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A Special Kind of Mother

Mother’s Day is traditionally a beautiful day of celebrating the women who have loved us from our beginnings. Today, I want to celebrate a specific group of mothers – Foster Mothers. These women are those who may not have given birth to the children in their homes – are often not ...

Backpacking Essentials

Dear Heloise: A lot of people will be taking a BACKPACKING TRIP this year, and as a veteran of many backpacking trips over a number of years, I have a few hints for backpackers: Invest in a good compass, a GPS device designed for outdoor travel and a personal locator beacon. If things go ...

Early Mental, Drug Health Screenings Urged

As Sunday’s editorial in this paper correctly said, “Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services.” Unfortunately, as I wrote in my April column, today’s schools are not the schools of our ...

Man Tells Wife His Travel Plans On Need-to-Know Basis

DEAR ABBY: I could use your advice on training my husband. He refuses to enter his work travel schedule on the household calendar. He snapped at me this week when he finally revealed that he was leaving Sunday. It took three more days to get the date he was coming back. It was like pulling ...

Backpacking Essentials

Dear Heloise: A lot of people will be taking a BACKPACKING TRIP this year, and as a veteran of many backpacking trips over a number of years, I have a few hints for backpackers: Invest in a good compass, a GPS device designed for outdoor travel and a personal locator beacon. If things go ...

Nonexistent Monsters Have Mom Missing Sleep

Dear Annie: I have a 6-year-old daughter who won’t go to sleep on her own. She has an innate fear of staying alone in her room. We have tried every way we can think to motivate her to feel comfortable. We reassure her that she’s safe, that we’re in the room next door, that every night she ...

Local Literary Lights Shine

Wheeling area students “cleaned up” in the honors for West Virginia’s 2019 Letters About Literature competition. The West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission held an awards ceremony for the program at the state Culture Center in Charleston on Thursday. A ...

Parents Turn Blind Eye to Son’s Needs

DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old son has a friend who stayed with us for five months during football and basketball season because he didn’t have transportation to early-morning practices. In the beginning it was one night, then it eventually became full weeks, full months and so on. We treated ...

Art Shows Abound In Area

Area art lovers have a plethora of paintings (and other art works, too) to view in the Wheeling area this month. For instance, a beautiful exhibition, “Learning to See,” opened Thursday at the Wheeling Artisan Center. The show features recent watercolor paintings by Rosalie Haizlett, a ...

No Wedded Bliss for This Location?

“Dear Heloise: Why have destination weddings become so popular? My niece is getting married in Hawaii, which is thousands of miles from family and friends. Neither the bride nor the groom lives in Hawaii, so it’s not as though they’ve established a life there. Although I’ve received an ...

Son’s Visits Will Include Meeting Mom’s Life-in Beau

DEAR ABBY: I am going through a nasty divorce. My sons, ages 4, 11 and 12, live with my husband, 1,000 miles away. They will be with me for summer vacation. This will be the longest stay they will have with me, and I’m not going to lie — I am excited and nervous at the same time. My ...

Poet Plumly Praised

In a sad coda to National Poetry Month, noted poet and Barnesville native Stanley Plumly has died. According to published reports, Plumly, 79, died of multiple myeloma on April 11 at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Plumly served as Maryland’s poet laureate for nine years, from 2009 to ...

Hodgen Visits Wright Places

When award-winning poet John Hodgen visited the Ohio Valley last week, he enjoyed the opportunity to step into the world of a poetic hero, the late Martins Ferry native and Pulitzer Prize winner James Wright. Hodgen appeared Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books ...

Kitty Cat Considerations

Dear Annie: I am hoping you can help me sort this out. I am an avid animal lover, and I have had animals all my life. I am now on the brink of turning 65 and have no pets. I am in very good health. Also, I am on the autism spectrum (high functioning). Despite 30 years of counseling, I have no ...

‘Code Girls’ Included Bethanians

You never know where you’re going to find a mention of the Ohio Valley in print. For example, did you know that two of the celebrated U.S. code breakers in World War II were graduates of Bethany College? In fact, one of the two women was a Brooke County native. They figure prominently in ...

Byrd Brings Golden Trowel

With spring’s arrival, many area residents are preparing for the coming gardening season. As South Wheeling residents and business owners make their plans for such endeavors, they might want to make an extra effort this year to qualify for a “Golden Trowel” award. The South Wheeling ...

McWhorter’s Wheeling Ties Noted

It turns out that a Wheeling native — Ellen McWhorter — is one of the educators searching for the burial site of America’s first published poet. McWhorter, an associate professor of English at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and Christy Pottroff, an assistant ...

I Got Inked!

While I cannot relate to the days of inkwells and feather quill writing, I can remember quite vividly using fountain pens. After graduating from those oversized pencils for printing in first grade, to using only No. 2 pencils in later grades, the fountain pen became a right of passage. I can ...

Georges Shares Advice

Dr. Angelo Georges, chief medical officer of Wheeling Hospital, offered some good advice to six area high school students who were chosen to participate in a simulation of robotic surgery Thursday. Georges, an internist who grew up in Shadyside, related that he switched his major in college ...

Choose to Use Healthy Words

Using Healthy WorHave you ever considered the power that the words you use have on your overall health and well-being? Think back to a time in your life when perhaps a parent, grandparent, teacher or friend said something that “stuck” with you. It may have been a positive or even a ...