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Matt Combs,         violin; Nate Strasser, piano; Chris De’Sean Lea, vocals

Wheeling Symphony Celebrates 88th Season

An evening with Wheeling’s own composer and pianist, Nate Strasser, in a premiere of “Appalachian Rhapsody”; world-renowned guest artists including pianist Stewart Goodyear; everyone’s holiday favorite Symphony on Ice; and the music of Elton John and Billy Joel are just some of the ...

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The 2017-18 Wheeling Symphony Season: Music Is the Key

• Blockbuster Broadway 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 Andre Raphel, conductor Scott Coulter, vocalist/host; Jessica Hendy, vocalist; Kellie Rabke, vocalist; John Boswell, vocalist/pianist The symphony opens its 88th season with an evening of Broadway’s timeless hits, from such musicals as ...

In this Saturday, April 29, 2017 photo, a water creature floats in a pond at Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 12-acre land, inspired by the “Avatar” movie, opens in Florida at the end of May at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It cost a half-billion dollars. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A Look at Disney’s New Pandora-World of Avatar Land

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It’s not a movie set, but visitors to Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience. The 12-acre land, inspired by the “Avatar” movie, opens late this month in Florida at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It cost ...

Parcel Players Sets Auditions

Parcel Players, Oglebay Institute’s summer theater program for students ages 13 through college, will present two plays again this summer. Open call and auditions for students interested in Parcel Players will be held at 7 p.m. May 30-31 at Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St., Wheeling. ...

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The writer’s granddaughters enjoy dressing up and carrying her mother’s antique fans, from left Sophia and Margaret Mary Benson.

Mother’s Fans A Delight For Generations

As a child, I was introduced to the elegance and mystery of fans by my mother, Margaret Bierkortte, who taught me so much about antiques, so I thought I’d feature a few of these in her honor today. Fans can be traced to the Roman, Greek and Etruscan cultures, but most experts link the ...

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The three-part harmony acoustic band Bridges, featuring Kim Butler, Dave Pettit and Doug Pettit, will perform at 8 p.m. May 26 at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. Special musical guests are expected to join them on stage.

Towngate to Host Bridges Concert

Acoustic and soft rock band Bridges along with special musical guests take the Towngate stage at 8 p.m. May 26. Together since 2005, this three-part harmony group, featuring talented vocalists Kim Butler, Doug Pettit and Dave Pettit, always draws a crowd and will provide an evening of ...

Demi Lovato, left, and Kate Hudson arrive at the launch of Demi Lovato and Fabletics Collaboration Collection on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Lovato, Hudson Collaborate on Workout Clothes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kate Hudson and Demi Lovato went from working out at the gym together to working on a fashion-line collaboration. Hudson, who co-founded activewear brand Fabletics in 2013, says she instantly hit it off with the “Confident” singer when the two ran into each ...

Actress Freida Pinto arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dior Hosts Beach Bash Ahead Of Runway Show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freida Pinto is loyal to Dior, a company that took a chance on her before she was famous. During a beachside party hosted by the French fashion house Wednesday, Pinto recalled how Dior was one of the first brands to dress her while promoting her Academy Award-winning ...

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The sixth grade recycled art project will be on display as a wall hanging at the Linsly School Spring Concert and Art Show tonight on the Wheeling campus.

Linsly Students Spring Into the Arts

A vibrant display of student artwork and the sound of enchanting music will showcase the talent of Linsly fine arts students at The Linsly School Spring Concert and Art Show tonight. The evening’s festivities will kick off with the Spring Concert in Banes Hall cafetorium at 7 p.m. ...

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The 19th Hole Offers Great Food and Entertainment

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer WHEELING — Great food and entertainment has made The 19th Hole a popular Woodsdale bar and grill for nearly two decades, according to owner Angie Szalay. Wings, hoagies, cheese fries, chicken tenders and cheese sticks are just a few of the many popular ...

Chevy Pyles of Moundsville, a patient of Dr. Amy Jean, poses with her mother, Nikita Holt, at the 2015 Juvenile     Diabetes Research Fund Walk.

Walking to Change Type 1 to Type None

In the hopes of helping local children go from “type 1 to type none,” the fifth annual Ohio Valley Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund 5K Walk will take place Saturday at Bethany College. Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Amy Jean has held the walk each year since 2013 for her type 1 diabetes ...

Grandma Upstaged

Dear Annie: My three children are all grown and married and are in their early to mid-30s. They have three children among them, ages 14, 10 and 1. When I first got married, many years ago, my parents hounded me constantly about when I was going to make them grandparents. Sadly, after I had ...

This photo provided by Jared Kuzia Photography shows a living room designed by interior designer Kristina Crestin in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. Plants can be the perfect final touch that brings warmth and beauty to a room without over-accessorizing, says Crestin. (Jared Kuzia/Jared Kuzia Photography via AP)

Houseplants Enliven Interiors

From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects. Plants are “the one little piece that people always forget will finish a room,” says Massachusetts-based designer Kristina Crestin. They make a ...

This April 2017 photo shows a mini mocha baked Alaska in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Make Mini Mocha Baked Alaskas for Mother’s Day

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press Let’s say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother’s Day but don’t really have the time or the expertise. Here’s a cheating version of Baked Alaska. Sure it’s antique — is there any other two-word phrase in English as ...

Chicken Dish for Moms Who Like It Hot

Though clearly I wear the apron in my family, this is the recipe I would lay on the kitchen counter with a note saying, “PLEASE MAKE THIS FOR ME FOR MOTHER’S DAY.” I love the contrast between the hot crispy chicken and the cool cherry tomato and herby salad, but this is also just ...

This April 2017 photo shows penne with tomatoes, garlic, lemon and spinach in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Pasta Can Be Part Of Healthy Diet

Ask my husband what his favorite comfort food is and the answer will be quick: pasta. Who doesn’t love a steamy bowl of noodles or macaroni slathered in butter and cheese? It’s a classic, born straight out of childhood mac and cheese days, morphed into a late night college study-session ...

Sarah  Morgan poses on the Appalachian Trail with Katahdin            in the           background. The name means “the greatest   mountain,” and it is the final summit on the trail in Maine.
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McMechen Native Sets Sights on Pacific Crest Trail

Embracing lessons learned while hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail and seeking new heights of self-discovery, McMechen native Sarah Morgan will embark this summer on a 2,650-mile trek between Canada and Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her journey will take her through the Mojave ...

Silver Shines in the Antiques World

In days gone by, silver at the table was a mark of style and a statement of status. Though today’s host or hostess may have a few choice pieces of fine silver on their table, or set out the silver flatware for special occasions, most of us don’t have the array of silver accessories found on ...

Special Activities

Newcomers Club The Wheeling Newcomers Club will hold a luncheon at Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information and to make a luncheon reservation, call 716-207-9146 today. The program will be the installation of officers for 2017-18 and will ...

This undated photo provide by Leslie Young shows Young with her husband and children in California. For Young, Mother's Day is far from serene. "Just because it's Mother's Day doesn't mean the nurse, chauffer, chef, janitor, hair stylist or activity coordinator get the day off," she said of all the hats she wears. (Leslie Young via AP)

Moms Disagree on Going Out Or Staying in on Mother’s Day

NEW YORK — Leslie Young is the California mom of four kids 9 and younger. For her, Mother’s Day is far from serene. “Just because it’s Mother’s Day doesn’t mean the nurse, chauffer, chef, janitor, hair stylist or activity coordinator get the day off,” she said of all the hats ...