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Heidi Lannigan tries on a dress for an ’80s prom-themed costume. Lannigan works at First Settlement Physical Therapy and was at Goodwill looking for something to wear to work on Halloween.

Boo!-tiful

With more than 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million last year, spending is slated to reach a record high, according to the National Retail Federation. This year, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion, up from $8.4 billion in 2016. ...

Oak Grove VFD craft and vendor show

It might be just October but the holiday shopping season — and Christmas spirit — is well underway. Soon, craft shows and bake sales will be popping up all over. This Saturday, the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its inaugural Fall in “the Grove” Craft and ...

Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off features a few twists

From staff reports After nearly four decades, the annual Belpre Apple Butter Stir Off is moving from Howes Grove Park to Civitan Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Belpre Lions Club will hold its 39th annual Apple Butter Stir Off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. ...

Little Muskingum Watershed Association fall foliage tour

From staff reports The 28th annual Fall Foliage Tour and Antique Engine/Equipment Show will celebrate the fall change of colors Saturday and Sunday at several locations along Ohio 26 north of Marietta. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and is ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Pumpkins for pies are already available at the Witten’s stand on Pike Street in Marietta for the season.

A plethora of pumpkin

The herald of fall, the pumpkin, has in recent years inspired more than just pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, carved jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and baked seeds at ball games. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin chips, pumpkin waffle candles, pumpkin flavored dog food and even a pumpkin scented pen ...

Heritage Day in Belpre includes tours, demonstrations

From staff reports The Belpre Historical Society will host its annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farmers Castle Museum Education Center on Ridge Street in Belpre. Admission is free. A flag ceremony will begin the day at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Belpre Mayor Mike ...

St. Mary Fall Festival features dinner, fun

With three days worth of events, the St. Mary Catholic School Fall Festival offers a little something for everyone—and every age group. The event, one of the largest annual fundraisers for the school, kicks off Friday with a catered dinner and wine pairings from the House of Wines along ...

Pop Con celebrates all sorts of pop culture

From staff reports The second annual Parkersburg Pop Con will be Saturday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for pop culture enthusiasts of all kinds. WVU-P is teaming up with local businesses for the convention which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the College Activities ...

Williamstown Band to benefit from show at Smoot

By Evan Bevins Special to the Times In organizing his first concert — a fundraiser to purchase new drums for the Williamstown High School music program — Perry Knopp found some willing partners. Charleston indie band Qiet and blues journeyman Greg O’Brien and the Spoodoo Cadillacs ...

Theatre at Marietta College announces 2017/18 season

The Theatre at Marietta College has announced its 2017-18 season. For more information about auditioning or assisting backstage please contact andy.felt@marietta.edu. Facebook.com/mariettacollegetheatre Ticket prices, general box office information, and reservations can be found online ...

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Volunteers with the United Way of Washington County set up a raffle table at a past United Way Bowl football game. This year’s game will be held at Don Drumm Stadium on Friday.

Fundraising football game

The Warren Warriors will be looking for redemption on the Marietta Tigers’ home turf in this year’s Al Miller United Way Bowl on Friday night. This is the sixth year for the fundraising football game, which pits longtime high school rivals Warren and Marietta against one another, ...

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Memorial 5K honors graduate

Each year, as the Kyle Bankes Memorial 5K winds through the village, the runners and walkers pass the place where Bankes rests in the Beverly Cemetery. Passing that spot, with sometimes 100 or more of the people who cared so much for Kyle, is emotional but also a highlight for his mother, ...

Waterford Community Fair Schedule

Today 7 to 9 a.m. Hog weigh-ins at the Fair Barn. 9 to 11 a.m. Hog Pictures at the Fair Barn. 10 a.m. to noon Receiving Fancywork, Exhibit Buildings, featuring quilts, hand sewn photography, clothing, jewelry and more. 2 p.m. Horticulture exhibits in place, Exhibit Buildings. 4 p.m. ...

2017 Back to School: Bus Schedules & more

Opening days - Belpre City Schools: Aug. 16. - Fort Frye Local Schools: Aug. 24. - Frontier Local Schools: Aug. 22. - Marietta Christian School: Aug. 21 (half day); Aug. 22 (full day). - Marietta City Schools: Aug. 23. - Morgan Local School District: Aug. 23. - Oak Grove Christian ...

Teen rally at Williamstown church

With the idea of sending teens back to school with a new focus and self-awareness, First Baptist Church Williamstown is inviting all area teens to a free rally on Saturday. The Back-2-School Teen Rally at the church on Highland Avenue will feature guest speakers, a worship leader and ...

Belpre Homecoming opens today

From staff reports BELPRE To mark the 85th year of the Belpre Homecoming Festival, organizers are bringing back a couple of popular acts and activities from the past. The 85th annual Belpre Homecoming Festival kicks off today at Civitan Park in Belpre and runs through Saturday. This ...

:JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Participants in “Cinderella” are back row: Olivia Wilson, Amelia Myers, Allison Rehl, Nicole Kunn, Bella Trefz. Middle row: Riely Rehl, Madeline Kuhl, Zoe Dougherty, Meagan Mestuzzi. Front row: Kenzie Smith and Emily Damron.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Cinderella’

Pumpkin pie, lords and ladies waltzing and singing mice are all the staples of this year’s Missoula Children’s Theatre production: “Cinderella.” “Give it all you’ve got, can you give it all your energy?” asked Lexi Inks, tour actor and director, as she blocked and taught ...

Reno VFD holds annual social

It’s a summer classic, supporting your local volunteer firefighters through ice cream, country stores and bingo. “It’s a fundraiser to keep things running,” said Seth Deem, 29, of Reno, who’s a volunteer firefighter for Reno’s department. “All the funding volunteer ...

My marietta: Fascinating food trucks: Catching the crowd

Food trucks: they are the reverse of a drive-thru but similar aims of convenience. Marietta has played host to several portable restaurants serving everything from lunchtime delights to sweet treats, and residents from all over get a chance to enjoy the food at different locations ...