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March 1-31 - Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center, Oglebay Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.March 1-31 - Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.March 1-31 - Good Zoo, Oglebay Park, March 1-24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ...

Woman Shaves Head for 20th Time for Childhood Cancer

When her husband started coordinating St. Baldrick's Day head-shaving events 12 years ago to raise money for childhood cancer research, Valerie Parsons of Wheeling was happy to help. But no way was she going to shave her head.Then she prayed about it."God has a way of showing me how little I ...

On Location in the Ohio Valley

The history of the Ohio Valley over the past century has its fair share of star-studded twists and turns, all of which have been preserved forever on celluloid.The area's occasional brushes with Hollywood always have stirred a fierce interest among local movie lovers and star-struck fans. This ...

World-Famous Organist to Perform Dedicatory Concert At St. Matthew’s

Cameron Carpenter, the internationally famous American organist, will perform in concert at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., Wheeling, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.Carpenter will play the dedicatory concert for St. Matthew's new Marshall & Ogletree Opus 10 organ. It ...

String Holders: Environmentally Clever Collectibles

I've written about string holders several times in the past, mostly because I like them. I only have one and it's perfect in my kitchen, which features a bright yellow, white and chartreuse color scheme built around lemons and polka dots.String holders are a good example of the environmental ...

Special Activities

Genealogical SocietyThe Monroe County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Monroe County District Library, Ohio 78 and Home Avenue, Woodsfield, at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 21. It will be a general business meeting with emphasis on finalizing and announcing the programs and ...

‘Leap Baby’ Turns 100 on 25th Birthday

Longtime Wheeling resident William S. "Bill" Hannig will be 100 years old this month, but the occasion will be only his 25th birthday.The answer to this riddle is that Hannig was a Leap Day baby, born on Feb. 29, 1916 in Bellaire.Hannig, though, takes the unusual circumstances of his birthday ...

Celtic Celebration Marks 20th Year

The 20th annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration held at the Wheeling Artisan Center is scheduled this year for Saturday, March 5. The celebration, sponsored by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp., will open with entertainment and activities at 11 a.m.The event is co-sponsored by the Wheeling ...

Fans Fetch Popular Canine Collectibles

The popularity of dogs is at an all-time high, it seems. Gone are the days of a mixed breed family mutt as the common pet, and now pedigree, grooming and designer clothes are standard on neighborhood dogs.This past week saw another Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show winner (German shorthaired ...

‘Stayin’ Alive’ Is Ohio Valley Heart Ball Theme

"Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother" or anyone one else, "Stayin' Alive" is the theme for the Ohio Valley Division of the American Heart Association's largest fundraiser of the year.The 48th annual Ohio Valley Heart Ball is set for Saturday, Feb. 27, at Belmont Hills Country ...

Young Leader Promises Exciting Year at Shrine

At 43 years old, Johnny Bitzer Jr. of Triadelphia is the youngest Osiris Shrine leader in 50 years. His goal: to bring awareness to the Shriners' mission and host several new public events, such as a toga party in June.A toga party? At the Shrine?Indeed.Bitzer - whose nickname is "Indeed" and ...

It’s Show Time!

The Linsly School is pleased to present the 78th annual Extravaganza performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at The Capitol Theatre.As one of the most anticipated performances of the year, this year's Extravaganza, titled "It's Show Time!", promises to be a spectacular evening filled with music, ...

Special Activities

ProgramRoger Micker will present a lecture on "John Brown: 'Meteor of the War'" at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue, at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. The program is aimed at adults and older students and is free and open to the public.A retired history ...

Walking Belmont

Crystal Lorimor of Belmont does not want her neighbors to have to walk a mile in the shoes of her dad, who died last May of complications from diabetes. To that end, she does want them to walk a mile - literally - around the village, and she has sought out resources to make it easier for them ...

Wheeling Historian Explores ‘Awfulness’ of Enslavement

Being enslaved in Wheeling seems unimaginable now, but it was a grave reality in pre-Civil War years. While the number of slaves in Wheeling was relatively small and conditions were better than in the Deep South, sorrows of slavery persisted.Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan appeared at the ...

Black Presents ‘From Slavery to Freedom’ at WVNCC

Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, is guest presenter for a series of programs honoring Black History Month in February on West Virginia Northern Community College's three campuses.The free presentations titled "From ...

WLU’s Sixth Great Gala Takes On a Kentucky Derby Theme

The sixth annual Great Gala is now in the works at West Liberty University and promises to be another wonderful evening of dining, dancing and socializing for a great cause - scholarships.The university's biggest fundraising event, sponsored once again by WesBanco, will feature a Kentucky Derby ...

Valentines: Paper Collectibles to Love

Vintage valentines are a favorite collectible of mine. With the varied designs and sweet verses, these cards are charming reminders of the importance of greeting cards.Shown in today's column are a group of valentines that are part of a delightful local collection. I have a few lacy vintage ...