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This September 2017 photo shows ribeye steaks with thyme-garlic butter in New York. This is a classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner, and it’s only 30 minutes from start to finish. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

Try This Classy Take On Restaurant-Quality Steak

A perfectly cooked steak is what many people — with good reason — think of as a perfect meal. This is a classy take on a restaurant-quality steak dinner, and other than remembering to salt the steak ahead of time (not a deal breaker, but recommended), it’s only 30 minutes from start ...

Seed packets are displayed at a hardware store in Freeland, Wash. The packs are great little reference tools. While the front of the packets show how the seeds will look when they mature, the rear describes everything needed to grow them from spacing and soil depth to light conditions and moisture requirements. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Small Seed Packs Speak Volumes

A seed packet may be small, but it speaks volumes. While seed catalogs promote thousands of types of plants, seed packets tell gardeners how to grow one. All the information is printed on the back of a paper pouch slightly larger than the size of your wallet, and at prices that won’t ...

Tips for Winning College Scholarships

College is a significant investment and millions of families each year face the question of how to pay for it. One way students can position themselves for success is by seeking out various forms of financial assistance. Earning scholarships can be one way to offset the financial burden, but ...

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EORH Elves Continue To Give Back

MARTINS FERRY — Santa’s elves from anesthesia, surgery and recovery room at East Ohio Regional Hospital are at it again. They had so much fun adopting a family for Christmas last year that they decided to do even more this year. Jim Howard from the anesthesia department and Lacy ...

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Ring in New Year With Crispy Potatoes

The classic New Year’s libation is champagne, but what to eat is a matter of broader choice. This year why not make it a tapas party — a feast of various little bites? And, if indeed that’s how you choose to roll, one of those dishes should be these crispy baked potatoes with a ...

Vintage photographs from the Ohio County Public Library’s archives offer a nostalgic glimpse of Christmas celebrations and wintertime  scenes in Wheeling.

Christmastime Memories

WHEELING — For many generations, memories of area Christmas celebrations center on food, festivities and fun. Several family traditions and holiday recollections were shared Tuesday when Dr. David Javersak of Wheeling led a Neighborhood Nostalgia Series event for Lunch With Books at the Ohio ...

This undated image provided by the National Park Service shows Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park in California in winter. The park is less crowded in winter and offers solitude, scenery and activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating. (NPS Photo via AP)

Ho, Ho, Ho, Yosemite: A Magical Winter Destination

By DON BABWI Associated Press YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you’re from a part of the country where you’d like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words “wind ...

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Feather trees are perfect for displaying antique ornaments. Columnist Maureen Zambito’s tree is trimmed with vintage paper mache ornaments that include the characters from the “Nutcracker” ballet.

Christmas Trees, Old or New, Remain Stars of the Holidays

Merry Christmas, readers! I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve AND the last Sunday of Advent, making it an especially frustrating day for those of us who are last-minute shoppers! For example, as I wrote this column last Wednesday, I was getting frantic because I hadn’t bought a tree yet! ...

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Visiting with Lacie Wallace’s daughters, Zuzu and Rozzi, at far left, before the holidays are, from left,Sue Winzenreid, licensed practical nurse at Tunnel Ridge; Regina Demasi and Hermity Van Laar, family nurse practitioners at Tunnel Ridge, and Angela Goodson, Information Helpline executive director.

Information Helpline in Wheeling Launches Lacie’s Legacy

WHEELING — Information Helpline in Wheeling connects people in need with agencies that can help, offering hope in times of crisis. One special family that the agency has assisted over the years is Lacie Wallace’s family. She was a 33-year old mother rearing a 13-year-old daughter and a ...

Fort Henry Speaker Series Concludes

WHEELING — The year-long Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St. The final program is a presentation on the McColloch family by historian Margaret Brennan, descendant Robert A. McColloch and historian ...

Mickey, Minnie Mouse To Mark 90 Years in 2018

Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their cartoon friends have been popular since the first cartoon was shown in 1928. Walt Disney licensed the rights to use the image to hundreds of products, and collectors often specialize in one type of product like toys, dinnerware or textiles. During the 1930s, ...

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Members of the Junior League of Wheeling help wrap gifts for the young women and children served by Crittenton Services.

Generosity Brightens Crittenton Residents’ Christmas

WHEELING — Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of the local community, the young women and children in Crittenton Services’ residential program will celebrate an extraordinary Christmas this year. “A remarkable number of gifts poured in from several businesses, churches ...

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Long-time Ohio University Eastern supporters George Carroll, Marylou Goodman, John Goodman and keynote speaker Denise Penz share a moment after the OUE fall graduation ceremony.

Penz Encourages OUE Grads to Follow Right Path

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University’s Eastern Campus honored 16 local graduates at the Fall Honors and Recognition Convocation last Friday evening at the OUE Theate. Campus Dean Paul Abraham welcomed the graduates and their families. He was followed byE. J. Schodzinski, OUE’s director of ...

Above, Nordic Ware cakelet pans are inspired by Art Deco patterns. They are from Williams-Sonoma.

Sweet Gifts For The Home Baker

If you’ve got home bakers on your holiday gift list, there are plenty of attractive and functional items on the market to help them whip up delectable goodies. Canadian artisan Brenda Watts of Hermitage, Prince Edward Island, Canada, makes French rolling pins out of flame birch in her ...

B.E. Taylor sings at a past Christmas concert. 
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Feel the Love of Christmas … Again

WHEELING — From the beginning to the end of his half-century career, B.E. Taylor was all about the love. Having become a Christian in his 20s, he made it his goal to share the love of Christ through his music, according to family and friends. Case in point: His biggest hit song in the ...

The lighted Rockefeller Center Christmas  tree stands tall as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center           during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center          Christmas tree lighting  ceremony in New York. 

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Trees, Lights, Magic: Holiday Events SparkleThis Season

NEW YORK — Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here’s a look at a few events, displays and other attractions. NEW YORK CITY The city’s tried-and-true Christmas attractions include Rockefeller Center’s tree, this year a ...

Wheeling YMCA Offers Winter Break Camp

The Wheeling YMCA in Elm Grove will be the site of a winter vacation camp for school children Thursday and Friday this week, Tuesday through Friday next week, and Tuesday, Jan. 2. The Y also offers snow day camps when Ohio County Schools are canceled. Camp will take place again on Jan. 15 for ...

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Students of dance at West Liberty University perform during a showcase that comprised the final exam for the elective course. “This is the first semester that we’ve done this type of finals show. I’m trying to pull in new aspects of dance, and focus on the performance experience with these finals,” said Jill Howard Warren, adjunct professor of dance.

Final Steps: WLU Dance Class Holds First Showcase Exam

\Students enrolled in West Liberty University dance classes were hoofing-it for final grades as they performed last Wednesday during exam week. “Both modern and tap classes performed in our Finals Showcase and the students were looking forward to it. We were so pleased that faculty and ...

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A warning label of strangulation risks from mini blind cords in Washington, D.C., is shown on this set of min blinds. According to a study released Monday, children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns.

Study: Deaths From Blinds Show Need for Cord Ban

CHICAGO—Children’s injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though ...

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To add some unexpected sparkle to a holiday table, Massachusetts-based interior designer Kristina Crestin used sheets of raspberry-colored metallic craft paper as a table runner paired with paperwhite plants in silver-toned metal pots.

Add Sparkle To Your Home With Metallic Accents

Holiday decorating is all about adding a bit of cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the recent popularity of all things metallic. With winter’s shortage of daylight, the sheen of metallic furnishings, fabric and decorative pieces can add a dose of the brightness and warmth so many of ...