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Don’t Take Library For Granted

I’m not much of a gambler. That’s not to say I don’t purchase an occasional lottery ticket or take chances on church raffles or other benefit games of chance. Over the decades of this career in journalism, I have taken many chances when it comes to meeting newspaper deadlines. ...

Have a Seat in Beautiful Antique Chairs

As I was going through old copies of Southern Living magazine and trying to part with the 10-year or older copies, I came across an article that remains solid advice. The article refers to chairs with style and it covers the variety of big names in chair styles over the years (18th and 19th ...

Spring Brings Awareness to Occupational Therapy, Autism

WHEELING — Throughout the month of April, organizations around the country spread awareness of two topics that are close to our hearts at Easterseals — occupational therapy and autism acceptance. Occupational Therapy Month Occupational Therapy Month celebrates the work of the 230,000 ...

Extension Agent’s Love for Trees Grows Beyond Arbor Day

WHEELING — You may have noticed trees with white mesh trunk collars around our neighborhood parks and at Heritage Port. Our Ohio County WVU Extension Agent is Karen Cox, who loves trees. With state grant money, in 2019, 52 families and Master Gardeners planted and continue to care for ...

Give Me The ’70s

It only takes one line or a few musical notes and wham, I’m hurled back in time. At least that’s what happens to me when I hear a song from yesteryear. Maybe it’s a song I heard while watching the Perry Como show or Dean Martin program with my parents and siblings. Sometimes it may be ...

April Showers Bring Flower Pots to Mind

April Showers Bring Flower Pots to Mind April brings thoughts of gardens, flower pots, window boxes and plants to the minds of homeowners (even if we did have snowflakes last week), and what better choice than vintage? Pottery has always attracted fans of retro. Names like McCoy, Weller, ...

Master Gardeners — or MGers — Share More Than Just Green Thumbs

This article introduces you to a few Ohio County Master Gardeners (MGers). When asked, “What do you like most about being a Master Gardener?” “Wild Liz” Harper quickly responded, “Camaraderie! People of the same mindset meeting together ... How they challenge you. They offer so ...

A Lesson From Lizzie

It was a silly, even prankish game we played in grade school. Actually, we were about middle school age at the time. As is the case in Catholic school, we lined up in silence and walked single file into school in the morning and after recess. The teacher, usually one of the habited nuns, ...

Quimper Is a Folksy and Fun Collectible

Quimper is attractive to display, whether you own one piece or dozens. This charming, colorful pottery is an example of faience ware, which means hand-painted, tin enamel-glazed earthenware. Named after the Breton town in northwestern France where it has been made for over 300 years, it has ...

Head Hunters Seek Fun Vases From the Past

Head vases always draw interest in the collectible world. Made in the mid-20th century, these charming oddities peaked in popularity in the 1950s and ‘60s, about the same time Barbie made her entrance onto the American pop culture stage. The pottery vases were often imported from Japan and ...

Spring Enters An Open Window

I awoke to what sounded like the repetitive ringing of a telephone from half a century ago. When fully awake, I realized the sound I heard was that of an ambitious woodpecker at work on a tree in the nearby woods. This sound was complimented by the voices of numerous spring gobblers making ...

Easter’s Sweet Memories

Everyone has his or her favorite. Mine are the yellow ones. They are usually lemon flavored unless you purchase those that mimic other candies. I really don’t care for the black ones because they turn your teeth black, making it look as though you just ate a bag of potting soil. I’m ...

Basket Collecting Offers Many Choices

Today is Easter, and for many of us, that means searching for — or hiding a basket or two. Easter baskets are an important part of the spring tradition here in the United States, and most children enjoy the search as much as the enjoyment of the treats inside the grass ...

Cliff’s Last Alarm

Cliff Sligar was a firefighter long before he was old enough to join the Wheeling Fire Department. During his formative years, it was no secret that he could be found more often at a local firehouse than in a classroom. If there was a big fire in the city, Cliff was there no matter what time ...

Something to Chew On: Mystery Dish Had a Simple Use

I came across this sweet little porcelain dish at a neighbor’s garage sale years ago. Not knowing what it was at the time, I bought it for a quarter, recognizing the workmanship and lusterware glaze as marks of vintage quality and put it away for safe keeping, right next to the other china ...

Chalk Up One For Mom

There’s a saying that what goes around comes around. I believe that more than ever. Today, there are many popular TV shows featuring designers and home sellers. Some shows bring us designers for building homes and designers for decorating those homes. Each is as different as the next, ...

Mechanical Banks Inspire Nostalgia

In this day and age, the idea of saving pennies seems quaint. But a penny bank was one of the most common children’s gifts throughout the Victorian age. Up until the 1950s penny banks and piggy banks remained popular as a way to teach thrift to youngsters. About the time of the ...

Vitamin D

Dear Heloise: With so many of us spending time indoors due to health concerns, we’re not getting enough vitamin D, and this is especially true for the elderly. Besides pills, what foods are rich in vitamin D that we can add to our diets? — Adell D., Newport, R.I. Adell, vitamin D is ...

Son May Be Hasty In Plan to Sign Up for Fatherhood

DEAR ABBY: My 25-year-old son has been dating a girl for two or three months. She seems very nice. She has two children and is pregnant with her third child. She’s due in three months. The child is not my son’s. I was told by some friends of my son that he’s planning to sign the birth ...

Warm Meals for Cold Times: Getting to Know Root Vegetables

If you've been to a farmers' market lately, then the reality of seasonal cooking in the middle of winter has plainly revealed itself to you. Tis the season for root vegetables, and not a whole lot else. But there is beauty to cooking with the season, not just because it feels in sync with the ...