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Heavy Metal in the Kitchen

Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, has tended in recent years to be used most visibly by either pro chefs or campers. Now it’s trending again in this fall’s kitchenware product previews. Options range from basic skillets to grill pans to pots both diminutive (for ...

Dense and Nutty Coffee Cake a Decadent Treat

This ultra-rich coffee cake is pure decadence, from its nutty topping and dramatic swirls of cinnamon sugar to its supremely moist, dense crumb. We cut softened butter into the dry ingredients for a tight, velvety crumb, and sour cream delivered distinct tang. Sprinkling a simple streusel ...

Haunted Hospital: Former W.Va. Mental Asylum Offers Historical and Ghost Tours

WESTON, W.Va. —“Are you ready?” the ghost-tour guide in the cavernous foyer at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum addressed my 12-year-old daughter Emma, who was positively effervescing with excitement. Then, he actually said: “It’s been crazy up there today!” I’m still not sure ...

Chillingworth Puts Collection Up for Auction

There are collectors — and then there are collectors. Peter Chillingworth is one of these other collectors, those who have a great eye, an appreciation of history and the opportunity to acquire first class antiques. With a long history of managing antiques shows and himself an antiques ...

Vessels for Carrying Water Were Vital in Victorian Age

Everyday life was often depicted in paintings or figurines in the days when photographs were unknown. Familiar workers like firemen, soldiers, farmers or royalty were made from porcelain or metal. Several important factories, including the Royal Worcester company of England, Royal Dux, Zsolnay, ...

Special Activites

Newcomers Club The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold a meeting and luncheon at Wheeling Country Club at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The program will feature club member Agnes Hinton, who has a doctorate in health and nutrition. She will discuss how what one eats affects one’s health and life. ...

Stella McCartney Embraces Her Laid-back Roots

PARIS — An on-form Stella McCartney presented her first Paris Fashion Week collection since taking full control of her eponymous design house this year by buying the 50 percent stake owned by luxury giant Kering. The British-American designer used her new independence to go back to her ...

Oglebayfest Returns for 41st Year in Wheeling This Weekend

WHEELING — Get ready to celebrate the wonders of fall at the 41st annual Oglebayfest celebration today through Sunday. 2018 festival highlights include: Phil Maxwell Artists’ and Gourmet Market: Located in Mansion Woods next to the Oglebay Mansion Museum, this exciting market features ...

Turn On, Plug In, Zone Out: Furniture with ports and plugs keep you connected

We’re a nation of multi-taskers, often keeping an eye on our phones or other devices even while lounging on the sofa watching television. And those devices need power. Who wants to keep getting up to plug stuff in when you’re bingeing a great show, reading a good book or otherwise zoning ...

Nothing Fishy About It: Crab Dip Still a Party Hit

In its ideal form, crab dip is a warm, decadent party pleaser full of creamy, meaty seafood and savory spices. Unlike other versions of this popular appetizer, ours has a high ratio of crab to cheese, allowing the sweet crab flavor to come through. To make it even more party-friendly, we ...

Low-tech Toys Tap Into Kids’ Creativity

The world is full of high-tech children’s toys. But there’s a movement afoot to bring back some simpler playthings — ones that invite kids to explore the outdoors, and tap into their ingenuity, creativity and sense of play in ways that don’t involve an app or a download. Design ...

Perc-N-Gersh to Entertain Thursday Music Club

WHEELING — The Thursday Music Club will meet at Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, at 11 a.m. Thursday. Martha Winn is sponsoring this month’s program of Perc-N-Gersh featuring pianist Robert Irvin. President Geri Sloane will conduct a short business meeting and hear reports ...

Paint Historic Wheeling at Artworks

WHEELING — For four days in September, artists participating in Paint Historic Wheeling put their easels up around the Centre Market area, at the Ohio River waterfront and at Oglebay Park. Images of historic bridges, buildings, gardens and lakes now hang in the Studio Gallery at Artworks ...

Stamp Makes Impact

Wheeling native Elizabeth Stamp has received another breakthrough in her pursuit of a career as a comedy writer. Stamp has been selected to participate in Imagine Impact, a “talent accelerator” in Los Angeles. It is a significant accomplishment because only 25 participants were picked ...

Changing Times Prompt Garden Center’s Impending Closure

WHEELING — As the seasons and times change, members of the Wheeling Civic Garden Center have decided to disband the 80-year-old organization. Currently, it is the oldest civic garden center in West Virginia, but membership has dropped a thousandfold from its peak. Now in its fourth ...

Create a Cozy Space to Read

We decorate our homes in order to enjoy them. For book lovers, adding a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be the perfect finishing touch. Most homes, of course, don’t have a spare room for use as a library. But interior designers often carve out one section of a living room, ...

The Big Supermarket Shop Can Pay Off All Week Long

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Fall is in the air, and with it an urge to get organized, clean up sloppy summer habits and knock our schedules into shape. One way to feel like you’ve got some semblance of order at home is to master The Big Supermarket Shop. Many people are ...

Conductor Builds Community While Making Music

WHEELING — Building community while making music remains a hallmark of conductor Timothy Hankewich’s approach to the arts. Hankewich, the current music director of Orchestra Iowa, is one of five candidates for music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He is conducting the ...

Lost Dog Brings Community Together

After eight days on the loose, Layla the black-and-white boxer was reunited with her “pack” last Sunday morning after a Good Samaritan spotted her hanging out near her own “lost” poster on Water Street in South Wheeling. On Sept. 1, 2-1/2-year-old Layla slipped her collar outside ...

‘Party Girl’ Rachel Hollis Gets Real

NEW YORK — How to kick butt at the office. How to kick butt as a parent. How to kick butt, so to speak, in your marriage. There’s no shortage of books, podcasts, blogs and social streams of people dispensing advice, motivation, home tips and the idea that personal growth, happiness and ...