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Residents in Assisted Living Homes Adjust to Life in the Time of COVID-19

For 81-year-old Elizabeth Funk, who lives in an assisted living apartment just south of Pittsburgh, social distancing has meant being confined to her room. “At least I get out of the room three times a day to get food,” she said. “I understand that’s not the case for many places; I ...

Porches Are Popular During Pandemic

There aren’t many good things to be said about social distancing and staying at home due to the pandemic — but I have noticed that more families are socializing on the porch. To me that’s lovely. I’ve enjoyed porches and spend a lot of time on both my front and back versions. My ...

Pittsburgh Zoo Comes To The Aid of Wildlife Park

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — African Safari Wildlife Park has received more than 600 bales of hay from its wildlife conservation partners at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG aquarium. The hay was grown at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center in Somerset County, Pa. On April 11, ...

Wheeling Native Justin Mise Wins Pop Award

NEW YORK CITY — After much support from fans, especially in the Ohio Valley, Wheeling native Justin Mise has won the Vox Pop Award for the 18th annual Independent Music Awards. The award is in the Dance/Electronica Category for the song “Take a Piece.” Mise, who resides in New York ...

Antiques & Collectibles By Terry and Kim Kovel

Many people would never guess what this strange bottle was used for. Although it is called a “teakettle” by bottle collectors because of its shape, it is an antique ink bottle. A quill pen made from a sharpened feather was used to write before a better pen was invented in the early 1800s. ...

Artworks Celebrates Her Own With Artist Wagner

WHEELING — If you have strolled through the gallery at Artworks Around Town in the past couple of years, you have undoubtedly noticed Diana Wagner’s handiwork. The fragrances will draw you in and the vast array of products displayed invitingly will keep you looking. There are goat’s milk ...

Bethany’s O’Brien Wins ECHO Poetry Competition

BETHANY – A Bethany College English major recently won first place in the 2020 ECHO Student Literary Competition’s poetry division. Nativa O’Brien, who will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, submitted three poems for ...

Ohio Sewing Center Continues To Thrive During Pandemic

WARREN, Ohio — He may be closing in on a century of life, but Jake Kois refuses to let the threat of a deadly virus — or anything else, for that matter — slow him down. In fact, the 91-year-old said he’s never going to retire, and not even a broken hip will change his mind. Kois and ...

Special Activities

Gorby to Launch New Book Via Tuesday Online Program The Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Livestream program will be held at noon Tuesday, April 28 with Hal Gorby, launching his brand new book. Join him live from the safety of your own home computer or phone for another ...

FIVE GENERATIONS OF MENNILLO FAMILY

Five generations of the Virginia Mennillo family of Wheeling are shown. Seated from left are Virginia Mennillo, who just celebrated her 98th birthday, holding great-great- granddaughter Alayna Roxanne Bartenschlag who was born May 17, 2019; and Ashley (Mennillo) Bartenschlag, ...

Ullom Raises Cash and Awareness to Help Those With Autism

WHEELING — On Friday, March 27, more than 300 people tuned in to a Facebook Live concert put on by local musician/singer Tim Ullom. There was no band, no lights, just a man with his guitar and microphone that brought hundreds together in a night of unity, all while raising money for the ...

Antiques and Collectibles Can Keep You Smiling

I’ve always loved clocks. The tic-toc sound is comforting to me, plus the traditional look of an antique or novelty clock adds just the right touch to a mantle, wall or nightstand. One of my favorite clocks in the collectible world isn’t an antique at all — it dates to 1932 and is known ...

Finding Comfort in the Kitchen

These past few weeks of at-home sharing time in the bosom of our families has brought about some unexpected benefits. A sampling of local readers tells me that you have been pulling out those dusty cookbooks and handwritten recipes from generations of cooks now gone to their heavenly ...

Bake Up Some Banana Bread and Watch Them Come Running

This Banana Nut Bread recipe won the blue ribbon at the Oklahoma State Fair. It’s hard to beat this bread for rich banana flavor. Did know: Banana bread is a recipe rooted in American history? Read on. Like San Francisco sourdough, banana bread is a very American baked good. As the ...

Antiques & Collectibles

If you have several generations of "things" that you have inherited and now have to move to a smaller place, be careful what you give or throw away. Of course you check on oil paintings or prints to see if they can be sold. The local historical society might want some of your family pictures ...

House Tour, Estate Sale Breaks The Boredom of Pandemic

Writing this column has allowed me to see and learn so much. Sometimes it's the answer to a childhood wish. As a lifelong resident of Warwood, I'm proud of the neighborhood I call home. Built when Wheeling was a growing town with factories and bustling manufacturers, Warwood represents ...

Special Activities

Lunch With Books Will Be Livestreamed Lunch With Books and other live programs for adults at the Ohio County Public Library continue online via Facebook Livestream. On Tuesday, April 21 at noon: LIVESTREAM: Ohio County Sanitariums with Ryan Stanton. A social studies teacher at Wheeling Park ...

In-Home Care Serves A Niche During Pandemic

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley has embraced the concept of in-home care whenever possible to serve the elderly and physically challenged. However that, too, has experienced a few hiccups with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that has touched every state in the country. Tate Blanchard, ...

Gardeners Ramp Up Planting For Prep for Food Shortage

ALPENA, Michigan — More people are planting gardens and gardeners are planting more crops this year, in response to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak causing a food shortage. Experts have not confirmed there will be a shortage, but gardeners are still beefing up their vegetable ...