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Pen Pal Program Forges Connections Beyond Nursing Homes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rich Vanderweit saw the loneliness of older people in the COVID-19 pandemic, and he devised a modest effort to ease their isolation. Vanderweit, an activity aide at Sullivan County Health Care in Claremont, thought: Why not match his nursing home residents with pen ...

A Wedding Day to Remember

This spring, brides-to-be worried less about finding “something borrowed and something blue” for their big day and more about whether or not wedding ceremonies could even happen. In the wake of COVID-19, couples faced an unprecedented set of social distancing guidelines that hindered the ...

Wheeling Woman Takes Top Prize in Tea Cozy Contest

WHEELING — Brooke Boston credits her grandmother for her success with the knitting needles. Boston of Wheeling recently took the top prize in the 2020 Larkin Tea Company Tea Cozy Competition. Boston made a darling teapot cozy in the form of an owl to win the contest offered by the Larkin ...

Betty Puskar Leaves Behind a Legacy of Kindness

MorGANTOWN — Betty J. Puskar wanted to be remembered as someone who facilitated breast cancer care and for making breast cancer something that people talked about. She also wanted to be known as someone who helped people. Those who crossed paths with Puskar can attest to that legacy of ...

Queen Elizabeth’s birthday marked with smaller ceremony

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's birthday was marked Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Color parade was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts ...

Bars reopening in New Orleans. Will tourists come?

By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bar owners in New Orleans prepared for a soft opening, and an uncertain one, as they began letting customers in Saturday for the first time in months. Capacity is limited to 25 percent, live music remains prohibited, and nobody knows ...

The Word on the Street

Throughout this country and across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the worst and best in people. At their worst, people flagrantly disregard health officials’ guidelines to stay home, wear masks if going in public and even spitting in the faces of store clerks. The worst case ...

AP Photos: Ahead of Tom Jones’ 80th birthday, a look back

For nearly 60 years, Tom Jones has been delighting audiences with stunning stage performances and hits like "It's Not Unusual" and "Delilah." The Welsh baritone who drew comparisons to Elvis turns 80 on Sunday. This gallery of images shot by The Associated Press shows Jones throughout his ...

Second City CEO steps down amid claims of racism at theater

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Alexander, the CEO and co-owner of famed The Second City improv theater, said he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the comedy institution. In a lengthy letter posted on the ...

Changing of the Guard at Corpus Christi Grade School

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Life Editor WHEELING — Dick Taylor believes his 44-year career as a teacher and principal at Corpus Christi School in Warwood was “God’s plan.” It’s the only way he could explain how a young man from East Ohio, fresh out of college and new to teaching, could ...

New Corpus Christi Principal Shannon Wall Knows Her Way Around The School

WHEELING — How many people do you know who, in grade school, realized what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives? Shannon Wall is one of those rare people. A family tradition of attending Corpus Christi Grade School set into motion Wall’s plan to one day teach at the school. ...

Journey of a Lamplighter

Antiques enthusiasts enjoy showing off their treasures and I had the pleasure of seeing an antique that I took care of for 35 years, finally placed in the perfect spot recently. The antique I refer to is an attractive newel post lamp. The brass figure is dressed in classic Roman attire and ...

Special Activities

Island Scholarship Winners Announced The Wheeling Island Community Association has awarded scholarships to Helena Queen from Wheeling Park High School and Sonny Peluchutte from Central Catholic High School. .Each received $1,000 from the Wheeling Island Community Association. Elm Grove ...

Antiques & Collectibles

Vintage collectibles, especially those related to sports, sell quickly at auction, perhaps because not all are expensive. Sometimes they are not noticed by the dedicated sports collectors and sell at bargain prices. This metal lunchbox was made in 1976. It is decorated with the helmets of the ...

Gorby to Mark 95th Birthday

Billie Louise Simms Gorby of Moundsville is celebrating her 95th birthday this month. She was born in Cameron, W.Va.

Lennex Celebrates 93rd

Thelma Lennex celebrated her 93rd birthday on Thursday, May 21. She was born in Cameron, West Virginia and was married 54 years to the late Elmer Lennex. She is retired from Ohio Valley Medical Center. She has four children, William ( Pat) Lennex of Broadway, Virginia; Gretchen (Wayne) ...

Butler Reaches 97 Years

Denzil Butler of Cameron celebrated his 97th birthday on Saturday, May 23. He was born May 23, 1923, in Gilmer County,West Virginia. He was married to the late Genevieve Sampson and served in the U.S. Air Force. Butler still ministers at the List Street Church of Christ and enjoys gardening ...

Vietnam Veteran Takes An Emotional Trip Into the Past

WHEELING — Fifty years ago this month, Ron Woloshan was sitting atop a tank in Cambodia when he learned of the Kent State shooting in Ohio that killed four students. Ironically, the news came a week after he had written a letter to his father in which he made note of the college students ...

Good Shepherd Nursing Home Earns a Perfect Federal Government Rating

WHEELING — Good Shepherd Nursing Home has earned a five-star rating from the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all or part of each year of the 13-year history of the CMS rating program. This is an extraordinary achievement for Good Shepherd, which celebrates its 50th ...

Antiques & Collectibles

A reader sent us a picture of an item in an auction catalog that looked like a cookie jar decorated with racing horses, but it had a strange lid. What else could it be? Why horses on a cookie jar? The lid and the size, 7 inches high, are clues. The jar is a humidor, a container for cigars, ...