This April 28, 2017 photo shows zucchini quiches in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

I’m Going on a Picnic And I’m Bringing … Quiche

You’d think quiche would be a summer picnic staple. In practice, the beloved cheese pies are too darn messy. Cutting one into slices while you’re sitting in the wild or at the beach can be tricky. And if you figure, “Aha! I’ll slice it up ahead of time,” you discover there’s no ...

"The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll" by Wellsburg native Candace Nelson was released Thursday by West Virginia University Press.

Wellsburg Native Tells Pepperoni Roll Story

The humble West Virginia pepperoni roll, born in the kitchens of coal miners’ wives and perfected in the Italian-owned bakeries of North Central West Virginia, has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and on the Food Network. It has been the topic of heated retail controversies and state ...

A sign in Madison, Wis., points the way to Monona Terrace, a site on Wisconsin’s new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. The 200-mile route highlights places around the state designed by the famous architect, who was born in Wisconsin 150 years ago on June 8, 1867. 
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Events, Trail Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

Wisconsin is celebrating the 150th birthday of native son Frank Lloyd Wright with events and a new 200-mile trail directing visitors to nine of the sites, homes and buildings he designed. Wright, considered America’s best-known architect, was born June 8, 1867, in Richland Center. The ...

Showcase Series to Open

Showcase Summer Concert Series opens its 34th season on Thursday with a 7 p.m. program by Joe Williams and Deep Water from Senecaville. The concert will take place at Community Arts Place on Colonel Drive in Barnesville. A food stand will be open during the evening. The band’s signature ...

Antique Enthusiasts Are Invited to Pottery Party

If you are an antique enthusiast or local history buff, then make plans to stop by the celebration as the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance marks its 10-year anniversary with a special event that includes at book signing and more on Saturday. It takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the South ...

Oglebay Institute Hosts Secret Kitchens Tour, Outdoor Marketplace

Area residents have an opportunity to get a rare peek at some of the most exquisite kitchens in Wheeling during Oglebay Institute’s Secret Kitchens of Wheeling Tour and Gourmet Market on Saturday. Presented by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute and sponsored Shutler Cabinets ...

College Corner

Elias “Eli” Joseph, a 2009 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School, received a Doctor of Medicine degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine on May 12. He is the son of Stephanie and the late Gerard Joseph of Wheeling. Joseph will begin his residency in orthopedic ...

This undated photo provided by the Museum of Arts and Design shows a minaudière by Judith Leiber, which was made in 1976 to celebrate the occasion of the American bicentennial. It is part of the exhibit "Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story." 
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Leiber Exhibit: Kitsch, Glitz and Glam

By KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press NEW YORK — Judith Leiber is best known for her tiny, glitzy and irresistibly playful crystal-encrusted clutches shaped like fish, dogs, lemons, watermelon slices and even sparkling eggplants. Her bags have been flaunted by celebrities and many first ...

YWCA Youth Board to Host Princess Tea

The YWCA Wheeling Youth Board, in conjunction with the Empress Emporium Tea and Parfumerie and Comcast, is holding a Princess Tea in Wonderland on Sunday at the YWCA, 1100 Chapline St., Wheeling. There will be three sittings for the princesses: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations for a ...

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Retired staff members of Woodsdale Elementary School made a $1,000 donation to the school’s playground project on Tuesday. Pictured in front from left are students Caroline Wack, Brennan Wack, Maddie Kirchner, Flannery Muscar and Gabby Kangisser. In the second row from left are Woodsdale student Shannon Wack, teacher Brandy LaFlam, former teacher Ceil Dumas, former teacher Debbie Kaiser, former principal Ruth Ann Scherich, former teacher Judy McNabb and former student Erika Weidner. Principal Ashlea Minch is shown in back.

Retired Teachers Invest In Woodsdale Playground

Since 1975, students at Woodsdale Elementary have only had a blacktop area for recess. This week, a group of Woodsdale retired teachers and administrators are helping to change that. Ceil Dumas and 19 other retired teachers from Woodsdale donated $1,000 to help build a new playground for ...

Lou Holtz Life Improvement Scholarship Winners Named

The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame announced the winners of this year’s Life Improvement Scholarships. The following area high school seniors have been selected to receive tuition scholarships of $5,000 to a trade school, renewable for an additional $5,000 in their second year of ...