End of an Era, ‘CORE’ Values and Up a Tree

A New Flavor in Wheeling

Something this week nearly caused traffic to back up on National Road in the Woodsdale area, and it wasn’t last-minute Festival of Lights-goers seeking to view the displays before Oglebay turns them off for the year.

Rather, it was the opening of the new Taco Bell restaurant at the former Long John Silver’s location. One newspaper employee traveling through the area at about 11 p.m. reported the drive-thru line was nearly backed up to the highway.

In time, the novelty likely will wear off, but we suspect the city’s newest fast food option — which is open until 3 a.m. — was a popular choice for New Year’s revelers on their way home (although we sincerely hope those who weren’t “designated drivers” were in the passenger’s seat) this morning.

End of an Era

The seemingly dwindling population of family-owned, “mom and pop” type businesses has taken another hit over the past few weeks. Padden’s Pharmacy in East Wheeling and Shutler’s Grocery in Martins Ferry shut their doors for the final time recently, along with Young’s Cafeteria in Glen Dale and Moore’s Music Emporium in Bridgeport.

These businesses, and others like them, have been a source of memories for their loyal clientele, who no doubt feel like a small piece of them is going away with their loss.

Although there can be many reasons why a business closes its doors, there’s little doubt the proliferation of online shopping and large chains has something to do with it. There’s also little doubt that 2017 will see the end for more places that have been a part of the Ohio Valley’s fabric for so long.

It’s a reminder to shop local, when we can — because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Up a Tree for a Cause

Grand Vue Park is offering the chance to win a stay in one of the location’s new treetop cabins this month. Proceeds for the raffle will benefit the Vargo Family Beatification Fund.

Organ Donation a ‘CORE’ Value for Local Hospital

Ohio Valley Medical Center has been recognized as a gold-level achiever by Donate Life of West Virginia.

OVMC staff works closely with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education to encourage and educate the hospital staff and community members on the importance of registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.

“In 2015, in West Virginia, 67 individuals gave the gift of life through organ donation; 219 individuals gave tissue to enhance the lives of others and 300 individuals gave the gift of sight to 600 recipients,” said Susan Stuart, CEO of CORE. “The staff at OVMC and their community are the face of compassion, gentleness and hope. With every transplant, West Virginia families are able to spend another day saying ‘I love you’ and then honoring the donor that gave them that life.”

The gold award was presented to OVMC representatives at the Hospital Challenge awards luncheon in Roanoke, W.Va., earlier this month.

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