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Classic Deviled Eggs Make Heavenly Appetizers

Deviled eggs know no single season or demographic. They are blissfully democratic appetizers. In the same category as pigs in a blanket: everyone is happy to see them, sophisticated people shed their cool. You can’t be annoyed when there are deviled eggs around; it would be like being ...

‘Glass Castle’ Author Jeannette Walls Shares Life Lessons

WEST LIBERTY — “The Glass Castle” author Jeannette Walls had nearly made it to West Liberty University from her Charlottesville, Va., horse farm Wednesday night when she got lost. Her GPS had led her astray, and a “very nice” man on Table Rock Lane pointed her in the right direction. ...

Adrift Down Under: Left a VB in the Sand on a Beach in Australia

We decided to leave Sydney after a day there. It had something to do with all the pretty people not sweating, doing aerobics or kickboxing, reminding us of the heights we could climb. I remember we sat in this park downtown under a tall palm tree surrounded, and so we walked two miles back ...

Swizzles Haven’t Fizzled

Could there be a passion sillier than saving simple stirrers for cocktails? Used to blend a drink, spear an olive, or stir up a punch, “swizzle stick” is even fun to say. The real twist is that avid collectors claim that the only honest stick, worth adding to a collection, is one from a ...

April calendar

April 1-30 — Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center, Oglebay Park, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. April 1-30 — Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. April 1-30 — Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, Oglebay ...

Longoria Weaves Empowerment Into Her New Clothing Line

LOS ANGELES — Eva Longoria is a master of multitasking. The 43-year-old actress is producing a new pilot, continuing her work with the Time’s Up initiative, launching her clothing line on HSN and preparing to welcome her first child with husband Jose “Pepe” Baston. “I have two ...

Lions Club Has Vision For Ohio County Students

WHEELING — The Lions Club of Wheeling has again contributed to the vision needs of Ohio County Schools students. Wheeling Lions Club board member John Wensyel represented the organization Tuesday at the Ohio County Board of Education office to donate three Plusoptix machines to Ohio County ...

Flowers Spring Up

We’re coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. Here’s a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers with festivals and other events. TULIP TIME You could go to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, which are planted with 7 ...

Grandma’s a Flower Girl

Nancy Rutchik and Flossie Pack are flower girls extraordinaire. Not only did the outgoing and energetic 80-somethings draw cheers as the surprise flower girls at their granddaughter Lucy Schanzer’s wedding, but they reprised the role to further acclaim at the wedding of Schanzer’s ...

Ohio Valley Pride Elects Officers, Plans Festival

WHEELING — Ohio Valley Pride, a local group representing individuals in the LGBTQ community, is expanding its membership in the Wheeling area. The group is part of the downtown revitalization movement, and is in the process of establishing the Ohio Valley Pride Community Center at 1320 Market ...

Stylin’ Milan: Nailers Defenseman Sews Up Fashion Hobby

WHEELING — Dan Milan tears up the ice and his opponents as the Wheeling Nailers’ top penalty-earning defenseman, and he has the stitches to prove it — about 50 throughout his career. Off the ice, though, Milan is more likely to be tearing out seams on thrift-store-bought T-shirts and ...

Fast Fashion Turns Heads

NEW YORK — Cardi B’s climbing her way up, professionally speaking, but she’s not above a bargain fashion moment. The brash rapper regularly shouts out the online retailer Fashion Nova, along with La La Anthony and other celeb hawkers for the fast-fashion phenom that owes its rapid ...

Barbers Trim Hair, Cut Blood Pressure

ORLANDO, Fla. —Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health. The project had pharmacists work with dozens of Los Angeles ...

Imperfect By Design: Home Decor Embraces the Informal, Artisanal

“Perfect imperfection” is a trend in furnishings and decor. “It’s a return to the artisanal and the crafted, with narrative and meaning to objects,” says Caroline Till, co-founder of the London design studio FranklinTill. “Fingerprints of process and technique are part of the ...

Swap Rabbit for Chicken In Classic French Braise

The French know a thing or two about the perfect braise, so I wasn’t surprised when I tasted the rabbit in cider, Calvados (apply brandy) and cream that my host family served me during my semester abroad in Nantes. If you ever find yourself in France, I highly suggest seeking out this ...

Pouches Offer Quick Fish Fix

The health benefits of eating fish two or three times a week are well-documented. So, as a mom of four kiddos, I’m always looking for creative ways to add fish into our weekly menu. I love Alaskan cod especially this time of year because it’s in season, it’s loaded with omegas and ...

Slow Cooker Perfection: BBQ Beer Beef Stew

Let’s just start by saying that the words beef, beer and barbecue in a recipe title don’t make my husband sad. When browning beef for a stew (whether you’re making it in a slow cooker, or a regular old pot or Dutch oven), it’s less important to get all the sides of the cubes of beef ...

Tap Into History With Maple Syrup Program at Oglebay

WHEELING — Every year, the majestic stands of maples in the Oglebay woods are tapped for sap that is harvested and then boiled down into syrup. On Saturday, the Oglebay Institute Schrader Environmental Education Center staff will celebrate the harvest and educate families about syrup ...

Library, Writers’ Group Craft New Contest

Although writing is a solitary pursuit, Fred Connors of Bridgeport believes it takes a village to grow a writer. So, about nine years ago, he created a village called the Ohio Valley Writers. The authors in the group have flourished, Connors said, nourished by the encouragement and advice ...

Mi Casa es Tu Casa: How to Find a Mexican Beach Rental

COZUMEL, Mexico — Long before Airbnb was a thing, my family rented houses for our holidays rather than stay in hotels. Houses were easier with small children who needed room to run. We liked going to markets in foreign countries and cooking with fresh, local ingredients. And we liked ...