Delbrugge Remembered Fondly; Bright Spot in WVU Loss

Former Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge Was One of a Kind

Former Wheeling Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge, who passed away Christmas Day at the age of 75, is widely remembered as a strong voice for her neighborhood.

Delbrugge was always a pleasure to work with, from this journalist’s perspective, as well. In keeping with her nature as a strong voice, she never shied away from making a candid comment about whatever issue was occupying council’s attention at the time.

And she always returned a phone call, the same as she did for her constituents who called about potholes, non-functioning street lights and any number of other issues with which our local representatives must deal on a daily basis.

This reporter also fondly recalls her monthly calls to ensure the Warwood crime watch meeting received a mention in the newspaper’s daily brief column. She will be missed.

Heart Swelling With Pride

During Heart of Dallas Bowl

The West Virginia University Mountaineers’ loss in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl this week wasn’t so discouraging to Delegate Roger Romine, R-Tyler.

Romine, who is entering his final year as a legislator before retirement, said he saw a familiar ray of hope on the sideline of which he was very proud.

Standing there was his grandson, Will Billeter, a redshirt freshman and wide receiver for the Mountaineers. Billeter is a graduate of St. Marys High School.

Wheeling Hospital Spreading Winter Warmth

Wheeling Hospital’s family medicine residency program is spreading warmth this winter to many area residents. Each year, the Hand Center at Wheeling Hospital collects gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and ear muffs and places them on the Mitten Tree, which is located at the Hand Center.

This year, the family medicine residents made their own donation of approximately 200 pairs of gloves. The winter items are donated to Catholic Charities in Wheeling and distributed to those in need.

That’s a Lot of Pumpkin Pie

Kanawha Scales & Systems (formerly OV Scale & Instruments) of Wheeling was recently presented with a plaque by the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in appreciation of Kanawha’s contributions in donating certified weighing scales to the festival each year.

The plaque depicts the winning pumpkin — which weighed in at a whopping 2,150 pounds during the September festival — sitting on the scale.

The massive gourd was cultivated by Barnesville residents Todd and Donna Skinner, who shattered their own festival record of 1,739 pounds, set in 2016.