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More than one Grinch out there

Several Christmases ago I wrote an article “Why the Grinch Stole Christmas.” As we wrap up this year of 2020 I think there are actually many “Grinches” that are trying to steal Christmas. The “Grinch” stands for anything that is threatening to sabotage Christmas or otherwise steal ...

Cookbooks for young adults

Now that the holidays are here, perhaps a good gift for the young adult in your life that has just gotten their first apartment or house would be a cookbook. From Tasty brand comes “Tasty Adulting.” This book aims to teach young people how to cook with easy to follow directions, photos ...

Seasonal novels out now

The Five-Ingredient Mystery series gets a seasonal twist in “Gingerdead Man” by Maya Corrigan. While in an alternate world where there is no COVID, Val and her grandfather are taking part in the Dickens of a Holiday festival, complete with tea party and costumed characters straight from ...

Veterans Day: Answering a new call by sharing their stories

"Off we go, into the wild, blue yonder. Climbing high into the sun." Wednesday, my voice caught as I sang along with the Harmar Elementary students serenading veteran servicemen and women gathered at Settlers Bank. I grew up moving from station to station, wherever the U.S. Air Force sent ...

First Cruise-In a success, thanks to the community

What a fantastic evening we had at 700 Channel Lane Thursday, for our first Marietta Times and Parkersburg News and Sentinel Cruise-In. While the rain did give us a bit of a scare, we were fortunate to have good weather, good food, good music... and one heck of a turnout. It’s true, we ...

United Way sees positive response following Day of Action

What does impact look like? Last week on our annual Day of Action, we saw more than 350 of our neighbors out in the community giving their time and sweat equity to projects all over the community. They probably wore their shirts that said Live United. They were lugging shovels. They were ...