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Fruit Compote Fits Season

Fruit compote — or stewed fruit — is an old-fashioned thing that seems just right for right now. The first time that I remember eating it, I was at a childhood friend’s house and her mother served it as a side dish. Looking back, it could have been a chew-able cocktail because her ...

Local Beer Aficionados Make Room to Brew

On days like today when the forecast is in the teens, most homebrewers are forced to shelve their hobby and hunker down indoors, perhaps popping open a Belgian tripel they bottled last summer. Generally it’s a three-season hobby, said P.J. McDermott of Wheeling, one of the four founding ...

From Malta to Minneapolis, Where to Go in 2018

By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, ...

Golden Globe Red Carpet Awash in Sea of Black

With sweetheart necklines and high slits, sheer lace and sparkly details, Hollywood women with men on their side turned the Golden Globes red carpet into a parade of fashion black in a protest with a clear message for sexual harassers: Time’s Up. More than 300 women in the entertainment ...

NIH Strikes a Chord With Music Therapy

WASHINGTON — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist plays an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care. Music ...

Ultra Violet Lights the Way in Home Decor

When the Pantone Color Institute recently announced its color of the year for 2018, the vibrant Ultra Violet, it might have seemed a natural fit for fashion and cosmetics. “Ultra Violet is a color that’s almost like a neutral in fashion now,” says New York-based interior designer ...

Chicken and Rice Under Pressure — In a Cooker

Chicken and Rice is having a moment. Whether you make the Spanish staple, Arroz con Pollo or make up your own version, it is soul-satisfying and perfect for the cooler weather. A few weeks ago, I made a version of Arroz con Pollo that a friend remembered from his favorite childhood ...

Local Pipers Salute Robert Burns

As a military kid in England, David Van Buskirk of Chester remembers his father, Greg, taking Highland bagpipe lessons, but David had no interest at the time. “All I wanted to do was play basketball,” he said. Greg gave up the pipes because he felt he didn’t have the knack, but ...

Travel Trifecta: Hocking Hills Hike, Frozen Festival, Comfort Food

Logan, Ohio — January is the time to visit Ohio’s Hocking Hills, which will draw visitors from around the globe for three weekends packed with events and activities. The 53rd annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, kicking off the day at 9 a.m. with a 6-mile trek ...

West Liberty Studying Abroad Program Expands to Germany

WEST LIBERTY — Study abroad is growing at West Liberty University, and students now have a German partnership that will expand their opportunity for global learning. “West Liberty University is pleased to offer our students and all West Virginia college students a chance to study at the ...

It’s ‘Never Too Cold’ If You’re Dressed Properly

WHEELING —In single-digit temperatures with windchill factors in the negatives, most people with the option likely will choose to stay indoors under a cozy blanket with a hot beverage and perhaps a pet to keep them warm. For those who do brave the frigid elements — whether for their ...

Younger Patients Keep Hip With New Procedure

COLUMBUS — Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are using a procedure called subchondroplasty to give patients with damaged hips more treatment options and ultimately avoid replacement surgery. “We want to preserve the native hip whenever possible because once you ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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! ...