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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 ...

Dragon Boat Races Will Benefit Local King’s Daughters Child Care Center

The King's Daughters Child Care Center in Wheeling is planning Wheeling's Inaugural Dragon Boat Race to take place on the Ohio River on Saturday, Aug. 29. Opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m., and races begin at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m.Dragon boat racing is an ancient ...

Scandinavia Seen By West Virginian Via Poetry’s Lens

With a poet's facility for understanding languages and an artist's keen eye for observation, West Virginia native Randi Ward communicates across international and cultural barriers and documents the people and natural settings that she encounters in Scandinavia and her home country.The gifted ...

Souvenirs Are a Summer Collectible

What traveler doesn't bring home a souvenir or two over the summer months? These reminders of places once visited are an important part of vacation.Souvenir items are an important part of collecting as well. Spoons, plates, mugs, T-shirts, pennants, postcards and china are just a few of the ...

Mount Pleasant Historical Society Presents Annual Homes Tour

Each year, the Historic Homes Tour welcomes several hundred people back to Mount Pleasant, celebrating the history of the quaint village.During the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2, the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant is once again inviting history lovers to tour the southern ...

Town’s History Launches Young Man on Career Path

By BETSY BETHELLife EditorJon-Erik Gilot's love of history started at his mother's knee and continued as he grew up under the wings of members of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society.Now the archivist for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the 31-year-old is vice president of the society - ...

Looking for Traces of ‘Mockingbird’ in Harper Lee’s Hometown

MONROEVILLE, Ala. - Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is always nearby in the southwest Alabama town of Monroeville.The quiet city is the birthplace and current home of the 89-year-old author, and it inspired the fictional town of Maycomb in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book about race ...

Save The Butterflies

By DEAN FOSDICKAssociated PressOne of the most widely recognized butterflies in North America, the monarch, is disappearing fast. Most of that decline is blamed on changing land use, but property owners can help shore up the population by setting aside monarch "way stations" filled with ...

Not Just Another Steak Meal

By J.M. HIRSCHAP Food EditorJust because people tend to like to grill doesn't mean every meal has to be a culinary cliche.This summer, maybe you can mix it up a bit and do something a little more exciting. Without sacrificing any of the meaty goodness that folks crave, consider moving the meal ...

Fire Roasted Veggies a Hot Item

Start to finish: 1 hourServings: 81/4 cup tahini, well stirred2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided2 tablespoons water1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon minced garlicKosher salt1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes1 head broccoli, quartered down the center1 small ...

Ditch the Dogs, Grill Some Brats

By ALISON LADMANAssociated PressAnybody can grill a hot dog, slap it on a bun and dump on the usual ketchup and mustard. So how about going a bit beyond the ordinary this summer?Let's start with the meat. Rather than your basic dog, up the ante by grilling up something more robust, such as ...

Preventing Motion Sickness

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is one of many features included in the July/August edition of OV Parent magazine, a free publication distributed throughout the Ohio Valley to retail centers, doctors' offices, daycare centers, libraries, pools and more.Kids are always on the go. And while many can ...

Motion Sickness-Safe Road Trip Games

20 Questions - One person thinks of an object and the others have 20 chances to deduce the answer by asking questions such as "Does it breathe oxygen?", "Is it bigger than the car?" "Is it found in the house?", etc.Going on a Picnic - One person starts by saying, "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm ...

Connected With the Wild Side at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

One of the world's most renowned recreation and wildlife education destinations is located right in the heart of Ohio, and if you haven't paid a recent visit to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, you will likely be blown away by the vast array of fascinating features the facility boasts ...

Elmhurst Celebrates 125 Years With Evening Under the Elms

A festive "Evening Under the Elms" will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, on the lawn at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship in Wheeling in celebration of its 125th year of continuous service to the senior residents of the community.Anita Carenbauer, Elmhurst board member, and her husband, ...

Parcel Players Stage ‘Telling Wilde Tales’

Oglebay Institute's Parcel Players open its 2015 season with "Telling Wilde Tales," which will be staged 7 p.m. July 15-18 at OI's Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St., Wheeling, at 7 p.m. wednesday through Saturday, July 15-18.An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales by Jules Tasca, "Telling ...

Actress Portrays ‘Mother’ Jones

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, both revered and reviled in her lifetime, "visited" the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling for a historical portrayal Tuesday, July 7.Actress Karen Vuranch, who is well known for her living history presentations, portrayed Jones for a Lunch With Books program set ...

Community Foundation Awards Impact Grants

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has awarded its Community Impact grants for 2015.The foundation awarded a total of $66,549 through the Community Impact grants program to organizations within the foundation's eight-county region of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel ...

Gamble Receives Educator Award

Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Yancosek Gamble, chair of the Business, Communications and Media Arts department at Bethany College, has been awarded the West Virginia Public Relations Educator of the Year Award by the state chapter of Public Relations Society of America.The award recognizes a PRSA ...