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Banquet helps NRA Foundation

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com The 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Friends of NRA Banquet will be held on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ohio 676 in Churchtown. The event, which has drawn as many as 300 people in the past, according to ...

Home Builders sponsor weekend’s home show

From staff reports The 2017 Great American Home Show will offer vendors and potential customers a chance to display, discuss and consider a variety of local options for local homeowners and customers. Organized by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, this year’s event ...

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A female northern cardinal sits on a perch.

Yard birds

Cold weather makes it difficult to get outside, but a well-placed bird feeder can bring nature to a front door. While a few feeders in a yard provide sustenance to a variety of bird species, they also provide hours of viewing pleasure. “Feeding birds is great entertainment and it ...

Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its central dominator, Christian Grey. He’s a singularly ridiculous cocktail of money, abs and sex toys. ...

Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world - and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story. The ...

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Blues on the River

From staff reports The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 25th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition Friday and Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. A total of 12 local and regional blues acts are competing for the chance to perform in an international ...

River Cities Symphony debuts new work at concert

From staff reports The Mid-Ohio Valley’s hometown River Cities Symphony Orchestra is premiering a new work by noted local composer and WV Public Radio host, Matt Jackfert, as part of its 2017 Choral Concert. The Choral Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 ...

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Duffy Sprague and her son Ayden, of Devola, enjoy crafting together and sharing their valentine love bug bookmarks.

Handmade from the Heart

Valentine’s Day is filled with candy, decorations and gifts for many but to step away from the commercial cut-outs and pre-packaged gifts, some take to the craft table. “Making stuff that you can actually play with and use is the best,” said Ayden Sprague, 8, of Devola. “If you buy ...

Gunmakers and Allied Artists show this weekend

The annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show will offer a look at firearms and other pioneer tools — both historically and contemporarily made — on Feb. 11 at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. The annual show will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 pm. and regular museum admission will ...

Haunted Hotel

Have you ever wanted to roam the halls of the Lafayette Hotel, much like the reported apparitions that call it home? Hidden Marietta is teaming up with the Lafayette to allow guests to do just that on Sunday for an event they are calling “Lights Out Lockdown.” The idea behind the event ...

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Think color food trends for 2017

Dinner plates are going to get more colorful in 2017 as purple foods make their way up the list of popularity. From cabbage to acai berries, to purple corn and sweet potatoes, foods richer in color have a higher antioxidant content. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study ...

Review: ‘The Comedian’ a love letter to New York comics

By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer While there are a few good laughs to be had in “The Comedian “ - and great cameos by myriad comics - Taylor Hackford’s film isn’t exactly a comedy. It’s a portrait of an aging entertainer, unfortunately hampered by the tired trope of a ...

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Brides & Grooms: Photo finish: Capturing the big day

From sunrise to sunset on a wedding day so many faces, details and well wishes zoom by that the day can become a blur. Recent brides Ricci Bailey, 25, of Marietta, and Paige Smith, 25, of Parkersburg,  shared their tips for moments not to miss on the big day. “The whole wedding day you ...

TV specials pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES  — Television is paying tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, one of its adored leading ladies. Moore, who died Wednesday at age 80, will be the focus of broadcast specials. "Mary Tyler Moore: Love is All Around," is a new CBS News special airing 9 p.m. EST ...

Little girls doubt that women can be brilliant, study shows

By Maria Danilova The Associated Press WASHINGTON —Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure. A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as 6 can be led to believe men are inherently smarter and more talented than women, making girls less ...

‘Every Minute Counts’ for Alzheimer’s

By Frazier Moore The Associated Press NEW YORK — In 2004, PBS aired a film about Alzheimer's disease. The grim takeaway: — It's incurable and deadly. — With the aging of the U.S. population (especially by the outsized baby-boom generation) the number of cases is skyrocketing ...

Kids’ menu items not always the best choice

AP Exchange/ The Bryan Times When I take my family out to eat at a restaurant, most often I choose an option for my kids off the children’s menu because it’s food that they would eat and, frankly, it’s less expensive. But lately I’ve been hearing reports that say children’s menu ...

Vacation destinations that can help you relax

(BPT) - It may sound contrary to the holiday hype, but the winter season following the holidays can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway. Research cited by the American Psychological Association shows stress increases for many in the weeks leading up to the holidays, due to ...

Review: Lovingly constructed ‘Red Turtle’ entertains

By Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush — a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds. It's ...

Red Tent Retreat Saturday

Saturday will be a celebration of women across the United States, from the Women’s March on Washington to the Red Tent Retreat right here in Marietta. The first Red Tent Retreat at the Lafayette Hotel will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature several stations for women to take a ...