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Collecting Christmas Creches This Holiday Season

Christmas collectors often focus on one type of ornament or holiday decoration. Santa, snowmen, angels and reindeer are of a few of the themes enthusiasts enjoy. But what could be more appropriate than Nativity scenes? There are a wide variety of styles to search for, from fancy expensive ...

Ohio Eatery Has Local Connection

The lead item in last Sunday’s Grapevine — regarding Mehlman’s Cafeteria in St. Clairsville being named by Food & Wine magazine as the sixth best cafeteria in America — has generated considerable interest, as well as a tip on another area connection. In fact, reader Margaret ...

Santa Gives Treasures to Collectors

What’s your favorite holiday collectible? Mine is definitely Santa. Santa is the theme in my hall and front room every Christmas. I have a variety of ornaments and statues that illustrate the jolly gift giver, some old, others new. There is a small collection of ceramic Santa mugs that I ...

Mehlman’s Sixth Best In Nation

Generations of Ohio Valley residents have been flocking to Mehlman’s Cafeteria in St. Clairsville to enjoy hearty portions of home-style comfort food and delicious homemade pies (oh, the pies!) on a regular basis. The Ohio Valley’s tasty “secret” now has achieved national fame. The ...

Putz Houses Are Perfectly Charming for the Holidays

When I was helping one of my daughters with her home decoration for the holidays just the other day, I asked her if she had any putz houses. She had a spot in her kitchen where one would be the perfect touch. These sparkle coated cardboard houses were once a common part of Christmas ...

Berze Appears Twice

Mount Pleasant teen Allie Berze — who will perform as a soloist with the Thursday Music Club’s chorus this week — demonstrated her versatility during the Fantasy in Lights parade last weekend. Berze sang on a float that appeared in the early part of the Wheeling parade’s lineup. She ...

WSO Gets Onstage Company

John Devlin, the new music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, has promised a surprise at every concert in its 90th season, and he’s keeping that promise. A tango demonstration and a light show provided the element of surprise during the season-opening Masterworks concert in ...

Mercer Revisits Philly

The city of Philadelphia holds special meaning for Dr. William Mercer, Ohio County health officer. Mercer traveled from the Friendly City to the City of Brotherly Love in 2002 to attend the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting. He noticed a number of homeless people sleeping ...

Bilgere Utilizes Humor

Poetry lovers enjoyed a delightful reading by George Bilgere at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday. He offered selections from his work and discussed the art of writing for the Wheeling Poetry Series at Lunch With Books. West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, host for the Wheeling ...

Finding Contentment Withing Our Present Selves Is Important

You can look just about anywhere these days and find information on getting better, feeling better, looking better, better bodies, better skin, better hair, etc. The pursuit of self-improvement is an honorable endeavor for sure. However, it is also important to take time to recognize ourselves ...

Holloway Memorial Launched

A new fund established in Wheeling is well on its way to taking dance to underserved audiences and providing scholarships for aspiring dancers. The Joseph B. Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund has been launched to provide financial assistance for area children to attend Oglebay Institute’s ...

DeFrancis’ Film Out On DVD

Just in time for Halloween viewing, “Ruin Me,” a horror movie co-written and directed by Wheeling native Preston DeFrancis, will be released Tuesday on DVD, Blu-Ray and video on demand by RLJ Entertainment. Previously, the film has been available exclusively on Shudder, the premium ...

Writers Attract Notice

As part of the year-long Wheeling 250 observance, the next edition of the People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library will celebrate “Wheeling in Literature.” The role that writers have played in Wheeling’s first 250 years and the attention that these writers have brought ...

Wheeling Garners Statewide Attention

The Wheeling 250 observance is getting statewide exposure, thanks to GOLDENESEAL, West Virginia’s magazine of traditional life. The fall issue of GOLDENSEAL is dedicated entirely to the 250th anniversary of Wheeling’s founding. The magazine, published by the West Virginia Department of ...

Parade And Football Game Attract Notice

When West Virginia University officials visited Wheeling Tuesday to outline plans for health care in the area, they also shared random thoughts of parades and football. Speaking at Wheeling Hospital, WVU President E. Gordon Gee noted that he and the Pride of West Virginia marching band had ...

Music, Nature Dazzle

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and its guest artists gave a dazzling show for Music Under the Stars, despite having to tangle with the real-life pyrotechnics of Mother Nature last weekend. A large crowd filled Oglebay Park’s Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater for the free concert last Sunday ...

Finding Help When You Are Feeling Hopeless

Suicide is an uncomfortable subject and one we do not talk about frequently. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34. September is Suicide ...

Rejoicing Accompanies Brennan

“It’s a new day.” “He’s a breath of fresh air.” “He’s ‘the real deal.’” Those were just some of the joyous and heartfelt sentiments expressed by laity and clergy Thursday as they welcomed the Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan as the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese ...

Boos Directs New Play

Theatrical innovator Karla Boos, formerly of Wheeling, is directing another world premiere in Pittsburgh this month. Boos is the founder and artistic director of Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. Under Boos’ leadership, Quantum is known for presenting world premieres and staging plays in ...

Duffy Earns Prize

Congratulations are extended to Sean Duffy of Wheeling who has won third prize in the 2019 West Virginia Fiction Competition. Duffy, who is the programming director of the Ohio County Public Library and executive director of the WALS Foundation in Wheeling, captured the bronze medal with a ...