Features

Half Dolls Embody a Whole Lot of Charm

Many people aren't sure what a half doll is, or why they were made. But I learned early about these antique treasures.My mother's mother, Sophia Stender O'Malley of Wheeling, was employed for a while as a seamstress after her husband, Edgar, drowned under the Bellaire bridge. My mother was just ...

Living Historian Explores U.S. Grant’s Military Experiences

Living historian Kenneth Serfass of Gettysburg portrayed Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at two area libraries last week, offering a personal perspective on the famous military leader.Serfass, who played Grant for a History Channel documentary, appeared at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public ...

Junior League Plans Playground Upgrade

A handicapped accessible swinging boat and a sensory exploration wall highlight the expansion and renovation work the Junior League of Wheeling has planned for the Janie S. Altmeyer Heritage Port Playground at the Wheeling waterfront."The goal is for children of all abilities to be able to ...

Junior League Plans Playground Upgrade

By BETSY BETHELLife EditorA handicapped accessible swinging boat and a sensory exploration wall highlight the expansion and renovation work the Junior League of Wheeling has planned for the Janie S. Altmeyer Heritage Port Playground at the Wheeling waterfront."The goal is for children of all ...

Summer Sanctuary

Sitting on her cozy second-story balcony surrounded by a variety of colorful plants, Lynette Pellarin is one of two Edgwood residents who say tending to a flower garden each summer has blossomed into a hobby that provides much more than just a pretty garden.Pellarin, who grew up on a farm, said ...

august calendar

Aug. 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.Aug. 1-31 - Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 1-31 - Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum, Oglebay Park, 10 a.m.-5 ...

Special Activities

Ohio County CouncilThe Ohio County Community Educational Outreach Service will meet at the Valley Grove community building at 10 a.m. Monday, July 27. Nancy Kish, county president, will convene the business meeting. Club representatives who are unable to attend the meeting are to send alternate ...

Cunningham Marks 90th

Paul A. Cunningham of Beech Bottom will celebrate his 90th birthday on Monday, July 27.He was born on July 27, 1925 in Power. He served in World War II in the South Pacific on the USS Downes, DD 375, a Navy destroyer. He received several medals, including the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal ...

Nagy Celebrates 98th

Martha F. Surowka Nagy of Wheeling, formerly of Blaine, celebrated her 98th birthday on Thursday, July 23.She was born July 23, 1917 and was married to Frank "Tarzan" Nagy until his death in 1978.She has 10 children, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five ...

Hogan’s a Hero

Susan C. Hogan's passion and interests have touched many in the Ohio Valley and beyond. She has worked with women and families, with youth, with music and with art, to make the local community, and others, better and more beautiful. In the center of her work is caring for others in many ways.In ...

YSS Plans Youth Celebration

The annual free celebration for local children and their families sponsored by Youth Services System will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Wheeling Park.Celebrate Youth 2015 will include 66 exhibitors, inflatable games, giant bubbles, air gun and archery demonstrations, ...

‘It’s Wheeling History’ Trivia Challenge

The inaugural "It's Wheeling History" championship game will be held at the historic Blue Church at 12th and Byron streets in East Wheeling at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.The Wheeling National Heritage Area, the Ohio County Public Library, West Virginia Independence Hall and Dr. David Javersak have ...

Beach Trip Includes Vintage Games

Riding home from the beach in the back seat of a Honda minivan recently gave me a hopeful experience. My three grandchildren were delightfully entertaining, and entertained, via non-tech games that included a vintage card game that I brought along in my purse, a remarkable number of hand ...

Former Shadyside Resident Pens First Volume in Trilogy

Former Shadyside resident Josh Kent's first novel - part of a projected trilogy - is getting good response from fans of horror, fantasy, adventure and supernatural genres.His book, "The Witch at Sparrow Creek: A Jim Falk Novel," has been published by Hippocampus Press.Regarding reaction from ...

Plein Air Workshops Set During Annual Event

Painters will take to the streets of Wheeling on Friday through Sunday, July 30 and Aug. 1-2, for the annual Paint Historic Wheeling plein air event, while also having the option of attending workshops led by established artists.Plein air, made popular by the Impressionist painters of the late ...

Table Rock to Serve as Setting For Fourth Farm to Fork Event

The Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary's fourth annual Farm to Fork event is set for Saturday, Aug. 22, and - as always, organizers noted - is fast reaching capacity of 100 guests. Three event chairs - Beth Ann Dague, Laura Reed and Lea Ridenhour - and their committee have been busy planning this ...

From the Other Side Of the Hospital Bed

Dr. Mark and Amanda Voellinger of Wheeling realized the importance of West Virginia University Children's Hospital when they attended a 2014 fundraising gala, but had no idea that six weeks later their newborn baby would need those services.The Voellingers plan to attend the 11th annual Ohio ...

Toss Corn Into the Mix

The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it's time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table.Corn is summer's chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten raw or ...

Make Sure Spuds Aren’t Duds

I'm not a fan of potato salad that tastes like a bunch of spuds smothered in mayo. I want more. At the very least, I want to taste the potatoes. Trouble is, potatoes are pretty bland if not properly seasoned. They also need to be seasoned at the right moment during the cooking process. Here's ...

Shrimp, Quinoa Combo Makes Robust Salad

By J.M. HIRSCHAP Food EditorThe secret to a hearty summer dinner salad? Ingredients that come together in no time.Because while I want my dinner salads to be robust and filling, I don't want them to take a whole lot of time to prep. One of the greatest joys of summer is getting dinner on the ...