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Lyceum Academy To Have New Home

August 8, 2010

Movin' on up ... The fledgling Lyceum Academy will soon have a "new" home in North Wheeling.

According to several sources, the two-year-old Lyceum Academy is moving its operations from the Scottish Rite Cathedral in East Wheeling. The private girls' school, which still has a small enrollment, will be moved to another building that reportedly has been purchased for its use - the Henry K. List House, located at 825 Main St., adjacent to the westbound entrance to the Fort Henry Bridge and Interstate 70.

The Lyceum Academy, which opened in the autumn of 2008, had used portions of the Scottish Rite Cathedral for its classrooms since the school's inception.

The Henry K. List House is known to most Wheeling residents as the former headquarters for the Red Cross office. In more recent years, the building had housed a law firm; however, the structure has been vacant and on the market for the past few years.

The brick mansion, built in 1858, was purchased and renovated in 1993 by Wheeling attorneys R. Dean Hartley and James M. O'Brien. During the law firm's usage of the building, the Henry K. List House was featured on the Victorian Show-Off! tour in 2002 and was the site of a later event organized by the now-defunct Victorian Wheeling Society Ltd.

A vintage product with a Wheeling connection is "hot" again on the retail market.

Former colleagues Gladys Van Horne of Wheeling and J. Ford Huffman of Washington, D.C., shared a page from the July 19-26 issue of New York magazine. In the publication's Strategist column, "the best bet" is offered to replace plastic storage containers with vintage glass products.

Referring to recent heat waves in New York, the magazine item states, "Here, a solution (for the containers, not the heat): a limited suppy of cobalt-blue and clear vintage refrigerator jars ($60 to $175 each at Meg Cohen Design Shop, 59 Thompson St., nr. Broome St.; 212-966-3733), originally manufactured in the thirties by the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company in West Virginia. The machine-molded glass vessels are stackable and airtight and look as attractive empty as they do filled with last night's leftovers."

The full page is illustrated with a photograph, taken by Hannah Whitaker, of the cobalt-blue and clear Hazel-Atlas Glass refrigerator jars.

Aficionados of Hazel-Atlas Glass in Wheeling were astonished to hear that the old refrigerator jars are now on the market for $60 to $175 apiece.

Meanwhile, singers with Glen Dale connections continue to make a big splash on the national magazine scene.

Just a week after Glen Dale native Brad Paisley was profiled in The New Yorker came word that Lady Gaga would grace the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair.

Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is the daughter of the former Cynthia Bissett, who grew up in Glen Dale and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1972. Lady Gaga's proud grandparents are Paul and Ronnie Bissett of Glen Dale. She also has a number of other relatives in the area.

We're told that Lady Gaga mentioned Wheeling during one of her concert appearances in Texas in July.

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