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September calendar

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

‘On The Row’ — Staged Readings of Death Row Play Planned in Area

Unlocking stories of humanity, “On the Row” will deliver a powerful message to audiences at two venues in the Ohio Valley this week. Part of the Prison Stories Project, the play features composite characters drawn from personal stories written by death row inmates in Arkansas. Staged ...

Towngate Celebrates 50 Years of Community Theater

WHEELING —Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre kicks off its 50th season of community theater in September. To celebrate this milestone, its staff, volunteers and patrons are looking back at its beginning, hosting a season preview party and honoring its founder Hal O’Leary, who passed ...

Inducing Labor Avoids Cesarean for Some Moms

(AP) - Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. The results overturn the longtime view ...

Once Upon a Sconce

(AP) - Lighting a room seems simple: Plug in a lamp or flip a switch. Not so fast. “Nothing enhances a space more than a thoughtful lighting plan,” says interior designer Michael Wood of New York City. Many buildings in the city don’t allow channeling into the ceiling to add ...

Grill Potatoes With Rosemary and Garlic

Grilled potatoes are a summer classic. We wanted to put a new spin on this dish by adding rosemary and garlic. Unfortunately, we found it was difficult to add enough flavor to plain grilled potatoes. Coating the potatoes with oil, garlic, and rosemary produced burnt, bitter garlic and charred ...

Goo-gle Gaga

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions? It’s a blessing and a curse for moms and dads that machines kind of like that do exist in the ...

It’s All About the Journey

LOS ANGELES — It was late Friday night and we were scouring the usual sites touting the top things to do in Los Angeles. Uninspired by our options and facing a long weekend without obligations, my husband and I made a last-minute booking on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Ten hours later ...

Using Her Voice: Gamble Earns National Mental Health Award for Helping Others

Mental health advocate and author Amy Gamble — who shares her own story of recovery as she helps others — has earned national recognition for her work in behavioral health. Gamble, who serves as executive director of NAMI of Greater Wheeling and has given more than 200 talks, received ...

What is a 529 Plan and How to Use It

It’s back-to-school time and let’s face it — education can be expensive. The College Board reports that the average cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board at a public four-year college in the U.S. was $20,770 last year. And that’s just a starting point — out-of-state ...

Nine Expenses to Pack In Your Moving Budget

Moving comes with a long, expensive to-do list. The average cost for a local move from a two-bedroom apartment or three-bedroom house ranges from $400 to $1,000, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. While you’re choosing a place to live and deciding what to pack, having a plan ...

Grill Onions With Sausage Using Foolproof Plan

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Sausage and onions are a classic pairing that sounds tailor-made for the grill. But the reality is usually onions that are both crunchy and charred and sausages that either dried out or—even worse—catch fire. We wanted a foolproof method for grilling sausages ...

Wheeling’s First Labor Heritage Week to Feature Variety of Events

WHEELING — A variety of events celebrating the Upper Ohio Valley’s labor and working class heritage are planned for the first Reuther-Pollack Labor Heritage Week to be held Aug. 27 through Sept. 1 at First State Capitol, 1413 Eoff St., and at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th ...

Getting to Know All About Thailand

Business students at West Liberty University got an up-close look at business practices and cultural customs in Southeast Asia plus a close encounter with Asian elephants during a two-week trip this summer to Thailand and Cambodia. The trip, arranged by Gary E. West College of Business ...

Seven Ways to Cut Waste in the Kitchen

Disposables have become a mainstay of many American kitchens — plastic baggies, plastic wrap, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic straws and more. Reducing or even eliminating them can save you money in addition to cutting down on trash that ends up in landfills. “It’s easy to be ...

Transform This Campfire Favorite Into Ice Cream Cake

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN The combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows is irresistible. We wanted to take each element of s’mores and reimagine this beloved campfire snack as a magnificent ice cream cake. Combining warm, gooey s’mores with ice cream may sound like a ...

Score a Teaching Moment From Baseball Tweeters

NEW YORK — At 13, Charlie Fish in Cincinnati has just been given the parental go-ahead to use social media for the first time. He’s also a competitive golfer, avid “SportsCenter” watcher and well aware of the attention received by offensive tweets posted years ago by some Major ...

Today’s Lesson: • Saving Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Once upon a time, kids went to school with a backpack, a lunch pail and a pencil. Now, school supply lists seem a mile long, and parents anticipate a stack of receipts a mile high. Before you start back-to-school shopping for your elementary or high school student, find ways to cut down on ...

Towngate Theatre Stages Local Playwright’s ‘Widow’s Tale’

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre will stage “The Widow’s Tale” by Wheeling playwright Paul Orr at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The performance is part of Towngate’s mission to present new and/or original works by local playwrights. The play follows Carol, a widow in ...

Roots of Wine Run To Republic of Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia — Want to learn about the origins of winemaking? You’ll have to go about 2,000 miles east of Bordeaux, France, to the Republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains. This beautiful and affordable country has many other attractions for both budget and sophisticated ...