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Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Easier Mornings

(Family Features) If you're juggling a new set of responsibilities right now, you're not alone. Those busy mornings may still pose challenges even if your commute no longer exists. Making breakfast in advance can give you a few extra minutes to move your body, center your mind or simply ...

OUE’s Schubenski Overcomes Traumatic Injury to Excel

Kaylee Schubenski has fond memories of her high school experiences at Buckeye Local. She was the homecoming queen and secretary of the National Honor Society. She was also an active member of the Foreign Language, Science, Art, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs. She loved being a ...

Artworks Around Town Re-Opening Soon

WHEELING— After almost a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic restrictions, Artworks Around Town is pleased to announce it will open on Monday, May 18. Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, the art gallery has been shuttered in order to protect the health and ...

Old School Makes Sense

I’m a fan of most things “old school.” Oftentimes, the old way of doing something is effective, simpler and cheaper — so why not embrace it? For example, during this time of pandemic when many of us are suffering from overuse of our eyes due to computer strain, or perhaps we are ...

Not Your Mother’s Tea Party

You don’t have to be a tea drinker to enjoy the benefits of a tea party. Mothers and daughters, grandmothers and aunts, sisters and cousins -- who among them hasn’t enjoyed sitting around a gaily-decorated table for a spot of tea and bite-size eats? From the time we can take steps to sit ...

Entries Being Accepted for 2020 Tea Cozy Competition

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — As the world stays at home, a West Virginia tea company is encouraging people to show off their creativity for a chance to win prizes. The Larkin Tea Company in Martinsburg, West Virginia, is on the hunt for knitters to put their skills to the test by entering the 2020 ...

Mother’s Day and Antiques Are Natural Complements

Antiques and Mother’s Day go together like bread and butter or pandemics and masks. Many antique enthusiasts were introduced to antiques and collecting by their mother or grandmother. At least that’s my experience. My mother taught me everything about art, antiques and historic ...

Short on Reading Material? Try Old Comic Books

MARTINS FERRY — People around the world are trying to stay safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic as best they can, but for many abiding by stay-at-home orders is no easy task. For those who enjoy reading, running out of books because the public libraries are closed makes for ...

Escape Is as Close As Your Bookshelf

I don’t know about you, but my idea of a great vacation is to have the time to start and finish reading a couple of books that have been gathering dust on my bookshelf. These past few weeks have been anything but a vacation, however I found that making time for things that make me happy ...

Residents in Assisted Living Homes Adjust to Life in the Time of COVID-19

For 81-year-old Elizabeth Funk, who lives in an assisted living apartment just south of Pittsburgh, social distancing has meant being confined to her room. “At least I get out of the room three times a day to get food,” she said. “I understand that’s not the case for many places; I ...

Porches Are Popular During Pandemic

There aren’t many good things to be said about social distancing and staying at home due to the pandemic — but I have noticed that more families are socializing on the porch. To me that’s lovely. I’ve enjoyed porches and spend a lot of time on both my front and back versions. My ...

Pittsburgh Zoo Comes To The Aid of Wildlife Park

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — African Safari Wildlife Park has received more than 600 bales of hay from its wildlife conservation partners at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG aquarium. The hay was grown at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center in Somerset County, Pa. On April 11, ...

Wheeling Native Justin Mise Wins Pop Award

NEW YORK CITY — After much support from fans, especially in the Ohio Valley, Wheeling native Justin Mise has won the Vox Pop Award for the 18th annual Independent Music Awards. The award is in the Dance/Electronica Category for the song “Take a Piece.” Mise, who resides in New York ...

Antiques & Collectibles By Terry and Kim Kovel

Many people would never guess what this strange bottle was used for. Although it is called a “teakettle” by bottle collectors because of its shape, it is an antique ink bottle. A quill pen made from a sharpened feather was used to write before a better pen was invented in the early 1800s. ...

Artworks Celebrates Her Own With Artist Wagner

WHEELING — If you have strolled through the gallery at Artworks Around Town in the past couple of years, you have undoubtedly noticed Diana Wagner’s handiwork. The fragrances will draw you in and the vast array of products displayed invitingly will keep you looking. There are goat’s milk ...

Bethany’s O’Brien Wins ECHO Poetry Competition

BETHANY – A Bethany College English major recently won first place in the 2020 ECHO Student Literary Competition’s poetry division. Nativa O’Brien, who will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, submitted three poems for ...

Ohio Sewing Center Continues To Thrive During Pandemic

WARREN, Ohio — He may be closing in on a century of life, but Jake Kois refuses to let the threat of a deadly virus — or anything else, for that matter — slow him down. In fact, the 91-year-old said he’s never going to retire, and not even a broken hip will change his mind. Kois and ...

Special Activities

Gorby to Launch New Book Via Tuesday Online Program The Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Livestream program will be held at noon Tuesday, April 28 with Hal Gorby, launching his brand new book. Join him live from the safety of your own home computer or phone for another ...

FIVE GENERATIONS OF MENNILLO FAMILY

Five generations of the Virginia Mennillo family of Wheeling are shown. Seated from left are Virginia Mennillo, who just celebrated her 98th birthday, holding great-great- granddaughter Alayna Roxanne Bartenschlag who was born May 17, 2019; and Ashley (Mennillo) Bartenschlag, ...